Sunday, March 24, 2019


A Journey Back in Time

Visiting Shanghai More Than 70 Years After My Grandfather Fled East From the Holocaust

Yosl Mlotek was 21 years old when only a few days after the Nazi invasion the newspaper where he worked, the Folksaytung, moved its offices to Lublin. En route, he heard that the city’s roads were blocked, so he traveled to Vilna. He lived there


There is an amazing bistro/restaurant/bakery in Montreal called Exception. The dairy food selection is great, but most outstanding are the desserts. Yum—trust me that there is nothing like it here in this area. They also bake the most palate-pleasing whole wheat challahs you can imagine. We are always requested by our kids to bring some back for them on our return

Home Decorating Amazing accents under $100

Small ideas to add big style and functionality to your bath

(BPT) - If you’re bored by your bathroom, you might think a total room remodel is the only way to make a difference. And, if you’re like most homeowners, you might not have the time, expertise or budget to tackle high-profile projects like replacing your flooring, vanity, tub or

Thank You, Stanley Fischer

Stanley Fischer recently announced that he will be stepping down from his position as the governor of the Bank of Israel (akin to being the chairman of the US Federal Reserve) in June. Fischer has been credited for steering Israel through the global financial crisis, and the Bank of Israel under his stewardship has earned many accolades and honors.


Israelis Innovate Powerful New Hepatitis B Vaccine

If you’re under the age of 30, you were probably inoculated against the hepatitis B virus (HBV). However, even though 167 countries now vaccinate at birth, HB —up to 100 times more infectious than AIDS-causing HIV—is still a major global health problem causing 1.2 million deaths every year from liver disease.

Obviously, a better vaccine has been needed

How Saul Bellow ‘Blew It’ With The Holocaust, Changed His Tune After Six Day War

LOS ANGELES—Born in Canada into an immigrant Jewish family in 1915, Nobel Prize-winning author Saul Bellow had a traditional Jewish upbringing, which included Torah study, Talmud, and Hebrew. Yet Rabbi David Wolpe observes that Bellow had an ambivalent relationship with Judaism.

“It was part of who he was, but he didn’t want to be thought of as a

Shouldn’t Special Needs Children Receive Equal Opportunity?

In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson famously stated that “All Men Are Created Equal.”

We often wonder whether children are included in this statement. Aren’t kids created equal as well? We only ask this question because there is a stark difference in the treatment of children with special needs when it comes to our state’s investment in

For American Foreign Policy, No Good Options

One feels sympathy for U.S. President Barack Obama. Whatever he does in Syria, he is doomed. Had he intervened a year ago, as many pundits demanded, he might presently be in the midst of a quagmire with even more pundits angry at him, and with his approval ratings far lower than they are. If he intervenes now, the results might be even worse. Journalists often demand

ACCIDENTS HAPPEN Dos and Don’ts in the Aftermath of a Car Crash

Many newspapers feature a regular column on automotive and traffic issues, with discussions of road conditions, accident-prone areas, morning commute times, and the dismal state of our roadways and bridges. But I have yet to read advice to motorists on what to do if they’re involved in a car accident.

Motor vehicle mishaps can leave the most level-headed

How the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Changed My Life

Niusia Gordon’s false papers; her parents’ marriage registration; photos kept in hiding; postwar photos; three postcards sent to Niusia by her mother, Basia, from the Vilna ghetto; and the violin of Boruch Gordon,who was murdered in 1943 by the Nazis and their collaborators in the Ponary forest near Vilna, Lithuania. Photo courtesy of the U.S.

Yosl Friedenson, Z’L: An Appreciation

It is now just about 30 days, just a little more, since Yosl Friedenson, editor of Dos Yiddishe Vort, went to Olam Haboh. I knew Friedenson ever since I can remember. He and my mother were together in Ghetto Warsaw until she was smuggled out and taken to Munkacs, and eventually landed on the Kasztner train. When I began doing research on my mother’s story, and when I

A Conversation with Dov Lipman: Everything But Politics

I recently sat down with newly elected member of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) Rabbi Dov Lipman to discuss a variety of (mostly) non-political issues. Rabbi Lipman grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, and is the first American-born member of Knesset in almost 30 years. He is an ordained rabbi, a graduate of Baltimore’s Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore,