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Crucial Moment in the History of Western Civilization

April 09, 2013

I once again had the pleasure of speaking with an HUC colleague about their latest work. Joshua Garroway, Assistant Professor of Early Christianity and Second Commonwealth and the Rabbi Michael Matuson Professorship for an Emerging Scholar, recently published his book Paul’s Gentile-Jews: neither Jew nor Gentile, but Both (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012)

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Purim: Something for everyone

February 12, 2013

The holiday of Purim, which occurs on the 14th day of the month of Adar on the Hebrew calendar, is one that is filled with highs and lows, darkness and joy – dichotomies that are particularly striking. Heralding back to the biblical story documented in the Book of Esther, which is read on the holiday, the celebration of the victorious Jewish community in Persia is filled with drama, confusion and a deep plot – enough so that it might even make a great blockbuster film.

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Baby, it’s cold outside …

January 09, 2013

So I’m tempted to heat up the kitchen with some new recipes. Browsing the library’s catalog, I found lots of new cookbooks to inspire me and I hope, my family.

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Talking the talk of the frum

December 06, 2012

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Sarah Bunin Benor, HUC Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies about her book, Becoming Frum : How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism

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Each book a unique item

September 13, 2012

Contrary to the common wisdom one may hear in archives, I have over the years discovered a basic truth about printed books. Every book with any history is a unique item. This past summer I had the opportunity to catalog a number of especially compelling items for the Cincinnati rare book collections.

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Before Harry Potter – Sorcery in the Talmud

August 12, 2012

We are pleased to welcome guest blogger, Maggie Anton, long time HUC patron, author, and lover of all things Talmud.

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Spaced Out

August 08, 2012

With Curiosity landing on Mars, it seems like a good time to address Jews in space … or at least religion in science fiction and fantasy. For those who are serious about their fun summer reading, here are a few suggestions.

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Great Links to the Jewish Blogosphere

May 15, 2012

This month, the Jewish Book Carnival is hosted by the Prosen People. Check out their links!

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Tokens of the Past

May 10, 2012

“Ghetto Gelt: smuggled out of Warsaw, Poland…circa 1980”. A white post-it, attached to a plain envelope containing a few frayed paper bills, one coin. A gift from a friend of the Frances-Henry Library who had taken a tour of our Rare Book Room a few days earlier.

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Hare Hunting in the Haggadah

April 04, 2012

Just why are there so many rabbit hunting scenes in early Haggadot? The Klau Cincinnati Library explores this question in their latest exhibit.

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