Monday, March 30, 2015 Nisan 10, 5775
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For American Jews who grew up in the 1950s and '60s, the appearance of Leon Uris' novel Exodus in 1958 -- and the inevitable Hollywood blockbuster drawn from it, which premiered in 1960 -- was an unprecedented event. Our parents and their contemporaries made the book a best-seller. I would bet most Jewish teenagers can recall seeing a copy of...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
The date was Dec. 15, 1898. Congregation Kesher Israel at 412 Lombard St. was decked out in American and "Jewish colors," according to an article that appeared in the Jewish Exponent at the time. Early American Zionist leaders Dr. Schepschel Schaffer and Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, who had both attended the Second Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland, just weeks earlier,...
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What it means to roam the aisles of bookstores
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I don't know how the situation has gotten to this point exactly, but I do most of my book buying on the Web now, making fewer and fewer visits to bookstores. That may not sound like so alarming an admission to make in our Internet-saturated age, but you've got to understand the role that bookstores have played in my life...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
It's not surprising that, after more than 35 years of reporting on the people, history and culture of the Middle East, American journalist Robin Wright's fifth book should focus on this volatile, chameleon-like region. Dreams and Shadows , just released by Penguin Press, is subtitled The Future of the Middle East . Wright's assignments for various prestigious publications have sent...
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... and how it changed from an economic investment to an emotional one
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Even in his later years, William Post could vividly recall his arrival in America. After his boat docked in New York harbor, he was taken on a small launch to Ellis Island. There, he was literally herded into a cavernous building where he sat for hours until, at last, his name was called. While speaking with an official and answering...
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