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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

11/24/2016 - 11:54 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy and educational organization, has an unsettling map on its website. Against the geographical backdrop of the United States, more than 90 threats, violence, and acts of vandalism committed in 2016 against Muslims or those who appear to be Muslim mar the map. What’s worse, this map is likely an underrepresentation of these crimes, and does not yet take into account the uptick in post-election violence. Given how crucial data is to the criminal justice system, we should not be left with holes when it comes to reporting and combating hate crimes.

11/22/2016 - 16:49 | | Opinion

A pupil once asked the Maggid of Mezritch: “How can we praise God for the bad days in our lives?”

11/22/2016 - 13:27 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Trauma is everywhere.

I know. Maybe my experience would not be shared if I lived in Youngstown, Ohio, Lansing, Mich., or Green Bay, Wis. But I don’t. I live in suburban Washington, D.C., and I am a rabbi who works with and among Jews.

11/22/2016 - 13:26 | | president Interfaith Alliance Washington, D.C. | Opinion

Editor's Note: At the suggestion of educator and Jewish Week columnist, Erica Brown, a number of leading voices in the Jewish community were asked to write a letter reflecting their post-election thoughts. See more letters from other leaders in the Jewish community below, and look out for part two of this issue below.

11/22/2016 - 13:24 | | University of Cincinnati | Opinion

Editor's Note: At the suggestion of educator and Jewish Week columnist, Erica Brown, a number of leading voices in the Jewish community were asked to write a letter reflecting their post-election thoughts. See more letters from other leaders in the Jewish community below, and look out for part two of this issue below.

When you called me shouting, in your playful, hyperbolic way, “Bubbie, Bubbie, what are we going to do? Trump won! He won!” I was proud (that you got it) and sad (that you got it) and I haltingly assured you that everything would be OK. But Ezra, I just wanted you to feel OK.

11/22/2016 - 13:23 | | Hebrew Institute of Riverdale | Opinion

Editor's Note: At the suggestion of educator and Jewish Week columnist, Erica Brown, a number of leading voices in the Jewish community were asked to write a letter reflecting their post-election thoughts. See more letters from other leaders in the Jewish community below, and look out for part two of this issue below.

You planned on giving your acceptance speech at the Javits Center, a building purposefully selected because it has a glass ceiling. This was supposed to be a ceiling-shattering moment in our history.