The Heart of Torah, Volume 1 by Rabbi Shai Held

The Heart of Torah, Volume 1 by Rabbi Shai Held

Essays on the Weekly Torah Portion: Genesis and Exodus Foreword by Rabbi Yitz Greenberg Held probes the portions in bold, original, and provocative ways. He mines Talmud and midrashim, great writers of world literature, and astute commentators of other religious backgrounds to ponder fundamental questions about God, human nature, and what it means to be a religious person in the modern world. Along the way, he illuminates the centrality of…

JewAsian: Race, Religion, and Identity for America’s Newest Jews

by Helen Kiyong Kim and Noah Samuel Leavitt n 2010 approximately 15 percent of all new marriages in the United States were between spouses of different racial, ethnic, or religious backgrounds, raising increasingly relevant questions regarding the multicultural identities of new spouses and their offspring. But while new census categories and a growing body of statistics provide data, they tell us little about the inner workings of day-to-day life for…

Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives by Rabbi Steven Bob (Sale till July 31, 2016)

Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives by Rabbi Steven Bob

A Verse-by-Verse Contemporary Commentary The Book of Jonah stands unique among the biblical books of the prophets because it is almost entirely narrative. And, in contrast to all the other prophets portrayed as admirable individuals who bravely speak God’s word, Jonah stands out as flawed and fleeing from God. We are drawn to Jonah because God gives him an opportunity to redeem himself. His experience inspires us to find our…

Falafel Nation: Cuisine and the Making of National Identity in Israel by Yael Raviv

Falafel Nation: Cuisine and the Making of National Identity in Israel by Yael Raviv

Food. Beyond providing physical sustenance, the food we eat tells a story of who we are, from where we came, and how we relate to the community in which we live. As author Yael Raviv explains in her book Falafel Nation: Cuisine and the Making of National Identity in Israel, “food is central to our perception of ‘home’ and identity.” In that way, Raviv argues that it is through the…

JPS Sale: Start the new year off with sweet savings!

Start the new year off with sweet savings!

From JPS email: Save 30% on a selection of books in honor of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Visit our Rosh Hashanah sale page for more information. To receive your discount, enter the code 6HYK5 in the promotion code field of your shopping cart and click “update.” To place your order by phone, call Longleaf Services at 1-800-848-6224. Please mention the promotion code when placing your order. This discount expires…

Jewish Voices in Feminism: Transnational Perspectives by Nelly Las

Jewish Voices in Feminism: Transnational Perspectives by Nelly Las

Ruth Morris, translator Feminist theories maintain that gender issues are a ubiquitous component of our lives, intersecting with every aspect of the society in which we live and interact. Because the feminist debate has included questions important to Jewish discourse, including religion, antisemitism, Zionism, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is not surprising that such matters should also be of concern to Jewish women, many of whom have played an active…

Exiles in Sepharad: The Jewish Millennium in Spain by Jeffrey Gorsky

Exiles in Sepharad: The Jewish Millennium in Spain by Jeffrey Gorsky

The dramatic one-thousand-year history of Jews in Spain comes to life in Exiles in Sepharad. Jeffrey Gorsky vividly relates this colorful period of Jewish history, from the era when Jewish culture was at its height in Muslim Spain to the horrors of the Inquisition and the Expulsion. Twenty percent of Jews today are descended from Sephardic Jews, who created significant works in religion, literature, science, and philosophy. They flourished under…

Maimonides and the Book That Changed Judaism: Secrets of “The Guide for the Perplexed” by Micah Goodman

Maimonides and the Book That Changed Judaism: Secrets of "The Guide for the Perplexed" by Micah Goodman

A publishing sensation long at the top of the best-seller lists in Israel, the original Hebrew edition of Maimonides and the Book That Changed Judaism has been called the most successful book ever published in Israel on the preeminent medieval Jewish thinker Moses Maimonides. The works of Maimonides, particularly The Guide for the Perplexed, are reckoned among the fundamental texts that influenced all subsequent Jewish philosophy and also proved to…

The Heart of the Matter: Studies in Jewish Mysticism and Theology by Arthur Green

The Heart of the Matter: Studies in Jewish Mysticism and Theology by Arthur Green

Judaism, like all the great religions, has a strand within it that sees inward devotion, the opening of the human heart to God’s presence, to be the purpose of its entire edifice of praxis, liturgy, and way of life. This voice is not always easy to hear in a tradition where so much attention is devoted to the how rather than the why of religious living. The devotional claim, certainly…

Save 30% during Jewish American Heritage month!

Save 30% during Jewish American Heritage month! the Jewish Publication Society and the University of Nebraska Press

From the Jewish Publication Society and the University of Nebraska Press Save 30% on a selection of books during Jewish American Heritage month! Visit our sale page for more information. To receive your discount, enter the code 6JAHM5 in the promotion code field of your shopping cart and click “update.” To place your order by phone, call Longleaf Services at 1-800-848-6224. Please mention the promotion code when placing your order.…