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Ian Plaskoff’s Bar Mitzvah project

On May 5, 2018, Ian Plaskoff became a bar mitzvah at Congregation Beth El Zedeck. One important lesson from his Torah portion, Be’har was that when we give tzedakah, we must not be thinking about what we will receive in return. We are simply to help others for the sake of helping out. As part […]

Words and thoughts matter

When I first started writing more than 15 years ago, I expressed words matter – those we speak, write and even those we think have ramifications. Therefore my goal for the newspaper was to publish more words that heal and fewer words that hurt. I wrote about the emotional effects of words of encouragement, praise, […]

Lessons from the Sidewalk

By Miriam L. Zimmerman From Concerts to Sidewalks: Remembering the Holocaust “About suffering they were never wrong, The old Masters: how well they understood Its human position: how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along…” from “Musée des Beaux Arts” by W. H. Auden. While […]

3rd annual gathering for children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors

Holocaust Memorial Center: 28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334 Adat Shalom Synagoge: 29901 Middlebelt Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334 It is important for everyone to RSVP to Rosa as shown on the flyer

The German-Jewish Cookbook review

By Tracie Mrakich My late father, Kurt Freudenthal, immigrated with his family to the United States from Mannheim, Germany in 1939. Arriving in New York City on the SS Noordam, they continued their journey to Richmond, Ind., where their sponsor, an aunt, lived. Eventually, my grandparents moved to the Washington Heights neighborhood of NYC (upper […]

Helen Farkas – A day in the life

By Miriam L. Zimmerman A day in the life of a Holocaust educator: Jan. 28, 2014. Today, I must pick up Helen Farkas to take her to Mercy High School in San Francisco, where she will talk about her experiences in the Holocaust. Auschwitz survivor, speaker, and author of the memoir, Remember the Holocaust, at […]

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Tzedekah – Righteous Acts

Over winter break my brother Benzion’s oldest son and his wife traveled by van for a one day visit from Buffalo, N.Y., with six of their seven children for a family reunion. In a conversation with my niece, I told her about this column below that we had published. On the Subway By Aryeh Ben […]

Moral Imperative to ask, “Why?”

Holocaust Educator By Dr. Miriam L. Zimmerman Spouses of Holocaust educators are accustomed to schlepping to Holocaust programs and organizations throughout the year. This was to be my weekend, proclaimed my husband, Richard, in advance. Thus, I got to call the shots at my 50th college reunion at Northwestern University (NU) in Evanston, Ill. First […]

The two state solution: the need for strategic direction

By Irwin Prince From 1937 Peel Commission Report: Arab nationalism is as intense a force as Jewish. The Arab leaders’ demand for national self-government and the shutting down of the Jewish National Home has remained unchanged since 1929. UN Partition Resolution 181, April 1948: The 1948 UN Partition Plan sought to address the conflicting objectives […]

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The two state solution: the need for strategic direction

By Irwin Prince From 1937 Peel Commission Report: Arab nationalism is as intense a force as Jewish. The Arab leaders’ demand for national self-government and the shutting down of the Jewish National Home has remained unchanged since 1929. UN Partition Resolution 181, April 1948: The 1948 UN Partition Plan sought to address the conflicting objectives […]

National Edition — December 1, 2016

Indiana Edition — October 21, 2016

Unpredictability

By Howard W. Karsh We live in a chaotic world. We are often at the edge of our seats because all of the media by which we are surrounded seems to all be “Breaking News” and everything that follows is tragic and nerve racking. In addition, we are in the final weeks of an Election […]

Tribute to Jacob Neusner, 84, columnist and friend

Neusner who passed away on Oct. 8, at his home in New York was one of the most influential voices in American Jewish intellectual life in the past half-century. A tribute to Jacob Neusner This followed his lecture and receipt of an honorary doctorate from HUC-JIR, NY on Dec. 1, 2009 and was published in […]

National Edition — August 31, 2016

Wiener’s Wisdom

Book Review– Maimonides: Life and Thought.

High praise for English version of Maimonides book By Professor Arnold Ages Maimonides: Life and Thought. By Moshe Halbertal. Translated from the Hebrew by Joel Linsider. Princeton University Press. 2014. 385 Pages. As Voltaire once observed – The Bible is plus célèbre que connu – The Bible is more celebrated than known – a comment […]

Rabbi Zoberman opening prayer

    On Dec. 11, 2014, Rabbi Israel Zoberman (left) will offer the opening prayer at the session of the U.S. Senate, sponsored by Senator Mark Warner (Va.), on the occasion of his 40th anniversary of this rabbi’s ordination. It will be carried live on C-SPAN. Rabbi Zoberman is the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth […]

Peace through music

In my brother Rabbi Benzion Cohen’s column, he writes that love is one of the ways to bring peace to the world. I agree and add that music is also a powerful method. For the past several years, we have been publishing stories by Jerusalem Peacemaker Eliyahu McLean. He frequently writes about the interfaith events […]

Blessing The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart

Guide for times we seek presence of mind and heart Review by Bonnie Maurer Blessing The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart. By Marcia Falk. Brandeis University Press. 2014. Pages 260. $24.95. If you are new to Marcia Falk’s book for the Jewish High Holiday Season, you may find as I have, […]