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Beyond Europe – A Review of Pepper, Silk & Ivory: Amazing Stories about Jews and the Far East

This book is clearly a labor of love.  For over forty years, Rabbi Marvin Tokayer has been collecting anecdotes and histories of Jews in the Far East.  With the help of Dr. Ellen Rodman, the rich information he has gathered is presented in the 23 chapters of Pepper, Silk & Ivory: Amazing Stories about Jews and… Continue reading Beyond Europe – A Review of Pepper, Silk & Ivory: Amazing Stories about Jews and the Far East

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A Review of Circle, Arrow, Spiral: Exploring Gender in Judaism

Gender can be a very hot-button topic (ahem, understatement).  So can Religion.  It’s not surprising that discussions of gender roles in Judaism can get very heated.  I’ve watched op-eds fly across the interwebs, but with a certain amount of detachment. Gender issues aren’t anything that I get particularly worked up about.  When I became Orthodox, I… Continue reading A Review of Circle, Arrow, Spiral: Exploring Gender in Judaism

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My Kids Love These New Books From Artscroll

It seems that for most of my life I’ve had my head in a book.  So it pleases me endlessly that my kids love to read.  My daughter, who’s two now, has recently come into her book-loving stage.  She will bring me a book, usually when I’ve finally found a minute to sit and have a… Continue reading My Kids Love These New Books From Artscroll

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The Mountain Family – A Review

If you’ve been wondering what to read this Shavuos, perhaps you should try the Mountain Family.  The subtitle is “An Appalachian Family of Twelve – and their fascinating journey to Judaism.”  Yes, that’s right.  A family of twelve.  That’s ten kids, and they all converted to Judaism. Can you imagine?  To say that’s not typical, is,… Continue reading The Mountain Family – A Review

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Making Hashem Proud – A Great Book For Kids

Reading my kids the same books over and over can get tedious, and losing books checking books out from the library can get pricey.  So when I was contacted about doing a review of a kids’ book recently released by Artscroll, I was super excited.  The book is called Making Hashem Proud*, and it’s by Chaviva Krohn Pfeiffer,… Continue reading Making Hashem Proud – A Great Book For Kids