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A High Holidays plea: Listen to each other on Israel's nation-state debate

(JTA)—The High Holidays are approaching. It is a time when Jews worldwide join together in the spirit of camaraderie, pouring out their hearts for a good new year. But the lead-up this year has been different, often pitting Jews against Jews in...

 
 By Avi Weiss    Opinions    August 5, 2016

Pope Francis must insist Auschwitz church be moved

(JTA)—Last week, Pope Francis made a pilgrimage to Poland, visiting Auschwitz—the notorious death camp in Poland where 1.1 million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust. Auschwitz is comprised of two camps: Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II, also ca...

 
 By Avi Weiss    Opinions    July 17, 2015

Saying kaddish in Charleston for slain church members

CHARLESTON, S.C. (JTA)—My father died a few weeks ago. The hardest part of the shiva was when it ended. Friends and family were, by and large, no longer visiting. I was alone in pain and agony. I thought of this reality during my visit to the...

 
 By Avi Weiss    Features    April 25, 2014

Jacob Birnbaum was the unsung father of Soviet Jewry freedom

NEW YORK (JTA)-May 1 will mark the 50th anniversary of the first Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ) demonstration on behalf of Soviet Jews. The man who inspired the demonstration and became the...

 
 By Avi Weiss    Opinions    November 8, 2013

How to stop killing in the name of God

NEW YORK (JTA)—Belief in God is at the core of my very being. But that belief is sometimes challenged by the scores of innocents killed over the millennia in God’s name, from biblical times to the present day. Last month, dozens were killed at a...

 

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