Friday, September 25, 2020


Gaby Wenig


The Nazi Who Saved the Rebbe

\"Rescued From The Reich: How One of Hitler\'s Soldiers Saved the Lubavitcher Rebbe,\" by Bryan Mark Rigg, Yale University Press, 2004. When a German army officer trawled the streets of Warsaw in 1940 looking for Rabbi Joseph Isaac Schneersohn, the sixth Lubavitcher rebbe, people either pleaded ignorance or ran away in fear.


Circuit; Fine Thing for Feinstein; The Stem Cell Circuit; A Visit from The Rebbe; In Memory of Hindy; A Dance for Barbara; Baby Love.

Shadows of Shoah in ‘Snicket’ World

Daniel Handler looks like a character in one of his own \"Lemony Snicket\" novels. At a breakfast interview with The Journal at a New York café, he wears a pinstriped suit with a handkerchief in the pocket -- reminiscent of something the bumbling Mr. Poe might wear when he deposits the unfortunate Baudelaire orphans at the home of a relative who wants to kill them and collect their fortune. In repose and in photographs, Handler\'s face turns dole, as if, like Snicket, he is turned melancholy by the events he narrates.

Dancing the Chai Life

Now, 40 years later, The Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble (Sommer died in 1969) is no longer dancing in basements or clicking their heels to accordion music. The nonprofit troupe is run by a board of directors and has a full artistic staff, including costume designers, choreographers from Israel and Argentina, and a technical team that ensures that Sommer\'s Israeli folk-dancing vision stays alive. The troupe itself now numbers 47 -- including eight vocalists, nine musicians and 20 dancers. They perform in large venues all over the world.

Fly the Mitzvah Skies

El Al, Israel\'s national airline, is the only airline that keeps kosher, observes Shabbat and even gives out doughnuts on Chanukah, but recently it has been doing other mitzvot as well.



The World of Do-It-Yourself Judaism

So is it possible to squeeze 5,765 years of history, culture, law and food into a 380-page book? Yes! While academics might snub their noses, the books actually can teach both the idiot and the dummy quite a bit about Judaism.

Faith, Responsibility Top OU Convention

In his keynote address at the Orthodox Union West Coast Torah Convention last weekend, Judge Daniel Butler told the crowd of 300 the harrowing tale of the difficult but celebrated life of his son, Mikey. \"Mikey\'s sign-off line was \'Day by glorious day,\' said Butler, describing how Mikey spent his truncated life in and out of the hospital, coughing up phlegm in his lungs from cystic fibrosis. Before he died earlier this year, at age 24, from lung transplant complications, Mikey graduated from Yeshiva University, where he was vice president of the student body. He was also a counselor at Camp HASC (a New York camp for children with special needs), a drummer in a band -- and his story inspired hundreds of Orthodox communities across the United States to pray and do good deeds in his merit.

Curb Your Verbosity

Wolpe\'s goal with this book and with his columns is to achieve the most coveted accolade of all newspaper columnists -- to have his column posted on someone\'s refrigerator.

‘Heaven’s’ Mysterious Spirits

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin said that he was inspired to write the book, which CBS plans to bring to the small screen in fall 2005, after he conducted a hypnotic regression with a friend of his who went back to a life in the year 1853.






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December Dilemma: Distorting Chanukah

Welcome to Chanukah and the December Dilemma. In Hebrew schools all over Los Angeles -- and in temple discussion groups for intermarrieds on how to survive the holiday season -- Chanukah is taught as a ritually dense Jewish substitute for Christmas that needs to elbow its way into some December shelf space, rather than a holiday that commemorates a group of Jews fighting against the forces of Hellenistic secularism to remain an insular, Torah-committed community.

Tragedy in Sudan Spurs Local Action

On Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Harold Schulweis of Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) gave a sermon on the tragedy of Sudan and what the Jewish community needs to do about it. His proposed remedy: Start the Jewish World Watch (JWW), a commission of caring men and women that will monitor atrocities around the world by organizing educational evenings with international relations experts and raise money to help societies being ravaged by genocide. \"


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Whose ‘Land’ Is It?

