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BOOK READINGS

November 8, 2001: Michael Chabon reads from "Kavalier And Clay", B&N UnionSq, NYC, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
November 10, 2001: Lee Walzer reads from Between Sodom and Eden, St Paul Jewish GLBT JCC Book Fair
November 11, 2001: Yossi Klein Halevi reads from At The Entrance..., St Paul Jewish Book Fair, MN
November 14, 2001: Sarah Paretsky of V I Warshawski fame reads from Total Recall, Hadassah and St Paul Jewish Book Fair, MN
November 15, 2001: Rich Cohen reads from The Avengers, B&N E 86th St, NYC
November 18, 2001: Dr Wendy Mogul reads from The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, St Paul Jewish Book Fair, MN
December 4, 2001: Howard Blum reads from The Brigade, B&N W 82nd, NYC
December 5, 2001: Lily Brett reads from Too Many Men, B&N W 82nd, NYC


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NOVEMBER 2001

[book] THE BRIGADE. An EPIC STORY OF VENGEANCE, SALVATION, AND WORLD WAR II
by Howard Blum

November 2001. Harpercollins. Blum, twice a Pulitzer Prize nominee, and editor for Vanity Fair, tells the true, suspense-filled story of three men (Israel Carmi, Yohanan Peltz, and Arie Pinshuk) and their battle in the final weeks of WWII. In late 1944, in the closing days of the War, after postponing the permission to allow a Jewish Brigade to fight in Europe, Britain relented and sent its Jewish Brigade of 5,000 men into battle against the Nazis. Prior to this, British Mandate Palestinian Jews were only allowed to join the Buffs and be in the Palestine Regiment. The Jewish Brigade beat the Nazis in their primary battle, but were pulled back from the front a few days after they won the battle. The war was ending and there was chaos. The Brigade planned a clandestine operation to take vengeance against the Nazi officers who were in hiding (killing hundreds) and to rescue death camp survivors and smuggle them to British occupied Palestine. They also formed a unit to redirect British supplies after the war to Palestine. Based on research, interviews with over 37 of the surviving veterans, and over 110 total interviews, and over 700 pages of the unpublished memoirs of two of the leaders. This is their story





[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.



[book] JEWS FOR BUCHANAN
DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT THE THEFT OF
THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY?
by John Nichols (The Nation)

November 2001. New Press. Mr Nichols of The Nation (magazine) reviews the results of the 2000 Federal Presidential election between Al Gore and George W Bush. His analysis includes a review of the "butterfly ballot" that cost Gore 8500 mostly Jewish votes; the weirdness that 54% of the rejected ballots were cast by black voters, who only make up 11% of Florida's eligible voters; the effect of "ex-felons" felon-disenfranchising laws on the Gore campaign; the high error rates on optical scanning equipment that occurred because the machines had their error-correcting features disabled by officials; and more. Click to learn more




[book cover click here] ESTHER STORIES
By Peter Orner

November 2001, Paperback edition Debut collection presents 34 stories, many no more than a page or two long, that span America. Though the physical territory covered is broad, the emotional probing of the characters is the high point here. The book is divided into four parts: the first two concern the lives of unrelated strangers; the last two present two assimilated Jewish families, one on the East Coast, the other in the Midwest. In the title story, the narrator tries to form a picture of his dead Aunt Esther with fragments of anecdotes








