Thursday, August 28, 2014 Elul 2, 5774
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David B. Ruderman, director of the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, has won a National Jewish Book Award for "Early Modern Jewry: A New Cultural History," published by Princeton University Press. Ruderman, who also teaches Modern Jewish History at UPenn, won in the category of History. The 2010 awards, announced Tuesday, are given out annually...
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Franklin Roosevelt, 'his Jews' and the tragedy of the Holocaust
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When I interviewed Samuel G. Freedman back in 1996 about his book The Inheritance: How Three Families and America Moved From Roosevelt to Reagan and Beyond , he relayed an anecdote that has stayed with me. He spoke of his Uncle Seymour's Bar Mitzvah ceremony, and how family lore had it that, as his uncle carried the Torah around the...
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Shmuel Feiner begins his new biography, Moses Mendelssohn: Sage of Modernity , published by Yale University Press, with two anecdotes, which he's linked in an effort to define the essence of his subject and the contour of the man's life. He begins with a summer night in 1780. Mendelssohn is out walking in Berlin with his wife and several of...
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... taking dreams, lives, everything with them
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SPEAKING VOLUMES You can know a person for many years, speak to him, see him walking through the neighborhood, even know a crucial fact about him -- that he is a Holocaust survivor -- and yet you can discover, in a matter of moments, that you know nothing about him at all. Such has been the case with my relationship...
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It's a safe bet that most Philadelphians, even those who have never stepped foot into the Barnes Foundation's original home on the Main Line, would say that the bulk of the paintings in that famous collection have solely to do with French Impressionism -- Renoir, Matisse, Cézanne, Monet, Degas. Such a response would likely be due to all the media...
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