Barbara Grover had traveled the world photographing such heart-wrenching subjects as children living in trash dumps, but it was a garlic braid and a pair of kids\' shoes in a bombed-out house that moved her most of all. That house belonged to Salah Shehada, commander of Hamas\' military wing, Izz al-Din al-Qassam, the most lethal and extreme of the Palestinian terrorist organizations. Shehada and several members of his family were killed in 2002 when an Israel Defense Forces F-16 destroyed their home.

A Kidney for Chana

Chana Bogatz is 5 years old, and she loves cutting and pasting paper, playing with her brothers and sisters and having \"Happy Birthday\" sung to her.





Wilshire Boulevard Gambles on Future

On any given day, Wilshire Boulevard Temple\'s Audrey and Sydney Irmas Campus in West Los Angeles is a hub of activity. Built seven years ago for $30 million, the campus attracted new members like a magnet. They came flocking to enroll their children in day school or religious school or attend the many other activities the campus offered. Now it wants to repeat its success in a part of town that is far less congruous with Jewish life than the Westside: Koreatown. The temple is planning on spending $30 million to revamp its Wilshire Boulevard property and to turn it into a major Mid-City Jewish destination.

Sotheby’s Auctions Hebrew Collection

Jacob Joshua Falk was home studying Talmud when a nearby gunpowder factory exploded. Trapped beneath debris with no escape route in sight, the 22-year-old Pole made a vow to God: if saved, he would study Talmud diligently. He immediately spied a clearing and crawled out of the rubble only to find that his entire family had been killed.


Cast members from the new \"Ten Commandments\" musical performed for about 120 people at AMIT\'s Cherish The Children dinner on Oct. 25 at Brentwood\'s Luxe Hotel, with the organization event raising money for AMIT\'s 60 schools serving 15,000 at-risk Israeli youth.

Passion to Help Sick Spawns Wider Effort

When Lori Marx-Rubiner underwent a bilateral mastectomy two years ago, she lost the use of her arms for a few weeks. She couldn\'t brush her teeth, let alone tackle cooking dinner or driving her son to school.




On Oct. 4, the Beverly Hilton became the only place in town where you could watch Jeffrey Tambor and Rabbis Laura Geller and Debra Orenstein say Hamotzi.

Jewish Groups Vow to Help Sudanese

On Yom Kippur, as his congregants at B\'nai David Judea were fasting and praying for the year ahead, Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky asked them to think not about themselves, but about people being killed in Darfur, Sudan. \"I asked people to make a contribution to one of the relief organizations in the amount of what they would have eaten themselves were in not Yom Kippur,\" Kanefsky said. \"Sudan is calling to us for immediate attention.\"

How Jewish is ‘Too Jewish’?

Eugene Yelchin painted his \"Section Five\" series using his fingers instead of brushes. In the earthy, orangy-brown tones and thick, rounded strokes of paint, the faces he painted emerge blurred somewhat with the background, as if the artist didn\'t want them to be seen clearly.

Examining the Jewish Vote

Like many Jews, Paul Kujawsky is a vociferous supporter of Sen. John Kerry. But at Shaarey Zedek Congregation in the Valley, he stands out as such an anomaly that his rabbi refers to him as \"the one Democrat in the shul.\"

Local Team Solves Ancient Mystery

In 1979 two tiny pieces of cracked and deteriorated silver found in a tomb outside of the Old City of Jerusalem proved to be one of the most important archeological discoveries of the century.

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Univ. of Illinois Student Gov’t Passes BDS Resolution

The university denounced the resolution.

Arab Nations’ PA Funding Declined 85% in 2020, Report Says

Foreign aid to the PA as a whole has fallen 50%.

Boston’s 118-Year-Old Jewish Advocate Ceases Publication

"It is with tears in our eyes that we concluded that our decision to suspend publication is a sad but necessary response to this crisis.”

More Restrictive Lockdown Set for Israel as Coronavirus Cases Remain at Record Levels

The restrictions are expected to last at least two weeks.