We can also take some comfort that some of those who have expressed great contempt for Jews and Judaism took a shellacking on Election Night, perhaps first and foremost PA governor candidate Doug Mastriano, defeated soundly by Josh Shapiro (who keeps kosher, observes Shabbat. proposed to his wife in Jerusalem, and featured hallahs she baked in his campaign launch video) after introducing antisemitic tropes into the campaign, including a strange "Fiddler on the Roof" parody done by a Messianic Jew. Yes, the big winners this week just might have been civility, truth and moderation, which can only bode well for our democracy.
Because Kristallnacht is commemorated on the secular anniversary of Nov. 9-10, it always leads directly into Veterans Day. The two holy days are linked by the quote you see below, which I found in the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, a small gem of a museum that I stumbled upon a few years ago while wandering on the side streets near Dupont Circle. You can find there and elsewhere the stories of a number of Jews, like Frank Cohn, who escaped Germany around the time of Kristallnacht only to return among American soldiers of liberation a few years later.
Join us on Friday night, in person or on livestream, as we pay tribute to our vets.
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