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Posts Tagged: Paul Socken

January 13, 2020 7:38 am
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A Truly Diverse and Free Society Is Our Only Hope

I thought that after 2,000 years of discrimination, pogroms, and expulsions ending in the Holocaust, antisemitism would finally be consigned to the dustbin of history. I...

December 6, 2019 9:58 am
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Three Jewish Stories and the Essence of Life

Three short Jewish stories sum up the essence of life -- and suggest the essential elements for a life of satisfaction and meaning. The first story...

October 30, 2019 6:49 am
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Jewish Survival: Making Music With What Remains

The great Jewish historian Salo Baron objected to the "lachrymose" version of Jewish history -- the overemphasis on Jewish suffering. Instead, Jewish history should be...

June 5, 2019 8:23 am
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Why People Behave Righteously

What makes people good? So much has been written about what makes people commit terrible acts -- was it deprivation, childhood trauma, personality disorder? But...

May 26, 2019 6:48 am
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Confessions of a Synagogue Candyman

Every synagogue has at least one "candyman." He happily dispenses candies and treats to the children. In our synagogue, there was a gentleman who devoted...

March 29, 2019 10:02 am
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Admiring Judaism Through the Eyes of a Christian

Devout, practicing Christian friends have told me over the years that they respect much about the Jewish faith. I decided recently to ask them what,...

August 14, 2018 6:58 am
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Does the Future of Judaism Lie in Israel?

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of Great Britain, is correct in pointing out that never before in Jewish history has there been a thriving...

July 19, 2018 12:11 pm
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Albert Einstein’s Judaism

Albert Einstein, the greatest physicist since Isaac Newton, was a Jew. That is a simple and obvious statement, but what does it mean? Einstein's relationship with...

Culture

Comedian Chelsea Handler Talks About Embracing Jewish Faith When Growing Up

Comedian Chelsea Handler opened up recently about discovering her mother was not Jewish...

New Film Explores the ‘Virus’ of Global Antisemitism

Why has the virus of antisemitism endured so long and spread so far? "It is because of its power to...

Features

From Harlem to Tel Aviv: Aulcie Perry’s Basketball Journey

Legendary basketball player Aulcie Perry’s life has been remarkable on and off the court.  This African-American athlete’s life changed dramatically after...

Kids in the Kitchen Light Up Hanukkah

JNS.org - Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is one of those holidays that takes over everything. The pantry overflows with...

Give It Up for the (Israeli) Kids: Hanukkah and Charity Drives

JNS.org - The staff and volunteers at Yad Ezra V’Shulamit’s children’s center in Jerusalem began noticing that one little girl...

World

Frankfurt Mayor Warns of ‘Growing’ Antisemitism in Germany

"Antisemitism and hatred of Jews is growing” in Germany, the mayor of Frankfurt warned on Wednesday. Speaking in Tel Aviv at Muni Expo 2020, Mayor Uwe Becker posited, “What increases antisemitism...

Israel

Netanyahu Rival Gantz Dismisses Israeli PM’s Debate Challenge as R...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief political rival, former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, said on Wednesday that he...

Middle East

Iran Won’t Hand Over ‘Damaged’ Black Box of Ukraine Plane...

The black box of a Ukrainian passenger plane accidentally shot down over Iran last month is damaged but Iran will...

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