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Rick Richman

  • Safire Says Book of Job Political

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Book of Job is commonly -- and mistakenly -- seen as a story of the "patience of Job." And sometimes people have trouble locating its place in the Bible.

    Asked by reporters last January to name his favorite book in the New Testament, Howard Dean answered, "The Book of Job." He...

  • Kerry’s Flip-Flops on Israel Stir Concern

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Earlier this year, Sen. John Kerry started shifting his position on Israel in hope of removing it as an issue of concern to Jewish voters.

    In February, just before the New York primary, Kerry met with prominent Jewish leaders and explained the naming of former President Jimmy Carter...

  • Saving Lives in a Time of Murder

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "The Righteous: The Unsung Heroes of the Holocaust" by Sir Martin Gilbert (Henry Holt and Company, $35).

    On Jan. 19, 1942, Rabbi Jacob Schulmann of Grabow Synagogue wrote to his community in Lodz:

    "Alas, to our great grief, we now know all. I spoke to an eyewitness who escaped. He...

  • Old Canon Gets New Look

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "The Modern Jewish Canon: A Journey Through Language and Culture" by Ruth R. Wisse (The Free Press, $28).

    The Hebrew Bible is a canon of 24 books, written in the same language, collected by a people living in a single nation, compiled at a time of belief in an all-powerful Authority...

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  • Capturing History and Hope on Film

    April 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "History holds a magical power over me," says Laura Bialis, the 26-year-old producer of "Tak for Alt: Survival of a Human Spirit," the award-winning documentary that will be shown on KCET on Tues., May 2 at 10:30 p.m. and screened at the University of Judaism's Gindi Auditorium on...
  • Adrift in a World in Which God is Hidden

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    It is remarkable how many great Jewish American writers first came to the public's attention through a volume of short stories.

    Philip Roth's first book was "Goodbye, Columbus." Allegra Goodman's was "Total Immersion." Earlier this year, Nathan Englander published "For the Relief for...

  • Finding God Among the Ruins

    February 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    "Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith" by Anne Lamott (Pantheon Books, $23.00).

    In "Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith" (Pantheon Books, $23.00), a gentle and touching memoir, Anne Lamott tells a variation of an old story:

    A man in a bar is telling the bartender that he...

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