Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775
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Are they artworks or ritual objects? This was the question at the heart of a slim, lovely book that Yale University Press issued just about a year ago, titled Reinventing Ritual. In the minds of all those involved, the answer was clear and was expressed by the work's subtitle: "Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life." And yet, though the...
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A long film speaks to the mystery of human behavior
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In this space two weeks ago, I discussed my 20-year journey from movie-mad adolescent to disillusioned adult. My passion for films, which was so strong from such a young age, began to wane in the mid-1980s, when action films and inane comedies began dominating the screens, causing me to lose all interest in seeing anything new. But recently, I've begun...
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It turns out that Harry Gold was quite an efficient spy
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One of the first major pieces I wrote for the Jewish Exponent more than 25 years ago concerned a highly publicized debate held at New York's Town Hall over the guilt or innocence of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the couple who'd been found guilty of treason and executed in the 1950s for passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. The...
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Philadelphia's "One Book, One Jewish Community" program officially kicks off Sunday with a discussion led by this year's selected author, Mitchell James Kaplan. The Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education/Jewish Outreach Partnership announced that Kaplan's first novel, By Fire, By Water, would be the focus of this year's program before it was even published in May. That was quite a...
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Not the movie, exactly, but the moment of truth for two filmmakers
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From a young age, I was a movie nut, watching whatever was on TV -- slashed to bits, I learned later, to accommodate commercials -- while also attending the neighborhood cinema at least once each week. Movie-going intensified in my teens as I added uncut Hollywood classics and European art films that were being shown at the revival houses that...
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