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New Book Reveals a Gripping True Story From Auschwitz

In his gripping new book, The Boy Who Followed His Father Into Auschwitz, Jeremy Dronfield relates the true story of the Kleinmann family of...

May 11, 2020 8:45 am

Remembering a Member of ‘Jewish Royalty’

In need of a break from the grim coronavirus news? Here’s what I did, and I recommend it: Get a copy of, and read, Touched With Fire: Morris B. Abram and the Battle Against Racial...

Aharon Appelfeld’s ‘To The Edge of Sorrow’ Asks the Right Questions

The Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld died in 2018. His novel To the Edge of Sorrow, published in Israel in 2012, is out this week in English from Schocken Books, translated by Stuart Schoffman. The book is...

Revisionist Author Tries to Distort the Record of David Ben-Gurion

Tom Segev’s well-written biography of Israel’s first prime minister, A State At Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion, is undercut by the author’s biases and penchant for narrative. It would be hard to imagine Israeli...

November 4, 2019 6:35 am

New Book Tells a Holocaust Family Mystery

I just finished reading an extraordinary new book, House on Endless Waters by author Emuna Elon. From...

September 8, 2019 6:27 am

Former Obama Speechwriter Offers Answers to ‘Why Be Jewish?’ Question in New Book

Why be Jewish? Nowadays, embracing Jewish identity and practice is optional, even for those who were...

December 24, 2018 11:36 am

Loeffler Book Offers Help in Answering New York Times Columnist

Michelle Goldberg’s New York Times column earlier this month headlined “Anti-Zionism Isn’t the Same as...

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...

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...

May 11, 2020 8:45 am

New Book Reveals a Gripping True Story From Auschwitz

In his gripping new book, The Boy Who Followed His Father Into Auschwitz, Jeremy Dronfield relates the true story of the Kleinmann family of Vienna....

April 12, 2020 7:11 am

Remembering a Member of ‘Jewish Royalty’

In need of a break from the grim coronavirus news? Here’s what I did, and I recommend it: Get a copy of, and read, Touched...

January 16, 2020 9:25 am

Aharon Appelfeld’s ‘To The Edge of Sorrow’ Asks the Right Questions

The Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld died in 2018. His novel To the Edge of Sorrow, published in Israel in 2012, is out this week in...

November 4, 2019 7:27 am

Revisionist Author Tries to Distort the Record of David Ben-Gurion

Tom Segev’s well-written biography of Israel’s first prime minister, A State At Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion, is undercut by the author’s biases...

November 4, 2019 6:35 am

New Book Tells a Holocaust Family Mystery

I just finished reading an extraordinary new book, House on Endless Waters by author Emuna Elon. From start to finish, I found it to be well-written, touching,...

September 8, 2019 6:27 am

Former Obama Speechwriter Offers Answers to ‘Why Be Jewish?’ Question in New Book

Why be Jewish? Nowadays, embracing Jewish identity and practice is optional, even for those who were born into it. Sarah Hurwitz’s own story is an example....

December 24, 2018 11:36 am

Loeffler Book Offers Help in Answering New York Times Columnist

Michelle Goldberg’s New York Times column earlier this month headlined “Anti-Zionism Isn’t the Same as Anti-Semitism,” generated a number of strong responses. Here at The Algemeiner, Benjamin...

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...

Features

‘Your People Will Be My People’: A Shavuot Shout-Out to Ruth’s ‘Daughters’

JNS.org - “You shall love the convert, for you were strangers in the...

One New York Family’s Story of Surviving Coronavirus

JNS.org - For Sarit Haviv, 53, of Mill Basin in Brooklyn, New York, the toughest part of having COVID-19 was...

World

Serbia Joins Ranks of Countries Who Have Adopted International Antisemitism...

Serbia has become the latest country to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. The Israeli Embassy in...

Israel

New Israeli Ballistic Missile Passes Sea Tests With High Level of Accuracy

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) successfully tested on Tuesday its latest ballistic missile, the Israeli news site Walla reported. The LORA missile was tested at sea, with two projectiles fired at prearranged...

Middle East

Yemen Pledging Drive Hopes to Raise $2.4 Billion to Save Aid Ops as Virus S...

The United Nations and Saudi Arabia host a pledging conference for war-ravaged Yemen on Tuesday to help raise some $2.4...

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