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ELUL 5760 / SEPTEMBER 2000 JEWISH BOOKS

[book] The Talmud and the Internet: A Journey Between Worlds by Jonathan Rosen
Hardcover - 112 pages (September 2000) Farrar Straus & Giroux. Over 2000 years ago (after 586 BCE), Jewish life in its land was destroyed, and sacrifices were no longer carried out; there were no high priests. Instead, the Jews wrote the Talmud, and the Jewish people were transformed into a dispossessed, portable, evolving, People of the Book. The Talmud was born out of loss, just as Rosen was born a son of a Kindertransport survivor. The Internet, Rosen writes, has made us both feel dispossessed, for it has exiled us from that which with we are familiar, yet it has made us more connected than ever -- Connected, just as a reader of Talmud feels connected to the rabbis and commentators from generations passed. Rosen asks, what will we evolve into in the new internet culture? Will the synagogue be replaced by computer servers? As it is written in Pirke Avot (Sayings of the Fathers), "turn it, turn it, for everything is in it." Were they talking about the Internet or the Talmud? Rosen writes, "Not long after my grandmother died, my computer crashed and I lost the journal I had kept of her dying." But do the deaths of people or hard drives mean that lives or data are actually lost? What can be recovered? Is there a Norton Utilities Unerase utility for your memories of your loved ones? How do you TOGGLE between the Internet of modern technology and the demands and pulls of The Talmud of religious order. (or how does one create a marriage between a culture editor and a rabbi?) Just as he compares the choices and legacies of Josephus and Yochanan ben Zakkai, Rosen compares the fortunate life of his American-born, pragmatic grandmother, with baked apple skin, who lived to be nearly 95, craving pastrami before her throat surgery in a modern hospital, to the life of his European-born grandmother who was shot and murdered by Nazis. The "Talmud and the Internet" explores the contradictions of Rosen's inheritance (religious and pragmatic). Do we create our religion or only inherit it? Rosen chronicles the remarkable parallels between a page of Talmud and the home page of a Web site, with hyperlinks across the generations and worlds. For example, did you know that the word for Talmud pages is webbings? Or that the Talmud is compared to the Sea (as in surfing)? Didn't a rabbi once write that everything is in the Talmud, and don't people believe that the whole world is in the Internet also? Rosen charts the territory between doubt and belief, tragedy and prosperity, the world of the living and the world of the dead.
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[book] TODAY I AM A BOY by David Hays
Hardcover (October 2000) Simon & Schuster. A story of self-discovery by David Hays, a famed Broadway (a shtetl in its own way) and Met Opera set and lighting designer, New York Times best selling author, and founder of the National Theater of the Deaf. At age 66, Hays decided to study for a "bar mitzvah" since he never attended a synagogue school as child, nor even trained his kids. Here he is in retirement, meddling in the lives of his grown kids, playing with his grandkids, caring for his aged mother who enter a retirement community, leanring more about Jewish home life from his son-in-law. Does a man who sailed with his son around Cape Horn have the courage, strength and perseverance to study Hebrew and Torah? Can he handle his 12 year old classmates? This is a fun read.
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[bookcover] BEING JEWISH: The Spiritual and Cultural Practice of Judaism Today by Ari L. Goldman
Hardcover - (September 2000) Simon & Schuster. Now that Lieberman is running for Vice President, everyone, including American Jews, are curious about Jewish religious practice. Goldman, a former reporter at the NYT, a graduate of Harvard Divinity, an Orthodox pluralist, and a journalism Professor at Columbia, writes on the current state of American Jewry - a state that is definitely not homogenous. It is a must read. It will be to the year 2000 what The Jewish Catalog was to the 1970's. Goldman began writing the book during a sabbatical in Jerusalem in 1997, where he met not only great teachers and had access to great libraries, but he met pulpit rabbis on their individual sabbaticals. They gave him great insight into current Jewish practice and the lives of average American Jews. It is segmented into three sections: life, year, and day; or Jewish life cycle events; the Jewish calendar/holidays; and the Jewish day from morning prayers (or lack thereof) to bedtime. In each section he congently explains jewish rituals and practices. Each sub section ends with "the Basics", which provides a nice summary on each topic. What makes this book stand above all the clutter is the addition of Goldman's personal stories, like that of his placement of his ill mother in a hospice run by the Catholic diocese, and his sections titled "Variation on a Theme." These variations include the anecdotal yet insightful stories of the person who buys a pork filled hot dog on Passover, but doesn't eat the leavened hot dog bun; the NJ orthodontist who wears tzitzis even though he is not observant of other Jewish laws; the family that avoids shellfish on Shabbat; the community leader who drives on Shabbat, but avoids freeways, restricting himself to the local roads, and the journalist who observes Shabbat on Monday evenings and Tuesdays since he must work on weekends. Are the hypocrites? No, they are merely reaching for the divine, and that is what Being Jewish is all about. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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[book] THE WOMEN'S TORAH COMMENTARY: New Insights from Women Rabbis on the 54 Weekly Torah Portions by Rabbi Elyse Goldstein
Jewish Lights Publishing. When you picture a rabbi, do you picture a young, beardless, mother of three? You should. As Rabbi Goldstein writes in the introduction, Abraham Geiger wrote in 1837 that "our whole religious life will profit from the beneficial influence which feminine hearts will bestow upon it." Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, a 1983 HUC-JIR grad, is the leader of the Kolel Adult Center for Liberal Jewish Learning program in Toronto (kolel.ORG), a program that is so successful that they are building their own building. She wanted to be a rabbi since the day of her Bat Mitzvah ceremony. She knows that divrei Torah by women provide a unique perspective. I predict that her book will be the bat mitzvah gift book of choice in this decade. Over fifty, YES FIFTY, women rabbis teach the reader with inspiring commentaries, and NOT JUST feminist commentaries on the parsha's that deal with the Hebrew matriarchs. No, this is in the weekly Torah portion format, starting with Bereshit/Genesis' first chapter (Bereshit) and ending with Davarim/Deuteronomy's last chapter (Vzot Habrachah/The Death of Moses). The week by week format is an asset, and makes it an excellent resource. And not only does the book contain enlightening commentaries, but there are nearly half page biographies for each of the rabbis who provide the commentaries. These bios provide as much enjoyment as the commentaries, since they provide a profile of each woman's path to the rabbinate. The Foreword is by Rabbi Amy Eilberg (JTS, 85). In it she lays the groundwork for women in the rabbinate (beginning with Regina Jonas in 1935, Sally Preisand in 1972 and Sandy Sasso in 1974) and its feminization. Some of my favorite commentaries were Rabbi Lori Forman's (JTS, 88) Bereshit discourse on the creation of Eve; Rabbi Rebecca Alpert's (RRC, 76) Shmot drash on Tziporah; Rabbi Karyn Kedar's (HUC, 85) Ve-era commentary on the many names on God; Rabbi Ilene Schneider's (RRC, 76) Shemini discourse on Kashrut, Food, Women , and Eating Disorders; Rabbi Gila Colman Ruskin's (HUC, 83) insight into Ekev- Circumcision, Womb, and Spiritual Intimacy; Rabbi Barbara Rosman Penzer's (RRC, 87) commentary on Serach daughter of Asher in Vayechi; and Rabbi Helaine Ettinger's (HUS, 91) drash on Tazria, niddah, and brit milah.
