Adina Hershberg

Sandy in the East and the Sandy South

November 17, 2012, by

Israel and the United States have had a lot in common recently. While rockets rain down on southern Israel, torrential rain and havoc-wreaking winds have cruelly visited the eastern coast of the United States. As a victim of Hurricane Agnes in June of 1972, wherein the deluged Susquehanna River broke through its dikes and flooded

A Friend of Israel

August 19, 2008, by

Dr. Max Garber, 84, of Detroit, Michigan is no fair weather friend. Neither the Gulf War in the winter of 1991 nor the intifada have deterred him from volunteering in Israel. What prompted Max to visit Israel nine times so far? “I was prompted by my desire to see the Jewish homeland and to show

Still Missing

July 9, 2008, by

The sword is worse than death, famine is harder than the sword, captivity is the worst of all.” (Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Bava Batra. 8b) It hangs like a yoke around my neck—albatross-like. I put it on daily, save Shabbat, semachot (joyous occasions), and holidays. With time it has undergone some changes. More names, less names.

War After War

June 26, 2008, by

These children had just participated in a birthday party in the Galanta “ghetto.” Two weeks later they were all murdered by the Nazis in Birkenau. Shaindy Miller (nee Ehrenwald) never met three of her sisters. In 1918 in a village near Novozamsky, Hungary they were murdered by anti-Semites who played a drowning game to amuse

A Shabbat Salute

May 21, 2008, by

I knocked on the door of the “caravan” and was bade to enter. Nechemiah and Rafi were sitting in the kitchen. Nechemiah was reading a paper and Rafi was learning. They come in assorted shapes, sizes, and colors. Male and female. Jews and non-Jews. Young and middle-age. Quiet and talkative. Religious and non-religious. The common

Slaughter of the Lambs

March 13, 2008, by

The victims of the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva. Top row: Avraham David Moses (16), Ro’i Roth (18), Neria Cohen (15), Yonatan Yitzhak Eldar (16); Bottom row: Yochai Lifshitz (18), Segev Peniel Avihail (15), Yehonadav Haim Hirschfeld (19), Doron Meherete (26). This past Shabbat I thought about the story of the rabbi’s wife who did not divulge

Walls That Divide

February 28, 2008, by

Throughout history many walls and fences have been built: The Great Wall of China, the electrified fences of the concentration camps and ghettos, the electrified wall between East and West Berlin, prison walls, to name a few. Walls serve to enclose, divide or protect an area or population. Over the past few years, the Partition

Here Come the Clowns!

February 28, 2008, by

Clowns are not just for circuses, birthday parties, street fairs and Purim parties. Medical clowns are people who, for the most part, visit patients in hospitals. They are trained to help the patients laugh in order to help them heal. According to researchers, children laugh about 500 times a day and the average adult laughs

In the Footsteps of the Lamed Hei

January 31, 2008, by

View Slideshow Gush Etzion, or the Etzion Bloc, is known as the southern gateway to Jerusalem. This very strategic area contained the block of communities that defended the southern approach to Jerusalem against the invading Arab armies in the 1948 Israel War of Independence. Four heroic attempts were made in the past century to populate

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