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BY John Starrels
October 10, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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BY Lynne Stern Elkes
October 3, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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Bookstand Publishing, 160 pages
BY By Mary K. Bogot
September 25, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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What would an Iranian-Israeli nuclear exchange be like?
BY Raymond Ibrahim
September 18, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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BY Rivka Cohen
September 12, 2013

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 CONTINUE »