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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…

Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus

by Timothy P Mohoney What is the validity of history found in the Bible? Is it fact or fiction? What does the hard evidence really have to say about the foundational story of the Old Testament: the Exodus out of Egypt? An in-depth investigation by documentary filmmaker Tim Mahoney searches for answers to these questions…

Stalin and the Purim Miracle

by Barbara Penn Stalin had plans to murder millions of Russian Jews. Like Haman, the tables suddenly turned. Jewish holidays are not merely a commemoration of an event in time. The time of year in which the a miracle occurred was an opportune time for the conception of that miracle. As we make our way toward…