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BY Yair Zakovitch
July 31, 2013

Yale University Press, 2012 216 pages There have been dozens of attempts to write biographies of major biblical characters. Some attempt to delve into a character through the pshat, simple meaning of the text. Others look toward midrash, traditional and modern interpretation, to fill out a character. Still others use modern scholarly techniques to get CONTINUE »

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July 23, 2013

By Marilyn Oser Mill City Press 2013, 262 pages “Rivka’s War” is a must-read. When I first picked up this book, I was skeptical. The storyline seemed fine from the cover’s description, but the beginning few pages were hard to endure. However, within a short while, the story encapsulated me, and I was glad I CONTINUE »

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BY Rabbi Yitzchak Jaffe
July 18, 2013

By Rabbi Ari D. Kahn OU Press 2012 Whenever I set out to read a book like this, I get nervous. In my experience, most are poorly written at best and vapid, wearisome and intellectually void at worst. So you can imagine my pleasant surprise as I read through the gems offered on every page CONTINUE »

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July 11, 2013

Abraham H. Foxman and Christopher Wolf Palgrave Macmillan, 2013 It is rather dismaying to read this book’s first hundred or so pages. The authors painstakingly describe the types of bigotry and hate speech that are spreading online and discuss the legal and practical roadblocks in preventing the dissemination of such messages. Even defining hate speech CONTINUE »

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BY Jill Markowitz
July 3, 2013

By Brian Meltzer Grand Central Publishing 2013; 448 pages The Fifth Assassin started off with a bang, literally. I was intrigued and could not wait to keep reading. However, that enthusiasm quickly diminished. The chapters were really short, generally two to four pages, which I typically like. However, every chapter jumped to a different time CONTINUE »