Woody: The Biography by David Evanier

Woody: The Biography by David Evanier

In this first biography of Woody Allen in over a decade, David Evanier discusses key movies, plays and prose as well as Allen’s personal life. Evanier tackles the themes that Allen has spent a lifetime sorting through in art: morality, sexuality, Judaism, the eternal struggle of head and heart. Woody will be the definitive word on a major American talent as he begins his ninth decade, and his sixth decade…

Chief Rabbi Hertz: The Wars of the Lord by Derek Taylor

Chief Rabbi Hertz: The Wars of the Lord by Derek Taylor

Jonathan Sacks (Introduction) Chief Rabbi Joseph Herman Hertz (1872-1946), perhaps Britain’s greatest Chief Rabbi, led his community through two World Wars and was instrumental in the rescue of Jewish refugees from Nazism. He published many books and edited the seminal Hertz Chumash. Rabbi Hertz was a founder of the Council of Christians and Jews. As well, he was the first Jew to be made a “Companion of Honour” and was…

Léon Blum: Prime Minister, Socialist, Zionist by Pierre Birnbaum

Léon Blum: Prime Minister, Socialist, Zionist by Pierre Birnbaum

Léon Blum (1872–1950), France’s prime minister three times, socialist activist, and courageous opponent of the pro-Nazi Vichy regime, profoundly altered French society. It is Blum who is responsible for France’s forty-hour week and its paid holidays, which were among the many reforms he championed as a deputy and as prime minister, while acting as a proudly visible Jew, a Zionist, and eventually a survivor of Buchenwald. This biography integrates Blum’s…

Carolina Israelite: How Harry Golden Made Us Care about Jews, the South, and Civil Rights by Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett

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This first comprehensive biography of Jewish American writer and humorist Harry Golden (1903-1981)—author of the 1958 national best-seller Only in America—illuminates a remarkable life intertwined with the rise of the civil rights movement, Jewish popular culture, and the sometimes precarious position of Jews in the South and across America during the 1950s. After recounting Golden’s childhood on New York’s Lower East Side, Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett points to his stint in…

As Long As The Candle Burns by Chana Bunim Rubin Ausubel

As Long As The Candle Burns by Chana Bunim Rubin Ausubel

“As Long As The Candle Burns” is the memoir of Chana Bunim Rubin Ausubel. The daughter of Irving Bunim, a prominent twentieth-century Orthodox Jewish leader, Chana shares stories of her family’s involvement in the Vaad Hatzolah, the founding of the Young Israel movement, and Jewish outreach spanning more than 50 years. Having been through a divorce at a time when it was uncommon in the Jewish community, Chana openly discusses…

Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst by Adam Phillips

Becoming Freud is the story of the young Freud—Freud up until the age of fifty—that incorporates all of Freud’s many misgivings about the art of biography. Freud invented a psychological treatment that involved the telling and revising of life stories, but he was himself skeptical of the writing of such stories. In this biography, Adam Phillips, whom the New Yorkercalls “Britain’s foremost psychoanalytical writer,” emphasizes the largely and inevitably undocumented story of…

Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel’s Soul by Daniel Gordis

Menachem Begin—maker of peace with Egypt, Nobel Prize winner, welcomer of the Ethiopian Jews to Israel—was shunned by David Ben-Gurion and renounced as a terrorist. In this sympathetic biography, Daniel Gordis, a prominent American-Israeli author and educator, shows Begin to be a bold leader and tireless fighter for klal Yisrael, the entirety of the Jewish people, and, with David Ben-Gurion, “both necessary elements in the creation of a Jewish state.”…

Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution

Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution by Yehudah MirskyYale University Press, 2014. 288 pp. $25.00 Rav Abraham Isaac Kook (1865-1935) was one of the most influential – and controversial – rabbis of the twentieth century. A visionary writer and outstanding rabbinic leader, Kook was a philosopher, mystic, poet, jurist, communal leader, and veritable saint. The first chief rabbi of Jewish Palestine and the founding theologian of religious Zionism, he…