Books posted on JewishBookWorld.org in 2017

Branching out from SepharadHere is the list of the 195 books that I posted on JewishBookWorld.org in 2017:

  1. 20 Letters About Chanukah: 20 Letras Sobre Janucá by Malca Bassan
  2. The 28th of Iyar – 50th Anniversary Edition by Rabbi Emanuel Feldman
  3. 8 Days of Light – Hanukkah Coloring Book For Kids by Rachel Mintz
  4. About the Night by Anat Talshir
  5. The Afterlife of Stars by Joseph Kertes
  6. Akim Volynsky; A Hidden Russian-Jewish Prophet by Helen Tolstoy
  7. All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan
  8. Almost a Minyan by Lori S. Kline
  9. Almost Autumn by Marianne Kaurin
  10. Americans and the Birth of Israel by Lawrence J. Epstein
  11. Angels for Dreamtime by Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael
  12. Apocalyptic Thinking in Early Judaism; Engaging with John Collins’ The Apocalyptic Imagination by Edited by Cecilia Wassen and Sidnie White Crawford
  13. Art from the Holocaust by Eliad Moreh-Rosenberg
  14. The Art Lesson: A Shavuot Story by Allison and Wayne Marks
  15. Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art; edited by Irvin Ungar
  16. Becoming a Soulful Educator by Aryeh Ben David
  17. Bed-Stuy Is Burning by Brian Platzer
  18. Bewitched by Solika and Other Judeo-Spanish Tales by François Azar
  19. The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough
  20. The Bodrum Jewish Cemetery by Siren Bora
  21. Bone Soup and Flipped Bread: The Yemenite Jewish Kitchen by Sue Spertus Larkey
  22. The Book of Life by Stuart Nadler
  23. Books of the People: Revisiting Classic Works of Jewish Thought by Stuart W. Halpern
  24. A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert
  25. Branching Out from Sepharad by Sarina Roffé
  26. Brody: A Galician Border City in the Long Nineteenth Century by Börries Kuzmany
  27. By Light of Hidden Candles by Daniella Levy
  28. Ceremony & Celebration: Introduction to the Holidays by Jonathan Sacks
  29. Challah vs. Matza by Melissa Berg
  30. Chanting the Hebrew Bible, Second, Expanded Edition: The Art of Cantillation by Dr. Joshua R. Jacobson
  31. Chanukah Tales from Oykvetchnik by Scott Hilton Davis
  32. City on a Hilltop: American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement by Sara Yael Hirschhorn
  33. Covenant & Conversation Numbers: The Wilderness Years by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
  34. A Crime in the Family by Sacha Batthyány
  35. The Crime of Complicity by Amos N. Guiora
  36. Dancing on a Powder Keg by Michal Schwartz
  37. A Deadly Legacy: German Jews and the Great War by Tim Grady
  38. Diaspora Boy: Comics on Crisis in America and Israel by Eli Valley
  39. A Different Kind of Passover by Linda Leopold-Strauss
  40. Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan Englander
  41. The Diplomat’s Daughter by Karin Tanabe
  42. Dirty Wars and Polished Silver by Lynda Schuster
  43. Dreidels on the Brain by Joel Ben Izzy
  44. The Enduring Community: The Jews of Newark and MetroWest by William Helmreich
  45. Estranged: Leaving Family and Finding Home by Jessica Berger Gross
  46. The Family (and Frog!) Haggadah by Rabbi Ron Isaacs and Karen Rostoker-Gruber
  47. Feeling Jewish (A Book for Just About Anyone) by Devorah Baum
  48. Fighting Over the Bible by Isaac Kalimi
  49. For This We Left Egypt?: A Passover Haggadah for Jews and Those Who Love Them by Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel, Adam Mansbach
  50. For Two Thousand Years by Mihail Sebastian
  51. Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss
  52. Game of Queens: A Novel of Vashti and Esther by India Edghill
  53. The Girl From Foreign by Sadia Shepard
  54. The Girls of Usually by Lori Horvitz
  55. The Goblins of Knottingham by Zoe Klein
  56. Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York by Roz Chast
  57. The Greatest Ten by Janice Surlin
  58. Hanukkah Activity Book by Alex Man
  59. Hanukkah Harvie vs. Santa Claus by David Michael Slater
  60. The Heart of Torah, Volume 1 by Rabbi Shai Held
  61. Hebrew Texts in Jewish, Christian and Muslim Surroundings by Edited by Klaas Spronk and Eveline Staalduine-Sulman
  62. Hebrews and the Temple by Philip Church
  63. Heretics by Leonardo Padura
  64. Hezekiah in History and Tradition by Robb Andrew Young
  65. High Holidays & More: An Interactive Guide for Kids: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah by Sarah Mazor
  66. Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America by Steven J. Ross
