“Shanghai revisits its forgotten Jewish past”

LA Times (via Ratty): ...During World War II, 20,000 European Jews fled to Shanghai, one of the few places in the world they could go without a visa, and one of the few that put no limit on the number of Jews it would accept. Under Japanese occupation, they were squeezed into one of the city's poorest neighborhoods, living cheek by jowl with working-class Chinese such as Wang."They were good friends. They lived together. They played together. They suffered together under the Japanese … [Read more...]

“Pushkin Becomes a Little Girl’s Passport”

I review the children's book Letters from Rifka, at Acculturated. Thanks to NJMKW for suggesting it! … [Read more...]

Today is the feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe; it seems appropriate, therefore,

to point you to The Groom's Family, a blog by a Jewish convert to Eastern Orthodoxy, who is currently doing a series on the book From Enemy to Brother: The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews, 1933 - 1965. … [Read more...]

Children’s books rooted in specific beliefs and traditions

I am looking for them, for a possible series of articles. Right now I have books whose worldviews are deeply rooted in Catholicism, Judaism (though I could use more suggestions there), and Transcendentalism (no really). I'm looking for good books from other beliefs/traditions--I'm using that phrasing because I don't know that it makes sense to call Transcendentalism a religion--which are not defensive or promoting we're-all-the-same faux diversity* but which allow the reader to enter into the … [Read more...]