Every Chanukah, I am struck by the beauty of my chanukiyah as the flames glow steadily against the darkness around them. It helps that the chanukiyah uses wicks dipped in olive oil, which nourishes them for hours, instead of candles that burn down in half an hour. I usually admire...
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November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm
June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm
The entire cafe has been redone, from the tiled floor and free-standing square bar, to the newly installed bulletproof windows and replanted flower beds, but the effects of the March 9 bombing at the Moment cafe remain deeply etched in Maimon Amsalem's body and mind.
The left side of...
March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm
Rally for Freedom
"Avadim hayenu, ata bnei horin." We were slaves, but now we are free. Pesach's refrain is not true for many. For years, Charles Jacobs, along with many others, fulminated in print and in person against slavery, and particularly against those states, most notably...
January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm
In last week's parsha, the Israelites sat back and watched as God brought seven plagues upon the Egyptians. This week, we read of the final three plagues. All of a sudden, the Israelites are told that they must help God in the last plague. How? They must smear the blood of a lamb on...
September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm
May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm
"Love and Liberation: When the Jews Tore Down the Ghetto Walls" by Ralph David Fertig (Writers Club Press, $17.95)
On Jan. 9, 1807, Prince Jerome of Prussia decreed that the fortifications of the ancient city of Breslau could be destroyed. After 540 years of isolation, the Jews of...
April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm
At every Passover seder, in each generation, Jews are reminded to see themselves as though they came out of Egypt in person.
I used to count paragraphs in the Maxwell House haggadah to figure out which parts of the story I would read and how long it would be until dinner. Asking the...
September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pmA decade ago, the Jewish communities in communist-dominated Eastern and Central Europe were generally written off as dying remnants of the pre-Holocaust past. Forty years of communist restrictions -- and decades more than that in what was then the Soviet Union -- had compounded the...
April 1, 1999 | 7:00 pm
It's the festival of freedom, and, once again, Allied warplanes are flying the skies of Europe to stop tyranny and protect the oppressed. The bombers that failed to arrive in time to save the doomed Jews of Europe a half-century ago are now speeding hope to the threatened Albanians...
January 7, 1999 | 7:00 pmWhat can be done to help Russian Jewry? Loads, according to Simon Frumkin. He should know.
The road to liberating Russian Jews has been a long and tortured process, and few people know this more than Frumkin, who has spent decades battling to facilitate Jewish flight from Russia....
May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm
I grew up as a hyperactive child. Of course, noone ever called it that at the time. They didn't yet have suchclinical labels for every childhood behavioral challenge.
I was just considered to be a problem child. Icouldn't sit still in class and I was constantly (read: daily)getting...