May 8th, 2014

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Recent Reading: The Two Hotel Francforts by David Leavitt

The Two Hotel FrancfortsThe Two Hotel Francforts by David Leavitt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


No one mixes historical fiction with homosexual love and eroticism quite like David Leavitt. This one, set in Lisbon in 1940, tells the story of two married couples trying to get to America as the Nazis take over more and more of Europe.

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Recent Reading: Fraulein Rabbiner Jonas by Elisa Klaphek

Fraulein Rabbiner Jonas: The Story of the First Woman RabbiFraulein Rabbiner Jonas: The Story of the First Woman Rabbi by Elisa Klapheck

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A really fascinating portrayal, translated from the German, of the first woman ordained as a rabbi. I researched her for this year's seder, where I present a brief bio of a Jewish woman, living or dead, for the Miriam's Cup ritual (see miriamscup.com) for more information.

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