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APRIL 2002 RECOMMENDED JEWISH BOOKS
April 10, 2002: Rough Cut: Writers on the Edge - Ellen Miller & Dave Czuchlewski. JCCNYC.org KGB Bar 85 E 4th St NYC 7:30 PM
April 17, 2002: Melvin Jules Bukiet reads from NOTHING SETS YOU FREE (writing by the second generation), B&N, W 82nd, NYC 7:30
April 18, 2002: Jonathan Safran Foer reads from EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED, B&N, 6th Ave at 22nd St, NYC 7:30
April 19, 2002: Han Ong reads from FIXER CHAO, B&N, Oakland CA 7:30
April 22, 2002: Laura Blumenfeld from REVENGE, B&N, W 82nd, NYC 7:30
April 24, 2002: David Lehman and Daisy Fried read their works at the JCC of the Upper West Side in NYC (see jccnyc.org) 334 Amsterdam @ 76th, NYC 8 PM $12
April 25, 2002: Bernard Schlink (The Reader) reads from FLIGHTS OF LOVE, B&N, Union Square, NYC 7:30
April 26-28, 2002: A Weekend conference in Amherst MA (see YiddishBookCenter.org) on Jewish Fiction: The New Voices with Rachel Kadish, author of From A Sealed Room; Melvin Jules Bukiet, author of Strange Fire; Thane Rosenbaum, author of Second Hand Smoke; and Pearl Abraham, author of Giving Up America. Info at : 413-256-4900, ext. 133.
April 27-28, 2002: LA TIMES Festival of Books on UCLA in Los Angeles. Speakers include Laura Blumenfeld, Ruth Rechl, Oliver Sacks, Anita Diamant, Fran Drescher, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jonathan Kirsch, Rochelle Krich, Sandra Tsing Loh, Barbara Lowenstein, James McBride, Mona Golabek, Louise Steinman, Rebecca Walker, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Frank H. Wu, Victor Villasenor, Sam Quinones, Luis J. Rodriguez, Yxta Maya Murray, Stella Ting-Toomey, Michael Lerner, Mark Salzman, Brad Gooch, and Kristin Hahn
April 29, 2002: Ben Shrank reads from CONSENT, B&N, Aster Pl, NYC 7:30
April 29, 2002: Wendy Wasserstein reads from OLD MONEY, B&N, Union Sq, NYC 7PM
April 30, 2002: Rabbi Shmuely Boteach reads from JUDAISM FOR EVERYONE, B&N, Encino CA 7:30
May 1, 2002: The NY Jewish Week presents “Our Town, In Words and Images” 7:30 PM, Park East Synagogue with Thane Rosenbaum, Patricia Volk, Andre Aciman, Cynthia Ozick, Stephen Dubner, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Daphne Merkin, and Gary Shteyngart. $18.
May 1, 2002: Al Franken (Dr Al Franken) reads, B&N, W 82nd, NYC 7:30
May 2, 2002: Patricia Volk reads from STUFFED... , B&N, W 82nd, NYC 7:30
May 2, 2002: Ruth Reichl reads from COMFORT ME WITH APPLES... , B&N, Union Square, NYC 7 PM
May 6, 2002: Fran Drescher signs CANCER SCHMANCER, B&N, 5th @ 48th, NYC 1 PM
May 7, 2002: Jon Katz reads from DOG YEARS. TWELVE YEARS, FOUR DOGS AND ME, B&N, Clifton NJ, 7 PM
May 14, 2002: Alice Elliot Dark reads from THINK OF ENGLAND, B&N, Astor Place, NYC 7:30 PM
May 14, 2002: Robert Wolfe reads from WHAT EINSTEIN TOLD HIS COOK, B&N, Lincoln Center, NYC 7 PM
May 15, 2002: Jenna Weissman Joselit reads from A PERFECT FIT..., B&N, 22nd and 6th, NYC 7 PM
May 16, 2002: Han Ong reads from FIXER CHAO, B&N, Brooklyn Pk Slope 7:30
May 28, 2002: Rabbi Shmuely Boteach reads from JUDAISM FOR EVERYONE, B&N, W 82nd, NYC 7:30
May 29, 2002: Rabbi Shmuely Boteach reads from JUDAISM FOR EVERYONE, B&N, Paramus NJ 7:30
June 15, 2002: Morton Kandracke reads from SAVING MILLY. LOVE POLITICS AND PARKINSONS DISEASE, B&N, Arlington VA 1 PM
June 20, 2002: James Cramer reads from CONFESSIONS OF A STREET ADDICT (watch out for tantrums), B&N, Springfield NJ 7:30
APRIL 2002 BOOKS
Readers… I do not recall such a bounty in recent memory. This is a bumper crop month for Jewish books.
