Going Against Logic

“I always follow my logic” was my father’s “leitmotif” all of his life. He prided himself to be a logical person. To him, going against logic showed weakness and made no sense. Logic led him to abandon his faith and become a strong believer in evolution–an admirer of Darwin–because it made sense. Even though he stuck to traditional practices in deference to his parents, he viewed religion as “outdated,” “illogical,”, “backward.” Logic drove him also to become a strong Zionist, because he believed that the only logical way to...

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Writer Sholem Alechem Celebrated in Music and on Film at the Holocaust Museum

Will Soll’s Klezmer Conspiracy will perform a concert titled “Varshavski Cabaret” on Sunday, June 29 at noon in the Holocaust Museum Theatre in the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. The program will precede a 1 pm screening of Sholem Aleichem: Laughter in the Darkness, the next film in the museum’s Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg Sunday Afternoon Film Series. The film, a riveting portrait of the great writer whose stories became the basis of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof, portrays a rebellious genius who...

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Unforgettable Memories

Again and again The memories flood my mind, Intense, deeply felt, Strong, piercing, Tightly impregnable, hard. I am bracing myself against the wall, Trying to unwind In prayers! Only this way does The tension in me break.     It takes a long, long time To cope, to soften the pain, But these memories Resurface again, Again, and again.   I am trying to Rescue my troubled mind From Auschwitz-Birkenau, The gruesome site. I cling to hope for this memory To unwind—to leave, So I can again cherish my life For a time. by Hilda Lebedun...

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O, My Back!

My spine decided It needed more attention From me! It really seriously Let me know Its attachment to me. I did not know It needed much care Until I wound up In Intensive Care. How far we came From open-back surgery. The computer helped With the analogy Deep puncture tubes Were made To deliver cement To the painful Broken spine. Twice! After orders From the docs To take very good Care for my fragile spine! And follow The orders given For my daily life! Period! There are many things I cannot do, Some absolutely not! Remember the Horrendous...

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Upset

My resilience is fading, But I try to hold it tight. I had this kind of discomfort Many times before. I just did not think The problem would again return, Especially from Long before. I am visiting The Tooth Fairy Every week, And that upsets Me the most.   –Hilda Lebedun (Sept. 2012; rev., Feb. 2013)

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