Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774
Take a column, here and there, and relish the insight
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Neil Gillman is one of the great scholars and teachers of our time, a central presence at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, who has written one undeniable classic, Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew , along with several minor ones, among them The Death of Death and The Way Into Encountering God in Judaism. Traces of...
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Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, author of the classic When Bad Things Happen to Good People, as well as nine other books, has just published his newest work, Overcoming Life's Disappointments. It draws on the story of Moses, and weaves together references to social science and popular culture with the explicit purpose of helping people deal with the personal setbacks that...
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Dipping into biblical beauty
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Hills of Spices does a very simple thing which, in its very simplicity, seems almost revolutionary: It reminds us, through quotations and a minimum of textual analysis, that the Bible is filled with some of the most beautiful poetry ever written. It is a plain fact, known to countless numbers of us, but in this over-connected world of ours, it's...
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Memories, the raw and the cooked
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There are books that, the moment they appear, announce themselves as classics. In Memory's Kitchen is one of them. This collection of recipes written by women incarcerated in Terezin, the Czech concentration camp north of Prague, was first published 10 years ago by Jason Aronson. Now Rowman & Littlefield has had the good sense to return it to print in...
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An accounting of survival -- and loss
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The sisters discovered the bundle of letters nearly 20 years ago in their parents' Chicago apartment, soon after their father's death. Raya Schapiro and Helga Weinberg recognized immediately "the delicate Old German script" and "the brisk Czech writing" of two relatives who'd once been extremely close to them: their maternal grandmother Paula Froelich and her son, their uncle Erwin. These...
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