Prayers and Promises

“Baruch Dayan Ha’emet,” you whisper; A plea for compassion and comfort To the True Judge, father, and life giver. In this moment of grief and disbelief, Your wounds continue to blister.   “Baruch Dayan Ha’emet,” you weep; As the weight of the pain crushes your spirit. How many more? Why is life so cheap? That…

The Leftist’s Guide to Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism is a disgusting disease that has existed for thousands of years. This hatred against the Jewish people is entirely irrational and yet it rears its ugly head every century in a different form. And every single time, it has lead to expulsions, massacres, dispossession, and even genocide. One would think that 73 years after…

Lost in the Shoah

What is death? A last memory in the throes of fevered nightmares Stiff and twisted bodies tumbling out of a cattle car Hungry lips torn away from a mother’s bosom too soon Two sips of water not given after a day’s hard labor The stench of unwashed nakedness in the snow And charcoal-scented Dial bars…

Anti-Semitic Feminism- Yes, It Exists

It has been a while since I entangled myself in the various -isms of political thought. From a staunch Marxist, I became a Socialist, an Eco-Centrist, a Post-Colonialist, couple other -ists and then I found my ideological home. Feminist. Aha! An -ism I could actually belong to. I mean, I would be stupid if I…

Why We Must Remember the Holocaust

I see her in the dining hall every day. She is bent nearly double with age and even though I have never spoken to her, I know she is a widow. Her husband passed on a few years ago and now she comes two or three times a week to eat lunch with the other…

What is Zionism?

Receiving letters from old friends and colleagues always brightens my day. Usually, the content of the messages is predictably warm and comforting. They ask me how I’m doing, tell me what they’ve been up to, and recall some embarrassing high school memories that make them laugh and miss me at the same time. Imagine my…

Hanukkah in Bergen-Belsen

‘Like a barrage of machine-gun fire came the German commands “Komme, komme, komme, komme, komme.” The men selected were marched outside. S.S. Men with rubber truncheons and iron prods awaited them. They kicked, beat, and tortured the innocent victims. When the tortured body no longer responded, the revolver was used… The random selection went on…

Remembering Anne of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen

It was a warm summer day and there was a bite to the hot wind that blew sand into our school playground. The other girls were playing inside while the boys were out in the sun, throwing fistfuls of sand at unsuspecting teachers. I was seldom invited to be a part of the games. That day…