I was on Geni.com yesterday with a family member, looking at the family tree. It is hard to navigate the system.
It turns out I am also related to the suspected Sabbatian Rabbi Jonathan Eybeschutz.
And that my heritage on my father’s side goes back to 400 years in Germany, from the mid 1300s to the 1700s, before Samson Mandl emigrated from Germany to Hungary.
I saw the name and broke down in tears.
And the other name and couldn’t stop crying.
My daughter asked me why I was crying and I said — I think I must be drawn to study what I do, because I am trying to fix or repair something very very bad from the past.
My daughter said, you aren’t responsible for what those people did—you know that, right? All you can do is try to make things better today.
There are other arguments to be made. You can’t make them to me.
Even now, I am crying and inconsolable as I write this. Covered in shame.
I resolve to face this squarely and do the opposite of the evil things they are known for—worshiping money and flipping goodness into sin then calling it redemption.
By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal (Dossy). All opinions are the author’s own. Public domain.