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Karen E. H. Skinazi

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How Do We Save a Vanishing History?

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What do you get when you cross Henry Fielding’s “The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling” (a picaresque novel about an orphan, with a...

Friendship, Judaism and All the Feelings: A Welcome Addition to the Middle School Canon

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Each section of the novel is framed by a Jewish concept or observance: Shabbat, Days of Awe, Mitzvah, Passover, and Feast of Weeks.

Jewish History as Told by A Snarky Teenager Who’s 80 Years Old

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Forget judging a book by its cover: one look at the facial expression on Johanna Kaplan’s author picture on the back flap of “Loss of Memory is Only Temporary” will give a reader everything they need to know about this book.

“We’ve been here for two thousand years”: Dalia Sofer’s Novel of Post-Revolutionary Iran

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We all know Jews have been part of the social fabric of Iran (formerly Persia) for millennia.

In Search of Our Yiddishe Mamas’ Gardens: A New Translation of Fradl Shtok’s “From...

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Shtok’s deft humor, her insights about human nature, and the determination and strength of her characters (particularly the female characters) make this collection a worthwhile read.

The Parvenu and the Jew—Objects of Scorn in Bolesław Prus’s Classic Polish Novel, “The...

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I want to highlight one of Prus’s strongest preoccupations—not only his, but so many of his generation: the Jewish problem.

Visiting Jewish Essaouira

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In Morocco, we witnessed the residue of Jewish life everywhere.
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