Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774
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I have a soft spot for books like Jewish Philadelphia , works that allow you to "travel" -- even through the byways and side streets of familiar terrain -- without ever leaving home. The book's author is Linda Nesvisky, who I've come to know personally over the years once she and her husband, veteran writer Matt Nesvisky, settled in Melrose...
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How can one render in such a small space all of the insight and erudition -- the sheer brilliance -- that fills the sizable pages of Neil Levine's Modern Architecture: Representation & Reality , recently released by Yale University Press? This work has the shape and texture of a traditional coffee-table book, but moves well beyond that confining categorization. There...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
As Rabbi Barry Schwartz tells it, one of his heroes is Rabbi Menasseh Ben Israel, a 17th-century figure who set up Amsterdam's first Hebrew printing press. Ben Israel knew that printed books were the way of the future, rather than those copied by hand, said Schwartz, but he also understood that many people at the time still held a deep...
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In the last few works published by famed Israeli novelist Amos Oz, the author has looked back upon his life. There was his massive and brilliant memoir, A Tale of Love and Darkness , in which he assessed his early years, his family and his nation as they all struggled with wrenching emotional events. Panther in the Basement , a...
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But the Liberty Bell has a resonance few American icons can match
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It's accepted as a truism that the majority of Philadelphians take the wealth of historical artifacts that surround them -- the most significant dating from the period of this country's struggle for independence -- pretty much for granted. I say this with some certainty since I count myself as typical of those who've spent most of their lives in and...
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