Books, Books, and More Books

For one day at the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, writers, and poets take the place of journalists in covering the news and providing commentary. (Forward)

Sami Michael discusses the “takeover” of Ha’aretz, asking, “Is the author’s point of view necessarily different from that of the reporter, directly touching the live flesh of exposed reality?” (Ha’aretz)

A look at “the largest public collection of Jewish cookbooks†in the United States–1,500 volumes. (Forward)

An amazing collection of photos on the theme of Jews and books.  Scroll using the previous and next buttons, or use the pull-down menus for dozens of titles, such as Ben Gurion or Yemenite Jews. (Promised Book Land)

A talk with Lesléa Newman, author of “Heather Has Two Mommies,†young adult novels about a young boy whose favorite uncle has AIDS, and a teenage girl struggling with bulimia, and of Jewish children’s books, including “Matzo Ball Moon,†about a Passover seder, and “Runaway Dreidel,†a Chanukah tale set to the cadences of “The Night Before Christmas.†(J-weekly)

Four current Jewish authors are asked “What Jewish Book Changed Your Life?â€, and only one actually manages to answer the question. (Jbooks)

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Israel: Settlements, Conflict, and Iran

Netanyahu says Israel will not stop construction in Jerusalem or halt building to accommodate “natural growth†in the settlements. He ...

Israel & the Arts

A talk with Hanoch Rosenne, Israel’s most famous pantomime artist (Ha’aretz)A look at the considerable success of the The Mayumana ...

Jewish Organizations in the News

Defying the general trend toward a merger, the three branches of the JCC of Greater Philadelphia will each be going ...