With Presidents Day coming up next Monday, it seemed like the ideal time to chat with Paul Kengor, associate professor of political science and executive director of the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania.
It occurred to me that there could be wisdom in a Dr. Seuss book.
On his shloshim, I want to discuss a term I've heard countless times about Rav Aharon: Gedol HaDor
In 1989, when Ethiopia and Israel agreed to restore the diplomatic relations that had been broken off by Ethiopia in 1973, thousands of Ethiopian Jews (aka Beta Israel) flooded to Addis Ababa. A year later, Dr. Hodes, an observant Jew from Long Island, N.Y., was hired by the JDC to be the medical director in Ethiopia and oversee their care. The original six-week contract was to morph into nearly twenty-three years...and Hodes is still counting.
How many sites that tell you to check your politics at the door have 10,000 likes?
Can anything be done to preserve Eastern Europe's numerous Jewish communities like Olomouc ?
"I aim for the heart," says Dvorah, "and I start with feelings, because feelings are universal."
Her parents' message was clear: be sensitive to society's shortcomings by being part of the solution.
I believe the whole range og 19th century Russian literature affected me deeply.
“My father added that after all the pogroms, after the Holocaust, a member of the family had finally returned to the shul, proving once again that the indomitable spirit of the Jewish people can never be vanquished.”
Because she still has that inner drive to tell over what happened, because she just had to push herself.
She doesn't want to talk about how she suffered in the Holocaust; she wants to tell me of her heroic act.
Aside for designating the birth and death of Moshe Rabbeinu, the seventh of Adar (February 21 this year) also marks the 17th yahrzeit of Chazkel Tydor, father of Judith Tydor Baumel-Schwartz, a professor of Jewish history at Bar-Ilan University and the author of seven books.
Their anguish and tears were for naught; one was told to go left, the other ordered to go right.
These are true stories by real women, and they are incredible.
She was a very small woman physically, but she was a giant in Mitzvot and chesed.
I look to my parents and rebbeim as my primary infulences. And I think that's how it should be.
The rule of thumb in education these days: provide the kids who don't shine academically with a venue to shine in other ways.
Are women not as important as animals? Are they not our sisters? Are they not our daughters?
Mingled with laughter came the tears as she described the terrifying fear she endured every month before she opened the envelope with her latest test results.
My best book is one that hasn't been published yet.
To some non-Jews, he is simply "America's rabbi." Rabbi Daniel Lapin - great-nephew of the widely revered mussarpersonality, Reb Elya Lapian - lectures across America to audiences both Jewish and Christian, produces audio CDs on such issues as marriage, the Ten Commandments, and the ill effects of vulgar speech, and disseminates a weekly e-mail called Thought Tools.
Most powerful people in Hollywood are the directors, and the directors have never liked others filtering their work. So the hands of the people inside the studio are tied.
Gussie Levine is a 99-year-old great-grandmother who worked as a teacher for the New York City Board of Education for many years. She volunteers for many worthy causes, and has participated in a new educational program, Mobilization for Youth - working with children of all ages.
It is difficult to write about such a holy person, for I fear I will not accurately portray his greatness...