Audacity

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By Melanie Crowder Philomel, 400 pages With an eye-catching title audacious in its simplicity, this beautifully written book succeeds in an equally audacious mission by pulling the reader into the world of Clara Lemlich. With each chapter of verse perfectly pieced together, the reader can truly feel the emotions Clara, a Russian Jewish immigrant who… Read More

Tech Firms Increasingly Toe Europe’s Line on Hate Speech

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A little over a year after a French court forced Twitter to remove some anti-Semitic content, experts say the ruling has had a ripple effect, leading other Internet companies to act more aggressively against hate speech in an effort to avoid lawsuits. The 2013 ruling by the Paris Court of Appeals settled a lawsuit brought… Read More

Hitler’s First Victims: The Quest for Justice

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Stranger than fiction: In 1933, a Bavarian prosecutor won indictments against SS members for the murders of four prisoners at Dachau. “Hitler’s First Victims” is a short, fascinating, disturbing story of an honest man’s courage and of the treatment of Nazi Germany’s first concentration camp victims ó political prisoners shot or beaten to death for… Read More

Who do you think will win the World Series?

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Richard Krieger: I like to root for the underdog, so hopefully Kansas City will come out ahead. Scott Leder: I think the Giants will win. Steven Gregory: I actually don’t follow baseball. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

What is your favorite fall fashion?

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Bernard L. Berkowitz: My green fleece jacket. Wearing this jacket reminds me of all the great trips I used to take. Richard Bloom: A lightweight coat. Robert Waxman: Ravens gear! That’s why I wholesale them. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

Latest Helmsley Grants Target Israeli Innovation

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The Helmsley Charitable Trust has announced more than $9.6 million in grants to four Israeli institutions, bringing the trust’s philanthropic investment in the Jewish state to a total of $131.8 million since 2009. “These grants demonstrate our continuing philanthropic approach toward Israel,” Helmsley trustee Sandor Frankel said in a statement. “They strengthen Israel’s scientific, technological… Read More

Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food

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By Laura Silver Brandeis, 300 pages The history of the knish represents more than just the lineage of a fried, dumpling-like food. It demonstrates the often-central role of food in communities and cultural legacies. Laura Silver knows that all too well. She has consumed knishes on three different continents, and her exhaustive research on the… Read More

University Posts Rosenberg Letters Online

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A new website on convicted Soviet spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg provides access to a collection of more than 500 letters between the couple while they were imprisoned. The website, hgar-srv3.bu.edu/web/rosenberg-archive, was launched last week by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Center at Boston University. Maintaining their innocence until the end, the Rosenbergs were executed on… Read More

Israel: Is it Good for the Jews?

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By Richard Cohen Simon and Schuster, 273 pages Is Israel good for the Jews? No, not if you prefer discrimination, exclusion, expulsion, persecution, pogroms and murder in the millions. Of course Israel is good for the Jews, as Richard Cohen makes more than abundantly clear in this book, recounting our woeful, disaster-filled history since exile… Read More