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This Month at Novel Jews

NOVEL JEWS is a downtown reading series that presents provocative and enlightening fiction and literary nonfiction by both today’s literary superstars and the emerging voices of tomorrow. It is co-sponsored by the Sol Goldman 14th Street Y, the JCC in Manhattan and the Forward.Jonathan Wilson is the author of two works of fiction, “TheRead More


Beyond Research: Ansky’s Chronicle of Tenderness

By Alyssa Quint

The Enemy at His Pleasure: A Journey Through the Jewish Pale of Settlement During World War I By S. AnskyEdited and Translated By Joachim Neugroschel Metropolitan Books, 352 pages, $30. * * *On January 1, 1915, an article was published in a Warsaw-based Yiddish newspaper that appealed to its readers to record their experiences: WeRead More


Where Is It Written?

By Philologos

The attractively smiling woman in the black-and-white photograph sits curled on a sofa, looking younger than she tells us she is. She says: “Where is it written that because my hair is gray and I have grandkids, I have to retire? Well, I don’t think so! Oh, sure, I’ll retire someday, I just don’t know when. What I do know is that I need toRead More


You’ve Really Done It This Time

By Jeffrey Fiskin

Two men, one old, the other older, walk along the edge of an encampment at the foot of a great mountain. They can hear the keening of thousands, a collective wail of deep sorrow, of eternal repentance.Aaron: Well, you’ve really done it this time. What were you thinking?Moses: Don’t even try to make this look like my fault.Aaron: Not the GoldenRead More


Storytelling as Both Sacred and Sacrilegious

By Steven G. Kellman

The Seventh Beggar By Pearl Abraham Riverhead, 355 pages, $25.95. —–Twenty-five years ago, thinking it a mitzvah to comfort a Soviet Jewish refusenik, I came, bearing books, to a Moscow apartment. During the time that its tenant — who had lost his job after applying to emigrate from Moscow to Israel — had spent inRead More


A Call to Liberals To Take Back the Light

By Jo-Ann Mort

‘The separation of Church and State does not mean the segregation of religion from the public discourse,” Evangelical Christian Minister Jim Wallis said in a recent interview with the Forward. Wallis –– who lives in Washington, D.C., with his sons and wife, the Rev. Joy Carroll (the first woman to be ordained in the Church ofRead More


The Transformative Tale of ‘GI Jews’

By Robert Rosenberg

GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation By Deborah Dash Moore Harvard University Press, 368 pages, $25.95. * * *Contemporary Jewish thought has been shaped by the Holocaust, the creation of the State of Israel and the transformation of the American Jewish community from a distant, peripheral outpost into the hub of the Jewish world.Read More


Torah Couture

By Daniel M. Jaffe

Walking around the classroom, Rabbi Katz returns the weekly homework assignments, stops at Shira’s desk. “Shira, you know our assignments are to summarize each Torah portion, but you copied every single word.”“Details are important,” she says, looking at her returned homework. “A ‘C’? You’re giving me a ‘C’?”RabbiRead More


Visiting Again With the Divine Fannie Hurst

By Eunice Lipton

The Stories of Fannie Hurst Edited by Susan Koppelman The Feminist Press at CUNY (The Helen Rose Scheuer Jewish Women’s Series), 349 pages, $16.95. * * *We Jews are spielers. We have Malamud, Singer, Paley, Roth to show for it. And we also have Anzia Yzierska, Edna Ferber, Mike Gold and Fannie Hurst. If the second group is not as giftedRead More


The Old Master Of Tel Aviv

By Joseph Hoffman

When you are at the top of your profession, enjoy an international reputation in the art world and have achieved financial success and critical acclaim, what do you do for an encore?That’s the question that faces Menashe Kadishman, arguably Israel’s most brilliant artistic export. His works can be found in New York’s Metropolitan Museum ofRead More





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