A Brief History of Modern Hebrew

Posted on November 18th, 2018
from BimBam.com


An Introduction


Hebrew spoken today is not the same as the Hebrew in the Bible. But how did Hebrew come to be anyway? Watch our video to learn a brief history of Modern Hebrew featuring Joshua Mallett.


Watch Video.

 

The Future of the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre

Posted on November 7th, 2018
By Jonathan D. Sarna for Tablet Magazine 


Is American anti-Semitism really distinctive from that of other diaspora countries? Just how worried should we be?


In the early morning hours of Oct. 12, 1958, exactly 60 years to the month before the massacre of 11 Jews in Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue, a nitroglycerine bomb equal to 50 sticks of dynamite tore apart the Temple, the oldest and most distinguished Reform congregation in Atlanta. “The sound of the blast traveled heavily for miles,” Melissa Fay Greene recounts in her all-too-timely history of that sadly forgotten anti-Semitic episode, The Temple Bombing. The Confederate Underground, the group that claimed credit for the attack, promised in a telephone call “to blow up all Communist organizations. Negroes and Jews are hereby declared aliens.”

Continue reading.

A great-grandma’s recipes recall sweet stories of pre-Holocaust life in Germany

Posted on November 4th, 2018
By STEVE NORTH for The Times of Israel


Strangers across the globe share in some unexpected lessons when one reporter’s mother rediscovers a long-lost cookbook handwritten in ancient German script


NEW YORK — I had to stifle a laugh as I read the list of ingredients for the almond cake. Along with the almonds, sugar, eggs, flour and baking soda was this unexpected ingredient: “A touch of mice.” The recipe had been translated for me from the original German, but what could that mean?

 

Continue reading.

The Flight of the Righteous Gentile

Posted on October 28th, 2018
By The Scroll for Tablet Magazine 


Meet ‘Roland,’ a German house painter on his way to Tel Aviv to volunteer renovating houses for Holocaust survivors


It’s not often that a Hasidic rabbi’s Facebook post goes viral but that’s what happened Wednesday when Rabbi Zalmen Wishedsk uploaded a photo that showed him smiling next to a man he identified as “Roland,” his neighbor in the window seat on a flight from Switzerland to Israel.

Continue reading.

The Nazi Victim Who Forgave Her Perpetrators

Posted on October 21st, 2018
BY DEBRA NUSSBAUM COHEN for myjewishlearning.com 


As a young child, Eva Mozes Kor was a subject of Dr. Mengele’s horrific human experiments. Decades later, she made headlines for granting ‘amnesty’ to a physician who worked alongside the notorious Nazi doctor. Here’s Mozes Kor’s story in her own words.


Eva Mozes Kor was just 10 years old when she, her twin sister, her two older sisters and their parents were transported from their small Romanian village to the Nazi death complex Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Continue reading.

Pages