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December 3: Fake Letters, by Lee Israel

Lee Israel, who wrote magazine celebrity profiles as well as biographies of Tallulah Bankhead, Dorothy Kilgallen, and Estée Lauder before turning to forgery to make a living, was born in Brooklyn on this date in 1939. Over the course of some eighteen months in the early 1990s, Israel wrote and sold some 400 letters supposedly […]

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Publications for Secular Jewish Kids: A History

by Bennett Muraskin Discussed in this essay: Raising Secular Jews: Yiddish Schools and Their Periodicals for American Children, 1917-1950 by Naomi Prawer Kadar. Brandeis University Press, 2017, 282 pages. READERS of Jewish Currents should already know something about the history of secular Jewish/Yiddish education in the U.S. from Barnett Zumoff’s review in Jewish Currents of […]

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