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William Giraldi on Aharon Appelfeld

I came across this article, by William Giraldi, dated May 13, 2014, entitled Grasping for Words, Grappling with the Past: The long journey of Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld. I was totally engrossed in the content.

I am an avid Aharon Appelfeld fan. I have read several of his books, and each time an English translation is published, I immediately buy it. I read his books with heartfelt sadness due to the compelling and intense subject matter. There are no words adequate enough for me to totally depict my thoughts and feelings on his work.

Giraldi does Appelfeld justice, and acknowledges his masterful and brilliant writing. The article is an excellent summary of Appelfeld’s works, but also an intense (albeit, short) account of Aharon Appelfeld’s life’s journey. It details not only his physical, emotional, and mental journey, but his literary journey, as well.

Some of Aharon Appelfeld’s books that I have read are:

Badenheim 1939
Suddenly, Love: A Novel
The Story of a Life: A Memoir
Blooms of Darkness: A Novel
The Iron Tracks: A Novel
Tzili: The Story of a Life
All Whom I Have Loved: A Novel
Until the Dawn’s Light: A Novel
Laish: A Novel

Aharon Appelfeld brings the reader illuminating gems within his novels. His stories are told with magnificent prose and word-imagery. The impact is not normally light and airy, but one that is often disturbing, and on the fringes of horrific events to come. He has a point to make within the pages of his novels, and the concepts and depictions resound and echo through the heart of pain and extreme adversity. He beckons the reader to ponder humanity and the human condition.

I hope you take the time to read William Giraldi’s insightful and excellent article.

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It Shouldn’t Be Necessary

The Jewish Book Carnival for August is up, hosted by Ann D. Koffsy, with many links for you to browse. DO stop by.

I have been lax in blogging, lately. There has been so much happening, worldwide, in my own life, and in the life of a dear friend, that I didn’t feel the motivation to write a post.

Tuesday’s news regarding James Wright Foley, crushed me. It is appalling, unfathomable, and heartbreaking on so many levels. The family statement is a beautiful tribute, yet through all of the anxiety they have been dealing with for several years, how can they overcome this? How?

When I heard the news, I immediately thought of Daniel Pearl, and his family. I pass by the Daniel Pearl Magnet School a couple of times a week, and each time I do, I pray for him and his family. Now, when I drive by, I will include James Wright Foley in my prayers.

It shouldn’t be necessary…

Here is a statement from Ruth Pearl, mother of Daniel Pearl: “Our hearts go out to the family of journalist James Foley. We know the horror they are going through.” Ruth Pearl – Daniel Pearl Foundation

It shouldn’t be necessary…

The world has turned against itself, it seems. Even within America, due to the events in Ferguson, the anger is prevalent and fueled with discord, and lack of harmony. Fighting, looting, bullying, and defiance are not, in any sense, the answer.

I abhor the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There doesn’t seem to be any end in sight. My people are being held responsible for inflicting harm, yet, no responsibility seems to be called for regarding Palestine’s involvement. Many in the world see some of the events through lenses of cultural preference and/or religious foundations, and not through realistic actions that have been taken.

MH17 with all of its passengers and crew being shot down is a deplorable act, and one that is unimaginable. The families left behind…how do individuals go on from an act of this proportion!?

It shouldn’t be necessary…

So much discord, so many deplorable acts, so much horror is occurring. At times, I stay away from the news, yet, I return, because I want to keep up with current events. It is a lose-lose situation.

I turn towards my photography, towards hiking, towards writing and towards listening to ethnic music. It helps for a short while…

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The Gazebo

The gazebo
is a harbor of reflection
of today’s issues
on the days past
the days ahead
on nature’s beauty
roses, petunias lavender
dogwood trees, weeping willows
a place of retreat
to nourish the body
sip a cup of tea
from a floral china cup
bite from a scone
infuse the soul
with quietude and calm
-LM

Shalom…

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Sunday Scenes – December 29, 2013

pathway to sea

The imagination is the golden pathway to everywhere.
-Terence McKenna

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
-Khalil Gibran

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along lifes pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
-Joseph Addison

Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art is currently on display at The Graduate Center, CUNY’s James Gallery, in New York.

There are deep Jewish roots in children’s literature. Read about it, here, and discover some wonderful sounding exhibits.

The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles is showing an Experiential Exhibit on Anne Frank.

This is my last Sunday Scenes post for 2013. The next one will be posted in 2014! Happy New Year to everyone. May your 2014 be safe, illuminated with joy and love, and filled with peace.

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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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Lorri M. Friday News 5/17/13

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I reviewed the memoir, Country of Ash: A Jewish Doctor in Poland 1939-1945.

I wrote about Cancer in Varied Forms, this week.

I finished reading The Golem and the Jinni, and I absolutely enjoyed it, although it is not my normal genre of reading.

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Hannah’s Nook has a delicious sounding Fruity Red Lentil Curry recipe posted.

Leora’s Sketching Out blog has a wonderful colored-pencil drawing: Fishing at the Raritan River: Man and Boy. What are your thoughts on it?

Visit Shiloh Musings and read her Jewish Blog Roundup which has several links to browse.

Zivah writes on Naso – raising us up.

Yidstock 2013 – The Festival of New Yiddish Music

Visit Women of the Wall to see their latest update.

The Jewish Journal has a post about the new documentary: State 194: A Documentary About Palestine.

Jewish Waltz With Planet Earth Retreat, such an interesting concept.

Shabbat Shalom!

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