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Rupert Isaacson’s ‘The Long Ride Home’ Follows an Autistic Boy’s Journey Around the World

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One year after Rupert Isaacson, founder of The Horse Boy Foundation, and Autistic son Rowan met with a shaman in Mongolia in the hopes of somehow helping Rowan (a story you can read about in Isaacson’s first book, The Horse Boy), Isaacson started to notice that his son’s behavior was regressing, despite the significant improvement he showed after leaving Mongolia. It was clear that something was missing, and then Isaacson recalled the shaman telling him Rowan would need to experience three other healing journeys. In The Long Ride Home (Horse Boy Press, March 3), Isaacson shares the life-changing trek from Africa to Australia and back to the United States that changed not only Rowan’s life but the entire family’s life as well. Chock-full of…

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A rabbi reveals the colorful history of the Jews of Asia

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In his latest book, Pepper, Silk and Ivory: Amazing Stories about Jews and the Far East (Gefen Publishing House, 2014), Rabbi Marvin Tokayer regales the reader with stories of Jews who traversed the Far East—from Burma, China and Japan to all points in between—and who made significant contributions in ancient lands. The book, co-authored with Ellen Rodman, Ph.D., is replete with stories of Jews who left their mark on societies normally considered outside the Jewish cultural orbit. Colorful characters, such as Morris “Two Gun” Cohen (the first and only Jewish general in the Chinese army) and Moe Berg (the major leaguer who was a U.S. spy in Japan), illustrate the Jews’ ability to adapt and contribute while maintaining allegiance to…

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