A Story of Hope
by Laura Blumenfeld
April 4, 2002. Simon and Schuster. In 1986, the father of Washington Post reporter, Laura Blumenfeld, was shot by a 25 year old Palestinian gunman in Israel, in the walled Old City of Jerusalem. The shooter was part of a PLO faction. Laura was a student at Harvard, and Rabbi Blumenfeld's wife, Norma, was in Hawaii with her lover at the time of the shooting (Okay...). Anyway, Laura vowed revenge against the gunman, Omar al-Khatib. Twelve years later, in 1998, the shooter was to be released from jail and Laura decided to exact her revenge. Posing as a journalist (which she is), she traveled to Sicily (to learn the fine art of revenge), Iran, and Bosnia. She collects stories of revenge. Should revenge be carried out in court? With the words of the poet? Or with a gun and knife? Can you exact the best revenge when you know your enemies Achilles heel? Is revenge psychological, physical, or can it be a reversal of power? Is success the best revenge? Laura interviewed the family and parents of the terrorist (she draws her father's initials in the dust of their dining room table as they chat), and she became a penpal of her father's shooter. And then one day......
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NOTHING MAKES YOU FREE
Writings by Descendants of Jewish Holocaust Survivors
by Melvin Jules Bukiet (Editor)
April 2002. Norton. Published just in time for Passover, the holiday of freedom, Melvin Jules Bukiet (STRANGE FIRE, NEUROTICA, SIGNS AND WONDERS, Professor at Sarah Lawrence) has collected some of the works of the children of Shoah survivors, the Second Gen’ers, the “2G.” It is a great idea for a book, it has an excellent introduction, and I like Bukiet much more as an editor than as a novelist (but that is only my own hang-ups with his fiction, "Strange Fire"). I was drawn to this book by its cover, in which the sign over the gates to Auschwitz read "NOTHING MAKES YOU FREE" instead of "WORK MAKES YOU FREE/Arbeit Macht Frei". I was further drawn to it, because I once went to a book reading by Bukiet, Thane Rosenbaum, and Alan Kaufman, where during the course of the reading, they learned that they were each a child of survivors (and each are in this book). But I digress. He-he. Included in the book are pieces in English and those translated into English from Italian, French, Serbian, Swedish, Hebrew, German, and Hungarian.
Bukiet (the son of number 108016) asks "how atrocity gets filtered through imagination." This collection helps to answer it. He writes that if the Holocaust is a historic Rorschach blot, the depressive can justify despair, the hopeful can find redemption, the stupid can discern the triumph of the spirit. The collected authors grew up as children of a nightmare, children of the khurbn that "is a black hole that devours the light." They lived with parents that had numbers tattooed on their arms (no wonder Alan Kaufman's website is called TattooJew dot com); parents who saw their kids as replacements for murdered family members; parents whose Yiddish language was now as dead as Sanskrit; parents who appreciated life having known death (or resigned themselves to suicide); parents with cauterized tear ducts; and parents who never wasted food, having known hunger intimately. Their parents lived with the aftermath of atrocity and passed on these psyches to their 2G-Second Generation children (either through speaking of it always or never speaking of it). Many of the 2G authors are rage filled, angry, cynical, and distrustful. This makes for good writing.
