Posted: Tue, 08/11/2015 - 22:55 | Posted by: Caroline Harris | Well Versed
Shira Dicker and David Chack leading "Seven Minutes Between Heaven and Earth"

On a gorgeous August afternoon, I had a seven-minute sabbatical on Governor’s Island. It was spiritual, uplifting and unforgettable.

Posted: Fri, 08/07/2015 - 01:48 | Posted by: Sandee Brawarsky | Well Versed
Courtesy Marcia Talmadge Schneider

This week marks the 73rd anniversary of Janusz Korczak’s fatal march with the children of his Warsaw orphanage. While supporters arranged a path to freedom from the Nazis for him, the writer, educator and physician chose instead to stand by his children, and marched with nearly 200 of them to the train that would take all of them to their deaths in Treblinka. Some say that the children sang, but that might be legend. What’s known is that they walked in dignity, carrying the flag of their orphanage, with its emblem on one side and the Star of David on the other; they felt safe in Korczak’s presence.

Posted: Tue, 07/28/2015 - 13:31 | Posted by: Eva L. Weiss | Well Versed
Courtesy Noga Dance Company

Noga, Israel’s first modern dance company to give the stage to religious women performers, brings to life the dance between Jewish spirituality and contemporary choreography.

Posted: Sun, 07/26/2015 - 17:42 | Posted by: Gloria Kestenbaum | Well Versed
E.L. Doctorow. Courtesy Random House

E.L Doctorow was often described as a writer of historical fiction, but he disliked that term and preferred to say that he was “an American novelist writing about my country.”

Posted: Wed, 07/22/2015 - 01:04 | Posted by: Jerome Chanes | Well Versed
Namdar

Nudging aside Rabbi Shlomo Riskin and the shenanigans of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate in the news of the day in late May was the tarorom over the awarding of Israel’s Sapir Prize—Israel’s premier literary award — to Israeli author Reuven Namdar for his stunning novel “The House That Was Destroyed,” which chronicles a year in the life of a New York academic. 

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