A love of Israel, inside and out

Readers of the Washington Jewish Week may know Aaron Leibel as the newspaper’s copy editor and former arts editor. Copyediting is a job that requires him to confine himself to the minutiae of writing — syntax, spelling and the errant double space. But two years ago, Leibel decided to open himself up and let his… Read More

Uncomfortable truths

The Lie: A Novel. By Hesh Kestin. New York. Scribner, 2014. 240 pp. Every review of Kestin’s latest novel, The Lie, should deservedly include one or more of those coveted literary “praise-phrases” reserved for the best of the top-notch suspense thrillers: knuckle-gnawing, heart-stopping, sleep-suspending and the like. And if one were to assess The Lie… Read More

A love that follows infatuation

Review of: Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation, by Yossi Klein Halevi I was a very young child when I fell in love with Israel. At the end of a very hard work day, my father, a Holocaust survivor and new to America, would sit at… Read More

‘Dreamers’ and ‘FDR’ among Jewish book winners

American-born Israeli writer Yossi Klein Halevi’s Like Dreamers has been named 2013 Jewish Book of the Year by the Jewish Book Council. Subtitled “The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation,” the book is about the fracturing of a band of brothers. It follows the lives of seven men who… Read More

Mark Cohen on Allan Sherman

“So he did something very important, and I think we’re still living in the Allan Sherman moment. He helped to invent the American Jewish personality that we see everywhere today,” biographer Mark Cohen says.

Experiencing chasidic life with jujitsu-practicing rabbi

Journalist Rebecca Dana chronicles her time living with a lapsed Chabad rabbi in Brooklyn in her new book, Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde. Photo by Terry Gruber by Chavie Lieber JTA News and Features NEW YORK – What would happen if a pretty, educated, secular journalist experiences a horrible breakup, finds herself broke and… Read More

Chronicling the (Rahm) Emanuel brothers

by Fran Kritz Ezekiel Emanuel, 56, older brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm and Hollywood agent, Ari, has just written a book about the three superstar siblings, Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family. Zeke, as he’s known, charted a more cerebral path — following in the footsteps of the family patriarch, Benjamin, to become… Read More