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Seder night, 1943

PASSOVER 5779 SECTION C PAGE 19 You can’t know right away by looking at the picture that it’s a seder in a ghetto. It could have been a group photo of family and...

37 years! — we never forget

Two separate sets of Jewish bones, of Jewish skeletons, were unearthed this past week. One excavation was in Brest, Belarus. The other — after 37 unbearable years of...

Rest in peace, Capt. Bacos

I never saw the movie “Entebbe” or, as history’s most audacious and daring military rescue operation was known to me in my Israeli childhood, “Mivtza...

Math, art and Purim

I’ve always adored hamantaschen. Over the years, I’ve experimented here and there, but usually I stick to the traditional old-school fillings of mohn (poppyseed),...

The price Esther paid

With Purim two weeks away, its spirit is already in the air. Costume planning, mishloach manot prep, hamantaschen baking and Purim banquet menus, all underway. Of...

Wall to wall

With a clean conscience, I was always able to believe, and say, that the rare act of violence by an Israeli Jew was condemned wall to wall across Israeli society; that...

Their golden miscalculation — and ours

In this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tisa, we learn of the famous scandal and sin of the golden calf. Infamously, the Jewish people sinned with idol worship. Following...

Deterrence . . . and seeds of peace

Early morning last Friday we all shuddered to learn of the savagely brutal murder of young Israeli, Ori Ansbacher. Raped, tortured, murdered and mutilated, left naked in...

The best thing it had going for it

With thousands if not millions of others, I’ve been so moved and enchanted in watching The Shalva Band’s magical performances, one after the other. It has been...

Short stories

I’m old school. My connection to social media is pretty limited — no Twitter or Instagram. Although I am on Facebook, I’m not that active on it. While I have met...