Category Archives: Judaism

May Jewish Book Carnival

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The May Jewish Book Carnival is up and hosted by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod! There are many links to browse through, from a podcast interview, to book reviews, to insights, and to so much more! There is something there for everyone!

Visit Write Kids Books, to see all of the links. Thank you for hosting, Jennifer!

I am sorry for the update-I felt this article to be of importance: Nazi Art Trove: Matisse Painting Returned to Jewish Owners

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William Giraldi on Aharon Appelfeld

I came across this article, by William Giraldi, dated May 13, 2014, entitled Grasping for Words, Grappling with the Past: The long journey of Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld. I was totally engrossed in the content.

I am an avid Aharon Appelfeld fan. I have read several of his books, and each time an English translation is published, I immediately buy it. I read his books with heartfelt sadness due to the compelling and intense subject matter. There are no words adequate enough for me to totally depict my thoughts and feelings on his work.

Giraldi does Appelfeld justice, and acknowledges his masterful and brilliant writing. The article is an excellent summary of Appelfeld’s works, but also an intense (albeit, short) account of Aharon Appelfeld’s life’s journey. It details not only his physical, emotional, and mental journey, but his literary journey, as well.

Some of Aharon Appelfeld’s books that I have read are:

Badenheim 1939
Suddenly, Love: A Novel
The Story of a Life: A Memoir
Blooms of Darkness: A Novel
The Iron Tracks: A Novel
Tzili: The Story of a Life
All Whom I Have Loved: A Novel
Until the Dawn’s Light: A Novel
Laish: A Novel

Aharon Appelfeld brings the reader illuminating gems within his novels. His stories are told with magnificent prose and word-imagery. The impact is not normally light and airy, but one that is often disturbing, and on the fringes of horrific events to come. He has a point to make within the pages of his novels, and the concepts and depictions resound and echo through the heart of pain and extreme adversity. He beckons the reader to ponder humanity and the human condition.

I hope you take the time to read William Giraldi’s insightful and excellent article.

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Jewish Book Carnival for February 2015

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Leora’s blog, Sketching Out, is hosting the February Jewish Book Carnival 2015. Please take the time to visit and browse the resources/links.

From a beautiful photograph, to a podcast, from book discussions and book reviews to poetry and the Sydney Taylor Award 2015 Blog Tour, there is something there for everyone!

Shavua Tov! Have a great week!

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Shabbat Shalom!

I am involved in reading The Source, a novel by James Michener. It is my third reading.

I read it decades ago, the first time, right after its publication, and read it a second time about twenty years ago. I am reading it for a book club. I love this novel so much, for varied reasons. The archeological aspect is so intriguing and fascinating. The kibbutz story line, is also, and the characters that wind their way through that lifestyle.

I love the archeology digs, within the story and how each time period is ascertained by the characters to be correct and documented. I enjoy reading about the characters within a specific period of time, their daily lives, their social aspects and their mindsets and growth.

Well, onward I go, synagogue calls me in an hour.

Shabbat Shalom! For those who do not celebrate, have a great weekend.

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Tu B’Shevat Begins at Sunset

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Tu B’Shevat begins at sunset, tonight, and ends at nightfall tomorrow, February 4th.” It is The New Year for the Trees.

Tu B’Shevat is the new year for the purpose of calculating the age of trees for tithing. See Lev. 19:23-25, which states that fruit from trees may not be eaten during the first three years; the fourth year’s fruit is for G-d, and after that, you can eat the fruit. Each tree is considered to have aged one year as of Tu B’Shevat, so if you planted a tree on Shevat 14, it begins its second year the next day, but if you plant a tree two days later, on Shevat 16, it does not reach its second year until the next Tu B’Shevat.

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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January 27, 2015 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, designated by the United Nations. It is on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. This year, it will have been 70-years since the liberation.

Wolf Blitzer at Auschwitz: “You can smell the death”. Watch him walk through Auschwitz.

You can read about Gina Turgel’s survival story, here.

“Auschwitz Concentration Camp Survivors Return to Mark Anniversary”-read the story, here.

Here is an interesting article on Auschwitz, and how it is perceived.

Read about Greta Wienfeld and her story of survival, here.

We Remember Them by Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Riemer
At the rising sun and at its going down; We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter; We remember them.
At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring; We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer; We remember them.
At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of the autumn; We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends; We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live, for they are now a part of us as We remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength; We remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart; We remember them.
When we have decisions that are difficult to make; We remember them.
When we have joy we crave to share; We remember them.
When we have achievements that are based on theirs; We remember them.
For as long as we live, they too will live, for they are now a part of us as, We remember them.

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