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Sukkot For Our Time

By: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (extract from Koren Sacks Sukkot mahzor) Of all the festivals, Sukkot is surely the one that speaks most powerfully to our time. Kohelet could almost have been written in the twenty first century. Here is the ultimate success, the man who has it all – the houses, the cars, the clothes,…

The Mysterious Monsieur Revealed

I was born in 1934 in the village of Vizhnitz, Ukraine. When I was a small boy, my parents immigrated to Antwerp, Belgium. Belgium had a large Jewish community — some 50,000 Jews lived in Antwerp at that time — and they hoped to have a better life there. Unfortunately, our stay did not last…

The Unlikely Hero who Saved Thousands of Jews 

by Dr. Yvette Alt Miller Even though he lacked the necessary experience, Varian Fry risked his life to save Jews in Vichy France because no one else was going to do it. “In a place where there are no leaders, strive to be a leader” (Ethics of the Fathers 1:5). In 1940, one mild mannered American…

The Book of Life and The Book of Death

With Rosh Hashana fast approaching, I wanted to share a short idea that I hope will inspire. On Rosh Hashanah it is written and Yom Kippur it is sealed; “How many shall pass away and how many shall be born, who shall live and who shall die….. who shall be at peace and who shall…

Stanislav Petrov, ‘The Man Who Saved The World,’ Dies At 77

Stanislav Petrov was a lieutenant colonel in the Soviet Union’s Air Defense Forces, and his job was to monitor his country’s satellite system, which was looking for any possible nuclear weapons launches by the United States. He was on the overnight shift in the early morning hours of Sept. 26, 1983, when the computers sounded…