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Sunday, April 11, 2021

From Booze Smuggler to ‘Righteous Among Nations’

“Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.” This quote, taken from  the Talmud, is the subject of the 2018 film The Mover by veteran Latvian director Dāvis Sīmanis. It tells the true story of a...

Thriller Novel Tells of War, Rogue Operations on Israel-Lebanon Border

The Beirut Protocol: A Marcus Ryker Series Political and Military Action Thriller: (Book 4) by Joel C. Rosenberg, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., © 2021 ISBN 1496437896; 464 pages, $23.79. In his fourth appearance in a...

American remembers a life in Israel

Figs and Alligators: An American Immigrant’s Life in Israel in the 1970s and 1980s by Aaron Leibel, Chickadee Press, © 2021’ ISBN 9781732-913950; 124 pages, $12.99. There are figs in Israel, of course.  But alligators?  Perhaps...

The Secret Jewish History Of Procol Harum

ifty years ago this spring, a then unknown British rock group called Procol Harum released its very first single, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale.” The distinctive recording went to No. 1 in the United...

The Jewish Olympics: The History of the Maccabiah Games, by Ron Kaplan

While as a whole the Jewish people are often typecast as a cerebral people, more interested in academic pursuits than in physical prowess, Jews have at the same time held a deep love affair...

A sensitive Holocaust history for teens

A Light in the Darkness: Janusz Korczak, His Orphans, and the Holocaust by Albert Marrin, Alfred A. Knopf, 2019; ISBN 9781524-701215l; 334 pages plus 54 pages of notes, bibliography, and index; $19.99 Notwithstanding its title, this...
The book jacket of “A Girl in a Blue Shirt” by Gabriel Bensimhon, translated into Moroccan Arabic. Credit: Courtesy of Tel Aviv University.

In a first, Israeli Hebrew novel is translated into Moroccan Arabic

For the first time, an Israeli novel has been translated into Arabic in Morocco and will be sold in Moroccan bookstores. The groundbreaking novel, A Girl in a Blue Shirt, was written by Gabriel Bensimhon of...

A Czech woman’s journey through the Holocaust

Franci’s War: A Woman’s Story of Survival by Franci Rabinek Epstein; Penguin Books, 2020, ISBN 9780143-135579; 258 pages including timeline and afterword by  daughter Helen Epstein, author of Children of the Holocaust; $16.99. Published  posthumously...
Lena Küchler (center), director of the children's home in Zakopane, Poland, with the children and staff in 1945. Credit: Yad Vashem.

‘Restoring My Lost Childhood’: Exhibit spotlights how children’s homes revived the youngest Holocaust survivors

It’s been 75 years, but Yaakov Guterman can still recall nearly everything about the nine months he lived in Zakopane, Poland. He remembers that all of a sudden in this group home for children who’d...

Book Review: ‘Inflitration’ by Joshua Kenaz

The death a few months ago of Israeli author, Joshua Kenaz, led to renewed interest in his work, and impelled me to read this book (published by Am Oved in 1986). For me, reading...