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What’s Up with Replacing Haftarot and Not Replacing Haftarot? Originally Published June 25-26, 2021.

This coming week we begin the three-week countdown to Tish’ah BeAv, commemorating the three weeks between when the Romans broke through the walls of Jerusalem on 17 Tammuz in the year 70 CE (which we believe was the year 3830) and Tish’ah BeAv (the 9th of Av that same year) when they destroyed the Second […]

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What Is a “Casar Torah” Purportedly on Our Façade? Originally Published on June 18-19, 2021.

A while back a congregant who is a member of the Casar family dropped us a note asking about Beth Shalom architect Alexander Sharove’s description of the façade of the building, published in The Jewish Criterion on July 24, 1931.  The architect said this about the design: The exterior is constructed of two-toned, cream colored […]

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Who Was Meyer Myron Katz, Whose Birthday Is June 15th? Originally Published June 11-12, 2021.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 15, 1909, to Menachem and Johanna Katz, Meyer Myron “Mickey” Katz would go on to become a popular musician / comedian.  He heard a clarinet soloist, and wanted to learn.  The sympathetic school bandmaster found him a clarinet dating from the Spanish American War and, working for his uncle […]

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Who Was Saul Bellow? Originally Published June 4-5, 2021.

Born Solomon Bellows on June 10, 1915, in Lachine, Quebec, near Montreal, to Lescha and Abraham Bellows, immigrants from St. Petersburg (and his grandfather had been born in Vilnius), over his lifetime writer Saul Bellow would be awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the National Medal of Arts.  He was the […]

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What Is the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces)? Originally Published May 28-29, 2021.

Established on May 31, 1948, by David Ben-Gurion, a mere two weeks after Israel’s declaration of independence, the IDF comprises the military of the State of Israel:  army, navy, and air force.  Based on the theory that the best offense is a solid defense, the model of the IDF is being ready to quell any […]

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