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‘Under Jerusalem’ author Andrew Lawler reveals the Holy City’s archaeological history

Author Andrew Lawler’s latest novel, “Under Jerusalem: The Buried History of the World’s Most Contested City” brings the past to life. FAU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will host Andrew at its Jupiter Campus Auditorium on Monday, December 11th at 3 p.m. and in Boca Raton at the Friedberg Auditorium in the Lifelong Learning Building on Tuesday, December 12th at 3 p.m. A book signing will follow both presentations. Ahead of his OLLI lectures Andrew shared details about the book’s research. Linda: Explain why you wrote the book “Under Jerusalem”? Andrew: For the past two decades I have been...

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Review: ‘The Berlin Diaries’ at FAU’s Theatre Lab is ‘a master class in acting’

Families are complicated, composed of people who may have little in common but bloodlines, sometimes weighted down by secrets, lies, myths. Add to that mix a horrific event, so horrible it’s hard to wrap one’s mind around, and the complications grow. Family dynamics are the foundation of the deeply moving, highly effective “The Berlin Diaries,” receiving a first-rate production through Sunday, Dec. 10, at Theatre Lab, on the campus of Boca Raton’s Florida Atlantic University. “The Berlin Diaries” is an autobiographical play written by Andrea Stolowitz, who began working on the piece several...

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Reflections by Lana Melman: Those beautiful Stars of David

Monsters descended on Israel’s southern border on October 7. While Israeli and international families mourn the horrifying torture and murder of their loved ones, university students blame Israelis for the atrocities committed against them and university presidents have lost their moral compass. The thin line between Israel bashing and Jew hatred continues to dissolve before our eyes. Participants in massive anti-Israel rallies worldwide shout, “Gas the Jews” and “We are Hamas.” Courtesy of Lana MelmanLana Melman. Courtesy of Lana Melman Yes, incomprehensibly, too many are justifying and even...

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Yibum: Keeping the deceased’s name alive

One of the most esoteric laws in the Torah is yibum, the law of the Levirate marriage. The Torah forbids a man from marrying his brother’s wife, but if the brother dies childless, the living brother marries his deceased brother’s widow (Deuteronomy 25:5–10). The Torah offers a rationale for this command. The marriage takes place so that the deceased’s name will continue on. In the words of the Torah: “The firstborn [from the Levirate marriage] shall succeed to the name of his dead brother, so that his dead brother’s name not be blotted out…from Israel” (25:6). File photoA Torah portion is read....

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