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Erev Rav, Really?

By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

July 20, 2012 | 1:22 am

(I will be writing more about the Auschwitz trip at some point, but stuff is marinating, and it’s time to get back to life in LA.  So let me check in about something closer to home.)

... read on
  • Debriefing Auschwitz Part 2: Poland

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    July 4, 2012 | 10:03 am

    Krakov, the Polish city in which we stayed prior to seeing Auschwitz, is, well, charming.  That’s such a dicey word—right up there with ‘picturesque’—but, really, it is.  Cobbled streets are crowded with cafes and bars and with boutiques that offer the fabulous clothing... read on

  • Debriefing Auschwitz: Part 1

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    July 1, 2012 | 6:14 pm

    So I’m back in the States, on retreat(ish) working through the lessons of this trip to Auschwitz.
    What did I learn that I didn’t know?  Of what was I reminded?  Am I changed?  (No this hasn’t become a Holocaust blog, but this excursion is going to be my curriculum for the next... read on

  • Birkenau and Krakov: Absolute horror, undeniable hope

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    June 29, 2012 | 3:54 pm

    BIRKENAU: So outrageously beautiful here in early summer.  Dana Schwartz, a child survivor of the ghetto and forest, now in her seventies, once told me what a friend, a former prisoner at Auschwitz, said in response to the common observation of first-time visitors to Auschwitz in the... read on

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  • The graves that aren’t there

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    June 23, 2012 | 7:54 pm

    "The SS man learned the attitude of a warrior for war's sake; unquestioning obedience; hardness as hardening himself against any human empathy; contempt for the ‘inferior'; and arrogance towards all who did not belong in the Order..."
    Hans Buchheim, 1967


    Berlin: We've seen a lot... read on
  • Thinking Shoah in the 21st Century: The worth of witness

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    June 18, 2012 | 10:00 pm

    I’m on my way to Germany with a group of seminarians and medical students sponsored by FASPE, Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.  I can only shiver with yira, with awe, at my extraordinary fortune to be alive as a Jewish woman in this time and place; to... read on

  • Welcome to Erev Rav

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    June 15, 2012 | 3:35 pm

    Yes, this blog is named for an old yeshivish groaner.  We first read about the erev rav in the Torah (Exodus 12:38) “And also a mixed multitude (Erev Rav) went up with them…” We learn that a group of people, most of them Israelites, were liberated from slavery and became one people... read on

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