Tag Archives: sho'a

Queen Esther Helped Me Beat the Draft

In 1966 Tuli (Naph­tali) Kupfer­berg pub­lished “1001 Ways to Beat the Draft”. I acquired a copy, but it was of lit­tle use to me as I was (at least at the time) fair­ly safe with my 2S (stu­dent) defer­ment. A cou­ple of years lat­er … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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first they came for the canary

what are the police doing in egypt? At a cer­tain point dur­ing the recent (2011) Egypt­ian rev­o­lu­tion it was not always clear with which side the police iden­ti­fied. These Police are dif­fer­ent. They’re singing about canaries in coal mines. They offer … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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the boy and I

the boy with his hands raised As I men­tioned here on April 10, when I was in my ear­ly 20s, I tried to imag­ine the life of the boy with his hands raised being led from the War­saw Ghet­to. I spent months with him, … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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on following orders

you decide how to go Last year (2009) at this time of Yom haShoah I wrote that I believe that all Jew­ish teenagers (at least) should expe­ri­ence a week of sho’a night­mares. I was in my ear­ly 20s when I tried to imag­ine the … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Hiroshima 広島市 Day ☮

The first nuclear weapon “Lit­tle Boy” was dropped on the city of Hiroshi­ma on Mon­day, August 6, 1945. call­ing for nuclear dis­ar­ma­ment then I have a clear mem­o­ry from long ago, some­time around 1959: walk­ing with my fam­i­ly down Hol­ly­wood Boule­vard, … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Hidden in plain sight

At the far east end of 47th Street in Man­hat­tan, between 2nd and 1st Avenues a broad love­ly park leads up to the Unit­ed Nations com­plex of build­ings on the East Riv­er. A farmer’s mar­ket is set up every Wednes­day through­out the … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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hidden in plain sight (continued)

con­tin­ued from hid­den in plain sight what are we hid­ing (from)? As of this writ­ing, the phrase “hid­den in plain sight” appears in a Google search 142,000 times. It must refer to a wide vari­ety of con­cepts and sit­u­a­tions. How many things … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Which is the fast…?

[cross post­ed at the Jew and the Car­rot and at the Reli­gious Action Cen­ter of Reform Judaism]. The prophet Isa­iah asks (58:6–7): Is not this the fast that I have cho­sen? to loose the fet­ters of wicked­ness, to undo the bands … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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In spite of everything, would she still believe?

If she had not been mur­dered by the Nazis in ear­ly March 1945, Anne Frank would turn 80 years old on 12 June 2009. What would you say to Anne Frank if you were to meet her on the street? … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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What is the meaning of:
weaving together fringes of Jewish life”?

Do you wear a Kip­pah and/or Tzitz­it? On Sep­tem­ber 24, 1996 I asked my rab­binic col­leagues… in par­tic­u­lar, those who wear Kip­pot (and request/require the stu­dents in their con­gre­ga­tions to wear Kip­pot when either study­ing or enter­ing the syn­a­gogue), whether they wear … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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