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I have often said that some of the finest expository prose being produced in this country appears with regularity on the obituary pages of The New York Times . The paper's wide-ranging death notices, written with great authority and aplomb, in a style that strikes just the right balance between facts and fanciful phrasing, praise and critical reasoning, read like...
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Author examines why hereditary diseases persist
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Rita Charleston, JE Feature
When just 15 years old, he noticed that his grandfather, a Holocaust survivor suffering from Alzheimer's disease, seemed to feel better after giving blood. He had a nagging feeling that somehow the two were linked, and so the young boy went to his grandfather's doctors to voice his suspicions. But he was turned away. They told him to go home,...
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It was a dreary morning in Amsterdam -- the date was Nov. 4, 2004 -- when 26-year-old Mohammas Bouyeri, a Moroccan Dutchman wearing a gray raincoat and prayer hat, shot and killed Theo van Gogh, the great-grandnephew of the famous painter, while the filmmaker was riding his bicycle. Witnesses, shocked by this random-seeming burst of violence, said that they were...
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I'm a complete sucker for books about books, whether they're written by dedicated collectors or by passionate readers who talk about the works they love above all others. So when I was browsing recently in a bookstore and came across the title The Book That Changed My Life , I decided to shell out the $18 -- a bargain by...
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Answers to some difficult questions
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Just about fours years ago, Targum Press issued a book on intermarriage titled Why Marry Jewish? and I thought then, and for a long time afterward, that it couldn't be topped. Subtitled Surprising Reasons for Jews to Marry Jews , it was the work of Doron Kornbluth, who had already written a classic work called Jewish Matters: A Pocketbook of...
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