  67. The Holocaust: A New History by Laurence Rees
  68. How It’s Made: Matzah by Allison Ofanansky
  69. Hybrid Judaism: Irving Greenberg, Encounter, and the Changing Nature of American Jewish Identity by Darren Kleinberg
  70. Ike’s Gamble by Michael Doran
  71. The Illustrated Pirkei Avot: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Ethics by Jessica Deutsch
  72. Inconsistency in the Torah by Joshua A. Berman
  73. Inherited Disorders: Stories, Parables & Problems by Adam Ehrlich Sachs
  74. Is There a Text in this Cave? Studies in the Textuality of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Honour of George J. Brooke by Ariel Feldman, aria Cioată
  75. Israel Celebrates: Jewish Holidays and Civic Culture in Israel by Hizky Shoham
  76. Jerzy by Jerome Charyn
  77. Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court, from Brandeis to Kagan by David G. Dalin
  78. Jewish Magic before the Rise of Kabbalah by Yuval Harari
  79. Jewish Spiritual Growth by Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira
  80. Jewish-Muslim Relations in Past and Present: A Kaleidoscopic View by Josef Meri
  81. Jews, Gentiles, and Other Animals: The Talmud After the Humanities by Mira Beth Wasserman
  82. The Joys of Jewish Preserving by Emily Paster
  83. JPS B’nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary by Jeffrey K. Salkin
  84. Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor: A Story for Hanukkah by Ann D. Koffsky
  85. Julius Rosenwald: Repairing the World by Hasia R. Diner
  86. Justice for All: How the Jewish Bible Revolutionized Ethics by Jeremiah Unterman
  87. Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat by Keith R. Fentonmiller
  88. Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed by Lesléa Newman
  89. King Solomon’s Table by Joan Nathan
  90. Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka by Peter Wortsman
  91. Kristallnacht by Stephanie Fitzgerald
  92. Language of Angels by Richard Michelson
  93. Le Marais: A Rare Steakhouse – Well Done by Jose Meirelles & Mark Hennessey
  94. Lights of Teshuvah by Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Kook
  95. Little Red Ruthie: A Hanukkah Tale by Gloria Koster
  96. The Magic Honey Jar: A Jewish Tale For Rosh Hashanah by Rachel Mintz
  97. The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping by Aharon Appelfeld
  98. The Manasseh Hill Country Survey Volume 4 by Adam Zertal and Shay Bar
  99. Meant to Be: A Memoir by Marvin Hier
  100. Medieval Midrash: The House for Inspired Innovation by Bernard H. Mehlman and Temple Israel
  101. Meeting Moses by Robert Chasin
  102. The Missing Letters: A Dreidel Story by Renee Londner
  103. Modern Jewish Baker: Challah, Babka, Bagels & More by Shannon Sarna
  104. The Mohel from Mars: A Hanukkah Story by Miri Ariel
  105. More Than Managing: The Relentless Pursuit of Effective Jewish Leadership by Lawrence A. Hoffman
  106. Moses: A Human Life by Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg
  107. The Most Dangerous Thing by Leanne Lieberman
  108. Moving Kings by Joshua Cohen
  109. Munich 1919: Diary of a Revolution by Victor Klemperer
  110. My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew by Abigail Pogrebin
  111. Necessary Stories by Haim Watzman
  112. The Netanyahu Years by Ben Caspit
  113. No Naptime for Janie!: A Hanukkah Tale by Margie Blumberg
  114. No Stories to Tell by Steve Sherr
  115. Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories by Blume Lempel
  116. On Turpentine Lane by Elinor Lipman
  117. The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg
  118. Ontological Aspects of Early Jewish Anthropology; The Malleable Self and the Presence of God by Tyson L. Putthoff
  119. Open My Lips: Prayers and Poems by Rachel Barenblat
  120. The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff
  121. The Passover Cowboy by Barbara Diamond Goldin
  122. Passover Scavenger Hunt by Shanna Silva
  123. The Patriots by Sana Krasikov
  124. Pesach Cleaning for Rosh Hashanna: Thoughts and Tales from a Jewish Psychologist by Dr. Ruth Benjamin PhD
  125. Petty Business by Yirmi Pinkus
  126. Pirkei Imahot: The Wisdom of Mothers, The Voices of Women by Lois Sussman Shenker and Rabbi Eve Posen
  127. Portraits of Our Past: Jews of the German Countryside by Emily C. Rose
  128. The Proselyte and the Prophet; Character Development in Targum Ruth by Christian M. M. Brady,
  129. Purim Chicken by Margery Cuyler
  130. Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas by Pamela Ehrenberg
