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A Healing Journey and Guide to Wellbeingby Suzanna Marcus(Open Doorways Press, 2007). There are some homes, says Israeli writer Meir Shalev, that, when you enter them, they make you want to say, "Hello house." Suzanna Marcus lives in such a home. Her veranda is cut into a hill-top in Zichron Ya'akov and from it you can almost tumble into the adjace...
The Aaronsohn Saga By Shmuel Katz Gefen Publishing House. Hard Cover, 362 pages. ISBN 978-965-229-416-6 Reviewed by Carl Hoffman Let's see a show of hands, all right? Would everyone who has ever heard of Theodore Herzl please raise their right hand? Okay, thank you. And now, Chaim Weizmann… hands up, please. Excellent. Ze'ev Jabotinsky? Good, good....
Aromas of Aleppo: The Legendary Cuisine of Syrian Jews By Poopa Dweck Harper Collins Reviewed by Carl Hoffman Joab Ben Zeruiah was the commander-in-chief of the army of King David. When he conquered the city of Aleppo in northwestern Syria, Joab built a tower and fortress, left soldiers behind to stand guard, and thus established a Jewish presence ...
How many times have you watched an English language news program and despaired at the way in which Israel's case was being presented by the country's spokesperson? And how often do you feel utterly fed up with the shenanigans of our politicians, and pessimistic about the future? Israel's inadequate hasbara (public advocacy) was particularly evident...
THE SECOND annual community sponsored walk in aid of the Benji Hillman Foundation took place in Raanana in May 2008. Some 2,000 people from all parts of the country, ranging in age from toddlers to octogenarians, walked or ran a 3k, 5k or 10k route. More than NIS 200,000 was raised for 'Habayit shel Benji', a home for lone soldiers to be built in R...
By Rabbi Avraham Feder Hardcover. Two Volume Set. ISBN: 978-965-229-444-9; NIS 199 Gefen Publishing House Reviewed by Carl Hoffman As Jews, we have to admit that sometimes we are difficult to understand. Our beliefs and customs are ancient, textured and often complex. Our 4,000 year history is marked by a myriad number of strange and unexpected twi...
 Pesach and Baruch Hashem the family was together. Watching Shlomo at the head of the long table in their dining room and listening to the babble of cheerful voices, Esther was satisfied with the small gathering – her children, her mother-in-law and guests. It was good to be celebrating this festival of freedom in Israel. Shlomo made his tradi...
How Accordion Music Delayed my Arrival to Israel by 35 Years Most of us who have immigrated to Israel and committed our lives to this country can remember when and how we were first attracted to Zionism or, shall we say, "bitten" by the Zionist "bug." Some of us, perhaps, fell in love with Israel during a summer visit to the country during our high...
By Noam Kirshenbaum; Illustrations by Tuvia Kurtz Nature in Israel, publishers. NIS 29 Noam Kirshenbaum has produced a new addition to his popular series of guides to nature in Israel. His latest, 'Trees and Shrubs of Israel', joins three previously published guides to Israeli birds, mammals and wildflowers. Like the others, 'Trees and Shrubs' is a...
By Adrian Wolff 2008. Soft Cover, 359 pgs. $49, NIS 189. ISBN 978-0-9798140-0-7. Reviewed by Carl Hoffman Before we go any further, I would like to make one thing clear. I am writing this review exclusively for those who are interested in the history of Israel. That is absolutely the only sort of people I want to deal with here—an audience of histo...