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“Squirrel Hill” Shows Violence Against Jews Can Happen Anywhere

Mass murder in America is such a commonplace that attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh, which happened only three years ago, is not much talked about nowadays.

In Search of Our Yiddishe Mamas’ Gardens: A New Translation of Fradl Shtok’s “From the Jewish Provinces”

Shtok’s deft humor, her insights about human nature, and the determination and strength of her characters (particularly the female characters) make this collection a worthwhile read.

“Play With Your Food!” Cookbook Helps Parents of Picky Eaters

Sarah Appleman has created a kosher cookbook called “Play With Your Food!” which teaches parents how to make mealtime fun and encourage kids to eat everything.

Kids’ Book Tells the Story of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

One hundred years ago, on November 11, 1921, after the end of World War I, the first Unknown Soldier was interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

Seeing Through the Eyes of a Traveling Truth-Teller

Bernard-Henri Lévy is almost always described as a philosopher, a public intellectual or both.  Yet these terms are misleading.

In His New Book, David Steinberg Talks Funny Business

“Inside Comedy” comes at a fraught moment in American comedy, but Steinberg helps us put the latest hot topic – Dave Chappelle’s “The Closer” – into its historical context.

“A Mouthful of Air” Movie and Book Dive Into the Pain of Postpartum Depression

For Julie Davis, the main character in “A Mouthful of Air,” a novel and new movie by the same name, postpartum depression is all-consuming, and it’s threatening to destroy the world she’s built for herself. 

Exploring a Family’s Relationship With the NBA and the Holocaust

Dan Grunfeld’s first book, which will be published November 30, dives deep into his grandmother Anyu’s story in Romania before the Nazis invaded.

New Book Argues that “Woke Media” is Undermining Democracy

In her new book, Batya Ungar-Sargon argues that wokeness is contributing to many of the societal problems in the United States we’re facing today.

What Author Mark Oppenheimer Found When He Went to Squirrel Hill

Mark Oppenheimer, an accomplished journalist and former New York Times religion columnist, reacted promptly when he heard about the Tree of Life synagogue massacre in his childhood neighborhood.  

The Parvenu and the Jew—Objects of Scorn in Bolesław Prus’s Classic Polish Novel, “The Doll”

I want to highlight one of Prus’s strongest preoccupations—not only his, but so many of his generation: the Jewish problem.

The Disturbing Realization that “People Love Dead Jews”

The bitter ironies that abound in Dara Horn’s new book begin with the title itself: “People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present” (Norton).

Review of New Legal Thriller: “The Quiet Boy”

The quiet teenage boy of the title, Wesley Keener, not only does not speak, but he also does not make eye contact, eat, excrete, rest or grow.

The “Many Faces” of the Jewish Immigrant Experience

Persoff charts his metamorphosis from a greenhorn into an American -- and from an aspiring engineer into an accomplished actor—with the evocative scene-setting and story-telling that fleshes out the saga of the Jewish immigrant experience in America.

The Shoah and the Struggle for Beauty

“After: The Obligation of Beauty” by Mindy Weisel is a testament to the artist’s lifelong struggle to make sense of the Shoah and, especially, the ordeal that her parents survived in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen.

Former Lone Soldier From Los Angeles Publishes Memoir About IDF Experience

“Under the Stretcher” is a vivid and accessible memoir about a young Jewish-American’s experience as a lone soldier.

Writer Amy Sohn Spotlights Sex Radicals in “The Man Who Hated Women”

“The Man Who Hated Women” sheds light on the different shapes and forms of feminism.

Book Review: “Is Superman Circumcised?”

The key to understanding Superman is to think of him as Jewish.

New Wiesenthal Book Brings Nazi-Hunter Back to Life

“Wiesenthal” is based on the one-man play Dugan has been performing around the world since 2009 at the Torrance Cultural Center.

“The Fifth Fiasco: How to Escape the Traps of Jewish History In The Twenty-First Century” by David Passig

This informative and fascinating tour de force first looks back to Jewish history in order to project a more desirable Jewish future.

In Brooklyn’s Hipster Williamsburg Neighborhood, Hasidic Jews are the Real Counterculture

In their new book, “A Fortress in Brooklyn: Race, Real Estate, and the Making of Hasidic Williamsburg” (Yale University Press), Nathaniel Deutsch and Michael Casper unpack the history of Jewish Williamsburg and the collision of its pious Jewish community with the forces of commerce and urban development.

Book Review: “To All Who Call In Truth” by Michael Oren

It is a crime story that sheds light on the culture, politics and strife of America in the 1970s.

Sci-Fi Author Sarah Pinsker on “We Are Satellites”

In 2020, Pinsker became the second Jewish woman to ever receive a Nebula Award for Best Novel from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

New Book About Israel is the Much-Needed Schooling/Scolding for all Sides of the Conflict

Noa Tishby’s book is a practical, no-nonsense resource fit for diplomats, heads of state, and anyone riled up by misleading memes

Historical Novelist Renée Rosen on “The Social Graces”

Rosen’s latest work is a look at New York socialites at the turn of the twentieth century.

David Laskin Breaks New Ground in ‘What Sammy Knew’

The striking similarities between “What Sammy Knew” and today’s social movements are unmistakable.

The Stories of Overlooked Female Polish WWII Resistance Fighters

Director Steven Spielberg has optioned the book for a motion picture and signed Batalion to co-write the screenplay.

Satirical Comedic Author Dave Cowen on New ‘Biden-Harris’ Haggadah

"The Biden-Harris Haggadah: Thank G-d!” offers laughter for anyone who needs it at their upcoming seder.

New Passover-Themed Picture Books for Kids

A number of new picture books celebrating Passover have recently hit bookstores.

“Bubie’s in Bidud” (Grandma’s in Isolation) — A Delightful Children’s Book by Karen Guth

I have known Karen Guth for many years, both as a friend and as a fellow English teacher in Israel.

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