Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Great Jewish Summer Reads

“The Weight of Ink,” by Rachel Kadish, 2018. Mariner Books. Hardcover. Paperback, 592 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1328915788.

Examining the History of Hasidism

Reviewing: “Hasidism: A New History,” by David Biale, David Assaf, Benjamin Brown, Uriel Gellman, Samuel Heilman, Moshe Rosman, Gadi Sagiv, Marcin Wodzinski, Arthur Green, Princeton University Press. 2017. 896 pages. Hardcover. ISBN-10: 0691175152.

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Bobby Kaplan’s Anti-Bullying Book Wins National Silver Medal

The 2018 eLit Awards, a global awards program committed to honoring the very best of English-language digital publishing entertainment has selected “HOOPSTERS: Don’t Be a Bully” as its Silver Medal Children’s Books winner.

This e-book and its hard copy original is Coach

Feldheim Introduces Collection of New and Noteworthy Titles

One of the 36 Hidden Tzaddikim

From the inhumanity of Soviet Russia to the holiness of Yerushalayim, Rav Yitzchak Zilber lived a life of total devotion to Torah. (People are familiar with his life from the

Unraveling A Family’s Past

Reviewing: “Beauty Queen of Jerusalem,” by Sarit Yishai-Levi. Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press. Hardcover, 374 pages. Original text copyright, 2013 by Modan Publishing House, Ltd. English translation copyright 2016 by Anthony Berris. ISBN: 978-1-250-07816-2.


Let’s Find the Humor in Growing Up

“For This I Had to Grow Up?” by Mordechai Schmutter, Israel Bookshop Publications. 2018. 424 pages. ISBN-10: 1600916023.

Have you ever asked kids what they want to do when they grow up?

We did. And here’s what they answered:

Teaneck Resident Rabbi Dr. Ephraim Kanarfogel Co-Edits Two New Books

(Courtesy of Yeshiva University) Rabbi Dr. Ephraim Kanarfogel, E. Billi Ivry University Professor of Jewish History, Literature and Law at Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, has co-edited two new volumes, one focusing on the writing of Rabbi Dr. Joseph B. Soloveitchik and the other on the

ScaVentures, Israel’s Latest Touring Trend

Highlighting: “ScaVentures Jerusalem,” by Tali Kaplinski Tarlow, Publisher: Israel ScaVenture, 2018, Hardcover, 204 pages, ISBN: 978-965-572-536-0, 150 NIS.

Families who plan to travel to Israel over the course of this summer must definitely join the 27,000 plus people in getting their hands

New ‘Steinsaltz Chumash’ Makes Torah Study Uniquely Accessible to English-Speaking World

Highlighting “The Steinsaltz Humash,” by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz. Koren Publishers Jerusalem. 2017. 978-9653019713.

(Courtesy of The Steinsaltz Center) The Steinsaltz Center (www.steinsaltz-center.org) has announced the publication of “The Steinsaltz Humash,” the long-awaited

Menachem Gottesman, PhD, Shares Insight into ‘At Risk’ Jewish Youth

Highlighting: “Not at Risk: Education as a Work of Heart,” by Menachem Gottesman, PhD, and Leah Gottesman, 2018. Menorah Books, Koren Publishers Jerusalem. 202 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1940516745

“Not at Risk” tells the story of the Meled School, an alternative religious high in

Why New Book, ‘Judaism, Zionism and the Land of Israel,’ Fills a Void

Reviewing “Judaism, Zionism and the Land of Israel,” by Yotav Eliach, 2018. Dialog Press. 804 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0914153344

For decades, Rabbi Yotav Eliach, esteemed principal of Rambam Mesivta High School in Long Island, has accumulated his teachings, writings and those of many

The Wimpel

Part II

(Continued from last week)

The origin of the word wimpel is the old German “bewimfen” meaning “to cover up.” Modern German translates Wimpel as a pennant. In Hebrew it is called mappah. It is made from a piece of white cloth cut