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12.11.2013 | 134 days ago | Posted at 08:54 AM

The Movie on the Famous Melody

By David Luhrssen
  In the middle of a bar mitzvah or a wedding reception, as the mood sags and guests begin to contemplate making their excuses, the band strikes up a familiar melody. Suddenly the dance floor fills with partygoers doing the circular hora. Spirits soar. And yet, that melody, “Hava Nagila,” has been so over exposed and run through the pop culture saw mill that what’s le...
04.12.2010 | | Posted at 11:06 AM

Daring Mission in Nazi Europe

By David Luhrssen
It sounds like a Hollywood movie: During World War II, a young Jewish woman on a kibbutz joins the RAF and leaves Palestine on a secret mission into Nazi-occupied Europe. For the British, it�s an opportunity to make mischief for the Germans and establish a network to rescue downed fliers. For the woman and her compatriots, it was an opportunity to rescue Jews from the Holocaust. The plo...

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