Week Eighteen: Lamb, almond, and prune tagine
Today I’m thinking about these two short excerpts written by Hannah Senesh in her journal on September 23, 1939 and September 21, 1941 respectively.
It might seem that Aharon Appelfeld’s novels are mystical. Yet, with the enchanting characters – whose blindness, deafness, muteness, psychic unrest, vulnerabilities of age, and moral defects serve to “exaggerate purposely, to make things visible” (as a character says in a different one of his novels) – there is the splendorous reality of the humanContinue reading ““Laish” by Aharon Appelfeld”
On this date in 1977, Shimon Peres became the 8th Prime Minister of Israel. As Shmuel Rosner wrote in this New York Times article, “Mr. Peres began his life in Vishneva, a village on the border of modern-day Poland and Belarus. When he left for Palestine in 1934, under his original name, Shimon Persky, hisContinue reading ““Be a Jew, forever!””
What a silly, inverted question. And what could possibly make me ask it? The answer is this anecdote at the end of Aharon Appelfeld’s memoir Table for One: Under the Light of Jerusalem:
On this date last year, Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris was ablaze in a serious fire. Three months prior to the fire, my friend Jacqueline and I were visiting the church. Here are my reflections from then:
This Holy Thursday, I’m thinking back to my first visit to the Church of All Nations at the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem. In it, there’s this impressive mosaic of Jesus praying while his disciples have fallen asleep in the background.
Today’s the Feast of St. Joseph. The place were I connected most with St. Joseph is in Nazareth standing around the sculpture in the banner photo near St. Joseph’s Church and close to the Basilica of the Annunciation. What came to my mind upon beholding the sculpture is this quotation from Tales of the Hasidim byContinue reading “God will add”
Three things millennials are seeking most
When the Polish government passed a bill on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day in an effort to criminalize attributing responsibility for the Holocaust to Poles, many Israeli leaders and Jews became furious considering the move tantamount to a form of Holocaust denial. The proposed legislation reads: “Whoever claims, publicly and contrary to the facts, that theContinue reading “Poland: Righteous Among the Nations?”