Once upon a time, in the small town of Crasna in 1944, a little girl with red hair who loved to dance heard drums. “It is those Hungarians again. They are always trying to assert their control over our small town…on the border between Hungary and Romania…the two countries fight for us like toddlers fighting for a toy.” Continue reading “Book Review: The Redhead of Auschwitz “
“This book is Hadassah’s extraordinary life story. It goes from her birth in Prague, Czechoslovakia, to parents who survived the Nazi Holocaust; to her childhood far away from Europe as the daughter of a rabbi in a small New England city…to her emergence in her own right during our 2000 vice presidential campaign.” Senator Joseph Lieberman introduces his wife’s story; the rest of the book chronicles her journey in her own words.Continue reading “Book Review – Hadassah An American Story”
“A long time ago, I stopped wishing for a different past. One where the mother and father were not Holocaust survivors. When I started writing this book, over ten years ago, perhaps I would have emphasized my parents’ stories more than my own….I have been living a life in search of beauty.” Continue reading “Book Review – AFTER: The Obligation of Beauty”
Creating a Life That Matters: How to Live and Love with Meaning and Purpose by Manis Friedman and Rivka Goldstein
“God tells us, ‘Six days of the week you should work, but on the seventh day, on Shabbos, do no labor.’ What he means is, for six days do whatever you need to do to make your existence easier. If something is broken, fix it; if it’s raw, cook it; if it is torn, sew it; if it’s too cold, heat it up…But one day out of the week, leave your existence alone, take a break, and turn your attention to life.” In this book, Manis Friedman and Rivka Goldstein offer a tutorial on living life and navigating our way through relationships with our family, friends, God, and even ourselves, using teachings “derived, whether directly or indirectly, from the Chabad Chassidic wisdom tradition.”Continue reading “Book Review – Creating a Life That Matters”
“I had been a successful, middle-class, African-American professional with a comfortable lifestyle in California. All my major life needs, material and spiritual alike, had been met…or so I thought. But the irresistible call of God to make Israel my home and the Jews my people was so strong that I was prepared to give up everything: home, possessions, friends, and even my family.” From this introduction, Ahuvah Gray, born Delores to a close-knit, spiritual Christian family, takes us on her life’s journey- traveling from Chicago to California to Israel, accumulating frequent flyer miles as a flight attendant, leading fellowship tours to Egypt and the Sinai- all the while gathering friends and insight and conviction that her neshama was present at Sinai so many millennia ago.Continue reading “Book Review – My Sister, the Jew”
The ubiquitous brown cardboard carton was plopped on my front porch, delivered in one day as promised. I eagerly brought it inside and cut through the tape, not to get to the contents inside (diapers for the grandson? Yet another cute face mask?) but to grab at the bubble wrap and start popping those air-filled pockets of stress relief. Ah- what a difficult day/week/year I’ve had!
Then I opened Who By Fire and read Chaya Malka Abramson’s heroic battle with fire, burns, family and recovery. Bubble wrap, protecting my purchase and dissipating my stress, was my easy solution; a Jobst suit, protecting Malka’s burnt skin and slow healing, was her painful prescription.Continue reading “Book Review – Who By Fire”