Jewish Journal

Hank Greenberg's Jewishness

By Jonathan Kirsch

May 8, 2013 | 10:03 am

Hank Greenberg in 1937. Photo by Harris & Ewing

The big question in Detroit in the fall of 1934 had nothing to do with the troubled state of the world. Rather, the fans of the Detroit Tigers wanted to know whether their star first... read full article

  • What it really feels like to be alive today

    by Elaine Margolin

    May 7, 2013 | 3:47 pm

    David Shields, author of the hotly debated “Reality Hunger: A Manifesto,” has bewitched us once again with his innovative genre-bending meditation “How Literature Saved My Life” (Knopf, $29.95).  Shields remains a mysterious man.  He initially seems to be one part seducer, and...

  • U.S. official talking ‘blood diamonds’ with Israel


    May 7, 2013 | 10:01 am

    A top U.S. official is traveling to Israel to discuss trade with a focus on conflict diamonds.

    Jose Fernandez, the assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs, arrived in Israel on Monday for a two-day visit, the State Department said in a statement.


  • On Jewish writing

    by Erika Dreifus

    May 3, 2013 | 9:50 am

    I’m noticing a trend among my coreligionists-who-write: arguing against being “labeled” as Jewish writers — especially when they are simultaneously speaking in Jewish-sponsored lecture/reading series, blogging for the Jewish Book Council, and/or benefiting from awards given...

  • Google edition adopts ‘Palestine’


    May 3, 2013 | 9:09 am

    Google has changed the title on the homepage of its Palestinian edition from "Palestinian Territories" to "Palestine."

    In a statement to the BBC Friday, Google spokesman Nathan Tyler said the company was "following the lead" of several bodies, including the United Nations, in...

  • Buffett completes purchase of Israeli company for $2 billion


    May 1, 2013 | 3:50 pm

    American billionaire Warren Buffett paid $2 billion for the remaining 20 percent of the Israeli firm Iscar.

    Buffett had bought 80 percent of the Iscar Metalworking Company Group, in which Iscar is the main company, for $4 billion in 2006, according to Globes.

    The company, which makes precision carbide cutting tools and is located in the Tefen industrial park in northern Israel, was founded by Israeli billionaire Stef Wertheimer. It employs 2,500 people in Israel and another 7,500 at its facilities around the world.

  • Sotheby’s: Steinhardt Collection ‘most valuable’ Judaica auction ever


    May 1, 2013 | 11:47 am

    An auction of the 500-piece Judaica collection owned by philanthropist Michael Steinhardt was the “most valuable auction of Judaica ever held,” Sotheby’s said.

    The April 29 auction of nearly all of the Michael and Judy Steinhardt Judaica Collection brought in more than $8.5...

  • Ghosts of Communism

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    May 1, 2013 | 11:25 am

    Two weeks ago, my wife, Ann, and I completed our first trip to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Everywhere we went, our local guides proudly pointed out the progress that has been made since the fall of communism, and we could readily see for ourselves the affluence,...

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