Contributor: Joan Latchaw

Joan Latchaw, PhD is an associate professor at the University of Nebraska—Omaha, specializing in rhetoric and composition. In addition to a variety of writing courses, she teaches Ethnic Literature, Women’s and Gender Studies, and American Jewish Writers. She has worked with UNO’s sister institution in Nicaragua (UNAN León), in the teaching writing, giving workshops for teachers, and collaborating on writing/information literacy research.

May Their Memory Be a Blessing

A Prayer of Hope after the Tree of Life Massacre

It was a damp and windy February day in 1991 when I walked those few solemn blocks. With trepidation I swung open the heavy door and for the first time entered a beautiful but cavernous space. As I slowly made my way down the aisle, about twelve men, some quite elderly, approached me with great chesed, loving-kindness. I immediately burst into tears, and before... Read more