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Vol. 033 Issue 001 (January 1 2008)
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FROM THE EDITOR
Epstein, Nadine
THE EDITOR NADINE EPSTEIN People who possess loving-kindness are sensitive to need around them and driven to do something about it, often without being asked. Loving-kindness isn't always...
CONTRIBUTORS
RIBUTORS CONTRIBUTORS Lore Dickstein (“Shanghaied in Shanghai”) is a writer and critic based in New York City. Nadine Epstein (“Uncle Xenon: The Elemental Oliver Sacks”) is the editor and...
LETTERS
LETTERS It is hard to overestimate the degree to which the settlements are an obstacle to peace, not only because they are so difficult to remove, but also because they force Palestinians in the...
HEAR, O ISRAEL
Guttman, Nathan
OPINION NATHAN GUTTMAN Hear, O Israel Israeli leaders need to remember that when embarking on a new plan, the Diaspora's Jewry is yet another constituency—albeit not a directly enfranchised...
ANCIENT HOLY BOOKS, MODERN DILEMMAS
Frum, David
OPINION DAVID FRUM Ancient Holy Books, Modem Dilemmas Holy books are like mirrors that reflect us back to ourselves. The loving hear calls to love more deeply; the hateful are confirmed in their...
PEACE FROM THE BOTTOM UP
POGREBIN, LETTY COTTIN
OPINION LETTY COTTIN POGREBIN Peace from the Bottom Up Private individuals and non-governmental groups should be encouraged to become stakeholders in peacemaking. It's time for the tall poppies to...
(ALLEGED) JEWISH CONSPIRACIES WE HAVE KNOWN
MOMENT COUNTDO W N (Alleged) Jewish Conspiracies We Have Known Power-Hungry World-Dominators The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, one of the most infamous literary forgeries, is a how-to manual...
OY JERUSALEM
FILM WATCH Oy Jerusalem Before it was a movie, 0 Jerusalem! was a book, a sprawling history of the events—the expiration of the British Mandate, the 1947 U.N. vote to partition Palestine and the...
MATERIAL GIRL
JEWISH WORD Material Girl JAPs: The daddy’s girls of American Jewish men who managed to surpass the success and wealth of their immigrant parents. The etymology is simple—the female in question...
THE DIGITAL REVELATION
JEWISH ENTERPRISE The Digital Revelation It’S a Monday, the only day the American Folk Art Museum on 53 rd Street in Manhattan is closed to the public. Its airy, light-filled exhibition halls are...
WHAT DOES JUDAISM SAY ABOUT GOSSIP?
ASK THE RABBIS What does Judaism say about gossip? Chabad I think there’s a difference between what Torah calls lashon hara (“evil tongue”) and gossip. Lashon hara is evil in its intentions— it...
UNCLE XENON THE ELEMENTAL OLIVER SACKS
Epstein, Nadine
Uncle Xenon The elemental Oliver Sacks By Nadine Epstein Oliver Sacks opens the door of his lower Manhattan apartment himself because his assistant, Kate Edgar, is in the emergency room with a...
A LETTER FROM CHINA
Orlins, Susan Fishman
a letter from CHINA A PORTRAIT OF THE JEWS THROUGH CHINESE EYES by Susan Fishman Orlins IT IS ONE OF THOSE MORNINGS IN BEIJING when you can’t tell whether it’s likely to pour or whether the sun...
POEM
LaZebnik, Jack
The Folding Time In those days Ma boiled the sheets in a copper tub on the blue-gas stove then wrung them damp and hung them long on the white lines across the back yard. And then came the folding...
GALLERY
GALLERY M.C. Illions and Sons shop, Brooklyn, New York, c. 1910-1912 M.C. Illions (looking at the camera) was one of several New York Coney Island carousel carvers who produced religious artifacts...
SEARCHING FOR NORMAL IN HEBRON
Frankel, Glen
Searching in HEBRON BY Glenn Frankel A single headline could run above most stories from Hebron; The Conflict Rules* Whether you’re a Palestinian shopkeeper, truck driver, farmer or student,...
A MARRIAGE MADE IN CYPRUS
Tanabe, Karin
A Marriage Made IN Cyprus The Israeli Mecca For Civil Ceremonies BY Karin Tanabe Every guidebook about Cyprus rhapsodizes that Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and beauty, was birthed from...
THE WAY WOMEN GIVE
THE WAY WOMAN GIVE Philanthropists respond to the question: Do women give differently from men? A woman’s role, as it has been traditionally defined throughout history, has been first and...
GIVING GUIDE
SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Giving Guide When Abraham Joshua Heschel was a young man he published a book of lyrical Yiddish poetry, The Ineffable Name of God: Man. In it, he wrote passionately of...
MOMENT BOOK CULB
MOMENT BOOK CLUB JANUARY*FEBRUARY 2008 Night By Elie Wiesel Hill and Wang, 2006 Elie Wiesel’s memoir Night was published in 1956,11 years after he had been liberated from the Buchenwald...
MOTHER MAY I?
Muhlstein, Anka
BOOK REVIEWS Mother May I? Anka Muhlstein Madame Proust: A Biography By Evelyne Bloch-Dano Translated by Alice Kaplan University of Chicago Press 2007, $27.50, pp. 291 Had Jeanne Weil not been...
SHANGHAIED IN SHANGHAI
Dickstein, Lore
Shanghaied in Shanghai Lore Dickstein Farewell, Shanghai By Angel Wagenstein Translated by Elizabeth Frank and Deliana Simeonova Handsel Books, New York 2007, $24.95, pp. 382 Thanks to one of...
THE HUMAN SENTENCE
Goodheart, Eugene
The Human Sentence Eugene Goodheart Bernard Malamud: The Writer’s Life By Philip Davis Oxford University Press, London 2007, $34.95, pp. 377 Along with Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, Bernard...
A MOMENT WITH…
Dershowitz, Alan M.
A Moment With... Alan Dershowitz Author of Finding Jefferson “I’m a collector,” are the words with which Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz begins his new book, Finding Jefferson: A Lost...
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