Jewish chaplain Yisahar Izak


From the Fayette Observer: Soldiers tediously shoveled sand, filling bags for their pits as Capt. Yisahar Izak moved around the training area. His presence, quiet and unassuming, didn’t alter the gruff language between laborious scoops. Instead, it offered a sense of serenity for anyone who might pull Izak, a chaplain, aside. “You need anything?” Izak asked a soldier.  The soldier […]

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2016 Normandy Kaddish Project

Photo: Alan Weinschel

Each year, the Normandy Kaddish Project asks synagogues across the nation to say kaddish for those who lost their lives in World War II at Normandy and are buried at the Normandy American Cemetery. This year, the Shabbat closest to the anniversary of D-Day will begin on June 3rd. There are 149 American Jewish graves at the Normandy American Cemetery. These […]

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Rabbi Gittelsohn’s Iwo Jima Eulogy


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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Female Yeshiva Student to Attend West Point


Rachelle David – of the North Shore Hebrew Academy High School in Great Neck, New York – will attend the United Stated Military Academy at West Point this fall. This news made the headlines recently mostly because she will be the first female Orthodox yeshiva graduate to attend West Point. Perhaps the highest profile article was in the New York Times. This […]

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Passover Latkes in Goebbels’ Castle


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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