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Acclaimed Canadian author explores dark side of pioneers’ Zionist utopia

By Renee Ghert-Zand In 2015, Canadian author Alison Pick decided it was time to visit Israel for the first time. While promoting her memoir, “Between Gods,” about her decision to convert to Judaism, she was told that experiencing the Jewish state first-hand was a necessary next step in solidifying her Jewish identity. Pick grew up […]

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A German writer’s perspective on China’s soul-touching stories

Stefan Schomann attempts to stitch together a real-life impression of China With its long history, China has always been a treasure trove of soul-touching sagas of epic proportions. The intercultural love story of a Jewish young man and a Chinese woman in war-torn Shanghai during World War II is one of them. It was discovered […]

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Books giving way to the Internet

By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASERET Zion, Israel — A few years ago a friend added me to the mailing list of a British publication that lists books (not ebooks) that are available at a reduced price. The masthead proudly proclaims that it is ‘Britain’s Best Postal Book Bargains.’ And at the side is the royal crest that […]

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Book Ban of Harper Lee in Alabama

The decision by a Mississippi school district board to pull Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird from approved school reading lists has drawn widespread criticism. The 1960 Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alabama native Harper Lee explores racism and injustice in a small town, however according to Kenny Holoway, the vice president of the Biloxi […]

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Jewish baseball card book now on sale

By Dan Bloom CHIAYI CITY, Taiwan — I first met Robert Wechsler online during some email chats back in 2015 when he was trying to find out the name of the artist who painted the portraits on the 1952 Topps baseball cards (it was Maurice Blumenfeld). He told me then he was working on The […]

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‘Peanuts’ creator Charles Schulz’s widow flees Calif. wildfire, home destroyed

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — The widow of the late Charles Schulz, creator of the iconic “Peanuts” comic strip, escaped the fire racing through Santa Rosa this week, but the hillside home the couple shared since the mid-1970s was destroyed, according to family members. Jean Schulz fled her home at about 2 a.m. Monday and is […]

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Courageous reading: ‘Courageous Aging’

By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. SAN DIEGO — There are many books on aging on bookstore shelves; some are humorous, some serious, some emphasize financial planning, some deal with loss, most wish to help our aging population to age “gracefully.” The new book by Dr. Ken Druck, a noted author, addresses the issue of aging by […]

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‘My Jerusalem Book’ like having an advance guide

My Jerusalem Book by Barbara Shaw, Design and Illustration by Shlomi Gorodetsky, Barbara Shaw Gifts Publishers, Jerusalem, Israel, © 2017, ISBN 978-965-572-210-9, p. 128, $24.90 By Fred Reiss, Ed.D. WINCHESTER, California – Jerusalem is unlike any other city in Israel. It lacks the cotillion atmosphere of Tel Aviv, or the innovative climate of some of the […]

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Salman Rushdie chortles over Larry David’s ‘fatwa’

Author Salman Rushdie thinks it’s pretty, pretty funny that the long-awaited premier of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” has a plot modeled on his own experience of being targeted by the Iranian regime with a fatwa. In the first episode of the 9th season, which aired October 1, Larry David’s eponymous character talks about a musical […]

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Leonard Cohen poems to be published in final book

NEW YORK — The final poems of Leonard Cohen, completed days before the legendary songwriter died, will be published in an anthology next year, his estate announced late Friday. Entitled “The Flame,” the volume will include Cohen’s unpublished poems as well as his prose pieces and illustrations and lyrics to his three final albums. Get […]

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Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel Prize in literature

Kazuo Ishiguro is the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, the awarding Swedish Academy said Thursday. Born in Japan and raised in Britain, Ishiguro is best known for the novels “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go.” Published in 1989, “The Remains of the Day” won the Man Booker Prize and […]

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A Jewish story everywhere? Yes, along the I-8

SAN DIEGO (SDJW) — The motto of San Diego Jewish World, a daily news website edited and published by Donald H. Harrison, is that “There is a Jewish Story Everywhere.” To demonstrate the concept, Harrison decided to follow the Interstate 8 east from its origin at the Pacific coastline to the Imperial County border 77 […]

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Anatomy of a gang of spies

Stalin’s Englishman: the Lives of Guy Burgess by Andrew Lownie (published by Hodder and Stoughton, 2015) By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASSERET ZION, Israel — The defection to the USSR of Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean in 1951 remained prominent in the British press for almost a decade. Their defection was followed  a few years later by that of […]

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Melania Trump-donated books rejected by elementary school librarian

An elementary school librarian in Massachusetts exceeded her authority when she rejected a shipment of Dr. Seuss books donated by first lady Melania Trump, the school district said. The White House is recognizing schools across the country with programs that achieve “high standards of excellence” to receive 10 Dr. Seuss books in honor of National […]

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