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WEEK OF March 11, 2007
[book] The Modern Jewish Mom's Guide to Shabbat
Connect and Celebrate
Bring Your Family Together with the Friday Night Meal
by Meredith L. Jacobs, Founder, ModernJewishMom.com
February 2007, Harper.






WEEK OF March 4, 2007
[book] Call Me by Your Name
A Novel
by Andre Aciman
February 2007, FS&G














WEEK OF February 18, 2007
[book] PAST PERFECT
A NOVEL
BY SUSAN ISAACS
February 2007, Scribner.






WEEK OF February 4, 2007
[book] The Fight for Jerusalem
Radical Islam, the West, and the Future of the Holy City
by Dore Gold
January 2007. Regnery






WEEK OF January 28, 2007
[book] POWER, FAITH, AND FANTASY:
AMERICA IN THE MIDDLE EAST
1776 TO THE PRESENT
by MICHAEL B. OREN
January 2007, Norton.






WEEK OF January 21, 2007
[book] Charity Girl
A novel by Michael Lowenthal
January 2007, Houghton Mifflin.






WEEK OF January 14, 2007
[book] A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN
AMERICAN JEWS, CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS, AND ONE MAN'S EXPLORATION OF THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL JUDEO-EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE
BT ZEV CHAFETS
January 2007, HarperCollins.






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WEEK OF December 31, 2006
Just in time for the holiday season?
[book] Christ Killers
The Jews and the Passion from the Bible to the Big Screen
by Jeremy Cohen, Tel Aviv University
December 2006, Oxford.

















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WEEK OF December 24, 2006
[book] The Great Escape
Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World
by Kati Marton
November 2006. Simon and Schuster










WEEK OF December 17, 2006
[book] KOSHER BY DESIGN
SHORT ON TIME:
FABULOUS FOOD FOREVER
By SUSIE FISHBEIN, KosherbyDesign.com)
November 2006, Mesorah










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Mazel Tov to the newly elected "minyan-plus" in the halls of the U.S. Congress, as well as to Nancy Pelosi (and her Jewish, Hebrew speaking grandchildren). The incoming Senate will include 13 Senators and 30 Jewish members of the House of Representative who identify as Jewish. Newbies include Senators Cardin and Sanders, and Reps Gifford, Hodes, Klein and Yarmuth. Perhaps we will send them each a gift of (send us your recommendations):












WEEK OF December 10, 2006
[book] KOSHER BY DESIGN
SHORT ON TIME:
FABULOUS FOOD FOREVER
By SUSIE FISHBEIN, KosherbyDesign.com)
November 2006, Mesorah












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BR> WEEK OF December 3, 2006
[book] Sala's Gift
My Mother's Holocaust Story
by Ann Kirschner, PhD (Dean, CUNY)
November 2006, Free Press
See also: http://letterstosala.org/










WEEK OF October 29, 2006
[book] Stardust Lost
The Triumph, Tragedy, and Mishugas of the Yiddish Theater in America
by Stefan Kanfer
October 2006. Knopf










WEEK OF October 22, 2006
[book] Awake in the Dark
Stories
by Shira Nayman
October 2006. Scribner



















WEEK OF October 15, 2006
[book] The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany
by Marthe Cohn with Wendy Holden










WEEK OF October 8, 2006
[book] The Wicked Son
Anti-Semitism, Self-hatred, and the Jews
by David Mamet
October 2006. Schocken



















WEEK OF April 30, 2006
[book] HOW TO CURE A FANATIC
By AMOS OZ
Princeton University Press. March 2006.










[book cover click here] The Great Latke-Hamantash Debate
Edited by Ruth Fredman Cernea
DECEMBER 2005, University of Chicago Press
In 1946, a debate was started each November at the University of Chicago as a way to foster a sense of community among Jewish students and faculty members. The debates were farces; they attracted the top Jewish professors and students, Nobel laureates, university presidents, and notable scholars together to debate whether the potato pancake or the triangular Purim pastry is in fact the worthier food. They applied their fields of study to these symbolic Jewish foods. Professor Marvin Mirsky observed the roundness of the latke which clearly suggested Plato's circle of perfection and its flatness emphasized Plato's ultimate truth. Professor Lawrence Sherman reminded his audience that in Romeo and Juliet, "Juliet was a Capulatke, Romeo a Hamantashague." In poetry, essays, jokes, and revisionist histories, members of elite American academies attack the latke-versus-hamantash question with intellectual panache and an unerring sense of humor, if not chutzpah. The Great Latke-Hamantash Debate is the first collection of the best of these performances, from Martha Nussbaum's paean to both foods-in the style of Hecuba's Lament-to Nobel laureate Leon Lederman's proclamation on the union of the celebrated dyad. Click the book cover above to read more.





[book cover click here] NEVER MIND THE GOLDBERGS
A Young Adult Novel
by Matthue Roth
Push, February 2005
Don't think for a second that you know Hava or her place in the world. Yes, she's an Orthodox Jew. But that doesn't mean she can't rock out. And yes, she has opinions about everything around her. But her opinions about herself can be twice as harsh. Now Hava's just been asked to be the token Jew on a TV show about a Jewish family, trading one insular community for another. As in Tanuja Desai Hidier's BORN CONFUSED, there is soon a collision of both cultures and desires -- with one headstrong heroine caught in the middle








[book] [book] JEWISH FATHERS
A LEGACY OF LOVE
by David Von Drehle
2004. Jewish Lights Press
44 fathers were interviewed and photographed, and each one speaks for himself about his life and his experiences as a parent. These presentations tend to be autobiographical, often emphasizing activities and achievements that have nothing to do with fatherhood. Theodore Bikel, Stuart Eizenstat and Senator Carl Levin are among the celebrities who talk more about their own careers than about being a father. More space is sometimes given to the interviewee's relationship with his own father than with his children. The men selected for inclusion cover a wide range: observant, non-observant, single fathers, divorced, gay, converts, immigrants, inter-married, rural, urban, famous and obscure. What unites them is that each is a mensch, a man of rectitude and dignity who is "an upright, trustworthy person." Click the book cover above to read more.
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[book] [book] [book] JEWISH MOTHERS
A LEGACY OF LOVE
by David Von Drehle
2002. Jewish Lights Press
Each woman shares her life experience, her dreams, struggles, hopes, pains; pleasures, traditions, and transitions, her memories of her mother, child-raising, and what it is to be Jewish. Women describe their labor pains and their euphoria at giving birth. A few paint in cautious words their image of God. Older participants recall the sadness they felt watching their immigrant mothers singing opera over the stove and slaving in sweatshops. There is great depth in these memories, fertile wellsprings salted sometimes by tears. Dr. Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, likes to joke about her Nobel Prize in biomedicine by shrugging her shoulders and saying "Bronx housewife makes good." Sydell Laskowitz, who became a bat mitzvah at 101, contends "I have overcome everything." Midwife Alice Bailes welcomes newborns into the world singing from Psalms- "From the narrow place I call to God and God answers me in this great expanse of space." "Being a mother is its own religion." asserts comedian Lotus Weinstock, "You must pay full and utter attention. Click the book cover above to read more.








[book] THE ARAB MIND
by RAPHAEL PATAI
Why the heck am I adding this book from 1983, a book that I think many of you will find gross? Because it is THE book that is used by the U.S. army war colleges.. and it is THE book which "influenced" what is happening at Iraqi prisons, it is an important books for us to skim. This analysis purports to unlock the mysteries of Arab society to help us better understand a complex culture. The Arab Mind discusses the upbringing of a typical Arab boy or girl, the intense concern with honor and courage, the Arabs' tendency toward extremes of behavior, and their ambivalent attitudes toward the West. Chapters are devoted to the influence of Islam, sexual mores, Arab language and Arab art, Bedouin values, Arab nationalism, and the pervasive influence of Westernization. With a new foreword by Norvell B. DeAtkine, Director of Middle East Studies at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg, N.C., this book unravels the complexities of Arab traditions and provides authentic revelations of Arab mind and character. This is why prisoners were stripped naked and made to touch other men. Personally, I think Patai's analysis is moronic and has no basis in fact or psychological theory, but since the Army beleives it - read it.. Click the book cover above to read more.




WEEK OF April 23, 2006
[book] Half/Life
Jew-ish Tales from Almost, Not Quite, and In-between
by Laurel Snyder
April 2006. Soft Skull Press.











WEEK OF April 16, 2006
[book] The Spirituality of Welcoming
How to Transform Your Congregation Into a Sacred Community
By Ron Wolfson, PhD
Spring 2006, Jewish Lights.










WEEK OF April 9, 2006
[book] MAN IN THE SHADOWS
INSIDE THE MIDDLE EAST CRISIS WITH A MAN WHO LED THE MOSSAD
BY EFRAIM HALEVY
April 2006. ST MARTIN'S PRESS.











WEEK OF April 2, 2006
[book cover click here] My China Eye:
Memoirs of a Jew and a Journalist
by Israel Epstein (1915-2005), editor of China Today
Long River Press. April 2005










[passion of the jew]Tired of the hype of The Passion for the Christ Try this much better produced film instead (at right): SOUTH PARK. THE PASSION OF THE JEW




[book cover click here]Our friends at HEEB MAGAZINE have written this definitive (satiric) guide to Jewish conspiracies, from the Jewish role in 9/11 to the nefarious idea of circumcision to make Jewish men look bigger. Read it and enjoy















Who's your Papa?
A classic book by a new scene-ster in Rome
[book cover click here] Many Religions, One Covenant
Israel, the Church, and the World
by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
By renewing the Church's appreciation of the new covenant, Cardinal Ratzinger proposes a fully integrated Christian life, with Christ at the center of the Scriptures, but also at the center of the Church today. For in the Eucharist he is still, as ever, fulfilling the old covenant and ratifying the new.








