Modern Israel’s greatest philosopher, Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook, once wrote: “Literature, which pokes into every corner where there is poetry and life, has not penetrated at all into the marvelous treasure of life that is repentance.” Yael Shahar’s Returning, based on a true story but crafted with literary skill, seems meant to fit into that gap.
Book Review: Small Choices, Big Changes by Sarah Pachter (Targum Publishers 2017), 255 pp. Reviewed by Devorah Talia Gordon In Small Choices, Big Changes, Sarah Pachter explores fundamental facets of Jewish life with clarity and wit. From the seemingly mundane to the more elevated parts of life, Pachter draws rich lessons that the reader can easily integrate into Read more
The Memoirs of Gluckel The Memoirs of Gluckel of Hameln, which span from 1686 to 1719, is a fascinating autobiography from a frum, German Jewish mother of 14 who also worked as a businesswoman. Though she was married off at the tender age of 14, she was highly educated and opinionated in Torah as well Read more
Tales From the Heritage House by DB Estrin, Review by Lara Gedzelman Back before there were well-trodden inspirational routes laid out and outreach machines brought large groups of college kids/professionals/mothers/businessmen (name your cohort, but be sure that the group is curated to be as homogenous as possible), there were brave souls who created or opened Read more
The Erev Rav (the mysterious ‘mixed multitude’ of Egyptians who joined the Jewish people upon their liberation from Pharaoh’s Egypt) has long struck me as one of the deepest and most fascinating topics in Jewish/Kabalistic thought. Now, after reading B.R. Levy’s comprehensive yet user-friendly exposition of the subject, I realize that it is (at least Read more
Book Review: The Skeptic and the Rabbi: Falling in Love with Faith by Judy Gruen (She Writes Press, 212 pages) Reviewed by Devorah Talia Gordon Judy Gruen’s memoir, The Skeptic and the Rabbi: Falling in Love with Faith, manages to be many extremes: light and heavy, profound and amusing, uplifting and serious. These contradictions are Read more
Cookbook review: Real Life Kosher Kitchen I’m back! It’s been a while. Like, a really long while. Life is busy, I’ve had a cough for about six weeks now that I’m so, so, so over, but my energy levels are slowly building back up, so I’ve been cooking up a storm in the kitchen. I Read more
Let’s begin this book review with the author’s own words: I have no zechus to merit that for which millions of Jews have longed and davened for, for thousands of years. It is only due to pure chessed on Hashem’s part that I live in and am able to explore the Land of the Avos, Read more