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[Book Review] A New Memoir by Sarah Birnbach

By Sarah Birnbach The Mourner’s Kaddish is a traditional Jewish prayer, written in Aramaic. At the loss of a parent, child, or spouse, it is traditional to recite the prayer for eleven months. After the loss of her father, Sarah Birnbach commits to reciting the Kaddish, twice daily, in synagogue, for eleven months. Birnbach describes […]

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[Book Review] A New Memoir by Elisa Bernick

By Elisa Bernick Growing up in suburbia Minnesota among a predominantly Christian population, Elisa Bernick understood she was different. Her mother, Arlene, was far from fitting in with the other mothers of 60s and 70s midwestern life. Bernick’s talent for journalism shines in this well-presented memoir. What I found unique about this story was Bernick’s […]

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[Book Review] A New Veronica Rosenthal Mystery by Sergio Olguin

By Sergio Olguín (author), Miranda France (translator) Sergio Olguin brings us book three of his Veronica Rosenthal Mystery series. Currently available in Spanish, the English translation is currently scheduled for release on September 20, 2022. I was delighted to receive an advanced copy for review. Olguin sets the third installment in this series in Buenos […]

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[Book Review] A Nest of Snakes by Deborah Levison

By Deborah Levison Brendan Cortland lives a life of solitude. His primary interaction with other people comes from online shopping, discussion boards, and weekly therapy appointments. Brendan struggles to manage symptoms of PTSD. But despite years of therapy, he has never shared the source of his underlying trauma. Until, at the age of 47, he […]

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[Book Review] Jewish Noir II by Kenneth Wishnia and Chantelle Aimée Osman

By Kenneth Wishnia and Chantelle Aimée Osman Jewish Noir II is a collection of twenty-four stories from a combination of Jewish and non-Jewish writers focusing on topics including the resurgence of anti-Semitism in the US, the influence of stereotypes about certain Jewish communities on anti-Semitic attitudes, Israel’s ongoing legacy of regional warfare, the Jewish role […]

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[Book Review] A New Memoir by Lara Gelya

By Lara Gelya Originally from Ukraine, Lara Gelya spent twenty years working at geological sites in the deserts of Uzbekistan. With the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 90s, she moved to the Austria, followed by Italy, before eventually making her way to the United States. This is a book you are not […]

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[Book Review] The Book of Jewish Knowledge

By The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, Editor in Chief: Rabbi Yanki Tauber The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute has undertaken a seven year project to produce a volume that belongs in every Jewish home. Separated into 160 sub-sections, covering topics including: ethics, life cycle events, Shabbat observance, Jewish thought and everything in between, this book is […]

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[Book Review] A New Memoir by Sarah Birnbach

By Sarah Birnbach The Mourner’s Kaddish is a traditional Jewish prayer, written in Aramaic. At the loss of a parent, child, or spouse, it is traditional to recite the prayer for eleven months. After the loss of her father, Sarah Birnbach commits to reciting the Kaddish, twice daily, in synagogue, for eleven months. Birnbach describes […]

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[Book Review] The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

By Jodi Picoult I first discovered Jodi Picoult through her more recent release, The Book of Two Ways. Since then, I’ve picked up Wish You Were Here and today, I’m reviewing The Storyteller. Needless to say, I’m becoming a big fan. The Storyteller is a duel timeline novel, exploring grief and generational trauma. Picoult also […]

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[Book Review] The Anticipated New Release from Sherry V. Ostroff

By Sherry V. Ostroff The much anticipated new release from Sherry V. Ostroff is here! And it is everything I hoped it would be. Ostroff sets her newest historical fiction work at a perilous time in Jewish history, the Spanish Inquisition. Like her previous works, this story is impeccably well-researched. Ostroff subtly historical details, adding […]

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