[book] Ben Laden : La vérité interdite de Jean-Charles Brisard, Guillaume Dasquié
Broché - 332 pages (14 novembre 2001). Two French authors have released a report outlining U.S. attempts to finesse the issue of Osama bin Laden long before Al Qaeda struck on September 11. Based on extensive firsthand reporting, Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquié write in their book, Bin Laden: The Forbidden Truth, that the Bush administration went so far as to consider waging war against Afghanistan's ruling Taliban last summer. Brisard and Dasquié argue the U.S. cared more about getting access to the region's oil than about getting the head of Osama bin Laden. The journalist describes bin Laden's military leaders as mostly former members of the Egyptian special forces who joined with the Saudi exile in 1992 and 1993 during fighting in Sudan. Al Qaeda commanders and troops are "the military product of a religious deviance," he says, warning that ending the network "won't solve anything because the Saudi charities and other organizations tied to the clerics will go on pumping out the money. The problem is their fundamentalism." Brisard, who has run Vivendi International's economic intelligence service, prepared the West's first report on Al Qaeda back in 1997, at the request of the French government. Along with Dasquié, he now argues the FBI's efforts to get to the bottom of bin Laden's terror outfit-which bombed two American embassies in Africa in 1998-were blocked by the Saudi royal family and the big oil companies, which were hungry for the region's crude reserves. The FBI press office had no comment on the book, and the State Department has steadily denied having any negotiations with the Taliban, which had no diplomatic standing in the U.S. But the two authors think highly of the FBI agents who were working on counterterrorism, saying they often had excellent informants. That's not to say progress was great. When an FBI agent would turn up to do an interview, the Saudis would step in with their own bizarre behavior. "We uncovered incredible things," Dasquié says. "Investigators would arrive to find that key witnesses they were about to interrogate had been beheaded the day before." In the end, he says, the West "always considered Saudi Arabia as a partner that we absolutely and systematically had to protect." The book also reveals a portrait of U.S. policy toward the Taliban that differs sharply from the one usually held up for the American public but coincides with that of the Taliban's unofficial emissary in the U.S., Laili Helms, the niece of the former CIA head. Helms described one incident after another in which, she claimed, the Taliban agreed to give up bin Laden to the U.S., only to be rebuffed by the State Department. On one occasion, she said, the Taliban agreed to give the U.S. coordinates for his campsite, leaving enough time so the Yanks could whack Al Qaeda's leader with a missile before he moved. The proposal, she claims, was nixed. The State Department denied receiving any such offer. Helms also related an incident when Prince Turki, then the head of Saudi intelligence, flew to Kabul to negotiate bin Laden's arrest. Turki, according to Helms's account of the story, wanted bin Laden murdered on Afghan soil. If he were killed there, then the Saudi royal family needn't face the embarrassment of airing their dirty linen in an open trial. The Taliban refused, and Turki returned home empty-handed. Brisard and Dasquié characterize the U.S. as playing a clumsy footsie with the Taliban, with diplomacy unfolding in a series of bizarre fits and starts. By the late 1990s, the writers claim, diplomacy was run on different levels. One channel went from the UN Security Council to Kabul. Meanwhile, the State Department conducted its own bilateral negotiations. From the start, the U.S. favored a sort of covert support for the Taliban, in hopes that sooner or later the one-eyed Supreme Leader Mullah Mohammed Omar could be prevailed upon to break ties with bin Laden so the West could get on with its pipeline and other business interests. However, this approach came to a screaming halt in September 1997, when European Union commissioner Emma Bonino paid an official visit to Kabul, where the Taliban arrested her for filming the conditions in a women's hospital. Their outrageous actions made it difficult for the West to appear at all friendly with the Taliban. In reality, since they had all the power in this Stalinized regime, nobody ever stopped dealing with them. It's just that the trail became more submerged. Bin Laden then began his potent offensives, attacking the diplomatic posts and the USS Cole.







[book] Still Alive : Coming of Age During the Holocaust and Beyond (The Helen Rose Scheuer Jewish Womens Series)
By Ruth Kluger (Professor Emerita, UC-IRVINE)

November 2001, Feminist Press. Move over Elie Wiesel, and make room for Professor Kluger.
What was a childhood under the Nazi's in Austria like? How about a school art project of making swastikas with colored paper? The story of the destruction of a Viennese Jewish family. IT HAS ALREADY BEEN A BEST SELLING BOOK IN GERMANY. Kluger survived a childhood in the children's barracks at both Theresienstadt and the Birkenau Auschwitz death camps, where she, like everyone else, became subhuman self-hating trash. The fear of death pervades. Kluger, an unbeliever, became a Jew during her 19 months at Theresienstadt, a place of utter awfulness which forced her to learn to become a social animal and lose her neurotic tics. Everyone knew that "being sent east" to Poland meant death. The kids knew not to take showers (gas). Her portraits of her mother are astounding. Her mother taught her by example how to remain a person in an awful place, as she showed compassion to another woman who broke down into insanity on a transport.







[book] Memoirs of a Warsaw Ghetto Fighter
by Kazik Simha Rotem, Simha Rotem

Fall 2001, Yale University Press. Paperback edition
Yales University Press has published this memoir by the resistance fighter Kazik and his comrades who defied the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. THIS BOOK IS A PRIMARY SOURCE OF INFORMATION for the NBC miniseries, UPRISING, which will premiere Sunday, November 4, 2001 (9-11 PM ET) and Monday, November 5. Kazik resides in Israel and is one of the few survivors from the revolt. In 1939, 350,000 Jews were forced into the Warsaw Ghetto. In 1943, when the Nazis began the final liquidation of the Ghetto residents, 500 young Jews defied them. The fought the Nazis for one month. Kazik, code-named Simha Ratajzer, then a 19 Aryan looking Jew with perfect Polish language skills, escaped through the sewers. In 1950, having illegally moved to Palestine in 1946, he changed his name to ROTEM. For years, Yitchak Zuckerman (codename ANTEK) urged Kazik to write his memoirs. After Zuckerman died in 1981, Kazik decided to write them. This is the stark fruit of his labor.



