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My Obligation to Memory — Monumental Art and Human Tragedy

Each Passover, my family gathers together to retell the story of the Israelites’ escape from slavery in Egypt. The Seder contains myriads of precise rituals conducted according to the instructions of an ancient manual, the Haggadah. These unusual practices are … Continue reading

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Commemorating a Legacy, Creating an Opportunity

It was only a couple of days after I arrived in Ireland that the images of Alan Kurdi—just three-years-old—lying lifeless on a beach in Turkey made global headlines. The pictures of the boy, who failed to find safety in escaping … Continue reading

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Community in Conflict — the Irish Jewish Museum’s Frozen Renovation

  In this post, I continue my last entry’s exploration of Judaism in Ireland. By virtue of being an outsider—an American in Dublin—I was allowed in. Walking up five narrow flights of steps, I reached the attic office of a … Continue reading

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A Sense of the Familiar — Judaism in Ireland

As I prepared to begin my year in Ireland, I was confronted by countless unknowns. Questions about classes, food, and travel circled in a brew of anxious excitement. But with the holidays of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur happening only … Continue reading

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