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ARTICLES FOR RABBI WOHLBERG'S
ADULT EDUCATION CLASS
 2/28/24

And then, they came for the rock star …

Eylon Levy, Israel’s savvy English-language spokesman, is earning admirers — and reportedly one very significant enemy

Israel’s newest, British-born international spokesperson is raising some eyebrows

Is Israel Part of What It Means to Be Jewish

Myth and Reality in Israel’s Hostage Negotiations

Why Israel Is Winning in Gaza

Everybody’s talking about anti-Zionism

Why my uncle left Judaism

 

2/21/24

Hot Potatoes


If it’s Jewish, we have it Inside D.C.’s new Jewish history museum

In new documentary ‘God and Country,’ Rob Reiner shines a light on Christian nationalism

Sorry, but There Is No Two-State Solution

The Core Conflict and the Jews


The Two-State Delusion

Why one Israeli security veteran hasn’t given up on a two-state solution 

2/14/24
‘Blazing Saddles’ marks a half-century of hilarity — and controversy 
Powerful’ or ‘Yikes’ How the internet reacted to the first-ever Super Bowl ad about antisemitism

Here’s why the Super Bowl ads about Jesus, antisemitism and the Israeli hostages didn’t work

How ‘ceasefire’ became a dirty word, even to some progressive groups

Jewish NYers are turning out to support a Druze restaurant that experienced anti-Israel vandalism

2/7/24
South Africa’s genocide claim against Israel is rooted in the history of apartheid
She was healthy and full of life when she was kidnapped, and this is what they did to her 
I left the US fearing antisemitism under Trump. Oct. 7 has me rethinking my place in Canada, too
Coexistence initiatives in Israel tentatively resume as Arabs and Jews live side by side amid war
Anti-Zionists at Brown University Threaten to Starve Themselves Unless School Considers Anti-Israel Resolution


1/10/24
*The real story behind ‘One Life,’ the movie starring Anthony Hopkins as Nicholas Winton, who rescued Jewish children from the Nazis
*So why were those yeshiva students digging a tunnel at Chabad headquarters
*Gabriel Attal, France’s new prime minister, says his Jewish ancestry has shaped him 
*How Kosher Wine Became a Hit in the Caribbean and Beyond
*Hamas Tortured Me for Dissent. Here's What They Really Think of Palestinians 

*Ask Zelensky UAE rebuffs Bibi request to pay Palestinian workers barred from Israel
*Americans for Peace Now becomes first US Zionist group to call for an end to the Gaza war


1/3/24
Another Jewish Willy Wonka Is the Sweetest Revenge
How culture warriors weaponized Jewish grief and forced Harvard’s president to resign
How students and teachers feel about AI in the Jewish classroom
In unprecedented decision, Israel’s Supreme Court strikes down law limiting its power
Jewish content creators say TikTok not doing enough to stop hate, antisemitism
The spiritual lessons of ‘The Crown’
The Sweet Taste of Childhood—With Coconut on Top
Young Americans are turning against Israel — and you can thank TikTok


12/20/23

Bridging Divisions During Wartime

Here’s how Jewish life changed (for now) after Oct. 7

Israel is no safe haven. So why are Jews defending Biden’s comments

Our Jewish Christmas Traditions

Penn’s Jewish students — preparing for finals — say problems remain after president resigns

Schools I don’t want my kid to set foot on’ For some Jewish families, Oct. 7 upended the college application process

The Hebrew Language's Expression of the Year

The polls are clear While at war with Israel, Hamas defeated Abbas and Fatah

12/6/23
Viral chants at Goldie draw rebukes - protest organizers say criticism detracts from ceasefire demand
Is it time for me to conceal my Jewish identity in the United States

This Manhattan restaurant is serving a $95 latke for Hanukkah

‘Awakening of unity’ - Hamas attack, war spark outpouring of support for Israel in haredi communities

Exclusive - Top U.S. Jewish groups target misinformation on Israel-Hamas war

What is Neturei Karta, the Orthodox group at all the pro-Palestinian protests
 

‘Am Yisrael Chai’ has become an anthem for the Jewish people — but where did it come from


11/8/23

What Do Jews Believe About Jesus

The World To Come

Jewish Messianism
 

5/31/23

‘If it were not for the accident of my birth, I would be antisemitic.’

