Many holiday music videos are fun to watch or have a great message. But the music? Sometimes mediocre. But Shtar, a Jewish hip hop band of Yanks and Brits in Israel has solved the problem. A holiday music video with terrific music. Full disclosure – Shtar were clients of mine for a bit – which makes […]
Score! A Jerusalem Bookstore. A Jewel.
I know Jerusalem very well. When I see a store I can recall what was there before that store and the one before that. So discovering a great bookstore is rare. Almost a holiday. While I have been to The Book Gallery in Jerusalem before, I’d never entered far enough to realize that room […]
For The Season of Renewal: A Classic Text Revised
The Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur period is always a time of focusing on books with ethical messages and guides to improvement. The classic Shaarei Tshuvah: Gates of Repentance is probably a top choice for many to learn at this time. Written by Rabeinu Yonah and first published in 1505, this book is a pillar of […]
Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Best Reads for the High Holiday Season?
Books are dead? Not this year. I am always pleased to see an article like this one which appears in Jewish Action Magazine in advance of the High Holidays this year. A number of Jewish “movers & shakers” were asked what they read to prepare for this important season. People like Allison Josephs, the innovative founder […]
A Jewish Werewolf – Unorthodox Fiction from an Orthodox Jewish Author
Wolves are “in”. Werewolves seem to be even more “in”. A few years ago someone approached me with a book about Jewish vampires and I wasn’t sure there would be readers for it. By the time Ira Berkowitz called me about his book A Wolf in the Soul, I knew it was time. This theme seemed […]
Self Publishing a Kid’s Book: From Dream to Reality
Tsivya Fox is one of those people who “did it”. She dreamed of writing a book and well, wrote one and published it. While so many people dream of publishing a book, Tsivya took the plunge and went through all the steps of publishing. Her book Dirty Tzitzit, Shiny Neshama is really attractive with colorful illustrations […]
Social Media is Hand-selling!
Today, I was speaking to a web guy discussing how to get a blog up onto the site of a new and growing Jewish publisher. We were talking about how helpful a blog is for sharing material with people. The web guy described how he has been setting up more stores on Facebook lately. I […]
Holocaust Memorial Day. Books and Memory. Which Book Impacted You the Most?
Holocaust Memorial Day or “Yom Hashoah” will be commemorated in Israel and much of the Jewish world beginning Sunday evening, April 27, a siren will pierce the air across Israel for a few moments of silence, prayers will be recited, ceremonies will be held. As the years go on and the generation of survivors leave […]
The Jonathan Sacks Haggada. Different Than All Others?
Occasionally I buy a new Passover Haggada filled with enough commentary to last for a few years of Passover preparation and learning during the holiday. Eventually another Haggada joins my shelf and takes over. I recently used the “Higionei Halacha” Haggada, and afterwards a Haggada called “Marei Cohen” which is based on the commentary […]
Bestselling Cookbook Author Tamar Ansh on New Let My Children Cook! A Passover Cookbook for Kids
One of first cookbooks for which I did publicity was Taste of Challah by Tamar Ansh. What a blast! I worked hard. Tamar worked hard. And the book received great exposure and sold quite well. Tamar and I have been in touch ever since and it was a real honor when she asked her […]