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Off the Shelf: Three reprints and one new novel

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

A short Yiddish novel reappears

No one seems sure why Sholem Aleichem’s short novel “Moshkeleh the Thief: A Rediscovered Novel” (The Jewish Publication Society), which was serialized in 1903 and first released in book form in 1913, was never translated int…

Off the Shelf: Decades after the war

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

The reverberations from traumatic moments can echo through lives even decades after the events took place. Those feelings may remain dormant until something triggers their release and the reactions may surprise everyone. Two recent novels – “A Play for the End f…

Jewish Online Resources 10/8/2021

By Reporter staff

A variety of Jewish groups are offering educational and recreational online resources. Below is a sampling of those. The Reporter will publish additional listings as they become available. 

The Jewish Theological Seminary will hold a virtual series of lectures called …

Jewish Baseball Players: King of Jewish baseball: “Fishball,” part I

By Bill Simons

“Uganda?!” I exclaimed. “That’s where Israeli commandos rescued the Jewish Entebbe hostages.” Nate Fish retorted that he had gone there to develop and recruit Ugandan baseball prospects, but didn’t find any. 

In addition to Uganda, baseball has taken the peripa…

Off the Shelf: Religion and sex

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Religion and sex: it can be difficult to separate the two because many people’s attitudes about appropriate sexual behavior were informed by their religious education. However, as Noam Sachs Zion notes in the impressive “Sanctified Sex: The Two-Thousand-Year Jew…