21Oct

My Latest on Medium: The Anti-Semitic Wrath that Exists on Twitter

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I am not new to Anti-Semitism. However, as a Jewish writer and avid user of social media, the recent outbreak of blatant Anti-Semitism on Twitter has taken my experience to a whole new level. Having woken up to images of swastikas and concentration camps, as well as being called vile names like “kike” and “dirty Jew” earlier this week, I fear that the recent Presidential campaign has provoked voters and has given them the view that Twitter is a forum to target their abusive and racist messaging. I grew up in Georgia. I was always one of five Jews in my Read More

18Dec

A Letter to Judd Apatow

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Dear Mr. Apatow: Tonight I took a break from the sadness I have felt since the shootings in Sandy Hook to see your new film "This is 40". I looked forward to what I knew would be a slice of life, with Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann playing two parts of a couple resembling my real life coupledom. And indeed it was.  You put my life on the screen! I was glad to step out of the zone I have spiraled in since the shootings and I was grateful for the break.  However, this is not a film review.  That will come here on this blog later this week.  Instead I want to Read More

02Jul

Bringing Anne Frank into the Modern World

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On my recent visit to Atlanta, my mother told me about an ongoing exhibit sponsored by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, Anne Frank in the World.  A long-time admirer of what her name has done to raise the profile about the truth of the Holocaust, I immediately Googled it and discovered it’s the world’s largest Anne Frank Exhibit.  I thought about taking my children, as my daughter recently read an easy version of the diary and is keenly interested in Anne Frank and her fate, but I decided that at ages 7 and 9, they are still too young to face the Read More