[book] HENRY FORD AND THE JEWS
By Neil Baldwin

November 2001, Public Affairs. What type of car did Jews boycott more? Fords or German ones? You mean Ford didn't love living Jews (Jesus was a dead one)? Baldwin writes about America's most famous anti-Semite. What is it with Baldwin? He also wrote books on William Carlos Williams (anti Semite) and Edison (passive anti Semite who hated those Hollywood Jews). How and why did Ford, a quintessential American folk-hero and pioneering industrialist, become one of the most OBSESSIVE (if not insane) anti-Semites. (Was it the environment of intellectual and agrarian anti-Semitism that Henry Ford experienced as a child and teen, fighting those evil urban modern city Jews?) Ford devoted his immense financial resources to publishing a pernicious forgery, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. Once Henry Ford's virulent media campaign against the Jews took off during the "anxious decade" following World War I, how did America's splintered Jewish community attempt to cope with the relentless tirade conducted for 91 consecutive weeks in the automobile manufacturer's personal newspaper, The Dearborn Independent? What were the repercussions of Ford's Jew-hatred extending deeply into the 1930s? Drawing upon previously uncited oral history transcripts, archival correspondence, and family memoirs, Neil Baldwin answers these and other questions, examining the conservative biases of the men at the inner circle of the Ford Motor Company and disentangling painful ideological struggles among an elite Jewish leadership (who got Ford to write an half hearted apology, as if that mattered...).



Has anyone seen the books on the 2000 Presidential election by Alan Dershowitz and Richard Posner? They both analyze the outcomes of Bush v Gore. Alan Dershowitz's "Supreme Injustice" describes what he thinks was the "corrupt" Supreme Court's hijacking of the election. Taking the other point of view is Federal Judge Richard Posner's (Seventh Circuit) "Breaking the Deadlock" in which he argues that the court was pragmatic and honorable.


[book] SWIMMING ACROSS: A MEMOIR
by Andy Grove (born Andris Grof) (Chairman of Intel Corp)