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[bookcover] Jew Boy: A Memoir by Alan Kaufman
Hardcover - 400 pages (September 2000) Fromm. From the editor and founder of Davka and TattooJew.com, a memoir of growing up in the Bronx as a child of survivors. I went to a reading by Kaufman last year and was blown over by the devastating prose and sheer terror of his childhood. Physically abused by a his mother whose horrifying experiences left her emotionally scarred, Alan Kaufman is forced to deal with the demons haunting his mother as he struggles uncomprehendingly with his Jewish identity. Why must he suffer for the pain of others? He escapes from his crazy home life to the school yard, only to find one kind of savagery exchanged for another. He experiences the first pangs of adolescent sexuality, undergoes the ritual of an American bar mitzvah, and re-creates himself as a mindless football fanatic on his high-school team, joining in its sadistic rituals and drills. In one of the high points of his narrative, he hitchhikes across the United States and, on the way back, hops an eastbound freight train that brings him face-to-face with the very phantoms he had sought to escape. Kaufman's odyssey finally takes him from an Israeli kibbutz and the Israeli army to his descent into alcoholism on the streets of New York, until at last, finding in poetry the gift that is true to his being, he also finds sobriety in San Francisco. Kaufman's coming-of-age account is by turns hilarious and terrifying, written with irreverent humor and poetic introspection. Best of all, its authentically American voice, with its headlong energy, joy, and sensitivity, call to mind the best of Jack Kerouac and Henry Miller. Jew Boy touches on themes rarely explored in American writing-the pain, guilt, and confusion of American-born children of Holocaust survivors, and what it means to be a Jew in post-Holocaust America. But above all it burns with the universal humanity of a brilliant writer embracing the gift of life with a fierce passion that will leave no reader untouched. P.S.: Note to readers. In the book, he writes that he played football for CCNY. But CCNY had no football team, so I am a tad confused.
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[bookcover] Moonbeams: A Hadassah Rosh Hodesh Guide by Dr. Carol Diament (Editor, national Education Director of Hadassah WiZO), Hadassah Tropper, Leora Tannenbaum
Paperback (September 2000) Jewish Lights Pub. According to the Talmud (Tosafot on Babylonian Megillah 22b), Rosh Hodesh is a reward for women because they did not contribute their jewelry to the making of the Golden Calf in Sinai. An excellent guide for spiritual exploration. Have you ever been to a New Moon prayer service? The new moon, or Rosh Hodesh (head of the month) celebration has been re-embraced by many Jewish women. This guide offers a nine month course of study, with topical chapters for each month. You can use each month-chapter for your monthly meeting. Each chapter contains a personal essay, followed by classic and contemporary readings and sources, as well as techinot, activities and study questions. They can be adapted for your meeting. The chapters include, The History and Observance of Rosh Hodesh; Kippah, Tallit & Tefillin: Their History and Meaning for Women; Claiming a Jewish Feminist Heritage: What is "Jewish Feminism"?; What Can We Learn from Orthodox tradition?; Women & Israeli Law; History of Women's Rabbinic Ordination; and Women & Religious Leadership in Jewish Literature. Great footnotes also
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[bookcover] TALES FOR THE SEVENTH DAY: A COLLECTION OF SABBATH STORIES by Nina Jaffee
Sept 2000. FOR AGES 8 to 12. A collection of 7 stories about Shabbat. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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[book] INFIDELITY: A Memoir. By Ann Pearlman
Sept 2000. She is booked on GMA and she will write a piece for Oprah's magazine. You know this is going to skyrocket. What a family... a memoir of three generations of Pearlman's family and how sexual infidelities affected it. Her father had a mistress, and Pearlman wasn't going to marry someone like that. She instead married an African American NFL football player and artist. But after nearly 30 years of marriage and even a authoring a book on long term passionate marriages (How to Have An Affair With Your Spouse, 1985), she discovers that she too is a victim of her husband's infidelity (with an art student). An amazing read.
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[bookcover] Married to Laughter: A Love Story Featuring Anne Meara by Jerry Stiller
Hardcover - 320 pages (September 2000) Simon & Schuster. Autobiography by Jerry Stiller, who became nationally famous as George Costanza's father, Frank, on Seinfeld (his creation of the character won him an Emmy Award). With his wife Anne Meara, as a comedy team they appeared on Ed Sullivan and made dozens of memorable radio ads. Tales of his life as an actor and his friends from his early days in summer stock to Joseph Papp's pioneering Shakespeare in the Park, from his Broadway performance in Hurlyburly to his roles in such films as The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, The Ritz, Seize the Day, and Hairspray. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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[bookcover] Bruce: Adventures in the Skin Trade and Other Essays by Bruce Vilanch
Hardcover - 224 pages (September 2000) J P Tarcher. Twenty six funny essay by Vilanch, the comedy writer behind Hollywood Squares, bette Milder, and nearly every Academy Awards or other awards show you've ever seen in recent memory. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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[book] My People's Prayer Book, Vol. 4:
Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries - Seder K'riyat Hatorah
(The Shabbat Torah Service)
Edited by Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

SEPTEMBER 2000. Jewish Lights Publishing.
Hardcover - 240 pages Volume 4. Number four in what will be a seven volume series. The Shabbat Torah service with commentaries and explanations on the order and liturgical prayers, drawing upon a multitude of sources. Includes contributions by Marc Brettler, Elliot Dorffm, David Elenson on the evolution of the modern prayer book, Ellen Frankel, Judith Hauptman, Lawrence Kushner, and Ruth Langer to name just a few.
