Thanksgiving Meeting
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Thanksgiving Meeting

Leon Gersten spent Thanksgiving with Czeslaw Polziec a few years ago. Polziec’s family secretly sheltered Gersten in rural Poland for two years during World War II, after the Nazis rounded…

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If We Bear Suffering

The history of the Jewish people through centuries of affliction and suffering could be the subject of countless films and novels. Somehow, they have borne that affliction and have survived despite all odds.

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Europe Jewish Population Decline

This shocking headline caught my attention. So much so, I stopped everything I was doing to read the entire article. I did not realize the European Jewish population is down by 60%. Wow. As I continued to read the article in The Times of Israel, I was surprised at how a population can decline in just 30 years. What contributed to the decline? The authors of the study (published by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research) believe that “The demographics of European Jewry would have been “totally different” without the impact of the Holocaust.” The quote was a sharp reminder for me. Seventy-five years later, the numbers continue to remind us of the Holocaust’s devastating effects. With the rise of anti-Semitism in the world today, let us not forget the devastation from the past.

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