At a time when many archaeological sites and antiquities throughout the
Middle East are being looted and destroyed, the City of David Foundation
on September 4 hosted its annual conference to enable the general
public to experience some of the most important archaeological
discoveries in Jerusalem in recent years. A portion of this year’s
conference was devoted to the theme “Jerusalem of Gold,” highlighting
several never-before-seen golden artifacts.
ARLINGTON, VA (JTA) – The scene at Arlington National Cemetery on
September 12 was not quite routine, but nor was it unusual: A clergyman
said a prayer, an army NCO handed Bernard Gavrin’s closest living
relative a folded U.S. flag, and a volunteer – one of the “Arlington
Ladies” who attend to the needs of grieving military families – offered
words of comfort.
Gavrin stood out for two reasons: The clergyman,
Marvin Bash, was a rabbi, and David Rogers, Gavrin’s nephew receiving
the flag, last saw his uncle more than 70 years ago in Brooklyn, NY,
when he kissed him goodnight.
Paris will see the opening of its first Moishe House amid a soaring number of antisemitic attacks in France.
I just learned a new term. When asking a fellow staff member for help
with the title of this article – I had “end of summer,” but was
floundering as to the second part – he suggested “binge reading.”
LOS ANGELES (JTA) – It was 6 am on August 19, 1964, when the phone
rang in the Los Angeles apartment of Ivor Davis, the young West Coast
correspondent for London’s Daily Express, circulation four million.
the other end was the paper’s foreign editor, who told Davis to drive
to the airport and catch the 11 am flight to San Francisco. His
assignment was to cover that evening’s gig at the Cow Palace by a hot
British pop group called the Beatles. For Davis and the band, it would
be the start of a hysterical 34-day, 24-city tour across the United
States and Canada.
A recent conversation on a Facebook page made me ponder the meaning and purpose of forgiveness.
BOSTON (JTA) – Fourteen years ago, sitting in her synagogue during
Saturday morning services, Jacqueline Jules was browsing some Torah
commentary when a story about a medieval poet struck an inspirational
chord. “It was an ‘aha’ moment. This will be my next writing project, my
next children’s book,” recalled Jules, an award-winning children’s
writer who at the time was also working as a school librarian.
There are four sounds that the shofar makes on Rosh Hashanah. The tekiah is a basic note of moderate length.