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Optimism vs. pessimism

Self-help books encourage us to be optimists. If we don’t actually try new challenges, we’ll never know if it’s possible to accomplish something new or different. The writers of these works assume that the results of our actions will be...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 31, 2013

Scene Around

It looks eerily similar… I’m not that old, but I do remember photos of the devastation after the bombing of Berlin near the end of World War II. (I was merely a toddler). I just saw the photos on...

 
 By Suzanne Pollak    News    May 31, 2013

Ostreicher's wife laments: 'They will never let him go'

Jacob Ostreicher, a haredi Orthodox father of five who remains under house arrest in Bolivia, does not believe he will ever be free and often unplugs his home phone because he is too depressed to...

 
 By Dan Pine    Features    May 31, 2013

'Seinfeld's' George directs new musical based on '60s Jewish comedy LPs

Taking classic ’60s-era Jewish comedy albums and turning them into a modern-day musical? That’s a pretty big matzah ball hanging out there. Nothing actor Jason Alexander can’t handle. Best...

 
 By Emma Silvers    Features    May 31, 2013

Eyes of a generation: Beat poet Ginsberg's snapshots of his friends

In 1976, Steve Silberman, then a 19-year-old freshman at Oberlin College, took a bus to New York City to see Allen Ginsberg read. With Silberman was his first boyfriend. Silberman had been in the closet throughout high school, one of many reasons he...

 

Civility replaces violence in 'Last White Night'

In June 1965, during the most violent days of the civil rights movement, 21-year-old Paul Saltzman drove from Toronto to Mississippi to become a freedom fighter with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Just a year before, Klansmen from...

 

Seeking Kin: From a mother's devotion, the perfect picture

BALTIMORE (JTA)—Four generations of Lieberman boys stare out from a collage that hangs from a corridor wall in Johannesburg, South Africa. Each boy is 7—a significant number in the life of the...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    May 31, 2013

Will Iran see a renewed 'Green Revolution' next month?

On May 21, Iran’s Guardian Council released a list of “approved” candidates for the upcoming June 14 presidential election. As expected, the list of eight candidates included a number of hardliners loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali...

 

Sridhar Silberfein's long, strange trip from New York Jew to Hindu honcho

JOSHUA TREE, Calif. (JTA)—In 1968, only six years after founding the AEPi chapter at his Long Island University campus, Steven Silberfein took one of the thousand names of the Hindu god Vishnu and...

 

Why do Jews intermarry, and who wants to marry a Jew, anyway?

NEW YORK (JTA) ­—Over the past half century, intermarriage has become increasingly common in the United States among all religions—but among Jews at the highest rate. Why that is the case is one...

 
 By Ron Kaplan    Features    May 31, 2013

Jewish Major Leaguers at the quarter mark

With about 40 games gone by— one quarter of the season—here’s a look at how the JMLs are faring as of May 19: Like last year, New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis has gotten off to a horrible...

 

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