The recent comments by freshman Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib during a podcast have been discussed thoroughly in the Jewish, and non-Jewish, community. Tlaib, who spun an ahistorical lie that the surviving Jews of the Holocaust were welcomed with open arms by her Palestinian ancestors, has her defenders in the Democratic Party. The nefarious aspect of the defense tactics is not claiming that she is right; rather, they attack the criticizers themselves. By doing this, their goal is to silence their opponents, and this silence has a history all its own.

Not only one has risen against us to annihilate us, but in every generation they rise against us to annihilate us.” These words, recited during the most emotional point of the Pesach Seder, still ring true, despite the incredible freedoms American Jews enjoy. Six months after the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, last week another shooting occurred at the Chabad in Poway, California. A few days earlier, The New York Times published a cartoon of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu depicted as a big-nosed dog with a Jewish star necklace leading a yarmulke-wearing, blind President Trump. Anti-Semitism rears its ugly head in many forms, and American Jews must be knowledgeable of who our enemies are and where they come from if we are to continue to survive.

Dear Alice,

Every day I have the intention of going to the gym, but as soon as the clock hits 5:00 p.m. and I’m done with work, my body hits snooze! I get so tired and unmotivated and just want to go home. I really want to start working out because I know it’s not just beneficial for my body, but also for my soul. What should I do? Any suggestions?

Dr. Sorana Segal-Maurer, director of infectious diseases at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, offers tips to guard against tick bites

Tick season is upon us, and the threat of tick-borne disease is on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of reported cases nearly tripled between 2004 and 2017, and researchers discovered seven new tick-borne pathogens with the potential to infect people.

Dear Alice,

Now that it is summer we go away for Shabbos a lot. I am not really comfortable toting along my own bag of Shabbos food. Could you give me some general guidelines for a successful Shabbos without requiring me to cook completely separate or bring all my own food? Thanks!