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‘Hundreds’ of US Jewish graves attacked in Philadelphia

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Police are searching for the vandals who damaged what one local rabbi said was nearly 500 headstones at a Jewish graveyard in Philadelphia.

Money is being raised to repair the graves and to identify and prosecute the apparently anti-Semitic attackers.

The vandalism comes less than a week after a Jewish cemetery near St Louis, Missouri, was defaced.

On Monday morning, more than a dozen Jewish Community Centers (JCC) in the US received telephone bomb threats.

The threats were made to JCC locations in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

In a statement, the JCC’s David Posner said that government officials “must speak out – and speak out forcefully – against this scourge of anti-Semitism impacting communities across the country”.

“Actions speak louder than words. Members of our community must see swift and concerted action from federal officials to identify and capture the perpetrator or perpetrators who are trying to instill anxiety and fear in our communities,” the statement read.

Later on Monday, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the recent bomb threats against Jewish groups are “unacceptable” and a “very serious and destructive practice”.

Interlitq wishes a happy Rosh Hashanah 2016 to all its Jewish readers and friends

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Interlitq wishes a happy Rosh Hashanah 2016 to all its Jewish readers and friends.

Jorge Luis Borges en el barrio judío

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Luis Alemany escribe:

“El origen está en los años de Borges en el Liceo Calvino de Ginebra, entre 1914 y 1918. Allí, él era un extranjero y, como tal, fue a juntarse con dos muchachos judíos, dos condiscípulos”, explica Barnatán. “Se llamaban Simon Jichlinski y Mauricio Abramowitz, eran polacos y mantuvieron una relación muy larga, hasta el final de sus vidas. Cada vez que Borges iba a Ginebra, visitaba a Jichlinski”. Con ellos, Borges supo de Rimbaud, del expresionismo alemán y, por primera vez, descubrió la cultura hebrea.

“Ginebra es el origen remoto del interés de Borges por el judaísmo”, explica Barnatán. Remoto, porque su verdadera fundación llegó un poco más tarde, en España, durante los años que el bonaerense pasó al abrigo de Rafael Cansinos Assens. El sevillano, recordemos, había tenido una educación cristiana y una madre devotísima, pero, en la edad adulta, indagó en el origen criptojudío de su familia paterna. En vez de esconder esa herencia, Cansinos la subrayó y la hizo pública, hasta el punto de convertirse. Borges, el discípulo que no pudo encontrar un abuelo sefardí, entró de su mano en el misterio de la literatura israelita.

Interlitq publishes its interview with poet and translator, Chana Bloch

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Interlitq publishes its interview (“The Real Truth”) with poet and translator, Chana Bloch.

“Can one be both Jewish and British…?”: Laura Moser

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Writing in Forward, reviewing Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War by Ian Buruma, Laura Moser, Interlitq‘s Washington D.C. Editor/Senior Editor-at-Large, asks:

Can one be both Jewish and British, or must one identity subsume the other? The critic and historian Ian Buruma tackles that perennially vexing question in “Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War,” his recently published account of his grandparents’ lifelong attempts to reconcile their Jewishness — both of them descended from German Jews who had come to London for financial opportunities in the 19th century — with their Britishness during the first and second World Wars.