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The Rebbe can still attract a crowdWhat had been planned as a book review for a small group attracted a standing-room-only crowd this week at Indigo, Bayview Village in Toronto. ...read more...
The Kindness of StrangersThank God, most of us born in Canada after the middle of the last century will never be tested the way the generation of our parents and grandparents...read more...
Diverse program at Jewish Book Festival spotlights 16 authorsIn  November 2013, the Jewish community centres (JCCs) of Greater Toronto hosted a Jewish Book Festival with only three authors, a production so...read more...
David Bezmozgis explores questions of justice and forgivenessTrends in contemporary literature aside, author David Bezmozgis isn’t especially interested in the trope of anti-hero. The Latvian-born, Toronto-...read more...
Dramatic telling of Alison Pick’s spiritual transformationSeven years ago, as Toronto author Alison Pick began researching and writing what would become her prize-winning novel Far to Go, she realized that...read more...
A tough trip eastToday the train ride into Warsaw offers equal portions of wonder and the mundane. Pre-World War II red brick rail buildings mix with sparkling new...read more...
Furst novels are a masterpiece of heart-racing plot and complex charactersMidnight in Europe Alan Furst   (Random House, New York, 2014)     The severe political extremisms of Europe in the last century and...read more...
A Rebbe's lifeRebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, The Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History.  By Joseph Telushkin.   ...read more...
Jewish rootedness was the defining quality of Menachem BeginMany are the Jews these days who view Israel simply as a “hotspot” on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean  – youthful,...read more...
Debut novel takes an exaggerated look at summer camp lifeDebut novelist David Shaolian said his experience working at an overnight camp inspired him to write an “exaggerated” story of what could...read more...

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