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  • Quitter-ville

    By Julia Bendis

    March 28, 2011 | 10:13 am

    I am a big quitter, and I come from a long line of quitters.  My whole family is that way, we get excited to start something, but rarely do we actually finish or go through with it.  We always have the best excuses to quit something, not only does it make sense for us to quit...

  • Raising pint-sized ‘People of the Book’

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    To harried modern parents, few things sound more luxurious than a quiet weekend away -- no cell phones, no televisions -- with a pile of unread books. To the vast majority of their children, few things sound more torturous. It's not that modern-day kids don't enjoy reading. Most do....
  • Read All About It

    By Rob Eshman

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The very thought of editors of Jewish publications gathering in an Oxford manor house cries out for a Rodney Dangerfield punch line.

    Yarnton Manor was once a holding of the Spencer-Churchill family, as in Princess Diana and Sir Winston. Juxtapose its dark wood-paneled rooms and...

  • Kohelet 5766

    By Judy Gruen

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    On the holiday of Sukkot, it is customary to read Kohelet, the Book of Ecclesiastes, written by King Solomon. The following "updated" version of Kohelet is written by Judy Gruen, with major apologies to King Solomon.

    "Futility of futilities," Sarah Rivkah bas Leah Rochel said. "All...

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  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The Fight for Freedom

    In last week's Torah Portion, the Israelites sat back and watched as God brought seven plagues upon the Egyptians. This week, in Parshat Bo, we read of the last three plagues. All of a sudden, the Israelites are told that they must help God in the last plague...

  • Turning The Pages of Childhood

    By Judy Gruen

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Mommy, will you read to me?"

    My 10-year-old daughter asks me this question every night. Even if I'm exhausted, or just want some time to myself, I almost always say yes. Before I turn around, she'll be 11, then 12, then a teenager.

    She will no longer need her reading fix with...

  • Reading Something Into Some Books

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    At 14, I had never read a book outside of school assignments -- certainly not for pleasure. I was more of a comic book kid. My parents were concerned and even asked one of my friends to talk to me. I just wasn't interested.

    But I liked hanging out at Marboro books in Manhattan....

  • Hebrew, Anyone?

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    If you thought Hebrew school was just for bar and bat mitzvah students, think again. This fall, tens of thousands of Jews around the United States and Canada are learning to read and write Hebrew through Read Hebrew America/Canada. The campaign, which is made possible by the National...

  • Secrets of the Cryptic Scripture

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 28, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Is the Torah an ancient set of laws or a divinely coded document that, if read correctly, provides clues to all major historical events? That's the question the History Channel documentary "The Bible Code: Predicting Armageddon" wants to answer.

    While many might think of the codes...

  • Thanksgiving’s Jewish Roots

    By Abby Gilad

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Pilgrims of New Salem, Mass., were so moved by the stories of the ancient Israelites that they thought of America as their Zion and New Salem as their Jerusalem. They based their first Thanksgiving celebration on the pilgrimages the Jews were commanded to make to Jerusalem on...

  • The Downside to Literacy

    By Viva Hammer

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I honestly thought my daughter, Bruria, would never learn how to read. My nieces learned how when they were 3, and so I assumed that if I got in early, say around 2, Bruria would be in full swing by 3.

    So I dutifully started with letters and sounds, labeling every item in the house,...

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