In the Beginning

An Ancient Gift, An Unlikely Friendship

10/15/2013
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Steven Fine, a professor of Jewish history at Yeshiva University and director of the school’s Center for Israel Studies, figured an article he published last year in Biblical Archeology Review about ancient tombstones in the Holy Land, would resonate with other archeology buffs.

Steven Fine

A Musical Challenge To The Nazis

10/15/2013
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They were stars of the new music world, or would soon be. Their inclusion in the 1927 festival in Baden-Baden, Germany, meant great things would happen. In less than a decade, they would all be in the United States, sought by the Nazis, who banned their music.

A new play about Weimar Germany focuses on the interplay of culture and anti-Semitism, before the Nazis came to power.

Rebooting The Bible To A Hip Beat

10/09/2013
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When Roger Bennett offered 54 accomplished young writers and artists a chance to comment on a portion of the Torah, each of them “leaped at the opportunity, like Michelangelo painting the Sistine chapel.” It all began at a networking event for Reboot, a Jewish outreach organization Bennett co-founded in 2002.

Contributors each reimagine one of the 54 sections of the Torah in "Unscrolled: 54 Writers and Artists Wrestle with the Torah."

Ayn Rand, The Play

10/03/2013
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When Mitt Romney chose the Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate in last year’s presidential election, Ayn Rand, the atheist Jewish author whom Ryan credited with inspiring him to seek public service, was also suddenly vaulted to public attention. Rand, a political philosopher and best-selling novelist, glorified individualism and capitalism over governmental power and collective responsibility.

Matthew Lieff Christian and Sofia Lauwers in “Anthem,” based on Ayn Rand’s novel. Carol Rosegg

From Pundit To Pulpit?

09/20/2011

For 30 years, Hank Sheinkopf has been offering his advice to candidates and his analysis of the political landscape to the media. Now, he’s also fielding questions about halacha and offering comfort to the spiritually afflicted — as a newly ordained Orthodox rabbi.

Sheinkopf was granted smicha on July 5 from Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Yaroslavsky of Kfar Chabad, the Lubavitch enclave in Israel. Since the rabbi speaks no English, Sheinkopf completed his exam in Hebrew, which he has been studying at home on the Upper West Side.

Hank Sheinkopf: Prominent New York political consultant has earned rabbinical ordination in Israel.

Iran And Syria’s ‘Wedding’

09/20/2011

It gives new meaning to the Axis of Evil.

In street theater performance, actors portraying Syria’s Bashir Assad, left, and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, “married” this week

France’s Honorable Agent

10/26/2010

Before Georges Borchardt could become a New York literary agent, he had to become a New Yorker. And learn English.

Though he now represents Elie Wiesel and Ian McEwan as well as the estates of Hannah Arendt and Samuel Beckett, Borchardt was born in Berlin in 1928 and spent his childhood in Paris. His mother was killed in Auschwitz, and many other family members died in concentration camps. To survive, Borchardt went into hiding at a school in Aix-en-Provence, while his sisters worked at an American field hospital there.

Literary agent Georges Borchardt, center, at Legion of Honor ceremony. Left Antonin Baudry; Right former French Culture Minister

Anti-Jew or Just Anti-Lew?

A City Council campaign in one of the city’s fastest-growing Jewish neighborhoods has led to charges of anti-Semitism as long-shot Republican Gene Berardelli has attacked incumbent Brooklyn Democrat Lewis Fidler for “advocating one group ov

10/29/2009
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A City Council campaign in one of the city’s fastest-growing Jewish neighborhoods has led to charges of anti-Semitism as long-shot Republican Gene Berardelli has attacked incumbent Brooklyn Democrat Lewis Fidler for “advocating one group over another.”
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