Ashkenazim, Davies/Davis, Navajo, Pitten, Niederösterreich, Austria, Plain City, Utah, Thomas Davies 1816-1899

Ready to Launch–No Excuses

I was inspired by a simple post from one of my favorite bloggers. Christian Mihai, titled The Five Habits of Extremely Prolific Bloggers.  The first habit on his list? Yeah. "They never make excuses."

Abeles, Ashkenazim, Holocaust, Pittsburgh, PA, Sephardim

Pittsburgh

This is exactly how I feel, and maybe even what I would say if  Amy (the author) hadn't taken the words right out of my mouth. But perhaps I feel a little less safe here than she does. I was already feeling on edge about my Jewish past before the Pittsburgh shooting. As a Christian… Continue reading Pittsburgh

Ashkenazim, cemeteries, graveyard, Loew, Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague

The Tomb of Rabbi Loew

My original plan to retell the story of Judah Loew ben Bezalel's golem for Halloween has changed a bit given recent events in Pittsburgh. I have decided to focus more on the man himself than the story that often has the Rabbi dabbling in occult mysticism. Although Judah Loew is credited as the creator of the… Continue reading The Tomb of Rabbi Loew

Ashkenazim, cemeteries, Holocaust, Pitten, Niederösterreich, Austria

Dead Nations Rising One Citizen at a Time

This year's cemetery month begins with graveyard poetry. For today's post, I begin with the end: the final stanza of The Jewish Cemetery at Newport by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poem was first published 160 years ago, in 1858, and contemplated an abandoned Jewish graveyard established nearly 200 years previously in 1677. Among Longfellow's contemplation, he… Continue reading Dead Nations Rising One Citizen at a Time