Thursday, December 25, 2014 Tevet 3, 5775
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Gefilte fish, chopped liver, even Jewish apple cake, it seems, have made the endangered-species list. Once the bastions of Jewish culture and identity, food historian Dr. Carol Harris Shapiro explained that these staples are being tossed aside for sometimes healthier, often faster and usually more "American" options. Speaking at the National Museum of American Jewish History on Sunday, Shapiro suggested...
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An incredible mind, for sure, though touched by blatant prejudice
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A new book about T.S. Eliot is always an occasion, of one sort or another, depending on who's doing the reading or who's formulating an assessment. Those with purely literary interests want the author of such a study to give them some new critical entry or insight into the life or the poems or both. When it was announced that...
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Just this week, about 60 "scholars" from around the world gathered for a conference on Arab soil to debate the veracity of the Holocaust, and to call for more "proof" on the subject. Had Robert Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, been invited, he might have told them to simply look outside. According to Satloff's...
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... and the naivete to believe it's always a possibility
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Sometimes, I get a book in the mail, and I have to scratch my head in befuddlement about why it was sent to me. Such was the case with The Buddha and the Terrorist by Satish Kumar. It's a small, delicate volume, clearly published with consideration and care by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a reputable publisher. But why I...
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A great new anthology by the great Harold Bloom
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So what actually constitutes an "American religious poem"? That's the question at the heart of a new anthology, titled, appropriately enough, American Religious Poems . It's been edited by the indefatigable Harold Bloom, the masterful literary critic and Yale University professor, with the assistance of Jesse Zuba, and published by the ever-enterprising Library of America. Both editors have provided answers...
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