  131. Rabbi Benjamin’s Buttons by Alice B. McGinty
  132. Rabbinic Body Language: Non-Verbal Communication in Palestinian Rabbinic Literature of Late Antiquity by Catherine Hezser
  133. Raising Secular Jews by Naomi Prawer Kadar
  134. Reaching New Heights Through Prayer and Meditation by Yerushalmi Miriam
  135. Reading Modern Hebrew Poetry and Prose by Lev Hakak
  136. Reason to Believe: Rational Explanations of Orthodox Jewish Faith by Chaim Jachter
  137. Rebuilt from Broken Glass: A German Jewish Life Remade in America by Fred Behrend
  138. Refugee by Alan Gratz
  139. The Religious Cultures of Dutch Jewry by Yosef Kaplan and Dan Michman
  140. The Return to God Soul Kit: How to Prepare for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur by Rae Shagalov
  141. The Right Wrong Man by Lawrence Douglas
  142. Rimon for Shira by Galia Sabbag
  143. Saving One’s Own: Jewish Rescuers during the Holocaust by Mordecai Paldiel
  144. The Scientification of the “Jewish Question” in Nazi Germany by Horst Junginger
  145. Searching for Butsnevits: A Shtetl Tale by Jack Rothman
  146. Seasoned Moments: Rosh Hashana & Yom Kippur: Recipes for a Happy New Year by Michal Dagan Levison
  147. The Secret Book of Kings by Yochi Brandes
  148. Selected Issues in the Modern Intercultural Contacts between Arabic and Hebrew Cultures; Hebrew, Arabic and Death by Mahmoud Kayyal
  149. Self-Portrait of a Holocaust Survivor by Werner Weinberg
  150. Serendipity’s Footsteps by Suzanne Nelson
  151. Shavuos Guess Who? by Arielle Stern
  152. Silent Letter by Yitzchak Mayer
  153. The Silly World of Chelm by Zalman Goldstein
  154. Song of the Whitewasher by Lev Hakak
  155. Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler by Bruce Henderson
  156. Stealth Altruism by Arthur B. Shostak
  157. Stolen Beauty by Laurie Lico Albanese
  158. Stolen Secrets by L.B. Schulman
  159. Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees by Mary Beth Leatherdale
  160. Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching for Gershom Scholem and Jerusalem by George Prochnik
  161. Strangers in Budapest by Jessica Keener
  162. Studies in Judaism and Pluralism: Honoring the 60th Anniversary of the Academy for Jewish Religion by Editor:  Leonard Levi
  163. The Sundown Kid: A Southwestern Shabbat by Barbara Bietz
  164. Synagogues in the Works of Flavius Josephus by Andrew R. Krause
  165. Talmudic Transgressions; Engaging the Work of Daniel Boyarin by Charlotte E. Fonrobert, Ishay Rosen-Zvi, Aharon Shemesh, Moulie Vidas, James Redfield
  166. Tangle of Matter & Ghost: Leonard Cohen’s Post-Secular Songbook of Mysticism(s) Jewish & Beyond by Aubrey Glazer
  167. Tell Me How This Ends Well by David Samuel Levinson
  168. Textual Silence: Unreadability and the Holocaust by Jessica Lang
  169. This Is Just a Test by Wendy Wan-Long Shang and Madelyn Rosenberg
  170. Three Floors Up by Eshkol Nevo
  171. The Tincture of Time by Elizabeth L. Silver
  172. Torah and Tradition by Klaas Spronk and Hans Barstad
  173. Two She-Bears by Meir Shalev
  174. Under the Shadow of the Rising Sun: Japan and the Jews during the Holocaust by Meron Medzini
  175. Under Turkish Skies – A Family History 1876-1960 by Ben Sperer
  176. The ( unofficial) Hogwarts Haggadah by Moshe Rosenberg
  177. Ve-Eileh Divrei David Essays in Semitics, Hebrew Bible and History of Biblical Scholarship by S. David Sperling,
  178. Vulture in a Cage: Poems by Solomon Ibn Gabirol
  179. Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
  180. Way Too Many Latkes: A Hanukkah in Chelm by Linda Glaser
  181. We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
  182. The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
  183. What Language Do I Dream In? by Elena Lappin
  184. When the Danube Ran Red by Zsuzsanna Ozsvath
  185. Why?: Explaining the Holocaust by Peter Hayes
  186. The Widow of Wall Street by Randy Susan Meyers
  187. Wired for God Adventures of a Jewish Yogi by Dani Antman
  188. The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
  189. The Worlds We Think We Know by Dalia Rosenfeld
  190. Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam by Fawzia Gilani-Williams
  191. Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman by Itamar Rabinovich
  192. Yom Kippur Shortstop by David A. Adler
  193. Yossi and the Monkeys: A Shavuot Story by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
  194. You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn by Wendy Lesser
  195. The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman

