Friday, August 1, 2014 Av 5, 5774
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The book of Ruth has a brio of biblical proportions: A prolific and popularly published author/journalist Ruth Gruber grabbed life at its most newsworthy, covering the Nuremberg Trials and serving as photojournalist witness of the troubled waters bridged by the Exodus in 1947 (a memorable accomplishment in itself, even if Paul Newman wasn't aboard). Gruber was also the Roosevelt administration's...
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Author says it's time to give Hillel his due
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Rabbi Joseph Telushkin uses the first chapter of his compelling new biography of Hillel to retell an anecdote about the great rabbi that I'd never heard before. Most people know the "summarize-the-Torah-while-standing-on-one-foot" tale, though perhaps not all of its details and ramifications. Telushkin eventually gets around to analyzing that resonant encounter, since it holds a central place in his conception...
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... by the one-and-only tag team, Rodgers and Hammerstein
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My father was not an effusive man. A product of his time, he kept a tight reign on what now would be called his feminine side. Just once, though, I remember watching his composure slip. The year was 1960, and news came over the radio that the lyricist and librettist Oscar Hammerstein, who'd written such Broadway masterpieces as Oklahoma! and...
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Empowering others for the firm's benefit
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Karen Friedman, JE Feature
When my 19-year-old son, who attends college in another state, called to ask if he could take his car to school, I immediately said no. He asked why. After I danced around the explanation with no legitimate reason, he reminded me that when I was 19, I had a car at school. Well, times were different then, I told myself...
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Are they artworks or ritual objects? This was the question at the heart of a slim, lovely book that Yale University Press issued just about a year ago, titled Reinventing Ritual. In the minds of all those involved, the answer was clear and was expressed by the work's subtitle: "Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life." And yet, though the...
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