Archive for November, 2011

A Life for 1,027 Lives?

November 18, 2011

I spent my entire time on the elliptical machine at the gym yesterday working through a VERY detailed report on the history behind the trade of Gilad Shalit for 1,027 Palestinian soliders which was published in this past Sunday’s Magazine section of The New York Times.  I highly recommend it.  It’s left me with a lot of questions about the value of one life over another, our expectations of soliders, and leadership in Israel.  I’d love to hear what you all think about it.


How the Holocaust Changed Interfaith History

November 1, 2011
If the title of this post interests you, you won’t want to miss this year’s Kristallnacht Commemoration Speaker.  

Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, marks the beginning of the Nazi Holocaust against the European Jews. For two days and nights, Nov. 9 and 10, the Nazis carried out pogroms, or riots, against the Jews.

This year, the Columbus Jewish Federation, the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and Ohio Wesleyan University will commemorate Kristallnacht by welcoming a scholar-in-residence from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Victoria Barnett, staff director of the national museum’s Committee on Church Relations and the Holocaust, will discuss “How the Holocaust Changed Interfaith History” at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in Room 312 of the R.W. Corns Building.

Barnett, a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York, is a scholar of the Holocaust and of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran theologian known for his resistance to the Nazis.

Dedicated in 1993, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum seeks to inspire citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Since the museum opened, it has welcomed more than 30 million visitors and 91 heads of state. Learn more at