Saturday, September 20, 2014 Elul 25, 5774
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Peter Balakian is primarily a poet, with several acclaimed volumes to his credit. But beginning in the late 1990s, with the appearance of his prize-winning memoir, Black Dog of Fate , recently reissued by Basic Books in a updated edition, Balakian began delving into his family's Armenian past, and especially the fate of certain members at the hands of the...
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It wasn't surprising to discover that Sheryl Kane, author of Volunteer Vacations Across America , has daughters named Aviva and Elanit, and that her mother Ruth Wolfe, who's 86, recently received a lifetime achievement award for her more than 40 years of volunteer work. By saying this, I'm not suggesting that volunteering belongs only to Jews, but I am noting...
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I don't know how some writers pull it off. When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win by longtime comedy writer Carol Leifer, which was published by Villard, seems to me in form and even sometimes in subject matter -- though not, of course, on a sentence-by-sentence basis -- to resemble Nora Ephron's marvelously entertaining and highly successful collection...
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Besa, a book of portraits of Muslims who saved Jews during World War II, is dedicated to the memory of Cornell Capa, which is highly appropriate in at least two senses. One is purely photographic. The crispness and depth of the black-and-white images rendered by photographer Norman H. Gershman that fill this book echo the quality and manner that pervaded...
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In her chatty introduction to With Strength and Splendor: Jewish Women as Agents of Change, published by the Women's League for Conservative Judaism, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) notes that this is a truly extraordinary time for women. Not only have doors opened and any number of barriers fallen, but women are truly in positions of power. She points out that...
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