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Internet surprise: I’m quoted by a Christian philosopher

By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO–Every once in a while it is interesting to type one’s name into Google and see what comes up.  It almost never fails to be amusing and upon occasion perplexing as well.   On one such recent excursion I came across an item which caught my eye: “Moral Issues and Christian Responses: […]

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The trial that may have influenced the Bard

A Second Daniel; A Tudor Intrigue by Neal Roberts; Booktrope, Seattle By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASSERET ZION, Israel — I was drawn to the title of this book which appeared on a list of books that could be downloaded, and seized the opportunity to read it on my Kindle as I recognized the quote from The […]

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Student poets featured at LFJCC Astor Library

By Eileen Wingard LA JOLLA, California — Five Soille Hebrew Day School students and one San Diego City Schools Middle School student presented their poetry at the final Jewish Poets- Jewish Voices eighth season’s concluding event. Rabbi Meir Cohen, principal of the Soille Hebrew Day School, was present to enjoy listening to his young students read their […]

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‘Creation’s First Light’ introduces Torah, spirituality

Creation’s First Light by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, illustrated by Joani Rothenberg; © 2013 IBJ Book Publishing; ISBN 978-10934922-94-1; 32 pages. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – This might be subtitled “A Child’s Guide to Torah and Spirituality.”  Rabbi Sasso begins with a paraphrase of God’s first command, “Let There Be Light” and subsequently explains […]

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Humorous book guides men seeking masculinity

LONDON — By accident, almost the first thing I do when interviewing Tim Samuels is to give him an opportunity to demonstrate his masculinity. For the writer of “Who Stole My Spear?” — a highly entertaining book on how to be a man in the 21st century — it was the possibility of demonstrating recording […]

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Wealthy business executive becomes a school teacher

Mount Pleasant: My Journey from Creating a Billion-Dollar Company to Teaching at a Struggling Public High School by Steve Poizner, Portfolio, Penguin Group, 2010 By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO — Steve Poizner describes himself as the quintessential nerd – and proud of it.  Taught by his Jewish parents to dedicate himself to the constant pursuit […]

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Mother of two slain soldiers an Israeli inspiration

By Toby Klein Greenwald EFRAT, Israel — Miriam Peretz has become a legend in Israel and the translation of her riveting book, Miriam’s Song, written, with her, by beloved Israeli author Smadar Shir and expertly translated by Jessica Setbon, will now ensure that she becomes a legend in the English speaking world as well. I […]

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Jewish Orthodoxy and the modern world

Torah and Western Thought: Intellectual Portraits of Orthodoxy and Modernity by Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik, Dr. Stuart W. Halpern, and Rabbi Shlomo Zuckier, editors, Magid Books, New Milford, Connecticut;  ISBN 978-1-59264-436-0©2015, $29.95, p. 313, plus index and appendix By Fred Reiss, Ed.D.   WINCHESTER, California–Over its nearly 5,000 years of existence, Judaism has struggled with […]

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Author evokes her NJ Jewish life in novel

Aviva Orenstein’s “Fat Chance” explores issues of identity Author Aviva Orenstein acknowledged that her Fat Chance protagonist, Claire, is in many ways her alter ego. Fat Chance, a new novel by Aviva Orenstein, is set in an imaginary New York suburb, but you would not be blamed for thinking that Hudsonville is a stand-in for […]

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Recognition sought for Gypsies as Holocaust victims

Johann Trollmann and Romani Resistance to the Nazis by Jud Nirenberg; KO Publications; (c) 2016; ISBN 978-0-9903703-76; 220 pages. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — Despite some problems in its organization, this is an important book for the Jewish community to ponder. Utilizing the story of Johann Trollman– a Sinto boxer who in 1933 […]

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LFJCC to feature Hebrew Day School poets May 17

By Eileen Wingard SAN DIEGO –Seven students from the Soille Hebrew Day Middle School will be participating in the May 17, 7:15 p.m. Jewish Poets—Jewish Voices program at the Astor Judaica Library at the Lawrence Family JCC. Also reading that evening, will be a prize-winning student poet and playwright from Mesa Verde Middle School. Rabbi […]

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The Psychology of Tzimtzum

By Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D. SAN DIEGO — When Don Harrison recently gifted me a copy of Professor Mordechai Rotenberg’s The Psychology of Tzimtzum, it, like most gifts, came with a string. “Michael, I thought you’d enjoy this book and I’m wondering if you’d be kind enough to write a review of it for our […]

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Nearly murdered woman suffered life of torture

Burned Alive: a Victim of the Law of Men by Souad, in collaboration with Marie-Therese Cuny, Warner Books, 2003 By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO — The author’s name is not “Souad” and her address “lives in Europe” is purposely generalized.  The people who tried to kill her once would try again if they could. Souad […]

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Yiddish writer Rosenfarb’s works and life examined

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO—Perhaps if the late Yiddish novelist Chava Rosenfarb had lived to see how many people crowded the Seuss Room at UCSD’s Geisel Library to hear a discussion about The Tree of Life, her trilogy about life in the Lodz ghetto, the depression she felt over the fate of the Yiddish […]

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