The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic

The old Jewish cemetery in Prague Czech Republic has an estimated 12,000 visible tombstones, with up to 100,000 burials. The cemetery was active from the early 1400s until 1786 with the oldest marker dated 1439.  It is one of the world’s oldest Jewish cemeteries, the largest Jewish cemetery in Europe, and considered to be one […]

Lost Jewish Belief in the Healing Power of Crystals and Gemstones

I have always been puzzled by the sudden explosion of New Age retailers selling everything from Native American dream catchers to statues of the Buddha.  In particular, I was intrigued by the booming sales of semi-precious stones which they claim possess various abilities and resonances relating to physical and psychological healing.  Scientific sceptics have of course […]

Sobering Photos of Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

There are no words to describe the feeling as we walked through the former grounds of the Dachau Concentration Camp, now a memorial site. Devastating, terrifying, and horrific it is now a place of sorrow and remembrance.  As a memorial, it is a reminder of what should never have happened, and what the world should never […]

Actually, It’s a Book for Smart People: Judaism for Dummies

I am no dummy!  Yet, I love this book. Judaism For Dummies is fun and loaded with interesting, amusing and focused information on what it means to be a Jew. I will admit when I first opened the package and saw that my father had sent me a book entitled Judaism For Dummies, I was […]