Monday, July 14, 2014 Tammuz 16, 5774
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Olivia Mattis knew that her father's family had escaped Brussels on May 10, 1940, the very day that the Nazis invaded the country. She knew that her mother had spent three years as a hidden child in Belgium. Mattis, a musicologist and academic administrator at Stony Brook University, glanced at the yellow fabric Jewish star pinned on her dress --...
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Olivia Mattis knew that her father's family had escaped Brussels on May 10, 1940, the very day that the Nazis invaded the country. She knew that her mother had spent three years as a hidden child in Belgium. Mattis, a musicologist and academic administrator at Stony Brook University, glanced at the yellow fabric Jewish star pinned on her dress --...
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Reflections
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During my Bar Mitzvah, I looked up from my prayerbook exactly twice. Once, I peaked to see whether a certain eighth-grade girl I'd invited showed up. (She had, but I was too shy to ask her to dance later.) The other time, I made eye contact with my big cousin Laurence Polatsch from Long Island, sitting right in the front...
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A few months after Judith Bernstein-Baker had assumed the top post at HIAS and Council Migration Service in 1998, she was working late when the phone rang. She picked up, figuring it must be her husband at that hour. Instead, it was a U.S. customs official at the airport. He had a family there from Kosovo who somehow managed to...
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Harvey Ballen still considers himself lucky for recovering from a heart attack that sent him to the hospital five years ago. "I came home very clear that I'm not immortal," said the 82-year-old resident of Huntington Valley. With that in mind, he and his wife, Rhoda, downloaded a template for a living will, putting in writing what measures doctors should...
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