The Final Chapter

After the fire, life was difficult. The store was never rebuilt and the once proud edifice that my father built from the ground up, with nothing but grit and unnatural hard work, became an empty shell. It stood there for years with a tired old sign in the window “Perl’s Meat. The Tradition Continues.” But… Continue reading The Final Chapter

The Early Years

Before the War My father never talked about his childhood and spoke only rarely about his experiences during the war. They say that there are two kinds of survivors, those who do not say a word and those who cannot stop talking. My father was clearly in the first group. Yet, in spite of the… Continue reading The Early Years

Remembering Those Who Cannot Speak

Yad Vashem in Israel, arguably the largest Holocaust institution in the world, is literally translated from the Hebrew language to “hand” (less literally, but more to the intended meaning, the word refers to “memorial”) “and a name.” In this vein, Yad Vashem strives to ensure that every victim of the Holocaust is given a memorial… Continue reading Remembering Those Who Cannot Speak

My Father Has Passed

After arriving from the Holocaust penniless, Herschel Perl successfully built the first kosher commercial butcher establishment in Toronto, Perl’s Meat. He eventually grew to become Ontario’s biggest Kosher meat supplier across the entire province. He was strong, resilient, and above all compassionate. We are surely going to miss him. May his children see nechama (comfort)… Continue reading My Father Has Passed