Speaking of covenants..
The URJ PRESS has some great book buys for this Winter.
[book cover click here] They are selling the
$50 HAFTARAH COMMENTARY,
with commentary by Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut with a new translation of the Hebrew text by Chaim Stern. With the assistance of Philip D. Stern, S. David Sperling: Consulting Editor FOR ONLY $10.
ONLY $10. SAVE EIGHTY PERCENT. Tell them we sent you. thanks








WEEK OF September 25, 2005
[book] Light And Fire of the Baal Shem Tov
by Yitzhak Buxbaum
Continuum International Publishing Group (September 1, 2005)










WEEK OF September 18, 2005
[book cover click here] DON'T GET TOO COMFORTABLE
The Indignities of Coach Class, The Torments of Low Thread Count,
The Never-Ending Quest for Artisanal Olive Oil, and Other First World Problems
BY DAVID RAKOFF
DOUBLEDAY, September 2005










WEEK OF September 4, 2005
[book cover click here][book cover click here] WHERE GOD WAS BORN
A JOURNEY BY LAND TO THE ROOTS OF RELIGION
by BRUCE FEILER
William Morrow (September 2005)











As September begins, we recall with affection two rabbis who passed away: Rabbi Balfour Brickner - We read his book as preteens in 1973 on Jewish social action and it influenced our lives; and Rabbi Cynthia Culpeper - she succumbed to AIDS in Birmingham Alabama on August 29. Rabbi Culpeper did not want to be known as the JTS grad-rabbi who was raised Catholic, or the rabbi with AIDS. We don't know her as that; just we recall her as a great teacher. We also recall Simon Wiesenthal, who passed away in Vienna at the age of 96 on September 20. A FANATIC for justice, he survived 5 death and labor camps and was a vioce for justice at a time when other remained silent. He brought over 1,000 criminals to justice. [book cover click here] [book cover click here] [book cover sunflower] [book cover sunflower]














[jewish food] [takeru kobayashi] [levys rye]
August 1, is here, Shavuot is over, Tisha B'Av approaches, and though I never mix meat and milk, here is a little known item. Takeru Kobayashi of Japan, who just won the unkosher hot dog eating contest for his 5th straight year, wins not only a crown,
but he will receive from MyJewishBooks.com a free copy of JEWISH FOOD. And a loaf of Levy's Jewish Rye.
Seriously, Takeru (can we call you Ta-ka ?... rhymes with Taka Meshuga), eating nearly 50 hot dogs and moist buns is nothing. We at MyJewishBooks.com challenge you to a race to eat a loaf of sliced Jewish Rye Bread. We know food is nothing to joke about, with so many malnourished and starving people, so of course, after the race, we will, through our brother site, Tzedaka.org, make a donation to Mazon.








WEEK OF July 24, 2005
[book cover click here] The Other Shulman
A Novel
by ALAN ZWEIBEL
Villard (July 5, 2005)









In remembrance of Saul Bellow, one of America's top Jewish novelists and Nobel Laureate (1976), who passed away on April 5 in Brookline, MA, at the age of 89. A scholar as well as teacher, he read deeply and quoted widely, often referring to Henry James, Marcel Proust and Gustave Flaubert. But at the same time he was apt to tell a joke coined by Henny Youngman. Solomon's father, Abram, failed at one enterprise after another. His mother, Liza, was deeply religious and wanted her youngest child, her favorite, Solomon Bellow, to become either a rabbi or a concert violinist. He became a novelist instead. He also spoke only YIDDISH to his sister, and after her death, he kept up his Yiddish skills with a Professor at Harvard, Ruth Wisse:

[Saul Bellow 1 augie march] [herzog] [ ravelstein] [to jerusalem and back] [to jerusalem and back] [to jerusalem and back]











[dvd cover] [dvd cover] SEX IN THE CITY DVD SEASON SIX - PART ONE
And
SEX IN THE CITY DVD SEASON SIX - PART TWO
The sixth season of SEX IN THE CITY.
In Season Six, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) dates again, an old high school flame (David Duchovny) shows up, as does a reknowned painter (Mikhail Baryshnikov). Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) has an affair with Mr. Perfect (Blair Underwood). Charlotte's (Kristin Davis) finds love with Mister Jewish (Evan Handler), but they still have a few things to iron out. Great Jewish issues abound. Samantha's (Kim Cattrall) is in a hot relationship with waiter-actor-stud Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis). Episodes (written by Cindy Chupack, Julie Rottenberg, Elisa Zuritsky, Michael Patrick King, Amy B. Harris, and others) are:
Episode 75: "To Market, To Market"; Episode 76: "Great Sexpectations" or the great conversion decision; episode 77: "The Perfect Present" or the accelerated conversion; episode 78: "Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little", or Charlotte's first Shabbat dinner in which she says, "Hi, Mrs. Collier. I'm a Jew now. How are you?" (Directed by: David Frankel Written by: Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky); episode 79: "Lights, Camera, Relationship"; episode 80: "Hop, Skip And A Week"; when Charlotte goes to a blase synagogue singles event; episode 81: "The Post-it Always Sticks Twice"; episode 82: "The Catch", which should be titled, you can take the beemer and I will take the Bimah (filmed at Congregation Bnai Jeshurun on W 88th St); episode 83: "A Woman's Right to Shoes"; episode 84: "Boy, Interrupted"; episode 85: "The Domino Effect"; and episode 86: "One." Click the book cover above to read more.
IN THE PART TWO OF SEASON SIX - Going down the final stretch--and Samantha's cancer--gives the series a more serious tone, but there's always a jab to tickle the funny bone: Miranda's awkwardness with happiness, Charlotte's latest passion, Carrie typing someplace new, and Samantha getting into Paris Hilton territory. Like any series winding down, there is a wedding, a baby, old faces popping up, and some star-ladened new ones (like creative consultant Julia Sweeney as a nun). In the final two-part episode, "An American in Paris," Carrie faces her romantic destiny, but also solidifies herself as a fashion icon, an Audrey Hepburn for 21st-century television. In the penultimate episode, she asks her friends an emotional question: "What if I never met you?" Certainly fans can ask of themselves the same question and reminisce how much better TV became since they first tuned in these four women of the City.










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WEEK OF July 17, 2005
[book cover click here] Triple Identity
An Intelligence Thriller (Dan Gordon Thrillers)
by Haggai Carmon
Steerforth Press, July 5, 2005









WEEK OF July 10, 2005
[book cover click here] THE jGirl's Guide
A Young Jewish Woman's Handbook for Coming of Age
By Penina Adelman, Ali Feldman, and Shula Reinharz
June 2005, Jewish Lights









And while we are discussing Torah and Haftarah, take a look at this very exciting find, a new translation of the Book of Ruth: And who knew that Lenny Kravitz was a bible scholar?

[book cover click here] Ruth:
A Modern Commentary (Paperback)
by Leonard S. Kravitz, Kerry M. Olitzky

From the authors of classic modern commentaries on Pirke Avot, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs comes this new volume on the Book of Ruth. A chronicle of loss and despair, love, romance, and hope, the Book of Ruth includes themes and lessons applicable to the lives of contemporary readers: rebuilding a life after extreme loss; conversion to Judaism; women's roles, sexuality, and legal status; finding love again; and more. The authors incorporate interpretations from the Targum, Rashi, and Ibn Ezra, along with scholarly and contemporary sources to create an engaging and accessible modern commentary on this ancient text. Includes complete Hebrew text of the Book of Ruth, an original translation, commentary, gleanings, and topical essays







WEEK OF July 3, 2005
[book cover click here] The Neoconservative Revolution
Jewish Intellectuals and the Shaping of Public Policy
by Murray Friedman
Cambridge University Press (June 30, 2005)









WEEK OF June 26, 2005
[book cover click here] COMPANY C
An American's Life as a Citizen Soldier in Israel
By Haim Watzman
June 2005. FS&G Farrar Strauss & Giroux









[book cover click here] [book cover click here] BEWARE OF GOD
Stories
by Shalom Auslander
March 2005, Simon and Schuster
An inventive, surreal, and absurd collection--and much anticipated literary debut of a fresh young humor writer. Violent rabbis, lovelorn wives, a busy Grim Reaper, shame-filled simians, and one seriously angry deity populate this humorous and disquieting collection. Shalom Auslander's stories in Beware of God have the mysterious punch of a dream. They are wide ranging and inventive: A young Jewish man's inexplicable transformation into a very large, blond, tattooed goy ends with a Talmudic argument over whether or not his father can beat his unclean son with a copy of the Talmud. A pious man having a near-death experience discovers that God is actually a chicken, and he's forced to reconsider his life -- and his diet. At God's insistence, Leo Schwartzman searches Home Depot for supplies for an ark. And a young boy mistakes Holocaust Remembrance Day as emergency preparedness training for the future. Auslander draws upon his upbringing in an Orthodox Jewish community in New York State to craft stories that are filled with shame, sex, God, and death, but also manage to be wickedly funny and poignant.



[book] THE FINAL SOLUTION
A STORY OF DETECTION
by Michael Chabon
November 2004. Fourth Estate.
In only 131 pages, the celebrated novelist, Michael Chabon tells the tale of a retired Sherlock Holmes (not actually mentioned by name) who meets a young German Jewish refugee during WWII. In deep retirement in the English country-side, an eighty-nine-year-old man, vaguely recollected by locals as a once-famous detective, is more concerned with his beekeeping than with his fellow man. Into his life wanders Linus Steinman, nine years old and mute, who has escaped from Nazi Germany with his sole companion: an African gray parrot. What is the meaning of the mysterious strings of German numbers the bird spews out -- a top-secret SS code? The keys to a series of Swiss bank accounts perhaps? Or something more sinister? Is the solution to this last case -- the real explanation of the mysterious boy and his parrot -- beyond even the reach of the once-famed sleuth? Subtle revelations lead the reader to a wrenching resolution. Click the book cover above to read more.









