Open Hearts. Open Minds. Strong Values.

Rahel Is a Great Hebrew Poet, Period

Posted on July 16th, 2018
Sarah Rindner for Tablet Magazine 


In her demure immediacy, she links the modern Jewish nation to its roots both in the land and in the foundational text of the Bible.


In his essay on the poet Raḥel, Hillel Halkin offers a fascinating study of her too-brief life (1890-1931), her poetics, and the unique place she occupies in the Hebrew literary landscape. Certainly, against the background of the pioneering Zionist ethos of her time—nationalistic, idealistic, and collectivist—the intense individualism of Raḥel’s verse stands out. No less deeply committed to the Zionist enterprise than other poets cited by Halkin, notably Uri Tsvi Grinberg and Avraham Shlonsky, she devoted herself mainly to the exploration of such seemingly inward emotions as sadness, longing, humility, and self-doubt.

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Anti-Semitism 101

Posted on July 9th, 2018
myjewishlearning.com 


What you need to know about the world's oldest hatred.


Anti-Semitism is the term used to refer to prejudice or discrimination directed against Jews. Learn about its roots, all the way back to the killing of Jesus, and what it means in contemporary times.

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Growing Older—With an Emphasis on ‘Growing’

Posted on July 2nd, 2018
By Naomi Grossman for Tablet Magazine 


At home and at work, baby-boomer Jewish women are redefining what it means to be a grandmother


Although they are part of the baby-boom generation by virtue of their age, women raised in traditional Jewish homes from the late 1950s through the early 1970s stand apart from their demographic peers.

Many of these women, who now range in age from their late 50s to about 70 years old, were raised by immigrants or first-generation Americans. Their home and communities—often suburban—were infused with traditional Jewish values, especially regarding the role of women. 

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This baseball player was secretly trained as a government assassin

Posted on June 25th, 2018
By Michael Kaplan for the New York Post


While baseball pro Moe Berg will never be remembered as one of the game’s greats — in an unremarkable career spanning from 1923 until 1939, the catcher was traded eight times — he does go down in history as the Major League’s all-star spy.

During World War II, Berg risked his life to investigate Germany’s progress in creating an atomic bomb. His key quarry was Werner Heisenberg, one of the world’s most brilliant physicists.

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My Journey To Find My Mother’s Jewish England — And How It’s Changed

Posted on June 18th, 2018
Jane Eisner for The Forward


In late April, my sister and I returned to Yorkshire, in the north of England, for a brief visit to explore what we could of our mother’s roots. She died nearly 13 years ago, and for almost a decade prior, Alzheimer’s disease had progressively clouded her ability to recall much about her life. I regret that I wasn’t prescient enough to put everything down before it was lost, so this trip was a reclamation project of sorts.


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