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Luscious Legacies: Kosher Cookbook With a Twist

“Luscious Legacies Cookbook: L’Dor V’Dor: From Generation to Generation” is designed to inspire, as well as nourish.

Examining a Deity Made in Our Own Image

Stavrakopoulou insists on taking the authors of the Bible at their word when they depict God as possessing a human form.

The New Koren Tanakh: A Pleasure to Read

The Magerman Edition of the new Koren Tanakh is a project that stretched over more than a decade, and makes the study of Tanakh easier – and more pleasurable -- than ever before. 

New Memoir by the Doors’ Robby Krieger Sets the Record Straight

In his new memoir, “Set the Night on Fire: Living, Dying, and Playing Guitar With the Doors,” Krieger details his story and that of the Doors, from his early years to “The End” and beyond.

“The Genius Under the Table” Shows a Child’s Perspective on Surviving the USSR

In his new memoir for young adults, author and illustrator Yelchin channels his childlike self to describe what it was like growing up in Cold War Russia.

Children’s Book “Let’s Stay Healthy” Encourages Healthy Eating and Habits

In her new children’s book “Let’s Stay Healthy” author Bracha Goetz aims to teach Jewish children about the importance of eating fruits and veggies and staying away from junk food.  

For the Full Mel Brooks Memoir Experience, Get the Audiobook

“The only Requirement for a Mel Brooks film is that you come in ready to laugh,” Brooks says in the opening pages of his new memoir, “All About Me!: My Remarkable Life in Show Business.”

Hope for Children with Autism

For those interested in the subject, Dr. Shoshana Levin Fox has authored a book, “An Autism Casebook for Parents and Practitioners: The Child Behind the Symptoms,” that will earn their attention.

Graphic Novel Shows the Many Lives of Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen didn’t have a typical journey for a rock star.

“We’ve been here for two thousand years”: Dalia Sofer’s Novel of Post-Revolutionary Iran

We all know Jews have been part of the social fabric of Iran (formerly Persia) for millennia.

Five Israel-Infused Picture Books for Year-Round Reading

As an emerging picture-book writer, I’ve been immersing myself in the world of Jewish children’s literature for a while now. And I’ve been especially...

“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.

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