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A Living Lens: Rockville, Md.

By Alana Newhouse

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I had the privilege to be introduced by Herman Taube, a longtime contributor to the Forverts. In his short speech, Taube — a prolific poet — told the audience that his relationship with the paper began on April 18, 1947, four days before its fabled 50th anniversary (see above picture).

As Taube and his wife, both refugees from World War II, disembarked from the S.S. Ernie Pyle, they were approached by a young writer named Isaac Metzker, who asked to interview them. Taube noticed Yiddish letters on the paper stuffed in Metzker’s pocket, and he asked the newspaperman what sort of publication it was. The rest, as they say, is history: Taube contributed to the Forverts for next 60 years.

Alana Newhouse, the Forward’s Arts & Culture editor, is touring the country, speaking about her new book, “A Living Lens: Photographs of Jewish Life From the Pages of the Forward.”

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Paul Koffsky Tue. Jan 1, 2008

Ms. Newhouse, My daughter, Emily, and I were reading your blog as part of one of her Bat Mitzvah projects and saw the photo of Molka and Gedalia Sutin. They are my father's grandparents, and through his stories I feel as if I know them. Seeing your blog has added a unique dimension to Emily's preparation for her Bat Mitzvah. We've ordered the book and can't wait to read it. Best, Paul Koffsky

Alana Thu. Jan 3, 2008

Mr. Koffsky: I assume you saw this post about your great-grandparents, but just in case: Why not keep up the tradition? If you're interested and it's feasible, send us a picture from Emily's bat mitzvah and we'll post it here, along with the story of her Forward legacy. You can email me at Wishing her the best of luck on the big day... Sincerely, Alana

Ben Levi Tue. Feb 5, 2008

Yiddish is written in HEBREW letters, not Yiddish letters. Unless, of course, one would claim that English is written in English letters and Italian is written in Italian letters, etc. Quite often, the alphabet of a language was chosen because of religion, hence the Christian peoples of Europe chose the Latin script as their alphabet. Jewish languages are written in Hebrew script.

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