November 2001. Memoirs of Intel Corp (the maker of the Pentium chip) Chairman, Andy Grove, 65, how he survived the Nazis and Communism and escaped to American with the help of The International Rescue Committee. All his proceeds to be donated to IRC. Was edited by none other than Norman Pearlstine, Time Magazines editor-in-chief. Nearly killed by Scarlet Fever at the age of four, (he was told by a playmate at age 4 that all the Jews must dies for killing Christ), forced into hiding by the Nazis in 1944, and dogged by anti-Semitism, Andrew Grove's survival was nothing short of miraculous. These and other incredible trials combine to give a stirring picture of a childhood that would lead to a lifetime of unsurpassed achievement. In Swimming Across, a true American hero reveals his origins and what it takes to survive...and to triumph.
From the Boston Globe: "....It's been 45 years since Andras Grof (Andy Grove) left Budapest. He's wealthy now, and famous in a way few scientists or businessmen will ever know. But it's no use telling Grove that his enemies in Hungary are long dead now, or out of power. He knows. Still, Grove has never gone back to Hungary. He probably never will. ''I just don't want to do it,'' he says. ''That's how I feel.'' Is he scared, after all this time? ''Not scared. Angry.'' In his early days at Intel, Grove flung a dictionary at a secretary who had corrected his English. He's known for aiming paint-peeling tirades at subordinates who fall short of the mark. But this is a different sort of anger, deep and cold. It's the rage of a survivor. It's taken him most of a lifetime to reveal it. Yet even in his new memoir, ''Swimming Across,'' Grove doesn't rail against the Nazi persecutors who nearly murdered him and the Communist thugs who tried to imprison his mind. Instead, ''I wanted to attach a camera to my forehead and record and describe what that camera sees.'' The resulting book is lucid, direct, purged of ornamentation. For Grove, the facts are enough. Grove once hoped to be a journalist, before communist censorship cured him of the impulse. He's written four other books, on semiconductor physics and business management strategies. The best-known is a business manifesto titled ''Only the Paranoid Survive.'' The line became a cynical catchphrase of wise-guy MBAs. For a smart, scared Jewish kid growing up in mid-century Hungary, it's as literal and self-evident as gravity. ... At age 8, he fled for his life. He and his mother hid with a Christian family in a Budapest suburb. The family name, Grof, sounded too Jewish, so a cover name was chosen - Malesevics. It's a Serbian name, common among Hungary's upper classes, but painfully difficult for a small child. Grove spent hours muttering it to himself, trying to etch it into his memory, for the moment when a German soldier asked, ''What's your name?'' ''I was so scared that I'm going to make a mistake that there was no room for anything else,'' he recalls. Grove remembers the family that hid him and wonders if they did the right thing. ''I don't know that I would have the guts to do that,'' he says. ''The penalty for doing what they did was death, not just for myself but for my entire family. Look me in the eye and say you know you would do it.'' Grove's own eyes are wide, dark, painful. ''You took your eyes off me,'' he says. Left out of the book is the fact that another family, much closer to the Grofs, refused to hide them. ''It's a story that my mother told me many years later,'' Grove says, his voice grim and haunted. ''I have no reason to disbelieve it. ... I can't sit here in judgment on it, because I'm not sure what I would have done.'' But all neutrality flees as he remembers the aftermath, as the advancing Russians drove out the Nazis. It was safe to be a Jew again, and Grove told a playmate, who told his father, who sat Grove down and interrogated him, taking notes, against the day when the Nazis would return and he could hand the boy over to them. Grove is calm, but there's no attempt to hide the outrage. ''While you cannot expect people to put their lives on the line for your life, you can expect people you have lived with not to go out of their way to do you harm,'' he says. ''I have a very hard time with that.'' After the way. Hungary had become a place where even the newspaper's weather reports lied, promising sunny weather on May Day to ensure a good turnout for the annual rally. ''A career in journalism suddenly lost its appeal,'' he writes. Grove realized that in Hungary the only haven for truth was the scientist's laboratory, where hydrogen and oxygen made water, no matter what the party said. By studying hard and pulling strings, Grove was able to overcome his relatives' suspect political backgrounds and secure a place in university. There he met budding scientist Janos Lanyi. ''Much as I trusted him with all kinds of other things, I did not trust him politically,'' Grove recalls. But Lanyi, now a professor of physiology at the University of California at Irvine, remembers lengthy discussions about politics in the years after Stalin's death. They also shared a determination to get out of Hungary. ''We had assumed that if it was possible to leave, we'd just leave, even before it became possible. It was never discussed, we just knew we didn't want to live in that country,'' Lanyi says. Life became easier for a time after Stalin's death in 1953. Grove's imprisoned relatives were released in 1954. Gradually political dissatisfaction led to open dissent. Then, in 1956, Hungarian nationalists rose up against Soviet rule. But not long afterward, the Russian tanks rolled into Budapest, smashing the uprising. Over 2,000 participants were executed. Russian troops roamed the city, rounding up young Hungarians on a whim. Grove and Lanyi both knew it was time to leave. They took a train to a city on the border with Austria, and all the way there Grove reveled in his hope of a future life free of deceit. ''I said to myself, I never have to do this again: lie, pretend. I was maybe prematurely jumping to the conclusion that I would be able to afford to be myself again.'' His desire was granted; he and Janos were able to steal across the border, two of 200,000 Hungarian refugees. Of these, 80,000 made their way to America. Grove found what he'd hoped to find - a country where nobody cared that he was Hungarian or Jewish, where thinking was celebrated rather than punished. His grades at City College of New York were so good that The New York Times wrote about the refugee whiz kid. He worked summers in New Hampshire as a busboy, where he met Eva, his wife of 43 years. Together they've raised two daughters. In time, Grove brought his parents over. His father has passed away, but his 94-year-old mother now lives not far from Andy in Silicon Valley.
There's at least one more book to be written about Grove's brilliant career as a graduate student at Berkeley and his triumphs at Intel. If he ever writes that one, it'll be for the business-school students. ''Swimming Across'' is for the grandchildren. ''I want them to know me,'' Grove says. ''Where I came from, what kind of person I was.'' Outraged and brave, but unwilling ever to go back, except through the lens of memory. LOOK FOR MR GROVE AT JEWISH BOOKFAIRS ACROSS THE USA IN NOVEMBER 2001.




[book] JEWS IN AMERICAN POLITICS
Edited by Louis Sandy Maisel and Ira N. Forman.

November 2001. R&L. Sandy and Ira, with an intro by a very thankful and honored Senator Lieberman, profile more than four hundred prominent Americans of Jewish heritage in Congress, the Supreme Court, presidential administrations, and other governing positions. Years in the making, this monumental work includes thoughtful and original chapters by leading journalists, scholars, and practitioners. Topics range from Jewish leadership and identity; to Jews in Congress, on the Supreme Court, and in presidential administrations; and on to Jewish influence in the media, the lobbies, and in other arenas in which American government operates powerfully, if informally. In addition to the thematic chapters, Jews in American Politics includes over 400 biographical profiles of prominent Jews throughout American political history, and concludes with an invaluable roster of Jews in key governmental positions from Ambassadorships and Cabinet posts to federal judges, state governors, and mayors of major cities.



