Friday, December 9, 2016 Kislev 9, 5777

A glimpse of Hungary before tragedy took hold
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Adam Biro's One Must Also Be Hungarian , recently published by Chicago University Press, is a short book -- topping out at just 168 small pages -- but it contains multitudes. Within its series of portraits, it tells the long, wondrous but ultimately tragic history of Hungary's Jews through the lens of the author's family, following them from the 19th...
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At present, the site doesn't look like much. Sheets of metal jut out of the half-gutted building, and wires hang down from its brown stone exterior. Overhead, a giant crane protrudes into the sky. But come July 4, 2010, this parcel of land will house a state-of-the-art, $150 million museum devoted to the Jewish American experience. Sitting across from the...
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An extra bit of dinner can go a long way
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
There's no rule that says that brown-bag lunches, even eaten hurriedly at your desk, should be boring -- as in two slices of bread slapped together with predictable fillings like a dollop of tuna or egg salad, or a couple of slices of turkey. Instead, envision leftovers. There's no need to push what was a tasty dish to the back...
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When prose depicts reality, in novel form
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I am forever astonished at how many fictional variations Aharon Appelfeld has been able to spin from the bits and pieces of his tragic life story. This ability became even clearer to me several years ago, when the great Israeli novelist published his memoir The Story of a Life , where he dealt with the "truth" that has been the...
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On the streets where Benjamin Franklin walked, James and Dolly Madison once lived, and George Washington may have slept, Colonial-era Jews also made their presence -- albeit a subtle one -- known. The cobblestone streets that William Penn designed between the Delaware and Schuykill rivers welcomed Jews as merchants, religious leaders and Revolutionary War supporters -- so much so that,...
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