Saturday, December 27, 2014 Tevet 5, 5775
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University of Pennsylvania historian David Ruderman acknowledges that academics -- himself included -- often gear their writing to other scholars, rather than to a general audience. In addition, historians tend to stick to their own intellectual turf, rather than wading into unfamiliar waters. An expert on Jewish life and thought during the Italian Renaissance -- with an particular interest in...
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But when it comes to balancing work and family, there are many levels of complexity
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When I saw the listing for Joan C. Williams's Reshaping the Work-Family Debate: Why Men and Class Matter in the Harvard University Press catalog earlier in the year, I thought the title suggested lots of possibilities and would be worth a look. When the book arrived in my office and I saw the photo on the cover -- an image...
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Why so many shows never seemed to make it out of the starting gate
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SPEAKING VOLUMES I remember how, in 1963, my father decided that my sports-mad older brother needed to be introduced to some culture. What was his proposed cure for this young teen's basketball monomania? The old man had purchased a clutch of tickets for a musical then trying out in Center City before it headed for Broadway. As I recall it,...
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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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