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iUniverse 2013, 180 pages
BY J.L. Witterick
August 21, 2013

“My Mother’s Secret” is an intense look at four families and their struggles, fears and courage in the face of the Holocaust. Told from the perspectives of Helena, Bronek, Mikolaj and Vilheim, each with a story of their own, this novel tells the tale of Franciszka Halamajowa, a poor Polish woman, who, with the help CONTINUE »

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BY David Rubin
August 15, 2013

Shiloh Israel Press 2013, 228 pages Welcome to the “grand illusion” is the theme of “Peace for Peace.” David Rubin clearly defines why peace in the Middle East has never happened and never will. The book provides a great history of how the Jews came to inhabit and own the land of Israel.  He defines CONTINUE »

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BY Richard J. Fein
August 8, 2013

Brick House Books, Inc., 2012, 90 pages Richard J. Fein, poet, essayist and Yiddishkeit maven, has published a compilation of his work related to the first book of Torah, Genesis. There is a play on words here as well, as Fein muses about his own relationship to Yiddish and how the language and its nuances CONTINUE »

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BY Yair Zakovitch
July 31, 2013

Yale University Press, 2012 216 pages There have been dozens of attempts to write biographies of major biblical characters. Some attempt to delve into a character through the pshat, simple meaning of the text. Others look toward midrash, traditional and modern interpretation, to fill out a character. Still others use modern scholarly techniques to get CONTINUE »

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July 23, 2013

By Marilyn Oser Mill City Press 2013, 262 pages “Rivka’s War” is a must-read. When I first picked up this book, I was skeptical. The storyline seemed fine from the cover’s description, but the beginning few pages were hard to endure. However, within a short while, the story encapsulated me, and I was glad I CONTINUE »