WEEK OF June 19, 2005
[book cover click here] JUBANA !
THE AWKWARDLY TRUE AND DAZZLING ADVENTURES OF A JEWISH CUBANA GODDESS
By GIGI ANDERS
June 2005. Raya









WEEK OF June 5, 2005
[book cover click here] THE AMOROUS BUSBOY OF DECATUR AVENUE
A MEMOIR
by ROBERT KLEIN
June 2005. S&S









WEEK OF APRIL 29, 2005

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Did you know that HAMAN had an elementary school?
I wonder what they teach there. The three "R's" ? I will leave the three R's to your imaginations, but reading Jewish books is not one of them.
But we jest...


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Seriously, some people will BEAT and PUMMEL a path to find a good Jewish Book... But once again, we jest...












THIS PAST FALL WAS THE SEASON OF JEWISH BOOK FAIRS AND FESTIVALS. THE MOST POPULAR AUTHORS WERE:

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[book] [book] BRUNDIBAR
by Tony Kushner, Maurice Sendak, Michael di Capua
October 2003 Hyperion MDC Books
Over six decades ago, the opera Brundibar (Czech slang for bumblebee) was written. When the writer (Adolf Hoffmeister) was imprisoned by the Nazis in Terezin, the opera he and Hans Krasa wrote was smuggled into the camp. The children performed the opera; it kept their minds off the impending doom. The Nazis even filmed one of the 55 performances for a propaganda film, showing Terezin to be a model city for the Jews. Kushner and Sendak collaborated for over three years on this book, which recreates the opera in book form. At one point, Sendak even tore up all his drawings and started over. This is a masterpiece for children as well as adults. The prose is lyrical in tempo and style; the drawings are exquisite. The use of colored and Italian pencils evoke the crayons that the children of Terezin used (under the teaching direction of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, who was deported to Terezin in 1942, and then murdered at Auschwitz in 1944.) In the story, a brother and sister (Aninku and Pepicek) are sent by a doctor to the village's market square to fetch milk for their ill mother. Here they meet the milkman, the baker, and the ice cream maker. But without money, they can buy no milk. They spy Brundibar, a child-hating, loud, brash, mean, street musician, dressed in a Napoleon hat and old medal filled uniform. With him around, they can make no money singing to pay for the milk. But with the help of some talking animals and other children, they perform a lullaby and earn the needed funds to help their mother. Brundibar is defeated (When performed as an opera, the children and audience understood that Brundibar represented their jailers.) Adults will note the added last page, in which Brundibar writes a final note. Bullies and Brundibar vow to return one day. The note is written on the replica of a crumbled invitation, the actual party invitation that the Nazis used to invite dignitaries and Red Cross officials in 1944 to the actual performances. It is replete with a dancing man who wears a Jewish star on his costume (who is recreated in the role of the doctor).
Click the book cover above to read more.
Pictured above are: The book cover; A drawing of the milkman; Tony Kushner and Maurice Sendak sign a copy of Brundibar for MyJewishBooks.com, which we will use for a contest prize; Ela Stein Weissberger shows her Jewish star which she war at Terezin, where she was imprisoned, and where she performed the role of the "cat" in Brundibar. Ela was saved by a farmer, who hired her from Terezin' kommandant to work in the fields. Only 4 of the 64 members of her family survived the war.






[book] I AM JEWISH
REFLECTIONS INSPIRED BY THE WORDS OF DANIEL PEARL
Edited By Ruth and Judea Pearl
January 2004. Jewish Lights.
Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl's last words were, "I am Jewish." Famous Jews reflect on these words in these very personal essays. With contributions from Bronfman, Dershowitz, Kitty Dukakis, Thomas Friedman, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Senator Lieberman, Peres, Rabbis Sasso and Schulweis, Wiesel, and dozens more. Click the book cover above to read more.







[gal fridman] [gal fridman] [gal fridman] GOLD?!
No... FRIDMAN.
Congrats to Gal (wave) Fridman, who won GOLD in Athens.
Windsurfer Gal Fridman made history by winning Israel's first Olympic gold medal in any sport. Fridman, 28, captured the men's Mistral title after finishing second in the final race, the exhausted Israeli raising his arms to the heavens in triumph.










WEEK OF APRIL 22, 2005
[book] The Matzo Ball Boy
by Lisa Shulman, Rosanne Litzinger (Illustrator)
Winter 2005. Dutton Juvenile
Ages 4-8









WEEK OF APRIL 17, 2005
[book cover click here] Light of Redemption
A Passover Haggadah Based on the Writings of Rav Kook
by Rabbi Gideon Weitzman, founder the Kansas City Community Kollel and served as its first Rosh Kollel
March 2005, URIM









WEEK OF APRIL 10, 2005
[book cover click here] OMAHA BLUES
A MEMORY LOOP
by JOSEPH LELYVELD
April 2005, FS&G









WEEK OF APRIL 3, 2005
[book cover click here] A CHANGED MAN
A novel by
FRANCINE PROSE
March 2005, HarperCollins









WEEK OF MARCH 6, 2005
[book cover click here] Little Edens: Stories
by Barbara Klein Moss
WW NORTON; (January 2005)








WEEK OF FEBRUARY 27, 2005
[book cover click here] THE GUGGENHEIMS
A FAMILY HISTORY
By Irwin Unger and Debi Unger
HarperCollins; (January 2005)








[gal fridman] [gal fridman] [gal fridman] GOLD?!
No... FRIDMAN.
Congrats to Gal (wave) Fridman, who won GOLD in Athens.
Windsurfer Gal Fridman made history by winning Israel's first Olympic gold medal in any sport. Fridman, 28, captured the men's Mistral title after finishing second in the final race, the exhausted Israeli raising his arms to the heavens in triumph.










[book] THE ARAB MIND
by RAPHAEL PATAI
Why the heck am I adding this book from 1983, a book that I think many of you will find gross? Because it is THE book that is used by the U.S. army war colleges.. and it is THE book which "influenced" what is happening at Iraqi prisons, it is an important books for us to skim. This analysis purports to unlock the mysteries of Arab society to help us better understand a complex culture. The Arab Mind discusses the upbringing of a typical Arab boy or girl, the intense concern with honor and courage, the Arabs' tendency toward extremes of behavior, and their ambivalent attitudes toward the West. Chapters are devoted to the influence of Islam, sexual mores, Arab language and Arab art, Bedouin values, Arab nationalism, and the pervasive influence of Westernization. With a new foreword by Norvell B. DeAtkine, Director of Middle East Studies at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg, N.C., this book unravels the complexities of Arab traditions and provides authentic revelations of Arab mind and character. This is why prisoners were stripped naked and made to touch other men. Personally, I think Patai's analysis is moronic and has no basis in fact or psychological theory, but since the Army beleives it - read it.. Click the book cover above to read more.




[book cover] Although this is not a book, it is an important read for anyone in institutional Judaism. It is a creative brief on how to communicate to younger American Jews. Click the report cover to read the report for free.











[book][book] LOST TRIBE
JEWISH FICTION FROM THE EDGE
Edited by PAUL ZAKRZEWSKI (pronounced Zak-shef-ski)
August 2003. Harperperennial.
A collection of writings from 25 great new funny, dark, raw writers, including Nathan Englander ("The Last One Way"), Ellen Miller ("In Memory of Chanveasna Chan, Who Is Still Alive", a dark satire on the persecution image), Myla Goldberg, Jonathan Safran Foer, Steve Almond, Dara Horn, Jon Papernick, Aimee Bender, Rachel Kadish, Nelly Reifler (Julian, a sexual coming of age story), Gabriel Brownstein, Gloria Kirchheimer, Ben Schrank, Judy Budnitz, Binnie Kirshenbaum ("Who Knows Kaddish") Suzan Sherman, Joan Leegant, Gary Shteyngart ("Several Anecdotes About My Wife"), Michael Lowenthal, Aryeh Lev Stollman, Ellen Umansky, Ehud Havazelet, Tova Mirvis, Simone Zelitch, and Peter Orner. Issues are flirted with (sex, intolerance, the Holocaust's legacy). Call them the "post Roth" generation. Just as Philip Roth unleashed his irreverent wit in "Portnoy's Complaint" to depict the shortcomings of his 1950s urban Jewish upbringing, these writers flirt with controversial topics-such as sex, materialism, religious intolerance, and the contentious legacy of the Holocaust-to create a stirring mirror of Jewish life today. With their evocative storytelling abilities, exquisite attention to language, and profound compassion for the complex lives of their characters, these 25 authors are creating an exciting new direction for contemporary Jewish fiction. Click to read more.






WEEK OF FEBRUARY 21, 2005
[book cover click here] THE WHITE ROSE
By Jean Hanff Korelitz
Miramax; (January 2005)








WEEK OF FEBRUARY 7, 2005
[book cover click here] History on Trial
My Day in Court with David Irving
by Deborah E. Lipstadt, Emory University
February 2005, Ecco







WEEK OF JANURY 2, 2005
Jewish Book of the Week


[pigeons]Pigeons eat too many hot dogs, don't you think?









David Sedaris
says
[book]DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM ?

