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On an Optimistic Note

Uriya Shavit

Last month I attended a “Prayer for Peace” at “Our Lady of Arabia” Cathedral near Manama, Bahrain. The event was held under the patronage of King Hamad. A majority of the hundreds present were migrant workers from the subcontinent. ...

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Putin, Enemy of the People

Uriya Shavit

If only I had a dime for every time I recently came across the line, “contrary to what Francis Fukuyama wrote in 1989….” The Japanese-American Fukuyama prophesied the “end of history” in an article ...

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The Unthinkable

Uriya Shavit

According to an opinion poll conducted in June 2021 by YouGov and Bright Line Watch, a think tank of political scientists who fear for the future of American democracy, no less than 37% of Americans...

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Online Hatred

Giovanni Quer

Antisemitism propagates on the internet because the unrestrained flow of information provides easy access to sites, discussion groups, or even individual posts that spread hatred. In a world where the boundaries between the digital space and real life...

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Antiochus, Santa and My Son

Carl Yonker

Driving through Tel Aviv on a cool December day in 2018, my then almost-three-year-old son gave us his take on Hanukkah and Christmas. Asked about Antiochus, he replied that Antiochus killed the Jews and hated them. Shifting gears, my wife asked...

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A Stunning Decision

Talia Naamat

In late October this year, Greece’s supreme court decided to ban kosher (and halal) butchering. The decision, criticized by Jewish organizations in harsh language, relied on a much anticipated ruling given by the European Court of Justice in December...

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Home Cantor

Peter Lebenswerd

As a young boy, I used to gaze at the Stars of David that adorn the ceiling of the synagogue. I can still smell the same scent of the room and can almost imagine holding my grandfather’s hand, a hand I haven’t held for almost thirty years, full of expectations...

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A Royal Message

Dina Porat

On October 13 of this year, a well-attended conference was held in Malmö, Sweden, entitled “The Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism – Remember-ReAct.” The first question that comes...

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It’s Trivial

Hanna Luden

After the traumatic First World War ended, the international community took steps to ensure such atrocities would never happen again. Yet, little more than a decade passed before Hitler rose to power and brought humanity to its lowest point. The world...

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An Ice Cream Story

Uriya Shavit

Last month, Yeshayahu Lichtenstein died, aged 93. He was survived by a wife, five children, seventeen grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. In a beautiful obituary, Haaretz described him as “the most optimistic man in Tel Aviv.” Few people encapsulated...

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