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May 24, 2020, 1:45 PM
A Very Strange But Welcome Dream
Like Martin Luther King, I too had a dream. But a very different one. Strange but very welcome. My father’s father (my zaideh) appeared to me in a dream last night. It was very strange because he died in 1941...
May 23, 2020, 2:13 AM
Remembering for a purpose
In 1868, General John Logan issued General Order No. 11, calling for a national day of remembrance for those who had lost their lives in the American Civil War. It was soon decided that May 30 of that year...
Tzemach Yehudah Richter
May 14, 2020, 4:25 PM
In Memoriam – IDF Soldier Amit Ben Y’Gal
BS”D If, as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, then the picture of the family watching as Israeli soldier Amit Ben-Y'gal is buried speaks directly to us all. When an IDF soldier is killed, it affects...
May 13, 2020, 8:41 AM
Jerry Stiller, A Versatile Entertainer for 60 Years
Many people, especially youngsters, know Jerry Stiller as the prickly, crotchety Frank Costanza, father of George, on “Seinfeld,” (He popularized the faux holiday, ” ‘Festivus’ ” for the rest of us.”) and/or Arthur Spooner, Kevin James’ father-in-law on “King...
May 12, 2020, 9:48 PM
Losing an Only Child. St.-Sgt. Amit Ben Yigal z”l
Today we buried a holy IDF soldier, St.-Sgt. Amit Ben Yigal z”l, who will remain 21 forever. He joins those all of our heroic men and women who have paid the ultimate price for all of us, our country...
May 12, 2020, 12:23 AM
In Memoriam: Bobby Hill זיכרונו לברכה
I met Bobby sometime in 2018. At that point, I had moved to London and was learning under his auspices, practically every other day, Sunday to Friday. During 8 months together we covered a range of topics: Shabbat, Kashrut,...
Tzemach Yehudah Richter
May 11, 2020, 8:33 PM
The Chabad Rebbe and His Secretaries: Eli Beer Benching Gomel at the Kotel on Lag B’ Omer
BS”D As promised previously, I will be discussing the Chabad Rebbe, his secretaries; a connection with the founder of Laniado Hospital and the phrase “G-d’s eyes are upon Eretz Yisrael the whole year”. And tonight ( Lag B Omer) Eli Beer...
May 10, 2020, 10:27 PM
Fifty-Five Years without Eli Cohen
Today, the 16th Iyar according to the Hebrew calendar, marks 55 years since Eli Cohen was hanged in Damascus. The Israeli public will forever remember Cohen as an honest and serious man who was devoted to his people and...
May 10, 2020, 9:15 AM
A Quiet Legend: A Tribute to My Mom on Mother’s Day
On May 17, 1912, something wonderful happened. My mother, Florence Esther Weiss, was born. My grandparents emigrated from Hungary in 1910 and settled in Camden, NJ. Mom was the eldest of two daughters born to my grandfather Joseph, who...
Daniel S. Smith
May 9, 2020, 4:30 PM
Why the Kishinev Pogrom Matters Today
One could be forgiven for thinking that an event that occurred in the outskirts of the Russian Empire over a century ago is irrelevant. Dr. Steven Zipperstein, a Stanford University historian who visited Wayne State University this past fall, disagrees. In his book...