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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.

The Queen Who Never Needed A Crown

7 Kislev 5777 – December 7, 2016
My mother had the glow of Shabbos on her face at all times and her appearance was that of a real Queen Esther, with all the royalty and regalness conveyed by the title.

The 1939 World’s Fair Palestine Pavilion

1 Kislev 5777 – November 30, 2016
The World's Fair is in a way a reflection of mankind, its work and aspirations.

The Making Of The Freida Sima Series

23 Heshvan 5777 – November 23, 2016
The desire to keep my grandmother's memory and voice alive inspired me to write an article about her for The Jewish Press.

Whose Job Is it?

15 Heshvan 5777 – November 16, 2016
Avraham’s ability to instill in others a fidelity to righteousness stemmed from a deep sense of connection, a paternalistic drive to ensure the transference of his deepest values.

Separation And Reunion

8 Heshvan 5777 – November 9, 2016
Whenever I see people, of whatever religion or background, who are joyfully coming together after a long separation, I feel spellbound, and I must stand by and witness that pure innocent joy as long as I can.

After “Schindler’s List”: The Challenging Life Of Oskar Schindler

2 Heshvan 5777 – November 2, 2016
Though initially motivated by money, Schindler was appalled by the Nazi murder of many of his Jewish workers and he thereafter used all his skills to protect his Schindlerjuden (Schindler Jews).

‘My Name Is Freida Sima’

25 Tishri 5777 – October 27, 2016
Like numerous women of her generation, she was able to whip up a three-course meal out of nothing and make a one-week Depression paycheck last for six months.

The Joy Of Torah

19 Tishri 5777 – October 20, 2016
So we dance, and do hakafot with the Torah in appreciation and gratitude for the divine gift to the Jewish people.

The Art Of Sukkot

12 Tishri 5777 – October 13, 2016
Many of our greatest artists have produced striking graphic works on these subjects; what follows is a selection of original artwork from my Sukkot collection.

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