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Reading Between the Lines of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's Holocaust Era Calendar
Harnessing adversity as a paradoxical opportunity for good, the Ha-yom Yom calendar imbued time itself with a special urgency, encouraging and intensifying the study of Torah, the performance of mitzvot and the devotional service of God in an attempt to a...
Our Visit to Normandie
I didn't realize the number of soldiers who died here, nor did I comprehend how young they were. I found myself having trouble breathing a lot of the time...
"I have traveled thousands of miles without seeing a Jewish child." Then he stooped down, lifted the boy and danced around the room with him. Neither man ever forgot that day...
Even though Basia was occupied with supporting her family, three times a week she would make the long trip to visit her husband.
You sent the captions, pictures, and mementos with your trust of an album’s completion. And there your pictures sat. For years...
1945
In Rheims, France, the Chief-of-Staff of the German Armed Forces High Command signed the unconditional surrender documents for all German forces to the Allies, thus marking the official end of World War II in Europe. The surrender took place following a f...
Bernard Haller’s gravestone declares that he never missed a day of tefillin or ate non-kosher meat
When Bernard (Baruch) Haller enlisted in the United States Marines in 1941, he had two goals: to serve his country and to survive. To accomplish these goals, he knew that he’d need the help of a Higher Power. And so Haller, known to friends as Bernie, vow...
...I Think of Grandma and The Matzah
We are nine days into quarantine, just over two weeks before Passover, and we are busy squirreling away Passover supplies in the basement. Matzah, paper goods, pots, pans, oil . . . a veritable Passover store has sprung up in the spare bedroom. Yet, even ...
1939
On September 1, 1939, corresponding to the Hebrew date of 17 Elul, the Nazi Wehrmacht invaded Poland, launching World War II. The war would prove to be the deadliest conflict in history, resulting in the death of some 60 million people, including the six ...
An upgraded campus in Mád, Hungary, with a restored synagogue nearby
For almost 150 years, the hum of Torah study was constant in the three-story complex that housed the rabbi’s home and yeshivah in Mád, a village in northeastern Hungary in the heart of the Tokaj wine-making region. Then came the spring of 1944, when the a...
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