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Click here For Volume 3. Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries--P'sukei D'zimrah (Morning Psalms)
Click here for Volume 2. Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries--The Amidah
Click here for Volume 1. Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries--The Sh'ma and Its Blessings



[book] The Way into Torah (First in the 14 volume THE WAY INTO series of books) by Rabbi Norman J. Cohen
SEPTEMBER 2000. Jewish Lights. 160 PAGES. Hey, Rabbi Akiva was 40 before he even learned the Hebrew alphabet (alephbet), so it is never too late to start to learn Torah and the commentaries. An introduction to reading, studying and understanding Torah by the Provost of HUC-JIR and its Professor of Midrash
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[book] The Way into Jewish Prayer (Second in the 14 volume THE WAY INTO series of books) by Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
SUMMER 2000. Jewish Lights. An invitation and a roadmap to becoming a prayerful person. Why do we pray? How do we pray? When do we prayer (the Jewish calendar)? Where do we pray? How did the synagogue evolve? Was it always a house of prayer? Are synagogues designed for uplifting prayer? Hoffman is a Professor of Liturgy at HUC. He examines not only the pattern, place, and reason for prayer, but explores the Jewish idea of God.
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[book] Celebrating Life by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks , Chief Rabbi of Great Britain
SEPTEMBER 2000. AVAILABLE ONLY IN BRITAIN CURRENTLY. You can buy it from amazon in UK by clicking the icon.
He writes, 'In these meditations. I've tried to say what happiness is, how we make it, ho we lose it, and how we sometimes walk past it without recognising it. We miss it by looking in the wrong places. In consuming, as if it were something we could buy. In leisure, as if it were somewhere we could escape. In changes of relationship and lifestyle as if it were just over the horizon. It isn't somewhere else; it's where we are.' A collection of short pieces reflecting on life, families, children, community, faith, friendship and hope. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has rewritten his original 'Credo' articles that appeared in The Times (of London) and made them the starting point for this new book. He mentions his own clinical depression after the death of his father in 1996, and he alludes to his deep depression after he made ugly remarks about the death of the much loved British Reform/Liberal rabbi, Dr. Hugo Gryn, and how he used Judaism instead of pharmaceuticals to get out of his depression.



[book] A Personal Odyssey by Thomas Sowell
SEPTEMBER 2000. The Free Press. Sowell's account of growing up in the South and in Harlem, and his anecdotal road to Stanford's Hoover Institute and fame. An interesting story of discovery, especially his discovery of who is real mother was.
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[book] KING DAVID: The Real Life of the Man Who Ruled Israel. By Jonathan Kirsch
Hardcover - 400 pages (September 5, 2000) At a time when several books are questioning whether there was ever an actual King David, Kirsch combines Tanakh /Bible texts with commentaries to present a popular portrait of the man and leader, and a review of the period of 1025 to 925 BCE. He focuses on the traditions of the "court historian" and the Deuteronomistic historian."
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[book] Recommendation Whether to Confiscate, Destroy and Burn All Jewish Books : A Classic Treatise Against Anti-Semitism (Stimulus Series) by Johannes Reuchlin, Peter Wortsman (Editor)
Paperback - 88 pages (Sep 2000) Paulist Press. A translation of this document from 1510 that helped to stop the Inquisition from expanding its coverage to the German city-states.
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[book] A Guide to Jewish Prayer Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz,
Hardcover - 464 pages (September 12, 2000) Schocken. From the origins and meaning of prayer to a step-by-step explanation of the daily services to the reason you're not supposed to chat with your friends during the service, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz answers many of the questions likely to arise about Jewish prayer. There are chapters on daily prayer; Sabbath prayer; prayer services for the holidays; the yearly cycle of synagogue Torah readings; the history and make-up of the synagogue; the different prayer rites for Ashkenazim, Sephardim, Yemenites, and other cultural/geographic groupings; the role of communal and personal prayers; the role of the rabbi and the cantor in the synagogue; and the role of music in the service. The book closes with insights into the use of music in prayer. The book also contains a glossary, a bibliography, and biographical sketches of the rabbis who were instrumental in creating and ordering the prayers through the ages.
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[book] Fragile Branches : Travels Through the Jewish Diaspora by James R. Ross
September 2000. Riverhead. Ross, author of Escape to Shanghai, visits small Jewish communities in Peru, Bazil, the Amazon area, Israel, India, and Uganda.
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[book] Fiddler on the Move : Exploring the Klezmer World (American Musicspheres) by Mark Slobin (Wesleyan University)
SEPTEMBER 2000. Hardcover - 160 pages Oxford Univ Press. Just as lots of animals can fit under a mushroom cap in the rain, cuz the mushroom grows, many types of music have fit under the klezmer umbrella. Mark Slobin seeks to define this genre. A study of klezmer music that places it into its rightful place in ethnomusicology, American music studies and cultural studies. Comes with a music CD containing archival and contemporary recordings. An academic book that describes the variety of approaches and perspectives for coming to terms with the diverse array of klezmer. The CD contains variants of "Dem trisker rebns khosid" by David Tarras (1925 and 1978), Alicia Svigals (1997), Deborah Strauss (1997), and the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band (1996); and variants of "Gas-nigh" by abe Schwartz, Kandels Orchestra, Max Weisman, Dave Tarras, Leon Pollak, Debroah Strauss, Alicia Svigals, Max Epstein Band (Dukes of Freilachland), David Krakauer Klezmer Madness, and Ran Blake; and variants of "Araber tants" by Natule Brandwein, La'om, and Hoo tza tza.
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[book] In My Brother's Image : Twin Brothers Separated by Faith After the Holocaust by Eugene Pogany
Hardcover - 352 pages (September 28, 2000) Viking Press. Eugene Pogany is a Boston based clinical psychologist. His father and uncle were identical twins, born to Jewish parents in Hungary. But they were raised a Catholic converts prior to WWII. The conversion did not save them from the death camps. Their mother died in the gas chambers of Auschwitz, clutching her crucifix. Miklos (the author's father) was sent to Bergen Belsen. He returned to Judaism in the camps and even secretly celebrated Pesach. He survived. Gyorgy, the author's uncle, became a Catholic priest and monsignor, and was sheltered during the war in an Italian monastery. After the war, the brothers emigrated to america and lived only a few miles from each other. Yet they clung to their estrangement, each blaming the other as a traitor to the family religious tradition. Only after his Uncle Gyorgy's death did Eugene learn the full story from his father, and his Aunt in Australia. This is a profound story of family, survival, and Hungarian Catholic and Jewish history.
