December 13, 2017
“If only common sense was wise enough to comfort mourners and to cope with the tragedy of death. As a Rabbi and highly respected hospital chaplain, Simeon Schreiber has written an invaluable modern day guide to the perplexed, all those well-meaning friends and relatives who come to bring a measure of consolation to those suffering the loss of a loved one and – because of their lack of knowledge of fundamental psychological insights as well as profound Jewish ideas hallowed by tradition – undo all the good that might be accomplished with a shiva call. I wish everyone who is about to fulfill the great mitzvah of visiting those who grieve their beloved departed reads and then rereads the valuable guidance offered by a masterful practitioner of the art of helping people move from mourning to morning.”
Rabbi Benjamin Blech, Professor of Talmud, Yeshiva University
December 4, 2017
Review by Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig, Jewish Link of New Jersey
The hero of this book—Rabbi She’ar Yashuv Cohen, z”l, (1927-2016)—was probably the most influential and greatest Israeli rabbi that you might never have heard of (if you don’t live in Israel). His biography, translated from the original Hebrew edition with an added chapter, makes for fascinating (and at times even amazing) reading. That’s not only because of Read the rest of this entry »
December 3, 2017
Reviewed by By Rosally Saltsman in The Jewish Press
Am I My Body’s Keeper is octogenarian Michael Kaufman’s ninth book. Kaufman writes prolifically on Jewish thought and this book is no different because keeping fit and healthy is a Jewish precept.
Venishmartem Meod Lenafshoteichem (Devarim 4:15).
Am I My Body’s Keeper? The answer is Read the rest of this entry »
November 30, 2017
Reviewed by Ben Rothke in The Jewish Press
For many Americans, when thinking of chief Sephardic rabbis, their list may consist only of one whom they know: Rav Ovadia Yosef, zt”l. As chief Sephardic rabbi of Tel Aviv, R’ Haim David Halevy, zt”l, is not as well-known as R’ Ovadia Yosef, but was certainly in his league.
In Rabbi Haim David Halevy: Gentle Scholar and Courageous Thinker, Rabbis Marc Angel and Hayyim Angel have written a masterful biography of this fascinating sage. Halevy was a man of myriad talents. Be it a noted author, significant talmid chacham, master Read the rest of this entry »
November 29, 2017
Arutz 7 • Originally featured on “Walter’s World”
“How a tormented soul returned to its Jewish home. The extraordinary story of Tova Mordechai…. You will be both amazed and spellbound by this sometimes harrowing, sometimes comical, powerful account of Tova Mordechai’s incredible journey to rediscover her Jewish heritage after she had succeeded to reach the highest rank as minister of her church.”
Follow this link to listen to the program featuring Tova Mordechai’s To Play With Fire.
Available for purchase from www.urimpublications.com
November 27, 2017
Benedict Roth, Jewish Chronicle UK
Orthodox women could enjoy greater equality if rabbis were ready to pursue it
A new book takes a fresh look at rabbinic sources on women’s prayer
The expressions “gender equality” and “Jewish law” rarely appear in the same sentence and many would expect a book on the subject to be a short one. Gender equality is the language of today’s equal rights movement, while Jewish law contains features that are conspicuously unequal: a woman’s testimony is invalid in a Jewish court and she is categorised with slaves and children for many halachic purposes.
But the true picture is Read the rest of this entry »