[book] MY LIFE AS A RADICAL JEWISH WOMAN
MEMOIRS OF A ZIONIST FEMINIST IN POLAND
by Puah Rakovsky. Edited by Paula Hyman (Yale)
Translated from Yiddish by Barbara Harshav et al

November 2001. Indiana Univ Press. An update to this 1954 passionist Jewish feminist classic. Rakovsky (1865-1955), was the daughter in a rabbinical family. She had both a Hebrew and secular education, and she became an ardent Zionist leader at a time when men dominated the movement. She founded the feminist/Zionist/socialist Jewish Womens Association in Poland. This is her story. Click to learn more



[book] RACHEL CAPTURES THE MOON
by Richard Ungar

November 2001. Ages 7-10. A revision of the classic Chelm tale illustrated in the style of visual folklorists (Chagall). Village members try to capture the moon. The cook, the carpenter, the weaver, the musician, and Rachel try to capture the bright moon. Who will succeed?







[book cover for Bellow] COLLECTED STORIES
by Saul Bellow.

November 2001. Viking. Thirteen classic long short stories by Saul Bellow.








[book cover for Rudner] TICKLED PINK
by RITA RUDNER.

November 2001. Pocket Books. Comedian Rita Rudner's debut novel. In 1980, Mindy Solomon leaves Florida for the bright lights of Broadway. She is injured and must pursue stand up comedy. Mindy is barely succeeding, but an appearance on Letterman pushes her to near stardom, and she tries out for a sitcom, but it turns out she will be competing for the role with her best friend. Click to read more.










[book cover click here] SISTERS AT SINAI
NEW TALES OF BIBLICAL WOMEN
By Jill Hammer

November 2001. Jewish Publication Society. From a JTS article: When asked to name her favorite female biblical character, newly-ordained rabbi Jill Hammer names Leah, who is the wife of Jacob the Patriarch. Or is she? According to a section of the Zohar, Rabbi Hammer relates, there is a split in Jacob's soul that effectively renders him two people: Jacob, married to Rachel, and Israel, married to Leah. Leah is her personal favorite, Rabbi Hammer continues, because "Leah is a namer; the way she names her children is very rich and reflects her inner life." Now it is Rabbi Hammer's turn to name names and tell tales that reflect her own inner life. As author of Sisters at Sinai: New Tales of Biblical Women (forthcoming from JPS, October 2001), a collection of twenty-four original midrashim on biblical women, she offers her own interpretations of the biblical text. The book also contains notes about Rabbi Hammer's creative process for each of the stories, giving a clearer and more resonant voice to some of the Bible's female characters. Rabbi Hammer explains that she sees modern midrash as a weaving of the revelations of our contemporary lives into the revelations provided by Jewish tradition. In order for women, many of whom are voiceless or muted in classical texts, to claim a voice in the tradition, she maintains, they must first claim the process of interpreting Torah. "Because so much of women's experience is missing from the tradition," she explains, "I believe the best way of entering this discourse is to build on the ancient process of midrash, to invent our way into the sacred text." Although in her book she touches on many of the "major women" - like Eve, Sarah, Miriam and Deborah - Rabbi Hammer also sought to include women from every biblical time period. In addition to the more obvious women such as the four Matriarchs, she also added some "obscure" women to the mix, such as Huldah the prophetess; David's concubine Avishag the Shunamite; Esau's wife Mahalat, daughter of Ishmael; and Joseph's wife Asenat, daughter of Potiphar. Had there been enough room, she muses, she would have liked to have written midrashim for all of the Bible's women. Rabbi Hammer describes her book as "not quite fiction," meaning that "it is in the standard American tradition of fiction, but maintains a deep connection to its rabbinic roots. It is scholarly, in the sense that it tries to analyze and use verses, but it is more artistic than scholarly." ....




[book] BRINGING THE PSALMS TO LIFE
HOW TO UNDERSTAND AND MAKE USE OF THE BOOK OF PSALMS
by DANIEL F POLISH

Fall 2001. Jewish Lights Publishing. There is something unusual about the psalms and that special power is the reason people have turned to them for thousands of years. What's more, the power of the psalms hasn't diminished over time. It remains for us today a resource we can use if only we can learn how to open it. In this practical, spiritual new look at the psalms, the most beloved (and yet least understood) of the books in the Bible comes alive for us. Polish invites us into the beauty and meaning of these ancient "prayer poems" which show that we are not alone in our problems, and help us find comfort in God




[book] The Dance of the Dolphin :
Finding Prayer, Perspective and Meaning in the Stories of Our Lives
by Karyn Kedar

