Inherited Disorders: Stories, Parables & Problems by Adam Ehrlich Sachs

Inherited Disorders: Stories, Parables & Problems by Adam Ehrlich Sachs

A son receives an inheritance from his father and tries to dispose of it before it destroys him. Inherited Disorders tells this elemental story in over 100 hilarious, witty variations. Adam Ehrlich Sachs’s Inherited Disorders is a rueful, absurd, and endlessly entertaining look at a most serious subject—the eternally vexed relations between fathers and sons. In a hundred and seventeen shrewd, surreal vignettes, Sachs lays bare the petty rivalries, thwarted…

Almost a Minyan by Lori S. Kline

Almost a Minyan by Lori S. Kline

How can our sacred institutions preserve tradition while retaining the flexibility to accommodate modern life? And how do you fold that theme into a lively kids’ book? Almost a Minyan, the latest offering from Austin’s Sociosights Press, brings children into the world of a loving daughter and granddaughter whose family stays connected to each other and to the past through sacred ritual. The book is a multi-generational love story for…

Books posted in January-May 2017

Here is the list of the 79 books that I posted on this site Between January and May 2017 : The 28th of Iyar – 50th Anniversary Edition by Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Akim Volynsky; A Hidden Russian-Jewish Prophet by Helen Tolstoy Americans and the Birth of Israel by Lawrence J. Epstein Art from the Holocaust by Eliad Moreh-Rosenberg Becoming a Soulful Educator by Aryeh Ben David The Bodrum Jewish Cemetery…

The Religious Cultures of Dutch Jewry by Yosef Kaplan and Dan Michman

The Religious Cultures of Dutch Jewry by Yosef Kaplan and Dan Michman

In The Religious Cultures of Dutch Jewry an international group of scholars examines aspects of religious belief and practice of pre-emancipation Sephardim and Ashkenazim in Amsterdam, Curaçao and Surinam, ceremonial dimensions, artistic representations of religious life, and religious life after the Shoa. The origins of Dutch Jewry trace back to diverse locations and ancestries: Marranos from Spain and Portugal and Ashkenazi refugees from Germany, Poland and Lithuania. In the new…

Israel Celebrates: Jewish Holidays and Civic Culture in Israel by Hizky Shoham

Israel Celebrates: Jewish Holidays and Civic Culture in Israel by Hizky Shoham

Israel Celebrates is about the intersection where Israeli inventiveness and Jewish tradition meet: the holidays. It employs the anthropological history of four Jewish holidays as celebrated in Israel in order to track the naturalization of Jewish rituals, myths, and symbols in Israeli culture throughout “the long twentieth century” of Zionism and on to the present, and to demonstrate how a new strand of Judaism developed in Israel from the grassroots.…

For Two Thousand Years by Mihail Sebastian

For Two Thousand Years by Mihail Sebastian

‘Nothing I have read is more affecting than Mihail Sebastian’s magnificent, haunting 1934 novel, For Two Thousand Years’ – Philippe Sands, Guardian Books of the Year A prescient interwar masterpiece, available in English for the first time ‘Absolutely, definitively alone’, a young Jewish student in Romania tries to make sense of a world that has decided he doesn’t belong. Spending his days walking the streets and his nights drinking and…

Textual Silence: Unreadability and the Holocaust by Jessica Lang

Textual Silence: Unreadability and the Holocaust by Jessica Lang

There are thousands of books that represent the Holocaust, but can, and should, the act of reading these works convey the events of genocide to those who did not experience it? In Textual Silence, literary scholar Jessica Lang asserts that language itself is a barrier between the author and the reader in Holocaust texts—and that this barrier is not a lack of substance, but a defining characteristic of the genre.…

Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America by Steven J. Ross

Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America by Steven J. Ross

The chilling, little-known story of the rise of Nazism in Los Angeles, and the Jewish leaders and spies they recruited who stopped it. No American city was more important to the Nazis than Los Angeles, home to Hollywood, the greatest propaganda machine in the world. The Nazis plotted to kill the city’s Jews and to sabotage the nation’s military installations: plans existed for hanging twenty prominent Hollywood figures such as…

Stealth Altruism by Arthur B. Shostak

Stealth Altruism by Arthur B. Shostak

Though it has been nearly seventy years since the Holocaust, the human capacity for evil displayed by its perpetrators is still shocking and haunting. But the story of the Nazi attempt to annihilate European Jewry is not all we should remember. Stealth Altruism tells of secret, non-militant, high-risk efforts by “Carers,” those victims who tried to reduce suffering and improve everyone’s chances of survival. Their empowering acts of altruism remind…