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Poland’s Ill-Conceived Legislation

Filed in Commentary by on January 29, 2018 0 Comments
Poland’s Ill-Conceived Legislation

To his credit, Polish President Andrej Duda has promised to review an ill-conceived bill that would essentially rewrite history, pander to Holocaust denial and stifle academic research. The legislation, passed by the lower house of Poland’s Parliament on January 26, cast a pall on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was observed 24 hours later. There are two […]

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Einstein’s German World: Hospitality And Hostility

Filed in Books by on January 27, 2018 0 Comments
Einstein’s German World: Hospitality And Hostility

German Jews found a “spiritual home” in German culture, philosophy, literature and music after their emancipation in 1871. During this period, when Germany was on the ascendancy as a great power, Germans generally related to Jews with a mixture of hospitality and hostility. In plain language, the tentative acceptance of Jews into German society was […]

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Somebody Feed Phil

Filed in Television by on January 26, 2018 0 Comments
Somebody Feed Phil

Phil Rosenthal, the creator of the phenomenally successful TV sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, indulges his passion for travel and food in a new six-part Netflix series, Somebody Feed Phil. A voracious gourmand rather than an astute gourmet, he eats his way through six cities — Bangkok, Saigon, Tel Aviv, Lisbon, Mexico City and New Orleans. […]

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Lady Bird

Filed in Film by on January 25, 2018 0 Comments
Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig’s quirky coming-of-age drama, Lady Bird, showcases the manifold talents of Saoirse Rowan, an Irish American actress who turned in an impressive performance in her last movie, Brooklyn, in which she played a winsome Irish immigrant adjusting to a new milieu in the United States. In Lady Bird — which is set in Sacramento, California, […]

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Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool

Filed in Film by on January 23, 2018 0 Comments
Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool

Gloria Grahame is a figure from the past, an almost forgotten Hollywood star who won the Academy Award for best supporting actress in 1953 for her fleeting seven-minute appearance in The Bad and the Beautiful. A femme fatale, she made her film debut in Blonde Fever in 1944 and went on to appear in such […]

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Darkest Hour

Filed in Film by on January 21, 2018 0 Comments
Darkest Hour

Britain was in the throes of a crisis in May 1940. The prime minister, Neville Chamberlain, had stepped aside, Parliament having lost confidence in his leadership. Germany was on the ascendancy, having annexed Austria and the Sudetenland, recaptured Memmel, occupied Poland and invaded Norway, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland and France. At that fraught moment, when the fate […]

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Abbas’ Counter-Productive Speech

Filed in Middle East by on January 19, 2018 0 Comments
Abbas’ Counter-Productive Speech

In a fire-and-brimstone speech to the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Council in Ramallah recently, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas claimed that Zionism and Judaism are unrelated and that Jews imperilled by genocide had no interest in leaving wartime Europe. Abbas, who wrote his PhD on the Holocaust, should have known better than to make such […]

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Petra — Lost City of Stone

Filed in Television by on January 17, 2018 0 Comments
Petra — Lost City of Stone

Disguised as an Arab, the Swiss adventurer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt discovered Petra in 1812, long after it had been abandoned and left to the elements and the bedouins. Since then, droves of visitors from far and wide have descended on this Nabatean city carved out of the spectacular sandstone cliffs of southern Jordan. In its […]

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Tel Aviv Train Station Resurrects Ottoman Era

Filed in Travel by on January 16, 2018 0 Comments
Tel Aviv Train Station Resurrects Ottoman Era

The Ottoman era in the Middle East has been resurrected thanks to the creation of a popular tourist attraction in Tel Aviv near Jaffa. HaTachana, known in English as The Station, is a charming complex of shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants in the southern part of this lively Israeli city. Originally an Ottoman Turkish railway station, […]

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Call Me By Your Name

Filed in Film by on January 15, 2018 0 Comments
Call Me By Your Name

Amid the sun-drenched sylvan splendor of a summer in northern Italy, two young men form a special bond. Their friendship unfolds in 1983 against the bucolic backdrop of a sunny garden, a Roman-style pool whose cool waters reflect the blissful rays of a southern European sun, an aquamarine sea and a starry sky. All this takes […]

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