Films viewed in 2017

Poster for 1945 filmIt’s the ninth time that I share the list of  movies I watched in a  year:

  • 2017: 127 movies, see below
  • 2016: 86 movies
  • 2014: 105 movies
  • 2013: 204 movies
  • 2012: 210 movies
  • 2011: 243 movies
  • 2010: 142 movies
  • 2009: 140 movies
  • 2008: 153 movies

As you can see I skipped 2015, when I didn’t track at all movies watched.  I may have forgotten to track every watched movie in 2017 as well.

Here are some stats about the films I watched in 2017

  • 40 of them was from 2017, 53 from 2016, and 6 from before 2000
  • 55 from the USA, 15 from France, 11 from UK, 10 from Israel, 9 from Germany and the rest from 13 other countries.

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Films viewed in 2016

Barney's VersionIt’s the eighth time that I share the list of  movies I watched in a  year:

  • 2008: 153 movies
  • 2009: 140 movies
  • 2010: 142 movies
  • 2011: 243 movies
  • 2012: 210 movies
  • 2013: 204 movies
  • 2014: 105 movies
  • And 2016: 86 movies, see below

As you can see I skipped 2015, when I didn’t track at all movies watched.  I may have forgotten to track every watched movie in 2016 as well.

Here are some stats about the films I watched in 2016

  • 17 of them was from 2016, 19 from 2015, and 9 from before 2000
  • 36 from the USA, 10 from France, 9 from Israel,  and the rest from 17 other countries.

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Do too frequent elections undermine democracy?

Infomocracy by Malka OlderYesterday I finished reading Infomocracy by Malka Older. (Thank you Bryan, for the recommendation.) Part of the plot was about what to do when elections go awry, i.e. one or more sides influence or hack elections in ways that are illegal according to the rules. One option is to repeat the election and hoping that the changes in voters’ behavior due to the fact what it was repeated election won’t be too anomalous. But what happens when the second election as the same or similar issues. Should the authorities just keep repeating elections until they get the results they want?

Today I came across a short AP piece in The Washington Post, titled “What’s Bundespraesidentenstichwahlwiederholungsverschiebung?” and included this:

It’s “Bundespraesidentenstichwahlwiederholungsverschiebung,” or “postponement of the repeat of the runoff of the presidential election.”

The tongue-twister was born of the record time it took to elect Austria’s president, and was announced following a poll of 10,000 people carried out by the Research Unit for Austrian German at the University of Graz, in cooperation with the Austria Press Agency.

A first round in April was followed by a May runoff between the two most popular candidates. This was annulled because of irregularities. A new date set for October was then postponed because of faulty absentee ballots to Dec. 4, when the vote was won by Alexander Van der Bellen.

Right now there are a number of suggestions running amok on Facebook about what should happen in the US:

  • electors should not elect Trump as POTUS,
  • they should set Clinton, Pence, Sanders, or Romney as president,
  • there should be a new presidential elections.

I cannot avoid noticing the pattern in my readings that new elections are called for or happening. In a lot of areas of life scarcity equates value. The rarer a stamp is the more expensive and collectible it gets. I am wondering whether the value of elections is similar or not. The less frequently we have them the more valuables they can get. The aforementioned book touches on this. Meanwhile I keep chewing on this idea/ What do you think?

*”Connections” are ideas that occur to me as I read books, watch movies and TV shows and sometimes even connect them to current events.

Worrify.com is for sale at ebay

worrify.com is for saleBid on this site on Ebay.com:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/302092312601

Current registration (at google.com/domains) expires November 3, 2016

This auction is for the domain only. If you want to have/build a site you will need to have it hosted at an ISP.