Fall 2001. Jewish Lights. Like the dolphin who exists in both water and air, so must we learn to live and thrive in two conflicting worlds--the rational, material, everyday craziness of life versus the still, spiritual, soulfulness of our deepest selves. Balancing the two--difficult as it often can be--is the key to our spiritual survival. Through poignant stories, spiritual teaching and insights, Karyn Kedar shares with us the ways we can integrate the everyday--family, work, personal challenges--with our quest for deeper spiritual understanding. She helps us to decode the three "languages" we must learn to weave the seemingly ordinary and extraordinary together: Prayer--The path through which our souls connect with the Divine Perspective--How we define life's twists and turns, and how our words and actions define the quality of our lives Meaning--The quest to understand and make sense of all that seems incompatible In graceful ways, Kedar shows us that by realizing the connection between the ordinary and the awe-inspiring, we can synchronize our hearts with the ways of the world and live with joy, a sense of calm and greater purpose.




[book] My Most Favorite Dessert Company Cookbook:
Delicious Pareve Baking Recipes
by Doris Schechter, Zeva Oelbaum (Photographer)

256 pages (September 4, 2001) HarperCollins. As all its loyal fans will tell you, there is only one place to go in New York City for great kosher pareve desserts: Doris Schechter's My Most Favorite Dessert Company in midtown. For more than 20 years, Doris has provided her customers with delectable cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, and muffins -- proving that dairy-free desserts can be delicious. With this book, Doris shares the secrets of her renowned pareve baking, offering more than ninety recipes that can be made easily in any home kitchen. Forget the disappointing pareve cakes and cookies you may have endured in the past: these are rich, indulgent desserts worthy of even the most special celebrations. From an old-fashioned Apple Cake to a sophisticated Velvet Chocolate Cake to traditional holiday favorites (including an entire chapter on Passover baking), Doris provides recipes you'll love to bake, serve, and enjoy year after year. Illustrated with sixteen pages of lush color photos, My Most Favorite Dessert Company Cookbook will tantalize, tempt, and teach kosher bakers and sweets-lovers alike.




[book] The Scent of Orange Blossoms
Sephardic Cuisine from Morocco
by Kitty Morse, Danielle Mamane

Paperback - 160 pages (November 2001) During Spain's infamous Inquisition, Jews were forced to flee the country for more welcoming shores. Many of these refugees landed in northern Africa, specifically Morocco, and a unique cuisine was born of the marriage of Spanish, Moorish, and traditional Jewish culinary influences. SCENT OF THE ORANGE BLOSSOMS celebrates this cuisine, presenting the elegant and captivating flavors passed down through generations of Jews in Morocco. Danielle Mamane lives in Fez, Kitty Morse has written many cookbooks. The recipes include Fresh Fava Bean Soup with Cilantro for Passover, Chicken Couscous with Orange Blossom Water for Yom Kippur, Lentil and Chickpeas Soup (for Ramadan and Yom Kippur break fasts), Meatballs in Onion Cinnamon Sauce, Chicken with Saffron and Ginger and Onions, and Honey Doughnuts for Hannukah. Illuminating the important connection among food, family, and tradition, the recipes are interspersed with letters between mothers and newly married daughters, discussing special events and menu planning.




[book] Uncle Boris in the Yukon and Other Shaggy Dog Stories
by Daniel Pinkwater and Jill Pinkwater

November 2001. Pinkwater, an NPR commentator, recounts the stories of his Polish Jewish father and uncles, all cheerful Warsaw thugs, including Boris, who caught Klondike fever and made the long, arduous journey to Alaska, where he forged a profound friendship with a malamute named Jake. Years later, Pinkwater, an aspiring artist, became enamored of the same breed despite a series of disastrous pet skirmishes instigated by his immigrant father's peculiar "love of the grotesque." Moving from surreal boyhood anecdotes set in Chicago and California to charming tales of life in Upstate New York with his animal-crazy wife and their personable dogs, Pinkwater is at once diverting and slyly instructive regarding dogs, love, discipline, and happiness Click to read more



[book] Time to Make the Donuts
The Founder of Dunkin Donuts Shares an American Journey
by William Rosenberg

November 2001. Bill Rosenberg was an eighth-grade dropout who got his start hauling a catering wagon from the back door of one factory to another in the late 1940s. He knew how to please the lunch-pail crowd, with sweet, fried dough and a cup of joe. That mid-morning snack was such a hit that he figured he would park the wagon and set up shop in Quincy, Mass. His store: Dunkin' Donuts. Rosenberg dreamed of scores of doughnut shops dotting the countryside, but he didn't have the money to build an empire. So he decided to share the wealth and franchise. Today there are 3,500 Dunkin' Donuts in the U.S., 99% of them owned by franchisees. Rosenberg shares his life story, how he sold Dunkin Donuts for over $300 million, and his battles with cancer and diabetes.



