Succos Inspired: Discovering Depth, Joy & Meaning By Rabbi Moshe Gersht Mosaica Press, 227pages

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Sukkot, coming just days after Yom Kippur and needing much preparation for the holiday, is about much more than the sukkah itself, and Rabbi Moshe Gersht’s new book helps readers navigate these deeper spiritual aspects of the holiday. “The sukkah is like a new pair of lenses through which we gain a fresh perspective of… Read More

A Book About You: Individuality and Soul Awareness By Rabbi David Green Mosaica Press, 224 pages

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The month of Elul is a time of self-reflection and repentance in preparation for the High Holy Days. “A Book About You: Individuality and Soul Awareness” is the perfect tool to prepare for the journey. In his book, Rabbi David Green, artist, musician and spiritual leader, guides the reader through a journey of self-discovery and… Read More

The Game Must Go On: Hank Greenberg, Pete Gray and the Great Days of Baseball on the Home Front in WWII By John Klima Thomas Dunne Books, 432 pages

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Baseball fans might most vividly remember Hank Greenberg for his chase of Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record in 1938 and his other impressive exploits on the field. The smaller universe of Jewish baseball fans may remember him for sitting out a crucial game on Yom Kippur decades before Sandy Koufax would do the same…. Read More

The Man Who Would Not Be Washington: Robert E. Lee’s Civil War and His Decision that Changed American History By Jonathan Horn Scribner, 384 pages

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With the United States experiencing racial turmoil, unrest and racially motivated attacks such as the one in Charlottesville, S.C., one looks for answers to this nation’s most pernicious and perpetual problem. Seeing the Confederate battle flag lowered on the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol, while a symbolic and  important change, is an indicator… Read More

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Safekeeping By Jessamyn Hope Fig Tree Books, 371 pages

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Few social institutions have undergone more radical change than have Israeli kibbutzim during the past 100 years. From utopian socialist enterprises where people came to reclaim the land and livnot u’l’hibanot — build and be rebuilt themselves — many kibbutzim, now deprived of government subsidies, have become privatized and evolved into rural or suburban communities…. Read More

Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy By Judd Apatow Random House, 512 pages

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Ever dream of having a sit- down with your heroes? Producer/director/screenwriter Apatow has been doing it for 30 years. Long before  “Freaks and Geeks” and  “Knocked Up,” the self-described  “comedy nerd” was, as a host of a show on his high-school radio station, interviewing the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and Garry Shandling. And he’s never… Read More

Compulsion By Meyer Levin Fig Tree Books, 480 pages

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When truth is more sensational than fiction, just fictionalize the truth — which is precisely what Levin did in “Compulsion,” the classic 1956 novel that reimagines, ever so slightly, the famous kidnap-murder case of Leopold and Loeb. Levin was the killers’ classmate at the University of Chicago and covered their 1924 trial for the Chicago… Read More