Included in the collection are, in Part 1 (children who learn to live with their parents’ scars):Carl Friedman, Eva Hoffman, Victoria Reel, Tammie Bob, Ruth Knafo Setton, Goran Rosenberg, Doron Rabinovici, Alan Kaufman, and Barbara Finkelstein; in Part 2 (dealing with the legacy as adults): Savyon Liebrecht, JJ Steinfeld, Thane Rosenbaum, Henri Raczymov, Sonia Pilcer, Lily Brett, Val Vinokurov, Helena Janaczek, Esther Dischereit, and Art Spiegelman; and in Part 3 (the haunting legacy): Anne Karpf, Lea Anini, Gila Lustiger, Joseph Skibell, Leon De Winter, Alcina Lubitch Domecq, Mihaly Kornis, Peter Singer, David Albahari, Alain Finkielkraut, and the editor Melvin Jules Bukiet.
I recommend that you read the authors' brief bios before starting to read the collected works. Not included are authors like David Lehman and David Curzon, who identify as 2G, but whose parents escaped Vienna in 1939; Yehuda Hyman; and the journalist, Joseph Berger (Displaced Persons), since he were born slightly prior to May 7, 1945. I look forward to a Volume 2, which would include the poetry, art, drawings, and music of creators like Chantal Akerman, Daniel Liebeskind, Yehuda Poliker, Lisa Lipkin, and Melissa Gould.
EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED
by Jonathan Safran Foer
April 16, 2002. Houghton Mifflin.
85,000 copies in print in May 2002…
Simply stated, I hate Jonathan Safran Foer. I hate him because the book is so good, so premium, absorbing, sensual, carnal, and hilarious. Gosh, envy is powerful, isn’t it? I don’t really hate him.
I was drawn to this novel since it spoke to me; I connected with it. It felt so real, there was a feeling of recognition, as if I had lived parts of it. For, I, too, did the solo heritage root tour, and took a trip to Eastern Europe, and hired a translator, and didn’t eat meat, but at least my trip was a tiny bit better planned, my grandfather didn’t have a dead arm, and I never used the F word, even when I was “arrested” in Poland. I also took several accounting courses at premium American accounting schools.
Before Foer, a Bronfman Israel trip and Georgetown Day alumnus, landed this book deal for over $400K, he was a receptionist at a PR Agency, a math tutor, an archivist, a ghost writer for a prostate book, and a farm sitter. This member of the extended Slate/New Republic cabal has made good. No? Some reviewers take issue with his age. I say, to hell with them. Some reviewers take issue with the last few chapters. I say, too bad, they are still premium. Essentially, this book is so good, so funny, so sad, so true.
Reviewers have said: passionate, perverse, and moving. “Exuberant and wise, hysterically funny and deeply moving, Everything Is Illuminated is an astonishing debut novel. In the summer after his junior year of college, a writer-also named Jonathan Safran Foer-journeys to the farmlands of Eastern Europe. Armed with only a yellowing photograph, he sets out to find Augustine, the woman who might or might not be a link to the grandfather he never knew-the woman who, he has been told, saved his grandfather from the Nazis (this really happened). Guided by the unforgettable Alex, his young Ukrainian translator, who writes in a sublimely, butchered English, Jonathan is led on a quixotic search across a devastated landscape and back into an unexpected past. Braided into this story is the novel Jonathan is writing, a magical realist fable of his grandfather's village in Ukraine, Trachimbrod, a tapestry of startling symmetries that unite generations across time. In a counterpoint of voices blending high comedy and deep tragedy, the search moves back in time, the fantastical history moves forward, and they meet in a heart-stopping scene of extraordinary power. Passionate, wildly inventive, and marked by an indelible humanity, Everything Is Illuminated mines the black holes of history and is ultimately a story about searching: for people and places that no longer exist, for the hidden truths that haunt every family, and for the delicate but necessary tales that link past and future.”
