Mishmash

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BY Simone Ellin
July 2, 2014

By Jennifer Weiner Atria Books, 400 pages Clearly, Jennifer Weiner is doing something right. With best seller after best seller, she’s obviously got a gift. So, why do most of Weiner’s books leave me feeling sort of underwhelmed? Perhaps it’s because the experience of reading them is like being inside of my own head. If CONTINUE »

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June 26, 2014

Alan Becker: Fort McHenry; you can walk around the water. With a nice breeze it almost feels like you are at the ocean. Lee-Anne Flannery: I have two beautiful little boys, so I would have to say Fort McHenry. It’s a quiet little getaway. We watch the boats, and we don’t feel like we are in CONTINUE »

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BY Joshua Runyan
June 26, 2014

By Zackary Sholem Berger Apprentice House, 59 pages Anecdotal evidence suggests that Yiddish is on the rise, even as those well versed in the Eastern European tongue seem to be on the decline. And Zackary Sholem Berger’s new collection of poems demonstrates that the mamaloshen of the past is a sufficient medium with which to CONTINUE »

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BY Gerri Baum
June 26, 2014

Have you ever reached out on Facebook or Twitter to a loved one or friend who has passed away?  You know, posted something like, “RIP friend. You were the best (at whatever it is you did), and I’ll miss you.” I’m often perplexed at why people write these kinds of posts in a virtual environment CONTINUE »

June 19, 2014

Howard Katz: There’s not much the U.S. can do. All we can do is show support. I am not in favor of swapping. I think we should just go in and get them. Rabbi David Finkelstein: Prayer is on top of the list. I don’t think diplomacy with the Palestinians can ever work as long as CONTINUE »