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OP-ED: The Jews who fought back during the Holocaust

By GABRIEL GROISMAN

(JNS.org) – This week, leaders from around the world commemorated those who perished at the hands of the Nazis during International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year, like most, there were statements recognizing and remembering those who were taken from us by people all over the globe. The recognition is critical and something appreciated by all from the Jewish community worldwide.

Much has been written about what needs...

OP-ED: Benny Gantz: My Holocaust survivor mother made me a better general

By BENNY GANTZ

(JTA) — I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say that 2020 was one of the toughest years that the world has endured in recent history. On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I reflect on the lessons I learned from my parents, both Holocaust survivors, who taught me the capacity for both evil and kindness that exists within the human spirit. 

Even as a general who...

OP-ED: Shortly after I began converting to Judaism, I found myself in a hot tub full of neo-Nazis

By CALEB A. GUEDES-REED

(JTA via Alma) – Sundhöllen, a public swimming pool in Reykjavik, Iceland, is located at Barónsstígur 45a, 101. The building’s simple, unadorned exterior appears to be that of a government building, or perhaps a prison, and it gives no indication of the deep clear pools and smoky hot tubs hiding on the other side of its high white walls.

Though Sundhöllen isn’t one of the more...

OP-ED: It’s time to stop counting Jews in the Cabinet

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

 Jewish Democrats are celebrating this week and with good reason. Their party is about to take back power in Washington and end the presidency of the man they all love to hate: President Donald Trump. But adding a certain frisson of pride to their touchdown dances is the number of Cabinet members, and other officials and personalities, within the new First and Second families who...

OP-ED: PTSD, COVID and healing America

By JOSEPH FRAGER

– Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is defined as “a condition of persistent mental and emotional stress occurring as a result of injury or severe psychological shock.”

After nearly a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is fair to say that many Americans suffer from PTSD. This is not to make excuses for aberrant behavior, but rather an attempt to get a handle on what is...

OP-ED: We don’t have adequate tools to combat domestic terrorism. Biden should change that.

By KENNETH L. MARCUS

(JTA) — The Capitol riot should be a wake-up call for those who did not hear the alarm four years ago at Charlottesville. The riot wasn’t just an assault on the seat of America’s government, although it is surely that, but also a development that if not forcefully addressed may endanger Americans throughout the 50 states.

More than 70 people connected with the Capitol riot have...

OP-ED: I grew up Jewish in the shadow of Nazi Germany. What I’m witnessing today in America reminds me of those dark days.

By JULIAN VOLOJ

(JTA) — The Spanish-born, U.S.-educated philosopher Jorge Santayana wrote in 1905: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Growing up Jewish in Germany, this was a leitmotif. My maternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors, and the legacy of the Third Reich — the idea that democracy is fragile and ethnocentric nationalists were to be feared — was preeminent. This became especially apparent in the...

OP-ED: A failed and flawed president

By ALAN SMASON

Four years ago on Inauguration Day, I wrote a heartfelt open letter to the incoming 45th President of the United States. I noted the aura of celebrity that surrounded him and that many Americans were dismayed to know he was now the leader of the Free World and Commander-in-Chief of our armed forces. On behalf of the nation of disenfranchised, I wrote:

Our hope is that he...

OP-ED: Democracy in action; anarchy on display

By ALAN SMASON

When I first began to write this editorial, its aim was to acknowledge the unusual aspect of the Georgia Senate races in which voters elected their first Jewish and first Black Senators to Congress. Under a highly charged political environment, Georgia had selected two Democrats to represent their traditionally Republican state in Congress and had also turned control of the Senate back over to the Democratic Party.

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OP-ED: A referendum on Trump rather than a radical critic of Israel

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

– The Georgia Senate runoff to be held today was going to be a crucial coda to the presidential election, no matter what happened during the nine-week post-November campaign. But along with the question of which party would control the U.S. Senate for the next two years, one of the two races might have also served as a fascinating test of the electorate. It...