Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774
A lesson in education, against all the odds
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Author Dan Brown was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Cherry Hill, N.J., where he and his family belonged to Temple Beth Sholom. He graduated from Cherry Hill High School West and Midrashah in 1999, moving on to New York University where he studied at its famous film school. During college, he also managed to teach Hebrew school at...
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Stories with themes
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Several weeks ago, I wrote about David Evanier and categorized him as a writer of high quality who has labored for years in almost complete obscurity. I often think of the writer Lore Segal in the same way, although the cases are not comparable. No one could say that Segal has been as critically ignored as Evanier. In fact, if...
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If we Jews are truly the People of the Book, then there is no more exact and resonant exhibit now on display than Chosen: Philadelphia's Great Hebraica , which runs through the end of the month at the Rosenbach Museum and Library off Rittenhouse Square. The telling nature of the show is made even more concrete by a close perusal...
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Some daring prose, that readers have sadly ignored
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There are many fine writers who are totally unknown to the American public, and there are even a number of exceptional ones who have toiled throughout their entire careers neglected by the bulk of the critical establishment, never finding even a modest readership. I have always placed David Evanier in the latter category. He hasn't published a lot of fiction...
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The sensual pleasures of Paris, with a twist
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When French Seduction appeared in my office several months ago, I very nearly let out a shout of pure joy. At last, here was a writer who was going to tackle French culture and society head on and reveal the whole naked truth. And, perhaps best of all, the writer, Eunice Lipton, happened to be Jewish, and her expertise was...
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