Purim Guide for the Perplexed 2017

Purim 2017 – 12th and 13th of March.

a. Purim’s historical background:

*The 586 BCE destruction of the First Jewish Temple (on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount), and the expulsion of Jews from Judea & Samaria, by the Babylonian Emperor, Nebuchadnezzar

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Milton Gross Review: ‘A Walk in the Woods’ by Bill Bryson

I enjoyed this reading of A Walk in the Woods more than I did my first reading. Not only were parts of it funny, but I enjoyed rambling along with Bryson and Katz.

“Late in the afternoon, I stepped from the trees onto what appeared to be a disused logging

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Milton Gross Book Review: “Journey by the River” by John Prescott

My copy of Journey by the River was printed as a large-print edition in 2001 by Center Point Publishing, Thorndike, Maine. I couldn’t find Center Point Publisher, but Thorndike Press is now located in that central-Maine town. I suspect the two are one

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Milton Gross Book Review: “A Little House Sampler” by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder

Taking place primarily in the hills of South Dakota and the Ozarks, using the flavor of those parts of the country, the reader is drawn into the story, which is part true and part fiction.

“A family heard it coming through the woods. They knew it was

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Milton Gross Review: ‘On the Beaten Path’ by Robert Alden Rubin

I think it may have been the extra material, about Robert Alden Rubin’s wife, his old dog, acquaintances on the Appalachian Trail, crowded details about Trail Days at a town along the way, and more that held my attention. It wasn’t just about Rubin’s

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Milton Gross Book Review: “The Rescue of Belle & Sundance” by B Stutz & L Scanlan

This true story of the rescue of two horses from the mountains of the Canadian West was one of the most dramatic tales I’ve ever read — a real page-turner.

Left high in the Canadian Rockies by a man, who had a car accident on his way home and banged

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Milton Gross Book Review: “Dog Man” by Martha Sherrill

“There are mountain villages and green valleys throughout Japan,” states the book cover. This book is about a breed of dogs, the Akita, and one owner, Morie Sawataishi, along with his family, relatives, and acquaintances.

The book is appropriately titled

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Milton Gross Book Review: “No Buddy Left Behind” by Terri Crisp

“As of May 31, 2011, Operation Baghdad Pups brought a total number of 340 animals — 280 dogs and 58 cars from Iraq, plus two dogs from Afghanistan — to the United States, determined that there will be no buddy left behind,” states the final paragraph

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Milton Gross Book Review Quest of the Mountain Man and Trek of the Mountain Man by William W. Johnstone

Quest of the Mountain Man is Partly described on the back cover as, “Guarding a railroad that’s working its way across a thousand miles of North America and through the Canadian Rockies ain’t easy — especially when an army of cross-border outlaws

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Milton Gross Book Review Ford County by John Grisham

This 2010 paperback of seven short stories is the first short-story book I’ve read by John Grisham, who to my knowledge wrote 22 books. I didn’t even know Grisham wrote short stories, and it is for his books that he is best known. I didn’t know much

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