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The Warsaw Ghetto’s First Armed Resistance

The first armed resistance against Nazi liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto took place on this date in 1943. Jewish fighters, armed with pistols, infiltrated columns of Jews who were about to be deported to Treblinka death camp, and then broke ranks and fired upon their captors. Among the fighters was Mordecai Anielewicz, the 24-year-old who […]

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Roy Nathanson and Radical Jewish Culture

by Marty Roth   There is a life of tradition that is not just about conservative preservation, about the constant continuation of the spiritual and cultural goods of a community. There is also something like a treasure hunt in the tradition that establishes a living relationship with tradition and that is committed to much of […]

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Devils in America: A Short Play

by Joel Schechter   Author’s Note:  The following short play was not written by Tony Kushner.  It offers dialogue missing from Kushner’s play, Angels in America,  which originally featured several other scenes with the late American lawyer and McCarthyism enabler Roy Cohn. More recently,  the current President of the United States expressed a wish that his old friend […]

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“One Less Lonely Girl,” A Story

by Susan Segal   BAR/BAT MITZVAH D’VAR TORAH GUIDELINES. PLEASE FILL THIS FORM OUT IN FULL, AND YOUR SPEECH WILL PRACTICALLY WRITE ITSELF. NAME: Sadie Sutherland TORAH PORTION: Balak, Numbers 22:2–25:9 1. Remember to begin and end with the traditional greeting, “Shabbat Shalom.” Explain for your non-Jewish guests that it means “good or peaceful Sabbath.” Briefly summarize […]

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