What, what, what?
You would dress your mishpacha in such schmattas?
What kind of Jewish best selling book is this?
Well.. his name is Sedaris.. as in Passover Seder.. and he does include a darkly hilarious piece about his visit to the cozy comfortable attic of Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam.
An excerpt: "... On our first afternoon we took a walk and came across the Anne Frank House, which was a surprise. I'd had the impression she lived in a dump. But it's actually a very beautiful seventeenth-century building right on the canal. Tree-lined street, close to shopping and public transportation: in terms of location, it was perfect. My months of house hunting had caused me to look at things in a certain way, and on seeing the crowd gathered at the front door, I did not think, TICKET LINE, but OPEN HOUSE!
We entered the annex behind the famous bookcase.... I felt an absolute certainty that this was the place for me. That it would be mine. The entire building would have been impractical and far too expensive, but the part where Anne Frank and her family had lived, their triplex, was exactly the right size and adorable, which is something they never tell you."
Click the icon to the right for more information on his latest best seller.




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MODIGLIANI
BEYOND THE MYTH
by Mason Klein, Maurice Berger,
Emily Braun, Tamar Garb, and Griselda Pollock
June 1, 2004, Yale University Press
This book is the catalogue for a major exhibition at The Jewish Museum, New York (May 21 to September 19, 2004); the Art Gallery of Ontario (October 23, 2004 to January 23, 2005); and the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. (February 19 to May 29, 2005). Amedeo Modigliani (1884--1920) is one of the greatest-and most misunderstood-artists of the twentieth century. His incisive portraits, erotically charged nudes, beautiful drawings, and primitivistic sculpture have been admired for decades. Modigliani's work, however, has typically been examined in the limited context of his so-called "bohemian," anti-intellectual lifestyle. This groundbreaking book revises this approach toward Modigliani's art, presenting a convincing revisionist examination of the unique historical, social, religious, and cultural significance of his oeuvre. Modigliani: Beyond the Myth looks at the artist and his art from a variety of important perspectives: his proud heritage as a Sephardic Jew, whose spirituality embraced non-Western, classical, and Christian iconography while retaining his own ethnic identity; his critical engagement with the dialogues of the most radical of his avant-garde contemporaries (Picasso, Chaim Soutine, Henri Matisse, and Brancusi); the influence of tribal art and Judaism on his portraiture; the representation of the female nude in his works from a feminist cultural perspective; and the remarkable reception of his work in Italy during his lifetime. Lavishly illustrated and including a detailed chronology of his life, this fascinating book situates Modigliani anew in the history of twentieth-century art. Click the book cover above to read more.




[book] RAID ON THE SUN
INSIDE ISRAEL'S SECRET CAMPAIGN THAT DENIED SADDAM THE BOMB
by RODGER W. CLAIRE
April 2004, Broadway
From the earliest days of his dictatorship, Saddam Hussein had vowed to destroy Israel. So, when France sold Iraq a top-of-the-line nuclear reactor in 1975, the Israelis were justifiably concerned-especially when they discovered that Iraqi scientists had already formulated a secret program to extract weapon-grade plutonium from the reactor, a first critical step in creating an atomic bomb. The reactor formed the heart of a huge nuclear plant situated twelve miles from Baghdad, 1,100 kilometers from Tel Aviv. By 1981, the reactor was on the verge of becoming "hot," and Israeli Prime Minister Begin knew he would have to confront its deadly potential. He turned to Israeli Air Force commander General David Ivry to secretly plan a daring surgical air strike on the reactor-a never-before contemplated mission that would prove to be one of the most remarkable military operations of all time. Written with the full and exclusive cooperation of the Israeli Air Force high command, General Ivry (ret.), and all of the eight mission pilots (including Ilan Ramon, who became Israel's first astronaut and tragically perished in the shuttle Columbia disaster), Raid On the Sun tells the extraordinary story of how Israel plotted the unthinkable: defying its U.S. and European allies to eliminate Iraq's nuclear threat. In the tradition of Black Hawk Down, journalist Rodger Claire re-creates a gripping tale of personal sacrifice and survival, of young pilots who trained in America on the then-new, radically sophisticated F-16 fighter-bombers, then faced a nearly insurmountable challenge: how to fly the 1,000-plus-kilometer mission to Baghdad and back on one tank of fuel; he recounts Israeli intelligence's incredible "black ops" to sabotage construction on the French reactor and eliminate Iraqi nuclear scientists; and he gives reader a pilot's-eye view of the action on June 7, 1981, when the planes roared off a runway on the Sinai Peninsula for the first successful destruction of a nuclear reactor in history. Click the book cover above to read more.







[book] HOW ISRAEL LOST
THE FOUR QUESTIONS
by Richard Ben Cramer
May 12, 2004. Simon and Schuster
Cramer's book is divided into four questions about the conflict ("Why do we care about Israel?", "Why don't the Palestinians have a state?", "What is a Jewish state?", and "Why is there no peace?") modeled after the questions asked at a Passover seder. But you may say, "DAYENU" ENOUGH ALREADY.. but you would be wrong. Cramer is fresh and a great read, and funny as well. PW writes, "Cramer, who won a Pulitzer in 1979 for Middle East reporting, divides his book into four parts, dealing with four questions on the model of the four questions asked by children at the Passover seder. He blends up-to-the-minute events of the Palestinian uprising with memories of his time as a Middle East correspondent in the late 1970s and early 1980s for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Cramer is great at telling an anecdote, whether about his visit as a correspondent to an Arab village where he learns about both hospitality and honor, or about a recent visit to an Israeli family that he finds instructive regarding Palestinians' inability to reconcile themselves to a Jewish presence. When it comes to prognosis, Cramer shoots straight from the hip in giving advice to both sides. He's of the "plague on both of their houses" school ("I should have told [the mother of a dead Palestinian militant] the same thing I would have told Sharon: ...you can't make a nation... based on whom you hate, or how many of them you kill"), and he's equally dismissive of Yasser Arafat and Ariel Sharon, although he seems to come down harder on the Israelis for failing to recognize the Arab world's need for honor." Click the book cover above to read more.







WEEK OF NOVEMBER 28, 2004
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] A Confused Hanukkah
An Original Story of Chelm
by Jon Koons, Illustrated by S. D. Schindler

September 2004, Dutton










WEEK OF NOVEMBER 21, 2004
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] Matzo Balls for Breakfast
and Other Memories of Growing Up Jewish
by Alan King
Free Press; (November 22, 2004)
Memories by the late comedian, Alan King, who passed away in May 2004.
This rewarding book, which you'll want to pass on to family and friends, is the first of its kind. Until King undertook this project, no celebrity had ever before assembled a book about growing up Jewish that presents totally new writing by famous people, many of them entertainers themselves. Combining warmhearted humor with a prideful nostalgia, these essays discuss life in the Jewish family and neighborhood, being a Jew in a non-Jewish world, Jewish holidays, and discovering the essence of being Jewish.




WEEK OF NOVEMBER 14, 2004
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] A Wandering Feast
A Journey Through the Jewish Culture of Eastern Europe
(Arthur Kurzweil Books)
by Yale Strom, Elizabeth Schwartz
Jossey Bass; (Fall 2004).










WEEK OF OCTOBER 24, 2004
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] The Book of Customs
A Complete Handbook for the Jewish Year
by Scott-Martin Kosofsky
HarperSanFrancisco, October 2004
Kosofsky was a little estranged from organized Jewish religion, just as many Jews feel foreign in a synagogue, until about 15 years ago, when he was asked to design some illustrations for the Harvard Hillel Sabbath Songbook. While researching the project at a Cambridge library, he came across some old woodcuts. It was bashert. The source was a "populist" Amsterdam 1645 Sefer Minhagim, or Book of Customs. He was intrigued by these day by day, Jewish farmers' almanac sort of books that existed for 400 years. The "Customs Book" was a beautifully designed and illustrated guide to the Jewish year written in Yiddish, the Jewish people's vernacular language. Captivated, he investigated further and learned that from 1590 to 1890, this cross between a prayer book and a farmer's almanac was immensely popular in households all across Europe (the Rabbi Eyzik Tyrnau text dates back to about 1410, or to the time after the Black Death of 1348-1350). This predated Yosef Karo's BET YOSEF (1520-1550) or Shulhan Arukh, and Moshe Isserles 1564 MAPAH. Published in dozens of editions and revised over the centuries in Venice, Prague, Amsterdam, and throughout Germany before moving eastward in the nineteenth century to Poland and Russia, these books detail the evolution of Jewish custom over three hundred years. Households had a prayer book, a haggadah, and a book of customs. But by the 1890s, as Jewish practice became polarized between the secularist and traditionalist views, the Minhogimbukh disappeared. Poof. Maybe it was the fragmentation of Jews between Orthodox and Reform, or nationalism, or urbanization, but there are no works quite like the historical customs books available today and none so thorough and concise, intuitive in organization, and beautiful. In the foreward, Lawrence Kushner reminds us that there are 613 commandments, but there are 7 customs that are not found within them. But the customs of lighting Sabbath candles, observing Hanukkah, reading the Megillah, and setting Sabbath boundaries are not found in the Torah. Sometimes customs become like laws, and laws become commandments, and customs are proto-mitzvot and in utero-commandments..
Inspired by the originals, Kosofsky set out to make his own, adapting the books for modern use, adding historical perspective and contemporary application. The result is the reappearance of the Minhogimbukh after more than a hundred-year absence, and the first complete showing of ALL THE ORIGINAL WOODCUTS -- a visual vocabulary of Jewish life -- since the 1760s. Faithfully based on the earlier editions, The Book of Customs is an updated guide to the rituals, liturgies, and texts of the entire Jewish year -- from the days of the week and the Sabbath to all the months with their festivals, as well as the major life-cycle events of wedding, birth, bar and bat mitzvah, and death. With the revival of this lost cultural legacy, The Book of Customs can once again become every family's guide to Jewish tradition and practice.
Note: He also reproduces the title page from a 1593 edition that promises to teach readers "how to live like a good person" and boasts its superiority to all previous versions. Kosofsky's book is interesting both as a history lesson-12 of the woodcuts depict monthly farming activities, for example, showing how agricultural Jewish life was a few centuries ago-and a spiritual guide for modern readers. Click the book cover above to read more.







