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  • The Anti-Americanism of Opposition to the Islamic Center

    By Dr. Michael Berenbaum

    September 8, 2010 | 2:32 pm

    Each year or so, I teach a seminar in American Jewish History. Early in the semester I read with the students George Washington’s exchange of letter in 1791, two years after the Constitution as written. with the Hebrew Congregation in Newport. The first President of the United... read on

  • The Curious Case of Hitler’s Signed Copy of the Nuremberg Laws

    By Dr. Michael Berenbaum

    September 2, 2010 | 11:37 am

    Hitler’s Copy of the Nuremberg Laws

    The announcement that the Huntington Library has given its copy of the Nuremberg Laws personally signed by Adolf Hitler to the National Archives raises some interesting questions.

    Recall that this document was taken by General George Patton,... read on

  • The Shoes of Majdanek

    By Dr. Michael Berenbaum

    August 12, 2010 | 2:38 pm

    Reports of the fire at Majdanek that damaged the barracks housing hundreds of thousands of shoes should cause up to shudder. Something monumental has been lost and we must be mindful of its magnitude.

    A word about Majdanek: The camp is situated in a valley just outside the major... read on

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  • Pious Pronouncement with Action

    By Dr. Michael Berenbaum

    August 2, 2010 | 2:53 pm

    I take prayer seriously, very seriously. It is an integral part of my daily life.

    Years ago when I officiated at High Holiday services I found one prayer most disturbing. Recited at the beginning of the Reader’s repetition of the Musaf Amidah in melodious and beautiful the... read on

  • The Place of Remembrance: Tisha B’av in Contemporary Times

    By Dr. Michael Berenbaum

    July 18, 2010 | 9:44 pm

    By the rivers of Babylon,
    there we sat,
    sat and wept,
    as we thought of Zion

    Psalms 137:1
    With these words, the Psalmist reminds us that the place from which we remember an event shapes how the event is remembered. Place, even more than time.

    We weep for different reasons. There... read on

  • The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson

    By Dr. Michael Berenbaum

    July 16, 2010 | 3:44 pm

    Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman, The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson (Princeton University Press, 2010) pp. 343, $29.95

    One should never begin a book review with a confession—and certainly not with two – but in fairness to my readers I must.

    In... read on

  • Book Review: The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menache

    By Michael Berenbaum

    July 16, 2010 | 3:28 pm

    Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman, The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson (Princeton University Press, 2010) pp. 343, $29.95

    One should never begin a book review with a confession—and certainly not with two – but in fairness to my readers I must.

    In... read on

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