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Why is Susan Taubes important?

by Rabbi Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Ph.D.

March 17, 2014 | 10:57 am

In her famous work “A Room of One’s Own” (1929), Virginia Woolf imagines a sister of Shakespeare, whom she names Judith. Woolf explores the reasons why so few women have made their mark in... read full article

  • Gary Shteyngart’s super sad true Schechter school story

    by Julie Wiener, JTA

    March 7, 2014 | 10:04 am

    If it is true that there is no such thing as bad publicity, then Gary Shteyngart may be one of the best things to happen to the Conservative movement’s at-times-beleaguered Schechter Day School Network.

    Shteyngart, the Soviet Jewish immigrant writer known for acclaimed comic...

  • The Arab Spring’s missed opportunity

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    March 6, 2014 | 9:41 am

    Walid Phares, born and educated in Lebanon, is an experienced observer of events in what he calls “the Greater Middle East.” But perhaps his most telling credentials are found in the fact that he served as a foreign affairs advisor to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney...

  • Awarding a Broadway ‘Wonder’

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    February 26, 2014 | 3:28 pm

    Few figures of popular culture are quite so beloved or beguiling as the character of Tevye, the pious but philosophical dairyman who reached his most celebrated incarnation in the Broadway hit musical “Fiddler on the Roof.” Yet Tevye himself and the musical in which he is showcased...

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  • 1950s ‘Cool,’ with a side of loss

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    February 21, 2014 | 3:37 pm

    Leo Braudy is a distinguished scholar at USC whose work focuses on the entertainment industry and other artifacts of popular culture.  His previous books range from “The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History” to “The Hollywood Sign: Fantasy and Reality of an American Icon.” But...

  • Webinar podcast of Rabbi Naomi Levy’s book ‘Hope Will Find You’

    Jewish Journal

    February 21, 2014 | 1:40 pm

    On Thursday, February 20th, Rabbi Naomi Levy gave a webinar presentation discussing her most recent book, "Hope Will Find You: My Search for the Wisdom to Stop Waiting and Start Living."

    The book was one of the official reading choices of JDAM Reads, in honor of Jewish Disability Awareness Month 2014.

    Below, you can listen to the podcast of the webinar.

  • John B. Judis and the ‘Genesis’ of the Arab/Israeli conflict

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    February 12, 2014 | 6:27 pm

    The struggle for Israel’s survival is a far more complex and nuanced matter than the readers of Tom Friedman’s short takes in the New York Times might suspect.  By contrast, John B. Judis, a senior editor at The New Republic, digs deeply into history, politics and diplomacy to...

  • Twisted tale of Demjanjuk

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    February 12, 2014 | 3:22 pm

    Among Nazi war criminals who have faced justice, ranging from Hermann Goering to Adolf Eichmann, we find John Demjanjuk, who was charged with participating in the murder of 29,060 Jews as a guard at the Sobibor concentration camp. Unlike the more notorious Nazis, Demjanjuk actually...

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