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Israel’s fallen statesman
“Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman” by Itamar Rabinovich. New Haven, Conn., Yale University Press, 2017. 244 pages. $25. For almost 25 years, I’ve been convinced that Yitzhak Rabin was pull...
May 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rabbi Akiva made the Jews who they are today, says biographer Holtz
It happened that Rabbi Eliezer, Rabbi Yehoshua, Rabbi Elazar ben Azaryah, Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Tarfon were reclining in B’nai B’rak. They were discussing the Exodus from Egypt all that night, unti...
Apr 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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This roller derby player goes by the name Hebrew-Ham Lincoln
NEW YORK — Dara Fineman may not be the only Jewish player in the Gotham Girls Roller Derby League, but she’s the only one who sports a Star of David painted over her eye. Her derby name is plenty J...
Apr 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘We Were the Lucky Ones’ tells of resilience, hope
Imagine growing up never knowing that you were from a family of Holocaust survivors. Then imagine that once you discovered the truth, you learned that there was an incredible story behind the story...
Apr 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Six Israeli TV shows to binge-watch now
by Lior Zaltzman, JTA
Jan 12, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 148 148 recommendations | email to a friend
As the folks on the next season of “Game of Thrones” might say, “Winter is here.” That means it’s time to get under the covers and engage in the national pastime of binge-watching TV shows. Since N...
Lit gloss: Shiny new books that make great gifts for Chanukah
by Liz Spikol, Special to The Chronicle
Dec 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 193 193 recommendations | email to a friend
There are so many good books out right now, and coming out in the next few months, that it’s almost impossible to pick just a few — especially with so many fantastically talented Jewish authors. Th...
Five great buys for the Jewish music lover in your life
by Liz Spikol, Special to The Chronicle
Dec 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 192 192 recommendations | email to a friend
There’s nothing like the balm of music to soothe a troubled mind — and given the collective angst generated by the last few months, now is the perfect time to indulge in the sweet harmonies of esca...
Israeli artist-in-residence turns trash into treasure
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 193 193 recommendations | email to a friend
A tenuous line between trash and treasure holds necklaces together. As demonstrated by Telma Schultz — an Israeli artist known for making jewels from junk — glue, paper and piles of disposables are...
Leonard Cohen, whose Jewish-infused poetry and songs inspired generations, is dead at 82
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Nov 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 219 219 recommendations | email to a friend
Leonard Cohen, the Canadian singer-songwriter whose Jewish-infused work became a soundtrack for melancholy, has died. He was 82. “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwrite...
How a bat mitzvah helped inspire a ‘Good Girls Revolt’
by Linda Buchwald, JTA
Nov 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 203 203 recommendations | email to a friend
Men were writers and women were researchers. That’s the way it was when Lynn Povich and 45 of her colleagues at Newsweek decided to take a stand. In 1970, the women banded together and became the f...
Three Rivers debuts quintessential Pittsburgh story
by Iris M. Samson, Special to The Chronicle
Nov 10, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 205 205 recommendations | email to a friend
“It’s a film by a Pittsburgher, about a Pittsburgher, partially shot in Pittsburgh,” Eddie Rosenstein says of his movie, “The Freedom to Marry,” which kicks off this year’s Three Rivers Film Festiv...
Laughing all the way from the shtetl to ‘Seinfeld’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 202 202 recommendations | email to a friend
There is no denying we are a pretty funny people. From Henny Youngman to Jerry Seinfeld to Sacha Baron Cohen, there seems to be something in our DNA that just keeps us laughing. Nationally recogniz...
Shakespeare’s Jew comes to Pittsburgh
by Simone Shapiro
Nov 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 191 191 recommendations | email to a friend
For more than 400 years, since “The Merchant of Venice” was written, readers and audiences have been debating the question: Is this play anti-Semitic? This question was raised and discussed again, ...
Dutch survivor’s diary called an Anne Frank story with a ‘happy’ ending
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Oct 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 224 224 recommendations | email to a friend
AMSTERDAM — A Holocaust survivor dubbed “Rotterdam’s Anne Frank” in her native Netherlands published her wartime diary, which she wrote while hiding in the bombed-out city. “At Night I Dream of Pea...