Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774
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Jewish Women and Their Salons , published by Yale University Press, has the look, feel and proportions of a coffee-table book, and yet it's so much more than that limiting term implies. Subtitled The Power of Conversation , it is the work of Emily D. Bilski and Emily Braun, with additional essays contributed by Leon Botstein, Shira Brisman, Barbara Hahn...
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The biblical tale of Hannah and Pninah, who had to learn to share a husband, sparked Eva Etzioni-Halevy's curiosity: What would it be like to be Pninah, whose husband really loved another woman, or to be Hannah, who, for a long while, was unable to bear children? This inquisitiveness led the Israeli professor to write her debut novel, The Song...
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It's fiction at its best - mystery, murder, love and hate
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The call comes in early to the Baltimore County police - there's been a shooting at a suburban high school. But when the police arrive, all their training doesn't prepare them for what they discover: three former best friends locked in a girls' bathroom. One's dead, another is critically injured from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound while...
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Herbert and Leni Sonnenfeld came to photojournalism quite by accident. The couple, residents of Berlin, had only been married for two years when Hitler seized power. Like most Jews, Herbert lost his job overnight. Being at loose ends with few prospects on the horizon, he agreed to travel to Palestine with the possibility of making aliyah. (Leni's sister just happened...
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In the prologue to Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish , Abigail Pogrebin tells of how, at age 25, she began dating an Irish Catholic - and how this simple act instantly transformed her intensely liberal Jewish mother (who just happens to be Letty Cottin Pogrebin, one of the founders of Ms. magazine) into a raving reactionary...
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