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  • Would Philip Roth Have Made it in the Twenty-First Century?

    By Rebecca Spence

    May 27, 2013 | 11:25 am

    For decades, Philip Roth, who turned eighty a couple months back, has famously bristled at the term “Jewish writer.” In the early 1960s, he told an audience in Israel: “I am not a Jewish writer; I am a writer who is a Jew.”

    Fine. Okay. But let’s be real: it’s a bit ridiculous.

    ... read on
  • What would my Israeli grandmother think?

    By Rebecca Spence

    May 17, 2013 | 11:06 am

    When I hear about the latest events in Israel – the air strikes on weapons facilities in Syria, the flare-ups over women donning prayer shawls at the Western Wall – I can’t help but wonder: What would my Israeli grandmother think?

    After all, she spent her young life fighting for... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Rebecca Spence is an award-winning writer based on the West Coast. She has written for the Forward, Elle, ARTnews, New York Magazine, Tablet, the L.A. Jewish Journal and JTA....

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