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[book] LOUISA by Simone Zelitch
September 2000. Hardcover - 384 pages. An updated story of Naomi and Ruth, although Naomi is addicted to tobacco. The year is 1949 and Nora, a prickly, strong-willed survivor of the Holocaust, has just walked off the boat in Haifa with her German daughter-in-law, Louisa. Nora expects to be met by her cousin Bela, a Zionist and war hero she has loved since they were children. But Bela fails to appear, and the women enter an absorption camp for immigrants to await an uncertain future. How will they fit into a society that does not believe in looking back? Louisa, the daughter of Nazi parents, proves a genius at self-invention-in many ways the perfect Israeli. Nora is neither heroic nor optimistic, yet she has no other home. When rumors swirl around the camp, she responds with a cranky and ironic distance that rises like a wall of barbed wire. What is she protecting behind that wall? The past, and its secrets.
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[book] Sephardic Flavors - Jewish Cooking of the Mediterranean by Joyce Goldstein
Hardcover - 208 pages (September 1, 2000) Chronicle Books. Chef, author, restaurateur, and Mediterranean cooking expert Joyce Goldstein follows her acclaimed Cucina Ebraica: Flavors of the Italian Jewish Kitchen with this remarkable exploration of Mediterranean Jewish cooking. While researching Cucina Ebraica, she immersed herself in Sephardic History. She wondered how the Jews evolved their cuisine, what influences they took from the Moors, the Portuguese, Andalusians, Valencians, Balearic Islanders, Greeks, Ottomans, and Balkans. What were the harmonizations and the contrasts? She answers these questions and more in the book's opening collection of essays (about 22 pages). This is followed by several pages of sample full menus for Shabbat and Jewish holidays and commemorations. For example, there are Leek Fritters for Hanukkah, Mijavyani (a vegetable soup with plums) for Tu B'Shevat, Lentil Soup for Tisha B'Av, or Moussaka di Pesce and Macaroni and Cheese-Thrace Style (using feta and non-elbow Ziti) for Shavuot. If you are wondering how her book compares to DRIZZLE OF HONEY by David Gitlitz and Linda Kay Davidson, it is her feeling that her cookbook adds more culinary skills to the execution of the recipes. The chapters include ones for Salads and Appetizers; Savory Pastries; Soups; Vegetables and Grains; Fish; Poultry and Meat; and Desserts. In the chapter for Salads and Appetizers, Goldstein writes, that Sephardic cuisine inverts the oil to vinegar ratio (3:1) with which most North Americans are familiar. Sephardic cooking is more tart, so the vinegar ratio is much higher (1:3). My favorite recipes were the Tarator (a cousin to Tzatziki) and Huevos HAMINados, or onion skin eggs, or Jewish eggs (Yahudi Yamurta). The chapter on savory pastries, which are also known as borekas, inchusa, tapada, rondanches, boyos, and filas (to name just a few), includes recipes for Izmir-style Handrajos, or Eggplant and Squash filled borekas. In her chapter on soups, Goldstein tells the reader that it is not a coincidence that the Spanish word for Jewess is the same for bean (judia). She provides recipes for several soups and adafina, or what some Jews may call cholent. My favorites included meatball soup, and a white bean soup. There are 24 recipes in the Vegetables and Grains chapter. Standouts are Turlu, a Turkish Ratatouille; a squash omelet fritada; and pumpkin and prunes, which resembles a Moroccan Jewish style Hilou. The tomato bread pudding was also very unique. A fish dish that is very interesting for the period between Simhat Torah and Hanukkah is Peshkado Avramila, or fish with sour plums or prunes. Goldstein writes that it recalls Abraham's self-circumcision, since Sephardic folklore says that Avraham sat under a plum tree after the procedure. The 22 meat and poultry recipes includes one for Gayna al Orno, a roast chicken with apples and pomegranates; and one for Keftas de Gayna, chicken meatballs with egg and lemons (two of them). The standout is the Rollo me HAMINados is a meatloaf with sweet and sour tomato sauce (uses honey and wine) baked with eggs in the center. The book closes, as do meals, with desserts that include Hanukkah Fritters in a honey lemon glaze; Baklava, Tispishti, Sutlatch, and Zerda ( a rice pudding).
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[book] The Food of Israel : Authentic Recipes from the Land of Milk and Honey (Periplus World of Cooking Series) by Sherry Ansky, Nelli Sheffer (Photographer)
Hardcover - 144 pages. The land of Israel is not only a land of Milk and Honey, but a land of seven main ingredients: olives, figs, dates, pomegranates, grapes, barley and bulgur wheat. Jerusalem-born, Ansky is the food writer for Israeli's MA'ARIV newspaper. The book open with 30 pages of essays on the nature of Israel cuisine, and is followed by 3 pages of descriptions of ingredients. Each recipe is faced by an alluring sensuous picture of the dish that comes close to a work of art. Recipes include five eggplant salads, hummus, falafel, fatoush, shakshouka, Jerusalem kugel, patira, pastelicos, Etrog jam, Jerusalem Hamin, kibbeh, and Mussakhan (chicken with sumach and onions). Soups include a version of matzo ball, a kibbeh soup with beets and turnips, and lentil soup. Recipes for the Yemenite breads of malauach and Jachnun are included, in addition to recipes for lachma, and chickpeas with squid (well, maybe it isn't a kosher cookbook). Three exceptional recipes are Hraymi (a garlic halibut) which is the gefilte fish of the Sephardim; Leek Patties and Meat Cutlets in a lemon sauces; and Lamb Kebabs. Some recipes are from Israel's most famous restaurants and chefs.
