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Persuasion — “Necessary Stories” column from The Jerusalem Report

October 31st, 2012 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman Written while reading Jane Austen at election time Mr. Gary Melman, of Lowry, in Denver, was a man, who for his own amusement, never took up anything but the Wall Street Journal, there he found occupation for an idle hour, and consolation in a distressed one; there is faculties were roused into admiration […]

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Jane Austen Explains Conversion to Judaism

June 10th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Culture and Ideas, Judaism and Religion

Gershom Gorenberg The Book of Ruth could have been written by Jane Austen, a friend said in her warm voice at our table on Shavuot night. She was right. The books of Esther and Ruth are the two biblical stories that feel closest to modern novels – books with clear plot lines, crafted to be […]

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