Meet Mendes Cohen, the Globe-Trotting American Jewish War Veteran

Mendes Cohen was born to Jewish immigrants in Richmond, VA in 1796; his family moved to Baltimore when he was a child. During the War of 1812, he fought in the Battle of Baltimore, made famous in the American national anthem. He later went into banking with his brothers, and became so successful that he retired at age 33, thereupon deciding to travel the world. Joe Sugarman writes:

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The Attack on the Colleyville Synagogue and the Battle of Narratives

Jan. 21 2022

In the aftermath of high-profile, violent incidents in the U.S., there is virtually always a national attempt to blame one or the other major political party. Dominic Green, considering the recent hostage-taking at a Colleyville, Texas synagogue, notes that while political discussions of this type may not matter much to the victims of any given attack, they have an invidious effect on our politics. For Jewish parents worried about whether to send their kids to school, he suggests,

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More about: American Jewry, Anti-Semitism, U.S. Politics