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September 17: Einstein’s Letter to Ataturk

Albert Einstein wrote a letter to Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, through his prime minister, on this date in 1933, urging Turkey to give sanctuary and research facilities to forty German Jewish scientists and doctors who had been removed from their work by the rise of Nazism. Einstein’s letter was urged by […]

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Hard to Be a (Progressive) Jew

by Lawrence Bush From the Autumn, 2014 issue of Jewish Currents   IF YOU JUDGE from the mainstream media, you would think that Jews are one of the more conservative ethnic groups in our country. Here are some events in recent months in which Jews were clearly identified as Jews in media reports: When J […]

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Socialist Zionism for the 21st Century

by A. Daniel Roth WHEN I MOVED TO ISRAEL THREE YEARS AGO, one of the questions asked of me was “What kind of Jew are you?” My answer was “Shomer” — that is, a member of Hashomer Hatzair, the Socialist Zionist movement. A few bureaucrats along the way tried to get me to change my answer […]

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