Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774
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Andrea Cantor Jewish Exponent Feature
A little more than a year ago, David Prutchi, a bio­medical engineer, approached his daughter with an unusual proposal -- to write a book together. At first, 16-year-old Shanni, who will be a senior this year at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, was skeptical. But it was only a moment's hesitation, she says, and now she's the proud co-author of...
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Longtime communal lead­er Theodore "Ted" Mann laughed with his mouth full when asked if he really believes that voting Republican is inconsistent with Jewish values -- as he suggests in his new book. "I think so," replied the 84-year-old, who for decades played a leading role in national Jewish organizational life. "To the extent that Republicans seem to care so...
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Can e-books change a nation's literacy ­pattern through its appeal to kids?
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Elyse Glickman, Jewish Exponent Feature
High school and middle school English class staples -- from William Shakespeare to Mark Twain to Ernest Hemingway -- now exist in the e-book universe, as do Harry Potter and the crews from the Twilight and Hunger Games series. This brings up a very provocative question, not so much about Johnny not being able to read, but Johnny feeling he...
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Yosef Mendelevich's memoir Unbroken Spirit, which tells of his life and times as a refusenik in the Soviet Union, begins with a bang, both stylistically and quite literally. Back in 1969, the 22-year-old Latvian-born Mendelevich and a number of other young Jews were involved in a daring plot to hijack a Soviet plane and fly it to Sweden; once in...
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Anyone who has ever been entranced by Max's wild rumpus with the titular characters from Where the Wild Things Are , Mickey's dough-fueled flight out of In the Night Kitchen's pie, or any one of the number of indelible creations that sprang from the imagination of Maurice Sendak, will no doubt find the pages of their favorite books harder to...
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