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What are you reading this summer? Comment and let us know - and find more reads on our book reviews page.

Marissa Solomon
Amber colored crystal pendant engraved with a Star of David on a chain against a white background

Aaron Hahn Tapper talks about weaving together the multiple ways Jews identify in terms of culture, ethnicity, nation, nationality, race, religion.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Closeup of the middle of a fiddle

Growing up, my newfound love of Yiddish music became my cultural ambassador moment, my way of sharing a Jewish cultural aspect with my broader community.

Courtney Naliboff
Jewish book titles sitting on a wood table with a mug atop the pile and a succulent next to it

Want to expand your personal Jewish library? You’ve come to the right place. This year, CCAR Press will release 11 new titles, spanning topics from liberal Zionism to civic engagement.

Rabbi Hara Person
Silhouette of a person reading a book in a hammock at sunset

We may be well into summer, but there are still plenty of beach days (or sitting-outside-days) ahead. Infuse your outdoor reading with Judaism with our tried-and-true recommendations.

Marissa Solomon
Plate piled with cheese blintzes topped with peaches and whipped cream

On the first day of Shavuot, we are supposed to hear the Ten Commandments read in the synagogue, but the main event is the learning binge the night before.

Abigail Pogrebin
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This Passover, here are eight intriguing new Jewish books, in a range of genres, that you can grab right now - printed on crisp papyrus or downloaded directly to your, ahem, tablet.

Victor Wishna (JTA)
Two little boys with flashlights reading in a blankey fort

From a new audio version of "Hanukkah Bear" — a holiday favorite by National Jewish Book Award winner Eric A.

Penny Schwartz (JTA)
Headshot of Daniel Gordis in blue shirt

Rabbi Daniel Gordis says he wrote Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn because he couldn’t find a history of Israel that captured its “extraordinary human drama."

Rabbi Robert Orkand

A compelling new biography dispels rumors and debunks myths about the roots of Hitler’s anti-Semitism.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer


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