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Anti-Semitism Casts Long Shadows Over Jewish Festival of Lights

posted on December 4, 2018

Religion News Service’s Yonat Shimron reports, “In the days and weeks leading up to Hanukkah, which began Sunday (Dec. 2), many Jews have felt defeated as a steady wave of anti-Semitic incidents roiled the country.” Last week, a psychology professor in New York found swastikas spray-painted outside her office; two weeks ago, a mural honoring the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre was vandalized on the campus of Duke University; three weeks ago, a man interrupted a performance of Fiddler on the Roof in Baltimore by yelling “Heil Hitler.” Shimron writes, “As they celebrate an ancient military victory, in which a band of Jewish rebels rose up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors and rededicated the temple in Jerusalem, many are still reeling from Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue shooting.”

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