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Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ also about belonging

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If one theme predominates throughout former First Lady Michelle Obama’s memoir, it is that, notwithstanding the fact that she and her husband had risen to the very pinnacle of power and prestige in the...
Esti Weinstein, a formerly ultra-Orthodox woman who committed suicide in June 2016. (Facebook)

Suicide’s memoir indicts the Gur sect of Hassidim

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The poor woman who wrote this book (and eventually committed suicide) was born into a specific sect, tantamount to a cult, of ultra-Orthodox Judaism known as the Gur Hassidim As a child and teenager the...

The controversial Sholem Ash’s classic Got Fun Nekome de Sholem Ash back in NY...

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New Yiddish Rep (NYR) is bringing back by popular demand the controversial classic “God of Vengeance” for a special encore running for two weeks at Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 West 46th Street, from...

‘Gotham’ Star David Mazouz Balances Modern Orthodoxy and Acting

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David Mazouz is protecting Gotham City while at the same time learning the Talmud. Mazouz, who plays a young Bruce Wayne on Fox’s hit TV series “Gotham,” proudly acknowledges his commitment to a Torah-observant...

Amnon Weinstein and the ‘Violins of Hope’ break the silence of the Holocaust.

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Amnon Weinstein is one of the world’s most respected violinmakers. His talented, weathered hands give new voice to silenced instruments. They fight a greater silence in the process. That struggle is his life’s work....

Sundance film festival debuts dark tale of Jewish triplets split at birth

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PARK CITY, Utah (AFP) — If it were a conspiracy thriller it would be dismissed as far-fetched, but Tim Wardell’s astonishing story of Jewish triplets separated at birth and reunited by pure chance is...

The new ‘Dumbo’ vs. the old ‘Dumbo’

OK, I’ll admit it, I enjoy children’s movies.  They are frequently gentle, sentimental, and have happy endings.  I went to see  Tim Burton’s new version of Dumbo and liked it very much.  Although I saw the...

‘The City Without Jews’ screens 90+ years later

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The 38th annual San Francisco Jewish Film festival is in full swing. From July 19 to August 5, Bay Area theatres in San Francisco, Albany, Palo Alto, San Rafael, and Oakland will screen 67 Jewish...

Malpes Mit Tzeklapte Kep (Monkeys and head injuries), song based on “Five Little Monkeys...

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A beautiful children’s song performed in Yiddish by Bobe Adina. Monkeys and head injuries - Based on the famed  rhythmic poem ' 5 little monkey's jumping on the bed... ', it makes for an arithmetical...

Einstein: His Life and Universe, by Walter Isaacson

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How did his mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson’s biography shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection...