Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History by Joseph Telushkin

Drawn from the Rebbe’s private correspondence, Rebbe is a rich and illuminating portrait of this remarkable man who was a devoted spiritual leader and tireless counselor; controversial advocate for women’s rights and community openness; and an accomplished scholar fluent in dozens of languages. Joseph Telushkin illuminates the Rebbe’s rich private life and chronicles his achievements, from his close bond with his congregants to his influence on presidents, including Jimmy Carter…

Testimony: The Legacy of Schindler’s List and the USC Shoah Foundation

After creating Schindler’s List, the film which is likely America’s—perhaps the world’s—surest narrative lifeline to the Holocaust, director Steven Spielberg began the daunting project of creating the Shoah Foundation, an archive of video testimonies from survivors and other eyewitnesses. Testimony, a new volume commemorating the film’s twenty-year anniversary and the foundation’s activities, is out this spring. Testimony: The Legacy of Schindler’s List and the USC Shoah Foundation

Dear Mendl, Dear Reyzl: Yiddish Letter Manuals from Russia and America

Imagine, esteemed reader: Your son has recently arrived in America from your shtetl, and you want to warn him about the temptations of the goldene medina. But how do you find the right words in the right order to remind him to keep shabbes and not spend too much time at the theater? You need a guide—a brivnshteler. And for those of us secure in our theater-going ways but still…

A Replacement Life by Boris Fishman

Criminal Attachments: Immigration, Family, and Fraud in Soviet Brooklyn Boris Fishman’s dark new novel explores the tensions between a grandson and his elders as he evolves into an American Slava Gelman, a twentysomething aspiring writer, is trying to claw his way out of the post-Soviet Brooklyn neighborhood of his family. But his grandfather is determined to pull him back in. He wants to enlist Slava to invent life stories for…

Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics

The Hebrew language has one of the longest attested histories of any of the world’s languages, with records of its use from antiquity until modern times. Although it ceased to be a spoken language by the 2nd century C.E., Hebrew continued to be used and to develop in the form of a literary and liturgical language until its revival as a vernacular in the 20th century.In a four volume set,…

Jewish Artists and the Bible in Twentieth-Century America by Samantha Baskind

Jack Levine, George Segal, Audrey Flack, Larry Rivers, and R. B. Kitaj have long been considered central artists in the canon of twentieth-century American art: Levine for his biting paintings and prints of social conscience, Segal for his quiet plaster figures evoking the alienation inherent in modern life, Flack for her feminist photorealist canvases, Rivers for his outrageous pop art statements, and Kitaj for his commitment to figuration. Much less…

Many Seconds into the Future: Ten Stories by John J. Clayton

The stories in John J. Clayton’s newest collection are luminous, expressing a struggle to see growth and meaning in life as much as possible. Nearly all focus on family, and the characters, most of them Jewish, grapple with questions of living, dying, loving, and worshipping. Clayton has published several novels, including “Mitzvah Man” (TTUP, 2011), but he is best known for his critically-acclaimed short fiction, which has been included in…

A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York by Liana Finck

Liana Finck’s new graphic novel A Bintel Brief blends history and imagination to create an experience that is rich, immersive, and satisfying. It begins when a young woman receives a notebook from her grandmother filled with clips of advice columns from the premiere Yiddish-language newspaper The Forward. When she opens the notebook Abraham Cahan himself, editor of the paper and its Miss Lonelyhearts, steps out to take the narrator on…

Traditional Society in Transition: The Yemeni Jewish Experience by Bat-Zion Eraqi Klorman

In Traditional Society in Transition: The Yemeni Jewish Experience Bat-Zion Eraqi Klorman offers an account of the unique circumstances of Yemeni Jewish existence in the wake of major changes since the second half of the nineteenth century. It follows this community’s transition from a traditional patriarchal society to a group adjusting to the challenges of a modern society. Unlike the perception of the Yemeni Jews as receptive to modernity only…

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…