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Who will be your next kinkeeper?

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:00am
by: Barry Pitegoff for Jewish Sacred Aging


“Know where you come from in order to know what your legacy will be” is the lesson in The Talmud, Pirke Avot, 3:1.

We used to know where we come from through gathering together for family reunions, special celebrations, Passover Seder, Chanukah, American (and Canadian) Thanksgiving, picnics and the like. These linked us to our living relatives through face-to-face contact.

The person in the family who organizes these events is called the “kinkeeper.” 

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A Hanukkah Heroine: The Story of Judith

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 12:00am
By Breaking Matzo

 

This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Hanukkah Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 


Judith was one of the great Jewish heroines. Judith single-handedly conceived of a daring and ingenious plan to save the Jews during an earlier time of Syrian Greek oppression.

The book of Judith (Yehudit in Hebrew), records that Holofernes, a Greek general, had surrounded the village of Bethulia as part of his campaign to conquer Judea.

The fighting was intense. The Greeks had cut off the Jews’ water supply. The situation became desperate and the Jews were ready to capitulate. But Judith, a pious widow, told the leaders that she had a plan to save the city.

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Jews of Iran: A Modern History

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 12:00am
BY ORLY R. RAHIMIYAN for MyJewishLearning


Iranian Jewry under the Islamic Republic of Iran.


Jews began settling in Iran about 2,700 years ago. Throughout their history, the Iranian Jews have coped with significant challenges, especially during the Safavid era (1501-1736) and under the Qajar rulers (1796-1925).


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A Brief History of Modern Hebrew

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 12:00am
from BimBam.com


An Introduction


Hebrew spoken today is not the same as the Hebrew in the Bible. But how did Hebrew come to be anyway? Watch our video to learn a brief history of Modern Hebrew featuring Joshua Mallett.


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The Future of the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 10:07am
By Jonathan D. Sarna for Tablet Magazine 


Is American anti-Semitism really distinctive from that of other diaspora countries? Just how worried should we be?


In the early morning hours of Oct. 12, 1958, exactly 60 years to the month before the massacre of 11 Jews in Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue, a nitroglycerine bomb equal to 50 sticks of dynamite tore apart the Temple, the oldest and most distinguished Reform congregation in Atlanta. “The sound of the blast traveled heavily for miles,” Melissa Fay Greene recounts in her all-too-timely history of that sadly forgotten anti-Semitic episode, The Temple Bombing. The Confederate Underground, the group that claimed credit for the attack, promised in a telephone call “to blow up all Communist organizations. Negroes and Jews are hereby declared aliens.”

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A great-grandma’s recipes recall sweet stories of pre-Holocaust life in Germany

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 12:00am
By STEVE NORTH for The Times of Israel


Strangers across the globe share in some unexpected lessons when one reporter’s mother rediscovers a long-lost cookbook handwritten in ancient German script


NEW YORK — I had to stifle a laugh as I read the list of ingredients for the almond cake. Along with the almonds, sugar, eggs, flour and baking soda was this unexpected ingredient: “A touch of mice.” The recipe had been translated for me from the original German, but what could that mean?

 

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The Flight of the Righteous Gentile

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:00am
By The Scroll for Tablet Magazine 


Meet ‘Roland,’ a German house painter on his way to Tel Aviv to volunteer renovating houses for Holocaust survivors


It’s not often that a Hasidic rabbi’s Facebook post goes viral but that’s what happened Wednesday when Rabbi Zalmen Wishedsk uploaded a photo that showed him smiling next to a man he identified as “Roland,” his neighbor in the window seat on a flight from Switzerland to Israel.

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The Nazi Victim Who Forgave Her Perpetrators

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 12:00am
BY DEBRA NUSSBAUM COHEN for myjewishlearning.com 


As a young child, Eva Mozes Kor was a subject of Dr. Mengele’s horrific human experiments. Decades later, she made headlines for granting ‘amnesty’ to a physician who worked alongside the notorious Nazi doctor. Here’s Mozes Kor’s story in her own words.


Eva Mozes Kor was just 10 years old when she, her twin sister, her two older sisters and their parents were transported from their small Romanian village to the Nazi death complex Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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