George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom

How much blame does Trump truly bear for the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting?

By James Kirchick
Courtesy: The Washington Post
Published November 21, 2018

Every year at Passover, Jews gather to celebrate God’s freeing our forefathers from bondage. Seated around the seder table, we exult in the song “Dayenu,” which, in Hebrew, translates as “It would have been enough.” Over the course of 15 stanzas, we cite the litany of miracles God performed — “If He had brought us out of Egypt,” “If He had split the sea for us,” “If He had fed us manna” — each followed by grateful repetition of “dayenu.” For a people who love to complain, it’s a deeply meaningful expression of faith.

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American Jews always believed the U.S. was exceptional. We were wrong.

By Lila Corwin Berman
Courtesy: The Washington Post
Published November 1, 2018

I am a historian of American Jews. My morning last Saturday began with a bar mitzvah at our synagogue in Philadelphia; an hour into it, I left with my son to take him to a squash lesson at a private club. In my profession, we call this “the American-Jewish synthesis”: the ability to be Jewish and American all at once. Historians like me have spent decades explaining how and why Jews have been able to achieve this.

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