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BY Simone Ellin
July 24, 2014

By Edith Brotman, Ph.D. Jewish Lights Publishing, 191 pages Though the earliest references to the Jewish spiritual practice of mussar date to ancient times, the focus on ethics re-emerged in the 19th century when revered scholar Rabbi Israel Salanter of Lithuania and his disciples formalized its study, creating a Mussar Movement in Germany and Russia. CONTINUE »

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BY Joshua Runyan
July 17, 2014

By Jacob M. Appel University of South Carolina Press, 177 pages Jacob M. Appel is many things: a physician, an attorney, a bioethicist and, if he’s telling the truth in the selection of self-deprecating essays, a forlorn lover obsessed with finding out why the flurry of different individuals in his life do the things they CONTINUE »

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BY Neal Gendler
July 10, 2014

By Stephen Pressfield Sentinel, 430 pages Taken on its own terms, as “hybrid history,” “The Lion’s Gate” is an engaging immersion in the experiences and emotions of participants in Israel’s first three wars. Steven Pressfield, author of 12 previous books, interviewed 63 people over the course of 370 hours and sliced their recollections into chronological CONTINUE »

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BY Simone Ellin
July 2, 2014

By Jennifer Weiner Atria Books, 400 pages Clearly, Jennifer Weiner is doing something right. With best seller after best seller, she’s obviously got a gift. So, why do most of Weiner’s books leave me feeling sort of underwhelmed? Perhaps it’s because the experience of reading them is like being inside of my own head. If CONTINUE »

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BY Joshua Runyan
June 26, 2014

By Zackary Sholem Berger Apprentice House, 59 pages Anecdotal evidence suggests that Yiddish is on the rise, even as those well versed in the Eastern European tongue seem to be on the decline. And Zackary Sholem Berger’s new collection of poems demonstrates that the mamaloshen of the past is a sufficient medium with which to CONTINUE »