The Scenes of Genocide I Saw in Israeli Morgues By Qanta A. Ahmed and a quote from Rabbi Sacks and Miracles of the Massacre and Rabbi Schwartz jokes and Hebrew pocket watch, frozen in time of Titanic wreck, headed for auction
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Hebrew pocket watch, frozen in time of Titanic wreck, headed for auction
Dried water marks on a pocket watch belonging to Sinai Kantor show that time stopped at 2:25a.m. - about 5 minutes after the Titanic sank.
A front and back view of a pocket watch belonging to Jewish Titanic passenger Sinai Kantor, with salt water stains showing approximately when the ship sank. (Courtesy Henry Aldridge and Son. Design by Jackie Hajdenberg)
MIRACLE IN OFAKIM Rav Moshe Dov Fox shlit"a of Yeshiva Toras Chaim in Yerushalayim related: A family in Ofakim owns a dira in Ramat Eshkol which they have been renting out for many years. The tenants know the owners in Ofakim well and had invited them many times to come for a Shabbos, but they never came. Finally, this year, when the owners were invited for Simchas Torah, their tenants in Ramat Eshkol wouldn't take 'no' for an answer:"We already cooked the food for you – you have to come!" So the owners came and were thereby spared the horrific events of that day in the south. One of their neighbors in Ofakim was killed, another taken hostage. But the owner's family was saved! When the owners were asked, in what merit might they have been saved, the wife replied: "The rent in Ramat Eshkol keeps climbing higher 5K, 7K, 9K… When we finally told our tenants that we'd have to increase their rent, they said they understood it was our right to do so, but they couldn't afford the increase and would have to move away. "My husband asked our tenant if he learned three sedarim a day. When he said he did, we decided that in the zechus of his Torah learning we wouldn't raise the rent. So we've been keeping the rent the same all these years. Rav Fox concluded: "This family's high regard for Torah was the zechus to save them. They gave up thousands of shekalim over the years, but they didn't lose out from it – they gained their own lives!"בשורות טובותMay we continue to hear and share good news.
The Scenes of Genocide I Saw in Israeli Morgues
This wasn't an emotional frenzy of killing like the pogroms of the 1880s. It was methodically planned.
I came across this quote from the late Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks:
"To be a Jew is to be part of the most remarkable story ever lived, by any people, covering more countries, more adverse circumstances, more triumph and tragedies than any other story. Every one of us has a chapter to write in that story and hand the book on. That is what it is to be a Jew."
What struck me about the quote is its radical inclusivity. It's all in there. Every aspect, every moment, every drama of the Jewish experience since time immemorial is included. Tragedies, triumphs, everything in between.
In addition to every moment, Sacks makes sure to include every Jew. Every Jew is part of "the most remarkable story ever lived" and "has a chapter to write in that story and hand the book on."
It's more pleasant, of course, when we're writing a triumphant chapter like the creation of the state of Israel, or the success of Jewish comedy in America, or a spiritual renaissance among the new generation.
This chapter isn't.
Since Oct. 7, we've been living through perhaps the darkest time of our Jewish lives. Many of us are still dizzy and numb from the shock of the massacre, not to mention the alarming rise in Jew hatred throughout much of the world.
There is a human tendency to take such moments of extreme darkness and treat them as extreme exceptions. We want to file them away in a special box so we never have to experience them again. But there is an opposite tendency to allow the darkness to invade our souls and blind us to the presence of light.
This is why I found the quote from Rabbi Sacks so powerful—it embraces the darkest darkness and the brightest light. It elevates light without underplaying darkness. It reminds us that they are both part of the most remarkable story ever lived.
Rabbi Sacks entered my life this morning to remind me that all these extremities of Jewish life are part of our story. They have shaped us into who we are. And just as a horrible tragedy may have befallen us, there are chapters of triumph yet to be written.
RABBI SCHWARTZ'S FUNNY GAZA MEMES/ JOKES OF THE WEEK
If you keep saying FREE PALESTINE, be careful. We Jews will come and take it. We love free stuff!
Beware tearing down hostage posters won't free Palestine, but it might end your occupation
The Pro-Palestinian arguments I've heard lately sound much better in the original German
Does a humanitarian pause mean that the hostages get to come home for a Shabbat? Asking for 240 friends…
Only in Israel can a 19 year old kid drive an 80 ton tank and yet still be considered a "young driver" on his parents private Toyata.
Seen at a Jewish wedding- "From the Liver to the Tea the Smorgasbord will be Free