2012-11-23 / Community

Honorable ‘Menschen’

By Howard Berger ... and YOU.

HB RECALLS VISITING OFF-LIMITS GAZA STRIP IN 1976

With the past week’s focus on the escalating conflict between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, HB recalls his visit there long before he started writing HM. “I was accompanied there by an Israeli Intelligence Officer and a retired USArmy colonel who was one of the prosecutors in the Nuremberg War Trials of Nazi criminals.” While in Gaza, HB interviewed several women residents, and they expressed back then their hatred of Israel, emotions which continue to this day. The interview became heated and the Israeli officer said we had to get out of there fast, because there was an Arafat supporter nearby. We left there in a hurry and headed back to Jerusalem where a government official told me not to use the interview. I complied with his request since I didn’t want to risk losing my credentials. HB vividly remembers that visit and feels we were lucky to leave there without incurring any harm.

BETH EL’S RABBI AARON KRAUSS QUERIES THE ENGLISH SPELLING-- CHANUKAH OR HANUKAH?

According to Rabbi Aaron Krauss “Purists who wish to be closer to the Hebrew prefer the ‘CH’, but most who mention the holiday use the ‘H’ because there is no guttural ‘CH’ in English.” Krauss shares that the word Chanukah means dedication, namely of the temple in Jerusalem. Historically, Krauss explains further, the year 165 BCE is when the Temple was reclaimed and re-dedicated to the service of G-dAlmighty in place of pagan purposes. “In a real sense, Chanukah represents a miracle of Jewish survival and with the eight candles signifying the ancient miracle of oil lasting eight days instead of one.” Rabbi Krauss says “Happy Chanukah to all and, in Hebrew, Chag Sameach L’Kulam.”

UBS STOCK BROKER DEAN SCARPA WRITING A BOOK

Dean Scarpa told HM, “This is my second book, with the first one written while I was a funeral director.” He told HM “I have always felt that everybody has at least one book in them, so after years of delay, I started my second book three months ago. It is half finished and is about my interactions with some great and near-great people throughout my life.” Scarpa added, “This is a humorous book which deals with common life events such as high school, college, first jobs, marriage, kids, as well as those ups and downs of life I think anyone can relate to. My hope is to finish writing by April and then publish it later in 2013.” HM says, Amazon, you could have a bestseller on your hands!

HM ASKS OUR READERS TO SHARE UNIQUE EXPERIENCES AND TREASURES FOUND IN DIGGING OUT FROM HURRICANE SANDY

As my wife Charlotte emptied out our family room this past week, which at the worst of the storm was nearly four feet under water, she found the Holy Scriptures which was presented to our daughter Eve Dryer at her Bat Mitzvah at Beth Judah some forty years ago. Charlotte was also able to rescue an antique doll collection belonging to daughters Ellyn Yishai and Jody Selkow, which was originally started in the 1960s by Aunt Annie Selkow, whose friend's sister worked at the Madame Alexander doll factory. They were prized family possessions and we’re very grateful that they survived the storm. HM would like to hear about your unique stories about family memorabilia which you managed to save from the storm. (write me at howardberger9798@aol.com)

Anyone deserving of anHonorable Menschen,’ can contact Howard Berger via his e-mail: Howardberger9798@aol.com.

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