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Book Reviews

Herman Wouk Looks Back After a Century (BOOK REVIEW)

Over the course of his life, Herman Wouk wrote a number of successful novels and other books. The Caine Mutiny, finished in 1951, was...

September 6, 2016 5:30 am

Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

JNS.org - “Writing is a messy process,” says author Elizabeth Poliner. “People who don’t write fiction would be surprised to see what early drafts could look like.” But readers wouldn’t know “what a mess it was for...

Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief (BOOK REVIEW)

Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief by Asaf Romirowsky & Alexander H. Joffe (Palgrave Macmillan; 2013) Although this book came out several years ago, it remains pertinent. This is a meticulously researched book...

The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love. CreateSpace, 2015. The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love, is a very interesting novel. Equally a political and romantic thriller, at times a real page-turner, it gets you intimately involved in the...

April 11, 2016 6:50 am

Psychiatry and the Spirit

Why do we think so negatively about psychiatrists that we still insult them by calling...

February 14, 2016 3:48 am

Nothing Abides: Perspectives on the Middle East and Islam (REVIEW)

Nothing Abides: Perspectives on the Middle East and Islam, by Daniel Pipes. Transaction Publishers, 2015. More...

February 1, 2016 5:26 am

The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel were the two most immediate and authentic literary voices who...

January 28, 2016 5:34 am

Tracing Chabad’s History and Success (REVIEW)

The secret of Chabad’s worldwide success is revealed by veteran Chabad shliach (emissary) Rabbi David...

January 1, 2016 7:43 am

‘The Pater’ Tells a Story of Childlessness From the Rare Male Perspective (REVIEW)

JNS.org - Dozens if not hundreds of books have been written about the childlessness of Jewish...

September 6, 2016 5:30 am

Herman Wouk Looks Back After a Century (BOOK REVIEW)

Over the course of his life, Herman Wouk wrote a number of successful novels and other books. The Caine Mutiny, finished in 1951, was on...

June 21, 2016 6:51 am

Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

JNS.org - “Writing is a messy process,” says author Elizabeth Poliner. “People who don’t write fiction would be surprised to see what early drafts could look...

June 7, 2016 10:15 am

Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief (BOOK REVIEW)

Religion, Politics and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief by Asaf Romirowsky & Alexander H. Joffe (Palgrave Macmillan; 2013) Although this book came out several years...

May 2, 2016 6:55 am

The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love. CreateSpace, 2015. The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love, is a very interesting novel. Equally a political and romantic thriller, at times...

April 11, 2016 6:50 am

Psychiatry and the Spirit

Why do we think so negatively about psychiatrists that we still insult them by calling them shrinks? Some medics might be quacks, but we don’t...

February 14, 2016 3:48 am

Nothing Abides: Perspectives on the Middle East and Islam (REVIEW)

Nothing Abides: Perspectives on the Middle East and Islam, by Daniel Pipes. Transaction Publishers, 2015. More doggedly than any other expert on Middle East affairs Daniel...

February 1, 2016 5:26 am

The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel were the two most immediate and authentic literary voices who gave witness to the Holocaust. Wiesel was an extrovert and a very public...

January 28, 2016 5:34 am

Tracing Chabad’s History and Success (REVIEW)

The secret of Chabad’s worldwide success is revealed by veteran Chabad shliach (emissary) Rabbi David Eliezrie in his new book, The Secret of Chabad. The Chabad...

January 1, 2016 7:43 am

‘The Pater’ Tells a Story of Childlessness From the Rare Male Perspective (REVIEW)

JNS.org - Dozens if not hundreds of books have been written about the childlessness of Jewish women — and the stories are told from their perspective....

December 23, 2015 7:29 am

Looking to the Past for Lessons on How to Live Today (REVIEW)

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ latest book, Not In God’s Name, deals with the literal and figurative meaning of the commandment, “Do not take the Lord’s name on vain.”...

November 22, 2015 7:28 am

In the Middle East, ‘The Tail Wags the Dog’ (REVIEW)

Blaming the West has become the most pervasive method of teaching for many Middle East studies departments, which are becoming the heart of pop-culture academia....

November 11, 2015 7:28 am

How to Win a Debate With an Israel-Hater (REVIEW)

Despite Michael Harris' substantial previous work as a pro-Israel advocate -- including lectures, panel discussions, media appearances and work with Stand With Us -- his new book, Winning a Debate With...

October 25, 2015 6:40 am

Britain’s Former Chief Rabbi Tackles the Roots of Islamist Terror in New Book (INTERVIEW)

An ominous shadow has swept across the Middle East and North Africa, leaving chaos and carnage in its wake. Mad men armed with Kalashnikovs and depraved...

September 10, 2015 1:54 pm

‘Pastry Secrets’ Arrive Just in Time for Rosh Hashanah

JNS.org - Babka. Strudel. Stollen. Danish pastry. Not to mention Gugelhopf and Charlotte. The names set the mouth to watering and conjure up lovingly concocted pastries...

Features

Dairy, First Fruits, and More: Welcoming Shavuot With Customs of the Season

JNS.org - I’ve often heard, and many rabbis lament, that Shavuot is the only...

Tapping Into the Brilliance of Israel and the Zionist Dream

JNS.org - As Israel celebrates its 70th birthday, the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been propagating the idea of...

Reminiscing: Israel at 70

I celebrated my 12th birthday one week before the birth of the State of Israel. I was about to begin lessons...

World

US in Contact With Iraqi Ex-Foe Sadr After His Surprise Election Win: Sadr ...

The United States has contacted members of a political bloc in Iraq led by a former foe, the Shi'ite cleric...

Israel

IDF Responds to Gaza Infiltration by Bombing Terror Targets

JNS.org - The Israel Defense Forces attacked multiple targets in Gaza and destroyed a Hamas terror tunnel early Wednesday.  The strikes followed an incident Tuesday morning, in which Palestinians breached the...

Middle East

Syria Says Iranian Withdrawal Not Up for Discussion

The withdrawal of Iranian forces is not up for discussion, the Syrian deputy foreign minister was quoted as saying on Wednesday, after Washington demanded they pull out of Syria's conflict. US...

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