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reviewed I Kings. 24 hours ago
I Kings  Torn in Two  By Alex Israel  Maggid Books, 2014, 350 pages  ISBN 978-1-611329-004-0  Cost: $22.47    Too few people read …
reviewed Thump. 24 hours ago
Thump  By Avraham Azrieli    It takes some time for most good novelists to be recognized by the public. Avraham Azrieli, a lawyer like many good crime novelists, is just …
You Don't Understand the Bible because you are Christian
Review by Israel Drazin      You Don't Understand the Bible because you are Christian  By Richard Gist  Friesen Press, 2014, 176 pages  ISBN 978-1-4602-4271-7   …
The Crown of Solomon
The Crown of Solomon and Other Stories  By Marc D. Angel  Albion Andalus Books, 2014, 150 pages    This is prolific writer Rabbi Dr. Marc D. Angel's second fictional …
reviewed The Dawn. February 18, 2013
The Dawn
Subtitled "Political Teachings of the Book of Esther," The Dawn is one of the best commentaries written on the biblical book. Homiletical imaginative midrashic commentaries are legion, including a view …
reviewed The Philosophy of Hbrew Scripture. November 13, 2012
Yoram Hazony offers an interpretation of the Hebrew Bible that may initially bother many religious people, but when they think about what he is saying, they may feel that they have gained a deeper understanding …
reviewed The Last Refuge. May 24, 2012
The Last Refuge
I enjoyed this adventure novel so much that I ordered the prior two Ben Coes novels, something I rarely do. The book is very readable, has an exciting plot, likeable protagonists, vicious enemies, suspense, …
reviewed 15 Seconds. May 22, 2012
15 Seconds
This is an interesting, indeed gripping, suspenseful, and dramatic story with essentially three fascinating plots. Henry Steadman is a very successful plastic surgeon; he is kind hearted, popular, respected, …
reviewed Oath of Office. May 20, 2012
Oath of office by michael Palmer
Michael Palmer, a physician, is the author of seventeen fascinating best selling medical thrillers. He and Robin Cook are the leaders in the field of medical thrillers, books that revolve around unusual …
Maimonides: Essential Teachings
There are many divergent interpretations of the brilliant sage Moses Maimonides (1138-1204). Some scholars, such as Leo Strauss of the University of Chicago, are convinced that Maimonides wrote for two …
Moses Maimonides' Treatise on Resurrection
Maimonides made it very clear in his work called Chelek that he felt that the intellect goes to the world to come as soon as a person dies and remains there for eternity. He states that this is a blissful …
reviewed The Lonely Man of Faith. December 29, 2011
The Lonely Man of Faith
Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (1903-1993) was a highly respected rabbi and teacher and the mentor of over 2,000 rabbis. He had a PhD from the University of Berlin, wrote his doctoral dissertation on the …
reviewed Hereafter (2010 movie). December 27, 2011
HEREAFTER
  There are essentially three very moving tales in this excellent film. Viewers hoping to learn about what happens to people after death, whether there is something or nothing, will be disappointed, …
The Smarter Science of Slim-Scientific Proof. Fat Loss Facts
This book debunks the myths, lies, and hype about diets put out by many writers who offer miraculous, cure-all diets and the often contradictory messages by the food industry interested in their bottom …
reviewed 77 Shadow Street. December 26, 2011
Dean Koontz is a best-selling writer who generally, but not always, writes novels that are somewhat haunting books filled with the supernatural, or, if not supernatural, the unusual. This book is no exception. …
reviewed The Drop. December 26, 2011
The Drop
This novel is interesting from page one to its surprise ending on page 388, with no let up. Bosch is portrayed as a man of integrity, but he sees life in black and whites, and this personality trait affects, …
reviewed kohelet. December 12, 2011
kohelet
Kohelet, its Hebrew name, Ecclesiastes in English, is one of the twenty-four books of the Hebrew Bible. Both names mean "assembly" or "assembler." The book's author states that …
reviewed Swimming in Moses' Well. December 11, 2011
Swimming in Moses' Well
This is a beautiful and thought provoking book of poetry that is easy to read and understand, unlike many poetic books that are filled with obscure illusions to Greek and Roman fables and other literature …
reviewed Eyes Wide Open. December 11, 2011
Eyes Wide Open
This is a rather haunting and disturbing film, but this fact by no means makes it bad. In fact it is a very good and gripping film. It explores many conflicts: between homosexual desire and Orthodox …
reviewed Baseless Hatred. November 09, 2011
Baseless Hatred
There is no one who has not become angry. Some people are angry for only a short while; others never get over their anger, even when, as often happens, they forget why they became angry. Many people become …
reviewed Tarzan and the Great River. November 07, 2011
