Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Sivan 9, 5775
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There's a certain kind of Depression photograph that many people recognize instantly, and that they may even be able to call up in their minds' eye. For example, there's the now iconic portrait of an impoverished mother, dressed in a worn, loose-fitting housedress, staring out into the middle distance, her hand on her chin, as if trying to divine where...
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Philly author's work now a screen gem
Who wouldn't want to be in her shoes these days? With the release tomorrow of "In Her Shoes," the Cameron Diaz-Toni Collette-Shirley MacLaine starrer based on her best-selling book, and the recent publication of Goodnight Nobody - well, nobody does it better than Philadelphia's Jennifer Weiner when it comes to making book on pink-lady literature. Ouch! That hurts as much...
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Ernestine Bradley, wife of former presidential candidate and New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bill Bradley, arrived in the United States from her native Germany as a 21-year-old in 1956, hoping to live life on her own terms, and taste the promise of America. But on an unconscious level, Bradley - who is not Jewish, and is a native of the town...
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A High Holiday work that stresses accountability
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For Reuven Hammer, the High Holidays are associated with the sights and sounds of an upstate New York autumn - leaves turning color, chestnuts falling from the trees, the nip in the air. "I can almost feel myself again in the front yard of the building we always called the 'little shule,' which was not really a synagogue, and certainly...
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The silence in German homes poisoned the atmosphere, within and without
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Earlier this year, the Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld published a memoir, titled The Story of a Life, about his childhood spent on the run from the Nazis, and I praised it as an extraordinary document. Only in the last section of the work, where Appelfeld described his adjustment to living in Israel, did the intensity lessen; for the rest of...
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