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Son of Saul: Horror and Redemption at Auschwitz

Regina Weinreich | Posted 12.12.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

A film set in Auschwitz, Son of Saul is the one to beat for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. As this import from Hungary makes its rounds through the festivals, achieving accolades and nominations galore, a question arises: is it that juries favor Holocaust films, or is Son of Saul a really good film?

15 Ways Being Jewish Is Meaningful

David Harris | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion
David Harris

Surveys reveal a disturbingly large number of American Jews who feel disconnected from their Jewish identity. How painfully sad! In response, and with the High Holy Days just around the corner, let me share what being Jewish means to me.

God, or Not, on the F Train

Mark Osler | Posted 07.24.2015 | Religion
Mark Osler

Back home in Minnesota, the lakes are sparkling, and throngs of people will soon be flying around them on bikes. How do these go together under one God, the horrors of Auschwitz and the comfort of this time and place?

Proud Community, Proud Americans

Shai Baitel | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Shai Baitel

Through the "Russian American Person of Year" Awards, this social cohesion is paired with civic engagement as well as consciousness about the need to preserve and pass on language, culture, traditions.

Why Don't Progressive Jews Believe in an Afterlife? Are They Missing Something?

Stafford Betty | Posted 01.01.2015 | Religion
Stafford Betty

As a professor who studies attitudes toward death among a wide populace, I ask myself, "Are my Jewish friends in denial?" After all, if death really is our destination, then we cease to exist when we die.

When Life Feels Grueling, Find the Grace

Nancy Sharp | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Sharp

If we're lucky, we're thrown one curveball at a time. But that's seldom the case, and in fact, sometimes in our despair over one unlucky turn, we wind up creating others. Like an unstoppable chain reaction.

What Kind of Leaders Do We Need Now? Elie Wiesel's Answer

Dov Seidman | Posted 12.05.2014 | Business
Dov Seidman

It's always a good time to ask what kind of leadership we need because the world is constantly changing. But the world is not only changing. It's bein...

Obama: See No Evil, Hear No Evil

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

President Obama can salvage so much of his legacy on foreign policy by beginning to employ the language of moral absolutes, especially when it comes to terror organizations who celebrate the murder of civilians.

Karski's Story of a Secret State -- A Primer on the Polish Ethos

Alex Storozynski | Posted 05.28.2014 | Books
Alex Storozynski

First published in 1944, Karski's book reads like a spy novel on steroids. But you can't make this stuff up. The truth is indeed more horrible than fiction.

Common Core and the Holocaust

Alan Singer | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

The reading list for the New York State Common Core English/Language Arts curriculum looks like someone took a handful of darts and through them at a wall with boxes labeled with different grade levels. There are no discernible themes and at a first glance no patterns at all.

J.D. Salinger: The Ultimate Celebrity

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.05.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The biggest revelation in the new documentary Salinger is that The Catcher in the Rye author was not a recluse. Rather fame averse and a champion of i...

Interview With Critically Acclaimed Author, Alan Kaufman

Lisa Chau | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Lisa Chau

Alan Kaufman, the Bronx-born son of a French-Jewish Holocaust survivor, is author of the critically acclaimed memoirs Jew Boy and Drunken Angel. Kaufman's writings are subversive articulations of extreme outsiderness.

Israel's Shining Light in a World of Indifference

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 10.14.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

As the world looks upon the Syrian blood bath with indifference, the Israeli medical response is an inspiration that the world does not have to accept the status quo.

An Evening of True Inspiration With Elie Wiesel (Video)

Giselle Fernandez | Posted 09.23.2013 | Los Angeles
Giselle Fernandez

When you have an evening of true inspiration that reaffirms your faith in mankind and the core courageous values that make this nation great, you just have to share it. I had such a night during my first Jefferson Awards for Public Service in Washington D.C.

Nicky's Family Celebrates a Quiet Hero

Annette Insdorf | Posted 09.16.2013 | Entertainment
Annette Insdorf

Holocaust films associate trains with death. In Nicky's Family we finally see one bound for life, the transport that departed on September 1, 1939 from Prague to Liverpool.

Catskills Journeys: Guarded Memories of the Holocaust

Steven Kurlander | Posted 08.12.2013 | New York
Steven Kurlander

I have lived the Holocaust my whole life. Early on, my consciousness was considerably wrought by my relationship with my survivor mother, her often intense and destructive interactions with her family and the different ways she and they coped with their past.

How Do You Talk About Maternal Death? Remember the Woman - Share Her Story

Anne Addison | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Anne Addison

In the developing world, distance (from home to care) is one of the three major delays, and even in the USA, it's a factor in some women's maternal death, or near-miss. Aside from actual miles to care, the obvious distances are the ones backed by statistics (poverty, lack of prenatal care, skin color, lifestyle choices); but sometimes, we create distance out of vapor - out of assumptions.

In Defense of Samantha Power

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Menachem Rosensaft

Those of us who admire all that Samantha Power has already accomplished in the human rights arena and believe her to be an inspired choice as UN ambassador must speak out on her behalf.

#imagineaworldwhere Compassion Is Standard

Samantha Carlin | Posted 05.23.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Samantha Carlin

To me, this meant that Daniel accepted that humans are, undeniably, human, and subject to the confusion of outside forces. It's not that people are fundamentally "bad," it's that people often have challenging or unhappy life experiences that, unfortunately, cause them to behave unkindly.

Hasidic Rebels

Baruch Sterman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion
Baruch Sterman, Ph.D.

When the Hasidim of Kotzk prayed, they did not move. Any external sign of piety was deemed pretentious. The story is told of a great student, who after one prayer session -- though someone observing from the side would not even have noticed that he was praying -- was bathed in sweat and had actually cracked two of his teeth.

For L.A. Schools, Stories of Modern-day Martin Luther Kings

Kerry Kennedy | Posted 03.24.2013 | Los Angeles
Kerry Kennedy

It was a remarkable tribute to two men whose stories of leadership and courage against injustice remind us, as the president said, that although freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by his people here on earth.

WATCH: How Friendship Can Save The World

OWN | Posted 12.26.2012 | OWN

Nobel laureate, Holocaust survivor and peace advocate Elie Wiesel has seen the best -- and worst -- of human nature, and he believes that the greatest...

Making Sense of a Senseless World

Emily Bennington | Posted 02.25.2013 | Parents
Emily Bennington

I know I speak for many when I say that every news report, every photo of a lost child, every shattered family member talking about simple pleasures the victims loved -- painting, Legos, pretty dresses, time with siblings -- is like a wound that gets ripped open again and again.

11 Top Thoughts From Spiritual Superstars

OWN | Posted 12.20.2012 | OWN

They're words that uplift, inspire and give us illuminating aha! moments. Read 11 of the top lessons from the "Soul to Soul" conversations Oprah ha...

Elie Wiesel Talks To Oprah About His Auschwitz Experience

Posted 12.10.2012 | OWN

He's one of the people Oprah admires most in the world. In a recent airing of "Super Soul Sunday," Oprah sat down with Elie Wiesel, a bestselling auth...