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A family connection to Sugihara, the Japanese consul who saved Jews

A family connection to Sugihara, the Japanese consul who saved Jews

YOM HASHOAH 5776

THE STORY of Chiune Sugihara — the Japanese consul in Kovno, Lithuania, who disobeyed his government’s orders in 1940 and issued transit visas through Japan to thousands of Jews seeking to flee war-torn Europe — wasn’t widely known until 1985, when Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial authority, honored him as one of the Righteous Among the Nations.

But I grew up hearing Sugihara’s story because he saved my father’s life. My father, the attorney Nathan Lewin, is a Sugihara survivor.

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A journey against depression

A journey against depressionAllison Greenstein, who endured severe chronic depression since junior high, is now 42. After fighting unrelenting demons for a quarter century, her  smile flashes victory and hope. “I feel as if I’ve been reborn,” she tells the Intermountain Jewish News. “I’m still on medication, which I take religiously. But the debilitating depression is gone. It’s just not here anymore.” In May, 2015, Greenstein had her last ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) procedure. Where meds and therapy p...
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Shmurah — not your average matzah

Shmurah — not your average matzah PASSOVER EDITION 5776SECTION B PAGE 6 IT COSTS more per pound than filet mignon. It might be burnt or taste like cardboard. It’s so delicate it often breaks in the box, rendering it unfit for some Passover ritual uses. Yet every year, Jews from Brooklyn to Bnei Brak line up to fork over their hard-earned money to buy boxes and boxes of the stuff.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 April 2016 15:54 )

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How to...make your own Haggadah

How to...make your own Haggadah PASSOVER EDITION 5776SECTION C PAGE 7 THE HEBREW word haggadah means “narration” or “telling.” As the Passover seder’s instruction manual, the Haggadah is the most important tool for fulfilling the Passover mitzvah or imperative of telling the story of the Jewish exodus from Egypt (a mitzvah mentioned six times in the Torah). Maimonides (in the Mishneh Torah) explains that relating the miracles and wonders done for our ancestors in Egypt on Passover night is a positive commandment,...
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Opera celebrates Portuguese Holocaust rescuer

Opera celebrates Portuguese Holocaust rescuer PASSOVER EDITION 5776FRONT PAGE On the surface, it seems unlikely that an American composer — let alone a Southern Baptist from Alabama — would write a musical treatment about a largely unknown Holocaust hero. But for musical composer Neely Bruce, creating an oratorio depicting the life of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a Portuguese diplomat who rescued thousands of Jews from the Nazis during World War II, was a dive into history, politics and musical exploration....
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