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Jewish Journal

Alana Newhouse

  • Finding Deeper Truths in Fiction—the Best About Israel

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In recent weeks, many of us "Diaspora Jews" kept ourselves neck-deep in news from the Middle East: jumping out of bed to check the front page, keeping the television on all night, refreshing Web sites for the latest headlines. Of course, our routine paled in comparison to many...

  • Modern Orthodoxy’s Marriage Crisis

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Hard-to-marry-off children have been worrying parents since Genesis, when Leah, her eyes tender from the sadness of being unwanted, took part in a hoax to trick Jacob -- her younger, prettier sister's suitor -- into marrying her. There's no indication of how old Leah was at...

  • In Search of My Sephardic Ancestors

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "Last Century of a Sephardic Community: The Jews of Monastir, 1839-1943," by Mark Cohen (Foundation for the Advancement of Sephardic Studies and Culture, $34.95).

    Some months ago, I saw a Jewish homeless man near my New York apartment. He was wearing a yarmulke and muttering Hebrew...