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From the Jewish library: ‘Tears of the Desert’

Tears of the Desert: Survival in Darfur by Halima Bashir with Damien Lewis, Random House, 2008 By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO — There are a few major determinants which influence our lives upon which we have no control such as where, when and to whom we are born.  Coming into the world as a member of […]

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From the Jewish Library: ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’

A Spoonful of Sugar: A Nanny’s Story, by Brenda Ashford, Doubleday 2013 (and co-writer Kate Thompson) By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO — Fairy tales usually begin with “Once upon a time” and end with “they lived happily ever after.”   But is that true?  No, of course not – that’s why they are called “fairy tales,” silly. […]

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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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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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Wealthy business executive becomes a school teacher

Mount Pleasant: My Journey from Creating a Billion-Dollar Company to Teaching at a Struggling Public High School by Steve Poizner, Portfolio, Penguin Group, 2010 By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO — Steve Poizner describes himself as the quintessential nerd – and proud of it.  Taught by his Jewish parents to dedicate himself to the constant pursuit […]

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Nearly murdered woman suffered life of torture

Burned Alive: a Victim of the Law of Men by Souad, in collaboration with Marie-Therese Cuny, Warner Books, 2003 By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO — The author’s name is not “Souad” and her address “lives in Europe” is purposely generalized.  The people who tried to kill her once would try again if they could. Souad […]

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From the Jewish library: ‘Slave, My True Story’

By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO — One of the most dramatic stories of the Hebrew Bible is told in the Book of Exodus;  the story of the enslavement of a people and their flight to freedom.  Though this epic event is recounted every year during the Passover Seder, the possibility of such an enslavement still […]

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From the Jewish Library: U.S. Grant and the Jews

  When General Grant Expelled the Jews  by Jonathan D. Sarna, Publisher: Schocken, 2012 By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO — The American Civil War tested the character, fortitude as well as the civic structure of the United States such as in suspending the Writ of Habeas Corpus.  The outcome of the war would determine if […]

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From the Jewish library: ‘Thurgood Marshall’

Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary, by Juan Williams, Times Books, 1998 By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO — There are pivotal moments in history when the entire culture and future of a people and/or a country are forever changed.  The 1954 Supreme Court decision in “Brown v Board of Education” was such a moment.  It overturned the […]

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From the Jewish library: ‘Dead Wake’

Dead Wake:  The Last Crossing of the RMS Lusitania by Erik Larson, Crown Publishers, 2015 By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO — When Cunard liner RMS Lusitania sailed on May 1, 1915, from New York City to Liverpool, she was the largest and fastest steam passenger ship afloat.  Many lessons had been learned from the sinking of […]

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SDJW thanks its March 2016 contributors

SAN DIEGO — San Diego Jewish World expresses its appreciation to the byliners and staff photographers whose works appeared in March 2016 editions. They included: David Amos Eitan Arom Judy Lash Balint Kenneth Bandler Laurie Baron Amber Bartlett Jeremy Ben-Ami Boaz Bismuth Ronnie Blair Dan Bloom Shoshana Bryen Stephen Bryen Cynthia Citron Richard L. Cravatts Jack Forman […]

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From the Jewish library: ‘An Improbable Friendship’

An Improbable Friendship: The Remarkable Lives of Israeli Ruth Dayan and Palestinian Raymonda Tawil and Their Forty Year Peace Mission, by Anthony David, Arcade Publishing, 2015 By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO — Ruth Dayan was married to and then divorced from Israel’s General Moshe Dayan. Raymonda Tawil was the mother-in-law of Palestinian Fatah Chairman Yasser […]

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The Jewish library: ‘In This Together’

In This Together by Ann Romney, Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, 2015 By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO — When she was 47 years old and in the midst of a very busy life, Ann Romney noticed a numb spot on her leg as well as problems with her balance and increasing fatigue.  At first she […]

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From the Jewish Library: ‘Why Not Say What Happened’

Why Not Say What Happened: A Sentimental Education by Morris Dickstein (Liveright Publishing Corp., 2015) By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO — Morris Dickstein was born into a family of Orthodox Jews who brought with them the anxious and narrow life view of the Eastern European shtetl to New York City’s Lower East Side.  He was given a […]

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