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[book] The Bialy Eaters : The Lost World of Bialystock's Jews and the Bread That Sustained Them by Mimi Sheraton
Hardcover - Doubleday. Mimi Sheraton was fascinated by Frech Toast in France, Turkish Delight in Istanbul, Danish pastry in Copenhagen, Scotch Salmon in Glasgow, and Parma Ham. So why not hunt for the elusive Bialy in Bialystok? I am a Kossar's Bialy (Grand Street at Essex in NYC) afficionado, so I approached this book with a chip on my shoulder. But Mimi knows her stuff. She even studied the art of bialy making at Kossar's (she includes a Kossar based recipe in the book). Mimi Sheraton (formerly with The New York Times) took off on an adventure to Bialystok (which was once the home of 50,000 Jews), packing some bialys (bailystoker kuchen) for the trip with her husband, Dick Falcone. Her COBD, or Compulsive Obsessive Bialy Disorder, originated after a 1992 sidetrip from her Conde Nast Traveler assignment on Polish foods. After placing an ad seeking stories in the Bialystok Shtimme Yiddish newspaper, she sorts through the stories, and then visits Israel, Australia, Argentina, Paris, Lincolnwood, Scottsdale (jalapeno flavored), and NYC's Lower East Side over seven years, and creates this history (herstory) of the bialy and the community that is now lost. By the way, did you know that Bell Bialy of Canarsie Brooklyn ships 96,000 bagels and bialies to Japan's Hokushin Corp. each month (where they sell for over $1.10 each)? Or that bialy's should never be sliced like a bagel? Or that Jews created a settlement in Bialystok officially in 1558 and were granted citizenship in 1745. This is a fun read. Now if someone would just tell me the difference between those who say kugel and those who say kiegel.
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[book] The Children's Jewish Holiday Kitchen: 70 Fun Recipes for You and Your Kids, from the Author of Jewish Cooking in America by Joan Nathan,
Paperback - 176 pages (September 5, 2000) Schocken. Seventy child-friendly recipes and cooking activities from around the world will draw the entire family into the spirit and fun of preparing Jewish holiday celebrations. Covering the ten major holidays, each of the activities has a different focus--such as Eastern Europe, biblical Israel, contemporary America--and together they present a vast array of foods, flavors, and ideas. The recipes are old and new, traditional and novel--everything from hamantashen to pretzel bagels, chicken soup with matzah balls to matzah pizza, fruit kugel to Persian pomegranate punch.
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[book] LOWER EAST SIDE MEMORIES. A Jewish Place in America
by Hasia R. Diner (Steinberg Professor of Jewish American History at NYU)
Hardcover - Princeton University Press.
Oh my GOD! This original research should win an award. What a book. Kabloom, the myth of the Lower East Side explodes. You mean all those films and all those books like (Call It Sleep, and The World of Our Fathers ) mythologized the Lower East Side of NYC in post War and post Holocaust? During the years now fondly recalled (1880-1930), the neighborhood was only occasionally called the Lower East Side. Though largely populated by Jews from Eastern Europe, it was not ethnically or even religiously homogenous. 500,000 Jews lived there in 1910. (but 200,000 Jews lived in South Chicago at the same time) The tenements, grinding poverty, sweatshops, and packs of roaming children were considered the stuff of social work, not nostalgia and romance. Did suburban Jews of the 1960s look at the Lower East Side as a central myth to how they arrived poor and succeeded? Did it become san emblem? Was it just sentimental kitsch? In her commitment to historical truth, she offers an insightful account of one of our most famous neighborhoods and its power to shape identity.
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[book] GLORY GOES AND GETS SOME
by Emily Carter (as in Anne Roiphe's daughter and Katie Roiphe's sister)

Hardcover - 192 pages (September 1, 2000) Coffeehouse Press. How many kids do you know who were expelled from Kindergarten? They are bound for greatness, ADD, or rehab, or all 3. The A's she didn't get in classrooms she got through Aids, Alcohol, and other Addictions. While she didn't get an "A" Emily Carter, the daughter of author Anne Roiphe (1185 PARK AVE) and sister of Katie Roiphe (Last Night in Paradise : Sex and Morals at the Century's End) , has published her collection of 21 linked short stories. I have been anticipating this book for a while, having read profiles of Carter, the one time self-destructive, HIV-positive, East Village, heroin and coke addict. The narrator in most of the stories is Gloria Bronski, who goes from Manhattan to Minnesota to recover from addictions (just like Carter). Bronski is the daughter of Jewish intellectuals (hmmm, just like Carter). Glory (Gloria) craves attention and the attention of men; she also craves drugs. These are great, funny, and touching stories. Among the best of the stories is "The Bride", which takes its theme from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. A story of how one who craves affection and is unloved becomes MONSTROUS when repulsed and rejected.
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[book] Coney by Amram Ducovny
Hardcover - 320 pages (September 2000). A novel of growing up in pre-War Jewish Brooklyn. Hmm Ducovny, that's name sounds familiar. Umm, well he is the father of the X-Files actor, David Ducovny, and the author of about 10 other books, but this is his first novel. Set in Brooklyn's Coney Island neighborhood in the 1930's, we meet Harry Catzker, age 15. Harry lives with his father, Moishe, a Yiddish journalist; his Polish born mother, Velia; and grandma Bama, who is considering a return to Europe since she never learned English. Harry gets involved in the seedier side of the Coney Island midway and meets quite unusual characters and denizens of the underground economy. He also interacts in educational dialogues with Aba Stolz, a Yiddish poet who boards in his family's home, visits the Harlem jazz clubs, and comes of age in this immigrant mileiu.
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[book] THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY by Michael Chabon
Random House Hardcover - 639 pages (September 2000).
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION 2001
Another great book from the fingers of Michael Chabon, a favorite Jewish novelist (Wonder Boys, A Model World, Mysteries of Pittsburgh, the Nathan stories). Slightly based on lives of Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel. Sam Klayman has a new roommate. His cousin, Josef Kavalier, has been smuggled out of Nazi occupied Prague in the same crate that contains The Golem. These boys create a cartoon character, The Escapist. The Escapist fights for good. Now if only the comic book industry would give these two cousins a fair shake. Click to read more extensive reviews.





[book] Jewish baltimore. A family album. By gilbert sandler
Hardcover - (September 2000). Johns Hopkins Press
A remembrance of charm city.
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[book] The Avengers. A Jewish war story. By Rich Cohen
Hardcover (September 2000) Knopf. Written in a simple, heroic style. What is it with Rich Cohen? Does he have a thing for tough Jews?? First he wrote about Jewish mobsters cuz his grandfather knew some; now he does a book on the story of the partisans who joined the Russians in their attack on the Nazis in Vilna, Lithuania, cuz he met the three leaders when he visited Israel as a 10 year old. They attempted to organize an uprising in the Vilna Ghetto, and they mined German trains. The book focuses on three fighters, Abba Kovner, Ruzka Korczak, and Vitka Kempner. After the war ended the three lovers moved to Palestine, where Abba (Kovner), who became a successful Zionist poet, attempted to arrange the deaths of Germans by smuggling poison back to German cities. He did succeed in making 2000 German prisoners sick by poisoning their bread supply. (Unfortunately Kovner developed some unpopular ideas, like blaming the Jews who were murdered by Nazis for their own deaths, but the author doesn't dwell on this since it might ruin the story.)