[book] Are you and your family
going to Spiderman 2
this Summer?
Then why not read the "Jewish" story behind Spiderman and Marvel comics
Comic Wars
How Two Tycoons Battled Over the
Marvel Comics Empire--And Both Lost
by DAN RAVIV








WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 12, 2004
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] Yiddish with Dick and Jane
by Ellis Weiner, Barbara Davilman, Gabi Payn
Little, Brown; (September 13, 2004)
Schmooze Dick Schmooze
Jane works in Real Estate/ Jane has an Open House / Schlep Jane Schlep
Mary and Dick go out for Cantonese with their kids Alice and Zach
You will plotz! Television and film writer Barbara Davilman and humorist Ellis Weiner's YIDDISH WITH DICK AND JANE, a parody kids'book/language primer wherein grown-up versions of Dick and Jane help us all learn Yiddish. a primer like no other! In an inspired parodic twist, the two least Jewish characters in American literature spout some of the edgy, ironic Yiddishisms that have become part of the American vernacular Click the book cover above to read more.







[book] The Two Americas
Our Current Political Deadlock and How to Break It
by Stanley B. Greenberg
January 2004, Thomas Dunne Books
Co You Want to Be Viewed as a Genius at your synagogue men's club, minyan, or sisterhood event? Do you want to know why certain candidates lost the primaries and others won. THEN READ THIS BOOK THIS IS THE PLAYBOOK of the DNC. PW writes: " Pollster Greenberg (ed: Democracy Corps, with partner James Carville), who was part of Bill Clinton's victorious "war room" team during the 1992 presidential campaign, is dissatisfied with the country's political split down the middle and has ideas for how to break the Democratic/Republican impasse. He considers the last, embattled presidential election "just the current moment in an era of political deadlock" stretching back to the Eisenhower administration, a half-century in which the two parties have traded power back and forth unable to form a lasting dynasty. The 2004 election, he says, promises to be just as competitive. Analyzing each party's potential, Greenberg breaks down their loyalists into identifiable factions, like "F-You Boys" (Deep Southern white male blue-collar workers who "think President George W. Bush is their guy") and "Super-Educated Women" (Democratic loyalists though their husbands, "Privileged Men," are Republicans), Then Greenberg closely examines three regional blocs that may be up for grabs: he calls them Tampa Blue, Seattle's Eastside Tech and Heartland Iowa. In the second half of the book, he imagines how party leaders might plan to keep or retake the White House. His analysis of the GOP's strategy to present Bush as the carefully scrubbed "Reagan's Son" seems dead-on. Several possible strategies are described for Democrats, but his clear preference is for putting a 21st-century spin on the values and agenda of the Kennedy-Johnson era, with such talking points as universal health care and education, tax reform, even a new "Apollo project" to tackle energy security and global warming. Intricate strategic analysis and close attention to a wavering electorate make this political handbook stand out from the pack." Click the book cover above to read more.







WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 5, 2004
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] In the Beginning
A Short History of the Hebrew Language
by Rabbi Joel M. Hoffman
August 2004. NYU Press.








WEEK OF JULY 18, 2004
Jewish Book of the Week


HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS? Madonna is changing her name to Esther, just as some ill Jews change their name to Chaim. Guess what she told us she is reading? Visit our newest page: What Jewish librarians, authors, and leaders are reading: Click here to see their selections.

It's Summer Beach reading season in North America, the annual meeting of Jewish librarians in Brooklyn is history, as is the annual Book Expo America in Chicago. So, stock up on your books now.
Here in New York City we are busy reading books to add to the site, and developing our plans for our new reality show. You've heard of The Apprentice?? Our newest show will be The Assistant Rabbi. A large metropolitan synagogue is the setting for this show. Each week, starting with 6 male and 6 female rabbis, they will vie for the role of Assistant Rabbi. The last one left will be the Assistant Rabbi at a six figure salary, and the board will throw in a house (or one bedroom apartment with tasteful furnishings.) As the 12 candidates are given weekly competitive tasks, like getting the child of the synagogue's biggest contributor into a selective school, the board and Senior rabbi will decide who stays and who get's fired each week. Check your local listings for upcoming times.

[frum eye for the straight guy2]





[frum eye for the straight guy]
Please check your local television listings for our new show Frum Eyes for the Straight Guy. Yes, coming in 2004, we are producing a show in which Five Fab Frum (THE FRUM FIVE) men visit a non-Frum Jewish man. One Frumkin will check the mezuzah. Another will re-do the kitchen and make sure he has two sets of dishes, as well as a set for Pesach. Another will add a chandelier to his ceiling, while another will check the wardrobe for Shatnez. By the end of the show, their host will sign up on FRUMSTER.com

You get the idea. No? [all rights reserved by MyJewishBooks.com for the Frumkins and Frum Eyes for the Str8 guy and Queer Eye for the Rab-bi]


We recall the lives of Naomi Shemer, the greatest modern songwriter of Israel, who passed away in June 2004; and the comedian Alan King, who succumbed on May 9, 2004 to cancer.
Shemer wrote Yerushalayim Shel Zahav, and King authored Anyone Who Owns His Own Home Deserves One" (1962) and "Help! I'm a Prisoner in a Chinese Bakery." She gave us hope in 1967, and he marched with MLK Jr.

The CD's are at www.Sifrutake.com (tell them we sent you)

[naomi shemer 1307] [naomi shemer] [ naomi shemer sings her own songs]











[alan king joke book] [name dropping] [ friars clubs] [ slan king video]















WEEK OF JULY 11, 2004
Jewish Book of the Week


Speaking of Summer 2004, it is the centennial of Isaac Bashevis Singer's birth in 1904. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978; he passed away in 1991. [chaim grade the sacred and the profane]
If you want to celebrate his writings, check out some of the items below. If you despise his memory, check out the works of Inna Grade (GRA-duh), the widow of Chaim Grade, also below (she calls Singer a blasphemous buffoon).
For a list of events, visit www.Singer100.ORG
Becoming an American Writer: The Life and Work of IB Singer: traveling exhibit at Amherst til July 18; Boca Raton in September/October; and NYC in November/December
IB Singer Birthday Bash, July 14, KGB Bar in East Village NYC
Conference: The Imaginary World of IB Singer: National Yiddish Book Center, Hampshire College, Amherst, July 11-15
Performance of two Singer plays, "The Slave" and "Shosha", NYC Lincoln Center, July 20-23

[chaim grade the sacred and the profane] [my mothers sabbath days chaim grade] [collected stories of isaac bashevis singer] [a day of pleasure bashevis singer]













[in my fathers court bashevis singer] [enemies a love story bashevis singer] [zlateh the goat sendak isaac bashevis singer] [shadows on the hudson]













WEEK OF JULY 4, 2004
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] Our Mothers' War
American Women at Home and at the Front During World War II
by Emily Yellin
Spring 2004. The Free Press










WEEK OF JUNE 27, 2004
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] CROSSING CALIFORNIA
A NOVEL
by ADAM LANGER
June 3, 2004. Riverhead Books.










WEEK OF JUNE 20, 2004
Jewish Book of the Week


FATHER DAY SPECIALS

[ben stein book] [lessons for dylan] [heather had two mommies les newman jewish]












WEEK OF MAY 30, 2004
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] The View from Stalin's Head
by AARON HAMBURGER
Random House










WEEK OF MAY 23, 2004
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] RAID ON THE SUN
INSIDE ISRAEL'S SECRET CAMPAIGN THAT DENIED SADDAM THE BOMB
by RODGER W. CLAIRE
April 2004, Broadway










WEEK OF MAY 16, 2004
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] TORAH YOGA
EXPERIENCING JEWISH WISDOM THROUGH CLASSIC POSTURES
by DIANE RACHEL BLOOMFIELD
April 2004, Jossey Bass








[book] Aleph-Bet Yoga
Embodying the Hebrew Letters for Physical and Spiritual Well-Being
by Steven A. Rapp
Jewish Lights Publishing












WEEK OF MAY 9, 2004
Jewish Book of the Week


We recall Rabbi Schwartz, who recently succumbed to cancer on April 10 at the age 0f 52.

[book cover] SWIMMING IN THE SEA OF TALMUD
by Michael Katz, Gershon Schwartz
Jewish Publication Society; (May 1998)










[haman high school] [matza ball soup] Happy Purim. Who knew that Haman started a School?
For info on our Purim Books, click here. For info on our Passover Books, click here.









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DIASPORA
Homelands in Exile
(2 Volume Set)
by Frederic Brenner
Rosh Hashana 2003.
See also the Fall 2003 exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum from October 2003 - January 2004. or visit the Howard Greenberg gallery in nyc.
Since 1978, French photographer Frédéric Brenner has been chronicling the Jewish Diaspora by producing visual social histories of Jewish communities. Diaspora is a photographic record of his 25-year search for the Jewish population in 40 countries over five continents. Volume I, 344 pages, is a collection of 264 of Brenner's more than 80,000 photographs, the most extensive and diverse visual record of Jewish life ever created. A four page color insert includes two full-color photographs. Volume II is 164 pages of evocative essays by leading intellectuals on the meaning and significance to each of them of 60 of Brenner's photographs, reproduced here in smaller format. Diaspora is a landmark project that captures the scope and dynamism of one of the world's oldest, most diverse communities, and challenges stereotypes held by Jews and non-Jews alike. Click to read more...





