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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 »

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BY Heather Norris
April 3, 2014

By Jeffrey F. Barken Banjo Press, 128 pages What begins as a collection of short stories quickly turns into an intriguing narrative in “This Year in Jerusalem.” Barken, who based the book on his own experiences living on a kibbutz in southern Israel from 2009 to 2010, incorporates characters from almost every walk of life CONTINUE »

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BY John Starrels
March 27, 2014

By Marty Makary, M.D. Bloomsbury Press, 246 pages Dr. Marty Makary, a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital and an associate professor of health policy at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, has written a spell-binding, deeply troubling book on the shameful condition of U.S. hospital care and what steps should be taken to reform CONTINUE »