Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

The Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Pennsylvania is now the home of a wealth of papers from bestselling novelist Chaim Potok. The writer -- a Penn alum -- was also a professor and a rabbi during his multifaceted career, as well as editor-in-chief of Philadelphia's Jewish Publication Society. The archive contains lectures, sermons, correspondence, promotional materials...
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... and tackling them with clarity and precision
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As he was writing Judaism: A Way of Being , David Gelernter printed portions of the work as several long essays in Commentary magazine. Reading each new installment, I remember thinking that the completed manuscript would surely be a distinctive piece of work. But little could I have known from these samples alone just how exceptional it would be, unlike...
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Emmanuel Radnitzky, an ambitious, art-minded young man, born to Russian immigrant parents in Philadelphia in 1890, began his career as a painter. But by the time the 1920s rolled around, he had taken himself to Paris and completely reimagined his persona; he'd already adopted the moniker Man Ray (extracted from his given and family names) and, though he created many...
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Picking up recipes along the way in Israel
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
The list of "must-see" destinations in Israel is endless. Fortunately, my husband and I have many relatives, friends and colleagues living there, all of whom do their best to take us to places off the beaten track. A few weeks ago, we drove to Rosh Hanikra in the northwest corner of country. A quiet spot, the main attraction here is...
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And Jessica Hecht is one of the reasons the revival rivets so
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She is one of Arthur Miller's marvels -- women married to husbands who are more mystery than men, emotionally eviscerated weak warriors and nominal heads of the household whose heads are swirling with failed fantasies. Jessica Hecht's Beatrice knows what it means to be married to such a mangled menace of a man, for it is Eddie Carbone whose incestuous...
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