[book] Autobiography
by Helmut Newton (actually was born Helmut Neustadter to an assimilated Berlin button manufacturer)

Fall 2003. Nan Talese.
The autobiography of the famous fashion photographer who died in an accident after suffering a heart attack in January 2004 in Los Angeles/Beverly Hills at the Chateau Marmont. Newton, 83, who had health problems recently, only days before he had been swimming, dining with friends and attending a party in celebration of the designer Alexander McQueen. Newton, who was Jewish, was born in Berlin but lived a nomadic life after his family fled the Nazis. He bought his first camera at 12 and gained acclaim when he joined French Vogue in 1961. He worked as a teenage giggilo in Singapore's Raffles Hotel after Hitler's rise to power, and then served 5 years in the Australian Army. Over the years, Newton established a reputation for a style of fashion photography that was icy and aloof. His models stood and lounged about in a haughty manner, sometimes rudely ignoring the camera and at other times staring intently and tauntingly into the lens
Booklist writes, "A woman kneels on a bed wearing a saddle. An elegant nude leans on a cane, her neck in a surgical collar, one leg in a thigh-high cast. These are the sort of disturbing yet sexy images that made photographer Helmut Newton famous. The sultan of glossy erotica now tells his genuinely amazing and entertaining life story, decoding, along the way, the iconography of his stylishly risque oeuvre. The spoiled son of wealthy Berlin Jews, he was equally passionate about girls and photography, and lucky to escape Nazi Germany at age 18. He found refuge in Singapore, where he lived well as a gigolo, then was shipped to Australia, where he was drafted by the army and got married. Given his unabashed chronicling of carefree sexual exploits, his happy marriage and his wife's essential role in his work come as a pleasant surprise. Blunt about his sexuality, self-centeredness, and driving ambition, and generous in his chronicling of his radical approach to fashion photography, Newton is a beguiling and provocative autobiographer clearly grateful for his fabulous good fortune." Click the cover to read more.







[book] CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE JEWISH SOUL
STORIES TO OPEN THE HEART AND REKINDLE THE SPIRIT
Edited By Jack Canfield and Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins (Princeton)

September 2001. HEATH. Portion of proceeds go to Hadassah and the National Yiddish Book Center. Well, the Chicken Soup series, that Jews were immune to, has now hit the Jewish reader. This is a collection of stories by celebs such as Rabbis Lawrence and Harold Kushner, Ed Koch, the late George Burns, Anne Frank, Kirk Douglas, Golda Meir, and others. Collected and edited by Rabbi Elkins. It even includes a story by his son (who said anything about nepotism, just kidding)










[book] Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers
An Intimate Journey Among Hasidic Girls
by Stephanie Wellen Levine, Carol Gilligan
November 2003.
NYU PRESS
Just in time for Jewish Book Month comes this absorbing book. From the ardently religious young woman who longs for the life of a male scholar to the young rebel who visits a strip club, smokes pot, and agonizes over her loss of faith to the proud Lubavitcher with a desire for a high-powered career, Stephanie Wellen Levine provides a rare glimpse into the inner worlds and daily lives of these Hasidic girls. Levine spent a year living in the Lubavitch community of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, participating in the rhythms of Hasidic girlhood. Drawing on many intimate hours among Hasidim and over 30 in-depth interviews, Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers offers rich portraits of individual Hasidic young women and how they deal with the conflicts between the regimented society in which they live and the pull of mainstream American life. Perhaps counterintuitively for those who envision meek, religious girls confined within very structured roles, Levine finds that on the whole, these young Hasidic women seem more confident and have a greater sense of self than many of their mainstream peers. Levine explores why this might be the case, and what we can learn from their example for girls' positive development more generally. Click to read more.
To read the introduction for free.. please copy and paste this address into your browser
http://www.nyupress.org/webchapters/081475192Xintro.pdf


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DIASPORA
Homelands in Exile
(2 Volume Set)
by Frederic Brenner
Rosh Hashana 2003.
See also the Fall 2003 exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum from October 2003 - January 2004. or visit the Howard Greenberg gallery in nyc.
Since 1978, French photographer Frédéric Brenner has been chronicling the Jewish Diaspora by producing visual social histories of Jewish communities. Diaspora is a photographic record of his 25-year search for the Jewish population in 40 countries over five continents. Volume I, 344 pages, is a collection of 264 of Brenner's more than 80,000 photographs, the most extensive and diverse visual record of Jewish life ever created. A four page color insert includes two full-color photographs. Volume II is 164 pages of evocative essays by leading intellectuals on the meaning and significance to each of them of 60 of Brenner's photographs, reproduced here in smaller format. Diaspora is a landmark project that captures the scope and dynamism of one of the world's oldest, most diverse communities, and challenges stereotypes held by Jews and non-Jews alike. Click to read more...





WEEK OF MARCH 29, 2004
Jewish Book of the Week


[book cover] The Holistic Haggadah
How Will You Be Different This Passover Night?
by Michael Kagan
Urim. March 2004.










WEEK OF MARCH 22, 2004
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] The Essential Book of Jewish Festival Cooking
200 Seasonal Holiday Recipes and Their Traditions
by Phyllis Glazer and Miriyam Glazer
March 2004. Harpercollins








WEEK OF MARCH 15, 2004
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] THE OUTSIDE WORLD
A novel by Tova Mirvis
March 30, 2004. Knopf








WEEK OF MARCH 8, 2004
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] Shiksa
The Gentile Woman in the Jewish World
by Christine Benvenuto
March 2004. St Martins Press








WEEK OF MARCH 1, 2004
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] STILL LIFE WITH BOMBERS
ISRAEL IN THE AGE OF TERRORISM
by DAVID HOROVITZ (Jerusalem Report)
March 2, 2004. Knopf








[book] [book] Two books by people connected to the Holy Land of Kiryat Scranton.













WEEK OF December 28, 2003
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] RISE UP - SHTEYT OYF
The Klezmatics

May 2003. With an updated group, the Klematics are rooting their music in the ancient modes and melodies of Jewish music and then expanding in contemporary directions. The` Klezmatics produce art that is resonant with tradition and yet unbound by it. Rise Up, their first non-collaborative release in five years, continues the sonic journey begun on classic albums like Jews With Horns and The Well. From the freewheeling to the forlorn, Rise Up reinvents klezmer as only the acclaimed Klezmatics can. Produced by Ben Wisch. Writing in the LA Times in June 2003, Don Heckman stated, "Recorded a little more than a year after 9-11, `Rise Up is invested with an undercurrent touching both pensive mourning and.. sturdy defiance." Cuts include Klezmorimlekh mayne libinke (Beloved klezmorim, my dear ones), sung passionately by Lorin Sklamburg; Kats un moyz (Cat and Mouse) under the direction of pianist Frank London, mixing klez, jazz avant-garde, and and Latin rhythms; Loshn-koydesh (Holy Tongues), which is taken frlom the Song of Songs, but is updated as a song about a teacher's love for his student; Tepel; I Ain't Afraid (a post 9/11 song, by Holly Near); Di gayster (Ghosts); Yo riboyn olam (Creator, Master of this World), in Aramaic, a plea against religious bureaucracy; Bulgars #2 (Tantsn un shpringen); Barikadn (Barricades); Davenen; St. John's Nign; Hevl iz havolim (Vanity is Vanities), Vanity is vanities and the world runs on money, by Frank London; Makht oyf (Open Up); Perets tants; and I Ain't Afraid (English edit). Includes Rob Schwimmer, Steve Sandburg, and Myra Melford. Click the album cover to read the play list and purchase the CD.







WEEK OF December 21, 2003
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] Lots of Latkes
A Hanukkah Story
by Sandy Lanton, Vicki Jo Redenbaugh (Illustrator)
October 2003.











WEEK OF December 14, 2003
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] It's a Miracle!
A Hanukkah Storybook
by Stephanie Spinner (Author), Jill McElmurry (Illustrator)
October 2003. Atheneum.











WEEK OF December 7, 2003
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] Taking Stock
A Spiritual Guide to Rising Above Life's Financial Ups and Downs
by Benjamin Blech, with James P. Lisante
October 2003. AMACOM.











WEEK OF November 30, 2003
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] Rambam's Ladder
A Meditation on Generosity and Why It Is Necessary to Give
by Julie Salamon
October 2003.











WEEK OF November 02, 2003
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] And the Dead Shall Rise
The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank
by Steve Oney (Author)
October 2003. Pantheon.











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WEEK OF October 26, 2003
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[book] DREAMLAND
Europeans and Jews in the Aftermath of the Great War
by Howard M. Sachar
2003. Paperback. Vintage. By the end of World War I, in November 1918, Europe's old authoritarian empires had fallen, and new and seemingly democratic governments were rising from the debris. As successor states found their place on the map, many hoped that a more liberal Europe would emerge. But this post-war idealism all too quickly collapsed under the political and economic pressures of the 1920s and '30s. Howard M. Sachar chronicles this visionary and tempestuous era by examining the fortunes of Europe's Jewish minority, a group whose precarious status made them particularly sensitive to changes in the social order.











WEEK OF October 19, 2003
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] THE WOMEN'S HAFATARAH COMMENTARY
New Insights from Women Rabbis on the 54 Weekly Haftarah Portions, the 5 Megillot and Special Shabbatot.
Edited By Rabbi Elyse Goldstein
September 2003. Jewish Lights.











WEEK OF October 12, 2003
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] A SEASON IN BETHLEHEM
UNHOLY WAR IN A SACRED PLACE
By Joshua Hammer (Newsweek Jerusalem Bureau Chief)
September 8, 2003. Free Press.

















WEEK OF October 5, 2003
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] ROTHSTEIN
by David Pietrusza
September 2003. C&G.

















