Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774
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Landmark of the Spirit by Annie Polland, which has been published by Yale University Press, tells the stirring story -- in words and pictures -- of how the Eldridge Street Synagogue on New York's Lower East Side was restored to its original pristine beauty after decades of decay. When it opened in September 1887, the synagogue was located at the...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Call it the greatest story ever re -told. Jewish Publication Society CEO and editor-in-chief Ellen Frankel is gearing up for the launch of the JPS Illustrated Children's Bible , as retold by Frankel and illustrator Avi Katz, set for release next month. The hardbound book collects 53 stories from the Hebrew Bible -- culled from the 1985 JPS translation --...
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Johanna Reiss, born in rural Holland, was hidden during the Holocaust along with her older sister. A neighbor couple in their farming village took the girls in and watched over them for very nearly three years, right up until the war's end. These simple facts, complex in their resonance, gave Reiss the material she needed to eventually write her two...
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At the turn of the last century, travel to what was then called the Holy Land began to become a distinct growth industry (as promotional types like to put it these days). This was the period, of course, when Mark Twain was one of many Innocents Abroad , and his descriptions of the terrain and the people he saw there...
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When an accident turns a couple's world upside-down
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The confessional mode and its possible pitfalls, which I discussed several weeks ago in the case of Anne Roiphe's memoir, Epilogue , get another workout in Alix Kates Shulman's new book. Also a tale of harrowing loss, it's titled To Love What Is , and is published by Farrar Straus and Giroux. Where Roiphe's book discussed the sadness and bewilderment...
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