I am happy to include transfer of the domain’s social media assets as well:

Books posted on JewishBookWorld.org in August 2016

Here is the list of the 21 books that I posted on JewishBookWorld.org during the month of August 2016:

  1. Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger’s Life by Sarah Kaminsky
  2. Benghazi-Bergen-Belsen by Yossi Sucary
  3. Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary Bilingual Edition by Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath, Paul Glasser
  4. Cousin Joseph: A Graphic Novel by Jules Feiffer
  5. Drawing the Iron Curtain: Jews and the Golden Age of Soviet Animation by Maya Balakirsky Katz
  6. Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend
  7. Holocaust: An American Understanding by Deborah E. Lipstadt
  8. The Imperial Wife by Irina Reyn
  9. JewAsian: Race, Religion, and Identity for America’s Newest Jews by Helen Kiyong Kim and Noah Samuel Leavitt
  10. Jewish Salonica Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece by Devin Naar
  11. The Last Woman Standing by Thelma Adams
  12. Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon
  13. A Life Twice Given by David Gordon Daniel
  14. Midnight In Berlin by James MacManus
  15. Modern Orthodox Judaism: A Documentary History by Zev Eleff
  16. Orchestra of Exiles: The Story of Bronislaw Huberman, the Israel Philharmonic, and the One Thousand Jews He Saved from Nazi Horrors by Josh Aronson, Denise George
  17. The Rabbi Saved by Hitler’s Soldiers: Rebbe Joseph Isaac Schneersohn and His Astonishing Rescue by Bryan Mark Rigg
  18. Reading Claudius: A Memoir in Two Parts by Caroline Heller
  19. Revolutionary Yiddishland: A History of Jewish Radicalism by Alain Brossat and Sylvia Klingberg
  20. Seinfeldia by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
  21. What America Owes the Jews, What Jews Owe America by

Balaton/UjRH koncert videoval

Ónódi Eszter énekli az Európa Kiadó "Romolj meg" c.  számát

Ónódi Eszter énekli az Európa Kiadó “Romolj meg” c. számát

A Balaton zenekar nagyjabol kethetente ad klubkoncertet a Hunnia Bisztroban. Mivel mar nem lattam oket harom eve es eppen Budapesten voltam elmentem meghallgatni oket szeptember 10-en. Arra szamitottam, hogy keson kezdenek. Arra nem, hogy azert, mert egy masik, meg nem hirdetett, meglepetes “zenekar” is fellepett es ok hosszan keszulodtek. Ennek a masik, alkalmi formacionak  masnap volt az igazi koncertje es ezen az esten afele foprobat tartottak. Ime a masnapi koncert leirasa:

Elmentek a Fiúk – URH és Európa Kiadó dalok 

Kiss Llaci és Salamon András reinkarnációja került az első koncert középpontjába, mert bizonyos értelemben ők érkeznek a legmesszebbről. 1980-ban volt az URH, a magyar alternatív szcéna rövid életű, de mégis egyik legmeghatározóbb zenekarának első koncertje. Fél éves intenzív underground zenélés után az URH feloszlott és átalakult: lett belőle Európa Kiadó és Kontroll Csoport, majd Sziámi.

Kiss Llaci (zeneszerző-basszusgitár-ének) évtizedekig zenélt az Európa Kiadóban, de mivel Ausztráliában él, egyre ritkábban tudott fellépni itthon. Vele kapcsolatban fontos információ lehet, hogy trükk-animációs szakemberként dolgozott nagysikerű nemzetközi filmekben. Grafikusként is jegyzik, Párizs és Lille után márciusban volt kiállítása Budapesten, melynek anyaga a Szépművészeti Múzeum gyűjteményébe került. A két legendás zenekar legjobb dalai közül jó néhányat ő írt és énekelt.

Salamon András (dob) az URH-ban, majd az Európa Kiadó első formációjában játszott, de egy idő után más pályára lépett; filmrendező lett, számos nagyhatású alkotást jegyez. Az SZFE, az ELTE és a Metropolitan egyetemeken filmrendezést tanít. Nevéhez fűződik az „Ashes to Ashes” című, David Bowie-ra emlékező koncert sorozat megrendezése is.

UjRH- URH, Európa Kiadó és más dalok:
Kiss Llászló, Salamon András, Vig Mihály, Keszei Krisztián, Kamondy Ágnes, Magyar Péter, Horváth Gábor, Somoskői Soma, Bakos Zita, valamint: Hámori Gabriella, Ónódi Eszter és Kamarás Iván előadásában.

Az estbol ket Balaton altal jatszott szamot vettem fel (az Európa Kiadó “Megalázó, durva szerelem” cimut es  a ‘Kínai kormány“-t ami a sajatjuk) es harmat a masik zenekartol:

  • Magyar Péter énekli az URH “Ismeretlen katona-jat
  • Kiss Llászló és Kamondy Ágnes énekli az Európa Kiadó  “Lehet” c. számát
  • Ónódi Eszter énekli az Európa KiadóRomolj meg” c.  számát

Itt van a mind az ot szam: