Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774

Robert Leiter

Former Senior Editor
... and other issues pertinent to the Jewish state
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SPEAKING VOLUMES "Can Israel survive? Does it deserve to?" Could any two questions be more important today to the Jewish community or more pertinent to the lives of committed Jews especially during this period of spiritual introspection? They are broached in the brief prelude to Daniel Gordis' new, compelling book, Saving Israel , whose title probably answers at least one...
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SPEAKING VOLUMES There's perhaps no way that any reviewer, in such a relatively small space, could possibly convey the riches that have been amassed -- or more accurately, that were amassed more than 20 years ago -- between the covers of 20th Century Jewish Religious Thought . (For the record, when the book first appeared from Scribner's publishers in 1987,...
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A whisper of the afterlife, from a man who knows grieving
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SPEAKING VOLUMES I approached Dan Gordon's slim little book, Postcards From Heaven , recently published by the Free Press, with a certain amount of trepidation. First, there was the subtitle: Messages of Love From the Other Side , and the fact that Gordon was head writer of the TV series "Highway to Heaven." That's the one where actor Michael Landon...
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I didn't know what to think when An American Experience: Adeline Moses Loeb (1876-1953) and Her Early American Jewish Ancestors showed up on my desk. The book is without question a beautiful object in itself, bearing the proportions of an expensive art book and with the obvious production values to match. It's been distributed by Syracuse University Press, which I...
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SPEAKING VOLUMES I'm Dying Up Here is about what it's subtitle suggests: Heartbreak and High Times in Standup Comedy's Golden Era . The people pictured on the cover -- David Letterman, Jay Leno, Richard Lewis and Andy Kaufman -- are some of the central players in the drama -- and it is a drama, despite the plethora of jokes retold...
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Profile

Robert Leiter served as senior editor of the Jewish Exponent before retiring in Dec. 2013. 

In his 30 years with the paper, he won many awards and held many positions, from full-time reporter to interim editor. For five years in the early 1980s, he was managing editor of Inside magazine, the Exponent's sister publication, and for seven years in the 2000s, he was the quarterly's editor in chief, while still working full time for the paper.

Since the mid-1980s, he reported from most of the major capitals of Europe for the Exponent, with an emphasis on the Eastern Bloc countries, during and after Communist rule. Throughout this period, he visited Poland, the two Germanies and the Soviet Union with greatest frequency, but also made visits to Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, the former Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. He has also reported from Catalonia, Alsace, Zurich and Venice, as well as from Costa Rica, Norway, India and the Middle East. A number of his journalism awards have been for his reporting from Europe.

He is a contributing editor to The American Poetry Review, which is based in Philadelphia, and in the 1980s, he served as Murray Friedman's assistant to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in Washington, D.C.

He has also been a freelance writer for 40 years and his book reviews, short stories, essays, interviews and profiles have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, CommonwealDissent, The American Scholar, The Hudson Review, The New Leader, The Forward, Moment, Redbook, The Pennsylvania GazetteThe Philadelphia BulletinThe Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia magazine, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Partisan Review and many other mainstream local and national publications.

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