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Apr 6, 2020, 11:42 PM
A Positive Perspective on a Seder alone
We've all heard the very common saying of how there is "a difference between being alone and being lonely". Despite the often genuine compassion towards those who live alone from those who live with others, this generally is something...
Feb 24, 2020, 11:54 AM
Bram’s violin like Anne Frank’s diary, keeps alive a story that needs to be told
Can you imagine six million of anything. I personally find it an impossible thing to do. I've tried to imagine six million dust particles I find it impossible. Six million grains of sand. I get nowhere. Ask me to...
Dec 18, 2019, 12:11 PM
Remembering my father, Rabbi Nardus Groen 100 years after his birth
A few weeks ago, after I mentioned that what would have been my father's 100th birthday was approaching, a friend of mine responded, in a delicate and respectful manner, how he did not understand how the date was relevant. ...
Jul 24, 2019, 6:49 PM
The lasting legacy of Bram’s violin
It's a tribute to how connections -- friendship and music and even Facebook -- triumphed over not only the Nazis, but also the destructive effects of time
Nov 1, 2018, 5:46 AM
American Jews, Pittsburgh, 9/11 and the days after
Whether or not you lived in New York City or almost 3,000 miles away in Los Angeles, the day after the 9/11 attacks was like no other day we had ever known. Our lives had changed. Not just for...
Jul 22, 2018, 7:40 AM
Our job on Tisha B’Av: Keeping Memories alive.
Tonight and tomorrow, Jews around the world commemorate the 9th day of the Jewish month of Av, the day recognized as the day in which both Holy Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed. It is without question the saddest day...
Mar 9, 2018, 6:29 AM
As Kaddish Ends…
When the sun sets on Friday, March 9th, and Mincha, the afternoon prayer service is concluded, I will have completed the 11 month period for saying Kaddish in memory of my mother, Sipora Groen. Since her funeral on April...
Aug 4, 2017, 7:22 AM
How Tisha B’Av gave me a teaching moment towards my fellow Jews
Earlier in the week Camp Solomon Schechter of Olympia, Washington inauspiciously made international headlines. In the name of what they considered diversity and referred to as a "teaching moment", they made the decision to raise the Palestinian flag...
Jul 26, 2017, 7:28 AM
Decades later Israel’s threat is not just from the Palestinians. It’s from the Arab world
As unfortunate as it may sound, an argument can be made that Palestinian terrorists are pawns for more than just the Iranian government. After the recent comments from Arab League Secretary General Aboul Gheit, one can't help but wonder...
May 26, 2017, 12:20 AM
Generations later, descendants honor martyrs and heroes
History has a way of coming full circle. When a non-Jewish Dutchman three generations removed from WWII and the Nazi atrocities can make contact with a Jewish man in the United States because the Dutchman's great grandfather was best friends...
David Groen is the youngest of 5 children and the author of "Jew Face: A Story of love and heroim in Nazi-occupied Holland"