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Happy birthday Herman Wouk on your 102nd

By Stanley Tiger SAN DIEGO — Although today his name is not a household word, it may be a measure of his success – his success in remaining private. Herman Wouk, celebrating his 102nd birthday on May 27th, is known for the value he places on his privacy, yet this extraordinary writer remains a luminary in  the […]

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Trump Is in ‘Meltdown’ Says ‘Art Of The Deal’ Co-Writer

The co-author of Donald Trump’s best-selling business guide and memoir The Art Of The Deal announced the president is undergoing a “significant meltdown” in a CNN interview with Anderson Cooper. “I think he’s reacting from a survival place,” Tony Schwartz told Cooper Wednesday. He’s in pure defensive mode…he’s being run by the part of his […]

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Practical tips for studying the Talmud

Understanding the Talmud: A Systematic Guide to Talmudic Structure and Methodology by Rabbi Yitzchak Feigenbaum; Feldheim; 2nd edition (1988); ISBN By Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel CHULA VISTA, California — Some Aramaic scholarly friends of mine who speak and know Talmudic Aramaic often complain about the poor syntax of the Talmud. To most English readers, it almost […]

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Poems, songs bespeak local Jewish talent

By Eileen Wingard LA JOLLA, California — Jerry Greenspan, a youthful looking senior with a keen sense of humor began the May 9 evening of Jewish Poets—Jewish Voices. He is a founder of the Coronado Scribes. One of his poems, an ode to his home town, is printed below. The next featured poet, Sylvia Levinson, has […]

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A book in time for 6-day war’s 50th anniversary

The 28th of Iyar – The Dramatic, Day-by-Day Journal of an American Family in Israel During the Six Day War By Rabbi Emanuel Feldman, Feldheim Publishers, Jerusalem, © 2017, ISBN 978-1-68025-294-1, p. 171, plus glossary, $14.95. By Fred Reiss, Ed.D. WINCHESTER, California –  If you’re old enough, you know where you were on December 7, […]

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Humoring the headlines: May 12, 2017

Douse the Fire (tune: Light My Fire) By Laurie Baron You know that this probe had to stop. You know you should have been more loyal. I’ll claim I saved the FBI. Comey, you’ve become my foil. Comey, baby, you are fired. Comey, baby, you are fired. Long before your term’s expired. The time to […]

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Chinese- language Jerusalem cookbook debuts

By Dan Bloom CHIAYI CITY, Taiwan –When the Chinese-language edition of the popular Israeli cuisine cookbook “Jerusalem” was recently published in Taiwan, Israel’s trade envoy to the island ​ nation Asher Yarden held a press conference in Taipei for the launch and charmed ​Taiwanese ​ reporters by playing cook for the day​,​ accompanied​, of course,​ […]

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Hitler’s Reich and Trump’s America

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — In a review in a recent issue of The New York Review of Books of Hitler: Ascent 1889-1939 by Volker Ullrich – the book has recently appeared in English – the distinguished Holocaust historian Christopher Browning writes: “There are sufficient areas of similarity in some regards to make the book […]

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Mob, murder, and Shoah are elements of novel

Forbidden Night by Joanne Lewis, Soul Attitude Press, (c) 2016; 282 pages; ISBN 9781939-181755. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — At first, I was a bit bewildered by this novel; it alternated several stories in different time periods and I wondered how they would all come together. But they did! One story dealt with […]

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‘About the Dybbuks’ tells problems of immigrants

By Pamela Pollack-Fremd  SPOKANE, Washington — Immigration has never been easy–moving to a new country, learning a new language, and adapting to new cultural norms can be the most difficult thing a person ever does. Immigrating is not easy today nor has it been easy in the past. About the Dybbuks, a collection of short stories […]

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Reiss writes book on the Jewish calendar

WINCHESTER, California (Press Release)–The story of the Jewish calendar, which begins with the Exodus from Egypt, is more than 3,500 years old. Over the millennia, the twelve individual Jewish tribes coalesced into the nation of Israel, adopting, adapting, and ultimately developing their own religious calendar, which has withstood the vagaries of the ages. At one […]

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Book teaches children about the Holocaust

Somewhere There Is Still a Sun by Michael Gruenbaum with Todd Hasak-Lowy; Aladdin Books of Simon & Schuster Publishing; (c) 2015; ISBN 9781442-484870; 356 pages plus afterword and appendices; $8.99 By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — This is a Holocaust memoir written for children of perhaps middle school age. It is narrated in present […]

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Who wrote the great books of Jewish thought?

Books of the People: Revisiting Classic Works of Jewish Thought by Dr. Stuart W. Halpern, Editor, Maggid Books, Jerusalem, © 2017, ISBN 978-1-59264-470-4, hardcover, p. 350, including list of contributors, $29.95 By Fred Reiss, Ed.D. WINCHESTER, California – The editors of Encyclopedia Britannica, in the early 1950s, basing their judgment on just three simple criteria: […]

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Ivanka Trump’s New Book Draws Criticism

As Ivanka Trump’s new book “Women Who Work” hit bookstores Tuesday, some women have viewed it as being full of class bias, which limit the first daughter’s advice to wealthy and powerful women. The book was written ahead of the 2016 presidential election which saw her father, Donald Trump become president. In it, she talked […]

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