Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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Celebrating the best of Jewish Literature




The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible
The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible
By Friedman, Matti
2012-05 - Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
9781616200404 Check Our Catalog

This true detective story unveils the journey of a 10th-century bible known as the Aleppo Codex. Using his independent research, Friedman proposes a new theory of what happened when the codex left Syria in the 1940s and surfaced in Jerusalem, mysteriously incomplete. …More


Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza
Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza
By Hoffman, Adina
Author Cole, Peter
2011-04 - Schocken Books Inc
9780805242584 Check Our Catalog

Acclaimed essayist Hoffman and MacArthur-winning poet and translator Cole tell the story of the recovery from a Cairo geniza (a repository for worn-out texts) of the most vital cache of Hebrew manuscripts ever discovered. …More


The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time
The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time
By Shulevitz, Judith
2011-04 - Random House Trade
9780812971736 Check Our Catalog

What is the Sabbath, anyway? The holy day of rest? The first effort to protect the rights of workers? A smart way to manage stress in a world in which computers never get turned off and work never comes to an end? Or simply an oppressive, outmoded rite? In "The Sabbath World, " Judith Shulevitz explores the Jewish and Christian day of rest, from its origins in the ancient world to its complicated observance in the modern one. Braiding ideas together with memories, Shulevitz delves into the legends, history, and philosophy that have grown up around a custom that has lessons for all of us, not just the religious. The shared day of nonwork has built communities, sustained cultures, and connected us to the memory of our ancestors and to our better selves, but it has also aroused as much resentment as love. "The Sabbath World" tells this surprising story together with an account of Shulevitz's own struggle to keep this difficult, rewarding day. …More


I Am Forbidden
I Am Forbidden
By Markovits, Anouk
2013-02 - Hogarth
9780307984746 Check Our Catalog

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The Lawgiver
The Lawgiver
By Wouk, Herman
2012-11 - Simon & Schuster
9781451699388 Check Our Catalog

For more than 50 years, legendary author Wouk has dreamed of writing a novel about the life of Moses. Finally, at age 96, he has found an ingeniously witty way to tell the tale in a romantic and suspenseful epistolary novel about a group of people trying to make a movie about Moses in the present day. …More


What We Talk about When We Talk about Anne Frank: Stories
What We Talk about When We Talk about Anne Frank: Stories
By Englander, Nathan
2013-03 - Vintage Books
9780307949608 Check Our Catalog

These eight new stories from the celebrated novelist and short-story writer Englander display a gifted young author grappling with the great questions of modern life, with a command of language and the imagination that place Englander at the very forefront of contemporary American fiction. …More