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Rabbi Wolpe's Picks: Kafka and the Jews at the Spa.

Rabbi David Wolpe is the rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and the author, most recently, of Why Faith Matters. In a new Scroll series, Wolpe will examine a work of Jewish scholarship, either contemporary or classic, which has relevance for modern Jewish life.

"She went from resort to resort and from physician to physician." The valetudinarian in Israel Singer's novel, The Brothers Ashkenazi, was not alone. The sick and the well, the seeking and the indolent, the secular and the deeply faithful, took themselves to the spas of Europe from the late 19th century through the early 1930s. This flourishing but little-remembered culture is the subject of a scholarly gem, Next Year in Marienbad: The Lost Worlds of Jewish Spa Culture, by Mirjam Zadoff.

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Author:Wolpe, David
Publication:Tablet Magazine
Date:Dec 23, 2013
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