Mitchell’s Blog Archive

I Refuse to Let My Grandfather Be Erased From History

This month, I am launching a search for anything and anyone related to my maternal grandfather, Michael Berl, who died in the Holocaust. What’s worse (if that’s even possible) is how little is known about him. There is no photo of him. I’m not sure what he did for a living. There is not even […]


Why I Wrote the Rose Temple

In “Why I Wrote the Rose Temple,” Mitchell Weitzman recounts how working with his mother allowed him to bear witness to her strength and conviction of faith while also helping heal his own wounds wrought as a child of Holocaust survivors. Unexpectedly, he also comes to view the book not only as an inspiring story of a woman reclaiming her authenticity, but also as a call to action for healing and repairing our troubled world.


Elie Wiesel’s Legacy and Tomorrow’s Headlines

Have you ever wondered about the headlines on the day that carries the news of your passing? If you could see them, would you be uplifted? Surprised? Apathetic? Upset? I thought about this last week when I read The New York Times on Sunday, July 3, 2016. The paper ran a story about the passing […]


Reaching Beyond The Synagogue On Holocaust Remembrance Day

Holocaust Remembrance Day/Yom HaShoah, May 5, 2016. Jews and others will gather in synagogues, community centers, schools, and other venues to remember those lost in the Holocaust, and to decry the intolerance and hate that enabled the tragedy. “Never again” will be a common refrain. Who is Not Hearing the Message of Yom HaShoah and […]


When Faith in God and Destruction Met at the Beach

I asked the same “why” questions as many before me have asked throughout history. Why the hate? Why the killing? And why the destruction of this beauty which God has created?


Has The Holocaust Overtaken American Jewish Identity?

Krauthammer points to the growing Holocaust emphasis in Jewish education, from Sunday schools to university Holocaust studies programs, as one example of what he sees as an unfortunate trend tipping the scales from a necessary dedication to keeping alive the memory and the truth of the Holocaust to Holocaust memory emerging as the dominant feature of Jewishness in America.


What the Academy Award-Winning Holocaust Film “Son of Saul” Tells Us About the Power of One

On Sunday night, “Son of Saul,” a work of fiction set in 1944 at the very real Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.  A unique aspect of this Holocaust film is its focus (literally its camera lens) on a single man, Saul Auslander, a Jewish prisoner forced to help […]


Book Review of Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah

This review might have had a very different tone if I were in middle school, a girl—or a Palestinian.  I chose to read Where the Streets Had A Name, published in 2008 by Randa Abdel-Fattah, because I am in the process of writing a middle-grade/young adult allegory based on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and wanted to […]


Building Bridges Between Christians and Jews

Book Review ofThe Bridge Builder: The Life and Continuing Legacy of Rabbi Yechiel Epstein As portrayed in an “authorized biography” by Zev Chavets, an American-Israeli author and columnist, Rabbi Yechiel Epstein is a driven, courageous, and complex  figure. He is the founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, a group dedicated […]