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Rabbi Akiva Made the Jews Who They Are Today, Says Biographer

By David Holzel It happened that Rabbi Eliezer, Rabbi Yehoshua, Rabbi Elazar ben Azaryah, Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Tarfon were reclining in B’nai B’rak. They...

Novels Set in Opposing Time Periods Reveal Portraits of Jewish Life and the Struggle...

JE STAFF The Yid Paul Goldberg $16, paperback Picador Take the madness of King Lear, the dark, playful tone of Inglorious Basterds, the backdrop of Soviet Russia, add...

Celebrating the Life and Work of Area Architect Louis Kahn

Days after Louis Kahn died in 1974, his obituary ran on the front page of The New York Times, where architecture critic Paul Goldberger...

The Zombie Haggadah a Ghoulish Twist on What’s Usually Read During Passover

In an alternative universe of alternative facts, the story of Passover was not the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt, but that of the...

New Book in Jewish Mystery Trilogy Takes Form of High Holiday Hit-Job

“They always say that you should write what you know,” laughed Rabbi Ilene Schneider. As one of the first female rabbis from Southern New Jersey...

Exhaustive New Volume Chronicles Chabad Rebbe’s Formative Years Overseas

It is a story told in frayed telegrams and creased photographs, in faded script on yellowing notebook pages, in postmarked envelopes and stamped passports. It...

Author Tells Philadelphia Audiences Family Story of Being Lone Jews in 1960s Mississippi

Jo Ivester was 10 years old in 1967 when her family uprooted from their 10-room suburban home in Newton, Mass., outside of Boston to...

Penn Hillel Director Wins National Jewish Book Award

After 12 years of working at Penn Hillel, Rabbi Mike Uram has learned a thing or two about how the college-aged Jewish population interacts...

Best of 2016: What We Loved in Jewish Culture This Year

This year was a terrific one for Jewish creative output. There were many Jewish films, both mainstream and festival favorites, which saw their screen...

Local Author’s Book Selected for Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

Moishe “Mace” Bugen stood at just 43 inches tall, but his life was much bigger than that. Born with a form of achondroplastic dwarfism, Bugen...