Books

Jews in secret

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Review “Jacobo’s Rainbow: A Novel” by David Hirshberg. Bedford, N.Y.: Fig Tree Books, 2021. 338 pages. $19.95. Thousands of Spanish-speaking people, many living in the American...

An American rabbi in Buchenwald

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Review By Bat-Ami Zucker “The Rabbi of Buchenwald,” by Rafael Medoff. Yeshiva University Press; distributed by ktav.com; 502 pages., $29.95. There is a remarkable scene, early in...

The justice who put the bad old days behind us

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Review “Justice, Justice You Shalt Pursue: A Life’s Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union” By Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Amanda L. Tyler University of California...

The biographer in Philip Roth’s corner

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Review ‘Philip Roth: The Biography’ By Blake Bailey W.W. Norton & Co. Philip Roth was born March 19, 1933 in Newark, N.J., and, until his death in 2018,...

Aaron Leibel’s ‘crazy or courageous’ Israel odyssey

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In 1972, Aaron Leibel moved from Maryland to Israel without even having set eyes on the country. A 30 year old with a doctorate...

Getting serious about fighting back

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Review “The Wrong Jew: Defeating Those Who Want Us Dead” by Hesh Kestin. New York: Wicked Son Books, 2021. 200 pages. $27. When he was in...

Married woman seeks get at knifepoint

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Review “The Slaughterman’s Daughter,” by Yaniv Iczkovits, translated by Orr Scharf The year is 5654 in the Pale of Settlement (1894 to you Gregorians out there)....

Beauty hurts in editor’s essays

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Review “Everybody (Else) Is Perfect: How I Survived Hypocrisy, Beauty, Clicks, and Likes” Gabrielle Korn Atria Books When Gabrielle Korn was a Jewish teenager growing up on Long...

The holiness of a pastrami sandwich

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Review “Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice” Rachel B. Gross NYU Press Rachel B. Gross, a professor of Jewish studies at San Francisco State University, is...

An Orthodox Jew looks at Israel’s secular-Orthodox divide

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Review “The Wondering Jew: Israel and the Search for Jewish Identity” by Micah Goodman. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press 2020. 190 pages. $30. Many religious...