Jewhooing The Sixties: American Celebrity and Jewish Identity — Sandy Koufax, Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan, and Barbra Streisand

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When Boston returned to normal after the marathon bombings, Neil Diamond pulled off a classy act. Knowing that the Red Sox played his “Sweet Caroline” during the seventh-inning stretch, he flew into Boston unannounced and uninvited and arrived at the first game played after Bostonians again were free to move about the city. He sang… Read More

Amidst the Shadow of Trees

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Not long from now, the last survivors of the Holocaust will have passed on. Our collective memory, those of us who were spared this horror, will become secondhand. This is why Miriam M. Brysk’s book could not have appeared at a more appropriate time. There are three basic narratives in her treatment, each of which… Read More

Goldberg Variations: A Story of Three Cousins and a Fortune

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The premise of Susan Isaacs’ latest novel could not be less Jewish. A wealthy self-made grandmother invites her three adult grandchildren, with whom she has had little contact, to her grand home in Sante Fe. After insulting her handpicked heir to her business, Gloria Goldberg Garrison is conducting a test to see which of her… Read More

How Do You Know The Word Shlep? You’re Not Jewish!

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This book is an autobiography of an ordinary woman who made unusual choices. The story describes her life from childhood to old age, without a lot of detail. I found the book very interesting and well written, but I wanted more. In a way, this story of self-exploration was almost like taking a sneak peek… Read More

Mideast Nuclear Holocaust

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The Last Israelis by Noah Beck After constant exposure to critically important news, it begins to lose all meaning and sense of urgency. Hearing the same warnings over and over again — especially when the status quo seems static — can cause a certain desensitization, a resigned apathy that ignores the warnings in the wishful… Read More

Journey to the Ends of the Earth

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This tells the story of three generations of Rivka Cohen’s family, whose lives were turned upside down by the Holocaust. We learn about their travels from pre-World War I Hungary to post-World War II Israel though a series of personal stories. The stories are illustrated with family photographs, which add to the narratives, and drawings… Read More

A Vision of Angels

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One plot, four viewpoints. A terrorist attack in Jerusalem is planned for Easter Sunday. This is the story of an Israeli war veteran, an American war journalist, a Palestinian farmer and an Arab Christian grocer. Their lives are interwoven by the events. Major Levy gets word of a suicide-bomb plot and orders the closure of… Read More

In The Courtyard Of The Kabbalist

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At times whimsical, at times scary, Ruchama King Feurman has crafted a novel portraying a panoply of occasionally realistic characters living in Jerusalem. Somewhat Oz-like, there is an expatriate — a confirmed American bachelor who gave up his life in the states and traveled to Israel to find purpose in his life. Opposite him is… Read More

My Mother’s Secret

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“My Mother’s Secret” is an intense look at four families and their struggles, fears and courage in the face of the Holocaust. Told from the perspectives of Helena, Bronek, Mikolaj and Vilheim, each with a story of their own, this novel tells the tale of Franciszka Halamajowa, a poor Polish woman, who, with the help… Read More

Peace for Peace

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Shiloh Israel Press 2013, 228 pages Welcome to the “grand illusion” is the theme of “Peace for Peace.” David Rubin clearly defines why peace in the Middle East has never happened and never will. The book provides a great history of how the Jews came to inhabit and own the land of Israel.  He defines… Read More