Monthly Archives: August 2013

Shabbat-August 30, 2013


honey pot

Shabbat Day

Skies of other worlds

In the blue-bright air,

Sides of houses

Edge eternity.

Clay-red roofs

Where pigeons – mincing – walk,

Fly the doves – the whir and flutter

Of their soaring wings.

Soundless the yellow butterfly

At its play.

Winds lift white clouds

And sift the sand

From earth-bound stones -

Exalted the light

Of this dazzling Day,

Yet strangely close to home.

-Dobra Levitt

Shabbat Shalom!

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Lorri M. News

clouds meet sea

A bowl found during archaeological dig shows a 2,700 year-old Hebrew inscription.

Movie of Warsaw Uprising shows historical footage, and has been colorized for effect and possible links to those still searched for.

Food spices found in 6,100 year-old crock pot.

I so love this quote:

Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Earthlings wave to the Cassini orbiter


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Lorri M. Review: The Enemy at His Pleasure

the-enemy-at-his-pleasure The Enemy at His Pleasure: A Journey Through the Jewish Pale of Settlement During World War I, by S. Ansky, translated by Joachim Neugroschel, is an intense, horrific, violent and incredible book depicting the events of Ansky’s travels through the Pale of Settlement during World War I. His travels and writings were an effort to try and bring medical help, food and money to the communities of Jews, living in shtetls, on the front lines. It is as graphically worded as a book of this type can get.

Written as a journalist might write a diary, Ansky’s accounts leave nothing left unsaid, no events colored over with fluff, and we, the readers, are left “watching” the evil through the vivid word images of brutality, destruction, rape, bodily slashing, murder, mob mentality, mass-murder, and the affects on the Jewish communities in the shtetls from the events of the nauseating horrors of anti-semitism.

I won’t quote from the book, because one passage alone wouldn’t be sufficient to render the scope of the atrocities and horror. How can I choose one, out of so many? For me it is impossible, and would diminish the content of the book, down to that one blurb. One must read this in order to grasp the intensity of the compelling events.

The Enemy at His Pleasure
is a compelling read, and if you are prone to having a weak stomach from graphic word content, then I suggest you read this with that in mind. Do read it, because it will open your eyes to the accounts and sickening events that took place during the turbulent time when Russian, Austrian and German armies overtook the small Jewish shtetls catching and trapping the Jews in the middle.

The word images are vividly depicted. It is a look at history you will not soon forget. S. Ansky wrote what he saw, leaving out nothing, including every minute detail of what appeared before him. If the future could have been foretold, it could be said that these World War I horrors that occurred were major precursors that foreshadowed things to come in World War II.

August 19, 2013 – 13 Elul, 5773

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Friday News – August 16, 2013

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I finished reading Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots, by Jessica Soffer.

I saw the film, The Artist and the Model. It was filmed entirely in black and white, which only emphasized the setting, emotions and story line. It moves slow, which for me was nice, and allowed the viewer to grasp the emotional content through the body language of the actors.

I am in the middle of reading The Lute and the Scars, by Danilo Kis.

Visit Leora, at Sketching Out, to browse through the links for the August Jewish Book Carnival.

Hannah has some lovely photographs and information regarding the American Memorial in Chateuu-Thierry.

This man is building a Sukkah out of “homeless signs” he bought. How clever, how inspiring, and filled with Mitzvot!

Fire in My Heart: The Story of Hannah Senesh is now on exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman, by Mark Cohen, looks to be an interesting read in more ways than one.

Read here
, in the Jewish Observer, to learn about Edyie Gorme, who died at the age of 84. You can also learn about a Treblinka survivor, along with a story about a German who saved Jews during World War II.

Sorry about the update…I needed to correct something.

August 16m 2013 – 10 Elul, 5773

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Sunny One

The gaudy leonine sunflower
Hangs black and barren on its stalk
And down the windy garden walk
The dead leaves scatter – hour by hour

~ Oscar Wilde


True friends are
like bright sunflowers
that never fade
away, even over
distance and time.

~ Marie Williams Johnstone

The Sunflower
, by Simon Wiesenthal is a very compelling book, and one that brings on an intense reflection and questioning regarding forgiveness.


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Lorri M. Book Review: The Life of Gluckel of Hameln: A Memoir

gluckel of hameln The Life of Gluckel of Hameln-written by herself: A Memoir, translated from the Yiddish by Beth-Zion Abrahams, is quite the fascinating read, although written in Yiddish, initially, this book was actually a series of diaries written by the author for her children. They weren’t written in anticipation of them being published as a memoir.

Centuries later, her story comes to light, and with it an incredible description of life in Germany in the 17th Century. From one woman’s pen comes a multitude of historical references and insights.

Life for women was difficult enough during Gluckel’s time period, never mind the fact that she was a widow and mother of twelve. From daily life descriptions to interactions with the world outside, the story behind her life and the lives of her children is astonishing for its historical content and context.

She was a proud woman, proud of her business acumen, and proud of the fact that she strove to raise her children in the best possible light, giving them not only emotional nourishment, the necessities and much more, but also monetary sums to help them survive their adult circumstances.

Her writing transcends generations and centuries, and transports the reader back in time, to the realities of life’s struggles and harshness, especially for women. Life was difficult enough for a man to make his way into the world, striving to care for his family. Being a woman made the adversities more demanding to overcome. Adding children to the demands of daily living and survival, made Gluckel’s accomplishments more amazing.

She was married twice, and after the death of her first husband she began to write a diary to help her during sleepless nights. She eventually remarried, and continued writing, once again, after the death of her second husband. Writing consoled her, and she felt she was leaving a legacy for her children and any future descendants. She wanted them to be proud of their heritage, and felt the writings would cement that pride.

The memoir was translated from her journals. Through the plague, wars, births, deaths and Jewish life, Gluckel’s memoir is an astounding and descriptive look into Jewish life and into the history of the time period. Current events are chronicled, and Jewish life, practices and traditions are documented. The word imagery is quite vivid, and this reader could envision the scenarios presented.

The writing might seem a bit awkward and/or mundane for some readers, but one must take into account the time period of the memoir. The translator, did not stray from the original diaries and embellish entries, but chose to translate it as accurately as possible. That Gluckel wrote as masterfully as she did, is a tribute to her, as an individual, and a tribute to her goals to leave a legacy for her family. She did that and more, leaving the world a memoir of important historical value.

I recommend The Life of Gluckel of Hameln: A Memoir.

August 13, 2013 – 7 Elul, 5773


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