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Some Good Books, Summer 2014 Edition

The most recent batch of books I’ve read have been mostly outstanding.  One place I regularly turn for recommendations of new books is the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, formerly the Orange Prize.  Some of the book below were discoveries on … Continue reading

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Wanderings and Arrivals: After the Exodus

My cousin pointed out the other day it was the 100th anniversary of our grandfather’s arrival to United States, according the ship manifest that he was able to unearth.  One hundred years since “our” arrival to this country, at least … Continue reading

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More Good Books, Part 4

Here are some recommended titles from my recent reading list.  As always, it’s a mixed bag of literary novels and more plot-driven stories.  Claire of the Sea Light, by Edwidge Danticat Of all the books I’ve read recently, this is … Continue reading

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Good Books Part 3: Five Out of Six from the Man Booker Shortlist

Some people run marathons, other people read (almost) the whole Man Booker shortlist in two weeks.  I’m in the latter category. A friend posed a challenge – read the whole Man Booker Shortlist before the winner was announced.  It sounded … Continue reading

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Good Books: Some Suggestions for Summer Reading

What’s a good book?  Seems to be a question I discuss a lot.  People are always asking me for recommendations.  And there’s almost nothing I like better than sitting with a fellow-reader and talking about books – what we loved … Continue reading

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For Mother’s Day: Thank You for Making Me a Reader

I come from a long line of reading mothers.  Forget mom and apple pie – for me it’s mothers and books that go together. All of the mothers in my life, past and present, are (or were) huge readers and … Continue reading

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Evolutionary Tradition

In his speech today to students in Israel, President Obama told the crowd that he started holding seders at the White House because he wanted his children to know the story and the message of the haggadah. The things we … Continue reading

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The Books of Passover: An Ode to Cookbooks

Books are a central part of my ongoing Passover education.  I don’t mean haggadot, though those are of course also essential and beloved, and I don’t mean our traditional texts dealing with Passover, though I study those as well.  What … Continue reading

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The Grandest Story of All

Passover is my holiday. For me, it’s the big one.  Yes, Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur are big ones too – after all, I am a rabbi.  And even though I’m not a congregational rabbi, I’ve had the privilege of … Continue reading

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Introducing Fact/Fiction: A Blog About Books, Stories, and Publishing

I spend my days with non-fiction: editing and publishing books of liturgy and essays, managing numbers and words, spreadsheets and strategy.  And when my work days don’t spill over into the nights, I spend my evenings reading and writing and … Continue reading

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