Some have written that the title comes from the idea that when everyone in the shtetl were making love and reaching coitus at the same time, an astronaut perceived it as an illumination from space. But me… I tell you that the title means that everything can be finally illuminated, even for those who cannot communicate clearly.
The big footed Princeton grad (Joyce Carol Oates and Jeffrey Eugenides were his thesis advisors), Jonathan Safran Foer, 25, in an interview, said he did not intend to write a Jewish novel. He thought it would be a non fiction chronicle of his ill conceived, poorly planned five day trip to the Ukraine four years ago, at age 20. Foer wrote, "The novel's two voices - one "realistic," the other "folkloric" - and their movement toward each other, has to do with this problem of imagination. The Holocaust presents a real moral quandary for the artist. Is one allowed to be funny? Is one allowed to attempt verisimilitude? To forgo it? What are the moral implications of quaintness? Of wit? Of sentimentality? What, if anything, is untouchable? With the two very different voices, I attempted to show the rift that I experienced when trying to imagine the book. (It is the most explicit of many rifts in the book.) And with their development toward each other, I attempted to heal the rift, or wound." Foer said, "I was twenty when I made the trip - an unobservant Jew, with no felt connection to, or great interest in, my past. I kept an ironic distance from religion, and was skeptical of anything described as "Jewish.".... I was talking to a friend on the phone the other day. I think of myself as one of the least Jewish people I've ever met, unobservant. But very shortly, a lot of people are going to think I'm VERY Jewish."
The Jewish Book Council has already anointed him as the next Philip Roth. But, hey, how can you dislike a young guy who owns a set of Encyclopedia Judaica? Damn it, I need to finally get my set out of storage. I personally cannot get the image out of my mind of a forest of trees each carved with love notes. So buy this book and have a laugh and a cry.
End of Days
Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount
by Gershom Gorenberg
April 2002. PAPERBACK
Those who avoid this book are doing themselves a disservice. Could you have asked for better timing for this book? Is it any wonder that the film that swept the 2000 Israeli Film Academy Awards, Hahesder, was the story about a religious plot to blow up the Al Aqsa Mosque? Is it a surprise that the Palestinian Authority used the visit of a Jewish Israeli political leader to the Temple Mount as a spark to begin rioting over the peace agreement negotiations (just like Mufti Hajj Amin Al-Husseini did in 1928)? Or that MK Ariel Sharon used his visit to the Temple Mount as a ploy for his party's leadership? Or that a best selling series of books in the USA are based the belief of a coming Rapture? All three Western religions conceived of an End of Days. The Book of Revelations read by Christians expects wars and a Jewish antichrist before the End of Days; while Moslems need a Dajjal, or Jewish false Messiah, for its own End Hour to occur. It is a ticking bomb, an urgency for fundamentalists, all focused on 35 acres in the SE corner of Jerusalem's walled Old City.
