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 Relent, for what is love made of Friendship is the balm that binds The meeting of two minds Two personalities Two lives. But love is more Love is the meeting of two bodies Two passions Two souls. Relent and do not deprive us of love. I walked through a thicket And I was caressed. It coursed through me And warmed my heart And I responded. Love...
ANGELS ON FRIDAY NIGHTBy Susan LowingerPublisher: Independently published, 2020Paperback: 151 pagesAmazon: $9.90; Kindle: $2.99Reviewed by Judy Shapiro It has been said that the novelist Henry James wrote like his brother, William, a psychologist, while William James wrote like his brother Henry, the novelist. The fourteen original short stories co...
 Our father and partner, Errol (Asher) Gotsman sadly passed away in early December 2020. Errol was born in Krugersdorp, South Africa, on October 21, 1934. His start in life was not easy. He lost his father when he was only two years old. His mother decided to send him to cheder in the hope that the rabbis would be able to instill some discipli...
Befriender Laurie and Befriendee Melvyn enjoying the sunshine together Face to face befriending by ESRA has been running in Raanana and Netanya for many years, initially started by Val Kantor and then continued by Glenis Bertfield. With the onset of the pandemic it was realized that this would have to change as people were not able to meet up. With this in mind we decided that we would still keep in touch with those w...
Author with painting donated by Alexander for the author’s building. I was surprised to see paintings of ships on the walls of an apartment building in Arad and wondered who the artist was. And then I met Alexander Bainov. He introduced himself to me while I was working in our building's flower garden. He thanked me for making the area look better with flowers, and gave me a beautiful painting of vases for me t...
My father’s childhood home in Mueddersheim around 1939 My father, (centre) in WW1 army uniform with parents and six siblings The Jewish cemetery in Heinsberg today Writer with sons reciting Kaddish at the Schwarz cemetery in Gladbach  In 2016, after a life-time of refusal, I decided that the time had finally come to explore my parental heritage and embark on a roots trip to Germany, where my parents were born and raised. My father and mother were German-Jewish refugees who reached safe haven in Canada in 1939, three months before the outbreak of the War and obviously just ...
Kissing the tzitzit (prayer shawl) through my anti-COVID-19 cloth facemask is a strange sensory experience and quite disconcerting. The ritual kissing of the tzitzit during the morning recitation of the Shema's third Scriptural paragraph has, it seems, also been affected by the rules and regulations imposed upon synagogue worship during the era of ...
Hanzi and Joel Brand, members of the Aid and Rescue Committee in Budapest Peretz’ visit to the American JOINT Children’s home, Budapest, 1948 Members of the Aid and rescue Committee: Left to right: Peretz Révész, Hanzi Brand, Rudolf Israel Kasztner, Nathan Komoly and Zvi Goldfarb, 1942 Occupation of Budapest by the conquering Russian Army, January 1945 Photo by Peretz Révész Children’s home in Pécs, Hungary, 1945 Standing up to Evil: A Zionist's Underground Rescue Activities in HungaryBy Peretz RévészReviewed by Katalin and Jacques Mouyal Peretz Révész was born in 1916 in the small town of Holiĉ, in Slovakia, a place where Jews and Christians lived a peaceful life.His father, a lawyer, was deputy to the town chairman and the chairman of the sports club.Pere...
Photo by Maja Petric on Unsplash The recipes this issue are particularly easy ones. When you're in the mood for something quick and delicious, a simple sauce of burst cherry tomatoes and pasta fits the bill perfectly with fresh winter veggies on the side for crunch. And, on an optimistic note, I've included a favorite chocolatey cake with a meringue-like frosting - children of all...
Faces from far and near Love and appreciation from Netanya  A very different ceremony was held this year due to the pandemic.We couldn't personally introduce our donors to their students as we do each year.However, what we could do was invite so many more ESRA members and overseas members, donors and friends and our Zoom event took place with over 100 participants. Our students led the ceremony with o...