When Josie Glausiusz’s father wove a rare blue thread into her tallit, she became an unlikely feminist follower of a practice revived in Poland in the late 19th century.
The Natural History of the Bible:
An Environmental Exploration of the Hebrew Scriptures By Daniel Hillel Columbia University Press, 376 pages, $32.50. * * *|As an idyll of pastoral serenity, the 23rd Psalm has few peers. It begins with familiar and comforting words: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down
After Daybreak: The Liberation of Bergen-Belsen, 1945By Ben ShephardSchocken Books, 288 pages, $25.* * *|Schocken Books, 288 pages, $25.In the middle of the night, when my father cannot sleep, he will pick up the phone in London and call me in New York, where he knows it is still evening, to talk about a topic that torments him. My father
HUWWARA, West Bank — Israelis were shocked and outraged last month by a video still of a young Palestinian man playing his violin in front of Israeli soldiers at a security checkpoint in the West Bank. Published in Ha’aretz, the picture prompted comparisons to Holocaust-era images of Nazi guards commanding helpless Jews