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We always knew that the Holocaust of the Jewish people was a unique event. History is full of fighting and killing and suffering, but the Holocaust was something different. This was the first organized genocide against a helpless people, in an attempt to wipe them off the face of the earth. There is nothing that compares to it in all the sad annals of human history.

Survivors, some of whom are still alive, are horrified to hear the destruction of European Jewry compared to other murder and mayhem. Perhaps the last person expected to make the comparison would be the foreign minister of the State of Israel. But that is what happened at the recent 7th Global Forum on Combating Antisemitism.

Foreign minister Lapid, son and grandson of Holocaust survivors. spoke at the forum and said, "Antisemites weren't only in the ghetto in Budapest. The antisemites were the slave traders who threw chained slaves into the ocean. The antisemites were the Hutu tribe members in Rwanda that slaughtered the Tutsis. The antisemites are those Muslims who have killed more than 20 million fellow Muslims in the past decade. The antisemites are the Islamic State and Boko Haram."




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Agudath Israel Responds to Ben & Jerry's Decision to Boycott Yehudah, Shomron and East Jerusalem and Urges States to Apply Anti-BDS Laws

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The recent announcement by the Ben & Jerry's ice cream company that it would no longer sell its products in Yehudah, Shomron or East Jerusalem has brought the issue of BDS once again to the forefront of public discourse.








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Father and Daughter

FICTION by Chaim Walder

Part I

Moshe Dovid was quite young when he married the even younger Tzila at a lavish wedding. Both of them came from well-to-do homes, and until their wedding neither of them had encountered any obstacles in their lives.

This of course doesn't imply that there were no such obstacles. It just means that they didn't encounter them because their parents tried to remove every obstacle from their paths in advance, lest their children discover that life has thorns.

Obviously, such an upbringing produces individuals who are, in the best case, capable of contending with the sleep sand which collect in the corners of their eyes and, on exceptional occasions, with the difficult questions of whether or not to move a piece of furniture from one room to another or what cereal to buy at the supermarket, if at all.

To put it briefly, neither of them was more fit for marriage than a newborn baby is for a ski trip.

Man or Machine?

a story by Shira Shatzberg

Part I

What I vividly remember Mama proclaiming at every opportunity throughout my childhood was, "You'll be a man someday, my son. A real mensch..."

The image of her solemn brown eyes peering at me from below the kerchief worn so low down her forehead that it nearly skimmed her eyebrows is one that has accompanied me throughout life.

Perhaps this is because it was a scene repeated so often, I'd come to believe this to be Mama's ultimate expectation of me. It was a criterion I strove to achieve, yet also one I believed came naturally to me.

Time and again, I had protested as a teenager, "But Mama, I already am a man. You know that. I'm tough and enduring and ready to face real life. Everyone says I'm mature." I had good reason to be, having been an orphan since childhood, and helped with the finances ever since I could remember, first by delivering newspapers, then with other part-time jobs my rabbi and my rosh yeshiva had approved of for my circumstances.


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