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Why was Yosef Mendelevich so determined to light the Chanukah candles?

Not so long ago, the entire Soviet Union was one huge prison. Its citizens were deprived of many freedoms we take for granted, including the right to practice our religion and live anywhere we choose, or even to emigrate to another country if we so desire. Any Russian citizen who wanted to leave the Soviet…

Who was Two-Gun Cohen?

Who was Two-Gun Cohen?  by The Cape Jewish Chronicle The Chinese president’s Jewish confidant who mustered Chinese support of the creation of Israel. Despite the various accounts written of this powerful and colorful figure of the early part of the last century, few people have actually heard of Morris Abraham ‘Two-Gun’ Cohen. A glance into the…

Jewish Identity Vs. Universalism

by Natan Sharansky* The choice between freedom and identity is a false one. Twenty years ago to this day, the Berlin Wall fell. Two great wars were being waged in those years. The first was a worldwide struggle to free Soviet Jewry — a cause which galvanized Jews across the globe as no other cause had,…

Want Your Kids to Remain Jewish? Better Start Early

by Peter Lovenheim The growing field of attachment theory suggests that our religious affiliations later in life are determined chiefly in our first years. Many Jewish parents and communal leaders ask how can we increase the odds that our kids, when grown, will remain Jewish. Day schools, summer camps, and visits to Israel are important, of…