A Bend In The Stars by Rachel Barenbaum is a book about a brilliant mathematician who is competing with Einstein to complete general relativity. (Einstein solved special relativity in 1905, but it took him many years to complete his theory) But it is Russia before the revolution and just at the start of World War I.
1944. Physics professor Alfred Mendl is separated from his family and sent to the men’s camp, where all of his belongings are tossed on a roaring fire. His books, his papers, his life’s work. The Nazis have no idea what they have just destroyed. And without that physical record, Alfred is one of only two people in the world with his particular knowledge. Knowledge that could start a war, or end it.
Like so many children of war, Liliane Richman grew up with a fractured past. Memories escaped her. As an adult Liliane began to feel the need to reconstruct her past, not only to understand the people she loved, but also to create a fuller picture of herself. Bones of Time is the story of a family, linked by love and a common search for home: Liliane; her father, a Hungarian tailor who travels to Paris to make his fortune; her mother, a sad and beautiful EmigrE from Germany; Fred, the eldest son, Liliane's beloved brother and protector.
Bonnie's Matzoh Crunch
5 to 6 sheets of matzoh (I use unsalted)
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, cut into chunks
1 cup (firmly-packed) light brown sugar
1 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips, or coarsely chopped bittersweet chocolate
1 cup chopped walnuts
optional: add a sprinkling of fleur de sel, or coarse sea salt, 1 cup sliced almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped or chopped walnuts
“Benny loves to help out at his Grandpa’s bakery in the morning, and the customers love the crusty bagels with their soft insides. When Grandpa explains to Benny that God, not him, should be thanked for the wonderful bagels, Benny sets out to do just that. He decides to leave God a bagful of bagels in the synagogue at the end of each week. And each week God eats the bagels…or so Benny thinks…
Lovingly told, Bagels from Benny explores the values of caring and sharing, building a strong sense of community and finding joy in giving thanks.” Goodreads.com
"Musician Don Fernando longs to hear the sounds of the shofar on the High Holidays, but, like the other secret Jews in Inquisition Spain, he must hide his religion. But when he is asked to perform a symphony celebrating the new world, he and his son Rafael devise a daring plan to usher in the Jewish New Year right in plain sight of the Spanish nobility!" Goodreads.com
Little Red Ruthie by Gloria Koster
“ Clever little Ruthie is way shrewder than her fabled namesake Little Red Riding Hood. Carrying her basket of sour cream and applesauce en route to her grandmother’s house to make latkes, she is waylaid by a very hungry,very big, very bad wolf. Brave as a Maccabee, she persuades him to wait while she fries a batch of latkes, and when he has gorged himself into oblivion, she sends him on his way with a jelly donut for dessert. Safe and sound, Ruthie and Grandma eat their own latkes and light the first Hanukkah candle."