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June 28 play, lecture to augment ‘The Unfinished Diary’

SAN DIEGO — Feivel Wolgelernter, whose father Chaim Yitzchok Wolgelernter wrote the The Unfinished Diary: A Chronicle of Tears, which detailed his experiences hiding in Dzialoszyce, Poland from the German Nazis, will speak at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 28, at Congregation Adat Yeshurun, 8625 La Jolla Scenic Drive North. Feivel’s talk will be followed by a […]

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Illustrated prayer book follows Ashkenazic tradition

Nehalel beChol: Weekday Siddur devised by Michael Haruni; Introduction by Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo, Nevarech Press, Jerusalem, © 2015, ISBN 978-965-92180-1-1, p. 665 plus Photo and Credits Appendix, $29.95 By Fred Reiss, Ed.D. WINCHESTER, California – At first blush, one cannot help but be moved by the attractiveness of the color photographs permeating the Nehalel beChol […]

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Knowing a word by the shape of its letter

Can the shape of a letter suggest the meaning of words in which it is used? Linguistics professor Zev bar Lev believes that it can. He previews his Global Alphabet theory, upon which he will expound June 28 at a Lawrence Family JCC workshop, in the video above.

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Malala and Anne could have been great friends

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – The world’s youngest Nobel laureate, Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, has often been compared to Anne Frank. Both kept diaries in times when rulers subjugated those whom they believed to be racially or religiously inferior. Both Anne and Malala suffered through warfare, their lives constantly threatened, respectively by the […]

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To help another, reduce yourself

The Psychology of Tzimtzum: Self, Others and God by Mordechai Rotenberg, Maggid Books, New Milford, CT, ©2015, ISBN 978-1-59264-384-4, p. 109, plus appendices, $24.95 By Fred Reiss, Ed.D. WINCHESTER, California – The sixteenth century Safed mystics employed the Hebrew word Tzimtzum, meaning contraction, to answer the question: why is there something, rather than nothing. If God’s presence […]

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Journalist gets to the bottom of the wandering loo

In his latest book, “The Saddest Toilet in the World,” journalist and author Sam Apple tackles a careful science: potty training. Released last week, the book reveals the antics of a runaway toilet. It is inspired by Gogol’s story “The Nose,” which was introduced to Apple by another celebrated writer years prior. “My dad, Max […]

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Down Under author produces a cli-fi novel

By Dan Bloom CHIAYI CITY, Taiwan –If there’s one continent on Earth where the twin impacts of global warming and climate change are very much on the minds of the people who live there, it’s Australia. It’s doesn’t help that the Australian government is lagging behind on legislating progressive climate change policies, but there’s something about […]

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An adventure story that teaches code messaging

The Secret Code Menace by Pamela Cosman; Ransom Publishing Ltd; United Kingdom; (c) 2016; ISBN 978 178127 976 2; 200 pages. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — Author Pamela Cosman teaches electrical and computer engineering  at the University of California San Diego.  But in The Secret Code Menace, Cosman, a member of San Diego’s […]

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Biography of a Comanche warrior

Resting here until day breaks And shadows fall And darkness disappears Is Quanah Parker, the last chief of the Comanches By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO — One would not expect to find a poem based on the  “Song of Solomon” (2:17), inscribed on the headstone of a Comanche warrior, but there was much about Quanah […]

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Israeli author imagines world 300 years from now

By Dan Bloom CHIAYI CITY, Taiwan — Don’t tell me there’s no sci-fi in Israel because there is, and Moran Chaimovitz, a 30 year old writer in Tel Aviv, has just published a novel in English to prove it. It’s called Human Again and the 150-page debut novel is set in Israel some 300 years in […]

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A whodunit with a paranormal twist

Hello Again by Stan Schatt © 2016; ISBN 978-1-533182-87-6; 256 pages By Donald H. Harrison   SAN DIEGO – This is both a detective mystery and a dip into the waters of the paranormal.  One of the main characters, Bill Eisner, is a Jewish owner of a coffee shop, which offers “Good Karma” free table […]

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Bamberger book is author’s ‘obsession’

Jewish historian pens bio of ‘seminal figure’ of the 20th century Linda Forgosh holds a copy of her new book, Louis Bamberger: Department Store Innovator and Philanthropist. Photo by Robert Wiener Louis Bamberger, center, with shovel, at the ground breaking of The Newark Museum in 1930. Photos courtesy Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey A […]

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‘Fun and Games’: Identity crises abound

Fun & Games by David Michael Slater; Zharmae Publishing, La Mesa, California © 2016; ISBN 978-1-943549-58-0; 246 pages. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO –Jonathan Schwartz has a common Jewish name and, one might think, a not uncommon adolescence as he and his friends binge drink and talk about hoped-for sexual encounters with hot girls. […]

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Internet surprise: I’m quoted by a Christian philosopher

By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO–Every once in a while it is interesting to type one’s name into Google and see what comes up.  It almost never fails to be amusing and upon occasion perplexing as well.   On one such recent excursion I came across an item which caught my eye: “Moral Issues and Christian Responses: […]

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