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

ARTICLES BY: Jack Riemer /

September 20, 2017 1:57 pm

New Biography of Philanthropist Fails to Ask Key Jewish Questions - Professor Hasia Diner has a well-earned reputation as an insightful historian. But in her new book, Julius Rosenwald: Repairing the World, she seems to...

June 20, 2017 3:39 pm

New Book Explores and Preserves Hasidic Musical Heritage - You don’t have to be a scholar of Jewish music to enjoy Velvel Pasternak’s new book, Behind the Music: Stories, Anecdotes, Articles & Reflections. You...

June 12, 2017 2:08 pm

Appreciating and Understanding the Bible, Then and Now (BOOK REVIEW) - Jeremiah Unterman begins Justice for All: How the Jewish Bible Revolutionized Ethics, by highlighting two revolutions in the understanding of the Bible that took...

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 [email protected]: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...


Macron Emphasizes Content Moderation in Meeting with Musk

i24 News - French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday said he had a "clear and honest" discussion with Twitter owner Elon Musk during an unannounced face-to-face meeting in New Orleans. Macron...


Tel Aviv Mayor Warns Israel ‘Transforming into Theocracy’

i24 News - The mayor of Israel’s secular, liberal city Tel Aviv on Friday warned that the Jewish state was becoming a theocracy as its incoming government is set to...

Middle East

Qatari Minister: LGBTQ+ Can Visit, but West Can’t Change Ways

i24 News - Members of the LGBTQ+ community can visit Qatar and attend the World Cup, but the West cannot “dictate” Qatari’s beliefs, the Gulf state’s energy minister told German...

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