Issue 33

Friday, August 18, 2017

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Piaker lecture to feature grandson of Mendel Beilis, falsely accused of blood libel in 1911

This year’s annual Pauline and Philip M. Piaker Memorial Lecture will be held on Thursday, September 7, at 7:30 pm, at the Chabad Center, 420 Murray Hill Rd., Vestal. It will feature Jay Beilis, a Bronx native and grandson of Mendel Beilis, who will present on “Blood Libel: the Life and Memory of Mendel Beilis.”

Federation Film Fest to open with dinner on Sept. 10

The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton Film Fest will open with a dinner before the showing of the first film, “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy,” on Sunday September 10, at 5 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal.

Features

BU professor explores the idea of moral failure

After writing two books about moral failure for scholarly audiences, Lisa Tessman, a professor of philosophy at Binghamton University, decided to do something a bit different: she wrote a book about the topic for a general audience.

Book review: Food – personal and communal

Perhaps the most famous food moment in literary history is when Marcel Proust ate a madeleine dipped in tea. The result of that bite was a seven-volume novel, “In Search of Lost Time,” that covered approximately 4,215 pages. One thing Proust’s novel lacked, though, was recipes to go with his fictionalized reminiscences. 

Opinion

Finding balance

Sometimes wisdom appears in unexpected places. I was recently reading “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” by David Langercrantz, which continues the “Millennium” series by the late Stieg Larsson. The first three books were mysteries/thrillers that contained brutal and gruesome scenes, although their plots were also absorbing and compelling. The fourth book continues this trend. What surprised me, though, were a few lines of dialogue offered by one of the minor characters, Detective Inspector Jan Bublanski.

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