[book] When Life Calls Out to Us : The Love and Lifework of Viktor and Elly Frankl
by Haddon Klingberg Jr.

November 2001. Doubleday. 400 pages. At age 15, Viktor Frankl was corresponding with Sigmund Freud! His published his first paper in a psychology journal at the age of 19. Frankl was one of the 20th Century's most followed psychotherapists, creating existential psychotherapy and writing MAN'S SEARCH FOR MEANING, after his survival of the Holocaust. This is a biography on Frankl and his second wife (his first wife died in the death camps).





[book] ONE STEP AHEAD. A JEWISH FUGITIVE IN HITLER'S EUROPE.
by Alfred Feldman, Susan Zuccotti

November 2001. Memoir of Feldman, who was born in Hamburg Germany, and raised as a good German and Orthodox Jew. The family moved to Antwerp, but when Hitler invased Belgium, Feldman became a fugitive. He recounts harrowing escpae stories, the story of the nice banker in Nice, the peasants who risked their lives for him, and his loss of faith after eating a grape on Yom Kippur.





[book] SOUPY SEZ. MY LIFE AND ZANY TIMES
By SOUPY SALES
With Charles Salzberg

November 2001. Soupy Sales, 75, who made over 5300 live tv appearances and was the king of Pie-In-Your-Face humor shares his anecdotes and more backstage antics and life with fans and other readers. Includes 70 photos



[book] SISTERS AT SINAI
NEW TALES OF BIBLICAL WOMEN
by JILL HAMMER

November 2001. JPS. Stories of biblical women.







[book] JEWS OF BROOKLYN
by ILANA ABRAMOVITCH

November 2001. Univ Press of New England. A book about Jews who live in Brooklyn











Have you heard the news on Isaac Babel (1894-1941) (author of the books, Red Cavalry Stories and Odessa Tales)? He was murdered by the Soviets in Lubyanka Prison in 1940, but his unpublished papers are in a Soviet archives... somewhere in there. And when found, his novel may be somewhere in there. Speaking of Isaac Babel, keep your eyes open for the November 2001 publication by his daughter, Nathalie Babel of THE COMPLETE WORKS OF ISAAC BABEL with an introduction by Cynthia Ozick.
As the New York Times wrote, Babel comes close to Proust and Kafka. Hemingway wrote tha Babel used a kind of cauterizing prose that was even leaner and more concise than his own. Born in Odessa in 1894, he came to the attention of Maxim Gorky. Babel's stories of the undercover Jew who travels with Cossacks, the enemy of Jews, during the Polish-Soviet War of 1920, shows the brutal, syphilitic world of valor and violence of Cossacks, as well as the destruction of Jewish shtetls. His Odessa Stories focus on the exploits of Benya Krik, a Jewish gangster. Click the book cover to read more.


[book] THE GHOST OF HANNAH MENDES. A Novel
by NAOMI RAGEN

November 2001. Paperback edition of Ragen latest novel. Catherine da Costa of Manhattan seeks to leave her family tree, her grandchildren, a legacy. They aren't interested. But then, Catherine is visited by a ghost of her matriarch. She entices Catherine and her family on a trek across Europe in search of their pasts. Will this adventure change the course of Catherine's granddaughters?




[book] AROUND SARAH'S TABLE. Ten Hasidic Women Share Their Stories of Life, Faith, and Tradition
by Rivka Zakutinsky and Yaffa Leba Gottlieb

November 2001. The Free Press. Rivka Zakutinsky, a teacher and graduate of Hofstra University and Beth Jacob Seminary, and Yaffa Leba Gottlieb, a graduate of Univ of Michigan, Neve Yerushalayim Seminary, and Washington University, feature the lives of ten Lubavitcher women who meet each Tuesday for a study session. Each chapter focuses on the life of one of the women and the insights she gains from the that week's study session. Each individual shares her own concerns, whether it be illness, parenting, a child with Down's Syndrome, marriage, reverence, faith, and family. Shaina discusses Lech Lecha and journeys; Reva: Vayera and revelations; Tamar: Chaye Sarah and marrying off the next in line; Rachel: Toldos and the Mikvah; Glicka: Vayeitzei and the Exile of the Body and Homecoming of the Soul; Levana: Vayishlach and Peace; Klara: Vayeshev and Learning and Lawyering; Erica: Miketz and Chanukah and Toil and the Oil; Ora: Vayigash and Leadership with Holy Vision; and Sarah: Vayechi and the ingathering, Life, and Blessing.




