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Another day is upon us.  Let us take a moment to remember what was, what is, and what might come.

Today we lost a woman of great strength and humaneness.  Yaffa Eliach has died.  She created “The Tower of Faces” in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

“The Tower of Faces” is so profound.  Each time I have seen it, I am left speechless, filled with awe and deep respect for Yaffa Eliach’s tremendous efforts in creating the memorial.  The photographs speak wonders of the individuals, times gone by, a collective history, moments in living, lives lost due to hatred.

One cannot walk through the immense exhibit without it affecting them intensely.

Thank you.

Rest in Peace, Yaffa Eliach.


Today, I remember Kristallnacht.


On November 9th and 10th, 1938, Kristallnacht (an intense series of attacks on Jews fostered by the Nazi party paramilitary) became known as the “Night of Broken Glass”. The glass storefronts of the Jewish-owned businesses were totally shattered, by both the paramilitary and by local citizens. The interior of Fasanenstrasse Synagogue in Berlin was destroyed, along with so many other structures.

At least 91 Jews were killed in the attacks, and a further 30,000 arrested and incarcerated in concentration camps.  Jewish homes, hospitals, and schools were ransacked, as the attackers demolished buildings with sledgehammers.  Over 1,000 synagogues were burned (95 in Vienna alone), and over 7,000 Jewish businesses destroyed or damaged.”


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The February Jewish Book Carnival, hosted by Yael Shahar at A Damaged Mirror, is up! Go take a look at all of the links!

The links are varied, from book reviews for adult reading to book reviews of children’s books. There is a link to a free three-part discussion series, and also two links to interviews with authors.

Thank you for including my link! Thank you for hosting!

Read the poignant farewell to Antonin Scalia, written by Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Ostend: Stefan Zweig, Joseph Roth, and the Summer Before the Dark, sounds like a fascinating read.

I enjoyed reading about ‘Hummus in Hanoi‘!


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Sunday Scenes: August 30, 2015

private road

I do not ask to walk smooth paths nor bear an easy load. I pray for strength and fortitude to climb the rock strewn road. Give me such courage and I can scale the hardest peaks alone, And transform every stumbling block into a stepping stone. – Gale Brook Burket


Family heirlooms rescued from Nazis were allegedly stolen by Wells Fargo contractors.

Shame on Wells Fargo Bank!


Do you want to learn more about Selichot? If so, visit this link.


Illinois man knocks over nine-foot menorah, and is arrested.


Kirk Douglas and is wife will be donating $80 million in new gifts to various charities!


The Nazi Gold Train has been found, confirmed by Polish Ministry.



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Jewish Book Carnival for February 2015


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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Friday News – August 16, 2013

tree view

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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Friday Sunset and Interesting Links

branch sunset

The Skirball Cultural Center is currently showing an exhibit entitled Creating the United States, on view through February 17, 2013.

Here is an interesting article, in the Jewish Journal, regarding production of an upcoming film about Noah’s Ark. The actual replica of the ark, withstood Hurricane Sandy, while surroundings were destroyed.

Visit The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles to see their upcoming community events.

Visit Skywatch Friday for more sky scenes.

I ended 2012 by reviewing the novel The Poe Shadow, by Matthew Pearl.

Jewish Roots in Southern Soil: A New History, is My first book review of 2013.

Shabbat Shalom!

I am sorry for the update, but I felt that this was an important piece of information:

Gerda Lerner, who was a pioneer regarding women’s history, has died at the age of 92. May her Memory be for a Loving Blessing.

January 4, 2013 – 22 Tevet, 5773

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