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Ben Rothke

Ben Rothke lives in New Jersey and works in the information security field. He reviews books on religion, technology and science. @benrothke

Articles by Ben Rothke

Electric Shavers and Halachic Haircuts

Reviewing: “The Halachic Haircutting Handbook: A Breakthrough Exposure of an Obscure Mitzvah” by Rabbi Chaim Jachter and Binyamin Jachter. Independently published. 2021. Paperback. 118 pages.

Ruth Blau: A Life of Paradox and Purpose

Reviewing: “Ruth Blau: A Life of Paradox and Purpose (Perspectives on Israel Studies)” by Motti Inbari. Indiana University Press. 2023. English. Paperback. 278 pages. ISBN-13:

Bringing Rav Kook’s Secrets to Light

  Reviewing: “The Souls of the World of Chaos” by Abraham Isaac Hakohen Kook, author; Bezalel Naor, editor Kodesh Press. English. Paperback. 224 pages. ISBN-13:

New Insights Into Bamidbar

Reviewing: “The Koren Tanakh of the Land of Israel: Numbers” by Jonathan Sacks. Koren Publishers Jerusalem. 2023. English, Hebrew. Hardcover. 338 pages. ISBN-13: 978-9657766729. As

The Path to Tzniut

Reviewing: “Reclaiming Dignity, A Guide to Tzniut for Men and Women” by Bracha Poliakoff and Rabbi Anthony Manning. Mosaica Press. 2023. English. Hardcover. 680 pages.

Shavuous Reading

Reviewing: “Shabuot: Insights from the Past, Present, and Future” by The Habura. Independently published. 2023. English. Paperback. 261 pages. ISBN-13: 979-8392495160. Middle-child syndrome is based

Two New Books on Medicine and Halacha

Reviewing: “Medical Halachah Annual: Volume 1: The Pandemic and Its Implications” editor Dr. Edward Lebovics, MD (Touro University and New York Medical College) Mosaica Press.

Pesach Reading

Reviewing: “Shalom Rav Haggadah” by Rav Shalom Rosner. Maggid Books. 2023. Hebrew and English. Hardcover. 376 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1592646173. The Talmud (Pesachim 6a) states that

Building Blocks of Torah

Reviewing: “ArchitecTorah: Architectural Ideas in Judaism and the Weekly Torah Portion” by Joshua Skarf. Urim Publications. 2023. English. Hardcover. 598 pages. ISBN-13: 978-9655243680. The recent

To Be a Jew in Modern Times

Reviewing: “Transmitting Jewish History by Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi and Sylvie Anne Goldberg.  Brandeis University Press. 2021. English. Hardcover. 208 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1684580613. A little over