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[book] PEDRO AND ME. Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned
By Judd Winick of MTV's Real World 3 in San Francisco

Paperback. September 6, 2000. 187 Pages. Henry Holt.
In this Summer of Reality TV and opportunities to win $1 million by screwing over or excluding your roommates, Judd Winik, a cartoonist, and member of the third season of MTV's The Real World, presents us with the true story of living on a reality TV show for six months, where the prize was not $1 million and a Hollywood contract, but a lifelong lesson in friendship, courage, and love. Written in cartoon, or graphic novel, form, this is one of the few cartoon books that will choke you up. (not even Art Spiegelman's Maus did it as well). Judd takes us behind the scenes of life in the Real World house, and imparts to us what he learned about friendship and striving to be a mensch in one's life. Behind the scenes, Judd tells us about the night sweats, the pneumonia, Pedro's anxieties, and Judd's growing fondness for his housemate (now fiance), Pam. The reader will also learn more about the life and death of Pedro Zamora. The first four chapters cover Pedro's life before his invitation to join the Real World 3 house. Born on a leap day in a leap year in Cuba, anointed as a Grande Cabeza, Pedro was a scholar, track team captain, friend, brother and son. Zamora faced the realization that he was HIV Positive when he was only 17. Judd's book graphically conveys how Pedro, a popular student, faced his school and announced that he was living with the virus. With 25% of all new AIDS cases occurring among American teens, the book serves as an additional wake up call to readers and educators. As with Shephard, many Americans believe that Zamora gave more by dying than by living. This is far from the truth, and readers can get confirmation of this by reading this book as well as a chapter totled "Limitations" that did not make it into Winick's book (can be found on PedroAndMe.Com). All net proceeds on sales of this book through MyJewishBooks.com will be donated by us to the PedroZamoraProject.com By the way, this isn't in the book, but readers of MyJewishBooks.com may be interested to know that during the filming of Real World 3, Puck wore a t-shirt with a swastika on it. For over an hour, Judd debated with Puck about the wearing of this shirt, explaining why it is offensive. Puck had a whole litany of excuses, about how it was an Indian symbol of power, etc. After an hour, Judd gave up. Pedro had overheard the exchange. Judd told Pedro that he didn't think that Puck was anti-Semitic; Puck was just an idiot. Why should Judd bother with continuing to debate him? Pedro replied, "This isn't just about you. This isn't just about the conversation in the house... they killed homosexuals.. Gypsies and dissidents... You should never go easy on someone who promotes hate." Pedro was obviously wise beyond his years.
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[book] ESTHER: A Jerusalem Love Story. By Dvora Waysman
Paperback - 150 pages (September 2000) A love story that spans three decades and three continents. When Max, 25, first meets Esther, 20, she is a young Australian girl filled with passion for life and boundless enthusiasm. He falls for her in half an hour. His love for her continues through all the changes that take place in her life - her move from London, where they meet, to Jerusalem where she explores the Judaism. Before her trip to Israel she found Judaism too restrictive. They marry other people when Essie decides to remain on a kibbutz. A quarter decade later, both divorced, they meet by accident in Lebanon. Max never stops loving Esther, even as she matures from a naive girl to a woman of depth and wisdom. Love takes many forms, and readers will experience all the complexities of emotion as they discover the ties that bind a man to a woman.
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[book] PALESTINES CHILDREN. Returning To Haifa and Other Stories
By Ghassan Kanafani. Translated by B. Harlow and K. Riley

September 2000. The Zionist hating author died 28 years ago in 1972 when his car exploded. He was the spokesperson for a militant terrorist group. This is a collection of 14 of his classic stories, including "Returning to Haifa" about a Palestinian family who flee Haifa, forgetting their infant. The infant is raised by a Jewish family, and he joins the Israeli army. Said and Safiyya return to Haifa in 1967 and the apartment to meet the family and their biological son, Khaldun. Can you spell vitriol.
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[book] GERSHON'S MONSTER. A STORY OF THE JEWISH NEW YEAR By Eric Kimmel
September 2000. Age 5 and Up. Every Rosh Hashana, in Jewish communities around the Earth, some Jews symbolically dispose of their sins by emptying their pockets of bread crumbs into streams, rivers, or seas. Some do this symbolically, others with meaning, and a few forget Isaiah's admonition against choosing the improper fast. The process is known as tashlikh. Eric Kimmel, a prolific Jewish children's book author, presents this book for the High Holidays based on a Hasidic tale about tashlikh. The book is based on a Hasidic tale of the Ba'al Shem Tov (BeSHT), and also incorporates the writings of Rabbi Maimonide's 12th Century Laws of Repentance (Chapter 2), and Rabbi Benay Lappe's "Six Steps for Doing Teshuva."
Now let's get to the lovely book. Gershon the Baker and noble wife Fayge live in Constantsa on the Black Sea. Is (Constant)sa a town where change does not occur? Gershon the Baker is uncaring and self-absorbed; he sweeps his flaws into his cellar each Friday and forgets them. He never make amends or apologizes. Gershon cares nothing about other people's feelings. He barges into rooms; he knocks things over; he never says, "Thank You." At Rosh Hashana, he takes all his sins and flaws that he swept into the cellar, places the into a sack, and takes them down to the Black Sea. There he deposits them and forgets them. But do sins just disappear if true repentance is missing?
When Gershon travels to Kuty to see a famed rabbi in order to plead for the birth of a child, he is oblivious to the rabbi's teachings that Gershon is undeserving and uncaring. But the wonder rabbi relents, and Fayge gives birth to twins within a year. But what about Gershon's ways? They influence the family, the kids, the community, and the Black Sea, until one day, they rise up like a sea monster as the twins are playing on the beach.
Can Gershon the Baker change? Will repentance be true? Will the twins be saved? Is there a way to lessen the final decree?
