The Covenant Kitchen: Food and Wine for the New Jewish Table By Jeff and Jodie Morgan

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With Passover in the rear-view mirror, a common problem facing many kosher cooks is just what to do with all of the newfound culinary freedom. You can eat chametz, now what? But epicurean adventure needn’t be found in the land of the exotic. As winemakers Jeff and Jodie Morgan demonstrate in their new cookbook, high-minded… Read More

Yesha is Fun: The good life guide to Judea and Samaria By Karni Eldad

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When Ha’aretz approved writer Karni Eldad’s idea for an article on bed and breakfasts in Judea and Samaria, the left-leaning Israeli newspaper probably didn’t envision that the assignment would be the precursor to an entire book on the subject. But after Eldad discovered the abundance of boutique tourist attractions in the area, that’s exactly what… Read More

America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder By Bret Stephens Sentinel, 288 pages

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Risk, the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a… Read More

Catch the Jew! By Tuvia Tenenbom Gefen Publishing House, 484 pages

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While visiting Israel in March to speak at Hebrew University’s conference marking 50 years of German-Israeli diplomatic relations, Tuvia Tenenbom stayed clear of Ramallah. But Jibril Rajoub, the former head of the Palestinian Authority’s Preventative Security Force, had welcomed him as a VIP when Tenenbom arrived as “Tobi the German journalist.” Tuvia is now a… Read More

A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz By Göran Rosenberg Other Press, 331 pages

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Two tragedies ruined the life of Göran Rosenberg’s father, once a third-year student in a Polish textile college. The first was the Shoah, which ripped him from his world, then destroyed it. The second took longer, starting at age 24, when he and 30,000 other survivors were brought to Sweden for rehabilitation. Posthumously addressing his… Read More

Lincoln and the Jews: A History

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By Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell Thomas Dunne Books, 272 pages A great coffee-table book about Jewish history, let alone American Jewish history, doesn’t come around in a great while. All the more so when the topic is as obscure as the confluence between Jewish interests and the actions of the 16th president. So… Read More

A Replacement Life By Boris Fishman Harper Perennial, 352 pages

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In this charming novel, newly out in trade paperback, would-be writer Slava Gelman, stuck in a low-level, clerk-like job at a prestigious magazine, stumbles into an outlet for his creative desires. He invents biographies to help his grandfather and the old man’s Soviet-émigré acquaintances qualify for German compensation payments — whether they deserve any or,… Read More

Pepper, Silk & Ivory By Marvin Tokayer and Ellen Rodman, Ph.D. Gefen Publishing House, 300 pages

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The history and culture of  European Jewry is widely known, but many people are unfamiliar with the Jews of Asia and the contributions that Jews made in Asian countries.  For example, small pockets of Jewish communities peacefully existed in China over the last several centuries, and even today, there are active Jewish synagogues in India…. Read More