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In our submissions guidelines we say to reviewers that our goal is not to learn about the book (or movie, dance, play, etc.) being reviewed, but for the reviewer to use the book as a pretext to teach us something about the nature of reality as understood by the reviewer and perhaps stimulated by the book. A tall order. See how we are doing:

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A Philosopher, a Poet, or a Prophet?
by Dror Bondi
How would Heschel himself expect us to understand him—as a poet, as a philosopher, or as a prophet?
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Aluna: A Message to Little Brother
by Charles Eisenstein
The Kogi say we are close to the dying of the world. Their faces, writ with quiet courage, sober indignation, and a long, patient wisdom, defy easy dismissal.
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The Alliance of Black and Jewish Activists: Outdated Fantasy or Model for the Future?
by Kathleen Peratis
It would be easier if there were not so many choices on the menu of American Jewish identity. Pogrebin serves up a rich meal and no easy answers.
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Kickstarter Judaism: A Book Review of Celebrating Brit Shalom
by Eli Ungar-Sargon
Welcome to Kickstarter Judaism, where committed, textually savvy Jews make an end-run around the institutions that have failed them and take back their tradition.
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The Disfigured Self: What Hannah Arendt Got Right
by Paula Marantz Cohen
The great question that lurks at the heart of all Holocaust study, it seems to me, is the question of the self: What would I have done if I had been there? Arendt is unique in making that question present for us, and while Strangneth professes to be in dialogue with Arendt’s book, she does not wrestle with its argument in more than a superficial way.
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A Godless Jewish Humanist
by Dinah M. Mendes
Fromm's quest was to free the cultivation of spirituality and ethics from their theistic, authoritative moorings in the Hebrew Bible and forge them—with elements of Hasidic mystical relatedness and themes from Marxism, Christianity, and Buddhism—into a new ethical humanism.
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On Violence, Joy, and Justice: The Poetry of C.K. Williams
by Paul Breslin
All at Once Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2014 by C.K. Williams Writers Writing Dying Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2012 by C.K. Williams On Whitman Princeton University Press, 2010 by C.K. Williams In his preface to On Whitman, C. K. Williams …
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Spiritual Progressive Faith Formation
by Peter Gabel
Sounding the Trumpet: How Churches Can Answer God’s Call to Justice by Brooks Berndt and J. Alfred Smith Sr. A Pair of Docs Publishing, 2013 For forty years, J. Alfred Smith Sr. served as the senior pastor for the Allen …
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A Wrenching Look at Alzheimer’s
by Trish Vradenburg
In her book, Slow Dancing with a Stranger, Comer details her excruciating journey through the maze of Alzheimer’s, an unforgiving disease. Through this book, she is changing the conversation from acceptance of what is to demanding what should be.
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Can a Spiritual Outlook Regenerate Our Social Institutions?
by Kim Chernin
Another Way of Seeing: Essays on Transforming Law, Politics, and Culture by Peter Gabel. Review by Kim Chernin.
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