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‘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 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...

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