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Mission (Im)possible

22 Sivan 5774 – June 19, 2014
The Lion's Gate takes us from the dawn of the state in 1948, through intervening battles, to the lead-up to June 1967, and finally through the harrowing six days of fighting.

A Tale Of Love In The Face Of Darkness: Speaking with Yossi Klein Halevi

For Halevi, however, the soldiers of the 55th were not only at the forefront of national triumph, but also became the flesh and blood manifestation of his love for the country and his desire to make the Land of Israel his home.

Getting To Know The Rebbe

This book is more than just a biography of one of the leading figures in the Jewish world of the past century.

Best Books On U.S. Presidents And Israel

These are not necessarily the best all-around biographies or studies of the individual presidents listed (though some rank right up there), but the strongest in terms of exploring presidential attitudes and policies toward Israel.

The Rebbe Looms Large

23 Iyyar 5774 – May 22, 2014
Steinsaltz has an incredible ability to take lofty concepts and explain them in a way that an average layman can understand.

Seeing The Midbar For The Trees

9 Iyyar 5774 – May 8, 2014
With Journey of Faith in front of you during the shul’s leining, or at home on a long Shabbos afternoon, you’ll enjoy worthy insights and see the entire sefer anew.

Two Holocaust Memoirs, Two Perspectives

18 Adar II 5774 – March 19, 2014
"The three of us survived the war only because of my father's ingenuity and guts."

For National Jewish Book Awardees Halevi And Chesler, It’s Personal

27 Adar I 5774 – February 26, 2014
For the past 64 years, the Jewish Book Council has spotlighted the best of Jewish books and their authors through its presentation of the annual National Jewish Book Award. On March 5, the winners in nearly 20 categories of Jewish books will assemble at the Center for Jewish History in New York City for a celebratory gathering.

A Life Not With Standing

16 Shevat 5774 – January 16, 2014
Determination is now being studied by educators and psychologists who want to understand why some people born with every gift do not achieve a meaningful adulthood, while others born into a challenging existence rise above their beginnings to enjoy accomplished lives.

An Angel’s Soft Touch

24 Tevet 5774 – December 26, 2013
The 100 divrei Torah in this book originally appeared online and were distributed via e-mail. Unsurprisingly, therefore, many of them address contemporary issues. For example, on Parshat Mishpatim (and elsewhere), Rabbi Angel berates Israel’s chief rabbis and others for making life increasingly difficult for would-be converts to Judaism. On Parshat Vayigash, Rabbi Angel scolds 40 Israeli rabbis who signed a proclation prohibiting Jews from selling land in Israel to non-Jews.

Beyond Pirkei Avos

10 Tevet 5774 – December 12, 2013
The sage Hillel summarized the entire Torah by saying, “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn it.”

A Book To Teach Children Middos

Sometimes it is hard to help people, and sometimes you can help people by just using whatever it is you have at the time – even an amazing fishing rod.

Best Books On The News Media

19 Kislev 5774 – November 21, 2013
As someone who for the past fifteen years has been writing a column that largely focuses on the news media, I’ve read what is no doubt an altogether unhealthy number of books on the subject. Most of them were instantly forgettable while some created a brief buzz but failed to pass the test of time. And then there were those select few that merited a permanent spot on the bookshelf.

Books To Curl Up With

This time of year, there is little pleasure greater than cozying up with a good book. The problem is, of course, that there is a lot to do.

A Chumash For All Times

I am from the generation that never saw or heard the Rav but lived in his shadow, feeling his recently departed presence in his students' lectures. My poverty in this sense pales in comparison to that of the next generation, who have only a distant notion of who this great man was and his sprawling impact.

The Whole Wide World Is Waiting

Rabbi Dr. Natan Ophir (Offenbacher) has just written a blockbuster magnum opus about Reb Shlomo that is sweeping in scope and destined to become the definitive biography of a unique personality whose influence on Jewish prayer as expressed musically may be more far-reaching than that of anyone since King David.

Unveiling Secrets

August 1937, Cheyenne Wyoming – Sally Levin, an Orthodox Jewish teenager has been diagnosed with Schizophrenia and her family is preparing to institutionalize her.

A Schlugging Primer

The sefer opens with the origins of the kaparot custom. Readers may be surprised to learn that kaparot – at least in some form – might date back to the Talmudic era, with Rashi testifying about a custom to use a plant for kaparot.

Remembering Through The Story Of A Nazi Collaborator

On the one hand, Rashke tells the political story about the motives behind the U.S.‘s welcoming of war criminals onto its land. On the other hand, he successfully balances it with the emotional story of the Holocaust.

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