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‘No Life Left’ Here?

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...
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Love to Hear It …

Disco Sucks!   Remember those two endearing words that capped off the "Me Decade" of the 1970s and brought some solace to the hearts of rock-music...
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Speaking Volumes: At the Altar of Poetry

About a decade ago, upon the publication of poet Alan Shapiro's book The Last Happy Occasion, I wrote that he had, until then, lived...
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No Time Outs for Ruth Gruber

The book of Ruth has a brio of biblical proportions: A prolific and popularly published author/journalist Ruth Gruber grabbed life at its most newsworthy,...
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Penn to Celebrate ‘Quintessential’ Israeli Author

  Gold, who has written an acclaimed biography of the late Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai, has a special connection to Appelfeld, who has long been...
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Josh Fattal’s Captors in Iran Knew He Was Jewish

In a newly published memoir, the Elkins Park native and two fellow American hikers held in Iranian custody for more than a year share...
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Reaching for the Stars

Irving Berlin, whose long and active musical career began in the early years of the 20th century and lasted well in the 1970s, was...
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Turn the Beat Around

I've been told that my ideas about the development of rock 'n' roll tend toward the absurd - and yet I stick to them...
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Kahn Do?

 A lovely confluence of elements occurred recently in the world of architecture, and both of them, in a sense, have benefited Philadelphia. First, Susan...
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Pulpit to Publishing: A New Leader for JPS

As Rabbi Barry Schwartz tells it, one of his heroes is Rabbi Menasseh Ben Israel, a 17th-century figure who set up Amsterdam's first Hebrew...