Rafael Medoff


Joe Kubert, Comic Artist Who Returned to Roots

By Rafael Medoff

Joe Kubert, Comic Artist Who Returned to Roots
Comic book artist and writer Joe Kubert spent most of his life drawing brawny superheroes and rampaging dinosaurs. Then, Kubert, who died at 85, began a journey back to his roots.Read More


Joe Kubert, Comic Book Legend, Dies at 85

By Rafael Medoff

Joe Kubert, Comic Book Legend, Dies at 85
Iconic comic book artist and writer Joe Kubert spent most of his life drawing brawny super heroes, lionhearted jungle men and rampaging dinosaurs. But at age 75, Kubert began a journey back to his roots that led him to illustrate Warsaw Ghetto fighters, Holocaust survivors, and ethical mini-lessons for the Chabad-Lubavitch hasidic movement. Kubert, who passed away August 12 in New Jersey at age 85, left behind an enormous fan base in the comic book world as well as a growing audience of admirers in the Jewish community.Read More


Refugee to Rescuer, a Hanukkah Tale

By Rafael Medoff

Seventy-five years ago this month, 5-year-old Rudy Boschwitz, tightly gripping his mother’s hand, gingerly stepped down the gangplank of the S.S. Majestic and onto the dock at New York City. It was the third night of Hanukkah. After two years of wandering from country to country, the future United States senator and his family had finally found a place they could call home.Read More


Retracing Zionist Steps in Benzion Netanyahu’s Manhattan

By Rafael Medoff

Retracing Zionist Steps in Benzion Netanyahu’s Manhattan
Seventy years ago, Benzion Netanyahu stood on the balcony of his small Manhattan apartment and wondered how his world had suddenly turned upside down.Read More


Actions Speak Louder Than (Even Ugly) Words

By Rafael Medoff

Actions Speak Louder Than (Even Ugly) Words
Newly released tapes of President Richard Nixon’s private conversations in 1973 include a remark that antisemitism will increase in the United States if American Jews “don’t start behaving.” As outrageous as that comment was, it should be kept in mind that Nixon was not the first American president to privately express antisemitic sentiments — nor is it clear how such views affected those presidents’ policies regarding Jewish concerns.Read More






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