Gorenberg, a senior editor at The Jerusalem Report, and regular in the pages of The New Republic, moved to Israel in 1977. To write this book, Gorenberg, a journalist focused on the nexus of religion and politics, interviewed Christians, Jews, and Moslems, many of whom hold views of an END OF DAYS. All their scenarios focus on the Temple Mount and Al Haram Al Sharif / Noble Sanctuary. I began to read THE END OF DAYS as I sat in a Jerusalem hotel room, near The King David Hotel, overlooking the Old City's walls. It was almost a week before the holiday of Hanukkah, which commemorates the victory of the Maccabees, who won back control of the Temple Mount. Jetlagged at 3 AM, with a full moon and a light rain, I started Chapter 1, and the book's story unfolded with heightened suspense. Many Jews believe that Abraham nearly sacrificed Isaac on the mount, that King David erected an altar there, that King Solomon and Herod built Temples there, and as Rabbi Levi wrote in 200 CE, that Cain murdered Abel for control of the Mount. Moslems leveled the mount and built the Dome of the Rock there, and Christians believe it will be the site of the Third Temple. What will happen after the year 2000 if the Messiah does not come? How will the fundamentalists of all 3 primary Western religions react? If Jews do not return to Jerusalem and a war occurs, how will the Rapture and Gods Kingdom come to pass? If Jews control the Mount, how will Mecca migrate to Jerusalem for the advent of a Moslem end of time? If Jews do not control the site, how will a Third Temple be built? Gorenberg shows how the future is bound up with the past. The first chapter tells the story of Melody the calf. She was born in August 1996, three years prior to the Year 2000. She was born red, and a red Heifer is required for sacrifices to re-commence in a Third Temple; an event that is needed by Christians in order to bring about the End of Days. Gorenberg describes this disturbing and unusual alliance. Chapters 2-4 tell the story of Christian millenialism and Jewish messianism, and its effects on Cromwell's England, the Puritans, the British Mandate, the 1948 Israeli War of Independence, the 1967 Six Day War, Dayan's orders to remove an Israeli flag from the captured Mount, and even Christian evangelical attitudes towards the assassination of PM Rabin. Chapter 5 is filled with fascinating portraits of members of American evangelical groups, the late Rabbi Meir Kahane (Michael King), the Jewish Temple Mount Faithful, Gush Emunim settlers, Banch Davidians at Waco, the American Jewish loner who shot up the Dome in 1982, and the Australian Christian paranoid schizophrenic who nearly succeeded in burning part of Al Aqsa Mosque in 1967. Later chapters portray the people who are preparing for a Third Jewish Temple (such as the men who are producing priestly garments of flax and linen, to the rabbi who seeks to raise observant boys of the priestly class who have never been in contact with the dead so that they can sacrifice a red heifer, to the Christian Zionists who come to Israel for the Tabernacles festival); as well as the Temple Faithful activists who sue each year for greater access; Bassam Jirrar of Ramallah, who calculates the end of Israel through his mathematical analysis of the Koran; the popular writings of Egyptian author Sa'id Ayyub and Palestinian writer Fa'iq Da'ud; a Texan who hopes to drill for oil near the Dead Sea as per the Lord's instructions; and other unique characters. This book is an enlightening decoder and story, and it is a must read for anyone interested in peace in the Middle East
HOLOCAUST THEOLOGY: A Reader
Edited by Dan Cohn-Sherbok (Professor of Judaism, University of Wales)
April 2002. NYU Press. How does an omnipotent god allow the holocaust? Is it a mystery that cannot be fathomed? This reader includes the writings of over 100 Jewish and Christian thinkers on this topic, including Wiesel, Heschel, Neusner, Primo Levi, and Paul Tillich. Sections are “The Challenge”, “Faith in the… Camps”, “Wrestling With The Holocaust” and “Jews, Christians, and the Holocaust”
Phantom Limb (American Lives Series)
by Janet Sternburg
April 2002. University of Nebraska Press. Phantom Limb is a memoir for those who have experienced the final difficult years of a parent's life. Janet Sternburg's mother lost her leg yet continued to feel the limb as though it were still present. Setting out to learn more about this mysterious condition, Sternburg encounters new ideas about the relationship of mind to body. She also finds a sense of freedom and depth of caring that continue after her parents have died. Sternburg suggests that we all have phantom limbs-someone no longer with us who remains a part of us. She writes about this paradox with such warmth and transformative imagination that the loss itself becomes luminous. At once a deeply moving chronicle of discovering love through adversity, an inquiry into what contemporary neurology has to teach us, and a meditation on the inexplicable suffering life sometimes brings, Phantom Limb links us all in the struggle to make peace with physical and emotional ghosts of the past.
