In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: Gedalia the Goat
Author: Susan Perlman

Gedalia was a kid (baby goat) with no future—no future, that is, other than being passed on a platter from one guest to the next at the Passover seder of Yossel and Shayna Rabinovitch.

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The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal

Book Review: The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness
April 21, 2016
Author: Diane Halm

Book Title: The Sunflower Author: by Simon Wiesenthal Date Published: May 1, 1998 Publisher: Schocken; Rev Exp Su edition (May 1, 1998) Genre: 1. Judaism2. Ethics3. Christianity ISBN: 978-0805210606 Reviewer: Diane Halm Review Date: April 21, 2016 In his book, The...

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The Gospel According to Starbucks (or at least the Starbucks playlist)
October 22, 2014
Author: Rich Robinson

My local Starbucks has recently been playing Paul McCartney’s cover of the Harold Arlen–Johnny Mercer song “Accentuate the Positive.” According to Wikipedia, the song “was published in 1944. It is sung in the style of a sermon, and explains that accentuating the positive is key to happiness.”

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Do Clothes Make the Man (or Woman)?
Author: Elizabeth Troolines

No matter what a person wears, to the Almighty, haute couture is irrelevant.

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A Tiny Dot of Pure White Paint
Author: Edward Brown

God spoke to me just as clearly as in a conversation you might have with your friend over a cup of coffee.

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Can We Forgive?  Can We be Forgiven?
December 18, 2013
Topics: forgiveness
Author: Avi Snyder

Throughout Europe, January 27 has become a solemn day to mark the liberation of Auschwitz, one of the most notorious Nazi death camps. When we remember the crimes against my people and against all humanity that were committed in that place, two haunting questions come to mind. "Can we forgive? Can we be forgiven?"

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The Ultimate Guide to Rosh Hashanah
September 11, 2012
Author: Carolyne Rohrig

Sunday, September 16 is Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish New Year. It’s a time when we greet each other with “L’shanah tovah,” which means, “To a good year.” It’s also the most spectacular sugar-high of the year. We eat apples and...

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Is Homer Simpson Worth Saving?
March 31, 2010
Author: Matt Sieger

Before the latest episode of The Simpsons aired on Sunday, March 28 (Palm Sunday and the day before Passover), the show’s producer, Al Jean, promised, “people of all three religions will be equally offended.”

He was right. The episode, in which the Simpsons visit Jerusalem, offended me as a Jew and as a believer in Jesus (I am both), and, if I were a Muslim, I’m sure I would have been offended as well…

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Why I, a German, Love the Jewish People
Author: Irmhild Barend

Love often begins with a discovery. We discover someone to whom we feel deeply drawn and who then inspires our devotion. My love for my Jewish brothers and sisters started with a discovery. Discovery and an empty chair. The conference dining room was filled with the...

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Jewish Guilt and the High Holy Days
Author: Aaron Abramson

“What special day do we celebrate next?” said a little girl to her father as she climbed into his lap. “Well, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot come just after summer,” he replied. By her unmoved expression he gathered that she was not terribly impressed. This was no surprise since she had only been four years old at last year’s services. Still, he had hoped that she would show a spark of interest, have some memory of the fall festivals. Was her lack of interest due to the relatively small Jewish community in their town? Or perhaps he’d not been intentional enough to balance his non-Jewish spouse’s inexperience with Jewish traditions. Whatever the case, one thing was certain: he was feeling stirrings of guilt. “Well,” he began, “Rosh Hashanah is . . . ,” but before he could finish, she had wriggled out of his lap and run out of the living room.

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Ten Out of Ten Physicians We Know Say —
September 26, 2005
Author: Jews for Jesus

This Yom Kippur, for the relief of sin, YESHUA (JESUS) is indicated!” Yeshua—Jesus—is God’s remedy for the affliction of sin. The mitzvah (commandment) of afflicting one’s own soul can be helpful, but there is something even better. Isaiah the...

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A Forbidden Peace
Author: Naomi Rothstein

How certain Jews and Arabs have learned to love each other.

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A Crime of Passion: Why Does the Death of Yeshua Matter?

What makes the crucifixion one of the most prominent events in history?

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Jhan Moskowitz, Son of Max and Lilly Moskowitz
Author: Jews for Jesus

Some survivors do not tell their kids anything. They just don’t. Some survivors tell their kids everything. When I was a little boy, I crawled into my father’s lap and asked, What is that number on your arm?” He didn’t flinch, he told me he was...

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Jonathan Bernd, Son of Hans Bernd
Author: Jonathan Bernd

Reflections on forgiveness from the son of a Holocaust survivor.

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Mark Landrum, Son of Flora Landrum
Author: Mark Landrum

My mother, Flora, was born towards the end of the Holocaust. Her family lived in Northern Greece, in the middle of a thriving Jewish community. Her father was part of the Greek underground resistance movement. When the Nazis told the Jewish community that they would...

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Why I, a German, Love the Jewish People
Author: Irmhild Barend

Love often begins with a discovery. We discover someone to whom we feel deeply drawn and who then inspires our devotion. My love for my Jewish brothers and sisters started with a discovery. Discovery and an empty chair. I carefully balanced the tray of food in my...

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I’m basically a good person and I’m very happy with my own religion, so why should I believe in Jesus?
January 1, 2000
Author: Jews for Jesus

To tell you the truth, if everyone were good in God’s sight, nobody would need Jesus and we wouldn’t be spending our efforts making web sites like this one. The psalmist long ago said that there is no one that does good, not even one.”1 Oh, to be...

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A Jewish Believer and Atonement
Author: Louis Goldberg

An Orthodox-turned-agnostic Jew finds complete forgiveness for his sins.

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Would God Forgive?
Author: Amy Rabinovitz

It was Yom Kippur. I was twelve, and I was fasting for the first time. I woke up early that morning, feeling especially holy and begging my parents to hurry and get dressed. I wanted to be in synagogue to spend the day praying and fasting like other Jews. We sat side...

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