WHAT IS GOD THINKING?
Paris Hilton, famous for being well known, says God has given her another chance. If so, it's a hopeful sign for all of humanity. Either that or God is the sort of pushover many rebellious teen-agers wish they had. What do you think?
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DETAILS ON ANTISEMITISM'S RESURGENCE
Most of us who pay attention to international news have been hearing for several years about the re-emergence of antisemitism in Europe, where the history of this hatred is long and horrific, having culminated in the Shoah, or Holocaust.
But now a new report is giving us a better sense of the scope of the problem. And antisemitism certainly isn't limited to Europe, this report makes clear. It also remains a problem in North America, though I have heard some Jewish leaders in the United States say that antisemitism is not part of the experience of most American Jews today.
The full report by a group called Human Rights First can be read by clicking here. I particularly call your attention to a section called "Antisemitism as public policy" and one called "Resurgent Antisemitism in Central and Eastern Europe."
As many of you know, I'm working with a rabbi on a book about Jews in Poland who survived the Holocaust with non-Jewish help, and one of the chapters will discuss the long history of anti-Judaism in Christian history, which helped to create modern antisemitism. It's a breathtaking and shameful history, and many American Christians today seem completely ignorant of it. And, by the way, if you want to know how you can help with this book project, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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