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Happy Birthday, Dokter Seuss!by Melanie J. Meyers, M.S., Senior Reference Librarian, Center for Jewish History March 2, 2012 would have been the 108th birthday of the venerable cartoonist and children’s book author, Doctor Seuss. While Dr. Seuss was not Jewish, his books have a universal appeal that resonates with children (and adults) of all religions and cultures.  His political cartoons were among the first…

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Title page from an 1894 version of David Copperfield published in Vilna. Dickens was frequently published in serial form; this is part four of the novel. “Tsarles Dikens” in the Collectionsby Melanie J. Meyers, M.S., Senior Reference Librarian, Center for Jewish History Today marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’s birthday, and in the spirit of the day, the reference desk at the Center did some…

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Using the Archives to Reflect on Your Hanukkah Experience

by David P. Rosenberg, Senior Reference Librarian – Collections, Center for Jewish History  Hanukkah Lamp. Galicia or Ukraine, ca. 1800. Silver: cast, filigree, engraved. The Max Stern Collection, Yeshiva University Museum. This lamp is of the Ba’al Shem Tov type, named after the founder of Hasidism, who, tradition tells us, owned a Hanukkah lamp of this type. This made it very popular in the…

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The American Jewish chaplain experience: historical perspectives

by David P. Rosenberg, Senior Reference Librarian – Collections, Center for Jewish History Many things come to the minds of Americans when they think of Abraham Lincoln: the story of the apple tree and the nickname “honest Abe,” the address at Gettysburg, the Emancipation Proclamation. One thing that may not immediately come to mind is the fight for religious freedom that Lincoln fought amidst…

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