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BY Joshua Runyan
March 13, 2014

By Rabbi Chaim Dalfin Jewish Enrichment Press, 226 pages Looking at the title of Chasidic ethnographer Rabbi Chaim Dalfin’s latest work, it would be easy to conclude that “Habad Portraits” is the sort of book that only appeals to either adherents or the academics studying them. Such an impression would be wrong. Presenting a collection CONTINUE »

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BY Rochel Ziman
March 6, 2014

By Nancy Richler St. Martin’s Griffin, 368 pages “The Imposter Bride” begins with the wedding of Lily Azerov, fresh from the experience of World War II, to Nathan Kramer, a Jew from Montreal. Lily is not who she claims to be. She is working hard to put her past behind her and build a new CONTINUE »

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BY Rochel Ziman
February 27, 2014

By Leah Vincent Nan A. Talese, 228 pages, “Cut Me Loose” is a memoir describing Leah Vincent’s journey of leaving strict Jewish Orthodoxy and ending up a non-Observant Harvard attendee. The book begins with her rebellious teen years in Pittsburgh. Eventually, she is sent to Israel to study in a seminary for older girls who CONTINUE »

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BY Jessica Cohen
February 20, 2014

By Julie Thomas William Morrow Paperbacks, 384 pages “The Keeper of Secrets” weaves together the stories of three men, each facing his own battle but sharing a love of classical music. The novel begins with the journey of Daniel Horowitz, a young boy in the United States who is a gifted and internationally acclaimed violinist. CONTINUE »

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BY Michele J. Floam
February 12, 2014

By Joshua Safran Hyperion, 288 pages “Free Spirit” is an autobiography of a boy raised by a mother whose main quest is to change modern society 10 years after the hippie movement of the 1960s. She believed that government and corporations were corrupt and needed to be stopped and was always in search of a CONTINUE »