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Focus:
THE POWER
TO CLASSIFY

By Edwin Black
New technologies are enabling employers, insurers, financial institutions, and others to collect genetic data on millions of people, opening the door to possible widespread genetic discrimination.
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Focus:
THE POWER
TO CURE

By Mark Washofsky
We Jews cannot in good conscience stand in opposition to a technology that is potentially subject to abuse, but nevertheless presents us with the prospect of saving many lives that might otherwise be lost to illness.
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The HulkKINGS OF COMICS, Part II
By Arie Kaplan
How Jews transformed the comic book industry. Part II of three--The Silver Age (1956-1978): from Marvel Comics to the graphic novel. ...Full text

My Opinion: SHHH... IT'S A SANCTUARY
By Jeffrey K. Salkin

It was Shavuot morning. A young woman was delivering her confirmation address from the bimah on the lessons of the Holocaust when a toddler began to howl--unceasingly. People in the pews began fidgeting in discomfort. Finally, the father of another confirmand approached the toddler's parents and politely suggested they take the child out of the sanctuary. ...Full text
 
 
SIGNIFICANT JEWISH BOOKS
New Fiction
by Bonny V. Fetterman

The English DiseaseThe English
Disease: A Novel

The English had a romantic view of melancholy—the disease we call depression—but Charles Belski, the anti-hero of Skibell's second novel, carries inexplicable anguish to new heights with the added component of Jewish angst. The result is a surprisingly hilarious novel about one Jew's attempt to find himself.

From outer appearances, Charles leads a charmed life as a professor of musicology at a California university, married to an attractive gentile wife (Isabelle), and father of a precocious three-year-old (Franny), yet the interior world of this thoroughly assimilated
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American Reform JudaismAmerican Reform Judaism: An Introduction
In his introduction to the American Reform Movement, Dana Evan Kaplan, a Reform rabbi and professor of Judaic studies, describes the following scenario: an Orthodox Jew stumbles into a Reform Friday night service and is shocked to find some of the women wearing yarmulkes and tallitot, while many men sit bare-headed and bare-shouldered. The phenomenon he is discussing--the interplay between tradition and innovation--raises the question: is the Reform Movement moving in two directions at the same time?
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Dara HornJUDGES' CHOICE:
A New Generation Says Goodbye to
Goodbye Columbus

Dara Horn, the 26-year-old winner of the Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction, talks about her life and her work......Full text


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