HOLY WAR, HOLY PEACE. HOW RELIGION CAN BRING PEACE TO THE MIDDLE EAST
by Marc Gopin (Tufts Fletcher School and Harvard Negotiation Project)
April 2002. Oxford University Press. The Intifada of 2000-2001 has demonstrated the end of an era of diplomacy in the Arab-Israeli conflict. The style of peacemaking of the Olso Accords has been called into question by the facts on the ground. Elite forms of peacemaking that do not embrace the basic needs of average people on all sides are bound to fail. The complete neglect of deeper cultural and religious systems in the peace process is now apparent, as is the role that this neglect has played in the failure of the process. Building on his earlier book, Between Eden and Armageddon, Gopin provides a detailed blueprint of how the religious traditions in question can become a principal asset in the search for peace and justice. He demonstrates how religious people can be the critical missing link in peacemaking, and how the incorporation of their values and symbols can unleash a new dynamic that directly addresses basic issues of ethics, justice, and peace. Gopin's analysis of the theoretical, theological, and political planes shows us what has been achieved thus far, as well as what must be done next in order to ensure effective final settlement negotiations and secure, sovereign, democratic countries for both peoples
DIASPORA. JEWS AMIDST GREEKS AND ROMANS
by Erich S. Gruen, UC Berkeley
April 2002. Harvard University Press. What was life like for Jews settled throughout the Mediterranean world of Classical antiquity--and what place did Jewish communities have in the diverse civilization dominated by Greeks and Romans? In a probing account of the Jewish diaspora in the four centuries from Alexander the Great's conquest of the Near East to the Roman destruction of the Jewish Temple in 70 c.e., Erich Gruen reaches often surprising conclusions. By the first century of our era, Jews living abroad far outnumbered those living in Palestine and had done so for generations. Substantial Jewish communities were found throughout the Greek mainland and Aegean islands, Asia Minor, the Tigris-Euphrates valley, Egypt, and Italy. Focusing especially on Alexandria, Greek cities in Asia Minor, and Rome, Gruen explores the lives of these Jews: the obstacles they encountered, the institutions they established, and their strategies for adjustment. He also delves into Jewish writing in this period, teasing out how Jews in the diaspora saw themselves. There emerges a picture of a Jewish minority that was at home in Greco-Roman cities: subject to only sporadic harassment; its intellectuals immersed in Greco-Roman culture while refashioning it for their own purposes; exhibiting little sign of insecurity in an alien society; and demonstrating both a respect for the Holy Land and a commitment to the local community and Gentile government. Gruen's innovative analysis of the historical and literary record alters our understanding of the way this vibrant minority culture engaged with the dominant Classical civilization.
A Double Thread : Growing Up English and Jewish in London
by John Gross
Random House April 2002. 230 pages. Unknown to most Americans, Gross is England’s celebrated man of letters and books, and past editor of the London TLS. His father (Avraham ben Oser, a scholar of Talmud turned physician) was a Polish Jewish immigrant to London’s East End, his mother was a British Jew. As a stamp collecting child, Gross lived through the Battle of Britain, the Blitz, British “NON-anti-Semitism” (was it a delusion?), the Nazi Holocaust, Stalinism, and the creation of Israel in 1948.
Hebrew Manuscripts of the Middle Ages
by Colette Sirat, Nicholas De Lange (Editor)
April 2002. translated from the French. A study of medieval Hebrew manuscripts.
IN LANDS NOT MY OWN: A Wartime Journey
By Reuben Ainsztein
Random House April 2002. 230 pages. Ainsztein, who died in 1981, was the author of The Warsaw Ghetto Revolt and Jewish Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Eastern Europe. An interesting autobiography of his life before and during WWII. His life in Poland and Beligium before the war, his escape to Spain, and then to England where he fought with the RAF instead of the Polish exiled armed forces. Documents the hate of Poles towards Jews, like the time, while interned in Spain during the War, he heard his fellow Polish prisoners applaud when they heard how many Jews were being killed by the Germans.
A WOLF IN THE ATTIC
THE LEGACY OF A HIDDEN CHILD OF THE HOLOCAUST
by Sophia Richman
April 2002. Richman and her mother masqueraded as Christians in a small Polish town during WWII. Her father escaped the Janowska concentration camp and hid in the house. This is her account of her childhood and its traumas and its affects on later life.
