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‘The Lost Letter’ Travels Decades, ‘Famous Nathan’ Defines American Dream

The Lost Letter Jillian Cantor $26, hardcover Riverhead Books, June 13 It’s rare to read a story set during the Holocaust and associate it with a love story...

Books for Bibliophile Beachgoers

Even if you — like me — are not the biggest fan of the sticky heat of summer, there are few things more enjoyable...

Janet Benton Nods to Jewish Family History, Sexism in New Novel

It’s 1883 in Philadelphia and you are a 23-year-old pregnant woman, turned away by your family, shunned from your community and abandoned by your...

Book Reviews: ‘And We’re Off’ Explores Mother-Daughter Relations, While ‘The Devil’s Diary’ Mixes History...

And We’re Off Dana Schwartz $17.99, hardcover Penguin Young Readers Group Warning: Don’t read And We’re Off, the debut novel by Jewish author Dana Schwartz, unless you’re ready...

Rabbi Akiva Made the Jews Who They Are Today, Says Biographer

By David Holzel It happened that Rabbi Eliezer, Rabbi Yehoshua, Rabbi Elazar ben Azaryah, Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Tarfon were reclining in B’nai B’rak. They...

Novels Set in Opposing Time Periods Reveal Portraits of Jewish Life and the Struggle...

JE STAFF The Yid Paul Goldberg $16, paperback Picador Take the madness of King Lear, the dark, playful tone of Inglorious Basterds, the backdrop of Soviet Russia, add...

Celebrating the Life and Work of Area Architect Louis Kahn

Days after Louis Kahn died in 1974, his obituary ran on the front page of The New York Times, where architecture critic Paul Goldberger...

The Zombie Haggadah a Ghoulish Twist on What’s Usually Read During Passover

In an alternative universe of alternative facts, the story of Passover was not the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt, but that of the...

New Book in Jewish Mystery Trilogy Takes Form of High Holiday Hit-Job

“They always say that you should write what you know,” laughed Rabbi Ilene Schneider. As one of the first female rabbis from Southern New Jersey...

Exhaustive New Volume Chronicles Chabad Rebbe’s Formative Years Overseas

It is a story told in frayed telegrams and creased photographs, in faded script on yellowing notebook pages, in postmarked envelopes and stamped passports. It...