Category: Book Reviews

A really good book

David Grossman is one of the great Israeli writers. People we should know about him.   David Grossman, born in 1954, who lives in Jerusalem, Israel, is the author of ten acclaimed novels and four non-fiction books. His works have been translated into forty languages, he is the winner of numerous prizes, his writings appeared […]

King Solomon’s mighty deeds in Midrashim

The following is a chapter from a book I am working on called “The Authentic King Solomon.”                                                                   King Solomon’s mighty deeds in […]

Some thoughts about Nachmanides

Among the many things that I do each week are the reviews that I write for amazon and which I place on amazon. (Since I was a child, I have been unable to do just one thing at a time. For example, I went to Talmudical Academy in Baltimore since kindergarten, including high school, but […]

Two tales by the master writer Agnon

The Nobel Prize Winner S. Y. Agnon is Israel’s most famous writer. Like the Bible, his works can be read and enjoyed on many levels.   Two Tales Betrothed & Edo and Enam By Shmuel Yosef Agnon Shmuel Yosef Agnon (July 17, 1888 – February 17, 1970) is considered one of Israel’s greatest writers. Agnon […]

A revelation by Amos Oz

I enjoy reading books by writers from other cultures such as ancient Greek tales by Homer and Hesiod and even the earlier one called Gilgamesh, the latter making me think more deeply about the biblical Noah; novels from Spanish writers filled with magical realism, which helps me understand prophecy; books by a French Jewish Nobel […]

The Black Box

This 1993 book is excellent. It is written by Amos Oz, one of Israel’s greatest writers. It is not only a well-told attention-holding story told by means of letters that one writes to another and the answers, it is a work of art, surely to be considered a classic in the future. The title is […]

One of the most important books ever writen

When I studied philosophy in graduate school many years ago, we had a distinguished visiting Jewish professor from Harvard University who taught about Maimonides. He taught us that Ibn Tufayl’s book made a profound effect upon Maimonides and caused him to write his books for two audiences; intellectuals would find profound truths in the books […]

Who were Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi?

Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi Prophecy in an Age of Uncertainty By Hayyim Angel   Very few people know much about the three final prophets Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. They do not know when they lived, did they live at the same time, what did they say, what kind of contribution did they make to the […]

Wonderful Agnon stories

A Book That Was Lost Thirty-five Stories By S. Y. Agnon   Toby Press’s 2008 volume of “A Book That Was lost” contains ten more short stories than Schocken Press’s 1995 version, and thereby includes all the stories that are published in Agnon’s book entitled “Twenty-One Stories.” The stories show how great a writer Agnon […]

A graphic novel with 3 Agnon stories

From Foe to Friend & Other Stories By S. Y. Agnon A Graphic Novel by Shay Charka   Toby Press, which is part of Koren Press, one of Israel’s best publishing houses, has published twelve books in English translation by the famed Nobel Prize winning author S. Y. Agnon (1888-1970) and one graphic novel based […]

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