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March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pmDuring the early years of the 20th century, a jour-nalist, Lincoln Steffens, published a series of exposés that were eventually turned into the book "The Shame of the Cities." It was a sensational work of non-fiction, but it was also quite depressing. Steffens uncovered corruption...
June 4, 1998 | 8:00 pm
"Jews: The Essence and Character of aPeople"
by Arthur Hertzberg and AronHirt-Manheimer (HarperSanFrancisco, $25)
Can one speak of a "national character"? Whileacknowledging that the practice has a pernicious side, Rabbi ArthurHertzberg, in his provocative, if mislabeled, new...
May 28, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Along with news of its editor's death, the YiddishForward of May 15 carried front-page reports about India's nucleartests, the U.S.-Israeli diplomatic crisis, the naming of a specialprosecutor to probe the secretary of labor, and Israel's new militarychief of staff.
It was vintage...
March 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm
By J.J. Goldberg
Gangs of masked, Yiddish-speaking thugs inBrooklyn have been abducting Orthodox Jewish men and beating themsavagely to force them into granting their wives a religious divorce,or get, according to several men who say they were victims of such assaults.The beatings...
February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm
Israeli lawmaker Alex Lubotsky was having a bad day on Jan. 29. Hehad come to Jerusalem's Ramada hotel to address a visiting group ofOrthodox Jews from America, to plead for their support of thecompromise conversion plan authored by Finance Minister YaakovNeeman.
He didn't have much...
July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm
June 12, 1997 | 8:00 pmEverything in Creation has a purpose, teaches the Midrash. But when someone gave us a gift subscription to People Weekly magazine, I was left to wonder if I had found the first truly purposeless thing in God's universe.
You know People, the epitome of "lite" culture, with its short,...