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Albert Einstein was a sex magnet? 4 surprising facts about the genius
NEW YORK — Think “Albert Einstein,” and certain images or phrases likely come to mind: “genius,” “kooky,” “wild hair,” “theory of relativity,” “E = mc2” — maybe even “Zionist.” Sex and violence? No...
May 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 16 16 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 | 66 66 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...
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Archives
A hero disgraced: The story of archives saved, stolen and dispersed
by Neal Gendler, Special to The Chronicle
Sep 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 343 343 recommendations | email to a friend
Self-taught historian Szajko Frydman gained fame among scholars for his achievements in preserving history from Europe’s lost Jewish world, but his obsessive zeal and need for income led him to dis...
Menzel hits all the right notes in rousing Benedum Center performance
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Sep 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 341 341 recommendations | email to a friend
Toward the beginning of Idina Menzel’s two-hour set at the Benedum Center on Aug. 25, the Tony Award-winning actress remarked, “I was green for a very long time.” The comment was a nod to Menzel’s ...
Retro Review Influence of 1950s permeates Olson’s short, but powerful collection
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Aug 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 340 340 recommendations | email to a friend
While the name Tillie Olsen may not be as familiar today as other Jewish authors from the 1950s, she nevertheless has made an indelible mark on the Jewish literary scene with her renowned short sto...
Simon Says: Creator of ‘The Wire’ talks about growing up in a house of storytellers
by Gayle Jo Carter
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 338 338 recommendations | email to a friend
Yonkers, N.Y., may be the setting of David Simon’s newest TV drama “Show Me A Hero” (premiering Aug. 16 on HBO), but the chronicler of the streets of Baltimore — “Homicide,” “The Corner,” “The Wire...
For French Jews, resort town of Deauville doubles as a safe haven
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 321 321 recommendations | email to a friend
DEAUVILLE, France – This seaside community situated 125 miles west of Paris boasts windswept beaches, turquoise-water marinas, a grand casino, a race track and an Olympic-size swimming pool. Deauvi...
Book Review: North or South? How Robert E. Lee made his choice
by Rabbi Arnold Saltzman, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 30, 2015 | 2 2 comments | 340 340 recommendations | email to a friend
With the United States experiencing racial turmoil, unrest and racially motivated attacks such as the attack in Charleston, S.C., one looks for answers to this nation’s most pernicious and perpetua...
Keeping Judaism alive in the beauty of the South Pacific
by Ben G. Frank, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 331 331 recommendations | email to a friend
God truly must have formed Tahiti and French Polynesia and placed coral necklaces around them. They are too perfect: bright morning sunshine, calming breezes, turquoise lagoons, spectacular waterfa...
No ivory tower for Theodore Bikel: Remembering the actor, musician, activist
by David Holzel, Special to The Chronicle
Jul 30, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 333 333 recommendations | email to a friend
Theodore Bikel had an amazing career for the length and breadth of it, said Ted Pappas, the producing artistic director of the Pittsburgh Public Theater. The actor and musician, who died July 21 at...
Summer reads: Area book lovers are dipping into Westerns, biographies and stories by local authors
Jul 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 333 333 recommendations | email to a friend
Compiled by Geoffrey W. Melada Interim Editor >> David Ben-Gurion is one of the towering figures of the 20th century and I am abashed at how little I know about the man. Like many of us, I can read...
Love, murder, politics and diplomacy: Here’s what the staff of The Chronicle is reading this summer
Jul 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 338 338 recommendations | email to a friend
“Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide” by Michael B. Oren Random House, 2015 377 pages — $30 For those who know me it will come as no surprise that the book that tops my reading list...