Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Are you Jewish?
Answer: No. Though not Jewish, alongside my interest in Central and Eastern European politics, I have a deep interest in Jewish history and culture, especially in this region of Europe, and the Shoah. My ongoing PhD concerns the politics of post-Holocaustmemory in Europe.
Question: Do you have a pro-Israel agenda?
Answer: No. Lemberik is neither pro-Israel nor anti-Israel. The website offers an objective look at the Jewish communities found in the geopolitical regions commonly referred to as Central and Eastern Europe. Obviously, considering the influence of Israel upon Jewish communities the world over, mention will be made to the middle-eastern state from time-to-time, if not frequently. Many smaller community websites are managed and funded by Israeli charities. Additionally, Israeli periodicals, such as Haaretz and The Jerusalem Post, often feature stories from the European continent.
Question: Are the translations your own?
Answer: Largely, no. Lemberik primarily concerns 26-countries, each possessing their own native languages. Taking into consideration, also, the Jewish languages of Modern Hebrew and Yiddish, this number of languages requires a heavy reliance on online translators, such as the Google Service. The English translations, though sufficient, make grammatical and syntactical errors. Once I have a basic English text, I tidy up the grammar, so the articles read better. I never change the content. I ask anyone who notices mistakes in this practice, to please contact me.
Question: The copyright issue.
Answer: When posting articles found on Jewish community websites, or mainstream periodicals, my practice is to copy the first three-paragraphs (depending on the overall length of the text) and place a ‘Continue Reading’ link to the source. Where appropriate, I always reference the source and name any specific authors of pasted writing. Please, if anyone has any issues with my linking to their websites or articles, please contact me immediately. In most cases, particularly regarding community websites, I have contacted them prior to using their material.