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NY Jewish books: The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus

January 17, 2012

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A language epidemic erupts among Jewish families; children’s speech makes their parents deathly ill. Soon it spreads to the rest of the population. This dark fantasy is the premise of Jewish New Yorker Ben Marcus‘s new novel, The Flame Alphabet published today by Knopf. In my New York Journal of Books review I write, New […]

Arthur Green on Abraham Joshua Heschel and Hasidism

January 15, 2012

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Rabbi Jeff Marker’s synopsis of Arthur Green’s talk on Abraham Joshua Heschel and Hasidism. “For Heschel the most significant mitzvot are Feeding the poor, ending war, marching with MLK. These are spiritual acts, not just political. These are the acts for which we were created.   “Heschel’s God was very personal, but we must do […]

The Economist: new research challenges Chomsky’s linguistics

January 9, 2012

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  The evolution of language Babel or babble? Languages all have their roots in the same part of the world. But they are not as similar to each other as was once thought via economist.com

2011 Jewish fiction and poetry books

January 2, 2012

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2011 Jewish fiction and poetry books   (a list of Jewish fiction and poetry books I reviewed in the past year).   New York Journal of Books In my other gig I write book reviews for New York Journal of Books; here is a list of Jewish fiction and poetry books I reviewed in the past year […]