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

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

Monash University publishes three new books of Jewish interest

October 5, 2018 by  

Australian universities have become prolific publishers of a wide range of academic and other works…writes Geoffrey Zygier. 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

The Dead Still Cry Out: The Story of a Combat Cameraman: a book review by Geoffrey Zygier

July 18, 2018 by  

As a young girl playing in her home in England one day, Helen Lewis opened an old, apparently hidden suitcase. Read more

Zbaraz: a community extinguished…a book review by Geoffrey Zygier

July 2, 2018 by  

Once there was a land called Galicia, which straddled the modern-day border between Poland and Ukraine. Read more

People of the Boot: the triumphs and tragedies of Australian Jews in Sport…a book review by Geoffrey Zygier

June 3, 2018 by  

‘People of the Boot’ is a neat pun as the title of a book about Australian Jews’ contribution to their country’s – and international – sporting life. Read more

Eliyahu’s Mistress: a book review by Geoffrey Zygier

May 29, 2018 by  

Melbourne lawyer Roger Mendelson has chosen a demanding subject for his debut novel ‘Eliyahu’s Mistress’. 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

Symphony of Seduction: A book review by Fraser Beath McEwing

May 13, 2018 by  

Celebrity love affairs have always attracted public interest, especially when the participants are in the creative arts. It is in this light that we look for pre and post bed (or elsewhere) techniques that might be interpreted as extensions of the artistic pursuit. Read more

Thou Shalt Innovate: a book review by Elana Bowman

April 3, 2018 by  

It has been debated and argued that Jews are G-d’s chosen people for two reasons. One is that they honour G-d and the other is Tikkun Olam, an obligation, a duty to help heal or repair the world. Read more

On Borrowed Time: a book review by Geoffrey Zygier

March 9, 2018 by  

Morry Schwartz’s Black Inc recently published On Borrowed Time, the latest work by Robert Manne, Emeritus Professor of Politics at Melbourne’s La Trobe University. Read more

The Librarian of Auschwitz – a book review by Elena Bowman

February 23, 2018 by  

“Dita caressed the books. They were broken and scratched, worn with reddish-brown patches of mildew; some were mutilated. But without them, the wisdom of centuries of civilisation might be lost – geography, literature, mathematics, history, language. They were precious. She would protect them with her life.” Read more

From matzo balls to footballs

May 18, 2017 by  

Yvette Wroby has written a love story about family and footy, a story which involves both matzo balls and footballs. Read more

A history of Jews in the military

March 26, 2017 by  

Mark Dapin’s new book Jewish Anzacs: Jews in the Australian Military will be released next month. Read more

“Smitten by Catherine”: A book review by Ron Jontof-Hutter

March 15, 2017 by  

Henry Lew has written a colourful book about Catherine da Costa bringing to life the times in which she lived and describing her world in interesting and compelling detail. Read more

The Trombone Man: Tales of a Misogynist…a book review by Jasmin Albert

December 15, 2016 by  

Ron J. Hutter has written a provocative, entertaining and thoughtful novel that explores the problem of antisemitism in a very original way. Read more

Debunking Holocaust Denial Theories…a book review by Alan Gold

May 9, 2016 by  

Some books are ‘must-read’. Others are ‘should read’. And a lot are ‘toss away without reading so you don’t let the facts bother you.’ Read more

Monica Goldberg at the SWF

May 4, 2016 by  

Work by Sydney Jewish writer Monica Goldberg will feature in the Sydney Writers’ Festival later this month. Read more

Jewels and Ashes – A 25th Anniversary Edition: a book review by Alan Gold

April 25, 2016 by  

Virginia Woolf once said that every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works. Perhaps the finest example in Australia today of the elemental truth of Woolf’s words is in the body of work produced over the past quarter of a century by Arnold Zable. Read more

Frank Lowy, A Second Life…a book review by Alan Gold

August 24, 2015 by  

There are two lights which shine most brilliantly out of Jill Margo’s exceptional second volume of Frank Lowy’s biography. Read more

A new look at the Australia-Israel relationship

August 18, 2015 by  

Australia and Israel’s complex relationship has received a fresh public examination with the release of the new academic collection, Australia and Israel: A Diasporic, Political and Relationship. Read more

I Gave a Gonski…selected speeches by David Gonski. A book review by Alan Gold

May 29, 2015 by  

In his chapter on ‘Being a Chairman’, David Gonski says it’s easier to define a non-executive chairman by what he’s not, rather than by what he or she is. Which made me think of what the American astronomer, Clifford Stoll once said the internet age, “Data is not information, information is not knowledge, knowledge is not understanding, understanding is not wisdom.”
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Adam Exx Exodus…a book review by Alan Gold

May 20, 2015 by  

There is a class of books being published these days which are best described as ‘metabooks’. Read more

Book Review: LaKol Z’man

February 3, 2012 by  

Katja Grynberg reviews LaKol Z’man   – A Time For Everything by Yossi Huttler. This tiny book of tiny poems takes the reader through the year, month by month, on a journey of changing emotions and spirituality. Read more