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[book] HOUSE OF WINDOWS. Portraits from a Jerusalem Neighborhood by Adina Hoffman
September 2000. Adina and Peter Hoffman moved to Israel a decade ago. She is a film critic for The Jerusalem Post. Filled with interesting stories of an American in Jerusalem, and the characters who make up her neighborhood. Great section on her fight to save some trees that a religious school wants to cut down
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[book] THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE HOLOCAUST, 1930 - 1965 by Michael Phayer
September 2000. Indiana Univ Press. More damning evidence against Pope Pius XII and his "diplomacy." In 1965, the Church declared that the Jews were not responsible for crucifying Jesus.
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[book] THE LORDS SONG IN A STRANGE LAND. Music and Identity in Contemporary Jewish Worship. By Rabbi Jeffrey Summit
September 2000. Oxford Univ Press. Rabbi Summit, Hillel Director at Tufts University, and a teacher of music, explores five synagogues (out of 114) in the Boston area, and the use of music (notably for Lekha Dodi) in the Friday night Sabbath service.
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[book] THE HALF JEWISH BOOK: A Celebration by Daniel M. Klein, Freke Vuijst
Hardcover - 256 pages (September 19, 2000) Villard Books. I didn't want to like this book, since I don't believe you can be half-Jewish in religious terms, since religions have differing beliefs, and one may not believe in one god on the one hand, and a pantheon of gods simultaneously. But this book is discussing Jewishness as a culture, and I have to admit, that it is very entertaining and well designed. In the United States, there are more half-Jews than "full Jews" under the age of eleven. Daniel Klein and Freke Vuijst live in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, where they are raising their half-American-Jewish, half-Dutch-Christian daughter. Make room for a new identity. The Half-Jewish Book celebrates this unique identity that until now has been ignored, dissed, and misunderstood. The authors fill this book with profiles, interviews, and quotes from half Jewish literary characters (Margaret Simon from Judy Blume's 1970 book, "Are You There God? It's Me Margaret."); cartoon characters (for example, Tommy and Dyl Pickles from Rugrats); and real part Jewish personalities from American pop culture (Joan Collins, Gwyneth Paltrow, Amy Irving, Paulette Goddard, Jayne Seymour, Lisa Bonet, Barbara Hershey, Michael Douglas, Michael Landon, Oliver Stone, Sean Penn, Kevin Kline, Douglas Fairbanks, Goldie Hawn, Dyan Cannon, Harrison Ford, David Duchovny, Noah Wyle, Alicia Silverstone, Peter Sellers, Geraldo, Ben Stiller, Fiorello La Guardia, Barry Goldwater, Dianne Feinstein, Roseanne Arquette, Boris Becker, Jose Bautista, Proust, Brad Ausmus, James McBride, Courtney Love, Xavier Hollander, Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, Carly Simon, and General Wesley Clark to name a handfull). The book is filled with entertaining quips, like that of Half-Jewish/half-Catholic Bill Maher: "I come from a mixed religious background--when I went to confession, I brought a lawyer with me.", as well as serious topics on identity and life choices. The authors also include an essay on the history of half-Jews in the Holocaust and the Nazi laws about who was a Jew. Also included are holiday cards, some weird holiday menus, poetry, paintings and lots of celebrity photographs.
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[book] Shopping for Identity: The Marketing of Ethnicity by Marilyn Halter (Boston University)
Hardcover - 256 pages (September 12, 2000) Schocken. In America today, you can connect to your ethnic heritage in dozens of ways, or adopt an identity just for an evening. Our society is not a melting pot but a salad bar--a bazaar in which the purveyors of goods and services spend close to $2 billion a year marketing the foods, clothing, objects, vacations, and events that help people express their (and others') ethnic identities. This is a huge business, whose target groups are the "hyphenated Americans"--in other words, all of us. As immigrant groups gain economic security, they tend to reinforce-not relinquish--their ethnic identification. Marilyn Halter demonstrates that, to a great extent, they do it by shopping. And their purchasing power is enormous. How has the marketplace responded to this hunger? Instantly and wholeheartedly: tweaking old products and inventing new ones; launching new brands in supermarkets, new music groups, vacation itineraries, language courses, toys, greeting cards, et cetera.
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[book] You Can't Do Business (Or Most Anything Else) Without Yiddish by Leon H. Gildin, Paul Peter Porges (Illustrator)
Hardcover - 130 pages (August 2000) A Yiddish primer, filled with laughs.
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[book] HEALTHY JEWISH COOKING by Steven Raichlin
Hardcover - 272 pages (September 2000).
Who knew that Jewish cooking can have a light touch? Raichlen, like many reformed Jews growing up in Pikesville/Baltimore in the 1950's, lived his Judaism through his foods - soups, mandelech, pirogis, briskets, desserts, flanken, knaidlach, tsimmis, and baklava. But, today, these foods can be done lite. His techniques include bake-frying and grilling, focusing on naturally low fat foods, using egg substitutes, using chicken broth instead of schmaltz, increasing the ratio of vegetables to meats, sauteing with non stick pans, and roasting. His 175 recipes include mock schmaltz made from canola oil, a breakfast sangria (for a Yom Kippur Break Fast) from the Caribbean, Curacaoan hot cocoa, quick bake-fried kreplach, sweet cheese kreplach, sephardic empanadas, baltic pirogi, veggie chopped liver, lowfat chopped chicken liver, a low fat chicken soup, matzo ball soup, hot borscht, Greek egg-lemon matzo soup, sauerkraut soup, salonikan soup, and sorrel schav soup. He includes eleven salads including a two-egg-salad made from eggs and eggplants. Speaking of vegetable dishes, there are fourteen, including a tropical tsimmis, a Jewish Romanian polenta (mamaliga) made with garlic and cinnamon; a basil marinated zucchini dish, and Pesach Spanekopita. Several breads are described, including a honey VANILLA challah, Passover rolls, onion rolls, matzo muffins, and Bukharan steamed buns with cilantro and chives. A Sephardic style scrambled eggs with garlic, paprika, cumin and bell peppers (strapatsata or Tunisian chakchouka) is a standout. In terms of meats, recipes include low fat Israeli spiced turkey cutlets, chicken cutlets with a mushroom stuffing, Syrian style Chicken with eggplant (a new Shepherds Pie); a sweet and sour turkey stuffed cabbage roll; holiday brisket with raisins, grape wine, prunes, and apricots; a Napa Valley style brisket; lamb tagine, and a Three-B's cholent. Five kugel recipes include a carrot apple kugel, and a zucchini kugel. Desserts include zvingous, or Greek Hanukkah fritters that are baked. They became a sensation after being mentioned in 1999 in a NYT Hanukkah recipe. A strudel recipe includes a Greek-Sephardic Pumpkin strudel that is usually eaten at Sukkot (Rodanchas de la Calabaza). Finally, let me add a word on Greg Schneider's photography... great. His picture of assorted low fat blintzes lying atop Hebrew newspapers, corralled by a set of tefillin is worthy of individual sale as a lithograph.
