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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Belonging: The Story of the Jews, 1492-1900. By Simon Schama

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“SOMETIME, somewhere, between Africa and Hindustan, lay a river so Jewish it observed the Sabbath.” “Belonging”, the second volume of Simon Schama’s story of the Jews, begins with this pious waterway, and continues with...

Book Review: ‘My Brilliant Friend’

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This novel, the first of a quartet, has become an international bestseller and has been widely praised in literary circles. So I was overjoyed when I was able to pick up a copy someone...

Yiddish Glossary for Goyim: The Power Shmoozer’s Guide to Hollywood

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In the era of Louis B. Mayer and Irving Thalberg, movie moguls tended to spice their jargon with expressions from the colorful vernacular of their pushcart-peddling forebears. The euphony of Yiddish is a tradition...

Delight your child, and self, with this baby book

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Is there a word in Yiddish for smorgasbord?  If there were, it might be perfect to describe the contents of this charming “first Jewish baby book” that will be so fun for parents and...

Following Grandma’s WWII Path Leads Author to Self-Discovery

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When Sergiusz Scheller left his home in Poland to move to America to be with his bride, Rachael Cerrotti, his mother Danuta told him, “We share the same sky.  We look at the same...

Children’s Literature: ‘The Rabbi and the Painter’

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The Rabbi and the Painter; story by Shoshana Weiss; illustrations by Jennifer Kirkham; Kalaniot Books, 2021; ISBN 9780998-852782; 28 pages plus historical notes. This children’s book imagines a fictional friendship between the Mannerist painter Tintoretto and...

Debut Novel Takes Us to a Dystopian Planet

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The Melody of Memory by Cheryl Brin, (c) 2021, ISBN 9781953-034694; 307 pages, available on Amazon. The action in this debut novel by San Diego County resident Cheryl Brin occurs sometime in the distant future on a...

“ISRESILIENCE: What Israelis Can Teach The World” Available October 15

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“ISRESILIENCE: What Israelis can Teach The World,” a collection of riveting true stories about people who survived against all odds and the lessons for us all, will be available on October 15. Written by Michael...

“The Mystery of the Missing Pitom”, by Beverly Mach Geller

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After Yosef, his brothers and father built their sukah, they went to buy a lulav and etrog. Yosef is fascinated by its fragrance and can’t wait until the holiday arrives to smell it again....

The Joys of Jewish Preserving: Modern Recipes with Traditional Roots, for Jams, Pickles, Fruit...

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Food preservation, a necessity before the advent of modern refrigeration, is popular again. The slow food movement, which stresses the use of locally grown food prepared with minimal processing, is a factor. The Jewish...