Tuesday, May 31, 2016 Iyyar 23, 5776

News about the publishing industry this month has been dominated by the global infatuation with the Harry Potter book series. The release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- the seventh and final installment in the saga by British author J.K. Rowling -- generated record sales and massive media hype. Since the Potter books began being snatched up with...
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In the wake of the release of BBC journalist Alan Johnston from his Palestinian kidnappers, the leaders of Hamas were quick to take credit for this humanitarian act. Predictably, that led to calls in Europe -- echoed faintly even here among some American Jews -- to drop the boycott of the Islamist terrorist regime that runs Gaza and engage them...
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By:
Samuel Freedman
In her contribution to the essay collection The Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt, novelist Ayelet Waldman tells the story of her found and lost love for Israel. She was born there to a father who had fought in the War of Independence, and raised in Canada and America amid his insistence that no nation in the Diaspora could ever...
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The literary world is fast evolving, and the changes appear to be so unalterable that the very business of publishing is being reconfigured beyond recognition on a daily basis. It's not just that magazines and newspapers are disappearing, and that the Internet is coming out the victor; it's the fact that there are now things like "espresso" machines, specifically tailored...
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Advocacy Corner
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Asaf Romirowsky
In its continuing efforts to educate members of the community regarding Israel and its neighbors, the Israel Advocacy Task Force of the Center for Israel and Overseas of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has embarked on a new initiative -- understanding the Iranian threat. This particular threat is one that should concern Israelis and Americans alike. The first event...
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