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  • The Poetry of Lamentations

    By Dennis Gura

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "The Book of Lamentations: A Meditation and Translation" by David R. Slavitt (Johns Hopkins University Press. $15.95).

    David R. Slavitt's new translation of Eicha (Lamentations) demonstrates his masterful sensibilities and poetic fortitude. Avoiding the abstract and distant language...

  • Judaism Through Adversity

    By Dennis Gura

    July 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "A Letter in the Scroll: Understanding Our Jewish Identity and Exploring the Legacy of the World's Oldest Religion" by Jonathan Sacks. (The Free Press, $25.)

    Gently, gracefully, thoughtfully, Jonathan Sacks unfolds an emotionally compelling argument for Jews to reclaim and engage...

  • Feast and Help Yourself

    By Dennis Gura

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Finding Each Other in Judaism: Meditations on the Rites of Passage From Birth to Immortality" by Harold M. Schulweis. (UAHC Press, $12.95)

    "Finding Each Other in Judaism" distills decades of those quiet, private moments when a curious, wounded or concerned congregant asks the...

  • A Father’s Loss

    By Dennis Gura

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Against the Dying of the Light: A Father's Journey through Loss" by Leonard Fein (Jewish Lights Publishing, $19.95)

    In January 1996, Leonard Fein's daughter Naomi, called Nomi, collapsed and died of cardiac arrest. A pacemaker had resolved a previously diagnosed heart problem, but...

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  • Divine Love Diluted

    By Dennis Gura

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews" by James Carroll (Houghton Mifflin, $28)

    James Carroll loves the Roman Catholic Church. Unfortunately, the church he loves isn't the church he has. Carroll yearns for that short, winsome time when he was ennobled by liberation theology,...

  • The Real King David

    By Dennis Gura

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "King David: The Real Life of the Man Who Ruled Israel" by Jonathan Kirsch (Ballantine Books, $28)

    In his "Reading the Book: Making the Bible a Timeless Text," Rabbi Burton Visotzky writes, "To the extent that the Bible reveals the words of God to a community, it is essential that...

  • “Unholy Order: Mystery Stories with a Religious Twist”

    By Dennis Gura

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In 1995, nurse, mystery writer and prospective single mom Serita Stevens traveled to Romania to adopt an abandoned 9-month-old baby girl. So appalled was she at the conditions in the orphanage at which she finally met her future daughter, she started Hugs and Hopes--Romania to help...