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    rachelFeb 17, 2011 at 9:14 am

    dear 33444, jonathan sarna is a wonderful man and his book has taught me an enormous amount about jews in america. do you know how many american jews enlisted in the army during the great war and how they were able to stay religious in the army? neither did i, until i read about it yesterday. whether you like the assignments or not, it’s a pretty interesting book, you cant deny that

    and mr kates, thank you for your words of advice. i plan on catching up on my reading over spring break and have just added about 10 more books on my list of books to read.

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    David KatesFeb 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm


    This is a very heart-felt essay about the necessity and power of books in our culture.

    I understand your feelings of being overwhelmed by “reading lists” of books that you should read. Many people, including myself, feel this. So many good books are published every year, and there are even more classics to discover. We could spend our lifetimes reading (and re-reading to find new meaning) and still not feel fulfilled.

    Yet, with the amount of reading and other homework that you have to do for your classes, you have very little time for pleasure reading. Try to focus on doing pleasure reading during your spring, summer, and winter breaks. As students taking standardized tests, reading can be a great way to improve your vocabulary, as well as to read faster and with better comprehension.

    The real reason to read, though, is to challenge yourself and broaden your horizons. It should offer some relief from the grind. Remember to do everything in moderation, whether it’s homework, pleasure reading, or TV, video games, or sports.

    I think it has never been a better time in history to be a reader, with more books available in more formats. Someone could literally fill a small, hand-held device with a lifetime of electronic books. That’s a pretty heavy and light concept.

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    33444Feb 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Stopped reading after “American Judaism is one of the most interesting books I’ve ever read in a Jewish studies class.”