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[Book Review] Dream Dancer by S. J. Schwaidelson

By S. J. Schwaidelson Leah Fine is an Anthropology student from Minnesota, recording the rituals of an ancient civilization in Peru. A year studying their culture and rites carries a deeper meaning for Leah and, on returning home to Minnesota, to continue her studies, she finds she’s left something of herself behind. Tan, a member […]

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Book Review- Hip Set by Michael Fertik

By Michael Fertik Oscar Orleans is a refugee, living in Israel, serving as a liaison to fellow African refugees, living in a slum of Tel Aviv. Orleans is called in by his friend, Inspector Kobi Sambinsky, of the Asylum unit with the Israeli police, to assist when a young man, from South Sudan, is found […]

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Book Review- Not Cool: Europe by Train in a Heatwave by Jules Brown

By: Jules Brown For my second Non-Fiction November selection, I joined Jules Brown on a 9 country in 9 days train trip across Europe…in the middle of a heatwave. This adventure travels through Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Liechtenstein, Zürich, and Milan. This is the second work by Jules Brown I’ve read and it […]

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Book Review- Be a Duck!: 8 Lessons From Our Feathered Friends by Wendy Jarvis

By: Wendy Jarvis I’m starting off Non-Fiction November with a review of Be A Duck by Wendy Jarvis. This is a self-help book that challenges the reader to evaluate their empathy, self-awareness, and emotional intelligence through the lens of a duck. I can honestly say, I had not considered modeling my behavior after a duck. […]

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Book Review- The Kosher Butcher: A Lincoln/Lachler Mystery by Melvyn Westreich

By: Melvyn Westreich When a rabbi goes missing from an Ultra-Orthodox community in lower Michigan, the Rebbi asks Simon Lincoln to take the case. A former police officer and private detective, Lincoln reluctantly accepts the assistance of his fiancé, computer wiz, Dafna Lachler. When the case takes a turn, creating fear of a serial killer, […]

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Book Review- Chutzpah, Wisdom, and Wine: The Journey of an Unstoppable Woman, by Jodi Samuels

By: Jodi Samuels Originally from South Africa, Jodi Samuels is a speaker, activist, author, and super mom. In her book, Chutzpah, Wisdom, and Wine, Jodi shares her inspiring mission to change the world. Her story is one of resilience and living Judaism in every way possible. Samuels’ memoir demonstrates the importance of living the Jewish […]

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Book Review: Takoradi to the Stars by Jules Brown

By: Jules Brown Jules Brown is a veteran travel writer, working for Rough Guide. In Takoradi to the Stars, Brown blends his love of travel with a memoir, revisiting 35 destinations, including his home town in West Africa. Brown is not only a great traveler, he’s a brilliant storyteller. Each destination is described with a […]

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Book Review: Nine Tenths of the Law, by Claudia Hagadus Long

By: Claudia Hagadus Long A trip to the Jewish Studies Museum, in New York, triggers a memory of a long lost family heirloom. Aurora, a survivor of the Shoah, recognizes an ornate menorah in an exhibit that bears a remarkable resemblance to family ring, worn by her daughter, Zara. Fast forward a few decades and […]

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Book Review: Simon’s Wife by L. M. Affrossman

By: L. M. Affrossman Simon’s Wife is a work of Jewish historical fiction, set in 70AD Jerusalem. following the destruction of the city and the second temple. Shelamzion bat Judah has been captured and is facing execution. But could an unlikely friendship with her Roman jailer change her fate? This book really held my attention […]

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Book Review: The Unforgiven King by L. M. Affrossman

By: L. M. Affrossman The Unforgiven King is a work of Jewish historical fiction, centered around King Herod. The story begins with Herod as a young man, follows his rise to the throne, and his cruelty. The story is told through an unnamed narrator, who provides the reader with in-depth context around Roman occupied Jerusalem, […]

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