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'WOW!' - A book for grandparents to read to grandchildren

'WOW!' - A book for grandparents to read to grandchildren

The wonders of G-d's world in a short, beautifully illustrated book that seems like a child's version of King David's praise in Psalm 104.

Trekking the Sanhedrin Trail with Rabbi Judah the Princeplayer

Trekking the Sanhedrin Trail with Rabbi Judah the Prince

A book about a great Jewish leader who changed history comes to life on a Galilee trail that traces his life and that of the Sages. Review.

Israel's Shifting Society

Israel's Shifting Society

'Jews, Israelis and Arabs, an Observer's view of Israel's Shifting Society',' a politically incorrect, refreshing look at Israel. Review.

What do lone soldiers thank G-d for on Thanksgiving Day?

What do lone soldiers thank G-d for on Thanksgiving Day?

Hundreds of lone soldiers gathered in Jerusalem for a turkey dinner, and gave thanks for much more than the food. Am Yisrael Chai. Op-ed.

We are all "baderech" - on a journey in process

We are all "baderech" - somewhere along the path of a journey in process

Whatever wagon we are on, wherever the path leads, we know we are on a holy journey together. 'Baderech-along the path to Teshuvah'.Review.

The true faces of the Babyn Yar Murders revealed

The true faces of the Babyn Yar Murders revealed

'Some were shooters, others extracted Jews from their homes, others took their belongings, or served sandwiches and tea to shooters.' Report

I love Shmitta

I love Shmitta

Good Shabbos, Eretz Yisrael!

Religious compulsions and fears: A guide to treatment

'So that it shall be good for you'- treating religious compulsions and fears

A readable, informative book on OCD, also meant to enlighten family and friends, involving them in behavior-modifying treatment. Op-ed.

'The Snake at the Mouth of the Cave'- the role of aggadah

'The Snake at the Mouth of the Cave'- a new look at the role of Talmudic narrative

Judaism's way of life and study of Torah, surviving years of exile and dispersion, was defined but not spelled out by the Sages. Op-ed.

Can anyone explain a US State Department "illegality statement?"

Can anyone explain the US State Department "illegality statement?"

A former  Israeli Justice Minister writes that he is “mystified” by a US State Department spokeperson's recent illegality statement. Op-ed.

How often do you ask yourself what it is that you really want?

How often do you ask yourself what it is that you really want?

Shayna Goldberg's "What do you really want? Trust and fear in decision making at life's crossroads and in everyday living." Review.

What was the Prophet Jeremiah telling us in 'Lamentations'?

What was the Prophet Jeremiah telling us in 'Lamentations'?

Dr. Yael Ziegler, new head of the Matan Women's Institute for Torah Studies has written an enlightening book on Lamentations. Review.

From the Israeli press: Thank you, Netanyahu - sort of

From the Israeli press: Thanking Netanyahu - sort of

Columnist Ari Shavit wrote an accusatory thank you to Netanyahu, but to do so had to list the outgoing PM's amazing accomplishments.Op-ed

Thoughts on "Rebecca!" Can Bible-based plays be Torah true?

Thoughts on "Rebecca! Mother of Two Dynasties." Can Bible-based plays be Torah true?

A new play about the life of Rebecca shows that Torah standards can be upheld without sacrificing superb musical drama.

The Book of Hirsh

The Book of Hirsh

The Book of Hirsh packs everything about today's Israel into a fast-paced, but thought-provoking, short novel Recommended. Review.

The layers of women's lives

The layers of women's lives

The challenges, difficulties and triumphs of English-speaking women living in Israel are told in their own words in a new book. Review.

'Conversations in transit with Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik'

'Conversations in transit with Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik'

Rabbi Dr. Aaron Adler's insightful book brings Rabbi Soloveitchik to life while inspiring the awe in which he was held by all. Op-ed

'Grandma is in Isolation': A children's book about the pandemic

'Grandma is in Isolation': A book for children about the pandemic

Very young children must be wondering, perhaps fearfully, why their grandparents disappeared. A new upbeat book makes it clear. Op-ed.

I wish I were a COVID maven

I wish I were a COVID maven

Why do I doubt every report, statistic, proclamation and article I read? Why can't I be a maven too? Op-ed.

"There was only one Abraham" - in memory of Rav Avraham Shapira

"There was only one Abraham" - in memory of Chief Rabbi Avraham Shapira

Erev Sukkot is the yahrzeit of the Torah Gaon, intrepid Chief Rabbi and head of Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, A glimpse into the life of a tzaddik.

A woman of few words - the story of Cheri Belzberg Tannenbaum

A woman of few words - the story of Cheri Belzberg Tannenbaum

Cheri named her autobiography "My Creative Journey with Dystonia." The road she takes for her journey is that of someone who walks with God.

What will an Israeli in Judea and Samaria gain from sovereignty?

What will an Israeli living in that 30% of Judea and Samaria gain from sovereignty?

It's not only about Zionism. Read how non-application of Israeli law affects the everyday lives of Israelis living in Judea and Samaria.