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‘Exponent’ Staff Picks: Our Five Most Influential Books

We’re in the dog days of summer now, limping along from one air conditioned haven to another, trying to escape the humidity and heat,...
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Book Review | ‘Spaceman and Bloater: Beltuek Cavern and Other Stories’

To Infinity and Beyond Spaceman and Bloater: Beltuek Cavern and Other Stories Jason Piperberg Orp Comics Prepare to blast off with this graphic novel published this spring. Spaceman...
Jennifer Weiner

Best-Selling Author Jennifer Weiner Dishes on Book, Anti-Semitism

Jennifer Weiner is a sort of Renaissance woman. She’s the Twitter phenom who live tweets episodes of the dating show The Bachelor. She’s the former journalist...
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Book Review | ‘The Truth About Leaving’

A Jewish Book Your Teen Won’t Mind Reading The Truth About Leaving Natalie Blitt Amberjack Publishing Move over Holden Caulfield. Natalie Blitt’s The Truth About Leaving is the...
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Book Review | When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family’s Forgotten History

Reclaiming the Identity of the Jewish Arab When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family’s Forgotten History Massoud Hayoun The New Press Modern-day depictions of Muslims and Arabs can...
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Book Review | The Fourth Reich: The Specter of Nazism from World War II...

A History of Something That Never Happened The Fourth Reich: The Specter of Nazism from World War II to the Present Gavriel D. Rosenfeld Cambridge University Press Hearing...
Social Vision cover art, with Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, also known as the Lubavitcher Rebbe, walking with a car and crowd in background

New Book Explores the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Social Vision

The late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, better known as the Lubavitcher Rebbe, is considered one of the most influential Jewish leaders of the 20th...
ormer Temple Judea, located on Old York Road in North Philadelphia. The shul closed in 1982 and merged into Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel.

‘Synagogues of Philadelphia’ Traces Jewish History Through Synagogues

8/22/19: This story has been updated to remove an inaccuracy in a quote about synagogues in South Philadelphia. The two hot spots in the Greater...
Simcha Raphael, the author of Jewish Views of the Afterlife

What Happens After We Die? Author Simcha Raphael Answers Questions on the Afterlife

Judaism is notably ambiguous about the afterlife. Jewish law instructs Jews on specific practices, such as funeral and burial rites, and shiva, but concepts like...

Book Review | The Lions’ Den: Zionism and the Left from Hannah Arendt to...

How to Annoy People and Save Israeli Democracy at the Same Time The Lions’ Den: Zionism and the Left from Hannah Arendt to Noam Chomsky Susie...