Michal Lemberger

Michal Lemberger

3 Novels Explore Life in Cold War Era

The memory of the Holocaust has haunted the Jewish imagination for three generations. It represents the rupture in our communal history, its shadow falling on everything else. And yet, we have amassed new memories since. Three books by local authors use the legacy of the Holocaust in their attempts to grapple with many facets of the Cold War.

How to Approach a Grieving Jew

Grief erases all regular rules. All the logic that has ever seemed to govern one\’s life suddenly seems useless. More than useless, it seems pointless.

Legacy of Questions Without Answers

Lev Raphael, a child of survivors, clearly knows this well. His new novel, \”The German Money,\” tries to take on some of the questions that those who inherit the Holocaust must face. Raphael is also a mystery writer, so he is not only interested in recovering the past, but also in solving its mysteries. Because, as Faulkner implied, the past is always a mystery to us. We can never really know its truths. That\’s why it cannot die. There is too much for us to figure out.

Authors Divided Over Identity, Issues

What do four Jewish American writers talk about when they sit down together to discuss their craft? If the program, \”The Next Generation of Jewish American Writing,\” held at the Skirball Cultural Center earlier this month is any indication, the answer is that they try as hard as they can to talk past their differences but don\’t quite manage to do so.

Jew the Right Thing

Reviewed: \”To Do Right and the Good: Jewish Approach to Modern Social Ethics,\” by Elliot N. Dorff (Jewish Publication Society, $34.95.)

\”Matters of Life and Death: A Jewish Approach to Modern Medical Ethics,\” by Elliot N. Dorff (Jewish Publication Society, $25).

\”Love Your Neighbor and Yourself: A Jewish Approach to Modern Personal Ethics,\” by Elliot N. Dorff (Jewish Publication Society, $34.95).

Shoah’s Belorussian Cowboys

America\’s sense of self-definition has been on display more blatantly than ever, it seems. Led by our administration, we have embraced the \”cowboy\” ethic: seemingly down-home while at the same time unilaterally aggressive.


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