FIRST QUARTER MOON - Feb. 23 - March 2

(March 21 to April 19)

The sky is clear of any adversity. This First Quarter Moon pushes you toward goals you thought were out of reach. At the beginning of this week there are already good opportunities at work: All your wishes will come true, all you have to do is ask. It's a special week for those who work in media or caring jobs. A pinch of game-changing knowledge will come on Feb. 25.

TEMPO: prestissimo trionfante

(April 20 to May 20)

I'm not talking about glitz, but this week there will be some money coming in. If nothing else, a point of view. Work brings a good opportunity just around Feb. 24. Unions are strong, and collaborating in this period may be a trump card. Love is unsatisfactory — but anyway, work is on your mind, more than anything else. The weekend will bring a sweet recovery, where singles may have intriguing meetings.

TEMPO: marcia ottimista

(May 21 to June 21)

For lonely hearts, a decidedly more encouraging season begins. Feb. 26 and 27 are the most challenging days, although at this time you'll be probably more into "fast love" than lasting matches. If you have recently discussed anything with your partner, you're now looking to bring the axis on your side. Compromises are OK, but in the end you're always right. A mid-week news or professional proposal may open new scenarios for the future, like a mid/long-term collaboration.

TEMPO: marcia determinato

(June 22 to July 22)

You have clear life goals — at least for the next few months — and this week they are supported by an even more focused awareness. Potential disagreements with some co-workers or your boss will have to be addressed. In love, momentum lacks when it comes to planning, but some fights could trigger second thoughts. For singles in search of fun, the weekend is better.

TEMPO: andante moderato

(July 23 to August 22)

After a few months of hard work, there are now plenty of shining opportunities that can make people look optimistically to the future. It's a week of good energy that brings new allies at work and favors confirmations, engagements or promotions. In love, you're charming and it won't be difficult for you to find exciting new partners. Relationships that start now have the blessing of the stars. Those who are coupled up can begin projects that will continue and take off after the summer.

TEMPO: allegrissimo energico

(August 23 to September 22)

Those who have recently begun relationships are trying to test the waters, to see if the other is the right person. Singles, hyper-engaged in work, do not seem interested in affairs of the heart. Thursday Feb. 26 bears the red mark of arguments. Watch out if your relationship is in danger: There is a risk of making rash moves. Keep calm! At work, recent partnerships are confirmed, though a customer or colleague might get on your nerves. Again: Keep calm!

TEMPO: larghetto litigioso

(September 23 to October 23)

From this week on, a gauntlet will be thrown at anyone or anything in your way. You lose your composure to become a more-combative "you" — you've put up with too much, especially at work, and don't want to waste time or money. You're making revolutionary decisions. Some people think about going abroad. In love, some moments of tensions cloud the sky for days around Feb. 28 — nothing to worry about though.

TEMPO: andantino combattivo

(October 24 to November 20)

Here's a week that feeds some doubt. Couples who want to make decisions are confronted with economic obstructions. In some cases, it's an old issue of a legal or financial nature that is creeping back to create discomfort. If there has been good news recently, it's possible now that something isn't quite right, making you feel uncomfortable. In the professional field, it is not yet time to take the leap. Wait: Early next week, the stars will align again.

TEMPO: adagio perplesso

(November 21 to December 22)

Venus and Mars are pushing on your heart's accelerator pedal — but careful not to skid on dangerous oily spots along the way. There are those who, from this week on, will have intriguing meetings, but something always seems to slam the brakes on. Are they already involved with someone? Something doesn't add up. It's an ideal sky to deal with a question left open, especially at work, where an unexpected compromise or a new collaboration can change the future.

TEMPO: allegro deciso

(December 23 to January 20)

Some discussions with partners, which had seemed resolved, may return to the surface this weekend. Your sky will be a gradual crescendo that ends in a warm and satisfying way. The next few days will be a test, especially for those in crisis. Responsibilities or family problems may worry you and distract you. At work there will be some exertion as you tend to "postpone" some goals. Be consistent with yourself and change will come.

TEMPO: moderato discutendo

(January 21 to February 21)

This is a week of "new beginnings." For example, those who have had a romantic weekend, or exciting encounter, now can begin to wish that something serious will come of it. The beginning of this week will be the most intense for love and planning, but also a good time to rectify any lacking from the previous period. A moment of strength comes at work with new contacts and projects taking off. What you ask for now will come soon.

