Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Iyyar 2, 5775
A tale of survival, and poetry that survived
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The story behind A Wall of Two , a stirring collection of poems by two gifted sisters, is quite moving, filled as it is with heroism and deep sorrow. The American poet Fanny Howe, who has done what are called "adaptations" of the poetry gathered here, has also provided an introduction to this edition, published by University of California Press,...
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This would appear to be the season of the Psalms. A recent flurry of books about these impassioned expressions of religious feeling -- the trend began last fall with scholar Robert Alter's reworking of the artful prayers -- has recently been added to by a lovingly produced volume from Philadelphia's own Jewish Publication Society titled I Will Wake the Dawn:...
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His professional career fairly parallels the history of the Jewish state from its inception. Famed photographer David Rubinger, though born in Vienna in 1924, came to pre-state Palestine in 1939, barely escaping after the Nazi Anschluss, or annexation, of Austria (his parents' fate was different and very complicated). After working on two kibbutzim and serving in the British Army's Jewish...
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A professional investment in other people
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I am one of four children, none of whom went into medicine, our father's profession. There were any number of reasons for this avoidance: We never saw much of our father from one day to the next, and when he was present, he seemed never to have the time or the energy for any of us or even to enjoy...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
Lisa Lutz is quick to admit that in the days before she became a best-selling author, life was a struggle. As she told a local audience last week, she was relegated for years to borrowing money from relatives and friends, and had to work jobs that didn't suit her talents or her temperament while trying desperately to make her mark...
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