Sunday, August 30, 2015 Elul 15, 5775
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They're really just stone steps, all 72 of them: five flights of 13 and another with seven steps -- and those last ones are always the toughest on the legs. But throw in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the panoramic view of Center City in the backdrop, along with some background music provided by film composer Bill Conti's "Gonna...
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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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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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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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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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