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It continues!

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Given the events of this past weekend in Charlottesville, I decided to break into my queue.

After all, I lived there for 13 years. And, one of my finest accomplishments there (other than the birth of my two daughters and a slew of great products) was bringing life to the 150 year old synagogue there. Jeff Poelvoorde and I spent months convincing folks to come to a traditional Saturday morning service. And, with time, a wonderful Jewish community- shared lives, families, food- developed. And, continues there still some 3 decades later.

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Walks like a duck. Talks like a duck…

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NOTE:  I have had enough.  I must speak out.  NOW.

I have written before about my experiences as a  child and young adult.  (I also spoke about groups spewing hatred.  Also here.) Where, despite living in Metropolitan New York, my neighborhood was 99.9% Catholic, Irish and Italian.  And most of the kids went to Catholic school, where they were taught that the Jews killed Christ.  And,  my brother and I were explicitly taught that we were going to be the targets of their vengeance.

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Still?

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I have always been a fan of Will and Ariel Durant.   I read what was then the 9 volume set before I graduated from junior high.  (I finished the other two, newer, tomes comprising their entire History of Civilization when they were published in 1975.)   These eminently readable books helped me learn history- more than I learned in school or from other books.

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