Yearly Review: Selected Posts of 2010


It is this time of the secular year again, when people ponder on what they have done (or not) or, in my case, on what I have written. Selecting one post for each month was sometimes a bit hard; there were times when I could have chosen two or three and months for which finding a decent post that was neither a recipe nor a photo was quite hard.

January: Jews in Postwar East Germany

February: Kosher Products in HK

March: Poor Teacher: Surviving Panic

April: Parshat Acharei Mot – Kedoshim

May: Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran

June: Organ Donation

July: Commemorating the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup

August: Jewish History in Hamburg – part I and part II

September: Training a Trainee

October: And They Shall Be My People

November: Mitzvah Girls

December: Sign Language for Babies

My interviews of 2010

Unwelcome Comment: A Blogger’s Dilemma


A few weeks ago I reviewed the Koren Sacks Siddur which was due to be released this month. The editor kindly told me via email they had linked to my blog on the Press/Reviews page of their new siddur website, which rather pleased me.

On Friday morning, however, a completely different comment was added to the post mentioned above. It read Buy it here and linked to an online Judaice store. Apart from this there was nothing else, not even an email indicating who at the store had posted the link.

I found the procedure rather distasteful and indelicate. Therefore I visited the site, found the contact page and left a message indicating that since they had neither bothered to ask me beforehand nor left an email address I had chosen to spam the comment.

Do you think I overreacted? How would you have responded?