Wednesday, June 3, 2015 Sivan 16, 5775
An explication of the holidays that seeks to help the perplexed experience the joys of Judaism
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For the last few years, Basic Books has been publishing a series of small volumes built on the premise of an older professional informing a hypothetical younger person what he or she might expect about the career path they're about to pursue. For example, Robert Brustein, the veteran theater critic and director, told a young actor what he or she...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
In author Amy Bloom's most-recent novel, Away , the Jewish immigration story is told through the eyes of Lillian Leyb, a young, pretty, innocent woman who's escaped the deadly pogroms in her Russian homeland, but arrives in New York haunted by the memories of the family she's lost. The Yiddish theater scene on New York's Lower East Side during the...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
The 1950s and '60s were the "golden years" for the American worker, thanks to a "social contract that offered good pay, good benefits and job security." That contract has fallen apart slowly and surely, thanks to globalization, which led to large layoffs and plant closings in the 1970s and '80s, said Steven Greenhouse, labor and workplace reporter for The New...
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Maimonides, a towering figure in Jewish history, did many things, all of them well
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Is there anything left to be said about Maimonides? He must be one of the most-frequently discussed figures in all of Jewish history, a thinker and an interpretive genius -- to say nothing of his accomplishments as a physician, astronomer and translator -- whose many works in a number of disciplines have been analyzed and decoded in each generation since...
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These survivors' tales offer guidance for life
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People have been talking for years now about the importance of learning the lessons of the Holocaust, but I've always been confused about exactly what they mean. Of course, I do know in one, very elemental sense what they're driving at. They mean that we have to learn how not to hate others, learn to free ourselves of prejudice, and...
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