Why Louis Armstrong Wore a Star of David

Nov. 23 2021

If you look carefully at pictures of the renowned jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong, you will sometimes see a Star of David hanging from his neck. Greg Thomas explains that the necklace was an expression of gratitude to the Jewish family that gave him a job when he was a boy, and often welcomed him into their home. One family member even advanced him money to buy a cornet. As an adult, Armstrong explained that “it was the Jewish family who instilled in me singing from the heart. They encouraged me to carry on.”

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More about: African Americans, American Jewish History, Jazz, Jewish-Christian relations, Popular music

Against Iran, Israel Remains the Last Line of Defense

June 29 2022

With the Islamic Republic drawing ever closer to producing nuclear weapons, and the United States increasingly disengaged from the Middle East, only the Jewish state has the will, ability, and courage to stop the ayatollahs. So argues Reuel Marc Gerecht:

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More about: Abraham Accords, Iran, Israeli Security, Middle East