- As the grandson of Holocaust survivors, the son of Penny Waga who was born in a DP camp in Poland, I always have struggled with checking the box labeled “white” when asked about “race”. The Jews are a people of our own – and it’s a complex issue, and just came across an interesting article in Discovery Magazine asking on the science of “Are Jews White” - http://blogs.discovermagazine.
o “there are no superior nor inferior ones, for every race has its own qualities, features and its own combination of characteristics .. In my eyes, all people are equal. Of course, I love my people above all but it isn’t ‘superior’ to my mind.” As a follower of Ze’ev Jabotinsky, these words from 1911 ring true today.
- A private family foundation has given over $9 Million dollars in food to the Hawaiian Gardens (California) Food Bank, $100,000 to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, and just this week $6,000 to the ABC Adult School for ESL classes. The Irving Moskowitz Foundation is a charitable, non-profit foundation dedicated to improving and enriching the lives of people based on the precept, ‘He who has saved one life, it is as if he has saved the world.’ Yet, these donations, like the donation for ESL classes doesn’t receive attention.
o Where he receives attention (negative) is that Dr. Irving Moskowitz, a self-made multi-millionaire chooses to use his hard-earned money to help his people, and as this man who lost 120 relatives in the Holocaust, asks; “What could be more natural for a person with [my] upbringing than to want to help his people in Israel who are being surrounded by people that want to destroy the country?” I’d love to see a fair representation of these fine folks when the media light isn’t shining upon them.
- With summer upon us, and vacations and work, I have had more time than usual to read and so want to re-recommend some old great Jewish and Zionist Books I recently re-read:
o The Revolt — Menachem Begin
o Every Individual a King: The Social and Political Thought of Ze’ev Vladimir Jabotinsky — Raphaella Bilski Ben-Hur
o Perfidy by Ben Hecht – about European Jewry during the Holocaust
o Lone Wolf: A Biography of Ze’ev Jabotinsky — Shmuel Katz