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  • Week in Review: December 19, 2014

    by TJC Staff

    Israeli politicians Tzipi Livni and Isaac Herzog are teaming up for the upcoming elections; will the UN recognize Palestine as a state?; Israelis think the US/Israel relationship is in crisis; Palestinian cabinet minister killed at an anti-Israel protest; TJC checks in at the Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters after an anti-Semitic stabbing there last week; how to give gifts that give back at Bloomingdales this Hanukkah; and a peek at our Up Close interview with Sara Lipton, author of “Dark Mirror: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Jewish Iconography.”

    December 19, 2014 | No Comments »

    Up Close: December 15, 2014

    by TJC Staff
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    This week on Up Close, differing notions of faith.

    First, why is a nice Jewish boy trekking across the path laid out by The Book of Mormon? Author Avi Steinberg discusses his new book, The Lost Book of Mormon: A Journey Through the Mythic Lands of Nephi, Zarehemla, and Kansas City, Missouri.

    Then, they’ve been on the NY Times bestseller list with their series about the wondrous occurrences in our everyday lives. Yitta Halberstam and Judith Leventhal dish about the newest book in the Small Miracles series, Small Miracles From Beyond, this time with a more supernatural bent.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also watch highlights from the episode in the video above, or listen to the complete audio of this episode at the top of this post or by subscribing 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.

    December 15, 2014 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: December 12, 2014

    by TJC Staff

    Antisemitic attack at Chabad’s headquarters in Brooklyn; U2’s Bono does not dress like a Hasid; PLO’s upgraded status at the International Criminal Court; just in time for holiday shopping, Christian Niedan spotlights the Jewish founders of one of Brooklyn’s hippest flea markets, Artists & Fleas; Meredith Ganzman hears from theater writers about the actors who bring their work to life at the Dramatists Guild Fund Gala; and we get a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ Up Close interview with Avi Steinberg, author of The Lost Book of Mormon.

    December 11, 2014 | No Comments »

    Up Close: December 8, 2014

    by TJC Staff
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    On this week’s Up Close, a look at interfaith marriage in America.

    First, in addition to being of different religious backgrounds, Lucinda Franks and Robert Morgenthau are decades apart in age, but that didn’t stop them from falling in love. The youngest woman to ever win the Pulitzer Prize, journalist Lucinda Franks talks about how she met and married famed Jewish NY District Attorney Bob Morgenthau, and the reaction to their unlikely union, in her book, Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me.

    Then, taking a broader view of the interfaith marriage phenomenon and its effect on American society is Naomi Schaefer Riley. She discusses the results of national surveys and in-depth interviews she conducted for her book, ‘Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also watch highlights from the episode in the video above, or listen to the complete audio of this episode at the top of this post or by subscribing 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.

    December 8, 2014 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: December 5, 2014

    by TJC Staff

    Israeli PM Netanyahu fires Ministers Tzipi Livni and Yair Lapid; Russian-American Jews are nominated for Person of the Year Awards; actor Ben Rimalower is bad with money and has new one-man show about it; and a preview of our Up Close interview with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Lucinda Franks, author of Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me.

    December 4, 2014 | No Comments »

    Up Close: December 1, 2014

    by TJC Staff
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    This week on Up Close, how the narratives of childhood can affect the rest of our lives.

    First, when it comes to how children play, and where they play, cultural differences can have a tremendous impact. Author Susan G. Solomon discusses the way in which different kinds of playgrounds impart different values to the children who play on them. Her new book is The Science of Play: How to Build Playgrounds That Enhance Children’s Development.

    Then, as we go through childhood and adolescence, popular music can have a tremendous effect on our development. That was especially true for kids growing up during the height of The Beatles’ popularity, and in turn, and as those kids grew up, they impacted the world in ways influenced by the music, argues Candy Leonard. She is author of Beatleness: How The Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World.

    Finally, what do you do when you find out your father distributed perhaps the most famous porn film of all time? If you’re Kristin Battista-Frazee, you write a book about it. She discusses that book, The Pornographer’s Daughter: A Memoir of Childhood, My Dad, and Deep Throat.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also watch highlights from the episode in the video above, or listen to the complete audio of this episode at the top of this post or by subscribing 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.

    December 1, 2014 | No Comments »

    Up Close: November 24, 2014

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    This week on Up Close, two perspectives on the cycles humans go through.

    When it comes to recent political cycles, NBC News Political Director and moderator of “Meet The Press,” Chuck Todd, has had a front-row seat. He discussed his take on Barack Obama’s presidency thus far in The Stranger: Barack Obama in The White House.

    Then, the cycles that may be less apparent to most of us are the ones the Earth goes through, cycles that can last hundreds, millions and even billions of years. Those are the cycles MacArthur Genius Grant awardee and Columbia University professor Ruth DeFries examines in The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis. She offers her take on how humans have manipulated and disrupted the Earth’s natural cycles, and what it could mean for us in the future.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also watch highlights from the episode in the video above, or listen to the complete audio of this episode at the top of this post or by subscribing 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.

    November 25, 2014 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: November 21, 2014

    by TJC Staff

    Four killed in a synagogue attack in Israel, including a prominent American-born rabbi; was a Jewish rapper’s website hacked by Isis?; a Reform synagogue reaches out to Israelis in America; a Yemenite-Israeli band’s US tour; and a preview of next week’s “Up Close” interview with Prof. Ruth DeFries, author of “The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis.”

    November 21, 2014 | No Comments »

    Up Close: November 17, 2014

    by TJC Staff
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    This week on Up Close, how we recover stories and characters from our personal and collective pasts.

    First, King David is one of the most fascinating and complicated figures from the Bible, and yet how much do we really know about him? Rabbi David Wolpe discusses his new book, David: The Divided Heart.

    Then, the idea of the “wandering Jew” is one we often hear, but its origins go all the way back to a legend that spread among 13th century Christians. First-time novelist Stephanie Feldman turned her research on this legend into a book that reclaims and expands on this character, The Angel of Losses.

    Finally, acclaimed novelist and Russian Jew Anya Ulinich scrapped her second book; instead she wrote and illustrated a graphic novel that’s loosely based on her own life, and the result is Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also watch highlights from the episode in the video above, or listen to the complete audio of this episode at the top of this post or by subscribing 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.

    November 17, 2014 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: November 14, 2014

    by TJC Staff

    Israelis attacked amid conflict around the Temple Mount; nuclear negotiations with Iran; Israeli Supreme Court allows widowed woman to marry after her in-laws used “yibum” to keep from doing so for 13 years; Meredith Ganzman talks to actor Raviv Ullman about “Sticks and Bones” in a segment from ROW J; and highlights from Steven I. Weiss’ UP CLOSE interview with Rabbi David Wolpe about his book, David: the Divided Heart.

    November 13, 2014 | No Comments »

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