Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774
The great architect was a font of ideas, but he rarely got the chance to fulfill them in Philly
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A lovely confluence of elements occurred recently in the world of architecture, and both of them, in a sense, have benefited Philadelphia. First, Susan G. Solomon published her important and insightful book Louis I. Kahn's Jewish Architecture: Mikveh Israel and the Midcentury American Synagogue , out from Brandeis University Press. Then, Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, one of the...
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Reduced to its bare outline, the "Dreyfus Affair," which rocked French society for close to a decade, seems simple. The year was 1894, and officers in the French army suspected there was a spy in their midst, someone in the highest ranks, who was selling secrets to Germany. They checked a list of officers with access to the information passed,...
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On the cover of Geniuses of the American Musical Theatre: The Composers and Lyricists , six individuals are pictured, and not surprisingly, only one of them -- Cole Porter (again not surprisingly) -- is a non-Jew. Take into consideration that the author, Herbert Keyser, is Jewish and this becomes an all haimische endeavor. (The publisher is Applause, behind which stands...
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Eva Hesse must be placed on that ever-burgeoning list of crucially influential artists unknown to the majority of the general public. One reason for this unfortunate development may be that she died very young of a brain tumor nearly 40 years ago, when she was at her most productive and beginning to make a name for herself as one of...
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Even in Auschwitz, a certain tone found its place
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Why is it that the name Rachmil Bryks is not better known? Granted, he began writing his Holocaust fiction shortly after he left the camps -- that is, a decade or two before the world seemed willing or able to face such matters. And based on the four stories included in A Cat in the Ghetto , published by Persea...
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