Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774

Robert Leiter

Former Senior Editor
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I'm a complete sucker for books about books, whether they're written by dedicated collectors or by passionate readers who talk about the works they love above all others. So when I was browsing recently in a bookstore and came across the title The Book That Changed My Life , I decided to shell out the $18 -- a bargain by...
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We've all seen them in supermarkets, department stores and restaurants, those children who throw fits whenever they don't get what they want when they want it. They were always around, as far back as anyone can remember, except now it seems their numbers have blossomed. The March issue of Parents magazine called them "The Brat Pack," alluding to that group...
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Answers to some difficult questions
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Just about fours years ago, Targum Press issued a book on intermarriage titled Why Marry Jewish? and I thought then, and for a long time afterward, that it couldn't be topped. Subtitled Surprising Reasons for Jews to Marry Jews , it was the work of Doron Kornbluth, who had already written a classic work called Jewish Matters: A Pocketbook of...
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What do we ask of an art book? On the most basic level, you might expect to gain a certain amount of aesthetic pleasure from perusing such a volume, the chance to leisurely dwell over works you might never actually see in your lifetime, very often lovingly reproduced on heavy stock paper that brings out all the hues and tonal...
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In the ongoing saga of how magazines are dealing with the Internet challenge, Time, the 84-year-old stalwart, has weighed in with how it will try to keep readers and attract others away from the Web. According to an article in the March 12 New York Times business section, Time is assuming a new look. What this amounts to, wrote reporter...
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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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