Shalom: A Congregational Guide to Jewish Meditation by Rabbi Dr. Leslie Schotz

The book at Amazon and on Kindle Shalom: A Congregational Guide to Jewish Meditation includes Jewish Meditation as a Heritage, Meditation: What Makes it Jewish? , and Educating the Congregation about Jewish Meditation. This includes: Chanting, Visualization, and Textual Meditations, Blessings & Spontaneous Response. Book includes Jewish Meditation Questionnaire with Responses, Bibliography and Additional Resources for further Study and Inspiration. The book’s page on the publisher’s site

A Child of Christian Blood: Murder and Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia: The Beilis Blood Libel

A Jewish factory worker is falsely accused of ritually murdering a Christian boy in Russia in 1911, and his trial becomes an international cause célèbre. On March 20, 1911, thirteen-year-old Andrei Yushchinsky was found stabbed to death in a cave on the outskirts of Kiev. Four months later, Russian police arrested Mendel Beilis, a thirty-seven-year-old father of five who worked as a clerk in a brick factory nearby, and charged…

‘Like Dreamers’ wins RUSA’s Sophie Brody Medal winner for achievement in Jewish literature

The winner of the 2014 Sophie Brody Medal is “Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation” by Yossi Klein Halevi, published by HarperCollins. The Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) awards the Sophie Brody Medal to the author of the most distinguished contribution to Jewish literature for adults published in the United States in…

Welcome to the Cavalcade

We are delighted to tell you about ‘Welcome to the Cavalcade: a Festschrift in honour of Rabbi Professor Jonathan Magonet on the occasion of his 70th birthday’. Academic colleagues, friends and former students of Jonathan were invited to contribute to this volume, and the enthusiasm and generosity of those who responded was overwhelming. Over 40 essays – by Jews, Christians and Muslims – reflect Jonathan’s love of Bible and special…

Jewish-Muslim Relations and Migration from Yemen to Palestine in the Late Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

In Jewish-Muslim Relations and Migration from Yemen to Palestine in the Late Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries Ari Ariel analyzes the impact of local, regional and international events on ethnic and religious relations in Yemen and Yemeni Jewish migration patterns. Previous research has dealt with single episodes of Yemenite migration during limited spans of time. Ariel, instead, provides a broad sweep of the migratory flows over the 70 year time span…

How to Woo a Jew: The Modern Jewish Guide to Dating and Mating

In How to Woo a Jew, your very own Jewish Carrie Bradshaw takes you through each facet of the dating world—from traditional Jewish matchmaking and mixers to modern online dating portals, from honing your Jewdar to kosher sex. Whatever mishegas you’ve made of your love life, Caspi has words of wisdom—and a few enlightening quizzes, charts, and illustrations—to help you find your Jewish soul mate.

Samson: Hero or Fool?

Samson: Hero or Fool? New Book Samson: Hero or Fool? The Many Faces of Samson Edited by Erik Eynikel, University of Regensburg and Tobias Nicklas, University of Regensburg Samson is a peculiar character. He is the most powerful of the Israelite judges and three whole chapters in the book of Judges are allocated to him. Yet he demonstrates many weaknesses, not least for the charms of women. In the international…

The Angel of Jewish History

New Book: The Angel of Jewish History The relationship between the traditional Jewish past and the present is a key question in Jewish intellectual thought from the Wissenschaft des Judentums in the nineteenth century up to the present day. The Angel of Jewish History casts a philosophical gaze upon the relationship between the traditional Jewish past and the present through the metaphysical worldviews of five formative Jewish Studies scholars: Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, Amos Funkenstein,…

Sennacherib at the Gates of Jerusalem | Brill

Sennacherib at the Gates of Jerusalem | Brill Upcoming book: Sennacherib at the Gates of Jerusalem; Story, History and Historiography Edited by Isaac Kalimi, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz and Seth Richardson, University of Chicago Sennacherib and his ill-fated siege of Jerusalem fascinated the ancient world. Twelve scholars—in Hebrew Bible, Assyriology, archaeology, Egyptology, Classics, Aramaic, Rabbinic and Christian literatures—examine how and why the Sennacherib story was told and re-told in more than a dozen…

Agnon’s Moonstruck Lovers: The Song of Songs in Israeli Culture: Ilana Pardes

Agnon’s Moonstruck Lovers: The Song of Songs in Israeli Culture: Ilana Pardes Agnon’s Moonstruck Lovers explores the response of Israel’s Nobel laureate S. Y. Agnon to the privileged position of the Song of Songs in Israeli culture. Standing at a unique crossroads between religion and secularism, Agnon probes the paradoxes and ambiguities of the Zionist hermeneutic project. In adopting the Song, Zionist interpreters sought to return to the erotic, pastoral…