From Public School Fist-Fights To 4 Hour Daily Travel To A Queens Yeshiva: Combating Antisemitism In 1950’s NY, With Author Dr. Marc Straus


NEW YORK (VINnews) — Today, Alan and Baila from the VINnews podcast ‘The Definitive Rap’ interviewed Dr. Marc Straus to talk about his book, One-Legged Mongoose: Secrets, Legacies, and coming of Age in 1950’s New York.

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When you first started reading his book, it reads something like, ‘The Goldberg’s’ meet ‘The Wonder Years’, as the book starts off with Marc recalling about his chain-smoking mother who drives down the Belt Parkway like a speed demon, then, without slowing down, up the ramp off the Van Wyck Expressway, with total disregard that Marc is going to vomit all over himself if she doesn’t pull over quickly. While the book has its funny moments, there are many important lessons that we discussed with Dr. Straus today.

From getting into fist fights in public school in West Hempstead, Long Island – and always winning – not many Jews can say that, to transferring to a Yeshiva Day school in Queens – traveling alone on the train with his younger brother, for 4 hours every day. Marc’s story is very unique in that he endured physical abuse at home, and never telling anyone, to helping his immigrant father on Sundays at his textile businesses, survived polio, recovered after being hit by a car – ALL BEFORE THE AGE OF 12- to always looking out for his younger brother and other defenseless victims of childhood bullying.

Today, Marc Straus is a very prominent Oncologist, published poet writer, and art gallery owner.

Alan Skorski has been a political activist for almost 40 years. He authored 2 books; Pants on Fire: How Al Franken Lies, Smears, and Deceives and Israel Betrayed: How the Democrats, J Street, and Jewish Left Have Undermined Israel. He has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, Newsmax, and C-Span.

Baila Sebrow is a journalist, inspirational international speaker, and 5TJT columnist who also hosted numerous radio and Cable TV shows, including Insight/Israel. She is the Founder and President of Neshoma Advocates, Inc., servicing children and families at-risk. Baila is also an acclaimed matchmaker and relationship coach, and president of Baila Sebrow Events, LLC. She has been been featured in various publications, including The New York Times.

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