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The Blues, Prayer, and Unrequited Love

The Blues, Prayer, and Unrequited Love
By March 1, 2008

“The Blues ain’t about making yourself feel better,” said Bleeding Gums Murphy to Lisa Simpson, “it’s about making other people feel worse.” Sing on, Bleeding Gums! From beyond the grave! Teach us what we need to know about prayer. Prayer. … Read More

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Found In Translation

Found In Translation
By February 3, 2008

Found In Translation Sunday, 2 March 2008 at 4pm JCC in Manhattan 76th & Amsterdam – New York, NY Free Travel with us as we journey through 100 Years of Israeli Literature, from the mystical poems of Rav Kook to … Read More

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Found In Translation

Found In Translation
By February 3, 2008

Found In Translation Sunday, 2 March 2008 at 4pm JCC in Manhattan 76th & Amsterdam – New York, NY Free Travel with us as we journey through 100 Years of Israeli Literature, from the mystical poems of Rav Kook to … Read More

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A Triumphalist Table of In/Compatibility of other Religions with Judaism

A Triumphalist Table of In/Compatibility of other Religions with Judaism
By February 1, 2008

Editors Note: In the 1960s, Rabbi Zalman Schachter (as he was then called) was one of the few Jewish leaders supportive of young Jews’ explorations of other spiritual traditions, especially “Eastern” ones such as Buddhism and Hinduism. Unlike those who … Read More

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Roth, Babel, and a Question of Blood

Roth, Babel, and a Question of Blood
By February 1, 2008

A half century before lamenting in Exit Ghost the man he once was and no longer is, Philip Roth’s protagonist and alter ego, Nathan Zuckerman – in a classic example of oedipal one-upmanship — revises Isaac Babel’s words. Recalling Babel’s … Read More

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Ostriker Reviewed

Ostriker Reviewed
By February 1, 2008

Reviewed: Alicia Ostriker, For the Love of God: The Bible as an Open Book Rutgers University Press, 2007 During my relatively brief sojourn in rabbinical school I learned, among any number of things, some good jokes. One of these involved … Read More

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The Doll

The Doll
By February 1, 2008

A little more than a year ago, in January 2007, Zeek launched its initiative to publish Hebrew literature in translation. That same month I called up Yaron Golan z”l, publisher and literary critic, to seek his help. I had never … Read More

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Why Pray?

Why Pray?
By February 1, 2008

This essay was originally published in April, 2007, in the Spring/Summer 2007 print edition of Zeek. Our print edition features original articles, essays, poems, and art. To subscribe, visit www.zeek.net/buy. I’m new to prayer. True, I was raised on davvenen … Read More

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