Thursday, October 23, 2014 Tishri 29, 5775
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A quick scan of the Judaica section at any local Barnes & Noble bookstore or a search of "Jewish" on Amazon.com will likely lead to books about Kabbalah, Jewish history or maybe even how to keep a Jewish home. But fiction by Jewish authors is mixed into the grand scheme of literature, and other works aren't necessarily labeled for their...
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Who We Are is an anthology of essays, edited by Derek Rubin and published by Schocken, that I looked forward to with great anticipation but which, in the end, proved to be one of the most frustrating reading experiences I've had recently. The work's premise is simple enough; the subtitle states it succinctly: On Being (and Not Being) a Jewish...
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There's no coffee-table book quite like The Jewish World: 365 Days , published by the incomparable Abrams publishing house, which has given the world some of its most beautiful art books. First, there is the volume's shape, which is shared by all the other "365 Days" titles from the publisher. It measures 91/2x61/2 inches, which makes it wider than it...
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More than a decade ago, Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso published her first children's book, God's Paintbrush , which was based on an experience her daughter had had at school. One day, the child returned home with a picture she'd drawn of God that made the deity look like a kindly grandfather. When she showed her mother her handiwork, the child...
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Ernestine Bradley, wife of former presidential candidate and New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bill Bradley, arrived in the United States from her native Germany as a 21-year-old in 1956, hoping to live life on her own terms, and taste the promise of America. But on an unconscious level, Bradley - who is not Jewish, and is a native of the town...
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