Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Nisan 23, 5774
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
In author Amy Bloom's most-recent novel, Away , the Jewish immigration story is told through the eyes of Lillian Leyb, a young, pretty, innocent woman who's escaped the deadly pogroms in her Russian homeland, but arrives in New York haunted by the memories of the family she's lost. The Yiddish theater scene on New York's Lower East Side during the...
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An explication of the holidays that seeks to help the perplexed experience the joys of Judaism
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For the last few years, Basic Books has been publishing a series of small volumes built on the premise of an older professional informing a hypothetical younger person what he or she might expect about the career path they're about to pursue. For example, Robert Brustein, the veteran theater critic and director, told a young actor what he or she...
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Maimonides, a towering figure in Jewish history, did many things, all of them well
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Is there anything left to be said about Maimonides? He must be one of the most-frequently discussed figures in all of Jewish history, a thinker and an interpretive genius -- to say nothing of his accomplishments as a physician, astronomer and translator -- whose many works in a number of disciplines have been analyzed and decoded in each generation since...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
The West has been at war with Iran for the last 30 years, but only recently has it begun to gain the upper hand against the extremist nation. That's the theory posed in a new book by Ronen Bergman called The Secret War with Iran: The 30-Year Clandestine Struggle Against the World's Most Dangerous Terrorist Power . Bergman spoke recently...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
As young Jewish troops went off to serve in World War I, they received Tanachs from the Jewish Publication Society to take with them overseas. As World War II loomed, once again Jews in the military were supplied not only with their gear, but also the 1941 JPS translation of the Hebrew Bible. Now, for the first time since the...
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