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Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, who was the 15th Chief of Staff of the IDF and two-time Citation of Valor awardee, was laid to rest last Thursday at the military cemetery in Kiryat Shaul. The celebrated soldier – who also served as a Member of the Knesset, and as Minister of Transportation and Tourism – died on December 19 at age 68 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
The President, Prime Minister, Defense Minister and IDF generals paid tribute to their former comrade. His three sons said Kaddish.
“You were rare in your courage,” said President Shimon Peres in his eulogy. “Rare in your wisdom. Rare in your honesty. A man with a clean path and depth of thought. All your life, you sought and found ways to contribute, and you never expected anything
Jack Klugman, the gruff-faced actor best known for playing the slovenly half of TV’s Odd Couple, has died at age 90. Klugman died Dec. 24 in his Northridge, Calif., home, his son, Adam, told The Associated Press.
Born Jacob Joaquim Klugman in Philadelphia to Russian Jewish immigrants Rose, a hat maker, and Max, a house painter, he attended Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon University, where he graduated in 1948. He served in the United States Army during World War II. Upon his
Jerry Finkelstein, a businessman who wielded power in the worlds of real estate, politics, and newspapers, died on Nov. 28 at his home in Manhattan. He was 96.
Finkelstein was born in New York on Jan. 26, 1916. He attended George Washington High School and New York University, and graduated from New York Law School in 1938, but did not take the bar exam. He became a reporter for The New York Daily Mirror, and with a colleague, Seward Brisbane, son of the Hearst editor Arthur Brisbane, founded
Born in Poland, Rabbi Weinbach was raised in Pennsylvania, and went to study in New York, earning his rabbinical ordination at Yeshiva Torah Vodaath in Brooklyn. He married Sylvie (Sheindel) Lamm, a Belgian war orphan who came to New York at the age of 5. She and her parents, Abraham Israel and Rachel Lamm, had been interned in the Mechelen transit camp in 1942. She had been liberated on 13 January 1944 and sent to a Jewish orphanage; her parents were tragically deported to Auschwitz two days
Mario Modiano, a Jewish-Greek writer who chronicled some of the most turbulent times of modern Greek history, died November 26 in Athens. He was 86.
Modiano was born in Salonica, Greece in 1926 to Sam and Nella (nee Tchenio) Modiano. His family came from a long line of rabbis whose ancestor, Rabbi Samuel Modillano, moved from Italy to Salonica sometime in the mid-16th century. Sam Modiano was a prolific writer who joined forces with Avram Houli to launch the French-language newspaper Le