YOUNG WRITERS DIARIES OF THE HOLOCAUST
Collected and Edited by Alexandra Zapruder
April 2002. Yale University Press.
Anne Frank was not the only diarist. Zapruder, a researcher for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, has collected passages from the diaries of children, ages 12 to 22. In the first part of the book, there are long passages by 14 children, some translated for the first time. These 14 sections are followed by a 25 page appendix of other young writers. The 14 sections consist of the writings of Klaus Langer (Essen); Elisabeth Kaufman (Paris); Peter Feigl (France); Moshe Flinker (Brussels); Otto Wolf (Olomouc, Cz); Petr Ginz and Eva Ginzova (Terezin Ghetto); Titskhok Rudashevski (Vilna Ghetto); Anonymous girl (Lodz Ghetto); Miriam Korber (Transnistria); David Rubinowicz (Krajno, Pl); Elsa Binder (Stanislawow, Pl); Ilya Gerber (Kovno Ghetto); Anonymous boy (Lodz Ghetto); and Alice Ehrmann (Terezin Ghetto). My favorite passage is by Otto Wolf, who wrote of the abivalence, opportunism, generosity, selfishness, and cruelty of those who hid and those who helped. The passage is dated May 8, 1945: "There is fighting in the forest, bullets are ricocheting off tree near us. We duck them as best we can, but finally conclude that we have no choice but to hide inside one of those half-collapsed hideouts. Finally, we hear shouts of HURRAAH! And HELLOOO! We simply cannot believe that, after three years, it could finally be over for us. Mommy and I don't want to come out because we don't want to show ourselves too early, and we scuffle with Papa in the hideout until we finally emerge all covered with yellow mud and in terrible condition."
Edited by Jeffrey Rubinstein
2002. Paulist Press. Paperback version. The Paulist Press, which has an excellent series of books of Jewish interest, has compiled and translated Rabbinic writing from Hebrew, Aramaic and other sources from the years 200 - 600 CE, by the Jewish sages of that time . Click to read more.
DIVORCE IS A MITZVAH
Finding Wholeness and Holiness When Your Marriage Dies
By Rabbi Perry Netter
April 2002. Jewish Lights Press. Sometimes divorce is the irght thing to do. An inspiring guide for people in crisis and those who interact with them, enlightened by Jewish tradition. Click to read more.
THE ESSENTIAL ZOHAR. The Source of Kabbalistic Wisdom
by Rav P S Berg
April 2002. This head of the chain of Kabbalah Centres has written this explanation of the Zohar.
ODD GIRL OUT
The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls
by Rachel Simmons
April 2002. When boys act out, get into fights, or become physically aggressive, we can't avoid noticing their bad behavior. But it is easy to miss the subtle signs of aggression in girls--the dirty looks, the taunting notes, or the exclusion from the group-that send girls home crying. In Odd Girl Out, Rachel Simmons focuses on these interactions and provides language for the indirect aggression that runs through the lives and friendships of girls. These exchanges take place within intimate circles--the importance of friends and the fear of losing them is key. Without the cultural consent to express their anger or to resolve their conflicts, girls express their aggression in covert but damaging ways. Every generation of women can tell stories of being bullied, but Odd Girl Out explores and explains these experiences for the first time. Journalist Rachel Simmons sheds light on destructive patterns that need our attention. With advice for girls, parents, teachers, and even school administrators, Odd Girl Out is a groundbreaking work that every woman will agree is long overdue. Rachel Simmons graduated from Vassar College in 1996, where she studied Women's Studies and Political Science. In 1998, she received a Rhodes Scholarship from New York State to study at Oxford University where she began her research of female bullying and the psychology of girls. The Brooklyn author visited girls aged 10 to 14 at ten schools including one Jewish day school to complete her study. Click to read more.
20 Top Winning (and Losing) Strategies of History’s Greatest Political Leaders
by Dick Morris
April 2002. Regan Books. Approach is more important than the issue. Clarity and consistent messages are prime. Dick Morris, one of the more famous John’s and political consultants, takes some time away from visiting whores to write this book on political campaigning advice. Twenty cases are offered that illustrate Morris’ six rules, including Triangulation (co-opting the opposition’s issue), Reform Your Own Party, and Divide and Conquer. .
