Friday, March 6, 2015 AdarI 15, 5775
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The Jewish Publication Society is helping to bring books from the past very much into the future. The organization is digitizing its Hebrew Bible and related biblical titles to create the JPS Digital Bible Collection, accessible through a free online Web-based portal. In addition to text, the Web site will feature relevant commentaries and biblical legends released by JPS over...
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Sarah Bernhardt. For anyone enamored of the theater, hers is a mythic name. And for anyone with the added love of Proust, Bernhardt is twice mythic, as she appears in the French novelist's great seven-part work, In Search of Lost Time , as the adored Berma; in fact, the novel's central character, Marcel, evokes her example many times as the...
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A Most Successful Synthesis
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Until the modern period, architecture was not a profession much open to Jews. Judaism itself - except perhaps for the Temple periods in Jerusalem - never really made much fuss about buildings per se. Synagogues, in the ghettos and shtetls of Europe, at least through a good part of the 19th century, were not generally grand affairs (western Europe was...
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Jessica Weiner has a special place where she always seems to experience those Oprah-esque "ah-ha" lightbulb moments: the bathroom. It was in her college dormitory's public loo that she noticed a stall's graffiti - graffiti that convinced her not to commit suicide - and in a New York City bookstore ladies room where Weiner was inspired to write Do I...
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The first criticism I read about the famous short-story writer Isaac Babel was an essay by Lionel Trilling, then the dean of the New York Jewish intellectual crowd and one of the most prominent academics in the country. His piece was, at the time, one of the central pronouncements on the Soviet Jewish writer's remarkable work and brief, tragic life...
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