They arrived on election night. The next morning, they asked their American hosts: "Are we going to be safe here?"
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FROM THE ISSUE 

The Syrians Arrived on Election Night.
Now They Ask: 'Will We Be Safe?'

The night she picked up the Syrian refugees, Jean Silk had clear instructions: Show them what they need to know, then leave. No conversation about anything other than lights, heat, food, bathroom, stove. Don’t mention the election.  

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FROM THE ISSUE | OPINION
Why Aren't Religious Jews First in Line to Help Refugees?

"The Torah says that the collective known as the Jews is called into being for the sake of justice," writes Gershom Gorenberg. "And one facet of justice is a society’s shared obligation to help people from outside that society."

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FICTION
'Cuba,' by Nicholas Delbanco

 

A Jewish man has the prescience to flee Germany with his family in 1936 and take refuge in Cuba. Life on the island is languid and even pleasurable, but should they stay?

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FROM THE ARCHIVES
We Ask 9 Rabbis: What Is Our Responsibility Toward Syrian Refugees?

"Fully 36 times, Torah calls us to help 'the widow, the orphan, the poor, and the stranger,'" one rabbi argues. "Refugees of war-torn Syria, fleeing the violence of religious and tribal warfare, are all of these."

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How do we balance civility with disapproval for others’ politics? http://www.momentmag.com/ask-rabbis-balance-civility-disapproval-others-politics/

Why there won’t be a ‘one-state’ solution: http://www.momentmag.com/opinion-wont-one-state-solution/

"There’s a tremendous debate among demographers over who is a Jew." http://info.momentmag.com/jewish-life-2050