ARTICLES FOR RABBI WOHLBERG'S
ADULT EDUCATION CLASS 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

1/26/22
A Holocaust course designed for Muslim students may soon be taught at more schools


A Jewish couple in Tennessee is suing after a Christian adoption agency refused to help them

 

A year ago, Modern Orthodox ice skater Hailey Kops was studying in Jerusalem  Now she’s heading to the Winter Olympics

 

ADL, other Jewish groups denounce ‘ongoing terrorism’ by settler extremists

 

Being Jewish in an Unraveling America

 

For Jews, Going to Services Is an Act of Courage

 

I Am A Rabbi And I Helped My Father End His Life

 

If the sword falls from our hands, our lives will be cut short

 

Israel to plant 450,000 trees in cities in effort to counter effects of climate change

 

The Bat Mitzvah Question I Wasn’t Expecting ‘Are We Safe at Synagogue

 

What an Antisemite’s Fantasy Says About Jewish Reality

1/19/22
A new Israeli film tackles the taboo - Did six million Jews die in the Holocaust
A Strong New Lead in ‘The Betrayal of Anne Frank’

Hostage- Attacker chose synagogue, thinking Jews powerful enough to free ‘sister’
In the countries where we take refuge, they will kill us

Invasive species, protests and forest fires- How planting a tree in Israel became controversial
Israeli startup unveils 3D-printed, plant-based salmon fillet
Muslim groups show support for Jewish community after Dallas hostage crisis
Searching for the Roots of the ‘New Year for Trees’
Should Moses Be Called Moshe
Why don’t Jews play Jews
With info scarce, US authorities, Jewish groups differ on Texas attacker’s motives

 


1/12/22
The Massacre That Never Was

Like a fish out of water Israeli team trains goldfish to drive

I was Bob Saget’s rabbi. This is what made him special.

EU official says the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s annual antisemitism list has gone too far

Brazilian court fines American Airlines for ’emotional suffering’ to passengers denied kosher food

A Nonbinary Jewish Prayer Book for Everyone

A marketing firm that works with Jewish groups, Big Duck, has nixed a potential client because of its Israel ties


1/5/22
Bennett won’t back Lapid’s candidate for Jewish Agency head
At Sunflower Bakery, life skills baked into the kosher cookies

Former MK Mordechai Ben-Porat passes away at 98
Once a Janitor, Now the Bar Mitzvah Photography King of Montreal
Your attention didn’t collapse. It was stolen
Up to a third of Israelis predicted to get COVID in next 3 weeks; tests running out
Visions of Abraham offers Jewish tourists to the UAE an interfaith experience




12/29/21
Is the Christmas Tree a religious symbol? What about a menorah?

Yair Lapid’s Vision For a New Israeli Future

 

Why the Rabbi’s Daughter Has a Christmas Tree

 

The Secret Jewish History of Kwanzaa

 

He Bombed the Nazis, Outwitted the Soviets and Modernized Christmas

Diaspora minister: To engage with young US Jews, we must advance Palestinian issue


12/15/21
Why is the word democracy not in Israels Declaration of Independence
A land where students still want to think
Israel rejects Ugandan Jew’s application for citizenship again, despite court ruling recognizing non-Orthodox conversions performed in Israel

Jews are disguising themselves as Muslims to pray on Temple Mount – report

Rabbinical Assembly on Stalling of Western Wall Agreement

Should States Be Allowed to Deny Parents Religious Options in School Choice Programs

The end of the IDF as we know it

Watch this ’70s ad for Bernstein on Essex to feel nostalgic for a lost New York

Yiddish theater category on ‘Jeopardy!’ makes one knowledgable contestant a rich(er) man

12/1/21
As more Israeli's choose pure olive oil to light the Hanukkah menorah, counterfeiters see an opportunity
Facing protest from his socialist allies, Rep. Jamaal Bowman opens up about his recent trip to Israel

Hanukkah today would make the Maccabees roll over in their graves
Meet the Jews of the Grand Canyon and rural Arizona, where Jewish life takes dedication
Was there really a Hanukkah miracle
Why is the word democracy not in Israels Declaration of Independence
Why the story of cream cheese is the story of Jews in America


11/10/21
As ‘Jewish Taliban’ sect is tossed out of Iraq, its leaders stand trial in New York
In Frank Lloyd Wright’s only synagogue, a masterful blending of color and light
Inside the Unraveling of American Zionism
My husband survived the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre. Pursuing the death penalty for the shooter would make things worse
Remembrance of Herrings Past
Sigd is not just a holiday for Ethiopian Jews- It’s a declaration that Israel sees us
The Orthodox Jew and the Atheist
The unraveling of American Zionism
What the Tree of Life shooting revealed about American Jewry
Women of the Wall- The debate


10/27/21
Charlottesville trial to start Monday with Lipstadt as key witness
Israeli noshery Sherry Herring opens in NYC — with ‘no Sherry and no herring
Mahjong saved my life
When unprecedented times are not-at-all-unprecedented
Will the Sun Ever Set on Anti-Semitism