WEEK OF September 28, 2003
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] Adventures of an Economist
by Franco Modigliani
2001. Professor Modigliani... one of my favorite Economists -- a man who told off the ADL for kissing the ass of the current Italian Prime Minister - passed away this week, right before Rosh Hashana. Franco Modigliani's economic theories, recognized globally in 1985 when he was awarded the Nobel Prize, have shaped much of the world's modern research in the areas of savings and corporate finance. He is one of the father's of life cycle theory, in shich the young broow in order to spend, and the elderly spend their savings. In this book, this Italian refugee's story is far more than a journey through economic thinking. It is a study of the great historical, political, and economic events of the past 60 years. The author takes the reader on a journey from his childhood in Rome through fascism and his flight from Nazism to his arrival in the United States. Modigliani's passion for economics ultimately brought him a professorship at MIT, but not before he demonstrated his opposition to the Vietnam War and enjoyed many fascinating encounters with some of the key political figures of the twentieth century, from Kennedy to Reagan.

















WEEK OF September 21, 2003
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] FIVE CITIES OF REFUGE
WEEKLY REFLECTIONS OF GENESIS, EXODUS, LEVITICUS, NUMBERS, AND DEUTERONOMY
By Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
and Playwright David Mamet
August 26, 2003. Schocken Books.
















We recall with affection Leon Uris, the man of letters who defined our post War literary generation, the author of Exodus, QBVII, and Mila 18, the man who influenced the change in titles of Catch-18 to Catch 22.
He wrote:
"Battle Cry," (1953); "The Angry Hills," (1955); "Exodus," (1958); "Mila 18," (1961); "Topaz," (1967); "QB VII," (1970); "Trinity," (1976); "The Haj," (1984); "Mitla Pass," (1988); "Redemption," (1995); "A God in Ruins," (1999)


[exodus] [mila18] [ qbv11]
[ mitlapass]















WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 14, 2003
Jewish Book of the Week


[book][book] LOST TRIBE
JEWISH FICTION FROM THE EDGE
Edited by PAUL ZAKRZEWSKI (pronounced Zak-shef-ski)
August 2003. Harperperennial.














[book] [book] SHALOM Y'ALL
THE VIBRANT WORLD OF SOUTHERN JEWISH LIFE
Images of Jewish Life in the American South
Photographs by BILL ARON
Text by Vicki Reikis Fox and Marcie Cohen Ferris. Foreword by Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy, Parade)















WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 7, 2003
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] The New Anti-Semitism
The Current Crisis and What We Must Do About It
by Phyllis Chesler

















WEEK OF AUGUST 31, 2003
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] FABULOUS SMALL JEWS
Stories
by JOSEPH EPSTEIN
















[book cover] [book cover] [book cover] [book cover] We recall
with affection
the author,
leader, and Emeritus Rabbi,
Sidney Greenberg, who passed away in NYC on March 31, 2003. The Founding Rabbi of Philly's Temple Sinai, he served there for 53 years. A Rabbi's Rabbi and outstanding preacher, his legacy includes sermonic gems and a weekly column in The Inquirer.





A day later, on April 1, the first of the month of Nisan,
the time of freedom
Marine Corporal Mark Evnin
was killed in Iraq.
Just one of many who died in the war, Evnin, a mensch and budding leader, touched many of the parochial heartstrings of members of the Jewish community. A Burlington native, the grandson of a loved rabbi, Rabbi Max Wall, Evnin is remembered fondly. His death, as a chaplain read the Shma for him, was explicitly recorded by a reporter for The New York Times and a photographer from The Boston Globe. So that his body would not be moved on Shabbat, the Marines drove his body home prior to the start of Shabbat. Over 1000 attended his funeral. May his parents (Mindy and Michael), family, and friends be comforted. MyJewishBooks.com will proudly contribute our April proceeds in his name to his high school computer lab.
[funeral of mark evnin] [mark evnin] [mark evnin]


















WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2003
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] HUNTING MIDNIGHT
A novel
by Richard Zimler

















WEEK OF AUGUST 17, 2003
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[bielski]















[book] [book] [book] [book] The most eligible Jewish bachelor got married under the Chuppah on November 9, 2002. Yes, Ari Fleischer, the former White House Press Secretary to President Bush got married to Rebecca Davis, in a ceremony led by a Catholic priest (Rev. Michael Kelley of St Martins Church in DC) and Jewish rabbi (Rabbi Harold White of Georgetown University in DC). Such nachas :-) Now, the press reports that the couple registered for gifts at Target. But not at MyJewishBooks.com??
Therefore, dear readers, please send a gift to the press secretary and his new wife. Mail to Ari Fleischer, c/o Office of the Press Secretary, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20500

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WEEK OF AUGUST 10, 2003
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WEEK OF AUGUST 03, 2003
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[nadav safran] In memory of Harvard Professor Nadav Safran, we highlight one of his books.
















WEEK OF JULY 27, 2003
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[hunting midnight]
















WEEK OF JULY 20, 2003
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[Hollywood had a king]
















WEEK OF JULY 13, 2003
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[absolutely american]
















WEEK OF JULY 06, 2003
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[Palestine affair]















Congratulations to the winners of The Association of Jewish Libraries' annual Sydney Taylor Book Awards for outstanding books of Jewish content for children. The award is named in honor of the late Sydney Taylor, author of the classic All-of-a-Kind Family books about a Jewish immigrant family at the turn of the twentieth century. Announced in January 2003, the recipients are:
HANA'S SUITCASE: A TRUE STORY by Karen Levine (SSP, Toronto)
ONE CANDLE by Eve Bunting, ill. K. Wendy Popp (Cotler/HarperCollins)
A PICTURE OF GRANDMOTHER by Esther Hautzig (FS and G); and
SMOKE AND ASHES: THE STORY OF THE HOLOCAUST, Barbara Rogalsky (Holiday House)
CHICKEN SOUP BY HEART by Esther Hershenhorn, ill. by Rosanne Litzinger (Simon and Schuster)
NOAH'S ARK by Jerry Pinkney (SeaStar/ North and South);
SAMMY SPIDER'S FIRST TRIP TO ISRAEL: A BOOK ABOUT THE FIVE SENSES by Sylvia Rouss (Kar Ben/Lerner); and
PEARL'S PASSOVER: A FAMILY CELEBRATION THROUGH STORIES, RECIPES, CRAFTS, AND SONGS by Jane Breskin Zalben (Simon and Schuster).

On December 10, 2001, The National Yiddish Book Center announced its list of "The 100 Greatest Works of Modern Jewish Literature," an initiative to identify and promote the most notable books of Jewish writing of the past 150 years. The list of books includes Jewish literature in all languages and serves as a "re-definition of the Jewish canon," according to Book Center founder and president Aaron Lansky. "With this list," says Lansky, "we can begin to enrich Jewish education and Jewish creativity at every level." The Great Jewish Books were selected by a distinguished international panel of judges assembled by the Center, including Glenda Abramson of Oxford University; Robert Alter of the University of California at Berkeley; Hillel Halkin of Zichron Ya-akov, Israel; Gerson Shaked of Hebrew University in Jerusalem; Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times; Ilan Stavans of Amherst College; and Ruth Wisse of Harvard University.
To see the list of the Greatest 100, please click here.

[book] THE NEW JOYS OF YIDDISH
by Leo Rosten,
updated by Lawrence Bush, art by R O Blechman, Edited by Doug Pepper.

Crown, September 2001. Leo Rosten's daughters (Madeleine Lee and Margaret Rosten Muir) have sold the rights to this 30 year old book to Crown Publishers (which sold 500,000 copies since 1968). The text is updated for 2001, and it includes a cross reference Yiddish English index which was badly needed. Watch for future spinoffs and brand extensions.


[book] CLICK HERE FOR THE AUDIO TAPE VERSION OF THE JOYS OF YIDDISH









BOOK NEWS

Speaking of BOOK NEWS... The residents of the entire city of Chicago and Chicagoland read To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee's 1961 Pulitzer Prize winning novel. In St Louis, readMOre read FAREWELL TO MANZANAR by Jeanne Wakatsuki. Do you think that the Jewish community in the USA should do the same? Oh sure, I know you will say that there is already a Daf Yomi or we all read Kol Nidre prayers, but let's be serious. Any suggestions? Post them to our films and books message board, please.




WEEK OF JUNE 22, 2003
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WEEK OF JUNE 15, 2003
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WEEK OF JUNE 8, 2003
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WEEK OF JUNE 1, 2003
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WEEK OF MAY 25, 2003
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April 2003 is Poetry Month.
To paraphrase Langston Hughes:
Sometimes a matzo crumb falls
From the table of seder joy
Sometimes a boneless knaidlach
is flung
To some people
Love is given
To others
Only afikoman

For poetry month, some of our favorites are
MOTHER SAID: POEMS by Hal Sirowitz, and EVENING SUN by Lehman, and OPEN CLOSED OPEN : POEMS by Yehuda Amichai, and Collected Stories by Grace Paley, and Early poems by Marge Piercy.















