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Saturday, December 4, 2021

My Father’s Paradise: Book about Kurdish Jews and the Aramaic Language

About 15 years ago, a student of mine with blue eyes told me he was a Kurdish Jew. I was surprised because most of my Kurdish students at Grossmont College in nearby El Cajon...

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Adventures in Yiddishland. Postvernacular Language and Culture by Jeffrey Shandler

Adventures in Yiddishland examines the transformation of Yiddish in the six decades since the Holocaust, tracing its shift from the language of daily life for millions of Jews to what the author terms a...

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

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

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...

Book Review: ‘The Age of Exodus’

Although not a fan of swashbuckling, derring-do literature, I was tempted to buy this book because its subject-matter combined ancient archaeology and the struggle to establish the modern State of Israel. An irresistible combination...