Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Amos Oz sketches Israeli village life with oddities

Amid the mundane lives of Tel Ilan villagers, strange things are happening. Esteemed Israeli author Amos Oz ventures into Kafkaland, at times, in his new collection of stories, Scenes from Village Life (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Unexpected and inexplicable events transpire at climactic moments in these eight stories. Oz is a world-class writer, so the reader […]

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Editorial: What does ‘pro-Israel’ mean?

A cartoon by Paul Noth in the new issue of The New Yorker shows Moses leading the Israelites through the Sea of Reeds. Our illustrious ancestor has split the water; he holds a staff in his raised hand, as he leads a long column of his people fleeing Egypt. Immediately behind Moses, at the head […]

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Something whole, out of bits and pieces of glass

Artist Claude Riedel will speak about his craft and Jewish mysticism, at the Rimon Artist Salon on March 25 By ERIN ELLIOTT BRYAN / Community News Editor Acclaimed glass artist Claude Riedel has been creating sculpture and stained glass windows for more than 30 years. He first created a ner tamid (Eternal Light), the Jewish […]

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

A pioneer in journalism

The First Lady of Fleet Street: The Life of Rachel Beer, by Eilat Negev and Yehuda Koren, Bantam Books, 368 pages, $30. Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Rachel Beer, daughter of the hugely wealthy Sassoon family, was born six or seven decades too soon. A woman of ambition, strong will, great intelligence and even musical talent, […]

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Questions arise when interfaith meets same-sex

For my family at least, Judaism isn’t and can’t be a simple matter of biology By SUSAN GOLDBERG But will the children be Jewish? “Of course they will,” I thought. So, I’m sure, did many of my girlfriends who were raised in the Conservative Jewish tradition. For us, the so-called “matrilineal principle” held sway: we […]

Follow MNJewishWorld on Twitter