This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. All over the country, and indeed, much of the world, teachers are adapting to online education.  Teachers, students, and parents struggle with technology, disparities and lack of access to high speed internet and staying engaged in remote learning, even while they and their students and students’ families grapple with…

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April 19, 1943. Passover. On this day, the armed uprising of the Jews in the Warsaw ghetto began.   Time and again, as a teacher of the Holocaust, I am asked: did the Jews resist? Or, more commonly, why didn’t the Jews resist?  Despite tremendous obstacles, the Jews fought the Nazis in many different ways and…

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As I consider what it means to be Jewish, I find myself thinking about my own family and my own identity. My family covers the spectrum – from my ultra-Orthodox great-grandparents to my staunchly Communist Sabbath candle lighting grandmother to my religiously antagonistic yet culturally Jewish parents to my modern Orthodox daughter. We have Hasidim,…

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