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YENTL at 40: No Wonder We Love Barbra Streisand!

Were you to walk the streets of Cullman (AL) on a night in 1975, you would find yourself in a very quiet place. Cullman is small, surrounded on all sides by farmland and clumps of sweetgum trees. On that 70s night, it would have been dark, and, save the radio of an occasional passing pickup, quiet. But if you followed the right street down into a flat residential area, a voice could eventually be made out, just over the din of the cicadas.… read more.

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Travel to The Pale with Pearl Gluck in Search of Family History

Today’s SWAN-of-the-Day is filmmaker Pearl Gluck, one of the first Jewish women to give outsiders a peek inside Ashkenazi Orthodoxy. Although we have many opportunities now – especially in streaming series like Shtisel and Unorthodox – Pearl was a courageous trail blazer.

The following is adapted from the review I wrote of her film Divan for the September 2005 issue of the World Jewish Digest:

Pearl Gluck comes from a large Hasidic family based in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn.… read more.

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