Jewish Books and Literature

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A Conversation with Best-Selling Cookbook Author Jake Cohen

June 4, 2021
Jake Cohen’s debut cookbook, jew-ish: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch (HMH), is a New York Times bestseller. Jake is a former food staffer at Saveur, food editor of Tasting Table and Time Out New York, and most recently the editorial and test kitchen director of FeedFeed (@thefeedfeed).

Social Justice Literature

Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen

Review by
Kate Bigam Kaput
By
Jazz Jennings
By the time she was 3 years old, Jazz Jennings (not her original first name or her real last name) knew she was meant to be a girl. In her new book Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teenager, Jazz tells her story, including how she and her family became reality TV stars and outspoken advocates for transgender rights.

Children's Book Reviews

Bone Button Borscht

A tired beggar reaches a small town on a cold, wintery night, seeking food and a warm bed. When the poor locals are reluctant to assist, he promises to make a delicious soup from six bone buttons.

Book Reviews

Discussion Guides

The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant

The cover of Anita Diamant's extraordinary book reads, The Red Tent: A Novel. A more accurate description of her rich elaboration on the biblical narrative of Dinah would be The Red Tent: A Midrash.

Learning

Building a Serious Jewish Library

A young friend and former student of mine recently asked her Facebook network for suggestions as to what books she ought to buy as first steps in building a serious Jewish library.

How to Start a Social Justice Book Club

Reform Jews across North America come together in their own communities to read, explore and discuss social justice-themed books. RAC Reads provides thought-provoking stories and tools to get your family, congregation, and community talking about racial justice.

History

First They Came for the Books

In his fascinating and eminently readable new book, Stolen Words: The Nazi Plunder of Jewish Books, Rabbi Mark Glickman reminds us that Jews have always relied on books as essential sinews, binding Jews to God, to each other, and to the rest of humanity, regardless of time or space.

Making Meaning of Tisha B’Av Through the Lens of Literature

When you have come into the land that the Eternal your God is giving to you as a heritage, and you have possessed it and settled there, you shall take from among all the first fruits of the ground that you bring forth from your land- which the Eternal your God has given you- and you shall put them