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Mar 26, 2021, 9:26 AM
The lessons I learned from last years Seder in solitude
In a year in which a global pandemic has taken the lives of so many, an additional element, one more diverse and more universal in its scope, yet often overlooked in discussion, is that of opportunities or moments lost....
Feb 24, 2021, 7:50 PM
The lessons of Purim and Passover applied to the world of today
Part of what makes Jewish holidays special is that besides the historical significance and cultural impact, when studied and analyzed in-depth, lessons can often be applied to modern-day events and circumstances. With the world being impacted by so many...
Oct 22, 2020, 9:36 AM
Why calling Trump another Hitler is wrong and why saying so is not political
For the purposes of this post, I will begin by saying that I legitimately do not care who you are supporting in the upcoming American presidential election. To prove my point, I must tell you that my political choices...
Apr 19, 2020, 12:10 PM
Remembering Rabbi Chaim Wilschanski with immense fondness and gratitude
These days it is not common to speak of someone who recently passed away and have it not be of COVID-19. That being said, a very special man in the Jewish world died a few days ago, and why...
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...
David Groen is the youngest of 5 children and the author of "Jew Face: A Story of love and heroim in Nazi-occupied Holland"