Intersectionality Means Never Having to Say You’re Antisemitic

          This week’s Torah portion, Vaetchanan, contains two very famous passages, the Shema and the Ten commandments. But this Parasha also includes Moses’ final request of God before he dies. As you know, even though Moses had led the Israelites from Egyptian bondage and through the desert for forty years, he […]

Seeing the Israel-American Jewish Reality Through a New Lens

  The Bible is filled with quotes, someone once said. But of course, often what we think is a quote is in fact not. For instance, Sherlock Holmes never said “Elementary, my dear Watson.” Neither Ingrid Bergman nor anyone else in Casablanca says “Play it again, Sam”; Leo Durocher did not say “Nice guys finish […]

Open The Gates

“For you have known the heart of the stranger….” (Exodus 23:9) The picture above shows my mother, Regina Ohringer, mostly hidden by the man in the white suit in the middle. You can see on the right my Aunt Lottie. They were with their parents on the SS Flandre, a French ship that in May, […]