Kafka Letters Reveal Deep Affinity for Hebrew

JNS.org – Writings of 20th century Jewish writer Franz Kafka made public for the first time this summer reveal his great affinity for the Hebrew language. Living in Prague in...

6 New Children’s Books for the New Year

BY PENNY SCHWARTZ BOSTON (JTA) — A Rosh Hashanah apple cake bake-off fit for reality television and another installment in the Scarlet and Sam series from the award-winning author Eric A....

Philip Roth’s Possessions to Be Auctioned for Charity

BY JOSEFIN DOLSTEN NEW YORK (JTA) — There are fans of Philip Roth who enjoy his books. Then there are the fans who want to own his typewriters. The latter have...

Proclaim Liberty Throughout The Land: The Hebrew Bible In The United States

The Zahava and Moshael J. Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University recently released Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land: The Hebrew Bible in the United States:...

Best-Selling Novelist Judith Krantz Dies at 91

(JTA) — Best-selling novelist Judith Krantz, whose first novel “Scruples” was published the year she turned 50, has died. Krantz died on Saturday at her home in Bel Air, California,...

Book Review of ‘Dear Rebbe’

  By Yochanan Gordon Since this is a book comprising the chronology of correspondence that the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, ob’m, a chassidic rebbe, had with specific individuals, it would...

Author Judith Kerr Dies Weeks Before Her 96th Birthday

Kerr wrote about the Holocaust in a way children could understand Jewish and German-born British writer and illustrator Judith Kerr died on May 22, 2019 at the age of 95....

One of Manhattan’s Remaining Judaica Stores to Close

BY JOSEFIN DOLSTEN NEW YORK (JTA) — Locals and visitors looking for a Judaica store here will soon only have two options. J. Levine Books and Judaica, a longtime seller of...

Passover Haggadah Graphic Novel Has Something for Everyone

Review By Michele Justic As well-intentioned as Chazal were to create learning opportunities within the Seder, some people can lose interest through the night. The Haggadah was compiled before many...

Rabbi Hutner And The Rebbe

Reviewed by Yochanan Gordon There’s a story of the Kotzker Rebbe who was asked by a group of chassidim how well he knew his followers. They began singling out individuals,...
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