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Kelme – A Shtetl in Lithuania

  This post is written to protest the reburial and honoring of Lithuanian World War II-era leader and Nazi collaborator, Juozas Ambrazevičius-Brazaitis, Kaunas, May 20, 2012.  Historical documents, signed by Ambrazevičius prove that his government cooperated with the Nazis in the persecution of Lithuania’s Jews. Haaretz, the Israeli daily newspaper reported on May, 21 2012, […]

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Purim: Heroes and Villans

Bigthan and Teresh: Besides Haman, there are two important villains in the Purim story who are sometimes overlooked. They are critical players, because without them, Mordechai could not have risen to prominence and Esther would not have been able to use her influence with King Achasverous to save her people. Their names were Bigthan and […]

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Spotlight on Modi’in: Ancient Birthplace of the Maccabees.

Modi’in used to be more famous for its past than its present. But not any more. Today, this ancient birthplace of the Maccabees is about to become Israel’s fourth largest city. Once famous for its Hasmonean roots, modern day Modi’in has more than 150,000 residents and is Israel’s first planned city. Mentioned in the Talmud […]

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Yad Vashem: Rosh Ha’Shannah Prayers on a Paper Sack

Just three months before he died, Naftali Stern visited Yad Vashem on Holocaust Remembrance Day, 1978. Naftali, an elderly man in his late 70’s, took out an envelope containing frayed pages; written on them were the prayers for the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah Musaf), the longest in Jewish liturgy. Naftali proceeded to share his story. […]

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