This 1967 Tarzan 88 minute film stars Mike Henry as Tarzan for the second of three times that he will have the role. A vicious tribal leader called Baracuna frightens people who are convinced that he …
Bringing the Prophets to Life
Many Jews consider the Bible to be the sacred text revealed by God to the Israelites trough Moses. Multiple commentaries were composed on the Torah. Some emphasized the Torah's literal meaning, such …
reviewed Charlie Chan in Egypt. November 03, 2011
Charlie Chan in Egypt
Chan is sent to Egypt by the French Archeological Society in Paris in this 1935 film to find out why certain items that were excavated from a tomb and were supposed to be sent to the Society were stolen …
reviewed Second Son. November 03, 2011
Second Son
Fans of Lee Child's Reacher books will enjoy this kindle short story about young Jack Reacher showing the cool behavior, wisdom, guts, and fighting skills at age 13 in 1974 that would later make the …
reviewed Charlie Chan at the Opera. November 03, 2011
Charlie Chan at the Opera
Warner Oland, playing Charlie Chan in this 1936 movie, shared star billing with Boris Karloff; in fact, the subtitle of the film is Charlie Chan vs. Boris Karloff. Karloff plays an amnesia victim who …
reviewed Charlie Chan on Broadway. November 03, 2011
This very funny 1937 Charlie Chan case stars Warner Oland, in his final year in this role. Although beginning to suffer from overwork, he performs very well. See my review of Charlie Chan at the Circus …
reviewed Charlie Chan in Reno. November 03, 2011
This 1939, 71 minute, black and white movie stars Sidney Toler, the fourth man to play Charlie Chan, all of whom were non-Asians. Toler (1874-1947), an actor, writer, and director, was of Scottish descent. …
This 1939 Charlie Chan film stars the non-Asian Sidney Toler. See my review on Charlie Chan in Reno for some information about him. The film's humor is added by number 2 son, 21 years old, one of …
The Mystery of the Blue Train
This is another Poirot adventure where the Belgian detective needs to solve who murdered a woman; however, since the woman's face was viciously disfigured, he also needs to discover who the woman …
Charlie Chan At The Circus (1936)
Warner Oland is Charlie Chan in this 1936 film, which is part of the Cinema Classics Collection. Oland was the third actor to portray Chan in movies. He was preceded by others in 1925, 1927, and 1929. …
reviewed Cards on the Table. November 01, 2011
Cards on the Table
David Suchet, who has played the villain in other films, is, as usual, superb as Hercule Poirot in this somewhat unusual tale. Poirot is invited together with four people, his friend the crime novelist …
reviewed The Elephant's Journey. October 31, 2011
The Elephant's Journey
Anyone doubting Jose Saramago's right to the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature will rapidly change their mind when they read this superbly written book. Virtually every third sentence, on the average, …
reviewed The Torah Revolution. October 31, 2011
The Torah Revolution
Rabbi Dr. Reuven Hammer is the author of many scholarly books written in a popular, easy to read, and informative style. In this volume, he discusses fourteen truths that underlie many teachings, laws, …
A Life of Leadership-Eli Zborowski: From the
Great leaders possess courage and vision. They see human and societal needs. They accept responsibility and step forward to aid others with persistence. They have the ability to persuade and the strength …
All These Vows -- Kol Nidre (Prayers of Awe)
Remarkably, very few people understand the content, purpose, and history of what many consider Judaism's most important prayer, a recitation embroiled in controversy, a legal document that the rabbis …
From Washington Avenue to Washington Street
Henry Adams wrote in his Education of Henry Adams, "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." Rabbi Dr. Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff is such a teacher. His skill is …
The Gospel According to Jesus Christ
The reviews of 1998 Noble Prize winner Jose Saramago's brilliant book on Amazon and elsewhere have generally been quite comprehensive, very well written, and informative. Therefore I will not delve …
This eye-opening book relies on dozens of sources, people close to Rasputin, friends and enemies, and reveals the truth about him. Delin Colon is the great-great niece of Rasputin's Jewish secretary.   …
reviewed Bereavement. September 01, 2011
Bereavement
This is a horror film. Its director said he wanted to explore the psychology of madness and the passing of madness from one person to another; and he succeeds in doing so. The film also prompts us to …
Confidential: The Life of Secret Agent Turned
Few people realize that the famed Hollywood producer of over 110 films such as Pretty Woman, Free Willey, Once Upon a Time in America, JFK, Natural Born Killers, LA Confidential, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Marley …
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