Mishmash

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BY Neal Gendler
October 16, 2014

By Richard Cohen Simon and Schuster, 273 pages Is Israel good for the Jews? No, not if you prefer discrimination, exclusion, expulsion, persecution, pogroms and murder in the millions. Of course Israel is good for the Jews, as Richard Cohen makes more than abundantly clear in this book, recounting our woeful, disaster-filled history since exile CONTINUE »

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BY Ben Sales/JTA
October 9, 2014

With its panoramic views of Jerusalem, plush seating area and decorative elements, this could be almost any other room at the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel. Except the floor is made of AstroTurf, the walls are made of transparent cloth, and the roof is a bamboo mat. Welcome to one of a dozen private sukkahs built on CONTINUE »

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BY Melissa Gerr
October 9, 2014

by Israel Horovitz Three Rooms Press, 102 pages Acclaimed playwright, author and director Israel Horovitz has spent a lifetime crafting story arcs for the stage, screen and his readers’ imaginations. Now 75, he’s published his first book of poetry, offering a collection of compelling verse that, written throughout his lifetime, echoes the story of his CONTINUE »

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October 9, 2014

Moshe Cohen: My wife goes on Pinterest to look up decorations. Twelve people have taken pins from her board. Yossi Burstyn: Our sukkah is filled with different decorations. Ed Gold: We say a blessing for all our exalted guests. I promise the exalted guests in our sukkah will have an awesome time. Want to place an order CONTINUE »

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BY Simone Ellin
October 2, 2014

By Baron Wormer Piscataqua Press, 336 pages Though Baron Wormser has published 12 books of poetry and is Maine’s poet laureate, “Teach Us That Peace,” published in November 2013, is his first novel. Set in the Baltimore of Wormser’s adolescence (he was born here in 1948), “Teach Us That Peace” paints a vivid picture of CONTINUE »