5 Pervasive Myths Perpetuated Against Israel (Published In The Times of Israel)

The X-Ray tech assigned to the two-minute task of filming my elbow, asked me about the origin of my name, sparking a barrage of questions regarding the Middle East. No, I didn’t ride a camel to a tented schoolhouse in Continue reading 5 Pervasive Myths Perpetuated Against Israel (Published In The Times of Israel)

What Would My Grandfather Say About the New Use of Buchenwald? (Published In The Times of Israel)

The Nazis didn’t discriminate at Buchenwald. They forcibly “welcomed” Jews, Poles, homosexuals, people with disabilities, the mentally ill, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Poles, Slavs, POWs, people born with birth defects… the list goes on. Prisoners worked mostly as forced labor in armament Continue reading What Would My Grandfather Say About the New Use of Buchenwald? (Published In The Times of Israel)

My Mother’s Return to Germany after 68 Years (Published by The Times of Israel)

My mom was born in Bamberg, Germany on May 20, 1946. Her parents met right after the War. Saba Joe survived Buchenwald and Savta Ella survived forced labor at HASAG Munitions Factory. Savta never spoke about the War, so this Continue reading My Mother’s Return to Germany after 68 Years (Published by The Times of Israel)

Downton Abbey Season 5 – A Missed Opportunity? (Published by The Times of Israel)

It’s almost time to say goodbye to season 5 of Downton Abbey in the U.S.  For me, the anticipation of the grand finale is somewhat marred by a creative opportunity that Julian Fellowes, the show’s writer, seems to have missed. Continue reading Downton Abbey Season 5 – A Missed Opportunity? (Published by The Times of Israel)

Am I Harping on the Holocaust?! (Published by The Times of Israel)

I have been asked this question repeatedly.  Those who haven’t asked want to know, but don’t want to ask, and that’s fair.  It’s a bleak and daunting chapter, which many including Jews, wish to simply put behind us. It’s not Continue reading Am I Harping on the Holocaust?! (Published by The Times of Israel)