December 2020 Jewish Book Carnival

The Rachack Revew is proud to serve as the December 2020 host for the Jewish Book Carnival, “a monthly event where bloggers who blog about Jewish books can meet, read, and comment on each others’ posts.” The posts are hosted on a participant’s site on the 15th of each month.

Without further ado, here's my round-up of some new book reviews over the past few weeks (bloggers are sorted in Alphabetical order by first name):

  • Alan Jay Gerber presents a review of a book about the history of the Jewish community in Hebron.
  • Allan Arkush talks about how we can use Ireland as model for understanding the tension between religion and democracy in the State of Israel.
  • Ann Kofsky posted a coloring page in honor of Chanuka.
  • Ari Enkin gives us a glimpse of Rabbi Jack Abramowitz's new book, Ask Rabbi Jack.
  • Bar­bara M. Bibel tells us about the fiction book The Interpreter set in the time of World War II that relates the story of an American grappling with his Jewish identity.
  • Ben Rothke reviews yet another book about God and science.
  • Deborah Kalb interviews Maxim D. Shrayer about his new poetry collection, Of Politics and Pandemics: Songs of a Russian Immigrant.
  • Erika Dreifus curates fascinating links from the world of Jewish books and writing.
  • Gila Green shares with us an interview with author Leah Kirshenberg, who has written several books on foreign language acquisition. 
  • Israel Drazin offers a favorable review of Professor Yoel Elitzur's book Places in the Parasha.
  • Reuven Chaim Klein introduces us to a book about Ashkenazic first names and offers some of his own thoughts on the topic.
  • Yitzchak Etshalom offers a review of the work The Narrow Halachic Bridge that examines the Halachic methodologies and processes of various rabbinic figures.

By the way, my own books are on sale right now for the Chanuka Season! 
You can get my books 
at a special price on Amazon: