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Thursday, May 28, 2020

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War is Told Through the Eyes of a Woman’s Letters to Her Beloved

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 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...

Hanukkah Books Are Scarce; Yiddish Is Trending

Every year, children's publishers usually add a title or two about the Hanukkah holiday by the time December rolls around, but this year the...

‘Matzah Ball Books’ Teach Children Yiddish

Growing up, Santa Monica resident and children’s author Anne-Marie Asner recalled her bubbe speaking to her in fluent Yiddish. And yet, she couldn’t speak...

‘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...

New Articles

Israeli Medical Team Comes to Sudan in Secret, Lifesaving Mission

A small airplane carrying an Israeli medical team along with equipment and medicine for treating the coronavirus landed in Sudan in an attempt to...

Germany Reports Highest Number of Anti-Semitic Crimes Since 2001

Germany has recorded the highest number of anti-Semitic crimes nationwide since 2001. And a new wave linked to coronavirus conspiracy theories is expected, Jewish...

Man Who Held Anti-Semitic Sign at Ohio Protest Wanted to Target Jews at Kent State, Report Says

A man who held an anti-Semitic sign at an April rally in Columbus, Ohio, reportedly sought to target Jews at Kent State University. The Cleveland...

Bench Near Minneapolis Synagogue Vandalized With Swastikas

(JTA) — A bus stop near a synagogue in Minneapolis was vandalized with swastikas. The graffiti was discovered Tuesday on a bench outside Shir Tikvah...

ADL Report Highlights ‘Significant Trend of Anti-Semitism’ in ‘the Anti-Israel Movement on Campus’

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released a report on May 27 highlighting how anti-Semitism permeates “the anti-Israel movement on .” The report acknowledged that although the...

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