The Inconvenience of GenocideGenocide is only condemned or acted upon by the current US administration when politically convenient. A must read, especially for those who believe Obama's promises to protect Israel.
Lag Ba'omer at the PyramidsAn amazing Lag Ba'omer bonfire, lit by Jewish soldiers from Palestine in WWII in the land of the Pharaohs. Who is still here and who has vanished?
A Hanukkah of Broken PromisesIn 1944, a Jewish cartoonist published a biting cartoon in the Hebrew press aimed at the British mandate and the USA.
Celebrities Who Embrace DictatorsThere is a long, sordid history of celebrities who praise dictators, ignoring the reality of their tyrannical acts. Chavez is the latest example.
NY Jews did not Vote Democrat for Truman in 1948New research shows that when an incumbent Democratic president is perceived as unfriendly to Israel, there can be a shift in the traditional Democratic Jewish vote. Truman lost NY State for his arms embargo on Israel.
The Election that Saved the NegevBeersheba, Ashkelon, and Eilat would have been Arab cities, and the Dead Sea would have been controlled by an Arab navy, according to an American-supported Mideast peace plan in 1948. A presidential election intervened.
Harry Truman's Yom Kippur SurpriseHarry Truman's message to American Jewry on the eve of Yom Kippur in 1946 made front page news, was read aloud in synagogues from coast to coast.
Obama, Libya and the HolocaustAmerica’s action in Libya constitutes a significant change from the policies of some previous presidents, such as those who knew Jews were being killed in gas chambers.
Megillat Hitler: FDR & The JewsJewish communities around the world have established local Purim-style celebrations to mark their deliverance from catastrophe. But in North Africa in 1942, FDR didn't exactly deliver the goods.
For Martin Luther King Jr. DayLook at the two editorial cartoons by Pulitzer Prize winning Edmund Duffy that appeared in the Baltimore Sun in the 1930's.
A Holocaust Lesson Today's Jewish college students can learn from the activist JTS students of 1942. A timely article for the 10th of Tevet, the start of the 586 B.C. siege of Jerusalem and Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel.
Elie Wiesel's Thanksgiving TalkThis is an unusual Thanksgiving speech from 1968 is as relevant today as it was then, just the issues have changed. World Jewry-take note!
For the Sin of SilenceRabbi Soloveitchik criticized US Jewry for its silence in the Holocaust. Have we changed since then?
Death Camp Liberated Pesach 1945The first liberation by U.S. troops of a Nazi Death Camp occurred on Passover in 1945. Here is the story and the terrible story behind the story.
Anti-Zionism 1945: The Four SonsThe four sons were the theme of a 1945 public relations campaign aimed to counter anti Zionists opposed to the existence of a Jewish State. In view of recent events in the Jewish world, this op-ed is particularly timely.
10 Most Absurd Holocaust RemarksApologists for FDR top the list of 2009's ten most absurd statements about the Allies response to the Holocaust, but the remaining nine are just as egregious. Compiled by the Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies..
Standing up to Anti SemitismINN reported on the shocking "Kick a Jew Day" in a Florida school last week. Sixty five years ago, a courageous US school principal showed his students that bigotry and hooliganism are un American and unacceptable. Not today.
A.M. Rosenthal on the <I>Times'</i> Holocaust FailureA. M. Rosenthal, who passed away on May 10 at the age of 84, will long be remembered for his distinguished career at the <I>New York Times</I>. But he also deserves special recognition for his courageous willingness to acknowledge that during the Holocaust, his newspaper deliberately buried news about the mass murder of Europe's Jews.
The Hagaddah That Took on HitlerOne of the most popular <i>Hagaddahs</i> in the world almost didn't make it into print, because nervous publishers were afraid that some of its illustrations might offend Adolf Hitler.
When the US Government Spied on American JewsAs public debate grows over the Bush administration's eavesdropping policy, some American Jews are recalling a time when the Roosevelt administration undertook some questionable eavesdropping of its own -- and Jewish activists were the target.
Seeking an Exodus From Hitler's EuropeAs Jews the world over gathered for the Passover seder, recalling the miracles that brought about the ancient Jewish exodus from Egypt, they prayed for a miracle in their own time - a decision by the Allies to help bring about an exodus of Jewish refugees from Europe.
A Purim Lesson: Lobbying Against GenocideThe holiday of Purim celebrates the successful effort by prominent Jews in the capital of ancient Persia to prevent genocide against the Jewish people. What is not well known is that a comparable lobbying effort took place in modern times -- in Washington, DC, at the peak of the Holocaust.
A Forgotten Black-Jewish AllianceFor many in the American Jewish community, Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is an occasion to recall the important role that Jews played in the civil rights movement. But few remember the earlier alliance between Jews and prominent African-Americans, in the 1940s, on the issues of rescuing Jews from the Holocaust and creating a Jewish state.