An app that can generate 64,000 kosher cheesecake recipes aims to prove AI’s value for Orthodox Jews

 

Biden plan to combat antisemitism demands reforms across the executive branch and beyond

Hot dogs are the greatest American Jewish food. Here’s why

 

Israel’s Unfinished Exodus Story

NYC’s public law school releases video of ‘antisemitic’ commencement speech

Rabbi Gershon Edelstein, an architect and guardian of Haredi-secular relations

The return of Who is a Jew

5/24/23

60% of Americans back reevaluating ties with Israel if judicial reform passespoll
CNN's Amanpour publicly apologizes for saying Dee family was killed in'shootout
Codex Sassoon acquired for ANU Museum of the Jewish People for $38.1 million
Conservative movement OKs vegetarian and vegan restaurants without kosher supervision
Inside the Last Old-School Seltzer Shop in New York


Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match
The media entrepreneur making antisemitism education go viral
Why Dairy on Shavuot

 

 

5/17/23
Here Are 800 More Reasons to Question the United Nations
Is Mah-Jongg a Jewish Game
Israel at 75 Is Threatened but Strong

The End Jew Hatred Movement is spreading across the country — and sparking controversy

The Religious Landscape is Undergoing Massive Change. It Could Decide the 2024 Election
This kosher cafe in Riverdale attracts a diverse clientele from across the Bronx
Zionism’s Moment of Decision


5/3/23
Dura Europos
For theatergoers at Broadway’s recent spate of Jewish shows, attendance is a form of witness
Israel Is a Hope for Its Arab Citizens, Too
Kosher certification got its start 100 years ago — in Pittsburgh
Lowering Army Exemption Age A Sowellian Move
Pro-overhaul protest showed the right’s strengths — and the government’s weakness
Richard Sharp is a public figure and fair game for satire. The use of antisemitic tropes is not


4/26/23
‘Two Israels’: What’s really behind the judicial reform protests

At an American Jewish conference in Tel Aviv, protesters are driving the energy

Jewish Custom (Minhag) Versus Law (Halacha)

No, Israel Is Not Planning to Take Control of Al-Aqsa

Politician who called herself ‘mother of the politically incorrect’ offered Israel’s top diplomatic post in NYC

The high price of kosher food takes a bite out of these NYC teens’ budgets

Trying to Find Love on These Streets  Better Have a Big Roll of Tape

Where to Eat the Best Israeli Food in Miami

Who are you, Rabbi Davidowitz

 

3/29/23
A fifth question this Passover what makes Trader Joe’s matzah different from all other matzah
A Florida bill attacking ‘critical theory’ in higher education has the state’s Jewish academics worried

At unusual counterprotest, right-wing demonstrators air grievances against Israel’s courts

What To Know About Israel's Judicial Reform

What you just witnessed was one of the greatest weeks in Israel's history

3/8/23

Drowning in a sea of resentment and hate
 

In Orthodox communities where women don’t read Torah, Purim offers a rare opportunity
 

Is it okay to criticize Israel
 

Neo-Nazis came to Broadway to protest Parade All the more reason for the show to go on

 

Netanyahu Is Shattering Israeli Society

This ‘Wheel Of Fortune’ Bagel Blunder Is a Big Dill

The settlers’ attack on Huwara is not the Orthodox Judaism I grew up on

 

3/1/23

American Jews created historic summer camps. Or did summer camps create American Jews?

As Orthodox Union and other Jewish groups condemn settler rampage, many avoid mentioning Benjamin Netanyahu

Battle over High Court exposes frailty of Israel

Doughnuts meet hamantaschen as Brooklyn’s Sesame bakery reimagines a Purim treat

The holy and the broken — getting up after sitting shiva for my dad

Why that New York Times article on the Brooklyn eruv is sparking controversy

 

1/25/23

Deri v. High Court What did he actually pledge in his 2022 plea bargain

Holocaust ‘Book of Names’ to be inaugurated at the UN underscores the individual identities of the 6 million

