In Jewish tradition, last Saturday — the 18th day of Elul — was a significant date. It is the anniversary of the birth of two major chasidic figures: the Baal Shem Tov, founder of the chasidic movement; and Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.
In the waning days of summer, a hot-weather snack made most popular in Italy has made an appearance on the Upper West Side. A custom-made food cart opened recently along Broadway at 72nd Street, offering the standard 31 flavors, changed daily, of the Screme Gelato Bar. It also offers a hechsher.
An honor guard stood near Rabbi Alain Goldman in Paris during a ceremony that reflected no honor on France.
On the recent 69th anniversary of the Vel d’Hiv roundup of some 13,000 Jews from Paris and its surrounding suburbs, Rabbi Goldman, at right, the city’s former chief rabbi, took part in a memorial ceremony which included World War II veterans, below.
The roundup was the largest mass arrest of Jews in France during World War II; the children and adults arrested over two days were shipped to Auschwitz, where most died.