April 4, 2003

Published April 04, 2003, issue of April 04, 2003.
  • Print
  • Share Share


• When her tenement on Henry Street went up in flames, 14-year-old Rosie Rothstein ran into the hallway screaming for someone to save her 84-year-old grandfather. But in the chaos, no one in the crowd paid any attention to her. “You’re a bunch of sissies,” the girl yelled, running back into the burning tenement to try to rescue her grandfather, whom she found and carried to the stairs. But by the time she reached the sixth floor, the flames were already at her back, and thick smoke began to choke her. Too weak to continue carrying her grandfather, she managed to get to the roof and jump to the next building. Brave Rosie survived, though her grandfather did not.


• Three Lower East Side boys, Harry Dreitser, Edward Fisher and Isadore Helfant, were found guilty of first-degree murder for killing a policeman. The three boys, all members of the notorious Brooklyn-based “Pants Gang” will be sentenced to death. As the verdict was read, the killers stood silently, but afterward they were seen joking and singing jazz tunes. One of them was overheard saying that they didn’t get a fair trial and that their sentence was unfair. Their lawyers will be appealing the verdict.

• After a wave of provocations and blood libels, Jews in Lithuania are living in fear of a new wave of pogroms. Local antisemites have been spreading reports that Jews killed a Christian boy in order to use his blood to bake matzo. The police have attempted to battle the problem and have arrested a Christian woman who claimed she saw Jews kidnap and kill a Christian girl to use her blood for religious purposes. Her accusation was found to be a complete falsehood when it was discovered that the girl had gone away on vacation.


• Avrom Reisen, beloved Yiddish poet and author, passed away this week at age 77. Known for his folksy stories and poems, Reisen was one of Yiddish literature’s most popular figures. A Forward editorial reads, “Every person that ever read a Yiddish word is today in mourning…. One of the classic figures of Yiddish literature, one who connected us to the golden epoch of the rise of Yiddish culture, has been taken from us…. Without ever meeting Reisen, millions fell under the spell of his poetry and became his faithful devotees.

Find us on Facebook!
  • A new initiative will spend $300 million a year towards strengthening Israel's relationship with the Diaspora. http://jd.fo/q3Iaj Is this money spent wisely?
  • Lusia Horowitz left pre-state Israel to fight fascism in Spain — and wound up being captured by the Nazis and sent to die at Auschwitz. Share her remarkable story — told in her letters.
  • Vered Guttman doesn't usually get nervous about cooking for 20 people, even for Passover. But last night was a bit different. She was cooking for the Obamas at the White House Seder.
  • A grumpy Jewish grandfather is wary of his granddaughter's celebrating Easter with the in-laws. But the Seesaw says it might just make her appreciate Judaism more. What do you think?
  • “Twist and Shout.” “Under the Boardwalk.” “Brown-Eyed Girl.” What do these great songs have in common? A forgotten Jewish songwriter. We tracked him down.
  • What can we learn from tragedies like the rampage in suburban Kansas City? For one thing, we must keep our eyes on the real threats that we as Jews face.
  • When is a legume not necessarily a legume? Philologos has the answer.
  • "Sometime in my childhood, I realized that the Exodus wasn’t as remote or as faceless as I thought it was, because I knew a former slave. His name was Hersh Nemes, and he was my grandfather." Share this moving Passover essay!
  • Getting ready for Seder? Chag Sameach! http://jd.fo/q3LO2
  • "We are not so far removed from the tragedies of the past, and as Jews sit down to the Seder meal, this event is a teachable moment of how the hatred of Jews-as-Other is still alive and well. It is not realistic to be complacent."
  • Aperitif Cocktail, Tequila Shot, Tom Collins or Vodka Soda — Which son do you relate to?
  • Elvis craved bacon on tour. Michael Jackson craved matzo ball soup. We've got the recipe.
  • This is the face of hatred.
  • What could be wrong with a bunch of guys kicking back with a steak and a couple of beers and talking about the Seder? Try everything. #ManSeder
  • BREAKING: Smirking killer singled out Jews for death in suburban Kansas City rampage. 3 die in bloody rampage at JCC and retirement home.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?

We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.