Part of the Original עצי היים/Atzei Chaim from the České Budějovice Scroll

Yesterday, Rabbi Corey showed me something kind of cool that he discovered while cleaning his office a few weeks ago.  It’s apparently part of the original rollers or staves (Atzei Chaim/עצי היים in Hebrew) from the České Budějovice Torah Scroll. Peninsula Sinai Congregation was originally allocated two Torah Scrolls in 1970, one from the Czech … More Part of the Original עצי היים/Atzei Chaim from the České Budějovice Scroll

SPACEIL–Breisheet: So Close! “We arrived (just not how) we wanted…”

  We failed. But did we? “We have a failure of the spacecraft. We unfortunately have not managed to land successfully,” Opher Doron, general manager of the Israel Aerospace Industries space program, said on the SpaceIL’s livestream of the landing attempt…” “We are the seventh country to orbit the moon and the fourth to reach … More SPACEIL–Breisheet: So Close! “We arrived (just not how) we wanted…”

Roman Gronsky’s Article: “American wanderings in the footsteps of the Olomouc scroll Torah #740”

Our good friend Roman Gronsky, from the Olomouc Jewish Community, who was primarily responsible for driving the return of the Memorial Scrolls Trust’s Scroll #740 to its ancestral home in October, 2017, published a very nice article in the November Issue of “CHAJEJNU,” (“Chayenu,” “Our Life”) the Olomouc Jewish Community’s monthly newsletter. He details his … More Roman Gronsky’s Article: “American wanderings in the footsteps of the Olomouc scroll Torah #740”

Peter Briess’ Story

As most of you know, so many things have touched me about the Olomouc Torah story. The memories are flooding back as we approach the one-year anniversary of that amazing experience in a few days. One of the connections that sticks in my head is that of Mr. Peter Briess, who, as young boy, recalled … More Peter Briess’ Story

The Olomouc Story is now famous in Dayton, Ohio!

Come again? Dayton, Ohio? You mean halfway between Indianapolis, IN and Columbus, OH? Just a hop, skip and a jump up the road from Cincinnati, OH, THAT Dayton, OH? Well, yes…let me explain… A few weeks ago, as I was researching the story of the 7 remaining Torah Scrolls from Ceske Budeovice, the home of … More The Olomouc Story is now famous in Dayton, Ohio!

Do not be afraid

John Lewis: “Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” The past … More Do not be afraid

Last Bus to Olomouc

Just a short post to commemorate today’s visit back to Olomouc by members of my Synagogue community on the way from Prague to Warsaw. The Olomouc community hosted all 40 of them and made a nice BBQ lunch for them. Roman Gronsky and Rabbi Helfand How could Linda Oberstein and I forget Helga Smékalová our … More Last Bus to Olomouc

My eyes are on Israel, today–Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day)–Israel @70

No more Memorial Candles! No more somber music! No more visits to Military Cemeteries (for now)! No more sirens (for now)! It has been too long since my last visit to Israel. How long? Well 2008 was the last time I was there and I was still doing this! Working on the Sidekick LX and … More My eyes are on Israel, today–Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day)–Israel @70

My eyes are on Israel, today–Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day)

70 years aint chicken feed! It’s an amazing accomplishment. Something to be proud of; Something to worry about; Something to be exasperated with; Something to be vigilant about. Just now, across Israel, the first of two air raid sirens sounded. 1 minute. Silence, noise, a metaphorical shofar, bowed heads. In another 15 hours, a 2 … More My eyes are on Israel, today–Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day)