Sunday, July 13, 2014 Tammuz 15, 5774

Robert Leiter

Former Senior Editor
How to amalgamate nationalism and religion
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SPEAKING VOLUMES The minute I picked up Sergio Parussa's Writing as Freedom, Writing as Testimony: Four Italian Writers and Judaism , published by Syracuse University Press, I was reminded of a classic work of more than 25 years ago, Prisoners of Hope: The Silver Age of the Italian Jews, 1924-1974 by famed scholar H. Stuart Hughes. The latter was, according...
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... or is it? Some essays put the matter up for debate
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Just when the brouhaha over the New Atheism cooled down a touch, along comes The God Question , which would have been a useful tool during the cultural wars that broke out during that protracted spat. No matter. The book still makes for good reading, especially for those who get their kicks from intellectual pursuits. It also provides...
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If Jews in the tri-state area were, for many years, only vaguely aware of the term "lone soldier," its meaning was driven home to them heartbreakingly in 2006, with the start of the Second Lebanon War and the brave story of Michael Levin, a native of the Philadelphia suburbs. Lone soldiers are those who make aliyah from all over the...
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Visiting Poland these days is a bracing, stimulating, often puzzling, repeatedly maddening and, in the end, depressing and tragic experience for Jews. In fact, I recall a wintry Shabbat spent in Kazimierz, the old Jewish quarter of Krakow (think Schindler's List ), that perfectly summed up the warring spirits that have always seemed to permeate such visits. A...
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Over the course of the last 25 years or so, whenever people would rave inordinately about Paris as the most beautiful and romantic city in the world, I would always say, "Give me Prague or Budapest any time." I even touted these cities in the heyday of the Soviet bloc, in the late 1980s in particular, when I...
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Profile

Robert Leiter served as senior editor of the Jewish Exponent before retiring in Dec. 2013. 

In his 30 years with the paper, he won many awards and held many positions, from full-time reporter to interim editor. For five years in the early 1980s, he was managing editor of Inside magazine, the Exponent's sister publication, and for seven years in the 2000s, he was the quarterly's editor in chief, while still working full time for the paper.

Since the mid-1980s, he reported from most of the major capitals of Europe for the Exponent, with an emphasis on the Eastern Bloc countries, during and after Communist rule. Throughout this period, he visited Poland, the two Germanies and the Soviet Union with greatest frequency, but also made visits to Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, the former Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. He has also reported from Catalonia, Alsace, Zurich and Venice, as well as from Costa Rica, Norway, India and the Middle East. A number of his journalism awards have been for his reporting from Europe.

He is a contributing editor to The American Poetry Review, which is based in Philadelphia, and in the 1980s, he served as Murray Friedman's assistant to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in Washington, D.C.

He has also been a freelance writer for 40 years and his book reviews, short stories, essays, interviews and profiles have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, CommonwealDissent, The American Scholar, The Hudson Review, The New Leader, The Forward, Moment, Redbook, The Pennsylvania GazetteThe Philadelphia BulletinThe Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia magazine, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Partisan Review and many other mainstream local and national publications.

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