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Albert Einstein was a sex magnet? 4 surprising facts about the genius
NEW YORK — Think “Albert Einstein,” and certain images or phrases likely come to mind: “genius,” “kooky,” “wild hair,” “theory of relativity,” “E = mc2” — maybe even “Zionist.” Sex and violence? No...
May 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israel’s fallen statesman
“Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman” by Itamar Rabinovich. New Haven, Conn., Yale University Press, 2017. 244 pages. $25. For almost 25 years, I’ve been convinced that Yitzhak Rabin was pull...
May 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rabbi Akiva made the Jews who they are today, says biographer Holtz
It happened that Rabbi Eliezer, Rabbi Yehoshua, Rabbi Elazar ben Azaryah, Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Tarfon were reclining in B’nai B’rak. They were discussing the Exodus from Egypt all that night, unti...
Apr 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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This roller derby player goes by the name Hebrew-Ham Lincoln
NEW YORK — Dara Fineman may not be the only Jewish player in the Gotham Girls Roller Derby League, but she’s the only one who sports a Star of David painted over her eye. Her derby name is plenty J...
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Contemplating a world occupied by both the head and the heart
by Jack Riemer, Special to The Chronicle
Jan 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 145 145 recommendations | email to a friend
Yehoshua November is a graduate of Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh and of Taylor Allderdice High School, and so local readers should have special interest in his new book of poetry. But I think it is ...
Six Israeli TV shows to binge-watch now
by Lior Zaltzman, JTA
Jan 12, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 150 150 recommendations | email to a friend
As the folks on the next season of “Game of Thrones” might say, “Winter is here.” That means it’s time to get under the covers and engage in the national pastime of binge-watching TV shows. Since N...
Lit gloss: Shiny new books that make great gifts for Chanukah
by Liz Spikol, Special to The Chronicle
Dec 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 195 195 recommendations | email to a friend
There are so many good books out right now, and coming out in the next few months, that it’s almost impossible to pick just a few — especially with so many fantastically talented Jewish authors. Th...
Five great buys for the Jewish music lover in your life
by Liz Spikol, Special to The Chronicle
Dec 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 194 194 recommendations | email to a friend
There’s nothing like the balm of music to soothe a troubled mind — and given the collective angst generated by the last few months, now is the perfect time to indulge in the sweet harmonies of esca...
Israeli artist-in-residence turns trash into treasure
by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer
Dec 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 195 195 recommendations | email to a friend
A tenuous line between trash and treasure holds necklaces together. As demonstrated by Telma Schultz — an Israeli artist known for making jewels from junk — glue, paper and piles of disposables are...
Leonard Cohen, whose Jewish-infused poetry and songs inspired generations, is dead at 82
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Nov 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 221 221 recommendations | email to a friend
Leonard Cohen, the Canadian singer-songwriter whose Jewish-infused work became a soundtrack for melancholy, has died. He was 82. “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwrite...
How a bat mitzvah helped inspire a ‘Good Girls Revolt’
by Linda Buchwald, JTA
Nov 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 205 205 recommendations | email to a friend
Men were writers and women were researchers. That’s the way it was when Lynn Povich and 45 of her colleagues at Newsweek decided to take a stand. In 1970, the women banded together and became the f...
Three Rivers debuts quintessential Pittsburgh story
by Iris M. Samson, Special to The Chronicle
Nov 10, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 207 207 recommendations | email to a friend
“It’s a film by a Pittsburgher, about a Pittsburgher, partially shot in Pittsburgh,” Eddie Rosenstein says of his movie, “The Freedom to Marry,” which kicks off this year’s Three Rivers Film Festiv...
Laughing all the way from the shtetl to ‘Seinfeld’
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 204 204 recommendations | email to a friend
There is no denying we are a pretty funny people. From Henny Youngman to Jerry Seinfeld to Sacha Baron Cohen, there seems to be something in our DNA that just keeps us laughing. Nationally recogniz...
Shakespeare’s Jew comes to Pittsburgh
by Simone Shapiro
Nov 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 193 193 recommendations | email to a friend
For more than 400 years, since “The Merchant of Venice” was written, readers and audiences have been debating the question: Is this play anti-Semitic? This question was raised and discussed again, ...