Books: Epiphany on the beach

A Jewish psychologist undergoes a lifetime of changes, in a journey from New York to California to the Golan Heights.

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February 10, 2017 12:36
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Beach at sunset

Beach at sunset (illustrative). (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

 
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