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Gefen Publishing House. Hard cover. 628 pp. ISBN 978-965-229-388-6. NIS 100. Reviewed by Carl Hoffman I have stated, in a number of book reviews that have appeared in these pages, that all books about the Holocaust are valuable. I have declared that any Holocaust story should be recorded, published and read by as wide an audience as possible. I hav...
Corinne Harris was out of work and short of money when her brother David celebrated his 50th birthday in November 2006. "I was desperate to give him a special present, but I couldn't afford very much. Then suddenly I had the idea of making a personal scrapbook of his life." She worked on the project for two months and surprised him with it at his b...
In June 2006, Haran Yaffe finalized the arrangements for the holiday to London that he intended to take a couple of months later. Around the same time, the London based Shabbaton Choir began to plan their 2007 'Solidarity Through Song' mission, with the idea of focusing on southern Israel. Neither Haran nor the members of the Shabbaton Choir imagin...
Roman amphitheater at Bet She’an. Belvoir. 12th Century Crusader Fortress. Tel Bet She’an. I used to have a weird recurring dream. Back when I was a teenager, my parents and I lived in a house with a long upstairs corridor, with doors leading to bedrooms, a bathroom and a cozy little den. The corridor ended at a blank wall which was part of the exterior wall of the house. In my recurring dream however, I would float silently down the cor...
Howard M. Lenhoff Gefen Publishing House Paperback, pp 328 ISBN 978-965-229-365-7, NIS 80 Reviewed by Carl Hoffman I had my barmitzvah in a suburb of Boston a number of years ago, sometime during the Johnson administration. For most kids of my generation, the most common bar mitzvah gift was a United States Savings Bond - $25 bonds from personal fr...
At some point during my long adolescence, around 1967, perhaps, I recall watching an episode of StarTrek in which Captain Kirk was split in two. If memory serves - this was 40 years ago. Some sort of bizarre galactic weather phenomenon or maybe an attack by aliens caused the captain of the Enterprise to get zapped by an enormous bolt of light, righ...
 A small piece of heaven on earth in Israel is how one can describe Gail and Aryeh Danieli's botanical park and plant nursery situated at Kibbutz Bachan. Sandwiched between large and small Israeli Arab Villages and very close to the Green Line, the Palestinian autonomous city of Tul Karem just down the road and across the security fence, the D...
Punan woman Hanuno'o man playing traditional violin Photographs courtesy of Dario Novellino How to teach an anthropologist to eat I suppose it was my father's fault. He was the one who used to browse through all of the secondhand bookstores in Boston and bring home stacks of old National Geographic magazines. And I, then no more than six years old, was the one who would find them piled up on a table...