Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Av 13, 5775
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The biblical tale of Hannah and Pninah, who had to learn to share a husband, sparked Eva Etzioni-Halevy's curiosity: What would it be like to be Pninah, whose husband really loved another woman, or to be Hannah, who, for a long while, was unable to bear children? This inquisitiveness led the Israeli professor to write her debut novel, The Song...
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Herbert and Leni Sonnenfeld came to photojournalism quite by accident. The couple, residents of Berlin, had only been married for two years when Hitler seized power. Like most Jews, Herbert lost his job overnight. Being at loose ends with few prospects on the horizon, he agreed to travel to Palestine with the possibility of making aliyah. (Leni's sister just happened...
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In the prologue to Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish , Abigail Pogrebin tells of how, at age 25, she began dating an Irish Catholic - and how this simple act instantly transformed her intensely liberal Jewish mother (who just happens to be Letty Cottin Pogrebin, one of the founders of Ms. magazine) into a raving reactionary...
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Now that we're well into this year's JCC Jewish Book Festival, it seems the perfect time to discuss some works that have appeared in recent months dealing specifically with the pleasures of books and reading, and the craft of writing. One of the most entertaining of the lot is Rereadings: Seventeen Writers Revisit Books They Love , published by Farrar...
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Scholar Donald Weber argues that the majority of Jewish immigrants were hungering to be accepted as Americans while others were haunted by guilt for giving up on the world they left behind in Europe. Weber is speaking metaphorically, of course; I don't remember many of immigrants I knew as a child being anguished over these issues. They were far too...
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