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The Bernice Chronicles: Home Away From Home: The Bronx Y

1 Iyyar 5777 – April 26, 2017
Only after seeing a picture of the stately building online did I fully understand her emphatic reply.

I Survived Them All

24 Nisan 5777 – April 20, 2017
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.

How You Shall Tell Your Son

18 Nisan 5777 – April 13, 2017
We did not simply recount what occurred to our forefathers three thousand years ago.

Nixon’s Haggadah (And Other Notable Haggadot)

10 Nisan 5777 – April 5, 2017
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.

The Five Most Important Things About Passover

2 Nisan 5777 – March 29, 2017
Our family and friends became contem­porary versions of the twelve tribes joined by kinship, common faith, and mutual hopes and dreams.

Exploring Orthodox Jewish Midwood

25 Adar 5777 – March 22, 2017
In preparation for my new book, The Brooklyn Nobody Knows, I walked most of Brooklyn, 816 miles.

The Bernice Chronicles: Bernice And The Women’s Land Army

19 Adar 5777 – March 16, 2017
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.

Purim And Food

11 Adar 5777 – March 8, 2017
The moment we focus on our physical satisfaction, we are extremely vulnerable to destructive influences.

Palestine Purim Potpourri

4 Adar 5777 – March 1, 2017
The following are some unusual items and associated stories involving the celebration of Purim in pre-state Eretz Yisrael.

The Bernice Chronicles: The Education Of Bernice Cohen

27 Shevat 5777 – February 22, 2017
It didn't bother me having new classmates every year. I loved school, was curious, and enjoyed learning everything I could.

Lincoln And The Jews

20 Shevat 5777 – February 15, 2017
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.

Unforgettable Uncle Lajos: The Life & Legacy Of Ludovit Feld

13 Shevat 5777 – February 8, 2017
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.

‘Do You Know Your Parents Are Heroes?’ The Story Behind ‘Operation Wedding’

6 Shevat 5777 – February 1, 2017
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.

No Flipping Allowed: How Gedolim Cards Captured A Market

28 Tevet 5777 – January 25, 2017
Could rabbi cards become a denomination of classroom currency, a reward for good behavior and test scores?

The Bernice Chronicles: Four Generations Under One Roof

21 Tevet 5777 – January 18, 2017
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 Art Of The Kotel

14 Tevet 5777 – January 11, 2017
The following four artistic depictions of this most sacred Jewish site from my collection are among my personal favorites.

Return To Zion Reflections On My Aliyah

7 Tevet 5777 – January 4, 2017
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.

Good Priest, Bad Priest

28 Kislev 5777 – December 28, 2016
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.

Chanukah Cards And Jewish History

22 Kislev 5777 – December 21, 2016
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.

U.S. Policy On Israel And The Obama-Trump Transition

15 Kislev 5777 – December 14, 2016
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.

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