The Vacationing Rabbis of the Marienbad Spa

June 10 2021

If you find a pre-World War II photograph of several European rabbis together, chances are high that they are either at a large wedding or at a resort of the kind once popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries—where people went to enjoy the putative health benefits of fresh air and “curative” waters. If the picture was taken at a resort, chances are high it was the Marienbad spa (now Mariánské Lázně in Czechoslovakia), a popular destination for Orthodox Jews from Central and Eastern Europe. David Leitner, whose ḥasidic great-grandfather founded the town’s Hotel National, has recently written a book about the spa and its role in rabbinic history. Matt Lebovic writes:

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More about: East European Jewry, Hasidism, Netherlands, Rabbis

 

Israel’s New Government Flies in the Face of the Country’s Western Critics

June 17 2021

Commenting on the recent swearing-in of the new governing coalition in Jerusalem, Shany Mor writes:

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