Ivy Bookshop Good Reads

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BY Simone Ellin
May 15, 2014

By Eve Harris Black Cat, 371 pages Long-listed for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, “The Marrying of Chani Kaufman” by first-time novelist Eve Harris takes the reader behind the scenes and into the lives of 19-year-old Chani Kaufman, her fiance, Baruch Levy, and Rabbi Chaim and Rebbitzin Rivka Silbermann, who counsel the young couple on CONTINUE »

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BY Neal Gendler
May 8, 2014

By Daniel Gordis Schocken, 320 pages Daniel Gordis calls Menachem Begin “the most Jewish of Israel’s prime ministers” and a leader now much missed. “I wrote this book to find out why,” said Gordis, also a rabbi and senior vice president at Shalem College in Jerusalem. How could “someone so polarizing, so controversial … appear CONTINUE »

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BY Marc Shapiro
May 1, 2014

By Isabelle Foreman CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 34 pages As the uncle of two, a boy who will soon be 4 and a girl who will soon be 7, I read this book with great interest to see if I could pass it on to them. With a concept all ages can grasp, vivid illustrations CONTINUE »

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BY Simone Ellin
April 24, 2014

By Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan Jewish Publication Society, 367 pages By now, the changing landscape of modern American Jewry is not news, what with soaring rates of intermarriage and assimilation and, with the exception of Orthodox Jews, the dramatic reduction in synagogue attendance and affiliation. What some may not have heard is what might be CONTINUE »

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BY Melissa Gerr
April 17, 2014

By Hillel Halkin Yale University Press, 235 pages Vladimir Jabotinsky was passionate, unpredictable and full of contradictions. He was also the fiery leader of the Revisionist Zionist Movement. Author Hillel Halkin deftly tells Jabotinsky’s story, first taking considerable time to illustrate why growing up in a city like Odessa truly shaped Jabotinsky’s outlook — on CONTINUE »