Friday, December 19, 2014 Kislev 27, 5775
Right in time for Thanksgiving comes a cornucopia of delights
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Jews and food. Is there any more classic blend of elements? Even people who know nothing about Judaism or Jewish culture know that Jews and eating are intertwined. In fact, one of the things that seems to unite philo-Semites and their anti-Semitic opposites is their envy of the warmth and unity conveyed by the idea of the Jewish table spread...
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But, more important, where?
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When Kenneth I. Helphand's book Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime appeared on my desk many months ago, I thumbed through it, stopping for a moment on the chapter devoted to "Ghetto Gardens," and thought a terrible, improper thought: "Holocaust scholars will do anything to find a new angle on a well-trafficked subject." I put the solid, clearly serious volume...
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When it comes to contemporary scholarship dealing with the 24 books that comprise the Hebrew Bible, academics and theologians can find all sorts of ways to disagree with one another. Here are just of few of the subjects they argue about: How reliable are all or parts of the text as a historical document, and what does the entire work...
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Poetic justice rises to surface in 'Collected Poems'
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C.K. Williams is one of the most honored of American poets, having won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1987 for Flesh and Blood , the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for Repair and the National Book Award in 2003 for The Singing . He's been extremely prolific: nine books of poetry in all; a volume of essays, Poetry and...
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I've said it many times over the years -- Yale University Press continues, season after season, to publish some of the finest, most adventurous books to appear in this country. And not only do they do it consistently, but they do it in bulk. They don't print just five or six top-quality works every fall and spring, but often dozens...
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