AP – “It was seized from Jewish families and wound up soaking in sewage water in the basement of a secret police building. Rescued from the chaos that engulfed Baghdad as Saddam Hussein was toppled, it now sits in safekeeping in an office near Washington, D.C. Like this country’s once great Jewish community, the Iraqi Jewish Archive of books, manuscripts, records and other materials has gone through turbulent times. Now another twist may be in store: Iraq wants it back.”
Business Wire – “Spanning the second half of the 20th century, the collection documents Potok’s literary career and rabbinical life. It comprises correspondence, writings, lectures, sermons, clippings, promotional material, memorabilia, and fan mail. Among more than 1,200 correspondents is Elie Wiesel, who writes in May, 1992: “I shall read [I Am the Clay] as I read all your books–with fervor and friendship.” Examining the papers, scholars will be able to trace Potok’s writing process from conception to publication: from notebooks for ideas and drafts, to annotated typescripts with comments, to galleys. The collection also provides insights into Potok’s life, including his vocation as a rabbi, his service as a U.S. Army chaplain in Korea from 1955 to 1957, and his work at the Jewish Publication Society, where he served as editor-in-chief from 1969 to 1974.”
BBC – “She and other employees of Anne Frank’s father Otto supplied food to the family as they hid in a secret annex above the business premises in Amsterdam.
Anne’s diary of their life in hiding, which ended in betrayal, is one of the most famous records of the Holocaust.”
For those of us who are sick of listening to Christmas music on FM Radio. Looks like I bought by Droid just in time.
An apology for being stupid and ignorant.
George Santayana – “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”
Telegraph – “The site contains existing and new images, including the only known video footage of Anne – a shot a few seconds-long of her leaning out of an upstairs window during the wedding of a neighbour in July 1941.”
Guardian – “A new “kosher” search engine called Koogle has been launched for orthodox Jews living in Israel, allowing them to surf the net without compromising the religious standards set by their rabbis. Koogle, which is a pun on search engine behemoth Google and a popular Jewish noodle dish, will filter out forbidden material, such as sexually explicit images or pictures of women deemed to be immodestly dressed, and restrict purchases of taboo items including television sets, which are banned in orthodox households.”
FT – “The political and economic ramifications of the Mumbai terrorist attacks may not be clear for many months, but the violence has led to the coming of age of a website previously seen as a frivolous distraction.”
I’ve been catching up with the events surrounding the Chabad house too. It was a very mellow Shabbat for us this weekend.