A YEAR WITH THE PRODUCERS.
MY JOURNEY FROM CATS TO MEL BROOKS IN FIVE EASY GOOSESTEPS
by Jeffrey Denman
April 2002. The actor discusses his work on Cats, How To Succeed... Business, and The Producers, where he was the understudy to Matthew Broderick. Foreword by Matthew Broderick.
The Untold Story Behinds America’s Favorite Movies
by Paul Buhle and Dave Wagner
April 2002. New Press. The leftist influence in Hollywood is investigated. Look at Hopalong Cassidy and see the leftist messages throughout. See Public Enemy and find out the web of political and production relationships that made that script possible. Click through to read more
by professor Hasia Diner
April 2002. The story of the migration of Jews to America from colonial times to the present. Jewish immigrants - from the first Spanish and Portuguese refugees from Brazil who stepped ashore in 1654 to the millions who emigrated from Russia, Poland, and other Eastern European countries from 1880 to 1920 - have come to America to escape persecution and hardship, and to make a better life for their families. Through insightful prose and 200 dramatic photographs, Jewish Americans: The Immigrant Experience presents the history of Jewish culture and communities in American cities and rural towns. The author explores how the immigrants adjusted to their new lives, blending Jewish traditions with American ideals, and how their presence contributed immeasurably to America's politics, arts, commerce, and culture
BLACKS JEWS AND THE CHANGING FACE OF THE GHETTO
by Wendell Pritchett (Baruch College)
April 2002. University of Chicago Press. A history of Brownsville, an area of 100,000 mostly white Jews which quickly changed into a ghetto of 70,000 blacks and Puerto Ricans. What caused the flight of Jews and Whites? What were the political organizations and community groups like? What was the role of women in the political changes? What can we learn from this for the future of interracial relations.
BETTER IN THE POCONOS: THE STORY PF PENNSYLVANIA'S VACATIONLAND
by Lawrence Squeri
Spring 2002. The story of how the Poconos adapted to changing clientele, from proper Victorians to rich Quakers to exclusionary practices to Jewish socialists and others.
BEFORE THEY PERISHED. PHOTOGRAPHS FROM AUSCHWITZ
Edited by Kersten Brandt, etal
Spring 2002. Photos belongs to former inmates from the archives of the State Museum at Birkenau Auschwitz and the Fritz Bauer Institute.
Seventy Five Extraordinary People Who Changed the World in the Past Century
by Ira Rifkin (editor)
April 2002. Skylight Paths Press. Portraits of 75 people who represent every faith community and race who affected change in the world.
THE BELIEVER. CONFRONTING JEWISH SELF-HATRED
THE SHOOTING SCRIPT FOR THE CONTROVERSIAL FILM
by Henry Bean
Spring 2002. The actual shooting script for the Sundance winner about a Jewish neo Nazi with Beans feelings about confronting Jewish self criticism, and personal and theological backgrounds From Thunders Mouth. 256 pages.
JEWS IN AMERICA. A CARTOON HISTORY
By David Gantz
JPS. April 2002. David Gantz surveys Jewish American history over the past half millennium.
COMIC WARS. How TWO TYCOONS BATTLED OVER THE MARVEL EMPIRE - AND BOTH LOST
By Dan Raviv
April 30, 2002. Dan Raviv of Middle East fame writes about the battle over Marvel Comics, a battle between investors Ron Perelman and Carl Icahn and Ike Perlmutter and Avi Arad. A fun story for the financial neophyte, but MBA's beware, cuz the author glosses over too much of what actually happened in the industry.
You gotta love that Stephen Levine and Sharon Salzberg, two of the top Buddhist teachers in the United States, have penned TURNING TOWARD THE MYSTERY: A SEEKER'S JOURNEY, about the road to Buddhism
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