Introduction to KarmiSheli ( My Vineyard) blog
The Courage of the Spirit: The story of Europe's Jewry in the 20th Century from family accounts and documents.
All Jewish thought begins with a question. Here is my question----why write about one family?
Because, one Jewish family highlights the story of the Jews, and the Jews highlight the story of the Human family.
As the adage goes, Jews are like everyone else, only more so.
I am impelled to this primarily because of the story of my parents. My father, Rabbi William Weinberg, survived Nazi jail and Soviet exile. My mother, Irene Weinberg, survived Nazi head-hunters in the guise of an Aryan. They worked with the “ She’erith Hapletah”, the surviving remnants of the Holocaust who rebuilt their lives on the ashes of dead Europe and set off for the wonders of America, or for the new dream of a State of Israel. They both lived to see the blessing of the Psalms,
They shall see the children of their children
From whence the energy, not just for individuals, but for an entire people, to go on, despite all odds, from the moment Abraham was challenged to abandon “ your land, your birthplace, and your father’s home” through to our times. This is what my father wrote, towards the end of the 20th century, in his collection of essays, as yet unpublished,Jews in Search of a New Image:
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