Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned About Life By Rabbi Harold S. Kushner Knopf, 171 pages

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When bad events challenge our childhood faith in God’s goodness or even in God’s existence, “it is not only permissible but a religious obligation” to question our beliefs, says Rabbi Harold Kushner. But then seek answers to the questions. “The only religiously unacceptable response is to reject religion entirely and close your mind to further… Read More

MoMA to Return Nazi-Looted Painting to Heirs

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The Museum of Modern Art in New York will return a painting to the heirs of a German-Jewish art collector. “Sand Hills,” a German Expressionist painting by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, will be returned to the heirs of Max Fischer, the museum announced last week. Fischer had inherited the painting, known at the museum as “Sand… Read More

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Several men, likely board members, assemble during the Har Sinai Temple groundbreaking ceremonies in 1959. Can you identify anyone in this photo? Contact Joanna Church, 410-732-6400, ext. 226 or jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org. To see more of the Jewish Museum’s extensive collection and find out who has been identified in past photos, visit  jewishmuseummd.org/tag/once-upon-a-time-2/

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The Golem of Paris By Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman P.G. Putnamís Sons, 497 pages

Warning: Reading this book may cause a severe case of literary whiplash. On one page, we are in Prague, witnessing the frightening workings of a psychiatric hospital used by the communists as a political prison. Then, almost without warning the reader may be yanked into a police archive in Los Angeles, where a detective is… Read More

Mexican President: Jews Give Their Best for Country

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto declared that the Jewish community gives its best for the development of Mexico. Peña Nieto was the keynote speaker at a dinner last week in Mexico City to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs of the American Jewish Committee. “I am pleased… Read More

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A Levindale gift shop volunteer enjoys her work in this circa 1970s photo. Can you identify anyone in this photo? Contact Joanna Church, 410-732-6400, ext. 226 or jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org. To see more of the Jewish Museum’s extensive collection and find out who has been identified in past photos, visit jewishmuseummd.org/tag/once-upon-a-time-2/

Forbes Ranks Yellen, Zuckerberg, Netanyahu Among ‘Most Powerful’

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Several Jews, including Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, appear on Forbes magazine’s 2015 list of the “World’s Most Powerful People.” The list, published online lasts week, ranks 73 people — all but nine of them men — in order of most powerful. While admittedly subjective, the ranking assesses the power… Read More