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Inglourious Bubbe

In new documentary, Canadian artist Hinda Avery takes on the Holocaust like you’ve never seen before by Deborah Krieger   AGAINST A BACKDROP of a large half-finished canvas, Hinda Avery, a slight, elderly, Jewish woman looks through the pile of dinner-platter size speech bubbles on her lap. Picking one up, she reads the quip, delineated […]

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Dinah and #MeToo: The Danger of Our Silence

by Liza Bernstein   PERHAPS THE MOST FAMOUS story from last week’s parsha, or Torah portion, is Jacob’s struggle with the angel. The parsha’s end, wherein Shechem, a leader of a nearby people, forcefully takes Dinah, Jacob’s daughter, and precipitates the eventual slaughter of Shechem and his entire people, is often quietly left out of sermons […]

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Emma Lazarus

Emma Lazarus, the author of the magnificent sonnet, “The New Colossus,” engraved in the base of the Statue of Liberty, died at 38 on this date in 1887.  Lazarus was born to a Portuguese Sephardic Jewish family in New York, and her writing, pursued from an early age, attracted the attention of Ralph Waldo Emerson and […]

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STAT$: Guess How Much Museum Guards Are Earning

THE WORKING POOR AND THEIR FUTURE by Allan Lichtenstein   I HAVE BEEN READING Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 novel, It Can’t Happen Here. Early in the book, Doremus Jessop, the lead character, stops for gasoline at a garage at which Karl Pascal works. Pascal remarks: “[W]hat burns me up is the fact that even before this Depression, in what you folks called […]

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The Uncivil Servant: Oliver Sacks’s Fabulous Mind

by Mitchell Abidor Discussed in this essay: The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks. Alfred A. Knopf, 2017, 237 pages; Oliver Sacks: The Last Interview, Melville House, 2016, 100 pages; Insomniac City by Bill Hayes, Bloomsbury, 2017, 291 pages.   WHEN OLIVER SACKS died in 2015, he left instructions with three friends for the assembling of what is (perhaps) […]

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The Sun Has Not Risen Yet, the Dutch Are Still Asleep

Translated by Sarah Prais   Helene Khatskels was an extraordinary Yiddish educator, author and translator. A life-long socialist, she fought to secure Jewish national rights in the diaspora, and was a leading figure in the Bund, involved in smuggling books and other undercover activities and was eventually arrested by the Tsarist authorities. After Lithuania was annexed […]

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Dame Harriet Cohen

Harriet Cohen, a British pianist who played a 1934 concert with Albert Einstein to raise funds for the rescue of Jewish scientists from Nazi Germany, died on this date in 1967. Cohen was one of the best-known and most-photographed classical musicians of her day and had active friendships with Eleanor Roosevelt, George Bernard Shaw, D.H. […]

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