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Induction into Niggun

- Jake Marmer

March 24, 2012

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-Jake Marmer

March 24, 2012

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-Zvi A. Sesling
March 24, 2012

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The Science Student

-Yakov Azriel

March 24, 2012

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The End

-Hal Sirowitz

March 24, 2012

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arts and letters

Film Review: “My Perestroika” (2010)

by Jamie Bushell

May 10, 2011


Times of political and cultural upheaval often lead to periods of deep introspection and personal change. In a review of the 2010 film "My Perestroika," writer Jamie Bushell discusses the ways in which this film portrays just this sort of experience for a group of former classmates, as they look back on what life was like for them in the Former Soviet Union, both before and after the fall of communism.

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Laughter, Music and Joy: The New Center for Arts and Culture Celebrates Mimouna

by Daniel E Levenson, ALM

May 6, 2011


Mimouna Celebration

The New Center for Arts and Culture has been doing some impressive work in Boston, creating events and programs which have a Jewish flavor, but are open and accessible to all. In this piece, new Vilna Review publisher Daniel E. Levenson writes about this year's Mimouna Celebration, an event which drew hundreds of Jews and Muslims from the Boston area to an evening of laughter, discussion and music all centered around the traditional Moroccan Jewish holiday of Mimouna, which marks the end of Passover.

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A Review of Hillel: If Not Now, When? by Joseph Telushkin

by Gerald Sorin
February 18, 2011


The debates between the ancient sages Hillel and Shamai have fascinated scholars and observant Jews for thousands of years. In this new book by Joseph Telushkin, the author attempts a closer look at Hillel, considering the overall architecture of his ideas and why they remain relevant today. In this review, Gerald Sorin, professor, author and Director of Jewish Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz, offers a candid and engaging review of Mr, Telushkin's new work.

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Two Baseball Aficionados in Havana

by Larry Lefkowitz

April 25, 2011


In this new short story, author Larry Lefkowitz imagines a meeting between two very different baseball fans in Havana, Cuba - one an American Jew, the other, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. As Lefkowitz's narrator and protagonist makes his way through the winding streets of this venerable Caribbean city, the reader is drawn into his world and begins to see the landscape around him through the character's eyes.

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One Shabbat

by Clifford Lamm

March 22, 2011


In this new short story, author Clifford Lamm takes his readers on a journey through time and space, touching on Jewish culture, history and religious practice. In doing so, he draws a beautiful thread of connection, linking the Jewish past, present and future in a moving and though-provoking way.

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Shabbes Goy*

by Paul Beckman

February 23, 2011


*Shabbes Goy— A gentile doing physical work for a Jew on the Sabbath.


In this new short story, author Paul Beckman brings his readers into the a world of Orthodox Judaism, parents and children, and the fragile nature of human relationships.

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Welcome to the New Vilna Review

*A Note From the Publisher - February 8, 2012*


Dear readers and contributors,

The New Vilna Review has been going through some changes the past few

months, and our focus has shifted to offering an expanded selection of

poetry, fiction and arts writing. We are once again accepting submissions,

and look forward to continuing to publish some of the most interesting and

thought provoking work in the world of Jewish arts and letters.

-Daniel E. Levenson

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

The New Vilna Review



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