Books

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...

Max Jacob, parricide extraordinaire

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Review “Max Jacob: A Life in Art and Letters” Rosanna Warren W.W. Norton & Co. The European Jewish artists, writers and thinkers of Max Jacob’s generation tended to...

Fictionalizing life in Bangkok with Iris Mitlin Lav

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When Iris Mitlin Lav was readying for retirement in 2016, she sat down to jot out some notes about what she might do. After...

A Jerusalem that doesn’t ring true to life

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Review “Jerusalem as a Second Language” by Rochelle Distelheim. Ashburn, Va.: Aubade Publishing, 2020. 283 pages. $17.95. If Rochelle Distelheim paints an accurate portrait, the Jews...

Two Jewish families living the colonial high life

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Review "The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China" by Jonathan Kaufman. New York: Viking Press, 2020. 298 pages....

Pediatrician and math teacher team up for children’s book

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Raph the dodo isn’t like most birds. He can’t fly. But with those strong legs, he comes to find he’s proficient at another skill:...

Reading into Charles Rammelkamp

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At 68, Charles Rammelkamp recently published his book of poems, “Catastroika.” The Baltimore writer had always been a fan of good literature. In college, he...

Laura Zam takes on sexual healing in ‘The Pleasure Plan’

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Laura Zam hated sex. With a passion. The District-based solo performer, writer, public speaker and most recently sexuality educator suffered for decades from painful...

Reading along with D.C. Council member Brianne Nadeau

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By Brianne Nadeau Brianne Nadeau has represented the District’s Ward 1 on the D.C. Council since 2015. She’s been a voracious reader a lot longer...

What we’re reading

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Here are the books that are taking the writers, editors and interns of Washington Jewish Week and Baltimore Jewish Times through the summer. “Defending Jacob”...