Saturday, September 24, 2016 Elul 21, 5776
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My wife had an especially magical childhood. It wasn't perfect, of course; she suffered from all the same angst about body image and popularity in school as all other young people of the period suffered. But when her young years were good -- and this was a substantial portion of the time -- they often approached perfection. Take where she...
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Poems with a spark, from one who sparks an interest in his students
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I spent part of the summer before I went away to college at Brandeis University. That was back in the mid-'60s, when Brandeis was just beginning to feel its oats, and when Waltham, the city where it's still housed, was just a sleepy little townlet that seems light years away from the high-tech enclave it is today. I was taking...
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The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times, which has been edited by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett and Jonathan Karp, both respected academics, is an ambitious, wide-ranging collection of essays that displays all the advantages and a certain number of the defects of scholarly discourse these days (the publisher is University of Pennsylvania Press). The book's subject is not, as the title...
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For artist William Steig, it was the essence of freedom
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I remember how surprised I was when I learned, about a decade ago, that the famous New Yorker cartoonist and children's book author and illustrator William Steig hadn't at first wanted to be an artist. Actually, his most sincere desire as a young man was to run off to sea. That wish, of course, makes perfect sense once you think...
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The perfect hamburger makes the perfect chow
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I've been a pretty determined vegetarian for 20 years now. I began the shift in my eating patterns purely out of health concerns. I'd heard about all the things they were doing to beef to make it beefier, and I decided that I really didn't need to ingest any of it. So red meat went the way of all flesh...
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