First Person

04/15/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

We came to Poland expecting to find death. And death we found in the death camp of Majdanek. It was situated with prewar homes and parks all around it, as if it were just any business in full view of the town’s population, which could never claim innocence.

04/07/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

On a trip back home to Ireland where I grew up, I was thinking less about the modern bustling country of today and more about some letters of 77 years ago that recently turned up in my childhood family home.

03/24/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

Recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I first came to Bonaire, a Dutch Caribbean island near Curacao, more than 30 years ago. I was treating myself to a vacation where no one knew me and I was far away from the stressful life in the “big city.”

03/17/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

My son recently finished two-and-a-half years of service in the IDF’s Golani Brigade. While I have written several essays about my experience during this time, permit me to share yet one more. 

03/10/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

Havana, Cuba — I had never seen a keyboard played at a Friday night service before. Then again, I had never been in Cuba before.

02/17/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

It was, at first glance, a scene out of a Yiddish folktale, transposed from the Old World shtetl to modern-day Zagreb. There were rabbis and healers, plot twists and turns, a small miracle, even the requisite chickens. And just when I thought it would remain a vision from the pages of my imagination, the pictures that flashed on my iPhone confirmed it was real.