Baghdad is a part of my soul from which I’ve been largely cut off. Just as we can’t be afraid that Jews are returning to Berlin, as a historical correction, let us now change focus to Babylon, where organized Judaism once blossomed. By Orit Arfa (Sephardi Perspective via JNS) I recently met with a Jordanian couple on a day tour I give to Dresden from Berlin. They were friendly, even after learning that I’m Israeli (and American). We … [Read more...] about From Berlin to … Babylon?
By Daniela Greiber David was first a chanich, then a madrich and for the last 10 years, has been the Director of the Glamsta Jewish camp in Sweden. Sasha and Mina came from the Szarvas international camp in Hungary. Josh was the only Brit, representing RSY-Netzer, an international progressive Jewish youth movement. Tina came from Poland where she heads Atid, the main Jewish community summer camp. Ella joined from Germany where she founded the … [Read more...] about A Swede, a Brit and a Latvian walk into the Leaders Assembly’s bar…
Holocaust Memorial Day and March for Our Lives says “Never Again” threads together two tragedies and highlights the power and responsibility of young people to say “We will not let this happen again.” By Sophie Feinberg (GAINESVILLE, FL April 9, 2018) - I don’t remember exactly the first time I learned about the Holocaust. I went to a Jewish preschool and Hebrew school. I knew about the holidays and culture. But, I didn’t know the dark … [Read more...] about Never Forget and Never Again
By David Bryfman
Do you have an email or two in your In-box that you’ve left unanswered? For whatever reason, you just never got around to responding to it?
I have one specific email to which I’ve owed a reply. And even if I were to finally write back, I’ll never get a response.
Shortly after I received this email, the author’s illness became more serious. And before long, I realized replying to an email relating to a future event seemed … [Read more...] about Remembering
Naomi Friedman Rabkin (1974 – 2018)
By Rabbi Avi Katz Orlow and Shira Berkovits, Esq., Ph.D. What does the word Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, mean? We read in Exodus:And the blood on the houses where you are staying shall be a sign for you: when I see the blood I will pass over you, so that no plague will destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. Exodus 12:13 God passed over the Jewish houses, sparing their first born, and just like that a nation was born. In the moment … [Read more...] about Voices of Pesach