"Shattered Dreams" a "Frontline" documentary on PBS, illustrates the "even-handed," "well-balanced" style beloved of Boston's WGBH (produced in association with France 2, Abu Dhabi Television and Tel-Ad Israel). It is guaranteed to deeply aggravate partisans on all sides --...
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Moving out of formal academic writing, Steven M. Lowenstein, professor of Jewish History at the University of Judaism, has produced an interesting treatment of Jewish folkways, traditions and variant religious, culinary, sartorial, musical and linguistic practices. His presentation...
October 18, 2001 | 8:00 pm
Years ago, UCLA visiting professor Luisa Del Giudice discovered she was more interested in the way ordinary people remembered their past than the way writers and academics recorded formal history.
In pursuit of that interest, she founded the Italian Oral History Institute (IOHI), a...
October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm
"Dream Palace of the Arabs:A Generation's Odyssey" by Fouad Ajami (Vintage Books, $14).
In 1928, the French intellectual Julien Benda wrote his prescient work "The Treason of the Intellectuals," accusing European intellectuals of abandoning their dispassionate faith in the life...
July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm
"The Book of Lamentations: A Meditation and Translation" by David R. Slavitt (Johns Hopkins University Press. $15.95).
David R. Slavitt's new translation of Eicha (Lamentations) demonstrates his masterful sensibilities and poetic fortitude. Avoiding the abstract and distant language...
July 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm
"A Letter in the Scroll: Understanding Our Jewish Identity and Exploring the Legacy of the World's Oldest Religion" by Jonathan Sacks. (The Free Press, $25.)
Gently, gracefully, thoughtfully, Jonathan Sacks unfolds an emotionally compelling argument for Jews to reclaim and engage...
May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm
"Finding Each Other in Judaism: Meditations on the Rites of Passage From Birth to Immortality" by Harold M. Schulweis. (UAHC Press, $12.95)
"Finding Each Other in Judaism" distills decades of those quiet, private moments when a curious, wounded or concerned congregant asks the...
May 24, 2001 | 8:00 pm
Mounted in the west wall of San Francisco's Sherith Israel is a 45-foot-by-30-foot stained-and-painted glass window of Moses delivering the Ten Commandments. Off to Moses' right stand the Israelite flag-bearers, holding blue-and-white and red-and-white banners. The 1904 construction...
May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm
Against the Dying of the Light: A Father's Journey through Loss" by Leonard Fein (Jewish Lights Publishing, $19.95)
In January 1996, Leonard Fein's daughter Naomi, called Nomi, collapsed and died of cardiac arrest. A pacemaker had resolved a previously diagnosed heart problem, but...
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"Entering the Temple of Dreams: Jewish Prayers, Movements and Meditations for the End of the Day" by Tamar Frankiel and Judy Greenfeld. (Jewish Lights Publishing, $16.95)
Jews have a long history of publishing various types of devotional literature. Historically, just as men and...
April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm
"The Presidents of the United States and the Jews" by David G. Dalin and Alfred J. Kolatch. (Jonathan David, $35.00)
In traditional Jewish life, parents often add excitement to Pesach (or Shavuot or Sukkot) by giving gifts to their children (and even each other). Gift-giving, not...
March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm
"King David: The Real Life of the Man Who Ruled Israel" by Jonathan Kirsch (Ballantine Books, $28)
In his "Reading the Book: Making the Bible a Timeless Text," Rabbi Burton Visotzky writes, "To the extent that the Bible reveals the words of God to a community, it is essential that...
February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm
"Dangerous Diplomacy: The Story of Carl Lutz, Rescuer of 62,000 Hungarian Jews" By Theo Tschuy; preface by Simon Wiesenthal. (Eerdmans Publishing Company, $25.00.)
In "Dangerous Diplomacy," Theo Tschuy introduces a forgotten hero of the Shoah, Carl Lutz, a man who certainly...
January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm
In 1995, nurse, mystery writer and prospective single mom Serita Stevens traveled to Romania to adopt an abandoned 9-month-old baby girl. So appalled was she at the conditions in the orphanage at which she finally met her future daughter, she started Hugs and Hopes--Romania to help...
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"The New Geography: How the Digital Revolution Is Reshaping the American Landscape," by Joel Kotkin. (Random House, $22.95)
Joel Kotkin, a senior fellow at both Pepperdine University Institute for Public Policy and Milken Institute and a research fellow at the libertarian Reason...