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From the Ruins of Europe: Lyacos’s Debt-Riddled Greece

If the postmodernists celebrated a departure from objective truths, Lyacos offers a vision of subjective return. Though his view is more pragmatic than ideal, Lyacos argues for a new interpretation of God, the Bible, and their roles in contemporary society.
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In Search of the Thing-Itself

The Complete Stories Clarice Lispector Translated from the Portuguese by Katrina Dodson Edited and introduced by Benjamin Moser New Directions, 2015 “I have found one contemporary I like,” Elizabeth Bishop wrote from Rio de Janeiro. “She has a wonderful name—Clarice …
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A Philosopher, a Poet, or a Prophet?

How would Heschel himself expect us to understand him—as a poet, as a philosopher, or as a prophet?
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Aluna: A Message to Little Brother

The Kogi say we are close to the dying of the world. Their faces, writ with quiet courage, sober indignation, and a long, patient wisdom, defy easy dismissal.
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The Alliance of Black and Jewish Activists: Outdated Fantasy or Model for the Future?

It would be easier if there were not so many choices on the menu of American Jewish identity. Pogrebin serves up a rich meal and no easy answers.
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Kickstarter Judaism: A Book Review of Celebrating Brit Shalom

Welcome to Kickstarter Judaism, where committed, textually savvy Jews make an end-run around the institutions that have failed them and take back their tradition.
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The Disfigured Self: What Hannah Arendt Got Right

The great question that lurks at the heart of all Holocaust study, it seems to me, is the question of the self: What would I have done if I had been there? Arendt is unique in making that question present for us, and while Strangneth professes to be in dialogue with Arendt’s book, she does not wrestle with its argument in more than a superficial way.
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A Godless Jewish Humanist

Fromm’s quest was to free the cultivation of spirituality and ethics from their theistic, authoritative moorings in the Hebrew Bible and forge them—with elements of Hasidic mystical relatedness and themes from Marxism, Christianity, and Buddhism—into a new ethical humanism.
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On Violence, Joy, and Justice: The Poetry of C.K. Williams

All at Once Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2014 by C.K. Williams Writers Writing Dying Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2012 by C.K. Williams On Whitman Princeton University Press, 2010 by C.K. Williams In his preface to On Whitman, C. K. Williams …
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Spiritual Progressive Faith Formation

Sounding the Trumpet: How Churches Can Answer God’s Call to Justice by Brooks Berndt and J. Alfred Smith Sr. A Pair of Docs Publishing, 2013 For forty years, J. Alfred Smith Sr. served as the senior pastor for the Allen …
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A Wrenching Look at Alzheimer’s

In her book, Slow Dancing with a Stranger, Comer details her excruciating journey through the maze of Alzheimer’s, an unforgiving disease. Through this book, she is changing the conversation from acceptance of what is to demanding what should be.
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Can a Spiritual Outlook Regenerate Our Social Institutions?

Another Way of Seeing: Essays on Transforming Law, Politics, and Culture by Peter Gabel. Review by Kim Chernin.

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Peter Gabel Responds

While I appreciate these serious, thoughtful responses to my book by Roger Gottlieb and Kim Chernin, I do not quite see myself reflected in their respective descriptions of the role of spirit (Gottlieb), or the role of hope (Chernin). My …
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Visionary Hope

Another Way of Seeing: Essays on Transforming Law, Politics, and Culture by Peter Gabel
Review by Roger S. Gottlieb

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Culture

Ready and Rising: A Review of Sariyah Idan’s New Album

It seems like every summer there’s an album that comes along and rocks my world. When I first listened to this album in my car during my morning commute, the fierce lyrics and smooth rhythm on Deeper at once captivated me.
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