At Virginia Seder, A Unique Flavor Of Slavery

Historic university reinforces students’ understanding of Passover theme

04/06/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Williamsburg, Va. — The students at the second-night seder here at the College of William and Mary this week didn’t have to go far for a reminder of slavery, one of the ritual meal’s main themes.

The Wren Building on the campus of William and Mary, which was built by slaves in the 17th century. Wikimedia Commons

See One Person, Be One Person

04/01/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Holocaust educators know that some numbers are almost impossible to comprehend: six million Jews; 11 million people; 1.5 million children, 1.1 of them Jewish. But if you tell me one person’s story, then I can begin to understand.

Rabbi Debra Orenstein

The Rav And The Rebbe On Spiritual Slavery Of Modernity

04/28/2014 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

As slaves, we experienced three primary forms of oppression: gerut (alienation), avdut (servitude) and innui (affliction), [Genesis 15:14]. Our suffering naturally inspires us to acts of social justice in which we attempt to alleviate others’ physical oppression and deprivation. However, we can perceive and interpret our suffering spiritually as well.

In a way, all moderns are slaves. Fotolia

At City Hall, Black And Jewish Teens Share Perspectives On Prejudice (Story and Video)

04/24/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Armani Rivera, 14, recalled the day she made a purchase at a candy store and was treated with suspicion by the clerk.

"He waved me away," she said.

Ilay Fachima, 15, remembers the day a passerby threw a penny at him and said “pick it up, Jew.”

"I answered him back," said Fachima. "I put him on the spot."

After visiting New York's Holocaust museum, teens shared their reflections and experiences at City Hall. Adam Dickter

Still Fighting Slavery

03/27/2013 - 20:00

Slavery is a constant companion at our seder tables each year.

On the Jewish Mount Rushmore, Would Ulysses S. Grant Make it?

Do you ever wonder what, one hundred years from now, historians will make of Obama’s record?  And how about something more specific: his record with Jews?  I do.  But reading Jenna Weissman Joselit’s review of a new book on Ulysses S.

Witnessing The Liberation Of Slaves In Sudan

01/24/2011 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

On Jan. 15, the people of southern Sudan completed a weeklong vote that will likely break Sudan, Africa’s largest country, in two. Why?

What Makes A Museum Good?

This week, I wrote about the retirement of The Jewish Museum's director Joan Rosenbaum, who's led the museum for 30 years.  But the story of her career raises a few fundamental questions that The Jewish Museum, and indeed all ethnic museums, must grapple with: Should ethnic museums advance the consensus opinions of their constituent group, or should they challenge those beliefs?  And if the latter, where do you draw the line?

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