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Author’s first novel tackles the clouds, despair of bipolar II disorder
Susan Sofayov said that her debut novel “Defective,” published by Black Opal Books in 2014, was “the first thing I wrote in my life other than a grant proposal.” Sofayov, a Mt. Lebanon resident, wh...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Author’s roundabout journey to Orthodoxy includes website for writers
“I grew up as a nerd,” Matthue Roth confesses. Roth, 37, is a published author several times over, with credits including the award-winning “Never Mind the Goldbergs” and “My First Kafka,” a pictur...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Listen to ‘The Lion’
“Music is my spirituality,” said Benjamin Scheuer, the singer/songwriter/author of a heartbreaking and heartwarming one-man musical, “The Lion.” Music is also his saving grace. “The Lion” runs thro...
Jun 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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A fresh crop of Jewish books for spring
Spring — when nature itself seems to reawaken — is a time for renewal. Indeed, Jewish tradition teaches that Passover is a holiday of rebirth, a second new year. So it’s probably a good idea to spr...
May 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Amy’ proffers dismal recap of Winehouse’s raw, abbreviated life
by Michael Fox, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 15, 2015 | 2 2 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Amy Winehouse, the brash little Jewish girl with the great big voice, died four years ago this month. There are any number of ways to mark that unhappy anniversary and draw inspiration from the Bri...
At 89, Jerry Lewis, legendary Jewish comic and humanitarian, adds another honor to his distinguished resume
by Robert Gluck, JNS.org
Jul 15, 2015 | 2 2 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Through appreciation of both his comedy and humanitarian work, legendary Jewish entertainer Jerry Lewis is staying relevant at age 89. The only comic to ever be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, L...
Retro Book Review: Lower East Side poverty paints sometimes horrific picture of immigrants’ dashed hopes
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Jul 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
The cycle of poverty, hopelessness and despair among Jewish immigrants in New York’s Lower East Side is the thrust of “Jews Without Money,” the only novel by Michael Gold, published in 1930.   Semi...
Book Review: Learning the lessons of reflection … and to take nothing for granted
by Masha Shollar, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
By Masha Shollar Special to The Chronicle Jewish mysticism undeservedly suffers from a bad reputation. Some believe it’s a playground for pseudo-spiritualists to wax profound; others believe it to ...
Heating up your summer menus
by Taylor Orlin, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
July’s rising temperatures get me so excited by the endless possibilities for healthy cooking. Below is a compilation of some classic summer comfort foods — but with my own personal twist. Many of ...
Rediscovering Jewish Palermo
by Irene Shaland and Bianca Del Bello, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 02, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Barbara Aiello, the first female and non-Orthodox rabbi to head the first modern Liberal synagogue in Italy, describes the Anousim or “the forced ones” of the South of Italy as people who are...
‘Orange is the New Black’: Best Jewish moments from the new season
by Linda Buchwald, JTA
Jul 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
“Orange Is the New Black” protagonist Piper Chapman may no longer have a Jewish fiancé, but that doesn’t mean that Judaism isn’t a huge part of the new season of the Netflix hit. In fact, religious...
Mike’s Place, the real Israel, gets well-deserved attention
by Neil Gendler
Jul 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
At first glance, “Mike’s Place” appears to be a graphic novel — like a comic book for grown-ups — based around a real event, the suicide bombing of a popular beachfront bar in 2003. But in their ep...
Aging wisely takes practice: a guide for mindful living
by Adam Reinherz, Chronicle Correspondent
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
Death of a loved one, retirement or children simply aging and moving out prompt newfound acquisitions of time. With freedom from prior responsibilities comes myriad opportunities and often introspe...
Thanks to writer Etgar Keret, the ‘feuilleton’ is alive and well in Israel
by Alan Elsner, Special to The Chronicle
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Before writing his seminal book “Der Judenstaat,” the father of the modern Zionist movement, Theodore Herzl, was a writer of a literary form known as the “feuilleton.” These were short articles or ...