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Where We’re Going This Summer

Where is the Forward spending its summer vacation? We asked staff members to write about their plans — from Utah to a picturesque island off the coast of Brooklyn.

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All of Abraham Lincoln’s Chosen Friends

Attorney Abraham Jonas and foot doctor Issachar Zacharie are well known friends of Abraham Lincoln. Here are three others who played an important role in his remarkable life.

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Abraham Lincoln's Greatest Gift to the Jews

What exactly was Abraham Lincoln’s greatest legacy? The Great Emancipator moved us irrevocably away from Christian America rhetoric and toward a more inclusive vision.

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Was John Wilkes Booth Jewish?

The rumor that Lincoln’s assassin belonged to a family of Spanish Jewish ancestry has been around for a while. Historians Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell dig deeper.

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10 Ways to Make a More Modern Seder

There’s no single right way to conduct a Seder. But there are some ways to bring the Passover celebrations a little more up to date — from matzo to the four sons.

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My Lonely Passover in Uruguay

During her semester abroad in Uruguay, Naomi Tomky couldn’t find a Passover Seder to attend. The year after, she decided to host her own — and thus, the ‘Freder’ was born.

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The Limits One Woman Confronted When Dating While Disabled — and Jewish

Laura Hess dreamed of meeting her very own Paul Newman. And when she went to a matchmaker, she sounded like a perfect catch — until he discovered her disability.

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My Big Fat Irish Bar Mitzvah

Judith Hannan fretted that her husband’s Irish culture might take over the hearts of their children. The twins found room for both when it came to their bar and bat mitzvahs.

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Lessons of Crime and Punishment in New Square Yeshiva

As a young dad in the Skverer sect, Shulem Deen took the one job open to him: teacher. He was shocked to find that punishment was the bedrock of education at the New Square Yeshiva.

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How Kayaking in Alaska Prepared Me To Be a Rabbi

‘Gonzo Judaism’ Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein opens up how a kayaking trip through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge prepared him for his rabbinate — despite the sensory overload.

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Secrets of the Land of Esther

Iran has threatened Jews for decades. But Laura Shapiro Kramer had a very different experience in the land where the Purim story takes place.

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How My Bully Went to Prison

Have you ever wondered what has become of your childhood bully? Allen Kurzweil did — and found a story of fraud, lies, and precious little redemption.

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The Secrets of Jewish Brownsville

If you consider Brownsville to be nothing more than a crime-ridden and impoverished Brooklyn neighborhood, think again. It was once a leafy suburban paradise for the Jews.

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Am I Really ‘World’s Worst Mom’?

Lenore Skenazy teaches children to be more daring, and parents to calm down on her new reality TV show. Does that make her the ‘World’s Worst Mom’?

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Freeze My Eggs — Please!

What do you do when you suddenly find yourself single at the age of 34? More and more women believe the answer is to freeze their eggs.

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Can Ex-Orthodox Be Sold on Modern Orthodoxy?

Can those who left ultra-Orthodoxy be convinced to join Modern Orthodoxy instead of leaving the faith altogether? ‘Jew in the City’ blogger Allison Josephs wants to give it a try.

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Show Me Your Yarmulke

You can tell a lot about a Jewish male by the type of yarmulke that he wears. Here’s our guide to the astounding variety of skullcaps, and what they mean.

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How a Year in Auschwitz Helped Me Grow

Seventy years after the Nazi death camp was liberated, the Auschwitz Jewish Center is run by volunteers from across the world. Here’s one young German woman’s experience.

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How Igor Stravinsky Changed Our Lives

Violinist Zvi Zeitlin died before he could write a memoir chapter about his time with Igor Stravinsky. Now, his widow picks up where he left off.

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How To Leave the Neo-Nazis in Two Easy Lessons — and One Hard One

There are an estimated 21,700 people with extreme right-wing views in Germany. Thanks to an organization called Exit, Steven Hartung is no longer one of them.

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