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Jewish Journal

Rita Berman Frischer

  • Literary Offerings to Harvest Your Brain

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As I write this article, Hurricane Isabel has come and gone; its destructive force headlined the news, offering a strange but appropriate counterpoint to writing about children's books on Sukkot and Simchat Torah. In today's world, these holidays, following on the heels of Yom...

  • ‘Light’ From Darkness

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    What a year! Struggle and loss, the threat of war, earthquakes and elections. Like many of us, I'd begun to feel as though peace, not to mention peace of mind, was always going to stay just one upheaval away.

    And then the man in UPS brown arrived. He brought an envelope containing a...

  • Reading for Chanukah

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    From demons to pious flying rabbis, from magic frying pans to runaway latkes, from hayfork menorahs (in Chelm, where else?) to a multilingual meditation on peace, you can find something for everybody in books available this holiday season. Enjoy.



    Good Stories



    "For Hope:...

  • Haggadot 2000

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    A 1998 article about Chicago collector Stephen Durschslag's haggadah collection set the number of different haggadot on his shelves at 4,500, increasing almost daily.

    It's probably impossible to know how many haggadot exist, but it's obvious that for every Jew, there should be a...

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  • Passover Events

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    A 1998 article about Chicago collector Stephen Durschslag's haggadah collection set the number of different haggadot on his shelves at 4,500, increasing almost daily.

    It's probably impossible to know how many haggadot exist, but it's obvious that for every Jew, there should be a...

  • Be Happy, It’s Adar!

    March 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Purim is upon us. Time to stock up on story books to share: Children's Books for Purim

    In "On Purim," Cathy Goldberg Fishman's fourth Jewish holiday story book (Atheneum, 2000, ages 5 up), a young girl tries to understand the deeper significance of the Purim masks her family is busily trimming.

  • Haggadot 2000

    December 8, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    A 1998 article about Chicago collector Stephen Durschslag's haggadah collection set the number of different haggadot on his shelves at 4,500, increasing almost daily.

    It's probably impossible to know how many haggadot exist, but it's obvious that for every Jew, there should be a...

  • Books to Read or Give on Passover

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    For promoters and lovers of Jewish books, now is the season of our deep content. Not all the following books are specifically about Passover and not all of them bear a 1999 publication date, but all of them are worth considering, whether to keep or to give as gifts when attending...
  • The Gift of Reading

    December 10, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Some years ago, the American Booksellers Association's holiday advertising theme was the phrase: "Give a gift of love; Give a book." Jewish Book Month, scheduled in November, anticipated the gift-giving season. This year, as always, a fresh crop of children's books appeared for the...
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