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The Deronda Review, vol. VI no. 2 (2016) may be read or downloaded in .pdf format here or in .html format here!

Articles & Epics

New: Reizel Polak's In a Land of Rocks & Hills, and, Wherefore, Endless Agitation:
a poem \ essay

The Poet and Time: a supplement to the Providence/"coincidence" issue

From Middlemarch to Daniel Deronda. George Eliot's social vision, and why her last hero had to be Jewish.

Nature and Circumstances, or Limited Goods: A Rereading of Mansfield Park.  A look into the depths of Jane Austen's most introspective novel, which still has social relevance.

The Street of Nathan the Wise examines an eighteenth-century German play that still explains a lot about the situation of the Western world, and of Judaism within it.

Ruth Blumert: A Retrospect

Epistle to ISIS, by Sivan Har-Shefi, is posted here.

"Reeds of Cane," "Moses and the Angel of Death" and "The White Bird": three mini-epics by Jack Lovejoy

Our Prayers for Israel: poems written during and after Pillar of Defense

The Land, The People: poems from the struggle for Judea and Samaria

"Poetry and Teshuva [The Return]," a short short essay on the meta-physics of our calling

Encouragement: teachings of HaRav Kook, translated by Yaacov Dovid Shulman

Ninth of Av: A Midnight Vigil, by Yitzchak ben Yehudah

Eric Chevlen's Triple Crown:  A sketch, an excerpt and a link


The King of the Class:  An Interview with Gila Green

In Precious Little Babies: Lessons from Family Court, Judge Richard Ross reflects on the situations he's seen and on the process of judging.  All installments are now posted (1/29/2011)

Shorter Poems

New: From a Friend in India:  Two Poems by U Atreya Sarma

"20/20 Hindsight," by Connie S. Tettenborn

In Between: A Few Haiku

from Jerusalem, by Jakob Stein

The Inner Front: poems from the summer of 2014


"The Shofar Sounds at Kever Rachel Imeinu," by Evelyn Haies

"Grandmother's Text," by Judy Belsky

"Alone," by Yishai Beckow

Shabbat in Jerusalem, by Beverly Mach Geller  

Jerusalem, by Hayim Abramson

The Baal-Teshuvah, by Yakov Azriel

Mss. Shylock's House: Under New Management, by Gerard Sarnat

Two Sonnets on the Deronda Review by Dobra Levitt

Poetry as Question, by J.E. Bennett

A New Light, Like Flowers, by Eugene Narrett

The Parable of the Phoenix, by Yakov Azriel

The Willingness is All, by Richard Ross

GUT Check, by Richard Ross



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A poem by Rivkah Pontos, after the earthquake in Haiti


A poem from that similar moment in 2005

Reviews and Notices

Here readers are invited to submit reviews of books they believe are vital to the current social dialogue, as well as notices of literary and artistic events.

New: A review of Yoram Hazony's book God and Politics in Esther--a thought-provoking book for all seasons--is posted on Amazon here.

Esther Cameron's book on Paul Celan is now in print; information here.

Shira Twersky-Cassel's fourth book of poetry, Legends of Wandering and Return, has been published by Sifrei Bitzaron.  Information on the book, with excerpts, may be found at

Mindy Aber Barad's first book of poetry, The Land That Fills My Dreams, has been published by Sifrei Bitzaron.  See the front and back cover and sample poems here!

Constance Rowell Mastores' A Deep and Dazzling Darkness has been published by Blue Light Press.  See Amazon reviews here.

To many members of the DR circle, Rabbi Dr. Zvi Faier zts"l has been a dear friend and a powerful source of inspiration.  Dr. Faier's book A Day Is a Thousand Years has now appeared in print, offering all of us the chance to continue the conversation.  Our review may be found here.

For creative women, rooms to rent on a daily, weekly and monthly basis in a beautiful country setting 1/2 hour from Jerusalem. Contact or     224 365-5860, in Israel 02-9913842.

For a new anthology of sonnets, edited by Richard Vallance Janke, check the homepage of Phoenix Rising from the Ashes.

Poet Roberta Chester is also the proprietor of Shorepath Cottage, a B&B on Bar Harbor, Maine which has hosted several retreats for writers.  Writers are especially welcome in the months of November and May when rates are much reduced:  $110 (i.e. $55.00 per person) for a double room with full breakfast, $180 (i.e. $90.00 per person) for a double room with all meals (also included ongoing tea, coffee,cookies, etc.)  Kosher, vegetarian.  More information at

Review of Where There Are No Men
by Moshe Feiglin

Slide show of Sue Tourkin-Komet's fantastic Model Sukkah



Illustration: Lighthouse, by Irene Frenkel. Drawing (16" X 12", pencil and coffee stain), circa 2000.