Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Tishri 6, 5775
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Staff
Journalist Ariel Sabar grew up in a ranch house in 1980s Los Angeles, surrounded by a world of flashy BMWs and Beverly Hills salons. In striking contrast, his father was born to an illiterate mother in a mud hut in an isolated village in Kurdistan, an extensive area in the Middle East that covers parts of eastern Turkey, northern Iraq,...
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A chance discovery reveals a vibrant life, left behind
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Lily Koppel was a young reporter working at The New York Times and living at 98 Riverside Drive, when one morning in the fall of 2003 she found a large red Dumpster firmly planted outside her apartment house, brimming with old steamer trunks. Though Koppel was late for her job on the Metro desk, she was struck by an impulse...
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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
It's an old saying in Judaism: "May you live as long as Moses." Now that the Jewish Publication Society has reached the age of the great Jewish sage and leader, 120 years, it's setting out to do something he was unable to do -- ensure its survival well beyond that. This august occasion serves as what CEO and Editor in...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Why is this book different from all other books? For starters, its backstory is almost as compelling as the narrative itself. The Secret Seder , a children's tale by Caldecott-honored author Doreen Rappaport, tells of a Belgian family hiding from the Nazis in France, and centers on a young boy's introduction to the seder ritual by his father during the...
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A photographer chronicles how neighbors continue to turn on neighbors
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Nov. 9 and 10 mark 70 years since Kristallnacht, the mad rampage unleashed by the Nazis against the Jews of Germany and Austria, a long, dark night and nearly a full day that saw synagogues burned to the ground, Jewish businesses looted, and many Jewish males rounded up, beaten or tortured, then sent to concentration camps. As this somber anniversary...
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