Mazel Tov to the latest Nobel Laureate in Literature, announced October 10, 2002, Imre Kertész, a Hungarian novelist and Holocaust survivor with a small but devoted readership in Europe. The Swedish Academy described his writing as, "upholds the tragic experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history." Mr. Kertész, 72, a secular Jew whose work has been shaped by the time he spent as a teenage prisoner in Auschwitz and Buchenwald, was largely unknown even in Hungary until the collapse of Communism. Since the early 1990's, he has been acclaimed in Germany and has won a loyal following in Sweden and France. Only two of his novels - "Fateless" and "Kaddish for a Child Not Born," (Northwestern University Press) - have been translated into English. They are:

[fateless] [Kaddish for a Child Not Born]











[Roman eines Schicksallosen] [Der Spurensucher] [Ich, ein anderer] [Ich, ein anderer]













[book] [book] [book] [book] We recall with affection Abba Eban, who passed away November 17, 2002 in Petah Tikva, at the age of 87. A favorite of American Jews, his books include Heritage: Civilization and the Jews, Promised Land, My Country: The Story of Modern Israel, The Tide of Nationalism, Maze of Justice. Eban was chief consultant and narrator of the nine-part television program Heritage, and editor-in-chief and narrator of the five-part television series Personal Witness: A Nation is Born. He had recently completed The Brink of Peace, a film on the Middle East peace process for PBS. Eban was well aware of the irony of his popularity abroad and his lack of a following at home. "I could have been elected prime minister if people abroad could vote in Israeli elections," he once joked. His 75th birthday in 1990 went almost unnoticed at home, but four former U.S. presidents attended a gala party for him in New York. Shunted aside by tougher operators, Eban advised aspiring politicians to maintain other interests, as well. "Very early in my life I understood that in political life there is no guarantee of tenure in status, and that your position is not a function of your capacities or deeds," he said in an interview. "Politics can be precarious and parochial." Eban was also related to two other famous Jewish authors: Dr. Oliver Sacks, the author of The Man Who Mistook his Wife For a Hat, and Uncle Tungsten (who wrote a great obit for Eban in Haaretz), and the late Lil Abner cartoonist, Al Capp.














In memory of (Rabbi) Chaim Potok, who succumbed to cancer in late July 2002

[the chosen cover click me here] [my name is asher lev cover click me here] [book of lights cover click me here] [wanderings cover click me here]











WEEK OF DECEMBER 29, 2002
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WEEK OF DECEMBER 22, 2002
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WEEK OF DECEMBER 15, 2002
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WEEK OF DECEMBER 8, 2002
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WEEK OF DECEMBER 1, 2002
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WEEK OF NOVEMBER 24, 2002
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WEEK OF OCTOBER 27, 2002
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WEEK OF OCTOBER 20, 2002
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WEEK OF OCTOBER 13, 2002
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World after September 11
by Thomas L. Friedman














WEEK OF OCTOBER 6, 2002 - ROSH HODESH. We are back in NYC
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] ACROSS THE SABBATH RIVER. IN SEARCH OF A LOST TRIBE OF ISRAEL
by Hillel Halkin










WEEK OF SEPT 29, 2002 - HAPPY SIMCHAT TORAH - Hi from Bangkok
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] THE ADVENTURES IN JEWISH COOKING
Companion to the PBS series, "New Jewish Cuisine"
by Jeffrey Nathan, Executive Chef of Abigael's, 14 years at "New Deal," and Executive Chef for Hain's Celestial Group's Kineret Kosher's Chef Jeff Creations line of products. Former dishwasher and Navy cook.










WEEK OF SEPT 22, 2002 - HAPPY SUKKOT.. We are in Hong Kong
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] TALKING TO GOD
Prayers for Times of Joy, Sadness, Struggle, and Celebration
by (Rabbi) NAOMI LEVY










WEEK OF SEPT 15, 2002
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] ZEN JUDAISM
FOR YOU, A LITTLE ENLIGHTENMENT
by David Bader










WEEK OF SEPT 8, 2002
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] THE JOURNEY HOME
DISCOVERING THE DEEP SPIRITUAL WISDOM OF THE JEWISH TRADITION
by Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman










WEEK OF SEPT 1, 2002
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] The Golden Land:
The Story of Jewish Migration to America:
An Interactive History With Removable Documents and Artifacts
by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin










WEEK OF AUGUST 25, 2002
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] Finding God in the Garden: Backyard Reflections on Life, Love, and Compost by Rabbi Balfour Brickner









WEEK OF AUGUST 18, 2002
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] SEINFELD
The Making of an American Icon
The Unauthorized Biography
By Jerry Oppenheimer










WEEK OF AUGUST 11, 2002
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey
by Rachel Simon









WEEK OF JANUARY 15, 2002
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] From the Holocaust to Hogan's Heroes : The Autobiography of Robert Clary by Robert Clary
By Robert Clary

November 2001, Madison Books. Born in France, Clary survived the Nazi death camps In 1942 Robert and 12 members of his immediate family were deported by the Nazis. Only Robert survived. When he returned to Paris, he was overjoyed to discover that some of his siblings had not been deported and had survived. He went back to singing and was discovered by Harry Bluestone while entertaining in a dance hall in 1947. This led to recording songs that became hits in America the following year. He came to the United States in October of 1949 and recorded several more singles for the Capitol label. His meeting with Merv Griffin led to an introduction to Eddie Cantor's daughter Natalie (whom he married some time later). He went on to be discovered on Broadway in "New Faces of 1952", and then become famous playing Corporal Louis Lebeau on Hogan's Heroes. I cannot tell you how many people have told me that they thought the Clary, like the actors who played Hogan, Colonel Klink, and Schultz, are all dead. But actually Clary is still active and living. He appeared in the 1982 NBC television movie, "Remembrance of Love" with Kirk Douglas about the World Gathering of the Jewish Survivors of the Holocaust in Jerusalem. A documentary for PBS followed entitled "Robert Clary A-5714, A Memoir of Liberation." He went on to host his own cable television show. This is his story.




WEEK OF NOVEMBER 19, 2001
Jewish Book of the Week


For November 17-December 16, the period of Ramadan...
[book]








WEEK OF NOVEMBER 12, 2001
Jewish Book of the Week


[book] As he awaits a verdict in his murder trial (accused of having his wife murdered), Rabbi Fred J. Neulander of Cherry Hill, NJ, has published a book on how to be a good rabbi. The 288-page book, "Keep Your Mouth Shut and Your Arms Open: Observations From the Rabbinic Trenches," is published under the pseudonym Rabbi ADAM PLONY. It is published by www.disc-us.com. It can be purchased from www.nuvobookstore.com Tell them we sent you :-)
Also, Rabbi Gary Mazo, a past assistant to Rabbi Neulander has penned a book, called AND THE FLAMES DID NOT CONSUME US. It is about life leading a congregation after the beloved rabbi got arrested.



EMERGENCY ADDITION FOR OCTOBER 8, 2001
Jewish Book of the Week


I have always enjoyed the works of Fouad Ajami, especially his book on the Vanished Imam. That is sadly out of print. In lew of that, try to catch his commentaries on TV News programs or on the Op-Ed of the NYT, and take a look at the following books by him:

[fouad ajami 1] [fouad ajami 1]






WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 17, 2001
Jewish Book of the Week


[Taliban] [usama  osama bin laden] [the hidden war in afghanistan by russia's top reporter ] [ ]











WEEK OF AUGUST 5, 2001
Jewish Book of the Week


[book cover click here] BREAST CANCER WARS
Hope, Fear, and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America
by Barron H Lerner MD (Columbia College of Surgeons)

(May 2001).
When Dr Lerner was an undergraduate, his mother discovered she had breast cancer. She quietly had it treated, and quietly recuperated. Lerner thought that was how it was done. When he aged and became a physician and historian, he learned that there was more to breast cancer, its treatment, its politics, and its support groups than he and his family were aware. This may be a controversial book. Survivors and physicians and families have deeply held, emotional views on the treatment of breast cancer, particularly the societal embrace of a "war on cancer" rather than an emphasis on prevention. Lerner focuses on the rise and fall of the radical mastectomy pioneered by surgeon William Halsted. To prevent what he theorized was the centrifugal spread of cancer to the lymph nodes, Halsted determined that it was necessary to remove not only the breast but also the nodes and two chest-wall muscles, leaving the patient feeling disfigured and with serious side effects. Lerner details CLEARLY the arguments that many in the scientific community made against this eventually DISCREDITED theory and against radical mastectomy, including those advanced by surgeon George Crile. Crile favored less aggressive operations and disagreed with the cancer establishment's relentless publicity campaign for early detection. He and others were convinced that it was the biology of the cancer, rather than how early it was diagnosed, that determined whether or not a tumor would metastasize. Dr. Lerner provides excellent portraits of the players in this controversy and helps you to understand why they chose their paths and beliefs. Lerner also explores the strong impact the 1970s women's movement had on cancer treatment, with women demanding more information from physicians and input into their treatment options. Pub Weekly calls it "Provocative and highly engaging."







WEEK OF JUNE 17, 2001
Jewish Book of the Week


[book]
WAGING MODERN WAR by General Wesley K Clark
The revealing story of coalition warfare. Before he was forced to resign, Rhodes Scholar General Clark was Supreme Allied Commander for the war in Kosovo against Serbian oppressors and their leader, Slobodan Milosevic. This is the story from his point of view of the war he waged in Kosovo, Europe, and in Foggy Bottom (Washington DC). He tells us how Defense Secretary Wm Cohen told him to get his fucking face off TV, after giving too many press conferences. In December 1998, he saw war looming and asked the Pentagon for resources. They declined. Clinton said no to a ground war from the beginning, and only wanted an air war. Wesley tells the reader how the rick averse Pentagon's chief focus is to not lose aircraft, men, task Force Hawk helicopters, assets, or public confidence. The secondary focus is the execution of the war. Milosevic capitulated in June 1999, after which the Russians flew men to Pristina so that they could have their own Russian sector. Wesley describes how he wanted to block the runways so that the Russians could not land, but the British Commander on the ground refused to carry out Wesley's orders (Lt Gen Sir Michael Jackson the pussy).






WEEK OF JUNE 3, 2001
Jewish Book of the Week


Howell Raines will be taking over as Exec Editor of The NY Times from Mr Lellyveld. Let's take a look at one of his books...

[book]
My Soul Is Rested : Movement Days in the Deep South Remembered by Howell Raines
An Alabama native, fly fisherman, and Editor for the New York Times, recounts the lives of people who took part in the U.S. Civil Rights movement


















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