Laish

By Aharon Appelfeld Schocken Books, 2009, $23.95 In some sort of translation trompe l’oeil, this work appears longer in English and the book heavier and more substantial. The…
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Dictation

By Cynthia Ozick Houghton Mifflin, 2008, $24 Four Jiggers of James, A Whiff of Woolf. I confess to having a thing for the fiction of four of my older Bronx contemporaries. For…
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Debating the Debate

‘Anglo-Jewry finds its voice’, trumpeted the front page of the Jewish Chronicle during the harrowing days of the Gaza bombardment. What voice exactly was this? What was it saying?…
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Shadow Play

On summer evenings, Uncle Nathan used to put on shadow plays. With nothing but ten fingers and a beam of light against a plain white wall, he astounded us with lions and monkeys,…
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