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Fred Reiss, Ed.D.

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Dr. Fred Reiss is a retired public and Hebrew school teacher and administrator. His newest works are The Comprehensive Jewish and Civil Calendars: 2001 to 2240The Jewish Calendar: History and Inner Workings, and Sepher Yetzirah: The Book That Started Kabbalah, Revised Edition. The author may be contacted via fred.reiss@sdjewishworld.com.

Jewish Infighting Contributed to Fall of Jerusalem in 70 CE

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Intrigue, maneuvering, scheming, plotting, and murder highlight the years from Herod’s reign to the Jewish rebellion against Rome, beginning in 66. Herod, the Great, acting more like the King of the Jews than a...
A monument of Maimonides in Córdoba, Spain. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Author Adopts Maimonides’ Principles as True Judaism

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13 Principles of Emuna, The Timeless Foundations of Jewish Faith by Rabbi Lazer Brody, Emuna Beams Publication, ©2021, ISBN 979-8715611093, p. 175, $12.95. Born in Cordoba in 1135, but living his adult life in Fostat (Old...

The Great Jewish Calendar Controversy

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The Jewish calendar is lunisolar, New Moons start new months and periodically, seven times every nineteen years, the rabbis insert a thirty-day month, Adar I, keeping the lunar months and the seasons synchronized. The...

Book chronicles 4,000 years of Jewish leaders

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Essentials of Jewish History: Jewish Leadership Across 4,000 years, Brandon Marlon, Vallentine Mitchell, London © 2020, ISBN 978-1-912676-18-7, p. 514 plus bibliography and index, $89.95. Jewish presence across the last four thousand years of recorded...

Some Secrets of the Jewish Calendar

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Although the holiday of Rosh Hashanah occurs in the seventh month of the Jewish year, it begins a new calendar year, and those observing Jewish holidays understand they are using a calendar substantially different...

What Elie Wiesel taught his students

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Witness: Lesson’s from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom by Ariel Burger, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York © 2018, ISBN 9781328802699. Elie Wiesel (1928 – 2016), Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize laureate, perhaps best known for his memoir Night, and...
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Book Review: ‘Finding the Right School … ‘

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The letters BDS, an acronym for the words boycott, divestment, and sanctions, is a movement encouraging individuals, corporations, states, and countries to economically, politically, and socially isolate Israel until, for example, Israel withdraws from...

Book review: ‘The New American Judaism’

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American Jewry is balkanized, divided into denominations ranging from the Haredi, who scrupulously and meticulously strive to obey both the Torah and oral laws, at one extreme, and Reform Judaism, whose roots lie in...

A Holocaust book for older preteens

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That there are casualties and atrocities in war for both soldiers and civilians is summed up best by General U. S. Grant, “War is hell!” How about when there is no war? Should civilians...