Rabbi Gittelsohn’s Iwo Jima Eulogy

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The following is the text from a sermon given by Rabbi Steven Rein of Agudas Achim Synagogue in Alexandria, VA. For the second time in recent memory, the festival of Shavuot, and more specifically, the recitation of Yizkor, coincides with Memorial Day. Today, we recall not only parents, children, siblings, friends, and family, but more than one million men and […]

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A Visit to Normandy

Photo: Alan Weinschel

The following is the account of a visit to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France from reader Lou Schwartz: I never knew these men; they had died 4 years before I was born. They now rested on a high plateau overlooking the beach where they perished.  A beach that in 1944 was an open killing ground providing some shelter about 400 […]

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Passover Latkes in Goebbels’ Castle

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Corporal Sidney Talmud of Brooklyn was with the 38th Signal Construction Battalion marching through Germany in 1945. He had the opportunity to prepare food for a unique Passover service at Schloss Reydt, the Rennaissance-era palace used as a vacation home by Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. Goebbels had played the key role in creating an environment that allowed for the attempted destruction […]

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2015 Normandy Kaddish Project

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For the second year, the Normandy Kaddish Project is requesting that people around the country and the world say kaddish at Shabbat services on June 5th for those that fell in the vicious fighting in 1944 at Normandy. June 6th is the anniversary of D-Day, when the Allied invasion of Normandy began. There are 149 American Jewish graves at the Normandy American Cemetery. These names […]

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