Why I stopped wearing a Jewish star
By Lisa Woolfson
One of my gifts for my bat mitzvah was an ornate pink jewelry box decorated with Jewish symbols. I opened the box to reveal my first and only Jewish star necklace, a red star hanging on a delicate silver chain. I thought it was beautiful, but only wore it a few times before college, usually only ...
Menorah lighting symbolizes hope in wake of Pittsburgh shooting
By Brogan Gerhart
The first candle was lit on the 10-foot tall menorah on McKeldin Mall, celebrating the beginning of Hanukkah, Sunday evening.
This year’s annual candle-lighting ceremony held special significance to many of those in attendance, as this Hanukkah is being celebrated a little over a ...
Prejudice is a dangerous thing. But so is the rhetoric that emboldens it
By Jacqueline Hyman
I’m not going to delve deeply into my personal feelings about Saturday’s shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that killed 11 people. All I will say is that I was overwhelmingly emotional while ruminating on this tragedy, an attack against my people. Not only ...
Memories of Ezra Schwartz
By Blair Jackson, for the Mitzpeh, @blairacudda
In the West Bank three weeks ago, Ezra Schwartz, an American student who was studying and volunteering in Israel, died in a terrorist attack.
An armed Palestinian motorist opened fire toward cars, including a van that 18-year-old Schwartz was in, near Alon Shvut, just two hours after a ...
Chapel Hill shooting defies rationalization, but media exaggerates religion’s role
By Jacob Schaperow, editor-in-chief, @jschap1 and
Jacqueline Hyman, opinion editor, @jacqbh58
The shooting attack occurred last Tuesday near the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where a man killed 23-year-old dental student Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19, who attended UNC ...