Monday, April 27, 2015 Iyyar 8, 5775
How a shadowy figure became a medium for dealing with fear
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I've always thought of the golem -- the hulking, servant-like creature that's forever saving the Jews in the course of various myths, short stories and plays -- as the Jewish version of Frankenstein, even though those who know better tell me I'm mistaken. But it seems obvious to me. A bit of clay is brought to life and obeys its...
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Take a column, here and there, and relish the insight
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Neil Gillman is one of the great scholars and teachers of our time, a central presence at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, who has written one undeniable classic, Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew , along with several minor ones, among them The Death of Death and The Way Into Encountering God in Judaism. Traces of...
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Dipping into biblical beauty
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Hills of Spices does a very simple thing which, in its very simplicity, seems almost revolutionary: It reminds us, through quotations and a minimum of textual analysis, that the Bible is filled with some of the most beautiful poetry ever written. It is a plain fact, known to countless numbers of us, but in this over-connected world of ours, it's...
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Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, author of the classic When Bad Things Happen to Good People, as well as nine other books, has just published his newest work, Overcoming Life's Disappointments. It draws on the story of Moses, and weaves together references to social science and popular culture with the explicit purpose of helping people deal with the personal setbacks that...
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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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