Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774

Robert Leiter

Former Senior Editor
The Torah: It's like a biblical Rubik's Cube, packed with wisdom
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The title of Simeon J. Maslin's new book, ... and turn it again , needs little explication. The former, longtime rabbi of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel is referring to the famous aphorism from the first-century sage known as Ben Bag Bag, who said of the Torah that one should "Turn it and turn it again, for everything is in it...
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Was I the only one who was totally offended by the Oct. 2 Metro section of The New York Times ? First, there was the photo below the fold on page one showing two men, one checking a PDA, the other his phone, standing outside the doors of what was clearly a synagogue. The small headline read "Checking Market Before...
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David J. Wolpe's new book, Why Faith Matters , which has been published by Harper One, begins in a particularly powerful way. In what he calls a prelude, the rabbi, who grew up in Philadelphia and is the son of Har Zion Temple's rabbi emeritus, Gerald I. Wolpe, describes how he recently stood by the side of a hospital bed...
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Just about a year ago, Jeff Bezos, the man who made Amazon a household name, unveiled his effort at cornering the ever-hopeful e-book market; his nifty reading device, called the Kindle, was unveiled with lots of pomp and circumstance and, according to critics and public alike, it lived up to the hype. One of the first journalists to get a...
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An explication of the holidays that seeks to help the perplexed experience the joys of Judaism
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For the last few years, Basic Books has been publishing a series of small volumes built on the premise of an older professional informing a hypothetical younger person what he or she might expect about the career path they're about to pursue. For example, Robert Brustein, the veteran theater critic and director, told a young actor what he or she...
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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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