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Rabbi Jack Riemer writes frequently for journals of Jewish and general thought in America and abroad.

ARTICLES BY: Jack Riemer /

March 16, 2017 10:00 am

Fresh Perspective on Hayim Nahman Bialik - I have questions about some of the subjects that have been chosen for the Jewish Lives book series from Yale University Press. I wonder...

January 8, 2017 7:13 am

‘Fotonovela’ on Argentinian Jewish Center Bombing Shows the Camera May Be Mightier Than the Pen -- Do you know what a fotonovela is? I didn’t either, until I read Once@9:53am: Terror in Buenos Aires, a fascinating, mesmerizing book, whose new English edition...

January 1, 2017 7:36 am

A New Book on the Six-Day War Should Be Required Reading for President Trump -- Guy Laron’s forthcoming book, The Six-Day War: The Breaking of the Middle East -- to be published, fittingly, around the war's 50th anniversary --...

December 6, 2016 8:04 am

New Biography Asks: ‘What If Rabin Had Lived?’ (REVIEW) - Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin embodied the qualities of his generation: toughness, gruffness and idealism. He wanted to be a farmer, but the realities of life...

September 8, 2015 10:12 am

Fusing Israeli and Holocaust History, Novel Offers a ‘Middle Eastern Western’ - There is a game that all of us have played at some time in our lives. We ask ourselves: What would my life be...

June 7, 2015 9:43 am

Book Paints Painful-But-Inspiring Picture of Holocaust’s Immediate Aftermath - Dan Stone’s “The Liberation of the Camps: The End of the Holocaust and Its Aftermath” is difficult reading, and not just because it documents...

May 22, 2015 12:57 pm

New Commentary on Book of Ruth a Refreshing Approach to Bible Study - The megillah (scroll) of Ruth, read annually on the second day of the Shavuot holiday, is nothing new to synagogue-goers. But a...

February 23, 2015 3:15 pm

When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW) - Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement's Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next...

November 5, 2014 12:33 pm

Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History - There is one sentence in "Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel" that made me sit up in surprise. I thought that I knew the...

September 15, 2014 6:43 am

How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life - What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman,...

September 3, 2014 6:35 am

From Iphigenia to Isaac, a Fresh Take on Age-Old Stories (REVIEW) - Tova Hartman and Charlie Buckholtz in Are You Not a Man of God?have taken two stories from the bible, two from the...

August 12, 2014 8:30 pm

Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living - Sara Davidson's The December Project is a new book that should be read by all senior citizens, and by those who hope...

May 16, 2014 8:06 am

An Honest Evaluation of Zionist Pioneer Ze’ev Jabotinsky (REVIEW) - I confess that I came to Hillel Halkin's "Jabotinsky: A Life" with some suspicion. First, Daniel Gordis wrote a book about former...

February 3, 2014 8:17 am

The Path of the Righteous (REVIEW) - There are lots of biographies of famous people lining the shelves of bookstores. There are movie stars who hire press agents, whose...


New York Times Amends Palestinian Terrorist Barghouti’s Op-Ed Amid Outcry - A day after convicted Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti wrote a New York...


US Justice Department Charges Teen Over JCC Bomb Threats - The US Justice Department filed criminal charges Friday against an Israeli-American teenager who is accused of making more than 150 bomb threats against Jewish institutions in early 2017, stoking...


Palestinian Teen Arrested After Stabbing, Wounding 4 in Tel Aviv Attack

Israeli police say an 18-year-old Palestinian stabbed and lightly wounded four people in Tel Aviv before being arrested. It remains unclear whether Sunday's attack was politically motivated.

Middle East

Israeli Army Strikes Syria After Three Mortars Hit Golan Heights

The IDF announced on Friday evening that it had attacked the sources of three mortars fired into the northern Golan Heights earlier that day. Friday afternoon, a mortar shell exploded in...