Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Av 13, 5775

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Commemorating victims of the Holocaust remains a crucial act, but it should not be confused or conflated with the far more elusive process of remembering individuals whose lives were cut short by the Nazis, according to a noted author who's penned a memoir about his personal search to uncover the fate of relatives who perished then. "There is an impossibility...
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Stephen J. Dubner, a former staff member of The New York Times Magazine and co-author of the bestselling book Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything , said that he's a big believer in owning up to shortcomings. For example, Dubner practically bragged that his co-author, Steven D. Levitt -- a behavioral economist at the University of...
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Ethel Hofman, Jewish Exponent Feature
In Israel and for Jews around the world, Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel's Independence Day, is the realization of a nearly 2,000-year-old hope for the Jewish people to have a free homeland. It's a day of joyous celebration -- for on May 14, 1948, on the fifth day of Iyar, the State of Israel was established. This year, Yom Ha'atzmaut begins at...
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A tale of survival, and poetry that survived
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The story behind A Wall of Two , a stirring collection of poems by two gifted sisters, is quite moving, filled as it is with heroism and deep sorrow. The American poet Fanny Howe, who has done what are called "adaptations" of the poetry gathered here, has also provided an introduction to this edition, published by University of California Press,...
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This would appear to be the season of the Psalms. A recent flurry of books about these impassioned expressions of religious feeling -- the trend began last fall with scholar Robert Alter's reworking of the artful prayers -- has recently been added to by a lovingly produced volume from Philadelphia's own Jewish Publication Society titled I Will Wake the Dawn:...
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