Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774
But that was then, this is now; today's Rittenhouse belongs to everyone
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SPEAKING VOLUMES When I was a child, there was no locale in this city that represented White Anglo-Saxon Protestant privilege more than Rittenhouse Square. The staid-looking buildings that surrounded the park back then, along with the lovely booths, fountains, sculptures and pathways that marked the leafy interior, seemed to whisper to a young Jewish boy like me: "This terrain is...
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The story of survivor Lev Aronson and his beloved cello
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SPEAKING VOLUMES The Lost Cellos of Lev Aronson . It sounds like the title of one of those wistful, purposely sentimental novels that seem to be pouring out of publishing houses by the barrel-full these days. But, in reality, the work, written by poet Frances Brent, is another heartbreaking Holocaust tale, this time about a real artist who was brutalized...
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SPEAKING VOLUMES The deep divide between the East and West Coast artistic communities was an undeniable fact of 20th-century creative life in America and was apparent in the realm of literature -- poetry, especially -- and was also at play in the field of photography. Alfred Stieglitz was likely the pinnacle of the Eastern establishment, while someone like Edward Weston...
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Of Israeli novelist Yoel Hoffmann's delicate, unorthodox writing, several things can definitively be said. He is directly in the modernist tradition, if by a modernist we mean someone who resists following traditional ideas of narrative flow and character development. Instead, Hoffmann is fond of fracturing his tale into any number of small, delicate pieces, which are sometimes even...
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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
Dara Horn might just be the only parent to ever get a pink $2 bill as a Mother's Day gift. This, however, was no ordinary note; it was Confederate currency, festooned with the likeness of Judah Benjamin, the South's secretary of state, who also happened to be Jewish. The recent gift was a fitting one for the New Jersey native...
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