Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz once told me about meeting Mayor Ed Koch. "He gave me a gift," the rabbi said. "A necktie. It is the only necktie I own, and I wear it once a year -- on Purim."
We each recall Ed Koch in our own way. To some, Mayor Koch will be remembered as the signer of our nation's first pooper-scooper law. To others, it will be his extraordinary work creating affordable housing in New York City. To me, it was being asked to help trace his Jewish family history and genealogy.
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