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Lockerbie Bomber Dies in Libya

29 Iyyar 5772 – May 21, 2012
A former Libyan intelligence officer sentenced to life in prison for his role in bombing Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, has died in a Libyan prison. He was 60.

Vatican Rep Wants Alliance With Jews, Muslims, to Combat Gay Marriage

11 Iyyar 5772 – May 3, 2012
A Vatican representative has issued a call for the world’s foremost religions to unite to take a stand against gay marriage. Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the...

Ours Is To Question Why…

6 Nisan 5772 – March 29, 2012
After a long and detailed description of the avodah (service) to be done in the Mishkan, the parshah ends with statement that “Aaron and his sons did as they were told.”

Dr. Pepper Not Kosher – In Israel

5 Adar 5772 – February 28, 2012
The Chief Rabbinate claims that, based on data provided by the Badatz in London, it appears that the products under the name "Dr Pepper" which are made in England and imported to Israel are not kosher.

Yakima Congregation Reveres Ancient Torah Saved from the Holocaust

27 Shevat 5772 – February 20, 2012
Jewish scribe Rabbi Moshe Druin discovers a Torah that was rescued from Prague, after being stashed "for safety" by the Nazis.

Kate Middleton’s Favorite Designer Built on Hasidic Kapote

20 Shevat 5772 – February 13, 2012
The favorite clothing designer of Duchess Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William of England, built her success on the purchase of a Hasidic boy’s...

Reaping The Fruits Of His Labor

25 Tevet 5772 – January 19, 2012
Reb Pinchos, born in Romania, moved shortly after birth with his parents to Vienna. As a teenager, he learned in another city and took his Gemara with him. Pinchos remembered how his rebbe always liked to teach from his Gemara.

Letters To The Editor

10 Tevet 5772 – January 4, 2012
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Bilhah Abigail Franks: Early American Jewish Matriarch

7 Tishri 5772 – October 5, 2011
In general, little is known about Jewish women who resided in America during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Two exceptions are Rebecca Machado Phillips[i] and Rebecca Gratz[ii]. Another is Bilhah Abigail (Levy) Franks.

Reverend Abraham de Sola: Scholar Extraordinaire

24 Kislev 5771 – December 1, 2010
The name de Sola appears prominently in the annals of Spanish Jewish history. The de Solas may have settled in Andalusia (in southern Spain) as early as the sixth century.

What The JFS Decision Means For UK Jews

6 Shevat 5770 – January 20, 2010
This past Chanukah, which of course commemorates the Jews' revolt against Greek attempts to destroy Judaism, the Supreme Court here in Great Britain issued a ruling that attacked as racist and made illegal a fundamental principle of Jewish life: that Judaism is transmitted through the mother.

Bubby and Zaidy: An “Einikel’s” Remembrance

11 Heshvan 5770 – October 28, 2009
I needed Zaidy's scissors for another chore. It's a heavy, garment scissor that Zaidy Meir used when he worked as a shnaider (tailor) in the City. When he came to America with his family in 1951, he was able to get steady work although he did not speak English. It's a heavy, garment scissor that Zaidy Meir used when he worked as a shnaider (tailor) in the City. When he came to America with his family in 1951, he was able to get steady work although he did not speak English.

Mordecai Sheftall – Revolutionary War Patriot

13 Tishri 5770 – September 30, 2009
In Savannah, Georgia, there is a memorial to the American Revolution called Battlefield Memorial Park. One of the markers there is for Colonel Mordecai Sheftall.

Rosh Hashanah In a Nazi Prison

20 Elul 5769 – September 9, 2009
"I was arrested by the Gestapo on the 9th of September 1939, and taken out of the house to a prison in Frankfurt a/M. There I met quite a number of people in the same situation who had been arrested in and around Frankfurt and they knew as little as I did about what was happening, except that we have been arrested by the Gestapo."

Giving Credit

9 Tammuz 5769 – July 1, 2009
Tzippy wandered around the Jerusalem mall, where she had planned to meet her daughter. She was not really in the mood for this excursion, but her daughter had insisted on it.

Gershom Kursheedt And Sir Moses Montefiore

10 Shevat 5769 – February 4, 2009
Last month's Glimpses column, "The Man Who Brought Judah Touro Back To Judaism," discussed how legendary philanthropist Judah Touro's return to religious observance was influenced by Gershom Kursheedt (1817-1863). Kursheedt also convinced Touro to leave considerable sums of money to support many Jewish causes.

The Runway To Marks & Spencer Passes Through Gaza

11 Tevet 5769 – January 7, 2009
"We dreamed that the new state would be a place in which the next chapter of the Bible would be written as a prelude to world-wide redemption. After all, you are the Treasured Nation. We had great expectations. But now look at what you have done."

Title: Throw Your Feet Over Your Shoulders: Beyond the Kindertransport

6 Kislev 5769 – December 3, 2008
Modern Jewish literature is replete with Holocaust memoirs, each one personally adding a unique dimension to the tragic, unspeakable horror of the event that defined the 20th century.

The Gomez Family

10 Adar 5767 – February 28, 2007
The Gomez family was one the foremost Jewish families in New York during colonial times.

Remembering The Real King Hussein

13 Shevat 5767 – January 31, 2007
There was just something so false in the universal acclaim for King Hussein on the occasion of his death eight years ago this week – false because most media accounts failed to offer a full reckoning of the Jordanian monarch’s life, with journalists whitewashing or ignoring its many inconvenient chapters and plentiful examples of ugly rhetoric.

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