Moyshe Kulbak: The Zelmenyaners: A Family Saga

A Forgotten Satire of Yiddishe Mamas and Soviet Fools Stories of a bustling courtyard populated by hapless sages and wise young fools fill Moyshe Kulbak’s classic satirical novel of Soviet Minsk. It’s a compelling, tender read, newly translated by Hillel Halkin with a rich introduction by Jewniverse’s own Sasha Senderovich. The premise is familiar from other beloved Yiddish works—think Sholem Aleichem’s Tevye the Dairyman from a generation before. Yet The…

Yiddish Theater for the Kindergarten Set | Jewniverse

Yiddish Theater for the Kindergarten Set | Jewniverse [Betty Rosenberg Perlov‘s] new picture book, Rifka Takes a Bow, tells the story of a little girl who explores the theater with her father, watches the actresses put on makeup, plays with props like a golden crown and a pile of money, and then accidentally wanders onstage during one of her parents’ shows. The colorful illustrations from Cosei Kawa give the book an air of nostalgia…

One of the Most Remarkable Books About the Holocaust Was Just Published

One of the Most Remarkable Books About the Holocaust Was Just Published In Slavko Goldstein’s newly translated ‘1941,’ Nazi-backed fascists tear through the Balkans. Yugoslavia never recovered. “I think I can pinpoint exactly the hour and day when my childhood ended,” writes Slavko Goldstein near the beginning of 1941: The Year That Keeps Returning. The date was April 13, 1941, when Goldstein was 13 years old. That morning, he asked his…

The Rabbi and the Nuns: The Inside Story of a Rabbi’s Therapeutic Work With the Sisters of St. Franci

The Rabbi and the Nuns: The Inside Story of a Rabbi’s Therapeutic Work With the Sisters of St. Franci [It] chronicles the highlights of a twenty-year working relationship between Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski and the nuns and priests of the Pittsburgh Diocese and St. Francis Hospital. Spearheading a groundbreaking rehab program, Rabbi Twerski and the nuns develop a working connection that transcends their religious differences, forges mutual respect, and…

Promised Land, Golden Land, and Why Jews Need Both – Tablet Magazine

Promised Land, Golden Land, and Why Jews Need Both – Tablet Magazine In his new book, Israeli journalist Ari Shavit argues that without Israel, secular Jewish life will vanish. Six American Jews reply. My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife? | Jewniverse

What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife? | Jewniverse In 2002, David Harris-Gershon and his wife, Jamie, had traveled across the world to study at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. When a bomb went off in the Hebrew University cafeteria where Jamie was eating one day, the scope of Harris-Gershon’s learning expanded unexpectedly and dramatically. His effort to process his wife’s trauma—and his own—is the subject of…