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BY Neal Gendler
October 16, 2014

By Richard Cohen Simon and Schuster, 273 pages Is Israel good for the Jews? No, not if you prefer discrimination, exclusion, expulsion, persecution, pogroms and murder in the millions. Of course Israel is good for the Jews, as Richard Cohen makes more than abundantly clear in this book, recounting our woeful, disaster-filled history since exile CONTINUE »

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BY Melissa Gerr
October 9, 2014

by Israel Horovitz Three Rooms Press, 102 pages Acclaimed playwright, author and director Israel Horovitz has spent a lifetime crafting story arcs for the stage, screen and his readers’ imaginations. Now 75, he’s published his first book of poetry, offering a collection of compelling verse that, written throughout his lifetime, echoes the story of his CONTINUE »

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BY Simone Ellin
October 2, 2014

By Baron Wormer Piscataqua Press, 336 pages Though Baron Wormser has published 12 books of poetry and is Maine’s poet laureate, “Teach Us That Peace,” published in November 2013, is his first novel. Set in the Baltimore of Wormser’s adolescence (he was born here in 1948), “Teach Us That Peace” paints a vivid picture of CONTINUE »

St. Martin’s Press, 250 pages
BY By Denise Phillips
September 29, 2014

With the cooking crush of Rosh Hashanah in the rearview mirror and the next holiday of Yom Kippur fast approaching (pun intended), the next few days offer the opportunity to ponder your Sukkot menu. And if you intend to serve meat, the Prue Leith-trained chef behind one of the newest kosher cookbooks to hit the CONTINUE »

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BY Joshua Runyan
September 11, 2014

By Lesléa Newman Abrams Books for Young Readers, 48 pages A holiday-specific children’s book is always a good bet for those looking to soothe a tired toddler in the days before Rosh Hashanah, but in writing “Here is the World,” author Lesléa Newman is taking a different approach to Jewish bedtime reading. By focusing on CONTINUE »