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Following Grandma’s WWII Path Leads Author to Self-Discovery

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When Sergiusz Scheller left his home in Poland to move to America to be with his bride, Rachael Cerrotti, his mother Danuta told him, “We share the same sky.  We look at the same...

‘Pray Away’ Reveals Religious Fraud

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John and Anne Paulk were the public faces of the “ex-gay” movement. Married with children, they did the talk-show circuit (Oprah, Springer, 60 Minutes) asserting that Divine Intervention had “delivered” them from their “sexually...

‘Riding the Edge’ Is a Memoir of Self-Discovery

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In the context of the Middle East, to which they traveled by way of a tortuous, yet exhilarating bike safari through Europe, the Jewish Michael Tobin and his Lebanese-Christian girlfriend Deborah were problematic candidates...

‘A Will to Survive’ recalls Arab ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem’s Jews

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I recently stumbled upon a photography book shot by the acclaimed Life magazine wartime photographer John Phillips. The large, innocuous-looking book was simply titled, A Will to Survive. After flipping through the pages, I realized I entered a...
Benzion Netanyahu, his wife, Tzila, and two of his sons, Jonathan and Benjamin, left

A Jewish Academia Novel Set in 1960 Still Resonates

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I started reading academia novels in the 1960s with Edward Albee’s tempestuous boozy Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, then the jocular Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis, a hoot, a romp, filled with  junior faculty insecurities. My radar sought...

The Secret Jewish History Of Procol Harum

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ifty years ago this spring, a then unknown British rock group called Procol Harum released its very first single, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale.” The distinctive recording went to No. 1 in the United...
A new outdoor exhibition displays 30 murals from various places in Poland and tells the story of aspects of Jewish history there. Source: Screenshot/Instagram.

Outdoor exhibit about history of Polish Jews travels to Eastern European cities

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A new traveling outdoor exhibition about the history of Polish Jews is making its way through five cities in Poland following a successful showing in Croatia and Norway. Titled “They Fill No Space: Reviving the...

Di Avantures fun Alis in Vunderland

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is a story about Alice who falls down a rabbit hole and lands into a fantasy world that is full of weird, wonderful people and animals. It is classic...

Former Israel ‘Hawk’ Tells of His Transformation to a ‘Dove’

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It’s a well-worn political observation that “it took a Nixon to go to China,” meaning because President Richard M. Nixon was identified as a staunch conservative, he was trusted to go to mainland China...
Israeli attorney Lea Tsemel at the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on March 4, 2021. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90.

Film about Israeli lawyer who advocates for terrorists gets double Emmy nod

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A controversial Israeli documentary about an Israeli attorney who represents terrorists received a double Emmy nomination on Wednesday. “Advocate,” from directors Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche, follows Israeli self-described “human-rights lawyer” Lea Tsemel as...