10/20/21
Is the death of the McDonald’s McBagel good for the Jews

Why do some Jews cut their fingernails out of order

Sites where Germans killed Jews are dedicated in Poland


With dozens of world leaders watching, Sweden looks to turn around its reputation on antisemitism
You're only here by mistake Ben-Gurion should have thrown you all out

 

U.S. Holocaust Museums Are Updating Content and Context



10/13/21

The Secret Jewish History of the Great Chicago Fire


Moshe Tendler, Authority on Jewish Medical Ethics, Dies at 95
 

How Meir Kahane’s ideas entered the Jewish mainstream

Noah’s ark is one weird bedtime story

We may be talking about Gary Shteyngart’s botched circumcision for a long time

 

How 770 Eastern Parkway became the world’s most-recognizable Jewish building

Israeli PM Naftali Bennett to American Jewish leaders ‘We have to redesign our relationship’

Rabbi Moshe Tendler, whose thinking shaped Orthodox views on organ donation, dies at 95

The battle for Jewish Agency head heats up

The man who’s seen more than 400 Holocaust movies — almost every one ever made — has some takeaway

Why I made a podcast about Father Coughlin

 

10/6/21

How 770 Eastern Parkway became the world’s most-recognizable Jewish building
 

Impossible Pork is here — but the plant-based meat won’t be certified as kosher

Israeli PM Naftali Bennett to American Jewish leaders ‘We have to redesign our relationship’

Like America, Genesis has 2 creation stories. Simchat Torah renews our ability to tell them both

Rabbi Moshe Tendler, whose thinking shaped Orthodox views on organ donation, dies at 95

Roll, Jordan Produce, Roll

The battle for Jewish Agency head heats up

The man who’s seen more than 400 Holocaust movies — almost every one ever made — has some takeaways

There’s Gleaning To Do How Ancient Sabbatical Laws Can Work in a Modern Economy

What Happens When the Last Jew Leaves Afghanistan

Why I made a podcast about Father Coughlin

 

6/16/21

42 Jewish delis, 1 motorcycle The Great American Deli Schlep aims to raise awareness about hunger

After Jewish groups are left out of Blinken’s Israel briefing, the White House promises to hire a Jewish liaison

Benjamin Netanyahu replaced as Israeli prime minister after 12 years in office

Is Mrs. Maisel enough

Juneteenth offers us a day for celebration, reflection, and healing

Silicon Valley tech leaders ‘We stand against antisemitism’

Three-quarters of American Jews say they’re more concerned about antisemitism following the Israel-Gaza conflict

Why Jewish charities are now accepting Bitcoin

Overacheiving Jewish med student to compete at the Summer Olympics

6/9/21

A new museum in New Orleans puts the family histories of Southern Jews on display

Anti-Israel protesters block Zim cargo ship in Oakland, plan further actions

Coalition deal Kotel deal will implement egalitarian prayer section

Everything you need to know about the Israeli government that will replace Benjamin Netanyahu

Hamas was developing technology to jam Iron Dome system in bombed AP building, Israel says

Is Israel heading for its own Jan. 6

Norwegian Law would bring Anglos into Knesset 

The New York Times called Isaac Bashevis Singer a Polish writer

These days David Hertz is a world leader in turning food into social change

Who is Naftali Bennett, Israel’s likely next prime minister

5/12/21

4 Myths and Facts About /the Violence in Jerusalem

As Gaza conflict escalates, here’s what American Jews think about Israel

Germany’s antisemitism commissioner urges ban on wearing yellow star to protest pandemic lockdowns

If you’re asking American Jews if they’re religious, you don’t understand American Jews 

Pew’s new study of American Jews reveals widening divides, worries over antisemitism

Putting Pew's new survey into context How similar studies have shaped 3 decades of Jewish life

Rockets from Gaza batter Tel Aviv area, killing 1 and suspending air traffic

The fighting in Gaza, Jerusalem and across Israel, explained

What We’ve Lost in Rejecting the Sabbath

 

5/5/21

This Hungarian coffee cake is even better than babka

‘We are on our own’: French Jews on why they are protesting over Sarah Halimi, in their own words

Yosef Kleinman, the youngest survivor to testify at Eichmann trial, dies at 91

The Japanese Americans who helped liberate Dachau knew the shared history of anti-Jewish and anti-Asian hate

What will it take for me to go back to synagogue?

My son was at the Mount Meron disaster

Zoom fatigue is real for Jews, but even harder for Jewish women

The TikTok exec looking to spread Hasidic values


 

4/28/21

A House bill on Israel is flawed, but our Jewish civil war is worse

Artificial Intelligence Unlocks A New Secret of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Conservatives are more likely than liberals to hold anti-Semitic views, survey finds

For Jews and Armenians, two victories in the war on hate

In protest rallies, tens of thousands of Jews in France and beyond demand ‘justice for Sarah Halimi’

The Deli Celebrity

What you need to know about the violent clashes rocking Jerusalem this week

 

4/21/21
‘This is my dream’: NASA names two asteroids after Israeli student who discovered them


My father’s lesson: Jews must value labor even when they become management

 

‘Kids need camp this summer more than ever before’: What Jewish summer camp will look like this year

 

Why did Tucker Carlson talk about Israeli immigration policy? What you need to know about the white supremacist ‘open borders for Israel’ meme.

 

Dutch museum will pay $240K to owners of Nazi-looted painting it won’t return

 

Things We Should NOT Learn From ‘Shtisel’: Fertility and Jewish Law

 

A Satmar rebbe for a Shabbos


4/14/21

Calling any Jewish woman a ‘JAP’ is offensive — but not for the reason you think

Netanyahu struggles to build coalition as clock ticks

The Grief Crisis Is Coming

The Kahn family’s long, strange trip to the D.C. pot business
 

America is losing its religion

Counting the Omer, the Anti-Peloton

The Three-State Solution

Eichmann’s trial set the stage for more battles over the Shoah — including my own

Once the staple of New York politics, whatever became of the knish?

3/17/21
An Israeli woman was murdered by her husband.  It sparked a national reckoning over domestic violence.
For over 40 years, this man bought millions of dollars of New York’s leavened bread products before Passover
Is a Long-Dismissed Forgery Actually the Oldest Known Biblical Manuscript
Sharren Haskel champions Israel’s liberal right wing
We need to talk about 'Kike' - how did the slur originate anyway?


3/10/21
Orthodox and secular Israelis are fighting over Jewish conversion. Why?
How a Southern Baptist woman launched a line of kosher cakes
Supreme Court ruling on conversions fuels Israeli campaign ads 
BBC debate on whether Jews are an ethnic minority group sparks outrage
Swiss Jews join Muslims in protesting referendum banning face-covering veils
Sam Fuld played for Team Israel’s cinderella team. Now he’s trying to revamp the Philadelphia Phillies from the front office.
What happens when Rosh Hashanah falls on the first day of school? These districts are trying to figure it out.
From ‘Seinfeld’ to WWII Morocco, these new Haggadah options will spice up your Passover Seder
Vaccinations and tests enable some families to gather for Passover Seders this year


2/24/21
Israel offers compensation to families of missing children

Jew cookies are a Dutch dessert staple

Jews split over storied charity’s support for settlements

 

Joe and Bibi talked, but what does it all mean

 

Moved by her story, Pope Francis visits Holocaust survivor Edith Bruck at home in Rome

 

Report Israeli payment for Russian vaccines was part of exchange deal with Syri

 

The end of an era for Nazi hunters


We need to stop casting politicians as moral leaders


2/17/21
‘Who are we?: Asian-American Jews explore their identities in a new video project
Abraham Lincoln's Greatest Gift To The Jews

Flagship New Jersey yeshiva cancels Purim celebrations

Gulf Jews form umbrella body to make observance easier

Is the Jewish deli the new synagogue?
Israel briefly reopens Ben Gurion Airport for 302 immigrants from Ethiopia
Portuguese politician suggests that Israel’s vaccination success is because of Jewish financial power


2/10/21
A Blessing Too Good for Jews Alone
A Different Path to Ordination
French chief rabbi clashes with fellow communal leaders in debate over France’s Jewish future
In Orthodox communities where pregnancy is prized, vaccines and variants leave women confused and afraid
The Forgotten Story of the First Female Rabbi Is Finally Being Told
This deadly tragedy at a Yiddish performance is the reason it’s illegal to yell ‘fire!’ in a crowded theater
We are running out of time to preserve endangered Jewish languages - Here is how we can stop them from being lost forever
Why American Jews love 


2/3/21

Secular Israelis are obsessed with traditional Judaism. Micah Goodman helps explain why.

For rabbis, America’s complex COVID-19 vaccine rollout means eligibility can come down to guesswork

The Jewish angles to the GameStop stock saga, explained

The Wisdom of Peanuts

Abraham Twerski, 90, Hasidic rabbi and psychiatrist who specialized in substance abuse

A tale of 2 Jewish Super Bowl linemen: Buccaneers’ Ali Marpet and Chiefs’ Mitchell Schwartz

Why Conspiracy Theorists Like Marjorie Taylor Greene Always Land on the Jews

 

1/27/21

Ugandan Jews Not Eligible to Immigrate to Israel, State Informs High Court

Secular Israelis are obsessed with traditional Judaism. Micah Goodman helps explain why.

Dutch panel picks author accused of anti-Semitism as keynote speaker for Holocaust memorial commemoration

In Israel, a Holocaust survivor has made falafel a symbol of Jewish resilience

Amanda Gorman's inauguration poem was beautiful and mighty -- no  matter what your religion you may be

In Amsterdam, the personal card of every Holocaust victim returns to Jewish hands

Andrew Yang: My vision for New York City's Jewish Community