How to Make Black and White Cookies

NY federation CEO offers rare criticism of Israel’s right-wing government

The path forward for liberal Zionism

What American Jews fight about when they fight about Israel

A 'Swinging Bunch of People’ No Longer

1/11/23

Law professors are panicking about how to teach Dobbs. I use the Talmud
 

Meet Amichai Chikli, Israel’s new Diaspora minister, who opposes BDS and Reform Judaism
 

More and more Jews are choosing cremation. These rabbis aren’t happy about it
 

Not only is cremation controversial in Judaism, it pollutes the earth
 

The Jewish path back to Israeli democracy
 

Why Did George Santos Lie About Being Jewish
 

Why Israel’s new right-wing leaders immediately made plastic plates inexpensive again

 

12/21/22
‘Mercenaries for Jesus’: Christmas is a busy time for Jews who sing in churches 
Children out for a stroll in north discover 2,000-year-old lamp in the ground

Contemplating a Canon of Jewish American Films

It’s a new year Can we please talk about antisemitism in a new way

Why your synagogue, and mine, needs a pickleball court
 

12/7/22
A Black writer explores how Germany remembers its ‘unthinkable’ past
A rectangular latke takes shape at Edith’s Sandwich Counter in Brooklyn
Iranians ‘didn’t know what they were getting’ when they overthrew the shah
New study of Jewish men links heart health with religious lifestyle
The sequel to the Holocaust novel Boy in the Striped Pajamas is here Its author has no regrets
When Did Judaism Begin


11/30/22

‘Shocking’ survey about antisemitic hiring based on shaky data

A Good-Will Government Was Possible in Israel

How Thanksgiving helped Jews carve out a piece of the American story

Jewish Trump officials distance themselves after his dinner with white supremacist

The Problem With Letting Therapy-Speak Invade Everything

Trump’s Jewish supporters must condemn and disavow him

 

When it comes to a classic Jewish cookie, New York bakeries go beyond black and white

11/16/22

A new exhibit on Jewish delis explores the roots and rise of a uniquely American phenomenon

I’m a Jewish historian and my grandparents ran a deli. Maybe we’re in the same business

Dave Chappelle under fire for ‘Saturday Night Live’ monologue about antisemitism

Op-Ed: How I learned to embrace my Black and Jewish heritage

In rare critique, top US Jewish leader warns against proposed limit on Law of Return

Jerusalem square named for Portuguese diplomat who saved 10,000 Jews in WWII

Report: Before election, Israel approved $2.3 million plan to improve its image among Reform and Conservative Jews

What I learned about antisemitism from a remarkable new archive about Jewish Civil War soldiers

 

11/9/2022
Between Kanye and the Midterms, the Unsettling Stream of Antisemitism
Could Israelites be brought into mainstream Judaism 50 years ago, one effort did just that

The Israel We Knew Is Gone

The Israel We Knew Is Not Gone

This Perfect Mother-Daughter Read Holds a Powerful Lesson for Fighting Antisemitism

Unpacking Kanye and Kyrie Condemn antisemitic acts, but don’t destroy Black men

Why Are There So Many Holocaust Books for Kids

Why Israelis like me voted in a right-wing government

11/2/22

Jessica Seinfeld’s Instagram post about Kanye West’s antisemitism goes viral among celebrities and influencers

Four possible outcomes for Israel’s election

I listened to Kanye West slander Jews for three hours so that you don’t have to

Is Israel’s Political Virtuoso in Denial

Israeli president tries to ease U.S. concerns about radical right ahead of elections

Lee Zeldin, grandson of an Orthodox rabbi, gains traction in New York’s Hasidic neighborhoods

Shivim Panim

The 10 Best, Most Classic Jewish Jokes

Why I wouldn’t sign the petition to cancel Kanye

10/26/22
Bad Jews’ describes a history of American Jewish infighting
A bitter battle between two bagel shops boils over in Columbus

Brooklyn Yeshiva to pay $8 million after admitting to defrauding the government

Does Trump hate Jews, or just ‘bad Jews’

Hey, Kanye West defenders Critiquing ‘secular elites’ is actually still antisemitism

Jessica Seinfeld’s Instagram post about Kanye West’s antisemitism goes viral among celebrities and influencers

