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Voltaire's Jews and Modern Jewish Identity: Rethinking the Enlightenment

by Harvey Mitchell

Harvey Mitchell's book argues that a reassessment of Voltaire's treatment of traditional Judaism will sharpen discussion of the origins of, and responses to, the Enlightenment. His study shows how Voltaire's...


Ahad Ha'am Elusive Prophet: Ahad Ha'am and the origins of Zionism

by Steven J Zipperstein & Arthur Hertzberg

An incisive biography of the guiding intellectual presence – and chief internal critic – of Zionism, during the movement’s formative years between the 1880s and the 1920s. Ahad Ha’am (‘One of the People’)...


Commentary on the Torah

by Richard Elliott Friedman

In this groundbreaking and insightful new commentary, one of the world's leading biblical scholars unveils the unity and continuity of the Torah for the modern reader. Richard Elliott Friedman, the bestselling...


When They Come for Us, We'll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry

by Gal Beckerman

The untold story of the twenty-five-year struggle to free Soviet Jews, drawing on newly released Soviet government documents as well as hundreds of oral interviews, and told from the perspective of the individuals...


Am I a Jew?: My Journey Among the Believers and Pretenders, the Lapsed and the Lost, in Search of Faith (Not Necessarily My Own), My Roots, and Who Kn

by Theodore Ross

"I was nine years old when my mother forced me to convert to Christianity...."

When Theodore Ross moved from New York City to small-town Mississippi, his mother insisted that the family pretend to not be Jewish....


Burnt Books: Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav and Franz Kafka

by Rodger Kamenetz

Part of the Jewish Encounter series

Rodger Kamenetz, acclaimed author of The Jew in the Lotus, has long been fascinated by the mystical tales of the Hasidic master Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav. And for many years...


A Code of Jewish Ethics: Volume 1: You Shall Be Holy

by Joseph Rabbi Telushkin

A Code of Jewish Ethics, Volume 1: You Shall Be Holy is the initial volume of the first major code of Jewish ethics to be written in the English language. It is a monumental work on the vital topic of personal...


Yiddish: A Nation of Words

by Miriam Weinstein

This first-ever popular history of Yiddish is so full of life that it reads like a biography of the language.

For a thousand years Yiddish was the glue that held a people together. Through the intimacies of daily...


Stealing History

by Gerald Stern

In what could be boldly called a new genre, Gerald Stern reflects with wit, pathos, rage, and tenderness, on 85 years of life. In 70 short, intermingling pieces that constitute a kind of diary of a mind, Stern...


Not a Happy Camper: A Memoir

by Mindy Schneider

Remember those long sultry summer days at camp, the sun setting over the lake as you sang “Kumbaya”? Well, Mindy Schneider remembers her summer at Camp Kin-A-Hurra in 1974 just a wee bit differently. Not...


Kaddish

by Leon Wieseltier

Winner of the 1998 National Jewish Book Award

"An astonishing fusion of learning and psychic intensity; its poignance and lucidity should be an authentic benefit to readers, Jewish and gentile." --The New York...


The Beliefnet Guide to Kabbalah

by Arthur Goldwag & Lawrence Kushner

This lively, easy-to-follow guide to Kabbalah introduces the ancient Jewish mystical tradition that has captured the interest of Hollywood stars and the general public alike.

With celebrities like Madonna, Paris...


Surviving Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah: The Ultimate Insider's Guide

by Cantor Matt Axelrod

In Surviving Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Cantor Matt Axelrod provides a practical, humorous guide for Jewish students and their families as they prepare for their “big day.” Breezy and friendly yet reassuring...


Nothing Sacred: The Truth About Judaism

by Douglas Rushkoff

Acclaimed writer and thinker Douglas Rushkoff, author of Ecstasy Club and Coercion, has written perhaps the most important—and controversial—book on Judaism in a generation. As the religion stands on the...


Juggling Identities: Identity and Authenticity Among the Crypto-Jews

by Seth D. D. Kunin

Juggling Identities is an extensive ethnography of the crypto-Jews who live deep within the Hispanic communities of the American Southwest. Critiquing scholars who challenge the cultural authenticity of these...


Jewish Philosophy as a Guide to Life: Rosenzweig, Buber, Levinas, Wittgenstein

by Hilary Putnam

Distinguished philosopher Hilary Putnam, who is also a practicing Jew, questions the thought of three major Jewish philosophers of the 20th century-Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, and Emmanuel Levinas-to help...


Israeli Feminism Liberating Judaism: Blood and Ink

by Bonna Devora Haberman

Author Bonna Haberman expresses her concerns about religion and society in Israel. Engaging feminist interpretation of Jewish sources, this book questions the interplay between civil and religious authority...


Zen Judaism: For You, A Little Enlightenment

by David M. Bader

Few spiritual practices are more intriguing or elusive than those of Zen Judaism,” says David M. Bader in the foreword to Zen Judaism. “This growing movement offers a unique way to follow in the footsteps...


Anti-Semitism

by Dan Cohn-Sherbok

Anti-Semitism has featured in the history of Western civilisation since the Greeks. What the twentieth century has seen through the lens of the holocaust has been happening for over 3000 years. Dan Cohn-Sherbok...


Elijah and the Rabbis: Story and Theology

by Kristen H. H. Lindbeck

Through an innovative synthesis of narrative critique, oral-formulaic study, folkloric research, and literary analysis, Kristen H. Lindbeck reads all the Elijah narratives in the Babylonian Talmud and details...