Can Robots be Jewish? And other pressing questions of Modern Life: a book review by Jeffrey Cohen

October 6, 2021 by  

Amy Schwartz serves as the opinion and book editor at Moment Magazine. Moment is one of the more independent and thought stimulating magazine in the Jewish world started by Leonid/Leibl Fein over fifty years ago and is still being published today as an independent but also inclusive journal. Read more

Frances Prince launches her book “Gift of Time”

October 5, 2021 by  

A new book, written by well-known community personality Frances Prince is launching this week in Melbourne. Read more

Have I got a Cartoon for You: The Moment Magazine Book of Jewish Cartoons

October 3, 2021 by  

Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen reviews the book edited by Bob Mankoff. Read more

Coherent Judaism: Constructive theology, Creation & Halakhah: A book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

April 21, 2021 by  

I am sure that a number of my colleagues (and friends) would question whether Judaism could ever be coherent, especially with the words Halakhah as well as theology in its title. Read more

Last Kings of Shanghai: a book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

March 11, 2021 by  

There are many who will read this review who would have heard of the Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara who issued some 1800 visas in Kovno in 1940 which enabled the holders to transit Japan and spend the war years in Shanghai. Read more

The Miracle Typist: a book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

February 24, 2021 by  

Leon Silver’s The Miracle Typist is a powerful true story of one soldier’s long journey home. Read more

The Freedom Circus: a book review by Geoffrey Zygier

December 3, 2020 by  

As the years pass by and the number of survivors dwindles, the stream of Holocaust-themed books continues to gush. Read more

Reason to Believe: The Controversial Life of Rabbi Louis Jacobs

November 19, 2020 by  

It seems strange that I received this book on the day I heard about the death of Jonathan Sacks, the Emeritus Chief Rabbi of the United Synagogue of the United Kingdom…writes Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen. Read more

Heart of Violence: Why People Harm Each Other – a book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

September 14, 2020 by  

Paul Valent brings two unique interests in writing this book. Not only was he the long-serving President of the Child Holocaust Survivors Melbourne but he has been a major voice in the study of Trauma and Founder of the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Read more

The Order: a book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

August 7, 2020 by  

This is Dan Silva’s twenty-third novel and as usual features as its chief protagonist is Gabriel Allon who is not only head of Israel’s secret service, the Mossad, but also an art restorer. Read more

The Yellow Bird Sings: a book review by Geoffrey Zygier

March 10, 2020 by  

I seem to have become our esteemed editor’s go-to guy when he needs someone to crit books about the Holocaust. Read more

A Universe of Sufficient Size: a book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

January 30, 2020 by  

At the first Limmud-Oz I gave a presentation on Holocaust Novels: Fact from Fiction. It posed the possibility that some holocaust novels appear so real and some true stories seem to be pieces of fiction. Read more

Present Tense by Natalie Conyer: a book review by Geoffrey Zygier

January 15, 2020 by  

In Bereishit, the first reading of the Torah, Eve picks a fruit from the Tree of Knowledge, despite the Almighty’s specific prohibition. Read more

Mengele: Unmasking the Angel of Death – a book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

January 12, 2020 by  

In receiving this book, it brought back to me two issues. 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

Lux: a book review by Aviva Kipen

August 22, 2019 by  

For millennia unembroidered biblical and post-biblical stories were elaborated and embellished in the oral tradition that was finally committed to writing following the destruction of the Second Temple. Read more

“The Collaborator” by Diane Armstrong: a book review by Geoffrey Zygier

July 11, 2019 by  

In The Collaborator, her first book in almost a decade, noted Australian writer Diane Armstrong weaves together two interconnected tales. One is her interpretation of a true story, a reworking of an extremely controversial and still unresolved episode from the Holocaust. Read more

“God Versus Gods: Judaism In The Age Of Idolatry”: a book review by Rabbi Raymond Apple

July 11, 2019 by  

The Bible is punctuated by the tussle between the Almighty and the false gods. Read more

My Sack Full of Memories: a book review by Geoffrey Zygier

June 18, 2019 by  

People are motivated to bare their lives in public for different reasons. 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

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

‘Invented Lives’ by Andrea Goldsmith: a book review by Geoffrey Zygier

April 5, 2019 by  

The Western world today is a place where victimhood is a badge of honour, one where people compete in public arenas to be among the elite of those who suffer. Read more

Bright Swallow by Vivian Bi: a book review by Geoffrey Zygier

March 28, 2019 by  

Among the major threats to our planet’s wellbeing is tribalism. 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

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

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