“Feeling Jewish” by Deborah Baum

Feeling Jewish: (A Book for Just About Anyone)Feeling Jewish: by Devorah Baum
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Within the opening pages of this book (or if you’re like me, button presses), one is immediately bombarded not with what the title initially seems to suggest, but rather a twist on it – what feels like a dissertation-length composition waxing the epistemology of one saying they “feel fine.”

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“The Decalogue” by David L. Baker

The Decalogue: Living as the People of GodThe Decalogue: Living as the People of God by David L. Baker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book examines the “Ten Commandments,” or the “Decalogue,” from a Christian point of view. This disclosure is needed so that when one reads the work, they understand that Jewish tradition is not taken into account. For example, the notion that the ten commands are on two tablets as the first five and the second five is attributed to Philo and Josephus, but is not actually evaluated in terms of Jewish history and tradition.

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“Semitism: Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump” by Jonathan Weisman

Semitism: Being Jewish in America in the Age of TrumpSemitism: Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump by Jonathan Weisman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What does it mean to be Jewish in the age of Trump? It is a great, and frightening, inquiry. The hate that has come out of the woodwork is unbelievable, and yet we have to believe it because it is very much real.

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