Sunday, April 19, 2015 Nisan 30, 5775
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In Kate Simon's classic work, Bronx Primitive , in which she sketches masterful "portraits" from her New York immigrant childhood, she explains in the chapter titled "Forebears" that her parents were skeptics, and as such met all the bubbe meises (grandmother's tales) about the beautiful life in the shtetl with a raised eyebrow, even two. In typical fashion, Simon writes...
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I've already reviewed a half-dozen books published to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Israel's founding, but this oral history by Deborah Hart Strober and Gerald S. Strober -- titled Israel at 60 and published by John Wiley & Sons -- has become an instant favorite. It's not just the number of different people the authors spoke to that makes this...
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Seven years ago, photographer Neil Folberg published his ravishingly beautiful book of photographs called Celestial Nights: Visions of an Ancient Land that seemed, singlehandedly, to redefine the entire terrain of Israel. Now Abbeville Press, one of America's premier art-book publishers, has reissued the volume to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Jewish state's founding. This new version is in a...
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Commemorating victims of the Holocaust remains a crucial act, but it should not be confused or conflated with the far more elusive process of remembering individuals whose lives were cut short by the Nazis, according to a noted author who's penned a memoir about his personal search to uncover the fate of relatives who perished then. "There is an impossibility...
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Stephen J. Dubner, a former staff member of The New York Times Magazine and co-author of the bestselling book Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything , said that he's a big believer in owning up to shortcomings. For example, Dubner practically bragged that his co-author, Steven D. Levitt -- a behavioral economist at the University of...
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