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[book] SILVIE by Silvia Grohs-Martin
Hardcover - 320 pages. Autobiography of life in Vienna and Amsterdam, life on stage, survival at Malin, Auschwitz, Ravensbruck concentration camps. Additionally, a fascinating story of the life of women at death camps. Recommended by Steven Spielberg and Iris Rainer Dart. A remarkable woman who saved lives.
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[book] The Bombing of Auschwitz : Should the Allies Have Attempted It by Michael J, Neufeld (Editor), Michael Berenbaum (Editor)
Hardcover - 352 pages (Summer 2000) St Martins Press. In essays by 15 World War II and Holocaust historians, including Martin Gilbert, Walter Laqueur, and Deborah Lipstadt, all sides of the debate are presented. The contributors are divided over the answers to several basic questions, including What was known about the Holocaust? When was it known? And by whom? Was bombing feasible? In an introduction, Neufield concludes that it is fair to say that Auschwitz II Birkenau could have been bombed by the same U.S. planes that were bombing I. G. Farben-Monowitz but that bombing of the railroad "seems likely to have been a failure under any circumstances." Forty pages of original documents are reproduced, appealing to the American and British governments to bomb the concentration camp.
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[book] THE FAMILY ORCHARD. A novel (The Family Paradise/Eden, hint hint)
by Nomi Eve

Hardcover - 352 pages (September 26, 2000) Knopf. This is Eve's first novel about a pardess, a very sexual pardess. A multigenerational saga. Six generations of a Jewish family from 1837, when Yochanan and Esther marry in Turkish Ottoman Palestine, through the creation of the State of Israel. Although a postmodern, magical fiction, it is nearly autobiographical. A completely unique view of kosher sexual affairs is included also.
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[book] How to Be a Jewish Parent: A Practical Handbook for Family Life by Anita Diamant, Karen Kushner (Contributor)
Paperback - 352 pages (September 5, 2000) Schocken. How do you handle the conflicts between spouses on how Jewish to raise your child? Should you affix a mezuzah to my daughter's dollhouse? This is an informative, wise guide on how to raise a healthy, happy, Jewish child in America's open society with Jewish values and traditions. Diamant is the author of THE RED TENT. Kushner is a clinical social worker.
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[book] TheLordIsMyShepherd.com. Seeking God in Cyberspace. by Rabbi Joshua Hammerman
Sept 2000. Hammerman makes pilgrimages to holy sites around the world from his web browser and takes us on a ride as well. Finding spirituality, good, and evil in the web.
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[book] Jewish Paths Toward Healing and Wholeness: A Personal Guide to Dealing With Suffering. By Rabbi Kerry Olitzky
Sept 2000. Jewish views on suffering and theodicy.
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[book] The Lost Masters: World War II and the Looting of Europe's Treasures
by Peter Harclerode and Brendan Pittaway

Sept 2000. Luckily the Nazi's thought that Picasso's and Van Gogh's to be degenerate. But as for everything else.... Read this for an extremely detailed account and chronology of who plundered what, who helped out, who profited, and what happened. Includes some anecdotes, such as how Goring plundered a counterfeit Vermeer.
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[book] AFTER THE WAR
by Alice Adams

Sept 2000. The last novel by the late Alice Adams. Set during WWII, Cynthia Baird is unfaithful as her husband is at war, enter a Jewish Communist couple from Hollywood.
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[book] The Inextinguishable Symphony. A True Story of Love and Music in Nazi Germany
by Martin Goldsmith

Sept 2000. 352 pages. Mister Goldsmith's (host of NPR Performance Today) parents were musiscians. Rosalie (viola) and Gunther (flute) met in 1936 as German Jews in Frankfurt. They performed in the Kulturbund, which allowed Jewish artists to plays for Jewish audiences, giving them a false sense of security through 1941. Join him as he recounts stories of music, love, close calls, escape, return for love, and re-escape. Will be of interest to Historians of the Saint Louis as well.
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[book] The MODERN JEWISH CANON. A Journey Through Language and Culture
by Ruth Wisse

Sept 2000. 416 pages. Free Press. If the Western Canon contains Shakespeare's Lear, Tolstoy's War and Peace, and Joyce's Dubliners, should the Jewish Canon contain Aleichem's Tevye, Babel, and Kafka's "The Trial"? Harvard Professor of Yiddish, Ruth Wisse, introduces readers to the modern canon of Jewish literature, including Sholom Aleichem, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Singer's sister, Hinde Esther Kreitman, S. Y. Agnon, Shabtai, Kafka, Frank, Roth, Babel, Y. H. Brenner, Canadian A. M. Klein, Cynthia Ozick, and others (but no Bernard Malamud, who is excised from the Canon). This is destined to be a classic work. It will reshape the way we think about some of the classic works of the past 150 years. First of all, forget all you know about the liberal-bastardization of "Tevye the Milkman" which Broadway called "Fiddler on the Roof." There are ten chapters, arranged chronologically. You will never look at Jewish literature and its themes the same again. For example, how should the works of babel, Itzik Feffer, and David bergelson be viewed in light of the need for the Soviet to maintain the idea of progress? How did Kafka's "The Trail" relate to the 1911 blood libel trial of Mendel Beilis, which Franz Kafka followed with great interest. The Modern Jewish Canon is a book for every Jewish reader and for every reader of great fiction.
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[book] KOSHER MEAT: By Lawrence Schimel
Paperback (September 2000) Sherman Asher Pub. An anthology of Jewish gay literature.
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[book] INTO THE ARMS OF STRANGERS. STORIES OF THE KINDERTRANSPORT. By Oscar winning filmmaker, Mark Jonathan Harris, and Deborah Oppenheimer (Warner Brothers)
Sept 2000. 304 pages. For nine months before the outbreak of World War II, Britain conducted an extraordinary rescue mission. It opened its doors to over 10,000 endangered children-90 percent of them Jewish-from Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia. These children were taken into foster homes and hostels in Britain, expecting eventually to be reunited with their parents. Most of the children never saw their parents or families again. This is the story. See Jewishfilm.com for information on the documentary film from Warner Brothers
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