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U.S. people agree: Discrimination against Jews and Muslims is up

The Israel-Hamas war has polarized people in the U.S. and pushed those who feel it is unsafe to state their position to the sidelines of silence. However, a Pew Research Center study on free seech and discrimination against Jews and … Continue reading

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ADL details rising antisemitism in U.S.

Anti-Jewish tropes are gaining traction, especially among the young according to a comprehensive antisemitism survey released this week. The Anti-Defamation League this week reported results from a survey of literature and survey of more than 4,000 adults. Topline results: * … Continue reading

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Exploiting the Holocaust

Since comparing mask mandates to the Holocaust, U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-Georgia) has been receiving a barrage of criticism. The Associated Press reported that Taylor-Greene “excoriated safety protocols adopted by House Democrats, including a requirement that masks be worn on … Continue reading

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Anti-Semitic hate crimes increase

The Anti-Defamtion League reported this week that “During the two weeks of military conflict between Israel and Hamas in May 2021, antisemitic incidents in the U.S. reported to ADL increased by 75% compared to the two weeks before the fighting … Continue reading

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Pew on American Jewish identity

A survey of American Jewish adults by the Pew Research Center confirms or updates some of our ideas. ideas about who they are. The results, released this month, come from 4,718 interviews. Here are five top takeaways: 27% did not … Continue reading

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Hanukkah is light in a dark year

Hanukkah, a communal celebration of the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem, is getting a reboot in this year of the coronavirus. The eight-day holiday, Dec. 10-18 on this year’s Gregorian calendar, is traditionally a time to be together, eat, … Continue reading

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Church, synagogue win COVID Supreme Court case

That didn’t take long. The month after a new Supreme Court justice was sped onto the bench, the new court began to show its new conservative lean. In a decision announced Nov. 25, the night before Thanksgiving, the court ruled … Continue reading

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Money-changers tale and Jewish stereotypes

The New Testament story about money changers in the Temple is widely known and sustains a darker meaning writes Menachem Wecker, a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C. In a column published by the National Catholic Reporter, Wecker writes that … Continue reading

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COVID-19 unites Jews, Muslims over burial practices

Often, as Michigan State students create their bias busting cultural competence guides, they encounter examples of how, whoever we are, we are more alike than how different. Judaism, Christianity and Islam owe much of their similarity to their shared Abrahamic … Continue reading

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What is a Jewish trope or canard?

A trope is a metaphor or symbol that alludes to an idea, usually a false one. Often, the word is used for negative stereotypes that can be telegraphed with a phrase, even just a word, or an image. The word … Continue reading

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