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The Inner Dimensions of the 17th of Tammuz and the 3 weeks

By Rabbi Johnny Kersh  The 17th of Tammuz is a day on the Jewish calendar, marred by several national calamities, of which we make no secret. Among them: the worshipping of The Golden Calf, the smashing of the first of the sets of the Ten Commandments, the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem, when it’s once ‘impenetrable’…

Purim- Analysis of Haman’s Ten Sons

By: Danielle Ostrovsky Raje Manhattan 2018-2019 When one opens up any book of historical significance, one is not only putting him or herself in the context of a basic plotline; rather, one is immersing him or herself in the many layers and secrets that is contained within the period of time. One book that not…

Exodus: Soviet Jewry and a Revival of Jewish Identity

During Passover, we read these words from “Exodus:” “In days to come when your son asks you ‘What does this mean?’ Say to him, ‘With a mighty hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery (13:14).” As a student in yeshivah (Jewish day school), I found these biblical words…

Bella Abramovna and the Jewish People’s University

By Dr. Yvette Alt Miller When Bella Abramovna, a young Jewish girl in the Soviet Union, was six, someone gave her a middle school math book. It was a huge volume with thousands of mathematical problems. Bella had solved them all within a month. Bella lived with her mother in World War II-era Moscow. When…

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,…