[book] The Rock : A Seventh-Century Tale of Jerusalem
by Kanan Makiya

November 2001. Whose rock is enshrined inside the golden Dome of Jerusalem? The rock of Moses or of Muhammad? Kanan Makiya gathers together the stories, legends, and beliefs that define the Rock-the place where Adam landed in his fall from Paradise and where Abraham attempted to sacrifice his first-born; where Solomon's Temple stood and where Jesus preached; the rock from which Muhammad ascended to heaven-and transforms them into a narrative of novelistic depth and drama. This brilliantly imagined, historically based account of the building of the Dome of the Rock reconstructs the paths of the actual individuals whose spiritual journeys revolved around the seventh-century lore of the Rock. The chief protagonist is Ka'b al-Ahbar, a learned Jew who accepted the prophecy of Muhammad and who accompanied the caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab during his conquest of the Holy City. The story is narrated by Ka'b's son, Ishaq, who years later is commissioned to design the first monument of Islam, the Dome of the Rock. Click to read more.




[book] My People's Prayer Book, Vol. 5 :
Birkhot Hashachar (Morning Blessings)
Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries
by Rabbi Lawrence H Hoffman

Hardcover - 240 pages (October 2001) Jewish Lights Pub. The Fifth volume in the series of My People's Prayer Book.
This stunning work, an empowering entryway to the spiritual revival of our times, enables all of us to claim our connection to the heritage of the traditional Jewish prayer book. It helps rejuvenate Jewish worship in today's world, and makes its power accessible to all. Vol. 5-Birkhot Hashachar (Morning Blessings) features the authentic Hebrew text with a new translation designed to let people know exactly what the prayers say. Introductions tell the reader what to look for in the prayer service, as well as how to truly use the commentaries, to search for-and find-meaning in the prayer book. Framed with beautifully designed Talmud-style pages, commentaries from many of today's most respected Jewish scholars from all movements of Judaism examine Birkhot Hashachar from the perspectives of ancient Rabbis and modern theologians, as well as feminist, halakhic, Talmudic, linguistic, biblical, Chasidic, mystical, and historical perspectives. Authors/Topics include: Marc Brettler/Our Biblical Heritage; Elliot N. Dorff/Theological Reflections; David Ellenson/How the Modern Prayer Book Evolved; Ellen Frankel/A Woman's Voice; Joel M. Hoffman/What the Prayers Really Say; Lawrence A. Hoffman/History of the Liturgy; Yoel H. Kahn/Ancient and Modern Variations; Lawrence Kushner and Nehemia Polen/Chasidic and Mystical Perspectives; Daniel Landes/The Halakhah of Prayer

Click here for: My People's Prayer Book, Vol. 4: The Shabbat Torah Service. by Rabbi Lawrence H Hoffman
Click here for: My People's Prayer Book, Vol. 3: The Morning Psalms. by Rabbi Lawrence H Hoffman
Click here for: My People's Prayer Book, Vol. 2: The Amidah. by Rabbi Lawrence H Hoffman
Click here for: My People's Prayer Book, Vol. 1: The Shma and It's Blessings. by Rabbi Lawrence H Hoffman



[book] THE WANDERING JEWS
by Joseph Roth

November 2001. Translated by Michael Hoffman. Comment by Elie Wiesel. Now in paperback. The classic portrait of the Jewish people, authored in 1927, by Roth, who died in 1939 in Paris..




[book] BLUE AND WHITE IN YOUR HOME
by Lisa Skolnick

November 2001. Hearst Books. Decortaing you home the Victorian way in hues of Blue and White .......




[book] CONVERSATIONS WITH ELIE WIESEL
by Elie Wiesel (obviously), and R. D. Heffner

November 2001. Conversations.






[book] AZAREL
By Karoly Pap

A novel by Karoly Pap, the famed writer, who was taken to Buchenwald and died at Bergen Belsen in 1944 at the age of 47. AZAREL has never been translated into English before. Set in rural Hungary, this is the story of Gyuri, son of a rabbi, whose grandfather thinks that there Modern Orthodoxy will lead to ruin. (This was published in 1937). The grandfather, Papa Jeremiah, takes Gyuri from his parents, and raises him in a tent. Gyuri becomes devoted to his grandfather, but then Papa Jeremiah dies. Gyuri is returned to his parents, but father and son fight over obedience and Jewish observance.









[book] THE GUILDS OF OTTOMAN JERUSALEM
by Amnon Cohen (Truman Institute, Jerusalem)

2001. 305 Pages. Over ten percent of the residents of Ottoman Jerusalem in the 19th Century were members of Jerusalem's 100 guilds. (This compares to 260 guilds in Cairo Egypt and over 1,100 in Istanbul during the same period). The guilds controlled pricing, exports, and work rules. It set profit margins also. This Ottoman institution was very progressively, forward thinking and democratic and not as backward as movies or popular culture depict Ottoman society. The guilds were the precursors for Israel's modern civil society




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