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I expected more

Reading anything Holocaust-related is emotionally difficult. Reading the riveting, recently published Hanns and Rudolf by Thomas Harding, is no different. Yet, something sets this book apart. I read it in one sitting this past Sunday.

Echoing the style of another riveting book, Lawrence and Aaronsohn by Ronald Florence, Hanns and Rudolf is a dual biography, interweaving the personal stories of Nazi SS officer Rudolf Hoss (whose name is spelled in various ways) and a Jewish German turned captain in the British army, Hanns Alexander. The books leads up to the convergence of these two parallel  lives.

Although the book is researched meticulously and is a historical record, it is a history veiled as a series of vignettes with the pace of a thriller, even though you know in advance what the outcome will be.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 September 2013 01:47 )

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Dear Tzviling

How to meet Elijah the Prophet

Dear Tzviling, I have read many stories of Elijah the Prophet. I was told that great people actually had the privilege to see him. Tell me, how can I have the merit of his presence? Masha, Colorado Springs

Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 September 2013 07:04 )

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View from Central Park

Callings

Next Shabbos, it is Yom Kippur. It feels intimate. Whereas Rosh Hashanah is the birthday (technically, the conception) of the entire world, Yom Kippur is that special moment in time between the Creator and His people — us, the Congregation of Israel. We are the people that has been called by name. Isaiah says (36:1): “But now says Hashem that has created thee . . . O Israel, fear not; for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art Mine.” The primary Torah readings fo...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 September 2013 06:58 )

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View From Denver

Shabbos: a story and a metaphor

ON Shabbos, I heard a wonderful story. One of our guests was Susan Lapin from Seattle. She said she had an aunt on the East Coast who was a longtime science teacher in high schools. First she taught in Jewish day schools, then when she was around 50 she switched to public schools. The principal would smudge the papers that contained her age so as to keep her on — she was that good. She taught into her eighties. One fine day she found herself in the hospital with a cardiac problem. It turns...
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Reflections

The going gets tough, the tough get giving

I felt like I was channeling my parents this week when I heard myself complaining about how I miss the “good old days”— when  people actually sent hand-written thank you notes and invitations, rather than texting, face-booking or sending e-vites. Call me old fashioned, but there’s something nice about getting a real live letter or card from a friend. While my mail box is full, its contents are mostly bills, advertisements and a host of requests for donations from organizations in need ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 August 2013 02:28 )

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