How did the 1541 Scrolls get to Prague? Debunking a widely held myth

I have been to Prague twice. Once in 1998, a few years after the 1989 Velvet Revolution where a repressive Communist Czechoslovakian government was peacefully overthrown by Vaclav Havel and his associates, and split into the Czech Republic and the Republic of Slovakia. The second time, was in October, 2017, as part of a delegation…

SPACEIL–Breisheet: So Close! “We arrived (just not how) we wanted…”

  We failed. But did we? “We have a failure of the spacecraft. We unfortunately have not managed to land successfully,” Opher Doron, general manager of the Israel Aerospace Industries space program, said on the SpaceIL’s livestream of the landing attempt…” “We are the seventh country to orbit the moon and the fourth to reach…

Peter Briess’ Story

As most of you know, so many things have touched me about the Olomouc Torah story. The memories are flooding back as we approach the one-year anniversary of that amazing experience in a few days. One of the connections that sticks in my head is that of Mr. Peter Briess, who, as young boy, recalled…

The Olomouc Story is now famous in Dayton, Ohio!

Come again? Dayton, Ohio? You mean halfway between Indianapolis, IN and Columbus, OH? Just a hop, skip and a jump up the road from Cincinnati, OH, THAT Dayton, OH? Well, yes…let me explain… A few weeks ago, as I was researching the story of the 7 remaining Torah Scrolls from Ceske Budeovice, the home of…

Do not be afraid

John Lewis: “Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” The past…

Last Bus to Olomouc

Just a short post to commemorate today’s visit back to Olomouc by members of my Synagogue community on the way from Prague to Warsaw. The Olomouc community hosted all 40 of them and made a nice BBQ lunch for them. Roman Gronsky and Rabbi Helfand How could Linda Oberstein and I forget Helga Smékalová our…