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From Aleppo to Denver: A family’s journey

Elliott Husney explains why he consider Kabbalah a means of self-improvement © Tim McClanahanGenerations are fascinating, and sometimes unpredictable, phenomena.

L’dor V’dor — from generation to generation — is a Jewish ideal dealing with passing on Judaism and Jewish tradition from one generation to the next.

But it doesn’t always work out according to plan.

Things don’t always come around full circle. Times and values change, depending on circumstances. Families emigrate and immigrate. Oppression comes and goes.What a Jewish ancestor saw as the ideal expression of Judaism may or may not be seen as such by a scion.

And L’dor V’dor is not always an immutable and linear path.

A case  in point is the story of longtime Denverite Elliott Husney.

Although proud to be Jewish and active in the Jewish community, Husney is not one to wear his Judaism on his sleeve. There is no chai or Star of David adorning his neck, no yarmulke atop his head, certainly no tzitzit swaying by his side. Inside the comfortable Lowry home he shares with his wife Gloria one must scrutinize carefully indeed to find a piece of décor with a Jewish theme.

Yet atop his kitchen table is a notebook amply stuffed with material pertaining to his extensive Jewish ancestry, which he has been researching. The cover of the notebook is decorated with a geometric design from the Zohar, the central text of Kabbalah, the ancient Jewish practice of mystical insight.

To Husney, an affable and easygoing fellow counted as a good friend of many Denver Jews, there is no absolutely no contradiction. He is, he told the Intermountain Jewish News in a recent interview, totally comfortable with the nature and extent of his Jewishness.

The rest of this article is available in the IJN’s June 26 Generations magazine print and digital edition only. Contact Carol to order your copy at or subscribe to our online e-Edition.

Chris Leppek

IJN Assistant Editor |

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