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  • Up Close: April 14, 2014

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    This week on Up Close, the the lives we live, the stories we tell, and the difference between the two.

    What happens when we speak to the people we aren’t “supposed” to speak to, and do the things we don’t normally do? Best-selling author Tova Mirvis opens up about her new novel, Visible City, her recent non-fiction piece in The New York Times about leaving her marriage and leaving Orthodox Judaism, and the joys of writing fiction.

    But when it comes to spinning stories to specific ends, perhaps no one is better than Fox News president Roger Ailes. Reporter Gabriel Sherman discusses his new book, The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News — and Divided a Country, and what made Ailes such a fascinating figure to write about.

    Watch highlights from the episode in the video above, listen to the complete audio of this episode at the very top of this post, or subscribe to our weekly audio podcast at http://feeds.feedburner.com/tjcupclose or on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tjcs-up-close/id807702211.

    April 11, 2014 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: April 11, 2014

    by TJC Staff

    “Price tag” attacks on Palestinian Christians; Israeli-Palestinian peace talks continue despite obstacles on both sides; Orthodox sex abuser sentenced while another wrapped up in a sex abuse case is welcomed back to the Satmer community; the all-female klezmer band Isle of Klezbos has a new live album; Macaroons v. Macarons — what’s the difference and which ones are kosher for Passover? (hint: both can be); and a peak at our Up Close interview with author Tova Mirvis about her new novel Visible City.

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    April 10, 2014 | No Comments »

    Up Close: April 7, 2014

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    On this episode of Up Close, a controversial solution for Israeli-Palestinian peace, an espionage thriller that draws from the author’s own experiences, and the penultimate book in a series on how the modern world came to be.

    First, Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick discusses her new book, The Israeli Solution: A One State Plan for Piece in the Middle East, and why she is against the two-state solution for which international bodies and the majority of the Israeli population have been advocating.

    Then, Haggai Carmon, author of the Dan Gordon series of espionage novels, tells how he turned from attorney to international intelligence operative to novelist. His newest book is Defection Games.

    Finally, Thomas Cahill, the author of the Hinges of History series (which includes The Gifts of the Jews), talks about his newest book — the sixth in the proposed series of seven — Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World.

    Watch highlights from the episode in the video above, listen to the complete audio of this episode at the very top of this post, or subscribe to our weekly audio podcast at http://feeds.feedburner.com/tjcupclose or on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tjcs-up-close/id807702211.

    April 4, 2014 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: April 4, 2014

    by TJC Staff

    The Mideast peace process and Jonathan Pollard; Jewish youth from around the globe sing with the HaZamir Chorale at Carnegie Hall; the Passover haggadah gets a modern twist with the new Bronfman Haggadah app; and a peek at our Up Close interview with Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick about why she’s given up on the peace process.

    April 3, 2014 | No Comments »

    Up Close: March 31, 2014

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    This week on Up Close, the authors of HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton share their impressions of what kind of candidate Hillary Clinton could be in the 2016 presidential race. When it comes to defending Israel, authors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes predict the return of a more “hawkish” Clinton.

    But on the other end of American attitudes toward Israel, a Jewish anti-Zionist movement has been emerging in recent years, particularly among younger American Jews, and one of that movement’s intellectual leaders is Max Blumenthal. Steven I. Weiss interviews him about his controversial book, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.

    Watch highlights from the episode in the video above, listen to the complete audio of this episode at the very top of this post, or subscribe to our weekly audio podcast at http://feeds.feedburner.com/tjcupclose or on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tjcs-up-close/id807702211.

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    Week in Review: March 28, 2014

    by TJC Staff

    How matzah gets made; does the “made in Israel” label apply to goods made in the West Bank?; will Tel Aviv allow businesses to open on the Sabbath?; the U.S. and Israel battle over a Visa Waiver program; a peek at our Up Close interview with the authors of HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen.

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    Week in Review: March 21, 2014

    by TJC Staff

    Obama and Abbas meet and talk peace; an Israeli ultra-Orthodox man is arrested for draft-dodging; a new book, Unclean Lips, reveals the history of Jews and obscenities; the Rockettes have a brand new show and Meredith Ganzman talks to some of the Jewish ladies on the line, past and present; and highlights from Steven I. Weiss’ Up Close interview with Lonna Kin, an agunah or “chained woman,” who has been stuck in her Orthodox Jewish marriage for ten years.

    March 20, 2014 | No Comments »

    Up Close: March 24, 2014

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    On this episode of Up Close, we hear directly from a woman “chained” in her marriage and whose husband is now marrying someone else. Lonna Kin has been trying for ten years to get a Jewish divorce, or get, from her now-ex-husband. She separated from her husband, (Israel) Meir Kin, in January 2005, and their civil divorce was finalized in May 2007. Yet Meir Kin has yet to give her the Jewish divorce document that would free her from her Jewish marriage and allow her to perhaps remarry and move on with her life — even though as this interview airs he is scheduled to marry another woman. Lonna is known as an agunah, or “chained woman,” stuck in her Jewish marriage. She shares her story, for the first time, in this episode of Up Close.

    Because of the importance of the topic, we are making the complete interview with Lonna Kin available online in the special extended webcast of the episode above.

    And then, what do we mean when speak about “evil?” Why do we act immorally, and why do some of us do so more than others? Author Andrew Michael Flescher offers some answers to these questions in his new book Moral Evil and on this episode of Up Close.

    Watch highlights from the episode in the video above, listen to the complete audio of this episode at the very top of this post, or subscribe to our weekly audio podcast at http://feeds.feedburner.com/tjcupclose or on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tjcs-up-close/id807702211.

    March 20, 2014 | 1 Comment »

    Up Close: March 17, 2014

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    This week on Up Close, we’re talking about what “Reform” means in the context of American Judaism and American Islam.

    Steven I. Weiss sits down with Ranya Tabari Idliby, the author of Burqas, Baseball and Apple Pie: Being Muslim in America, to talk about her ideas for creating a progressive, American Islam.

    Then, we’re joined by Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan, author of The New Reform Judaism: Challenges and Reflections, in which he argues that American Jews need a more defined and purposeful Reform Judaism, that’s more than the “default” Jewish denomination.

    Watch highlights from the episode in the video above, listen to the complete audio of this episode at the very top of this post, or subscribe to our weekly audio podcast at http://feeds.feedburner.com/tjcupclose or on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tjcs-up-close/id807702211.

    March 17, 2014 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: March 14, 2014

    by TJC Staff

    March 13, 2014 | No Comments »