A Good Place to Hide By Peter Grose

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Books and an acclaimed documentary film have made the French Huguenot village of Le Chambon and Pastor André Trocmé well known for sheltering Jews from the Nazis and their Vichy France collaborators. But some books have been criticized as inaccurately portraying how Le Chambon and its surrounding villagers and farmers saved thousands. Peter Grose seeks… Read More

The Covenant Kitchen: Food and Wine for the New Jewish Table By Jeff and Jodie Morgan

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With Passover in the rear-view mirror, a common problem facing many kosher cooks is just what to do with all of the newfound culinary freedom. You can eat chametz, now what? But epicurean adventure needn’t be found in the land of the exotic. As winemakers Jeff and Jodie Morgan demonstrate in their new cookbook, high-minded… Read More

Yesha is Fun: The good life guide to Judea and Samaria By Karni Eldad

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When Ha’aretz approved writer Karni Eldad’s idea for an article on bed and breakfasts in Judea and Samaria, the left-leaning Israeli newspaper probably didn’t envision that the assignment would be the precursor to an entire book on the subject. But after Eldad discovered the abundance of boutique tourist attractions in the area, that’s exactly what… Read More

America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder By Bret Stephens

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Risk, the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a… Read More

Catch the Jew! By Tuvia Tenenbom

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While visiting Israel in March to speak at Hebrew University’s conference marking 50 years of German-Israeli diplomatic relations, Tuvia Tenenbom stayed clear of Ramallah. But Jibril Rajoub, the former head of the Palestinian Authority’s Preventative Security Force, had welcomed him as a VIP when Tenenbom arrived as “Tobi the German journalist.” Tuvia is now a… Read More

Prayers for the Living By Alan Cheuse

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When it comes to human behavior, does free will hold sway, or are we all doomed to act in ways beyond our control? “Prayers for the Living” seems to be telling us that we are prisoners of our past, playthings of an unfeeling fate. The book was written by Alan Cheuse, a longtime book reviewer… Read More

A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz By Göran Rosenberg

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Two tragedies ruined the life of Göran Rosenberg’s father, once a third-year student in a Polish textile college. The first was the Shoah, which ripped him from his world, then destroyed it. The second took longer, starting at age 24, when he and 30,000 other survivors were brought to Sweden for rehabilitation. Posthumously addressing his… Read More

Lincoln and the Jews: A History

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By Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell Thomas Dunne Books, 272 pages A great coffee-table book about Jewish history, let alone American Jewish history, doesn’t come around in a great while. All the more so when the topic is as obscure as the confluence between Jewish interests and the actions of the 16th president. So… Read More

Walking the Bible By Bruce Feiler

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For many, journalist and serial traveler Bruce Feiler’s “Walking the Bible” either opened up a new world of biblical appreciation or provided the already inspired with the type of depth — what we in the writing professions call “color” — that those who had never been privileged to walk in the Torah’s footsteps lacked. That… Read More

A Replacement Life By Boris Fishman

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In this charming novel, newly out in trade paperback, would-be writer Slava Gelman, stuck in a low-level, clerk-like job at a prestigious magazine, stumbles into an outlet for his creative desires. He invents biographies to help his grandfather and the old man’s Soviet-émigré acquaintances qualify for German compensation payments — whether they deserve any or,… Read More