TEMPO: allegro danzante

(February 22 to March 20)

You've decided to begin again with determination. And it's a good thing, since these days you may feel that the road ahead is not always flat or free of obstacles. Work is the main focus of your energies, between creative impulses and performance anxiety. In love, uncertainties about the future are worrying you, and there is some annoying interference from your family. The weekend looks very attractive for singles — but for little more than casual encounters.

TEMPO: adagetto ansioso

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What It Means When The Jews Of Germany No Longer Feel Safe

A neo-Nazi has been buried in the former grave of a Jewish musicologist Max Friedlaender – not an oversight, but a deliberate provocation. This is just one more example of antisemitism on the rise in Germany, and society's inability to respond.

At a protest against antisemitism in Berlin

Eva Marie Kogel


BERLIN — If you want to check the state of your society, there's a simple test: as the U.S. High Commissioner for Germany, John Jay McCloy, said in 1949, the touchstone for a democracy is the well-being of Jews. This litmus test is still relevant today. And it seems Germany would not pass.

Incidents are piling up. Most recently, groups of neo-Nazis from across the country traveled to a church near Berlin for the funeral of a well-known far-right figure. He was buried in the former grave of Jewish musicologist Max Friedlaender, a gravesite chosen deliberately by the right-wing extremists.

The incident at the cemetery

They intentionally chose a Jewish grave as an act of provocation, trying to gain maximum publicity for this act of desecration. And the cemetery authorities at the graveyard in Stahnsdorf fell for it. The church issued an immediate apology, calling it a "terrible mistake" and saying they "must immediately see whether and what we can undo."

There are so many incidents that get little to no media attention.

It's unfathomable that this burial was allowed to take place at all, but now the cemetery authorities need to make a decision quickly about how to put things right. Otherwise, the grave may well become a pilgrimage site for Holocaust deniers and antisemites.

The incident has garnered attention in the international press and it will live long in the memory. Like the case of singer-songwriter Gil Ofarim, who recently claimed he was subjected to antisemitic abuse at a hotel in Leipzig. Details of the crime are still being investigated. But there are so many other incidents that get little to no media attention.

Photo of the grave of Jewish musicologist Max Friedlaender

The grave of Jewish musicologist Max Friedlaender

Jens Kalaene/dpa/ZUMA

Crimes against Jews are rising

Across all parts of society, antisemitism is on the rise. Until a few years ago, Jewish life was seen as an accepted part of German society. Since the attack on the synagogue in Halle in 2019, the picture has changed: it was a bitter reminder that right-wing terror against Jewish people has a long, unbroken history in Germany.

Stories have abounded about the coronavirus crisis being a Jewish conspiracy; meanwhile, Muslim antisemitism is becoming louder and more forceful. The anti-Israel boycott movement BDS rears its head in every debate on antisemitism, just as left-wing or post-colonial thinking are part of every discussion.

Jewish life needs to be allowed to step out of the shadows.

Since 2015, the number of antisemitic crimes recorded has risen by about a third, to 2,350. But victims only report around 20% of cases. Some choose not to because they've had bad experiences with the police, others because they're afraid of the perpetrators, and still others because they just want to put it behind them. Victims clearly hold out little hope of useful reaction from the state – so crimes go unreported.

And the reality of Jewish life in Germany is a dark one. Sociologists say that Jewish children are living out their "identity under siege." What impact does it have on them when they can only go to nursery under police protection? Or when they hear Holocaust jokes at school?

Germany needs to take its antisemitism seriously

This shows that the country of commemorative services and "stumbling blocks" placed in sidewalks as a memorial to victims of the Nazis has lost its moral compass. To make it point true north again, antisemitism needs to be documented from the perspective of those affected, making it visible to the non-Jewish population. And Jewish life needs to be allowed to step out of the shadows.

That is the first thing. The second is that we need to talk about specifically German forms of antisemitism. For example, the fact that in no other EU country are Jewish people so often confronted about the Israeli government's policies (according to a survey, 41% of German Jews have experienced this, while the EU average is 28%). Projecting the old antisemitism onto the state of Israel offers people a more comfortable target for their arguments.

Our society needs to have more conversations about antisemitism. The test of German democracy, as McCloy called it, starts with taking these concerns seriously and talking about them. We need to have these conversations because it affects all of us. It's about saving our democracy. Before it's too late.

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