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Jewish baseball card book now on sale

By Dan Bloom CHIAYI CITY, Taiwan — I first met Robert Wechsler online during some email chats back in 2015 when he was trying to find out the name of the artist who painted the portraits on the 1952 Topps baseball cards (it was Maurice Blumenfeld). He told me then he was working on The […]

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‘Peanuts’ creator Charles Schulz’s widow flees Calif. wildfire, home destroyed

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — The widow of the late Charles Schulz, creator of the iconic “Peanuts” comic strip, escaped the fire racing through Santa Rosa this week, but the hillside home the couple shared since the mid-1970s was destroyed, according to family members. Jean Schulz fled her home at about 2 a.m. Monday and is […]

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Posted in Books & Poetry, Theatre, Film & Broadcast, USA

Courageous reading: ‘Courageous Aging’

By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. SAN DIEGO — There are many books on aging on bookstore shelves; some are humorous, some serious, some emphasize financial planning, some deal with loss, most wish to help our aging population to age “gracefully.” The new book by Dr. Ken Druck, a noted author, addresses the issue of aging by […]

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‘My Jerusalem Book’ like having an advance guide

My Jerusalem Book by Barbara Shaw, Design and Illustration by Shlomi Gorodetsky, Barbara Shaw Gifts Publishers, Jerusalem, Israel, © 2017, ISBN 978-965-572-210-9, p. 128, $24.90 By Fred Reiss, Ed.D. WINCHESTER, California – Jerusalem is unlike any other city in Israel. It lacks the cotillion atmosphere of Tel Aviv, or the innovative climate of some of the […]

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Posted in Books & Poetry, Middle East, Reiss_Fred

Salman Rushdie chortles over Larry David’s ‘fatwa’

Author Salman Rushdie thinks it’s pretty, pretty funny that the long-awaited premier of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” has a plot modeled on his own experience of being targeted by the Iranian regime with a fatwa. In the first episode of the 9th season, which aired October 1, Larry David’s eponymous character talks about a musical […]

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Leonard Cohen poems to be published in final book

NEW YORK — The final poems of Leonard Cohen, completed days before the legendary songwriter died, will be published in an anthology next year, his estate announced late Friday. Entitled “The Flame,” the volume will include Cohen’s unpublished poems as well as his prose pieces and illustrations and lyrics to his three final albums. Get […]

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Posted in Books & Poetry, International

Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel Prize in literature

Kazuo Ishiguro is the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, the awarding Swedish Academy said Thursday. Born in Japan and raised in Britain, Ishiguro is best known for the novels “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go.” Published in 1989, “The Remains of the Day” won the Man Booker Prize and […]

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Posted in Books & Poetry, International

A Jewish story everywhere? Yes, along the I-8

SAN DIEGO (SDJW) — The motto of San Diego Jewish World, a daily news website edited and published by Donald H. Harrison, is that “There is a Jewish Story Everywhere.” To demonstrate the concept, Harrison decided to follow the Interstate 8 east from its origin at the Pacific coastline to the Imperial County border 77 […]

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Anatomy of a gang of spies

Stalin’s Englishman: the Lives of Guy Burgess by Andrew Lownie (published by Hodder and Stoughton, 2015) By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASSERET ZION, Israel — The defection to the USSR of Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean in 1951 remained prominent in the British press for almost a decade. Their defection was followed  a few years later by that of […]

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Posted in Books & Poetry, International, Shefer-Vanson-Dorothea

Melania Trump-donated books rejected by elementary school librarian

An elementary school librarian in Massachusetts exceeded her authority when she rejected a shipment of Dr. Seuss books donated by first lady Melania Trump, the school district said. The White House is recognizing schools across the country with programs that achieve “high standards of excellence” to receive 10 Dr. Seuss books in honor of National […]

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Posted in Books & Poetry, USA

Is ‘Merchant anti-Semitic? ‘Compared to what?’

Ruth Bader Ginsburg talks ‘Merchant of Venice’ at Montclair State Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participated in a roundtable discussion with Shakespearean scholars David Scott Kastan of Yale University, at right, and James Shapiro of Columbia University. Photos by Mike Peters Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at Montclair State University on Sept. 23. Even distinguished Shakespearean scholars […]

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Posted in Books & Poetry, Theatre, Film & Broadcast, USA

#Parasha like a one-to-one discussion

#Parasha: Weekly Insights from a Leading Israeli Journalist by Sivan Rahav-Meir, Menorah Books, Jerusalem, © 2017, ISBN 978-1-59264-480-3, p. 321, plus glossary of Names, $24.95 By Fred Reiss, Ed.D. WINCHESTER, California – Sivan Rahav-Meir, the author of #Parasha, is an anchorwoman on Israeli Channel 2, a columnist for Yediot Aḥaronot, Israel’s largest newspaper, and a weekly radio […]

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Posted in Books & Poetry, Jewish Religion, Reiss_Fred

Former Warsaw Ghetto fighter wins lawsuit over published love letters

WARSAW, Poland — Former Warsaw Ghetto fighter, Simcha Rotem, known in Poland as Kazik Ratajzer, won his case against the PWN publishing house which published his letters to his former romantic partner Irena Gelblum. The letters were published in Remigiusz Grzela’s book “Irena’s choice.” PWN was ordered to apologize to Rotem and donate $5,900 to […]

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Posted in Books & Poetry, International, Middle East

Einstein, the pacifist, urged an atom bomb

Einstein’s Pacifism and World War I by Virginia Iris Holmes.  Syracuse University Press, 2017, 332pp. By David Strom SAN DIEGO — “Where have all the idiots gone? Gone to government,  every one.” (This verse is a parody on the anti-war song “Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?”). If Einstein was alive today, I am certain he […]

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Posted in Books & Poetry, Jewish History, Strom_David

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