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Sunday, July 12, 2020

AUTHOR NAME

Jonathan Kirsch

480 ARTICLES

One Israeli Soldier’s Psyche Comes to Light in ‘The Drive’

A principled critic of the IDF comes in the form of one its soldiers in a new book.

‘Her Sister’s Tattoo’ Is an Insightful and Compassionate Tale of Sisterhood and Activism

“Her Sister’s Tattoo” is a fictional story that enables readers to understand the tragic case of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

‘Surviving Autocracy’ Attacks Trump’s Failings, Warns of His Power

The first book by Masha Gessen that I reviewed in the Journal was “Where the Jews Aren’t,” an account of Stalin’s cynical attempt to...

Playwright Pulls Back the Curtains of His Life in New Memoir

Award-winning playwright David Adjmi (“Stunning,” “Marie Antoinette” and “The Evildoers,” among others) is a shining exemplar of the American Dream.

Author Says Hitler Is Not the Only One to Blame for Atrocities

Historian Robert Gellately asks, how did ordinary people become Nazis?

WWII Is Told Through An Egyptian Jew’s Letters to Her Beloved In New Nonfiction Book

The premise of “Love in the Blitz: The Long-Lost Letters of a Brilliant Young Woman to Her Beloved on the Front” (Harper) may strike...

Was Europe Complicit in the Holocaust? A New Book Says Yes

The chain of events that led to Kristallnacht began in Warsaw during the summer of 1938, as we are shown in the opening pages...

‘Digging Up Armageddon,’ Takes An Archaeological Look At Where The End Begins

Har-Megiddo, a Hebrew place name that translates as the Mount of Megiddo, is mentioned a dozen times in the Tanakh, but it is better...

Unearthing Buried Memories in ‘I Want You to Know We’re Still Here’

Among Esther Safran Foer’s distinctions is that she is the matriarch of America’s first family of Jewish-American letters. Her three sons are Jonathan, Franklin...

In ‘Don’t Go Crazy Without Me’ Deborah A. Lott Unpacks Being ‘Extraordinary’ Or Mentally Ill

Lott is a widely published memoirist, essayist and reporter, and the author of “In Session: The Bond Between Women and Their Therapists.” She teaches...

An Inside Look At Growing Up On A Kibbutz In Israel’s Early Days

Imagine a little girl who has just finished third grade, “barely over four feet high and sixty pounds,” charged with the job of tending...

Rabbi Donin’s Trilogy Speaks Volumes About Jewish Life

Donin himself conceived of his work as “a practical handbook on how to live a Jewish life,” but he also acknowledges that the overarching goal of the three books in the series is “to answer the constant query, ‘Why?’

New Book Remixes Judaism for Secular Jews

The challenge that Roberta Rosenthal Kwall confronts in “Remix Judaism: Preserving Tradition in a Diverse World” is summed up at the outset of her...

Author Lifts the Veil on Her Family in ‘Concealed’

Although we are cautioned not to judge a book by its cover, more than one reader of Esther Amini’s memoir will fall in love,...

‘Disciple’ Finds the True Rabbi Schulweis

Harold M. Schulweis was one of America’s most revered rabbis. He was succeeded in the pulpit of Valley Beth Shalom by Rabbi Edward M....

Hadley Freeman Shares Mysteries of a Family History in ‘House of Glass’

The opening pages of “House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a Twentieth-Century Jewish Family” by Hadley Freeman (Simon & Schuster) set a...

What We Really Mean by Free Speech

The First Amendment does not protect the person who falsely cries “Fire!” in a crowded theater, according to the classic words of Supreme Court...

Eva Robbins Surgically Explores the Mishkan

“Spiritual Surgery: A Journey of Healing Mind, Body and Spirit” by Eva Robbins draws on all of her skills, experiences and roles in life....

‘Hitler’ Stands Out as New Definitive Biography

“Do not forget what Amalek did to you,” or so we are commanded in the Book of Deuteronomy. If we must remember an enemy...

How Refugees Influenced Hollywood

Salka Viertel was the highest-paid screenwriter at MGM during the 1930s. She was Greta Garbo’s lifelong best friend. And, thanks to the social gatherings...

Influential Jews Share in ‘Genius & Anxiety’

A certain buzz has attached itself to “Genius & Anxiety: How Jews Changed the World, 1847-1947” (Scribner), by London-based author, journalist and broadcaster Norman...

Rosove Shares His Progressive Take on Israel and Its Future

The key to understanding why Rabbi John L. Rosove wrote his latest book, “Why Israel (and Its Future) Matters: Letters of a Liberal Rabbi...

Yiddish Is Alive and Well in New Anthology

If “The Joys of Yiddish” were not already the title of a beloved book by Leo Rosten, the phrase would be ideal to describe...

Chasing ‘Ivan’ from the Holocaust All the Way

Adolf Eichmann was the first person to be tried in the State of Israel for Nazi war crimes. John Demjanjuk was the second and...

‘Tech Shabbat’ and the Benefits of Unplugging

If you are already keeping the Sabbath, then you’re on the way to fulfilling the challenge issued by Tiffany Shlain in “24/6: The Power...

Bikel’s ‘Artistic Voice in Service of Tikkun Olam’

“Theodore Bikel’s The City of Light” is based on a short story by Theodore Bikel but the book’s author is his widow, Aimee Ginsburg Bikel....

Children’s Book Based on His Childhood Takes Theodore Bikel’s Legend to Another Stage

Over his long and remarkable career, Theodore Bikel achieved the status of living treasure. He is perhaps best known for the roles he played...

Digging Into the Roots of Religion

“Religion As We Know It: An Origin Story” by Jack Miles (Norton) is modest in length, only 152 pages, but literally cosmic in its...

Dreifus’ ‘Birthright’ Poems Come Straight From the Jewish Heart

Erika Dreifus is one of our brightest literary lights.  She was born in Brooklyn and educated at Harvard, where she earned a doctorate in history...

Advice in ‘Getting Older’ Never Gets Old

Those of us in the baby boom generation used to warn one another not to trust anyone over 30. Now that many of us...

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Keyak is a longtime Democratic political strategist who worked for Barack Obama.

Eagles Announce DeSean Jackson Will Be Disciplined but Will Remain on Team

The Philadelphia Eagles announced on July 10 that wide receiver DeSean Jackson will be disciplined over his social media posts but will remain on...

‘Free Palestine’ Spray-Painted on University of Wisconsin Hillel

Out of 44,411 students at the university, 5,200 of them are Jewish.
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