August 30, 2019
Midwest Book Review ● General Fiction Shelf
“The Queen & The Spymaster” is a deftly crafted and simply riveting novel by Sandra E. Rapoport that is based on the story of Esther, and adheres to the ancient biblical text while imagining the suspenseful, gripping and ultimately triumphant backstory of the unlikely heroes of Xerxes’ Persia.
Certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library Historical Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that “The Queen & The Spymaster” is also available in a digital format
August 29, 2019
Fred Reiss, Ed.D. ● San Diego Jewish World
Reform Judaism in eighteenth century Germany and Hasidism in the Ukraine in the same century represent the first modern ruptures in traditional Judaism; the former due to European emancipation, the latter a spiritual revival movement. The freedoms granted by American democracy led to further balkanization, including Reconstructionist, Conservative, and Humanistic Judaism. Orthodox Judaism is not without its own divisions, such as Haredi Jews and the Modern Orthodox.
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August 25, 2019
● Professor Michael Fitzgerald, M.D., FRC Psych, M. Inst. Psychoanal.
J. Levine’s book, Was Yosef on the Spectrum?, is a magnificent scholarly
work and most interesting. Levine sets out the diagnostic issue very
clearly and very carefully, and his analysis of the character of Joseph is very
persuasive. Overall, I came to the conclusion that the book’s thesis
stands up to scrutiny, and that the title is probably correct.
Professor Fitzgerald was the Henry Marsh Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Trinity College, Dublin, and the first Professor of Child Psychiatry in Ireland. He has a doctorate in the area of autism and has been a researcher in this area since 1973. He has clinically diagnosed over 2600 individuals with Autism and Asperger’s syndrome.
August 4, 2019
Ben Rothke ● Jewish Link of New Jersey
This is volume three of Amsel’s encyclopedia series. Here, he covers a wide range of topics on the interpersonal level including subjects from business ethics, modesty with dress, self-defense, to peer pressure, physical beauty and ugliness; privacy vs. community, and much more.
At about 5-10 pages per topic, Amsel does an excellent job of surveying the topic. He provides copious sources for those that want to do a deeper dive in the topic. This is a most worthwhile reference.