Monday, May 4, 2015 Iyyar 15, 5775
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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There are some artists who seem to come into the world with their styles intact -- no years of insecurity and searching for them. They know what they want to say and how to say it, and then proceed, for the remainder of their careers, to simply ring brilliant changes on their original vision, startling us again and again with...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
According to one local rabbi, Sukkot might just be the ultimate "queer" holiday. "Being queer means bringing a sense of celebration, a spark" to Judaism, and Sukkot, what with the unusual lulav and etrog and all manner of diversity, "is the ultimate holiday, because it is the queer embodiment of Torah," said Rabbi Linda Holtzman of the Reconstructionist Congregation Mishkan...
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Words about a different kind of relationship
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In addition to once being the New York Times restaurant reviewer and then the editor of the fabled -- but recently dismantled -- Gourmet magazine, Ruth Reichl is best known for her memoirs Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me With Apples . These books tell of her relationship to food and family; and, especially in the former, she told...
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What abnormal appearances may say about those in the mainstream
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Frank Rosci, JE Feature
In his book, Freaks of Nature, What Anomalies Tell Us About Development and Evolution , Mark S. Blumberg, professor in the department of psychology, and a Starch Faculty Fellow, at the University of Iowa, proposes that freaks are actually part of the normal course of development, survival and evolution. Blumberg introduced the book to a packed house at the College...
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