Jewish Journal

Mark Oppenheimer

  • Books: Englander taps Kafkaesque isolation in ‘Special Cases’

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Nathan Englander's new novel, "The Ministry of Special Cases" (Alfred A. Knopf), begins on a dark night in a dangerous time: "Jews bury themselves the way they live, crowded together, encroaching on one another's space. The headstones were packed tight, the bodies underneath elbow to...
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah - From Saccharine to Satire.

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In "The Chosen Image: Television's Portrayal of Jewish Themes and Characters" (1999), Jonathan and Judith Pearl argue that, although Hollywood movies tend to depict the bar and bat mitzvah as trivial or materialistic ("The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz," "The Wedding Singer," the...

  • Judaism Walks With

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Mark Borovitz's memoir of how prison Torah study turned an alcoholic grifter and check-kiter into a successful rehabilitator of Jewish cokeheads, gamblers and other addicts is a blustering and grandiose book, marred by clichés and solecisms. And yet, I liked "The Holy Thief: A...