Tuesday, August 4, 2020



A Jew’s Brazilian Journey Revived in New Translation of ‘On a Clear April Morning’

Marcos Iolovitch’s “On a Clear April Morning” is an especially exotic version of the Jewish immigrant experience.

Nazis Have Upper Hand in Page-Turning ‘What-If’ WWII Novel ‘Rocket’s Red Glare’

“Rocket’s Red Glare: A WWII Era Alternative History Novel” is a deeply informed and wildly inventive re-imagining of America during the Second World War.

Judy Gold Stands Up for Comedy in Her Book ‘Yes, I Can Say That’

The veteran stand-up, actress and Emmy-winning writer-producer weighs in on serious topics including free speech, censorship and cyberbullying, while paying tribute to her Jewish comedy heroes.

‘New Jewish Canon’ Provides Much Food for Thought

Some of the very best Jewish learning does not happen in seminar rooms, synagogues or online, but at home, on the couch.

‘The Violin Players:’ A Jewish Girl’s High School Introduction to Anti-Semitism

The following article is a sponsored feature. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege to travel the country to speak to audiences of all ages....

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.

‘Women of Valor’ Reminds Us Orthodox Women Are More Than Caged Birds Media Depicts

“Women of Valor: Orthodox Jewish Troll Fighters, Crime Writers, and Rock Stars in Contemporary Literature and Culture,” unpacks the portrayals of Orthodox women.

‘Parenting in a Pandemic’ Booklet Offers Insights on How to Help Teens During COVID-19

The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) has released a free 36-page booklet with teachings from mental health professionals who work with adolescents.

‘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...

Chasidism Taught Through a Modern Lens in Two-Volumes

Judaism will be much enhanced by such adaption as has been this reader.

Recommended Children’s Books About Little-Known Jewish Heroes

From a Jewish women's rights activist in Japan to a Greecian princess who saved her family from the Nazis, these heroes are worth reading about.

165 Major Jewish Voices Reflect on COVID-19 in New Anthology

"When We Turned Within: Reflections on COVID-19," will have all proceeds go to UJA-Federation New York's COVID-19 relief fund.

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...

Book Series ‘Hero in Me’ Teaches Kids About Famous Jewish Figures

To inspire the next generation of Jewish leaders, writer Emma Carlson Berne explored what makes and what it takes to be a hero in...

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...

Rabbi Recalls the Life of Harold M. Schulweis, A Rabbis’ Rabbi

One of the few delights of this period of enforced home stay has been the possibility of reading all those books one has wanted...

‘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...

Children’s E-Book ‘Cory V, The Virus’ Explains COVID-19 to Kids

Several weeks into quarantine, it’s safe to say if you haven’t had “the talk” with your kids, now is the time: the coronavirus talk. Educational...

Evonne Marzouk’s Novel Asks ‘Does God Still Talk to People?’

The Talmud states “the spirit of prophecy departed” when the prophets Zechariah, Malachi and Chagai passed away. A novel by Evonne Marzouk raises the...

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...

Alan Zweibel, Writer Behind Jewish Comedy Legends, Made $325 Per SNL Episode

You may not be familiar with writer Alan Zweibel, but you definitely know the comedy legends who have delivered his jokes. As a double...

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?’

Five New Passover Picture Books for 2020

This year’s roundup of the latest Passover picture books includes a number of different takes on the holiday. They all emphasize the joyful spirit...

‘When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone’— 10 Years Later

In this Passover season, we are reminded of the more recent “Let My People Go” in Jewish history — that of the rallying cry...

Liel Leibovitz Expertly Explores Superheroes’ Jewish Roots and Stan Lee in New Biography

Is Spider-Man’s story a retelling of the story of Cain and Abel? Is the dynamic tension within the supergroup the Fantastic Four meant to...

New Articles

Israel Offers Assistance to Lebanon Follow Explosions at Beirut Port

Lebanon is not expected to accept the offer.

‘Harry Potter’ Star Jason Isaacs Opens up About His Struggle With Addiction

"Every action was filtered through a burning need I had for being as far from a conscious, thinking, feeling person as possible."

Trump Pronounces Yosemite as ‘Yo Semites’

Twitter users responded with various jokes on the matter.

Alexander Vindman Decries Trump’s ‘Efforts to Undermine the Very Foundations of Our Democracy’

"At no point in my career or life have I felt our nation’s values under greater threat and in more peril than at this," Vindman wrote in an op-ed in the Washington Post.

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