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 […]
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This Mother’s Day, I am of course grateful for the life and nurturing my mother gave me. And I am blessed that she is still with me. Yet even in the annals of mother-son bonds, I dare say that our bond has been unusually strong given our eighteen-year collaboration on a book about her extraordinary […]
Choices Have Both Personal and Universal Consequences The Biblical story of Adam and Eve demonstrates how choices have both personal and universal consequences. On Yom HaShoah, as we recall the enormity of the Holocaust, we should consider all the personal choices, from the seemingly trivial (such as a childhood taunt) to the significant (such the […]
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.
The Rose Temple by Mitchell Weitzman is the compelling story of a woman, a Jewish child Holocaust survivor, raised Catholic, who unexpectedly receives Biblical messages in the course of an astonishing spiritual journey. She finds answers to questions about God’s presence in our world during times of evil and suffering. Reading her story will ignite […]