“Europe is just a graveyard for me,” my Shabbat host told me. Is the history of Jews in Ukraine relevant for Israel’s refugee policy today?
On a recent visit to America,I found myself one Shabbat morning in a large suburban shul. During the Torah service, after one of the aliyot, the rabbi gave a brief talk. He started by noting that it was the anniversary of Kristallnacht and ended by stressing the importance of the Holocaust to “our identity.”
Israel’s unexpected political turn means the U.S. should push issues of peace, Palestinians and territory harder than ever.