Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Kislev 25, 5775
Memories, the raw and the cooked
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There are books that, the moment they appear, announce themselves as classics. In Memory's Kitchen is one of them. This collection of recipes written by women incarcerated in Terezin, the Czech concentration camp north of Prague, was first published 10 years ago by Jason Aronson. Now Rowman & Littlefield has had the good sense to return it to print in...
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An accounting of survival -- and loss
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The sisters discovered the bundle of letters nearly 20 years ago in their parents' Chicago apartment, soon after their father's death. Raya Schapiro and Helga Weinberg recognized immediately "the delicate Old German script" and "the brisk Czech writing" of two relatives who'd once been extremely close to them: their maternal grandmother Paula Froelich and her son, their uncle Erwin. These...
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Author: What would Leah do? Looking for some divine inspiration
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Rita Charleston, JE Feature
To tell the truth, I never really knew the whole story of Sarah, Rebecca and Rachel, all of whom suffered from infertility, but eventually gave birth to the founders of the Jewish people. But I knew exactly how author Jessie Fischbein felt. Wanting a child and not being able to have one can be a devastating, demoralizing and highly depressing...
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Richard Hofstadter: Exemplar of the engaged intellectual
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For those with certain political leanings who came of age in the 1960s, Richard Hofstadter was the historian of note, the writer from whom we learned much about the American political sensibility and how it worked. The titles of his many books -- distinctive, evocative, unmistakably his -- bring to life an era and a portion of the intellectual underpinnings...
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Known for her novels, it's her essays that really resonate
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In 1989, in the preface to her second collection of essays, Metaphor & Memory , Cynthia Ozick stated that "a fiction writer who also writes essays is looking for trouble." What she meant is that the essays will likely be scoured by critics for certain "clues" that will then be used as evidence for or against the fiction. I understand...
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