“My father and mother both went through the Holocaust. They always told us stories about emuna and bitochon, trusting Hashem.”
We are a nation built of people who survived. And those who didn’t survive – what happened to their memories?
The birth of a child is a blessing for any family, but for our family my son Joshua’s birth was also an affirmation.
We’ve been talking about starting up a podcast where we interview orthodox Jewish authors about their books for a few months, but we finally got the required push when veteran Sasson contributor Yael Shahar put out a new book, called Returning.
Modern Israel’s greatest philosopher, Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook, once wrote: “Literature, which pokes into every corner where there is poetry and life, has not penetrated at all into the marvelous treasure of life that is repentance.” Yael Shahar’s Returning, based on a true story but crafted with literary skill, seems meant to fit into that gap.
How was he ever going to find such a dress in the Bergen Belsen Displaced Person’s camp where they felt grateful for the clothes on their backs?
Theriesenstadt, the ‘town of the Jews’ – by Elisheva Fhima Fate decreed that we should spend a couple of weeks in Czechoslovakia, so while we were there, my husband and I decided that we should also take a trip to Terezin, or what more people properly know of as ‘Theriesenstadt’. I’d read such a lot Read more
The candlesticks By Tova Teitelbaum “Why do you have so many candlesticks.” asks my seven year old granddaughter. “Why do you need so many ?”she insists on knowing. I look around in surprise. I hadn’t realized I had so many. “Each pair of candlesticks has a story” I answer. My granddaughter touches a pair Read more
Dead People’s Stuff – Part 2 The idea that you could actually enjoy having dead people’s stuff around – let alone find it useful and reassuring – was so bizarre to me, that when my friend Annette mentioned that she was still using some of her deceased father’s items – happily! – I was a Read more
Longing For Father’s House Note: Names have been changed to protect privacy. I have been privileged to guide some extraordinary trips to Poland. The time I accompanied children of survivors to meet their father’s benefactor was a deeply emotional experience. The tour where we took a member of our group to locate and visit the Read more