No, saying that someone ‘Jewed you down’ is not a compliment

Wait, is that a Hebrew letter on the cover of Taylor Swift’s new album
 

6/29/22

BDS movement disavows Boston project mapping Jewish groups as some in Congress push for a federal investigation into its use
Born Christian, French woman becomes one of Israel’s few female Orthodox rabbis

Federal court upholds Arkansas law that restricts Israel boycotts, ruling it does not violate First Amendment

How this kosher, gluten-free bakery creates some of New York’s tastiest bagels

This law professor argued that Reform Jews aren’t devout enough to merit religious freedom

6/22/22

Is Cha Cha Real Smooth the first good barbat mitzvah movie

 

Google’s ‘sentient’ AI can’t count in a minyan, but it still raises ethical dilemmas



As Bennett dissolves Knesset to save settler law, a new set of challenges await

Bennett announces coalition

Israel suspends school trips to Poland, citing interference in content and security issues

NY Gov. Hochul endorsed by Satmar Jewish community, securing tens of thousands of votes

Religion for non-believers  It’s a Jewish thing

Watergate’s Jewish ‘thing’ & Nixon’s thing for the Jews

5/25/22

A 47-year veteran of Brooklyn’s Acme Smoked Fish says farewell on his final ‘Fish Friday’

Ex-Hasidic woman gives tours of her former NYC stomping grounds from the outside in

France’s New Prime Minister Overcame Tragedy in Her Youth

Israeli ambassador says House Democrats’ call for US probe of journalist’s killing isn’t ‘fair’

LeBron James attends Jewish NYC wedding — holding hands with a notorious rabbi

Moroccan authorities restore ancient Jewish cemetery of Meknes

Unable to film in Ukraine, Eurovision song contest winners made their intro video in Israel

Who gets to say what is kosher A Long Island restaurant is caught in the crosshairs

5/25/22
Hardly a "happy new year"
Hot dog! A Lower East Side art exhibit explores the Jewish roots of an all American food
In trying to seize Russian assets, the US is taking a page from Chabad
Joe Biden won’t budge on this make-or-break Iran deal issue, and progressives are furious
What you need to know about the antisemitic ideology behind the Buffalo shooting


5/11/22
At Harvard, Facts Are For Losers
Does pastrami come from New York or Texas
For Orthodox Jewish groups, it’s wait and see on the reversal of abortion rights
How Jewish families prime girls for success in schools and careers
How to Pray to a God You Don’t Believe In

My family was murdered in Austria during the Holocaust. Now they’re offering me citizenship. Should I accept

New York City Council member wants a ‘Jewish Heritage Day’ in city public schools

 

Why these Israeli farmers became heroes after killing their crops - it’s in the Bible


4/6/22
A Different Ball Game 
A scripted TV series about Russ & Daughters is in the works

A Ukrainian director’s documentary about Babyn Yar massacre of Jews lands in an unanticipated context
 

Documents from Roman Abramovich’s controversial Portuguese naturalization surface online
 

How Coffee Became Kosher for Passover
 

London judge jails husband who withheld Jewish divorce from his wife

My mother’s chopped liver isn’t punishment, it’s therapy

What Zelensky gets wrong about the Holocaust in Ukraine

3/30/22

6 Jewish words no journalist can live without

Answering Israel's Ukraine Critics

How Chelm Became the Jewish Town of Fools

Should Moses Be Called Moshe?

The advice I gave Madeleine Albright when she found out she was Jewish

Ukrainian children are finding refuge in an Israeli town and its school for Russian speakers

Why chocolate matters to the Jewish community

3/23/22
Are Virtual Minyans and Avatar Rabbis The Future of Judaism

Behind the Entenmann’s Cellophane, a Slice of Long Island Life
 

How macaroons became a must for Passover — even if no one likes them

 

In appeal to Israel, Zelensky Invokes the 'final solution'

Mourners throng Bnei Brak for funeral of Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, largest in Israel’s history

NYC Jews who attend synagogue have higher rates of emotional well-being, survey finds

Orthodox groups launch uphill battle against daylight saving time bill

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, one of Israel’s leading religious authorities, dies at 94


Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, Venerated Talmudic Scholar, Dies at 94

Why Jewish refugees from Ukraine are choosing Germany over Israel

 

