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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... 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

  • 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

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  • 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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