One Nation Taken Out of Another

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By Zackary Sholem Berger Apprentice House, 59 pages Anecdotal evidence suggests that Yiddish is on the rise, even as those well versed in the Eastern European tongue seem to be on the decline. And Zackary Sholem Berger’s new collection of poems demonstrates that the mamaloshen of the past is a sufficient medium with which to… Read More

Is There Social Media in Heaven?

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Have you ever reached out on Facebook or Twitter to a loved one or friend who has passed away?  You know, posted something like, “RIP friend. You were the best (at whatever it is you did), and I’ll miss you.” I’m often perplexed at why people write these kinds of posts in a virtual environment… Read More

Never Say A Mean Word Again: A Tale from Medieval Spain

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By Jacqueline Jules Wisdom Tales, 32 pages Rare is the children’s book that, by virtue of its illustrations and story, can be vaulted into the ranks of the classics, those stories such as “Where the Wild Things Are” that can cross across generational divides and hold up to the discerning tastes of ever-fickle toddlers. “Never… Read More

Always Amazing — Israel’s Innovations

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Every time I go to Israel I’m amazed at the innovations Israel’s entrepreneurs are creating. I had the pleasure to attend the annual Israel High Tech Incubator Conference and hear Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett extol the virtues of Israel’s high-tech incubator system, one of the best global breeding grounds for high-tech innovations and startup… Read More

What is one of your favorite books?

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Marilyn Soclof: “Call It Sleep” by Henry Roth. Herb Scher: I’m not a book reader but I read magazines. National Geographic and Smithsonian are  my favorites. Sharon Scher: “The Lost Wife” by Alyson Richman. It’s about a young couple who falls in love and get separated during the Holocaust. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

Gourmet Again Chef Appears on ‘Cutthroat’

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Melissa Fordham, head chef and one of the most requested at Pikesville’s Gourmet Again Catering, will appear on Alton Brown’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” this Sunday, June 15, at 10 p.m. on the Food Network. “Panini, Meeny, Miny, Moe,” the episode in which Fordham competes, is the last show of Season 3. Though sworn to secrecy about… Read More

50 Children

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By Steven Pressman Harper, 296 pages Britain justly gets credit for taking in 10,000 European Jewish children between 1938 and 1940 in a project called the Kindertransport. The United States admitted only about 1,000 unaccompanied children, and 50 of them, one in 20, were brought in by one Philadelphia couple, Jewish socialites Gil and Eleanor… Read More

The Lion’s Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War

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By Steven Pressfield Sentinel, 430 pages Israel’s spectacular triumph over the combined forces of Egypt, Jordan and Syria nearly five decades ago has been written about extensively by both Israeli and American writers. In “The Lion’s Gate,” author Steven Pressfield focuses on the human dimensions of the conflict: the thoughts, feelings and gut-level fears of… Read More