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October 11: Leo Lionni

Children’s book author Leo Lionni died in Chianti, Italy on this date in 1999. He was born in 1910 in the Netherlands; his father was a Sephardic Jewish diamond cutter, his mother a concert singer, his uncle an art collector who stored many paintings in Lionni’s childhood home. After living in four different countries (and […]

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Torah Toons, Week Three

In Lekh-Lekha (Genesis 12-17), Abram, soon to be Abraham, is commanded to “Go forth” from his father’s house and ancestral home. So are our babies commanded from birth. A one-minute Torah Toon by Lawrence Bush, editor of Jewish Currents.

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Letter from Birzeit, #4: Unclear Identity

by Maya Rose Goldman Maya Rose Goldman is a third-year student at the University of Chicago, where she studies Human Rights, Anthropology, and Arabic. After a visit to Palestine in the Spring of 2012, she became passionate about understanding the situation in the Occupied Territories and the relationship between Israel and Palestine. In August, she […]

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Once Removed: Discovering an Israeli Cousin

by David Laskin The man who greeted me at the door to the tract house was a large, awkward stranger, barrel-chested, 60, with a thick accent and a gruff manner.  I shook his hand and looked around at the cramped living room, spotless but drab. I scanned his face for signs of family resemblance and […]

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