Rabbi Dan Ornstein: Kristallnakht

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Between November 9 and 10, 1938, Nazi authorities fomented violence against the entire population of German Jews.  Thugs vandalized and looted Jewish owned establishments, homes and synagogues, and dragged their Jewish neighbors into the streets, brutalizing and killing them.  This date in history is generally regarded by historians as the beginning of the Holocaust. Kristallnakht, the Night of Broken Glass, as it was later referred to, is commemorated annually on those days.  To mark Kristallnakht this year, my wife and I attended a viewing of Oren Jacoby’s documentary, My Italian Secret, which chronicles the courageous activities of Italians who hid and saved Jews under Mussolini’s Fascist regime.  The film shows how citizens ranging from Gino Bartali, the celebrity cyclist, to long forgotten priests and nuns living in the countryside risked their lives to hide Jewish refugees simply because it was the right thing to do.  These stories are very personal for Jews, and they are especially personal for my wife’s family.  She recently returned from a heritage trip to Germany, where she retraced her family’s history, including her grandparents’ escape from the Fatherland in the late 1930’s before Hitler could grab them. 

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Burton is bringing back images of Playboy bunnies on its snowboards, seven years after similar depictions sparked a protest outside its headquarters in Burlington, Vermont.

One-hundred years ago, renowned American actor William Gillette stood before the cameras at the Essanay Studios in Chicago to make a celluloid record of his celebrated stage performance as Sherlock Holmes. The play was based on four of the popular Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and was adapted by Gillette with the author’s blessing.  Gillette played the legendary fictional detective on stage 1300 times from 1899 to 1932. He acted the character wearing the deerstalker cap and smoking the large, curved pipe, according to 19th century illustrations by Sidney Paget in the Strand Magazine.


Pillow fights at the US Military Academy are illegal effective immediately following such an event on August 20 in which 30 people were injured.

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Gov. Charlie Baker is kicking off the Christmas tree buying season by declaring the day after Thanksgiving "Green Friday" in Massachusetts.

This is a picture of Pittsfield Mayor-Elect Linda Tyer.
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Mayor-elect Linda Tyer is beginning her transition into Pittsfield’s top office by reaching out to department heads. The city clerk beat two-term Mayor Dan Bianchi at the polls earlier this month.

51% Show #1375

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On this week’s 51%, the family gatherings have begun, and we take a look at the state of the Family Leave Act in California. Then, a woman who cares about New York City children in foster care seeks to broaden their horizons by exposing them to the arts. And we make a toast to the original Champagne Lady. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

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Several members of an insular upstate New York church have pleaded not guilty to being part of a group that beat a young man to death and injured his younger brother. 

Meteorologist Jordan Sherman's Morning Forecast

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Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Jordan Sherman's forecast...

Mostly sunny today. A light south wind and mild temps are expected. Highs will reaching the mid 50s.

Tonight partly cloudy skies, lows in the mid 40s.

Partly cloudy skies Friday, with highs approaching 60.


In the NFL today on Thanksgiving Day football, Philadelphia is in Detroit at 12:30 on Fox, Carolina goes up against the Cowboys in Dallas at 4:30 on CBS, and then Chicago is in Green Bay at 8:30 on NBC.