Jewish Journal

Michal Lemberger

  • 3 Novels Explore Life in Cold War Era

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    "Meritocracy: A Love Story," by Jeffrey Lewis. (Other Books, $18).
    "Dancing With Einstein: A Novel," by Kate Wenner. (Scribner, $24).
    "When She Sleeps," by Leora Krygier. (The Toby Press, $19.95).

    The memory of the Holocaust has haunted the Jewish imagination for three...

  • Writer Confronts Intifada Lethargy

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "I'm just so tired," Israeli author Orly Castel-Bloom says. She's not speaking about the effects of her recent flight into Paris, where she has come to deliver some lectures. Nor is it the interviews she has given since landing earlier in the day, although that has zapped her, too....

  • L.A. Leaders Offer Words of Wisdom

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Los Angeles Jewish community is blessed with many spirited, talented and prolific leaders. This High Holiday season promises to bring books by five such leaders -- four rabbis and a composer/performer -- that tackle many different aspects of Jewish life and philosophy. Barring...

  • How to Approach   a Grieving Jew

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Consolation: The Spiritual Journey Beyond Grief" by Rabbi Maurice Lamm (Jewish Publication Society, $30).

    Grief erases all regular rules. All the logic that has ever seemed to govern one's life suddenly seems useless. More than useless, it seems pointless. In death, we are all...

  • Nadelson Writes It Short and Sweet

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Saving Stanley: The Brickman Stories," by Scott Nadelson (Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts, $15.95).

    Recently, a number of young Jewish writers have made successful entrées into the world of publishing. Jonathan Safran Foer, Gary Shteyngert, Dara Horn and others have published...

  • Legacy of Questions Without Answers

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "The German Money" by Lev Raphael. (Leapfrog Press, $14.95)

    William Faulkner once wrote, "The past is never dead. It's not even past." He was referring to the subjects that obsessed him for most of his writing life: the American South, its legacy of slavery, strict racial ideology...

  • Authors Divided Over Identity, Issues

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    What do four Jewish American writers talk about when they sit down together to discuss their craft? If the program, "The Next Generation of Jewish American Writing," held at the Skirball Cultural Center earlier this month is any indication, the answer is that they try as hard as they...

  • Jew the Right Thing

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Reviewed: "To Do Right and the Good: Jewish Approach to Modern Social Ethics," by Elliot N. Dorff (Jewish Publication Society, $34.95.)

    "Matters of Life and Death: A Jewish Approach to Modern Medical Ethics," by Elliot N. Dorff (Jewish Publication Society, $25).

    "Love Your Neighbor...

  • Shoah’s Belorussian Cowboys

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Saved 1,200 Jews and Built a Village in the Forest," by Peter Duffy. (Harper Collins, $25.95).

    "Defiance: The Bielski Partisans. The Story of the Largest Armed Rescue of Jews by Jews During World War II," by...

  • Present-Day Apathy Not Always Case

    August 28, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Triangle: The Fire That Changed America," by David Von Drehle (Atlantic Monthly Press, $26)

    We live in cynical times. For years, young people have felt disengaged from the political process. Knowledge of governmental figures and the workings of law seem more tenuous among college...