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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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Some Roots of American Jewish Education

February 08, 2012

I am excited to share my conversation with Dr. Jonathan Krasner, HUC professor of the American Jewish Experience and author of The Benderly Boys & American Jewish Education.

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Thoughts on Otherness

December 29, 2011

I’ve read or listened to two books recently that made me think about Jewish issues. One is The Land of Painted Caves by Jean Auel, (Crown Publishers, New York, 2011 ; Brilliance Audio on CD) which has no Jewish content since it was about early humans who lived tens of thousands of years ago, and is also fiction.

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Tales from the teche – Internet Librarian 2011

October 23, 2011

I just returned from Monterey California where once again librarians gathered from all over the country to discuss the latest in technology that affects our work and our world.

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