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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...

Bikel’s ‘Artistic Voice in Service of Tikkun Olam’

“Theodore Bikel’s The City of Light” is based on a short story by Theodore Bikel but the book’s author is his widow, Aimee Ginsburg Bikel....

Children’s Book Based on His Childhood Takes Theodore Bikel’s Legend to Another Stage

Over his long and remarkable career, Theodore Bikel achieved the status of living treasure. He is perhaps best known for the roles he played...

Digging Into the Roots of Religion

“Religion As We Know It: An Origin Story” by Jack Miles (Norton) is modest in length, only 152 pages, but literally cosmic in its...

Dreifus’ ‘Birthright’ Poems Come Straight From the Jewish Heart

Erika Dreifus is one of our brightest literary lights.  She was born in Brooklyn and educated at Harvard, where she earned a doctorate in history...

Advice in ‘Getting Older’ Never Gets Old

Those of us in the baby boom generation used to warn one another not to trust anyone over 30. Now that many of us...

Art Influences Life in Israel-U.S. Relationship

To understand how America perceives Israel, you need to pick up a book. But it’s the not the book you’re probably thinking of, as...

Struggling With the Ultimate Change

If yet more evidence is needed to prove that the heart wants what the heart wants, you will find it in a remarkable memoir...

‘Israeli Judaism’ Is Taking Root in the Homeland

Exactly how Jewish is the Jewish homeland? An earnest effort to answer this vexing question is presented in “#IsraeliJudaism: Portrait of a Cultural Revolution” by...

‘Chutzpah’ Explains Israel’s Spirit of Innovation

Amid the dire headlines out of the Middle East, we sometimes lose sight of the good news about Israel. That’s exactly what we find...

Sherlock Holmes Called On to Investigate the ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’

Nicholas Meyer’s first bestselling novel, “The Seven-Per-Cent Solution,” concocted a fanciful case that brought together the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and the real-life founder...

Wisdom Learned at the Feet of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan

The late Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan is best remembered as the father of Reconstructionism, a movement that regards Judaism as “the evolving religious civilization of...

Insights from the Rabbi Who Wrote the Book on ‘Open Orthodoxy’

“Orthodoxy” with a capital “O” is a misunderstood and misused word in Judaism. Modern Orthodoxy is used to identify the mainstream of strictly observant...

Latest news

Israel Cordons Off Heavily Infected Orthodox Suburb

Israeli security forces cordoned off the city of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, and are enforcing a total lockdown there.

Israeli Missile-Production Line Starts Churning Out Much-Needed Ventilators

“We are operating in a challenging time, and in a global ‘war’ to acquire the necessary components and fulfill our mission,” said Udi Kantor, CEDO of Inovytec.

Israeli Cycling Team to Hold Virtual Indoor Cycling Ride for Mask Donations

On April 5 at 9:30 p.m. ET, an Israeli cycling team will host a virtual indoor ride as a way to donate N95 masks...

Rabbi Osher Yaakov Westheim, Renowned British Authority on Kosher Laws, Dies of Coronavirus

(JTA) — Rabbi Osher Yaakov Westheim was considered “a towering figure” in the United Kingdom city of Manchester and a world-respected authority on kosher...

ADL Report Details Iran’s Coronavirus Anti-Semitism

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released a report on April 3 chronicling the Iranian government’s various anti-Semitic conspiracy theories surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19). ADL Associate Director,...
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