Saturday, April 30, 2016 Nisan 22, 5776
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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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David J. Wolpe's new book, Why Faith Matters , which has been published by Harper One, begins in a particularly powerful way. In what he calls a prelude, the rabbi, who grew up in Philadelphia and is the son of Har Zion Temple's rabbi emeritus, Gerald I. Wolpe, describes how he recently stood by the side of a hospital bed...
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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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