Phoning Home: Essays

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By Jacob M. Appel University of South Carolina Press, 177 pages Jacob M. Appel is many things: a physician, an attorney, a bioethicist and, if he’s telling the truth in the selection of self-deprecating essays, a forlorn lover obsessed with finding out why the flurry of different individuals in his life do the things they… Read More

Sderot Safer Than You Think

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As Israel’s airstrikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip drag into their second week, the Jewish Agency for Israel is claiming credit for doing its part to ensure that casualties on the Israeli side of the conflict remain a rarity. In an email to supporters, Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky noted that while most… Read More

It’s Time for Rosé

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It’s summer, and it’s hot and humid days are already with us. It is time to stray away from Malbec, Cabernet and heavy drinks, and time to get cooled off with chilled, refreshing wines. I am most attracted to rosés in the spring and summer seasons. Rosés are a variety that is growing in popularity… Read More

The Lion’s Gate

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By Stephen Pressfield Sentinel, 430 pages Taken on its own terms, as “hybrid history,” “The Lion’s Gate” is an engaging immersion in the experiences and emotions of participants in Israel’s first three wars. Steven Pressfield, author of 12 previous books, interviewed 63 people over the course of 370 hours and sliced their recollections into chronological… Read More

Solar Panels for All

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Marking its 10th anniversary, the Charles Bronfman Prize announced that Canadian Sam Goldman, founder and chief customer officer at D.light Design, an international social enterprise, is the 2014 award recipient. Each year, the Charles Bronfman Prize — and an accompanying $100,000 award — is presented to a visionary and dynamic humanitarian under the age of… Read More

All Fall Down

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By Jennifer Weiner Atria Books, 400 pages Clearly, Jennifer Weiner is doing something right. With best seller after best seller, she’s obviously got a gift. So, why do most of Weiner’s books leave me feeling sort of underwhelmed? Perhaps it’s because the experience of reading them is like being inside of my own head. If… Read More