Life on the Kibitz

A book about talking should seem as natural as moving your jaw, especially for a Jewish audience: people who love to comment, question and, yes, complain. Daniel Menaker’s new book, “A Good Talk — The story and Skill of Conversation” (Twelve, 2010, $20), a nicely framed approach to the art of conversation utilizing digression, humor, even impudence, is a useful kibitz on this almost proprietary Jewish subject.

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Sing and Rejoice: Members of Chochmat HaLev celebrate dur- ing the High Holidays in 2008.

How a ‘Jewish Rave’ Grew Up To Become a Synagogue

The past and future of the new Jewish spirituality may be found perched at the intersection of two charmingly shrubby side streets in Berkeley, Calif. Here, at least two Fridays a month, more than 150 young people — bearded, kaftaned, decked in home-made tallitot, Bukharan kippot, chunky necklaces and dancing shoes — gather at Chochmat HaLev to be inspired through Jewish prayer.
These worshippers are part of a search for an emotionally driven, body-based mystical prayer

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In Haiti, a Poignant Rescue Mission Amid 'We Love Israel' Cheers

Local rescue workers tried to get Franz Gilles out shortly after the massive, 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Haitian capital on January 13, but to no avail. They left their equipment on the ground and went on to rescue others. But three days later, an Israeli rescue mission, came back to the building, after receiving information that someone was still alive in the building.

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Light, Lively and Yiddish: Mina Bern, dead at 98 years old, leaves behind a prodigious body of work.

Remembering Mina Bern, Star of the Yiddish Stage

The Mina Bern that I knew could always rise to the occasion and stop a show — without even trying. Bern, who died January 10 in New York City at age 98, was a dominant figure in Yiddish theater for several decades and brought its emotional richness to audiences around the globe. She also directed and starred on Broadway and landed roles in a dozen movies.

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Report Shows Israel Studies Flowering on Campus

American college students who want to study the poetry of Yehuda Amichai or the films of Amos Gitai are in luck.

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