Friday, July 3, 2015 Tammuz 16, 5775
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Especially since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Western scholars and pundits have wrestled with the question of whether violence and intolerance of other viewpoints are somehow endemic to Islam; and, if this is not the case, can liberal forces within the Muslim world act to temper its more extremist elements? Put another way: Is the so-called clash of...
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A photographer chronicles how neighbors continue to turn on neighbors
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Nov. 9 and 10 mark 70 years since Kristallnacht, the mad rampage unleashed by the Nazis against the Jews of Germany and Austria, a long, dark night and nearly a full day that saw synagogues burned to the ground, Jewish businesses looted, and many Jewish males rounded up, beaten or tortured, then sent to concentration camps. As this somber anniversary...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Why is this book different from all other books? For starters, its backstory is almost as compelling as the narrative itself. The Secret Seder , a children's tale by Caldecott-honored author Doreen Rappaport, tells of a Belgian family hiding from the Nazis in France, and centers on a young boy's introduction to the seder ritual by his father during the...
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A once-busy critic resurfaces with a new image of himself
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In the 1960s and '70s, it seemed that writer and critic John Gruen was everywhere in terms of the art scene, whether the subject was music or painting or dance or architecture. He held several prominent reviewing positions at The New York Herald Tribune before its untimely demise in the late '60s and then hopped over to The New York...
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The Torah: It's like a biblical Rubik's Cube, packed with wisdom
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The title of Simeon J. Maslin's new book, ... and turn it again , needs little explication. The former, longtime rabbi of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel is referring to the famous aphorism from the first-century sage known as Ben Bag Bag, who said of the Torah that one should "Turn it and turn it again, for everything is in it...
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