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Book Review: The Explorer

The Explorer, by W. Somerset Maugham In reading this book I was struck by what aspects of it made it so appealing, and something clicked that allowed me to better understand why this author has so quickly moved up my … Continue reading

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And She Likes Everyone

There are many ways in which someone can be a cultural innovator or trendsetter, and strangely enough I often find myself puzzled by the way that Justin Bieber serves in that role as a musician despite the fact that at … Continue reading

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Moses And The Burning Bush: A Commentary With Digressions

Last Sabbath I made a promise to one of the students in my Sabbath School class to write a commentary as is my usual fashion for Sabbath School, since I will be gone when the lesson is supposed to be … Continue reading

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On The Planning And Logistics Of Epic Journeys

One of the more enjoyable sets of experiences that I have in the course of the year is first to plan and then to execute epic journeys with my mother and stepfather.  For the last three years we have been … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Forgotten

The Forgotten:  A Novel, by Elie Wiesel This novel hit surprisingly close to home, but perhaps it should not be a surprise.  Despite the fact that the novel talks about experiences that are far removed from my own background, the … Continue reading

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A Scarlet Thread

One of the treasured books that my father had in his library was called Lionhearts, about the heroes of the Israeli state.  A forthright praise of Zionism and nationalism, one which both my father and I shared support for, this … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Mad Desire To Dance

A Mad Desire To Dance:  A Novel, by Elie Wiesel When a novelist writes Nathanish characters in multiple novels, one wonders if they are writing characters at least somewhat like themselves as well.  At this point of reading books by … Continue reading

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Book Review: Schindler’s Legacy

Schindler’s Legacy:  True Stories Of The List Survivors, by Elinor J. Brecher As someone who has read quite a lot of material relating to Oskar Schindler and his activities in Poland and Czechoslovakia to save more than a thousand Jews, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Little Girl Blue

Little Girl Blue:  The Life Of Karen Carpenter, by Randy L. Schmidt It is easy to see why a story like this could not have been told with the permission and authorization of the surviving members of Karen Carpenter’s family.  … Continue reading

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The Wedding Of Isaac And Rebekkah, Or The Greatest Servant Ever, Part Two

The wedding, if you can call it, between Isaac and Rebekkah takes place in Genesis 24, and it is a fascinating story, where there is a great deal of interest in the details of ancient life, with a great deal … Continue reading

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