At the Munich Olympics of 1972, less than three decades after the Holocaust, Jews were murdered on German soil – because they were Jews. Because they were Israelis. The Olympics has historically been a place of peace where even warring nations could come together and compete in the sports arena, rather than on the battlefield. … More Remembering Munich
There is something different about the Jewish experience that deeply impacts who we are as individuals and as a Nation but it is very hard to explain to people who do not share the same feeling. Some things need to be felt to be truly understood. This is my attempt to explain… The day after … More How can I explain the inner workings of my Jewish soul?
I did not watch “Seven Days in Entebbe” and I don’t intend to. When the trailer came out my first reaction was excitement. This story is one of the best, breathtaking, exciting, moving, against-all-odds, adventure stories I have ever heard and, best of all – it’s real. And it’s OURS. My second reaction to the … More Operation Thunderbolt
Standing on the top of the hill, I looked out at the beautiful land stretched before me. Suddenly I felt my body vibrating. Looking up, I saw the guardians of Israel thundering across the sky. IAF fighter jets. It was Holocaust Memorial Day and they were practicing for the Independence Day aerial show. How suitable. … More To be a free Nation, in our land, the Land of Zion and Jerusalem
The Polish government seems to have gone insane. For some reason, it has, in their mind, recently become imperative to change the way Poland is mentioned in connection with the Holocaust. צפו | ראש ממשלת פולין בתשובה לשאלתו של @ronenbergman: "בשואה היו פושעים פולנים, כמו שהיו פושעים יהודים" • @DorGlick עם הפרטים המלאים והתיעוד >> … More Poland, Holocaust denial and relegation of responsibility
I have a notebook in my purse. Everywhere I go, it goes with me. In the notebook are things I have written down that I want to always have with me. When I use up the pages I start a new one and I copy over the things that are important. There is something about … More Man’s Search for Meaning
*This article was first published as a guest post on IsraellyCool. Two movies could not be more different. Both are about Israel. Both are about heroism and love. They should be similar, two stories on the timeline of Jewish history and yet, these movies are from alternate universes. Probably few people my age (or younger) … More From Exodus to Munich: How did we get here?
A piece of paper with writing on it brought the complexities of my grandfather’s personality, rushing back to me, from beyond the grave. I don’t believe he placed much importance on what he wrote. How could he know that his words, so clearly would make him vivid to me, once more? I can see him … More Thoughts from my grandfather…
On April 24th Israelis will commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. This is not the same date as the International Holocaust Memorial Day. This date was chosen to emphasize the place of the Holocaust in the story of the Jewish people. We do this by first celebrating Passover. One week later, we mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Exactly … More The Holocaust, miracles and revenge
Did you know that Israel commemorates the Holocaust on a different date than the International Holocaust Remembrance Day? The world would have preferred to forget. In 2005, Israel finally succeeded to attain UN recognition of an internationally recognized Holocaust Remembrance Day. January 27th was chosen as this was the date of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau … More The irony of International Holocaust Remembrance Day