Books

Two wings and a gap

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Review “Warm and Welcoming: How the Jewish Community Can Become Truly Diverse and Inclusive,” edited by Warren Hoffman and Miriam Steinberg-Egeth. Lanham, Md.: Rowman &...

A page a day

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Review “Come and Hear: What I Saw in My Seven-and-a-Half-Year Journey through the Talmud” by Adam Kirsch. Waltham, Mass.: Brandeis University Press, 2021. 224 pages....

Jean Meltzer wants Jews to read more romance

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By Phylissa Cramer Jean Meltzer always knew how “The Matzah Ball,” her first novel, would end. “The rule of romance is that there has to be...

Adventures with the general of the Sons of Light

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“The Sword of David” by Charles Lichtman. New York: Post Hill Press, 2021. 356 pages. $30. What great fun! “The Sword of David” is the...

Writer Mark Oppenheimer recounts the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting

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By David Rullo PITTSBURGH — Mark Oppenheimer’s new book, “Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood,” which will...

D.C. attorney-turned-novelist Bruce J. Berger talks about the Jewish characters of his imagination

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After a 40-year career as a trial attorney in Washington, D.C., Bruce J. Berger turned to writing, earned a master’s degree in creative writing...

New book takes close look at Jeff Goldblum, ‘Hollywood’s most enigmatic actor’

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By Justin Vellucci PITTSBURGH — It was 2018 and culture writer Travis M. Andrews was speaking with his peers at the Washington Post about the...

But he loved his wife

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Review “The Man Who Loved His Wife” by Jennifer Anne Moses. Woodstock, N.Y.: Mayapple Press, 2021. 166 pages. $20.95. This is a collection of Goldilocks short...

Summer Books Roundup… What we’re reading

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Normal People Sally Rooney I had exactly seven days to rest between the end of finals and the start of my summer internship. For those seven...

Sheila Katz’s 5 books you really need to read

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Sheila Katz, the CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women, is known for her causes: Judaism, feminism, progressive politics, reproductive health rights and...