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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Arts & Culture

I have questions about some of the subjects that have been chosen for the Jewish Lives book series from Yale University Press. I wonder what Sarah Bernhardt or Benjamin Disraeli or Groucho Marx would think if they found out that they were featured in a series of biographies about significant Jews. But I must admit that the writers chosen to produce these books are first rate, and they enable us to see their subjects in a whole new way.

Such is the case with Avner Holtzman’s new biography, “Hayim Nahman Bialik: Poet of Hebrew.” I thought that I knew a fair amount about the so-called “Hebrew national poet,” but this book has enabled me to see Bialik from a whole new perspective.

I didn’t know, for instance, that Bialik’s father died

The duel between leavened and unleavened bread is the plot of a delightful story for children in which good triumphs over evil and the Seder takes place after all

Doesn't everyone know that on the days preceding the Passover holiday, challah (Sabbath bread) crumbs are household enemy number one?

Well, in a charming just-published short children's book "Challah vs. Matza" written by Melissa Berg, author of "The Challah that Took over the House," and colorfully illustrated by Sheila Alejandro (Eclectic

In "Genesis of the Palestinian Authority" journalist David Bedein who runs the Israel Resource News Agency and the Center for Near East Policy Research, takes us inside the world of the Palestinian Authority, which Bedein has covered for the past 23 years, since the day of its inception in 1994. The book is also masterfully edited by Holocaust historian and noted writer, Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg.

Here are a number of topics that Bedein’s book and research shed light upon:


Hamas operatives burst into the Associated Press (AP) Gaza bureau during the 2014 war with Israel, angered by a picture shot by an AP photographer. Gunmen threatened the AP staff, which never reported the incident.

The incident shows that Hamas can control what journalists report, and what they don't, former AP Middle East reporter Matti Friedman says in a new documentary, "Eyeless in Gaza."

Producer Robert Magid's 50-minute film, which is screening via pay-per-view online, examines the

JAHM’s 2017 theme is American Jews in Medical Research

Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM), a national commemoration of the contributions that Americans Jews have made to the fabric of our nation’s history, culture, and society, announces the theme for the May 2017 celebration. This year, JAHM celebrates Americans Jews who have made a significant impact in the field of medical research. Now in its 12th year, JAHM encourages people of all backgrounds to learn about and draw