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Joshua Blustein has been published in The Washington Times, Johns Hopkins Undergraduate Law Journal, and Baltimore Zeitgeist.

ARTICLES BY: Joshua Blustein


December 27, 2021 12:14 pm
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Why It’s Our Duty to Remember the Past

One of my first childhood memories is my pre-kindergarten “Pilgrim’s Landing” reenactment. Half the class dressed as Pilgrims, and sat in canoes. The other half...

December 21, 2021 11:49 am
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How Should American Jews React to Christmas?

Christmas frequently inspired deadly pogroms against European Jewry, and became known in Yiddish as “moyredike nacht” (fearful night), creating a custom known as “Nittel Nacht”...

November 24, 2021 12:41 pm
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Does Hanukkah Make You Uncomfortable? This Year Ask Why

The Festival of Lights has long caused confusion. The Talmud in "Tractate Shabbat" asks bluntly: “What is Hanukkah?” The always reliable New York Times published an...

November 5, 2021 12:26 pm
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This Year’s World Series Was a Landmark for American Jews

Andy Warhol famously declared “one’s company, two’s a crowd, three’s a party”— and Judaism agrees. A meal is only considered a real gathering, or zimmun,...

September 1, 2021 12:09 pm
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This Year, Remember the Importance of the Shofar

The shofar has long been a popular symbol of Judaism thanks to its usage on the High Holidays. But the shofar was once associated not...

August 4, 2021 11:33 am
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How the Hebrew Bible Helped Birth Modern Democracy

Jews brought many wonderful things to modernity, but one of the greatest Jewish breakthroughs arose due to Renaissance Christian efforts. This innovation was “republican exclusivism,”...

July 29, 2021 11:40 am
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Remembering Leo Frank: Antisemitism Then and Now

August 17th marks the 106th anniversary of the lynching of Leo Frank, an Atlanta Jewish businessman who was falsely accused of murder and then kidnapped...

July 22, 2021 12:16 pm
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What Jews Owe to Christopher Columbus

I once had a meeting postponed because the client’s office was shut for Columbus Day. Irritated about rescheduling, someone asked “they still celebrate that?” Indeed,...

July 16, 2021 11:46 am
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Yes, Religious Jews Have Played Professional Baseball Before

For Jewish fans of baseball, this was a big week. The Israeli national baseball team began scrimmaging on its warm-up tour before the Olympics, and...

March 24, 2021 2:53 pm
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Passover and Preserving History in 2021

Cecil B. Demille’s famous film "The Ten Commandments" was a massive box office hit. Decades before, in 1923, Demille made a silent film of the...

February 18, 2021 3:01 pm
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Jewish Americans’ Ties to Baseball Run Deep

Growing up, I knew I was going to be a Major League Baseball star, and play for the New York Yankees. The only complication I...

February 11, 2021 2:47 pm
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Why George Washington Is a Hero to the Jews

My grandfather relished in telling of his immigration to America. Previously Jorge, he decided to be called by the English variant "George" when, together with...

Culture

Portugal Opens Inquiry Into Roman Abramovich’s Citizenship

The Portuguese authority responsible for nationality matters has opened an internal inquiry into the granting of citizenship to billionaire Chelsea...

Israel

Israel Cuts COVID-19 Isolation to Five Days

Israel's Health Ministry said on Monday it would shorten the mandatory isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19 to five days from seven days, following an initial cut...

Middle East

Turkey’s Halkbank Shares Jump After US Prosecution Put on Hold

Turkey's Halkbank shares climbed more than 8% on Monday after a US appeals court put its prosecution by the federal government, for allegedly helping Iran evade American sanctions, on hold...

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