Only after seeing a picture of the stately building online did I fully understand her emphatic reply.
Young children, who in another time and place would have had nothing more serious to contemplate than their schoolwork, grew all too familiar with death as a daily occurrence.
We did not simply recount what occurred to our forefathers three thousand years ago.
Scholars still debate whether he yielded to pressure from his publisher or to pressure from British politicians pursuing a policy of appeasement with Hitler’s Germany.
Our family and friends became contemporary versions of the twelve tribes joined by kinship, common faith, and mutual hopes and dreams.
In preparation for my new book, The Brooklyn Nobody Knows, I walked most of Brooklyn, 816 miles.
It wasn’t every day that a young woman from a traditional Jewish family volunteered for farm labor, but for Bernice, the decision was an easy one.
The moment we focus on our physical satisfaction, we are extremely vulnerable to destructive influences.
The following are some unusual items and associated stories involving the celebration of Purim in pre-state Eretz Yisrael.
It didn't bother me having new classmates every year. I loved school, was curious, and enjoyed learning everything I could.
The proximate cause of the Grant’s order to expel the Jews was the dire cotton shortage in the North, which gave rise to a wild black market in Southern cotton.
I was 20 at the time of my first escape attempt. It was unsuccessful – someone had informed the authorities of my plan – and I was sent home from the Czech - German border, back to my prison of invisible bars. That only made me more determined.
The film dramatically documents the outcry in Europe, the United States, and Israel, with twenty-four governments and the Vatican intervening on behalf of the defendants, demanding their freedom.
Could rabbi cards become a denomination of classroom currency, a reward for good behavior and test scores?
Now in her mid-90s, Bernice’s recollections of that time give us a glimpse into a world somewhat familiar to our readers from the Freida Sima series, but told here from the perspective of the immigrant generation's American-born children.
The following four artistic depictions of this most sacred Jewish site from my collection are among my personal favorites.
The first component began taking shape more than sixty-eight years ago when, as was my custom, I joined my father at Shabbat morning services in his synagogue on New York’s Lower East Side.
Shimon swore loyalty to the new leader. Alexander, out of respect and gratitude, preserved the Jews’ political and religious rights, both in Judah and throughout the new kingdom.
Behind each is a tale of time and place that, framed against various religious, political, social, cultural, and artistic milieus, can provide deep insight into Jewish historical leitmotifs.
Resolution 242 does not in itself strengthen the already strong legitimacy in international law for Israel’s claim to the territories. But it is relevant in several respects.