Holocaust Memorial Day

Between 1943 and 1945 Rabbi Malka returned again and again to the atrocities that were being committed in Europe in his writing. His writing moves from despair and anger to a reluctant acceptance that these horrors must be God’s will. He knows he is powerless to help his fellow Jews in Europe, and he also knows that if Axis forces are victorious then he too will be in danger. 

Below are some extracts from these writings.

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Rabbi Elbaz

The following is an extract from an interview with Shalom and Rachel.  I could have made several posts out of this fantastic interview, focusing on Shalom’s energetic and often quite hysterical retelling's of his time in School and University studying to be a Doctor, or Rachel’s equally charismatic stories of her teenage years hanging out with friends in the Club and at school.  Instead, I have decided to focus on Rachel’s memories of her father, the late Rabbi Elbaz who served the community from 1956 to 1965 and who, by all accounts, was a wonderful man and Rabbi.

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This week I wanted to write about weddings, mostly because I have so many photos of brides in fabulous dresses that I really wanted to share!  It’s cold, it’s dark, and it’s January, and to be honest – I think everyone can enjoy a good old fashioned romance and a gorgeous handmade wedding dress! 

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