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Anti Semitism

Barber Seeks To Alleviate Anti-Semitism With Invisible, Hairy Yarmulke

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 01.27.2015 | Religion

In an effort to put off anti-Semitism, a barber in Tel Aviv is offering a more discreet yarmulke option for Jewish people who fear discrimination. ...

What We Learned From Auschwitz

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 01.26.2015 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

The 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, which will be marked January 27 on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, comes at a time when some are asking: Is it happening all over again in Europe?

Downton Abbey, Edith Wharton, and the Jews

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.28.2015 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

The series is imbued with the preoccupations of Wharton's fiction. Just like the women in The House of Mirth, the Grantham daughters have had few choices aside from marrying a man, preferably one with money.

Giving Edith Wharton's Jew a Makeover

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.24.2015 | Religion
Lev Raphael

I suppose I could have forgotten The House of Mirth and just shrugged her off as another WASP writer stewing in her class prejudices. But I enjoyed Wharton's work too much, had written about it and even taught her fiction over the years. And The House of Mirth is just too powerful a book to ignore.

Rebuilding The House of Mirth: A Blog for Edith Wharton's Birthday

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.24.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

I understood that the authors were products of their society and a western culture that was ingrained with Jew-hatred, but it still pushed me out of the book the way a plot implausibility can make you lose faith in a movie.

Against the New Anti-Semitism: Remembering the Holocaust Protects Us All

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 01.22.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

A world without Jews indeed would not be a world. A world in which the Jews once again became the scapegoats for all people's fears and frustrations would be a world in which free people could not breathe easy and the enslaved would be even more enslaved.

President Obama's Articulation of Religious Freedom

Rabbi Jack Moline | Posted 01.22.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Jack Moline

Little did I expect that on my first day as executive director of Interfaith Alliance, the most concise articulation of our mission would come from the President of the United States.

Why I Went to Israel

Haroon Moghul | Posted 01.22.2015 | Religion
Haroon Moghul

I did not go imagining I would single-handedly solve anything, nor did any of us go presuming to speak for or represent Palestinians. I went to better understand, and to invest in a relationship we see far more promise in -- that between American Muslims and American Jews.

'Jew Tax' a Warning to All

Michael L. Millenson | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Michael L. Millenson

Extremist violence is a threat everywhere to the life of the mind, the life of the spirit and to life itself. We are all Charlie. So, too, the war against the Jews is a war against us all.

Je Suis Humain: A Plea to Embrace Our Humanity

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
Parvez Ahmed

France must reengineer social policies that will help address the rising anti-Semitism, particularly among poorer immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa. Muslim leaders and imams, while speaking out loudly against Islamophobia, must also unequivocally denounce anti-Semitism. "Je suis humain" should be the battle cry against those who want to divide us.

#Je Suis Juif: Europe's Time of Reckoning

Rabbi Berel Lerman | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
Rabbi Berel Lerman

The Jews of France are living in fear. Anti-Semitism has risen to alarming levels. Innocent lives have been cut down in anti-Semitic attacks.

Resurgent Nazism: New and Frightening Reports

Richard Brodsky | Posted 01.15.2015 | World
Richard Brodsky

Next Wednesday, January 21, at the U.S. Capitol, the latest edition of the authoritative compilation of Nazi incidents and organizations will be released. The White Papers Of Hate is an academic compilation of what is going on in 17 European countries, and it is tough reading.

Sometimes It's Hard to Be a Jew

Linda S. Haase | Posted 01.15.2015 | Religion
Linda S. Haase

That metal taste in my mouth is back, a nauseating combination of rage, shame and fear. It's been years since I have tasted it -- perhaps not since the last time someone drew a swastika on the whiteboard hanging on my dorm room door.

Europe's Coming Battle

John Feffer | Posted 01.15.2015 | World
John Feffer

If these murders do not constitute a war, they nonetheless point to a deep conflict inside Europe. This conflict is not over whose religion is the one true religion. It is about the very identity of Europe.

Anti-Semitism -- The Facts and the Hope

John Gerzema | Posted 01.15.2015 | Religion
John Gerzema

Our research team, which usually focuses on consumer-related issues, conducted an international survey of attitudes towards Israel and the Jewish people. This work was done in mid-August in Paris and Lyon, Toronto, New York, San Francisco, London, and Madrid.

Panic Is Not the Way to Fight Islamist Anti-Semitism in Europe

Carlo Strenger | Posted 01.14.2015 | World
Carlo Strenger

Europe is now at the frontline of Islamist terrorism and anti-Semitism, and January 2015 will be remembered as a beginning rather than the climax of Islamist terrorism in Europe.

How Netanyahu's Policies Are Fueling Anti-Semitism

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.14.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

It is one thing to travel to France and demonstrate solidarity with the French people after the horrific execution of 12 journalists at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo; it is an entirely different matter to use the occasion to call on French Jews to immigrate to Israel to avoid anti-Semitism and "live secure and peaceful lives."

After the Attacks in France, What Next?

Rep. Nita Lowey | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
Rep. Nita Lowey

Obviously, this is a decision that only the democratically elected government and people of France can make. That said, as longtime friends of France and the trans-Atlantic partnership, we too have a big stake in where France goes from here. Allow us a few observations.

European Jews Haven't Felt This Threatened Since World War II, Experts Say

AP | COLLEEN BARRY and ARON HELLER | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion

MILAN (AP) — The killing of four French Jews at a kosher market in last week's terror attacks by Islamic extremists in Paris has deepened the fears ...

Freedom of Expression Is Not Unlimited

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 01.11.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Freedom of expression does not mean that anyone has the right to be heard at any time and in any forum, no matter what. There are times when lines must be drawn for reasons both moral and legal, but there are other times when it is inappropriate and wrong to draw such lines.

Jews Killed In Paris Attack To Be Buried In Israel

AP | Posted 01.11.2015 | Religion

JERUSALEM (AP) — The bodies of four French Jews killed in a hostage standoff in a Paris grocery store will be buried in Israel, Israel's prime minis...

Getting Real About Blasphemy and Free Speech

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 01.09.2015 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

As much as I empathize with the average Muslims facing growing Islamophobia in the West, I must ask their leaders to get real and reject Blasphemy laws as un-Islamic. As much as I respect someone's right to free speech, I must question their judgment and expose their double standard.

Paris Kosher Grocery Hostage Taker

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla & Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 01.10.2015 | World

Amedy Coulibaly, the gunman who died in a police assault in Paris on Friday after he took hostages at a kosher market on the eastern edge of the city,...

Bess Myerson: Beauty Queen, Consumer Protection Pioneer

Sally Greenberg | Posted 01.08.2015 | Women
Sally Greenberg

Bess Myerson, a true consumer pioneer and hero, died this week at age 90. She first made her mark as a beauty queen -- she won the Miss America title in 1945 as the first, and so far only, Jewish Miss America -- and later cemented her legacy as a queen of consumer protection.

Why Cartoonists Get Killed

James Heffernan | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
James Heffernan

What happened in Paris surely reminds us of one thing: Pictures move us in ways that language cannot, and no matter how sophisticated we think we are, we will never fully control their impact.