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Book Review: “The Red Balcony” — A Novel About the Muddled Predicament of the Diaspora Jew

April 12, 2023
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The plot of The Red Balcony ticks along briskly. Jonathan Wilson is a gifted narrator and scene-maker.

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Film Review: “Tantura” — Detailing the Dark Side of Israel’s Creation Myth 

January 23, 2022
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With Tantura, brimming with evidence that will now be hard to suppress, director Alon Schwarz may have won an important battle in the war of conflicting narratives about Israel’s war of independence.

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Remembrance: Aharon Appelfeld — A Displaced Writer of Displaced Fiction

January 6, 2018
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“Everything about the Holocaust already seems so thoroughly unreal, as if it no longer belongs to the experience of our generation, but to mythology…”

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Fuse Theater Review: “Via Dolorosa” — An Innocent Abroad in Israel

January 10, 2016
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Via Dolorosa would have been more effective if it had taken the form of a travel essay rather than a performance piece.

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Fuse Book Review: “The Betrayers” — A Powerful Vision of Jewish Life and its Contradictions

November 9, 2014
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It took me until I was nearly done with The Betrayers to step back and realize that one reason I found it so absorbing is that alienation plays no part.

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Book Review: An Evocative Biography of Zionist Agitator and Writer Vladmir Jabotinsky

July 27, 2014
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There’s room to wonder if Vladmir Jabotinsky would have accepted Menachem Begin, Ariel Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu as his legitimate Zionist heirs.

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Theater Review: “In Between” — An Amusingly Serious Look Into the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

April 5, 2014
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Multi-talented performer Ibrahim Miari has written an insightful and funny one-man show that draws on his own life as the son of an Israeli Jewish mother and Palestinian Moslem father born in what is now the Israeli city of Akko.

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Book Review: “Some Day” — A Memorable First Novel about Waiting for Love

November 16, 2013
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In “Some Day,” Shemi Zarhin has masterfully woven together a tangle of bittersweet tales and elusive dreams. it is a book that is a pleasure to read and reread.

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Book Review: “The Wanting” — Ambitious and Audacious Fiction about the Middle East

April 16, 2013
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There are so many characters to root for in “The Wanting” that you tend to read with your head swimming, and with an increasing sense of urgency as the senseless is revealed to have a logic of its own.

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Fuse News Film Review: “The Gatekeepers” — Full of a Sense of History

April 13, 2013
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Israel has genuine enemies without, to be sure. But “The Gatekeepers” leaves the impression that it has no less mortal an enemy within.

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