The Arts

A Grunt’s-Eye-View Of Modern Combat

Samuel Fuller’s WWII epic ‘The Big Red One’ raises big moral questions.

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Lee Marvin in “The Big Red One.” Warner Brothers

Across The Great Divide

Ruth Dayan, Raymonda Tawil and a hard-won friendship amid the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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The former wife of Israel’s most famous general, and a Palestinian journalist and activist have been talking, meeting, trying to understand each other, fighting, reconciling and laughing together since a chance meeting soon after the Six-Day War.

“A moral meeting point”.Ethel Dizon

Nazi-Jewish Affair Roils Romance Lit World


German thinker Theodor Adorno famously stated that it’s barbaric to write poetry after Auschwitz — but he said nothing about romance novels.

The cover of Kate Breslin’s award-nominated novel “For Such a Time.”

The Bluesman With The Yarmulke

‘Blind Boy’ Paxton may be the only blues singer who dons a skullcap and cooks ‘kosher soul food.’ Oh, and he can play, too.

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‘Blind Boy” Jerron Paxton is taking a call inside his Ridgewood, Queens, kitchen to answer a few questions. He talks while making rugelach, from scratch. “I make everything from scratch,” he says.

Old soul: Jerron Paxton is a rising blues star who honors his Jewish roots. Bill Steber

Breaking The Color Barrier

New film tells story of Jewish philanthropist who transformed black lives.


Philadelphia — Alex Bethea, the son of cotton and tobacco farm workers, was in sixth grade in 1965 when his family moved from Dillon, S.C., to the tiny town of Fairmont, N.C., where he attended a school called Rosenwald.

Julius Rosenwald with students from a Rosenwald School.   Courtesy of Fisk University, John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library

‘A Kosher Cookbook In The Clothing Of A Memoir’

Brain aneurysm survivor guides the reader through her recovery – the recipes that helped get here there.

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Jessica Fechtor came close to death as a 28-year old when an aneurysm erupted in her brain. At the time, people would offer comments like “Everything happens for a reason,” but she doesn’t believe that. “I think that everything happens and then other things happen. You take what happens and you make something with it. It’s about what we do with it,” she tells The Jewish Week.

In her new memoir, Jessica Fechtor guides the reader through her recovery from a brain injury.

Alice Hoffman’s Impressionist Novel

The mother of the great painter Camille Pissarro is at the center of ‘The Marriage of Opposites,’ set in St. Thomas.

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Covering 30 square miles, the island of St. Thomas in the Caribbean is a place of lush beauty, fragrant with jasmine, surrounded by blue-green water. This seeming paradise was a refuge for Jews fleeing the Inquisition, crossing the ocean from Spain and Portugal. Alice Hoffman sets her latest novel “The Marriage of Opposites” (Simon and Schuster) on the island, where a synagogue rebuilt in the early 1800s has a sand floor — even as its walls were covered with fine mahogany and a crystal chandelier was hung in its center — to remind congregants of an earlier time, in other places, when they’d have to muffle the sounds of their prayer gatherings for fear of being discovered.

Alice Hoffman’s interest in strong, Jewish women is reflected in her latest novel. Deborah Feingold

Poodle Skirts And Prejudice

Martha Mendelsohn’s first novel looks at the subtle anti-Semitism at an Upper East Side girls school in the ’50s.

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Martha Mendelsohn’s first novel conjures up a time in New York when a handful of nickels could bring forth a generous slice of lemon meringue pie and steaming strong coffee at the Automat.

In “Bromley Girls,” Mendelsohn draws on her own years at a prestigious Manhattan school. Courtesy Texas Tech University Pres

Drawing The Tradition

In his ‘Visualizing the Bible’ show, David Wander makes the Torah his own.

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David Wander makes books that might be 50 feet long, illustrating biblical and other stories with great artistic skill, creativity and appreciation of the text and its layers of meaning. One page leads to the next, and the handmade books fold up like accordians.

Wander in his studio: “Writing, burning, writing it again.” Courtesy of David Wander
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