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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 »

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BY Joshua Runyan
April 10, 2014

By Leah Eskin Running Press, 408 pages Sometimes it’s best to describe something in terms of what it’s not. In that vein, readers looking for the newest entrant in the cookbook genre of today — think coffee-table tomes of glossy photos that make mouths water and desires burn — will not find it in culinary CONTINUE »