I thought that I had done my part--simply write something about what my Polish family and their comrades had experienced. I was horribly wrong in that assessment.
Presumably, my child-centered myopia can be understood and forgiven in this context. But what are, and should be, the bounds of this sort of blindness -- especially when it manifests in other settings?
'Tis the season! If you're like me, you have cocktail parties ahead. This means you need some fun facts up your sleeve so you can be the life of the party. At the very least, it's better than trying to win the ugly Christmas sweater contest!
When I was growing up on Long Island, the shorter and colder fall days leading to the depths of winter invoked a sense of loss. I loved the heat, the beach, and the seemingly endless days of summer.
Maybe Adam Sandler taught you everything you need to know about Hanukkah, but if you're curious beyond the marijuanakkah and gin & tonikkah then read on, my friend.
When pressed, I won't deny my Jewish heritage. There are others in the same predicament. I made for us, the confused Jews of America, a Hanukkah checklist.
Yeah, fried potato; can't mess that up, right?
Sharing their favorite Jewish chocolate experiences recently, a group of about 60 chocolate lovers didn't even mention Hanukkah gelt. That is, until one woman at the New Jersey get-together shared her thoughts on the subject.
The very next day, I knew, in my bones, something had to be done. Something had to be done to prevent my Jewish kids from taking the Polar Express straight to Christmastown this year -- or any other, for that matter.
Torture is not merely an issue of political left or right. It is not just an issue of military opinion versus civilian. It is an issue that grows from the nature of man, from the principled vision of a nation and from the highest of religious truth.
Usually when a film depicting a story from the Bible is made, the main danger for a studio is angering religious groups who feel that the film is attacking their beliefs or strays too far from accepted (or at least favored) interpretations.
Whereas the North American Holocaust museum deals with the immense crimes perpetrated by the Nazis, the Warsaw museum is focused most of all on of Jewish life.
Christian advocates of boycotts and divestment see Israel's bellicose policies as destructive not only to Palestinians but also to Israeli Jews. The involvement of churches in this growing international movement indicates that concern for a just and lasting peace for Palestinians and Israelis is finally making inroads into mainstream American society.
Bruce Barron, a Pittsburgh resident and former staffer for Rick Santorum, penned a loathsome piece in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette requesting that the LGBTQ community offer Christians an olive branch. So let me break down the absurdity of this piece. Discrimination is discrimination.
Soon it will be the first night of Chanukkah, the eight night long Jewish Festival of Lights. My husband is Jewish. I have been a Rosenberg for almost a decade now but being raised Catholic, I am not really Jewish, merely a Jew-adjacent. However, in my fake Jew-ness I have learned a couple of things about this holiday.
There is no great wisdom, there is no great secret, that will ever make life's struggle easier. The essence of wisdom is to know that we will never know. Life will always be challenging. It would always demand great effort.