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‘Riding the Edge’ Is a Memoir of Self-Discovery

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In the context of the Middle East, to which they traveled by way of a tortuous, yet exhilarating bike safari through Europe, the Jewish Michael Tobin and his Lebanese-Christian girlfriend Deborah were problematic candidates...

Novel portrays 3 English-speaking students at Hebrew University

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Dorothea Shefer-Vanson’s eighth novel concerns three foreign students studying at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  Each of them is from an English-speaking country; specifically the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.  Two are married,...

Political Biography Includes Anecdotes About Biden and Jews

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While this book was published prior to the election by which Joe Biden became the 46th President of the United States, there is much in it that remains of interest — particularly for people...

Sherlock Holmes and an anti-Semitic forgery

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The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols by Nicholas Meyer; Minotaur Books, 2019; ISBN 9781250-228956; 235 pages, $25.99. Star Trek script screenwriter Nicholas Meyer has appropriated the characters of Sherlock Holmes and sidekick Dr. John Watson from the...

Friendship His Key to Survival at Auschwitz

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The Happiest Man on Earth: The Beautiful Life of an Auschwitz Survivor by Eddie Jaku; HarperCollins Publishers © 2021; ISBN 9780063-097681; 195 pages, $24.99. This memoir by Australian centenarian Eddie Jaku departs from memoirs by...

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...

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...
Partial cover of “All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen” by Bernice Lerner.

Still learning of liberators, all these years later

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Like many children of survivors, Bernice Lerner has spent most of her life ruminating on the Holocaust and writing about big questions. How was the Holocaust allowed to occur? What is the connection between...

“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...

Time-traveling through Jewish history

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River by Shira Nayman; Guernica Editions, 2020; ISBN 9781771-834575; 255 pages; $25. “River,” in the context of this novel, is a metaphor for the continuity of life. As Emily, 14, would hear from a wise African man...