What do you see?

What do you see?

Shadows, A new memorial of  deportation in Amsterdam |  Artist Ram Katzir. Photograph from The New York Times. Shadows My eyes are pulled into a series of photos embedded in an article by Nina Siegel in The New York Times, titled, Photos That Helped to Document the...
Kripochef und Priester

Kripochef und Priester

My parents trod on these stones, on their way to Köln/Deutz railway station Walter and Ernst, Companions on my Journey The city is Köln, Germany, where my parents and I spent the last few months of our lives as a family of three. Walter Volmer is the retired Criminal...
Knitting in Wartime

Knitting in Wartime

Sourced from Google | Photographer Unknown That first Christmas in the British Midlands I tasted unusual delicacies and heard strange new words.  It was 1939 and  I was 7 years old, desperately trying to understand what was expected of me when the instruction manual...
Why?

Why?

Why was Marc Chagall, 1887-1985, a Shetl Jew, so preoccupied with Jesus on the cross? “White Crucifixion” by Marc Chagall | Circa 1938 | Sourced from Google Marc Chagall | Photo by Li Erben | Sourced from Google Chagall’s inspired use of color | Title unknown |...
Truth & Reality

Truth & Reality

An Eclectic Reading List Today began with a slow read of Matthew 24 and Jesus’ warning, See that no one leads you astray and Let not your love grow cold in a time of increased lawlessness.  And then I thought about our present experience of lawlessness and opened...
Living in the Hyphen

Living in the Hyphen

Hyphen /ˈhīfən/ noun Definition: a symbol used to join two words together, or to show that a word has been divided into two parts at the end of one line and the beginning of the next. (Cambridge Dictionary) Amanda, a good friend, is studying Jewish/Christian relations...
When The Road Rises up to Meet You

When The Road Rises up to Meet You

Eifel, Germany This morning before breakfast, George and I watched George Verwer on Youtube. Watch George Verwer’s video about “A Garland For Ashes” He had alerted us that he would feature A Garland for Ashes in his weekly blog. And to anyone in the...
Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree

Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree

Today’s news, hate filled words,, lies and contempt, images of cruel, violent acts, wound my heart, wound each of our hearts. They evoke yearning… longing for justice, truth, goodness. Faint echoes of Johnny Cash’s song When the Man Comes Around  seep into my mind. He...
Edith, Thomas, and Abraham

Edith, Thomas, and Abraham

“Abraham and the Three Angels” by Marc Chagall | 1966 Three Jews, connected by heritage, separated by history, linked by their responses to a radical call…to trust, to rely on their Lord. Abraham left his family, his culture not knowing his destination and look what...
And It Was Night

And It Was Night

The Place of Departure. Looking at the train track, Köln-Deutz railway station, April 11, 2010. Have you ever felt surrounded by inner and outer darkness and suddenly, you glimpse a light? It is both Passover and Holy Week as I write, and I’m remembering the past, the...