For This We Left Egypt?: A Passover Haggadah for Jews and Those Who Love Them

For This We Left Egypt?: A Passover Haggadah for Jews and Those Who Love Them

by Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel, Adam Mansbach The book you hold before you is no ordinary Haggadah. If you’ve ever suffered through a Seder, you’re well aware of the fact that the entire evening can last as long as the exodus from Egypt itself. There are countless stories, dozens of blessings, and far too many handwashings while the meal turns cold. Now prepare to be entertained by another version of…

Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger’s Life by Sarah Kaminsky

Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger's Life by Sarah Kaminsky

Best-selling author Sarah Kaminsky takes readers through her father Adolfo Kaminsky’s perilous and clandestine career as a real-life forger for the French Resistance, the FLN, and numerous other freedom movements of the twentieth century. Recruited as a young Jewish teenager for his knowledge of dyes, Kaminsky became the primary forger for the French Resistance during the Nazi occupation of Paris. Then, as a professional photographer, Kaminsky spent the next twenty-five…

Orchestra of Exiles: The Story of Bronislaw Huberman, the Israel Philharmonic, and the One Thousand Jews He Saved from Nazi Horrors

Orchestra of Exiles: The Story of Bronislaw Huberman, the Israel Philharmonic, and the One Thousand Jews He Saved from Nazi Horrors

By Josh Aronson, Denise George At fourteen, Bronislaw Huberman played the Brahms Violin Concerto in Vienna— winning high praise from the composer himself, who was there. Instantly famous, Huberman began touring all over the world and received invitations to play for royalty across Europe. But after witnessing the tragedy of World War I, he committed his phenomenal talent and celebrity to aid humanity. After studying at the Sorbonne in Paris,…

Move Over, Cairo. The Afghan Geniza Will Blow Your Mind.

From Jewniverse First there was the discovery of the Cairo Geniza. And now there’s this. In 2011, a report by Israel’s Channel 2 News told of how foxes scratching in the dirt somewhere in the Afghan province of Samangan revealed a hidden cave. Inside the cave, local villagers found Jewish documents nearly 1,000 years old. These were dubbed the Afghan Geniza. Though the story seems apocryphal, the results are not.…

Fifty Shades of Talmud: What the First Rabbis Had to Say About You-Know-What by Maggie Anton

Fifty Shades of Talmud: What the First Rabbis Had to Say About You-Know-What by Maggie Anton

Amusing. Seductive. Stimulating. We’re talking about the Talmud? That’s right. Take fifty actual Talmudic discussions, mix in pithy sayings (appropriate and inappropriate) by luminaries from Mae West and Amy Schumer to George Washington and Gandhi, add a few cartoons, and delighted and enlightened readers will come away with a new perspective on what the Talmudic sages say about our most intimate relationships. In this lighthearted, in-depth tour of sexuality within…

Happy Purim by Estelle Hanania

Ever wish you could just stare at kids in Purim costumes without looking away? Thanks to French photographer Estelle Hanania, now you can. In her gorgeous photography book Happy Purim (Shelter Press), she selects her favorite shots from the Purims she spent wandering the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Stamford Hill in North London, photographing the homemade costumes kids wear. Her photos include kids dressed as everything from a Torah scroll, a…

Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin

Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin

Set in the years around 1492, Yiddish for Pirates recounts the compelling story of Moishe, a Bar Mitzvah boy who leaves home to join a ship’s crew, where he meets Aaron, the polyglot parrot who becomes his near-constant companion. From a present-day Florida nursing home, this wisecracking yet poetic bird guides us through a world of pirate ships, Yiddish jokes and treasure maps. But Inquisition Spain is a dangerous time…

The Soviet Jewish Writer Whose Masterpiece Was Banned for 200 Years

Vasily Grossman: Life and Fate

From Jewniverse In 1959, Soviet Jewish writer Vasily Grossman finished his magnum opus, the novel Life and Fate, an account of the Battle of Stalingrad during the Nazi invasion of the USSR and, simply, a masterpiece. A year later, the KGB raided his flat, seized his manuscript, notes, and even his typewriter’s ribbon, and, citing the harm the novel could bring to the USSR, informed him that his book would…

Scattered Among The Nations by Bryan Schwartz

Scattered Among The Nations by Bryan Schwartz

With vibrant photographs and intricate stories Scattered Among the Nations tells the story of the world’s most isolated Jewish communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Former Soviet Union and the margins of Europe. Over 2,000 years ago, a shipwreck left seven Jewish couples stranded off India’s Konkan Coast, south of Bombay. Those hardy survivors stayed, built a community, and founded one of the fascinating groups described in this book—the…

Lilith’s Demons by Julie R Enszer

Poetry. Jewish Studies. Women’s Studies. In the Jewish tradition, Lilith’s punishment for rejecting Adam and disobeying God is to give birth to one hundred demons at twilight every night. These demons travel the land, killing newborns and wreaking havoc, until the sun rises anew. Julie R. Enszer reimagines Lilith and her demons for her third collection, LILITH’S DEMONS (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2015), giving them their own voices to speak…