By Diana Bletter
Preparing an Auschwitz survivor for her final resting place
While survivors and world leaders commemorated the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz last week, I attended a very small, very private ceremony. As a member of a hevra kadisha, or burial circle, I helped prepare and dress an Auschwitz survivor, Suzy Rosenberg, for her burial in a small village by the Mediterranean Sea…
What’s Anna O Got To Do With It?
Here’s a really short history lesson. In 1880, a 21-year-old Jewish Viennese woman went to Sigmund Freud’s colleague, Dr. Josef Breuer, for help because she felt suicidal. Breuer diagnosed Anna O — whose real name was Bertha Pappenheim — with hysteria, a common label for distressed women in the late 1800s. I suspect that given…
Arab Israeli Women Tune In For Advice
Dored Zarkawi’s popular radio talk show is devoted to helping Arab Israeli women solve their most pressing problems. On his program, “Najom Ely,” or “Nighttime Astrology,” Zarkawi combines astrology, modern psychology, and his fresh and forward thinking about women to dispense advice. The 34-year-old Arab Israeli resident of the Galilee says that he tries to…
Age 18 in the Western Galilee: Youths Await IDF Enlistment
Dagan Jacobi looks like he’ll always be more comfortable holding a surfboard than an M-16. When he’s not studying for his high school finals, the 18-year-old with a sun tattoo etched onto his right shoulder blade is riding the waves of the Mediterranean Sea, which laps the edge of his farming village, Shavei Zion, in…
For Bob Dylan’s 82nd birthday, his 10 most Jewish songs
Kissinger at 100: ‘If it were not for the accident of my birth, I would be antisemitic.’
This lawmaker and rabbi was scheduled to deliver an invocation. His colleagues replaced him with a Christian
On Paul Simon’s dark night of the soul, he wants it darker — much darker
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