Posts Tagged ‘ literature ’

David Rakoff: Half Full, in Our Book

November 29, 2012
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Long and proud is the Jewish tradition of using sharp humor in the face of hopeless tragedy. David Rakoff – humorist, essayist, and self-described “mega Jewish writer” – was a master of this tactic. Rakoff died of cancer this past August at the age of 47, and the final book published during his lifetime…

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Fagin the Jew

November 20, 2012
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The antihero of Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist is the ”villainous-looking and sinister” Jewish moneylender, Fagin. Fagin is referred…

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Dream of Scipio

November 19, 2012
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When you think of Provence you probably think of the region’s famous French scenery and…

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One Book, Two Holocaust Novels

November 5, 2012
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The next great Jewish novel is coming from…

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Up the Down Staircase

October 25, 2012
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In 1923, a 12-year-old Russian girl named Belle…

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In Grandpa’s House

August 15, 2012
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Maurice Sendak illustrated over a hundred books, both his…

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The Jewish Mail Order Bride

August 2, 2012
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These days, mail-order brides mostly reside in your…

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Treasure Hunt in Prague

July 26, 2012
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In the late 1500s, Prague was a cultural…

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Life (and Music) after Death

July 24, 2012
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Is listening to music a religious experience? The…

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Health, Death, and Our Kids

June 18, 2012
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“What’s the difference between a doctor and God?” a cabdriver asks…

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Jews and Coffee

June 15, 2012
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The new book Jews Welcome Coffee is a history of the…

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Jewish Wild West Women

June 6, 2012
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Rebecca Cohen Mayer was born to German-Jewish immigrants in 1837…

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