And now for the contrary view

There's a reason we get drunk and wear costumes on Purim


3/9/22
The Jewish post-rescue era ended with the war in Ukraine

Simeon Maslin, influential Philadelphia rabbi who brought tradition back to Reform Jews, dies at 90

Jews and non-Jews share a bloody history in Ukraine. But there are reasons for hope

I do not know what will be the end of you

How To Make An Entire Multi-Course Gourmet Meal Out Of Cereal

How a coming-of-age ritual for Jewish girls aided the rise of women’s rights

Babi Yar is a site of Jewish death. With a new synagogue, this architect vows to ‘bring back Jewish life’

Architect of memorial synagogue at Babyn Yar Bombing leaves me speechless, numb and powerless


3/2/22
Abraham Lincoln’s greatest gift to the Jews
Who were the most (and least) Jewish presidents
A way to forgive debts and leave fields fallow — even if you’re not a farmer in Israel

Can a 37-Year-Old Model-Turned-Politician Win Back Democratic Support for Israel

What Are Post-Denominational, Trans-Denominational and Non-Denominational Judaism

War in Ukraine Forces Israel Into a Delicate Balancing Act
Volodymyr Zelensky was a Jewish comedian  Now the world’s eyes are on him
Will the sword devour forever



2/23/22

A Year After Israel's Landmark Conversions Ruling, non-Orthodox Jews Still Face Discrimination

Abraham Lincoln’s greatest gift to the Jews

Eyewitness account of the Felshtin massacre in 1919

Founder of Jewish museum expelled from Iraqi Kurdistan

German dictionary changes definition of ‘Jew’ after complaint from local Jewish community

Israel’s never-ending, and very human, ‘Who Is a Jew’ saga

Israeli strawberry clocks in as world’s heaviest on record

 

It was the most successful Jewish ad campaign of all time — but who was the model

Orthodox leaders travel to Israel to lobby government against issues important to Conservative and Reform movements

Roblox, popular kids’ computer game, removes virtual Nazi gas chambers

Surplus Jews no longer

Who were the most (and least) Jewish presidents

2/16/22
‘Jeuje,’ ‘Zhoosh,’ ‘Zhuzh' A Word of Many Spellings, and Meanings
10, On Super Bowl Sunday, look for the Jewish flag football player on 50-yard line
A Rabbi’s Grace

Capitalism had Israel’s kibbutzim on the ropes    Then they discovered pot
Dutch universities order staff to reveal their ties to Jewish and Israeli groups

In Ukraine, young Jews are torn between fighting for their country — and leaving for another

Raunchy TikTok Talmud tidbits spark slut-shaming and heated discourse

The Eight Genders in the Talmud

Trude Feldman, Jewish reporter who spoke to presidents and prime ministers, dies at 97

2/9/22
‘Maus’ is not ‘Auschwitz for Beginners’ — and that’s why it needs to be taught

Art Spiegelman, speaking to Tennesseeans, says ‘Maus’ controversy is ‘about controlling’

Auschwitz survivor Mel Mermelstein, who fought Holocaust deniers, dies

Jessica Seinfeld shows us how to be vegan (at least some of the time)

Pope Francis called pet owners selfish. An animal chaplain says he sells love short

Tennessee woman says her child was taught ‘how to torture a Jew’ in public school Bible class

The Jews and Their Carrots

When I recall my father Elie Wiesel, my shame about these Olympics only deepens

Why the author of ‘People Love Dead Jews’ is sorry her book is a huge hit

You lost. This is democracy. You were not accepted here. Get out. Go.


2/1/22

England’s one-time capital to honor Licoricia of Winchester, Jewish businesswoman murdered there in 1277
In the story of Ethiopian Jewish immigration, is Israel really the hero
Nobel Prize won by man saved in Kindertransport was sold at auction for nearly $500,000
The great ‘Maus’ giveaway is on as bookstores, professors and churches counter Tennessee school board’s ban
Manhattan synagogue marks its 100th year as Reconstructionist Judaism’s flagship

Are Jews a Race

How Mustard Became The King Of Jewish Condiments

Whoopi Goldberg apologizes for Holocaust race comment — but doubles down in saying Jews are not a race

 

You can’t just swap out ‘Maus’ for another Holocaust book It’s special


 

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