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Reviews

Picture This

The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film The Jewish Museum, New York September 25, 2015–February 7, 2016 National Tour: Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN; and Joods Historisch Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands Review by Roslyn Bernstein …
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Across the Border

Ruins Peter Kuper SelfMadeHero Books, 2015. The artist most well known for his Mad Magazine “Spy vs. Spy” pages has had quite a career, artistic and political. Much of it began when he abandoned his hometown Cleveland, back in 1977, …
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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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Jacob Chose Hospice: A Critique of Invasive End-of-Life Care

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande Metropolitan Books, 2014 What does the Torah have to say about end-of-life care? Its most striking story on this topic appears in the last four chapters of Genesis, …
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What Can Replace Prison?

Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison by Nell Bernstein The New Press, 2014 Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better by Maya Schenwar Berrett-Koehler, 2014 If you have the capacity …
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A Scientific View of God

A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet by Nancy Abrams Beacon Press, 2015 Nancy Abrams needed a higher power. As one of the premiere science writers of our time, she found both the …
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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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