Young American Jews Still Hunger for Meaning

In the face of great challenges, I’ve seen many of them lit up by a sense of moral purpose and historical duty.

Mourners and well wishers leave flowers and signs at a memorial across the street from the Chabad of Poway Synagogue on Sunday, April 28, 2019 in Poway, California, one day after a teenage gunman opened fire, killing one person and injuring three others. SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP via Getty Images.

Mourners and well wishers leave flowers and signs at a memorial across the street from the Chabad of Poway Synagogue on Sunday, April 28, 2019 in Poway, California, one day after a teenage gunman opened fire, killing one person and injuring three others. SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP via Getty Images.

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Oct. 26 2020
About the author

Bari Weiss is the author of How to Fight Anti-Semitism. She is a former opinion editor and writer at the New York Times.

Growing up, like so many Jewish children of my generation, I would hear stories of the old country, where Jewish nightmares happened in broad daylight, where grandparents with numbers on their arms endured unspeakable persecution.

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