Zionism: The Concise History – a book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

December 10, 2019 by  

Zionism is one of those issues no two Jews can agree on although they can generally agree on what it is not. Read more

Kaddish.com: book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

November 8, 2019 by  

The publisher introduces the novel by “Larry is the secular son in a family of Orthodox Brooklyn Jews. Read more

Hilkhot Nashim- Halakhic Sources Guide Volume 1: a book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

This volume is a collection of essays dealing with three aspects of Jewish life as it applies to Women- Saying Kaddish, Birkhot Hagomel [prayer said after being in danger] and Women reading the Megillah. Read more

The Relational Judaism Handbook: a book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

May 12, 2019 by  

A couple of years ago Ron Wolfson, a professor at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles published Relational Judaism (Jewish Lights, 2013). Read more

Oh No— Not another Haggadah

April 16, 2019 by  

Every year there seem to more and more haggadahs [the actual plural is haggadot] available. And this ignores the self-printed ones available to those with some computer literacy. Read more

All On A Thursday Morning: a book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

April 14, 2019 by  

The subtitle for this book is appropriate being an ‘easy to use’ collection of Rabbi Gourarie’s weekly articles on personal growth. Read more

ANTISEMITISM: Here and Now – a book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

February 24, 2019 by  

ANTISEMITISM: Here and Now by Deborah Lipstadt Read more

The Steinsaltz Chumash: a book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

December 3, 2018 by  

Traditionally J-Wire does not review obvious religious publications such as prayer books and bibles. Read more

The New RCA Siddur [Ashkenazi tradition]: a siddur review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

November 23, 2018 by  

Traditionally J-Wire does not review obvious religious publications such as prayer books and bibles. Read more

The Budapest Job: a book review by Jeffrey Cohen

November 19, 2018 by  

This is an interesting book for it raises as many issues as it answers. First, it is well written and flows well and is captivating. Read more

Monash’s Masterpiece: The battle of Le Hamel and the 93 minutes that changed the world

November 4, 2018 by  

Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen reviews Peter FitzSimons’ book on Sir John Monash ahead of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day on Nov 11th marking the end of WWI in 1918. Read more

Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul – a book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

October 24, 2018 by  

Having read and used Naomi Levy’s writings before I was fascinated to find out the connection between Einstein and Rabbi Levy. Read more

Traitors: a book review by Jeffrey Cohen

October 12, 2018 by  

As I picked up this book written by Frank Walker, I had just viewed two episodes of Foyle’s War- one was about an English industrialist who favoured a German victory because it would be good for business and the other episode was about a German nationalist planted in England in 1937 in preparation for a war and being an informant. Read more

The Lives of Brian: a book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

August 1, 2018 by  

I must begin this review with a caveat. Over the years Brian Sherman and my own life have occasionally crossed. Sometimes it was at an opening of an exhibition at Sherman Galleries (established by his wife Gene); once it was at a screening of a movie made by his son Emil (who later won an Oscar); and often just hearing about him. Read more

Unlocking the Past: Stories from my Mother’s Diary – book review by Jeffrey Cohen

This book, for it is a little larger than a monograph, tells the story of Shira’s mum and her journey in Jerusalem (and getting there and back) as she pursues her PhD at the Hebrew University. Read more

Book review – My Opposition: the Diary of Frederich Kellner. A German against the Third Reich

April 25, 2018 by  

When one thinks of the various forms of resistance in Germany to Nazism two groups come to mind…writes Jeffrey Cohen. Read more