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Solving Jewish History

06/29/2007
Special To The Jewish Week

In the epigraph to his Pulitzer-winning novel “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” Michael Chabon quotes Will Eisner, the innovator of the serious graphic novel, regarding the history of the Jews: “We have this history of impossible solutions for insoluble problems.” In that novel, about young men escaping the poverty of Brooklyn and the ruins of the Holocaust, the “insoluble problem” was the powerlessness of the diaspora experience, and the “impossible solution” a retreat into art, the precarious redemption of unexpected love, and

Jews And ‘jews’: The Borges Dilemma

12/26/2007
Special To The Jewish Week

“It has not displeased me to think of myself as Jewish.”

— Jorge Luis Borges, “I, a Jew”

For the last couple of years, I’ve been trying to decide if the stories of Jorge Luis Borges, the almost-Jewish Argentine writer, are appropriate for a Jewish book group I facilitate.

BREAKING: Mondrowitz May Have Been Treating Boys Long After Indictment; new evidence suggests alleged child molester was counseling teen in Israel in 2006

01/15/2010
Special to The Jewish Week

 With alleged Brooklyn child molester Avrohom Mondrowitz under house arrest  until Jan. 24 following last week's decision by the Israeli Supreme Court to deny his extradition, new evidence has emerged that appears to indicate that Mondrowitz was treating adolescent boys in Israel as recently as 2006.

Colmer Plea Deal Seen Raising Questions

06/19/2009
Special to The Jewish Week

A Brooklyn sex offender indicted on 37 counts, including sexually molesting two teenage boys in his Brooklyn home, may go free in just a few months under a plea deal announced last week. The deal involving Stefan Colmer, once a member of Midwood’s Orthodox community, is raising questions about the handling of his case and its impact on future victims’ willingness to come forward to law enforcement officials, according to observers.

Mondrowitz May Have Been Treating Boys Long After Indictment

New evidence suggests alleged child molester was counseling teen in Israel
in 2006; child porn seen on his computer.

01/21/2010
Staff Writer

Special To The Jewish Week
With alleged Brooklyn child molester Avrohom Mondrowitz under house arrest until Jan. 24 following last week’s decision by the Israeli Supreme Court to deny his extradition to the U.S., new evidence has emerged that appears to indicate that Mondrowitz was treating adolescent boys in Israel as recently as 2006.

Avrohom Mondrowitz being led away in handcuffs during his 2007 arrest in Israel.

The Case Of The Missing Bible

01/31/2003
Staff Writer
Who stole my Bible? That was the question that struck Yehudi Felman after he entered his Brooklyn synagogue on a recent Sunday for morning prayers. After services ended Saturday afternoon, Felman, a Brooklyn dermatologist and Jewish scholar, left his usual eclectic collection of religious books and Torah commentaries in his personal book box underneath his seat at the Flatbush Minyan, an Orthodox congregation in the heart of Flatbush.
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