We need to bear witness to the Talmudic dictum, “The poor people living in your own city come first.”
Let’s create forward-thinking models—and ambassadors of light from Israel to the world.
Let’s spend less time arguing about Israel and more time fighting bigotry in our own backyard.
On June 1, The European Parliament adopted a working definition of anti-Semitism for the first time. The definition, borrowed from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, serves as a politically important descriptor of the phenomenon. “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews,” the definition reads. “Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/ or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
Rabbi Joachim Prinz’s moment at the podium represented the fulfillment of both the prophetic Jewish role in history and of his life’s journey.