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What is it with this new generation of Jewish writers?

Rebecca Spence If nothing else, Berkeley writer Rebecca Spence has chosen an irresistible title for her Sunday talk at Afikomen: Portnoy’s Restraint: How Jewish-American Writers Have Learned to Stop Kvetching (and Love Being Jewish) Spence, who has her MFA from Bennington College and worked as the West Coast correspondent for The Forward, is writing a […]

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Why is that parsley sprig on the Seder plate anyway?

When Ira Steingroot started working at Cody’s Books in 1976, he noticed that the store only had a small collection of Jewish books. Since Passover was approaching, Steingroot decided to stock some more haggadot, the book Jews follow during the Passover Seder. That casual decision launched Steingroot on a 34-year quest to discover and understand […]