Talpiot: The IDF’s Best And Brightest

New book examines ‘Israel’s Edge.’

02/09/2016 - 16:54
Associate Editor

At an Iowa town hall last month, Hillary Clinton advertised her Middle Eastern expertise by reminding voters how, as secretary of state, she was able to convince Israel not to attack Gaza in 2012. In Israel, however, others with longer memories were reminded of the time when Secretary of State Henry Kissinger advised Israel not to attack Egypt in 1973, and Israeli intelligence concurred, there was no need to attack.

Jonathan Mark

A Non-Jew’s Take On Jewish Achievement

Steven Pease, a venture capitalist and CEO from Sonoma, Calif., has come out with his second book, 'The Debate over Jewish Achievement.'

08/03/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In 2009, Steven Pease, a venture capitalist and CEO from Sonoma, Calif., who specializes in turnarounds, wrote his first book, “The Golden Age of Jewish Achievements” (Deucalion), a thorough compendium of Jewish accomplishments in a wide variety of areas. Pease, a Protestant who came of age during the era of the Holocaust and the birth of Israel, “grew up sympathetic to Jews,” he wrote.

Author Stephen Pease: Probes Jews’ cultural accomplishments in new book.

Hank Greenberg’s Sacrifice

New book pitches World War II as lasting part of the Jewish slugger’s legacy.

07/14/2015 - 20:00

Baseball fans might most vividly remember Hank Greenberg for his chase of Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record in 1938 and his other impressive exploits on the field. The smaller universe of Jewish baseball fans may remember him for sitting out a crucial game on Yom Kippur decades before Sandy Koufax would do the same. But author John Klima wants readers of any background to know the unsung story of Greenberg’s World War II service.

The cover of “The Game Must Go On,” John Klima’s new book that spotlights Hank Greenberg’s World War II service.  Thomas Dunne

Oren’s New Book

06/30/2015 - 20:00

In  “No Way to Treat an Ally” (Editor’s column, June 19), Gary Rosenblatt leads us to the tip of a nasty iceberg that many suspected. But it took Israel’s former ambassador, Michael Oren, and his blockbuster new book to reveal [it]. The dirty secret was years of abuse and bullying of the soft-spoken, dignified, brilliant, centrist Oren as well as Israel’s prime minister by administration officials and Democratic supporters as well as the President himself.

Immersed In Jewish Meditation

New book by Yoel Glick, master of the art.

03/03/2015 - 19:00
Associate Editor

For some, Reb Shlomo Carlebach used to say, Judaism's most complex ideas can be reduced to the “sweet and cute,” simple as a New Year’s apple in honey. Or, conversely, one can see 16th-century kabbalists going out into the apple orchards -- evoking the Shechina, God’s feminine presence -- greeting the Shabbat bride, veiled in Friday’s twilight.

“When prayer is taken to its highest level,” Rabbi Glick says, “it becomes meditation.”  Courtesy of Rabbi Yoel Glick

Rabbi Pens Book On Israel/Gaza Conflict In 36 Hours

Author of web-hit 'I'm Done Apologizing For Israel' compiles book on Israel's right to defend itself in less than two days.

08/14/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Rabbi Menachem Creditor, a pulpit rabbi in Berkeley, C.A. and the author of several books, figured he would write another book one day.

He didn’t imagine that it would take him only one day to do it.

'The Hope: American Jewish Voices in Support of Israel' is on sale on

Speech Pathology

In his new, post-apocalyptic novel, Ben Marcus ponders the dark side of language.
01/30/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

No one can seem to get over the fact that Ben Marcus, the scion of avant-garde literature and its most impassioned defender, recently published a fairly traditional novel, “The Flame Alphabet.” It has all the trappings of normative fiction — a plot, emotionally developed characters, even some good old-fashioned drama.

About his novel’s traditional narrative, a departure for him, Marcus says, “I’m afraid of complacency.” Michael Lionstar

Who Says a Book Can't Solve All My Love Problems?

It was merely a recommendation.

A gentleman who had read one of my blogs where I complained about dating burn-out posted that I should get my furry little paws on Shaya Ostrov’s book, The Inner Circle: Seven Gates to Marriage.

Ok, he did not use the words “furry paws,” but he might as well have, because soon after I read his posting I was already purring and licking my lips with anticipation, wondering how I was going to get a hold of a Jewish relationship book I didn’t know about!

Settler rabbi arrested for controversial book

07/25/2010 - 20:00


JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A leading rabbi of the settler movement was arrested for writing a book that says Jewish law allows the killing of non-Jews.

Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira of the Yitzhar settlement was arrested Monday on suspicion of incitement for his book "The King's Torah," which was published last year and garnered headlines then for its controversial content. Police also confiscated 35 copies of the book found in his home. The book is sold in bookstores.

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