Posts Tagged: Significant Jewish Books

Jewish Books and Libraries: A Match Made in Heaven



by Ellen Tilman I am in Jewish book heaven. I’ve been dreaming about what new books I will purchase for my congregational library ever since attending the annual conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL). Why do I attend this conference and what do I gain from it? At the Meyers Library of Reform […]

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Ben-Gurion: A Political Life



by Peter Shapiro The authors, Shimon Perez and David Landau, made it clear from the outset that their views on David Ben-Gurion as a man, his accomplishments and failures, as well as his vision for Israel could be considered biased. Perez, the current President of Israel, was his friend and worked with him for many […]

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The List



by Peter Shapiro Imagine, if you can, that you are one of the protagonists in Martin Fletcher’s novel The List. It might be Edith or Georg who fled Vienna one step ahead of the Gestapo, leaving family and friends behind. They met for the first time in Paris and once again eluded the Gestapo, finding […]

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Ben-Gurion: A Book and An Encounter



by David Stein The story of  Ben-Gurion as related by Shimon Peres is part of a series titled “Jewish Encounters.”  Truly, the text is an encounter with a historic political and cultural figure. Unless one is schooled in Israeli history and politics, the name Ben-Gurion is known as a leading figure in the move toward […]

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Book Discussion: Homesick



by Peter ShapiroRead the review of this book in RJ magazineSee other Significant Jewish Books Homesick: A Novelby Eshkol Nevo If you appreciate the literary style and works of Amos Oz you will enjoy Homesick by Eshkol Nevo. The narrative’s locale is Mevasseret, a suburb of Jerusalem. In 1947 it was abandoned by the Arabs who […]

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Book Discussion: Wherever You Go



by Peter ShapiroRead the review of this book in RJ magazineSee other Significant Jewish Books Where Ever You Goby Joan Leegant Anton Chekov famously advised “it is not the role of the novelist to solve problems, only to present them correctly”. Anita Diamant indicated that “a novelist may take license with character development, but the […]

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Book Discussion: By Fire and By Water



by R. Peter ShapiroRead the review of this Significant Jewish Book in RJ magazineSee other Significant Jewish Book selections Palace intrigue, ethnic cleansing, murder, unrequited love, and the quest for new lands and their riches are all woven together in Michael James Kaplan’s novel By Fire and By Water. The story takes place in Spain […]

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Book Discussion: Good for the Jews



by Peter ShapiroRead the review of this book in RJ magazineSee other Significant Jewish Book selections Good for the Jews:A Novelby Debra Spark Debra Sparks has recast the story of Esther in modern day Madison, the home of the liberal University of Wisconsin The first letter of the names of the principal characters as well […]

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Book Discussion: A Seat at the Table



by Rabbi Marci BellowsRead the review of this book in RJ magazineSee other Significant Jewish Book selections A Seat at the Tableby Joshua Halberstam I vividly remember learning how to read. Sometime around the age of 4 years old, I could suddenly make out the letters and words around me. I read constantly, and, as […]

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Book Discussion: Houses of Study – A Jewish Woman Among Books



by Rabbi Marci BellowsRead the review of this book in RJ magazineSee other Significant Jewish Book selections Houses of Study – A Jewish Woman Among Booksby Ilana M. Blumberg One of my favorite activities to bring to a classroom of elementary school-aged religious school students is a deceptively simple art project: “Draw a Jew.” Easy, […]

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Book Discussion: A Seat at the Table



by Peter ShapiroRead the review of this book in RJ magazineSee other Significant Jewish Book selections A Seat at the Tableby Joshua Halberstam “A Seat at the Table” is a metaphor for the Chassidic adage that no matter what one has done to stray from the teachings of Torah he or she will not be […]

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Book Discussion: Houses of Study – A Jewish Woman Among Books



by Peter ShapiroRead the review of this book in RJ magazineSee other Significant Jewish Book selections Houses of Study – A Jewish Woman Among Booksby Ilana M. Blumberg Jewish women for almost five thousand seven hundred seventy years have struggled with a tradition that moved them into a life of modesty, early marriage and motherhood. […]

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