Necessary Stories by Haim Watzman

Necessary Stories by Haim Watzman

Twenty-four stories of Israeli and Jewish life, chosen from the more than one hundred Haim Watzman has written over the last nine years in his “Necessary Stories” column in the The Jerusalem Report. Bookended by a flashback to his first weekend in Israel forty years ago and a storytelling encounter on a recent flight back home from the US, these stories—funny, meditative, and sad, set in immigrant camps, the army,…

Podcast: Pirkei Imahot & Graphic Novel Pirkei Avot

Pirkei Imahot: The Wisdom of Mothers, The Voices of Women by Lois Sussman Shenker and Rabbi Eve Posen

Via email, The Book of Life Podcast convened a virtual roundtable among the creators of two books related to The Ethics of the Fathers, aka the Pirkei Avot. We spoke with Jessica Deutsch, creator of The Illustrated Pirkei Avot: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Ethics, and with Lois Shenker and Rabbi Eve Posen, co-authors of Pirkei Imahot: The Wisom of Mothers, The Voices of Women. Listen to the podcast here:…

Pirkei Imahot: The Wisdom of Mothers, The Voices of Women by Lois Sussman Shenker and Rabbi Eve Posen

Pirkei Imahot: The Wisdom of Mothers, The Voices of Women by Lois Sussman Shenker and Rabbi Eve Posen

Pirkei Imahot is first and foremost a book about giving Jewish women a voice within our Jewish tradition. Through that voice, the reader is given an opportunity to gain new inspiration, motivation and the clarity of purpose needed to move forward to make change in a world much in need of it. Just as Pirkei Avot, the rabbinic commentary written by rabbis in the 2nd century, C.E., provided an ethical…

Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art; edited by Irvin Ungar

Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art; edited by Irvin Ungar

This is an indispensable publication on the life and work of the great Polish-Jewish-American artist-activist Arthur Szyk. A master of miniature painting and calligraphy, Szyk (1894-1951) brought his unmistakable style to subjects as diverse as biblical stories, literary classics, and political cartoons. This powerful, striking book is one for all art enthusiasts and collectors, students of World War II and Holocaust history, and the art world in general, as well…

Chanukah Tales from Oykvetchnik by Scott Hilton Davis

Chanukah Tales from Oykvetchnik by Scott Hilton Davis

Celebrate the holiday of Chanukah with eight original short stories by Jewish storyteller Scott Hilton Davis. Enjoy a fun-filled journey to Oykvetchnik, the tiny shtetl town in Eastern Europe where people complain a lot (except during Chanukah when they seem to be a little more charitable). Meet Chaim the Chanukiyah, the nine-branched menorah, who feels out of place in his new home, Myzeleh the Mouse who helps a poor orphan…

Studies in Judaism and Pluralism: Honoring the 60th Anniversary of the Academy for Jewish Religion

Studies in Judaism and Pluralism: Honoring the 60th Anniversary of the Academy for Jewish Religion

Editor:  Leonard Levin, ed. The concept of pluralism — embracing Jews from across the religious spectrum — is the wave of the future in the Jewish community… but the Academy for Jewish Religion has been living pluralism for 60 years. Pluralism has always been in its DNA. In 1956, at the height of denominationalism, the founders of the Academy for Jewish Religion realized that the future of the Jewish People…

Save 30% off Bibles and Bible Commentaries @ JPS

From The Jewish Publication Society Save 30% off a selection of Bibles, Bible commentaries, and other great books! Enter 6BPR7 in the promotion code field of your shopping cart and click “Add Promotion Code.” To place your order by phone, call Longleaf Services at 1-800-848-6224. Please mention the promotion code when placing your order. This offer expires December 31, 2017. Offer valid on select titles only and may not be…

Kristallnacht by Stephanie Fitzgerald

Kristallnacht by Stephanie Fitzgerald

Nearly 8,000 Jewish-owned businesses, schools, hospitals, and homes were destroyed during one night of brutality in November 1938. German Nazis and their supporters took to the streets of Germany and Austria bent on destruction. They burned hundreds of synagogues to the ground, killed more than 100 Jews, and sent 30,000 more to concentration camps. Kristallnacht, “the night of broken glass,” would mark the beginning of the Holocaust. via Jewish Book…

Announcing #Readukkah 2017

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Via email: #Readukkah 2017 is the 3rd annual Jewish reading challenge, being co-sponsored by AJL and the Jewish Book Council, during Hanukkah December 12-19, 2017. To participate, RSVP to the Facebook online event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1481728818549386/, then post about any #JewLit book (any book of Jewish interest) on the event discussion board—or share a link to your review anywhere online—and use the hashtag #Readukkah to connect with other readers! By sharing…