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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...

First ever book about the Jewish festivals for emerging Jewish communities released in time...

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“Hands-On Jewish Holidays”, a book about the Jewish festivals specifically targeted to emerging Jewish communities, those communities who are discovering Jewish ancestry and wishing to reconnect to the traditions of their ancestors, has been...

Book Review: ‘The Taming of the Jew’

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Tuvia Tenenbom is an expat Israeli who has lived in Germany and elsewhere for many decades, working as a journalist and author. Holding many academic degrees, Tenenbom is also a playwright, essayist, and the founding artistic...

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

Book Review: ‘Inflitration’ by Joshua Kenaz

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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...