Our dear friend Roman Gronsky was featured in an article in the Jerusalem Report this month on his efforts as a Masters Swimming Champion but more importantly, for the purposes of this blog, as the President on the Olomouc Jewish Community. He was instrumental in facilitating the return of the Torah Scroll in 2017 to … More Roman Gronsky: A Modern Maccabean Hero (Jerusalem Report, November 7, 2022)
Our dear friend from Olomouc, Rudolf Dub passed away on July 9, 2022. He was fondly remembered by his community and was also quite a character, described by people who knew him best! Zichrono Livracha … More Rudolf Dub, z’l
Following in the footsteps of Civil Rights Heros … More With Liberty and Justice For All?
What are your memories of that fateful day, 20 years ago? Mine are somewhat like yesterday, though the specifics are fading. … More 20 Years since 9-11: What a difference a few days makes?
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=225132949570827&id=523541507&sfnsn=mo I wish everyone Shanah Tova U’metukah, a Healthy, Happy and Safe 5782, starting tonight! The Mitzvah is to “hear” the Shofar, not to “sound” the Shofar so you’ve now fulfilled the tradition! There are 3 basic Shofar Blasts: Tekiyah (one un-interrupted blast) Sh’Varim (3 blasts) T’ruah (More of a Staccato, traditionally 9 blasts) There’s … More Last Shofar of 5781
It is time we gave our communal leaders a break when it comes to decisions related to the Chagim. … More Give our communal leaders a break
In October, 2017 I visited the town of Ceske Budejovice on the way down to the beautiful Czech town of Ceske Krumlov (the Hearst Castle of the Czech Republic). Here is took a few minutes to bear witness to the town that once housed our Sefer Torah and the beautiful synagogue that once stood there. … More The beautiful Synagogue building of České Budějovice
Let’s get the obvious out of the way. Justin Turner was wrong. Foolishly wrong. Stupid and unbecoming a sports role model. Turner endangered his teammates, coaches and support staff. He set a horrible example. He blew it, big time! He should not have celebrated on the field with his teammates after it was announced he … More Justin Turner and his Positive COVID-19 Test
A recent story in the LA Times got me thinking about all the crazy disruptions in this weird COVID world we find ourselves in. The author muses about “missing the comfort of ‘my’ seat in synagogue when the whole world is askew.” “One Saturday morning last fall I arrived at my synagogue, only to discover … More Psst, you’re sitting in my spot