Thursday, April 17, 2014 Nisan 17, 5774
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What Jew or Christian -- in fact, what feeling person -- has not turned to the psalms for a bit of comfort at times of stress or need? These verses have soothed countless souls over the millennia, a task which they were so obviously created to accomplish. The centrality that the Book of Psalms holds in Jewish culture -- for...
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The High Holidays hold a multitude of opportunities for parents and children to discover Jewish concepts together through books. But how do parents select from the thousands of Jewish choices for kids on the market today? The Book Selection Committee of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation's P.J. Library asked the very same thing, and came up with a few choice recommendations...
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Janusz Korczak held to a philosophy that gave young people a place of supreme importance
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Janusz Korczak, a physician and prescient educator, spent a good deal of his time formulating odd, unconventional ideas. The notion at the heart of his strenuously unconventional philosophy was his concept of a Children's Republic, something he understood would hold little interest for the majority of adults. But Korczak, who also happened to be a renowned writer and radio personality...
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Another look at the mythic servant who repeatedly saved the Jewish people
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The golem -- the massive, hulking servant figure who manages to repeatedly save the Jewish people from doom and destruction in any number of tales written in the 19th and early-20th centuries -- has popped up in book form once again in The Golem and the Wondrous Deeds of the Maharal of Prague , the work of Yudl Rosenberg as...
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You've definitely seen his drawings, even if you don't recognize the name right off the bat. You've seen them adorning the opinion pages of The New York Times again and again -- the delicate, fragmented nature of the lines that make up his art, always belying the strength of the political concept or metaphor at its heart. Or you may...
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