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October 30, 2018

Educating against Hatred, for Respect

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So what is there to do in the face of a tragedy like the one in Pittsburgh? Horror, outrage, grief, public expressions of sympathy and solidarity, and prayers: all these have their place. But can they stop another Shabbat massacre? President Trump’s...

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September 4, 2018

Because of Dave

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Because of Dave, I once spent the better part of a Sunday afternoon shackled to a bench in a dingy Harlem precinct house. Because of Dave, I learned to wean myself off books and newspapers long enough to learn how to play Casino, and even to beat...

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December 18, 2017

Discovering a Rare Christmas Musical Gem

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I have yet to hear a RIAS program that I didn’t like, but Bruch’s short piece (it’s less than five minutes) is a stand-out in and of itself. For one thing, it is one of those inimitable German Christmas songs whose text grasps the heart of the...

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June 26, 2017

Kicking for Community

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To anyone passing the playing field below Schöngleina the other night, the echoes of a soccer tournament in full swing must have seemed truly strange. Not because there was a game: soccer is a religion in this corner of Thuringia, as it is across...

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