Monthly Archives: May 2013

Friday News – May 31, 2013

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Actually, my post is late, and I am keeping it short due to time constraints.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
-Mark Twain

Visit Hannah for a nice sounding Indian flat bread recipe.

Leora has tips for traveling with an iPad in Israel.

Zivah’s post reflects my thoughts on this week’s Parsha.

Senior Hiker has a stunning beach scene!

Freya’s story, “Tapestry”, is thoughtful in many ways.

Shabbat Shalom!

May 31, 2013 – 22 Sivan, 5773

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Graduation Day!

By the time this is posted, I will be on my way to my Grandie, Emily Girlie-Girl’s school. I will be attending her kindergarten graduation! After the performance and graduation ceremony, there will be a “luau party”. I am sure it will be a fun time!

Update: Emily Girlie-Girl represented her class for the National Anthem! We (her parents, other Bubbe, Aunt, and I) were extremely proud. She did a fantastic job announcing! The individual class productions were precious.

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Lorri M. Book Review: The Jump Artist

thejumpartist The Jump Artist, by Austin Ratner, was a novel that was a study in a relationship between a father and son, and the psychological impacts of that relationship and how it directed the emotional course of the son.

Max, the father was a powerful force in his son, Philipp Halsman’s life, and often energetic, bordering on overpowering, in his quests and activities. He saw himself as able to perform any task, and no matter how strenuous, he never failed to exhibit his dominance and strength. And, exhibit he did, to a fault, proceeding to conquer even when his physical impairment should have quelled his goal.

Philipp, a 22-year old Latvian Jew, on the other hand, was diminished in his father’s presence. He had no ambition to compete on his father’s level, and no motivation to drive him forward. Throughout the pages, he evokes a sense of detachment from his father, and a bond that is less than strong or close.

One day while out hiking in Austria, Max fell off a cliff and died. Philipp looked away for one quick instance, and when he looked back, his father was gone. From there the story line becomes more morose. Philipp is accused of murdering his father and taken to jail. He is found guilty of murder, and the reader surmises (at least this reader did), that he did not kill his father, from the way the story line is written.

The prison scenes are extremely layered with graphic imagery. Nothing is left to the imagination. The inhumane treatment is apparent, and Philipp’s depressive state is fostered within the disgusting prison conditions.

While in jail Philipp becomes a tortured soul, unable to fathom why nobody believes him. He is unable to cope with his detention under the circumstances surrounding the fact that nobody believes him, and everyone is against him. His only saving soul is his lawyer, who defends him to the best of his ability, under the extreme and the microscopic efforts of the prosecution.

Within the pages the reader is given vivid portrayals of a man depressed, a man racked with guilt, not the guilt of a murderer, but the guilt of burdens he has bared, and the guilt of a man who is in a constant state of self-hate. His only allies are his attorney, his mother, Freud and Einstein. They rally behind him, and Freud and Einstein vouch for him and use their status to help him gain a pardon.

Once out of prison, he realizes he must move to another country in order to start life anew. Also, the fact that war is imminent plays a large factor in his decision to relocate to France, where he is welcomed, where he feels at home, and where he believes he will be harbored. Within his new environment his efforts at portrait photography are enhanced, and he becomes known for his work. Living in France does not last long, and Philipp eventually moves to America.

In America his photography flourishes, it becomes his life, his reason for living. He photographs famous celebrities, including Marilyn Monroe. His signature becomes the fact that he photographs his subjects as they jump, therefore, he is known as a “Jump Artist”. His life takes on new meaning, yet his detachment to humanity is still obvious.

Ratner
is brilliant in his writing, and in his portrayal of the human condition, both in prison and in society, as antisemitism rears its ugliness. If this were today, I doubt that Philipp would have been convicted, even through all the discrimination inflicted upon him. There was no conclusive evidence, and the few witnesses that were present used drama tactics to infuse the court’s decision. Antisemitism seemed to be a decisive force behind the verdict.

For those looking for an intense read, The Jump Artist is a book for you. It is not a quick read, not a light read, but a dark and compelling read. I applaud Austin Ratner for his brilliant writing.

May 28, 2013 – 19 Sivan, 5773

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Sunday Scenes May 26, 2013

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I am in the middle of reading The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.

What Jane Saw” sounds like a fascinating exhibit, regarding Jane Austen and art.

Hollywood and Hitler – 1933-1939, by Thomas Doherty takes a serious look into the film Hitler and the industry.

May 26, 2013 – 17 Sivan, 5773

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Friday News – 5/24/13

Delightful Delectables

The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival is from June 1 – June 6, 2013. The screening schedule can be found here. I will definitely be attending a couple of the screenings.

Newly elected Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti and whether he is the first Jewish Mayor of Los Angeles.

Jewish Organizations come to the aid of Oklahoma.

I have two new books to read and review:

Tinkers

The Lives They Left Behind
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I love Leora’s Drawing: Boy Talks to Fisherman. It leaves a lot for the viewer to ponder.

Hannah’s Ginger Glazed Halibut sounds simply delicious.

I enjoyed Freya’s flash-fiction, and its vivid imagery.

Visit Senior Moments to see stunning photographs of Park Avenue in the Arches National Park, Utah

Heidi Estrin hosted the May Jewish Book Carnival.

The Skirball Cultural Center will have ongoing Family Ampitheater Performances on Saturdays and Sundays, June 22-September 1, 2013.

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Rose Beauty, Sunflower Joy, Wings to Fly

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Yom Huledet Sameach! Happy Sixth Birthday, dear Emily Girlie Girl!

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Thank you for the rose beauty and sunflower joy you bring into my life. I look forward to seeing you spread your wings in the upcoming years. May all your flights and journeys be positive ones.

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The 23rd of May is a bit of a unusual day for me, almost like an oxymoron.

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I miss you Dad. Your memories comfort me, and I feel blessed to have had your love during the first sixteen years of my life.

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