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Books posted on JewishBookWorld.org in August 2018

Books posted on JewishBookWorld.org in August 2018Below is the list of the 36 books that I posted on this site in August 2018. The image above contains some of the covers. The bold links take you to the book’s page on Amazon; the “on JBW” links to the book’s page on JBW.

    1. All Eyes on Alexandra by Anna Levine (on JBW)
    2. All I Could Never Be by Anzia Yezierska (on JBW)
    3. Bitter and Sweet by Sandra V. Feder (on JBW)
    4. A Cage Without Bars by Anne Dublin (on JBW)
    5. Counting on America by Gary Reiner and Kurt Reiner (on JBW)
    6. Devil’s Mile: The Rich, Gritty History of the Bowery by Alice Sparberg Alexiou (on JBW)
    7. The Emperor of Shoes by Spencer Wise (on JBW)
    8. The Future of Jewish Philosophy (on JBW)
    9. Global Jewish Foodways: A History by Hasia R. Diner & Simone Cinotto (on JBW)
    10. In the Shadow of King Saul: Essays on Silence and Song by Jerome Charyn (on JBW)
    11. Jerusalem Drawn and Quartered by Sarah Tuttle-Singer (on JBW)
    12. Jewish Community of Dayton by Marshall Weiss (on JBW)
    13. The Jewish Ghetto and the Visual Imagination of Early Modern Venice by Dana E. Katz (on JBW)
    14. Jewish Languages in Historial Perspective (on JBW)
    15. The Just Still Lives by His Faith by Eliyahu Munk (on JBW)
    16. A Karakas Speaks by C.M. Kosemen (on JBW)
    17. The Mandela Plot by Kenneth Bonert (on JBW)
    18. Menasseh ben Israel: Rabbi of Amsterdam by Steven Nadler (on JBW)
    19. Modern Conservative Judaism: Evolving Thought and Practice by Elliot N. Dorff (on JBW)
    20. Mort Ziff Is Not Dead by Cary Fagan (on JBW)
    21. My Israel Trail by Aryeh Green (on JBW)
    22. The Nazi, the Princess, and the Shoemaker: My Father’s Holocaust Odyssey by Scott M. Neuman (on JBW)
    23. No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Kathleen Krul (on JBW)
    24. A Palace of Pearls: The Stories of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav by Howard Schwartz (on JBW)
    25. Portuguese Jews, New Christians, and ‘New Jews’: A Tribute to Roberto Bachmann (on JBW)
    26. The Queen & The Spymaster: A Novel Based on the Story of Esther by Sandra E. Rapoport (on JBW)
    27. The Red Ribbon by Lucy Adlington (on JBW)
    28. Regina Persisted: An Untold Story by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso (on JBW)
    29. Ride High with the Wave by Sharon K. Solomon (on JBW)
    30. Scholarly Man of Faith: Studies in the Thought and Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (on JBW)
    31. Sephardic Women’s Voices: Out of North Africa by Nina B. Lichtenstein (on JBW)
    32. Silver Stars by Michael Grant (on JBW)
    33. Snapshot: The IDF as Never Seen Before by Yoav Limor; Ziv Koren (on JBW)
    34. Titanic 2 – The Secret Is Revealed by Avraham Ohayon (on JBW)
    35. The Warsaw Ghetto in American Art and Culture by Samantha Baskind (on JBW)
    36. The World Needs Beautiful Things by Leah Rachel Berkowitz (on JBW)

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

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

Oral history of an imaginary German town

Cover for Péter Nádas' "Az élet sója" (The salt of lifeI love reading challenging books and novelty, hence I loved Péter Nádas‘ “Az élet sója” (The salt of life). Having no preconception of the book, i.e. I didn’t know anything about it before starting to read it, it took me a while to get into it. The challenge: I kept thinking, why would the author write such an uninteresting book. If it is fiction it is all wrong as it doesn’t have a single character, person to focus on. And if it is intended to be non-fiction then what it is supposed to teach us. Once I realized what it is, however my bewilderment from reading a label defying book turned into pure delight. It is a novel, with rather strong character development and all the usual journey and tribulations of a hero, except that the hero is the town itself and not a person. It was much easier to identify the style: it was obviously told in 12, monthly, installments, starting with April, i.e. spring, but the key to understanding it was that these are the written words of an oral storyteller and not designed not to sound and fell like a book that started its life in written format. This was novelty for me, and I relished the novelty of reading something in a new (for me) style. (Note added after reading reviews: each chapter was published on an online literary portal, hence the format. Just like Dickens’ novels (and later others’), which were published in a similarly serial fashion.) Continue reading

Books added to FilmandReligion.com in May 2016

Cover for Sacred Space: The Quest for Transcendence in Science Fiction Film and TelevisionIn the month of May 2016 I added these 22 books to FilmandReligion.com that discusses aspects of film/TV and religion. About half of them are from the last 12 months, and the rest is from earlier

  1. The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (2016) by Rhonda Burnette-BletschBuy
  2. Coen: Framing Religion in Amoral Order (2016) by Elijah Siegler Buy
  3. Esoteric Hollywood: Sex, Cults and Symbols in Film (2016) by Jay DyerBuy
  4. Faith, Family, Film: A Teacher’s Trek (2016) by Fred EichelmanBuy
  5. Hollywood Holyland: The Filming and Scoring of The Greatest Story Ever Told (1992) by Ken DarbyBuy
  6. I Just Saw Jesus: The JESUS Film – From Vision, to Reality, to the Unimaginable (2016) by Paul Eshleman Buy
  7. Jean-Luc Godard’s Hail Mary: Women and the Sacred in Film (1993) by Maryel Buy
  8. Jero Tapakan: Balinese Healer: An Ethnographic Film Monograph (1996) by Linda Connor, Patsy Asch, Timothy AschBuy
  9. Light Shining in a Dark Place: Discovering Theology through Film (2012) by Jeff SellarsBuy
  10. Love in the Afterlife: Underground Religion at the Movies (2016) by Richard StrinerBuy
  11. Of Elephants and Toothaches: Ethics, Politics, and Religion in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s ‘Decalogue’ (2016) by Eva Badowska, Francesca ParmeggianiBuy
  12. Profane Parables: Film and the American Dream (2016) by Matthew S. RindgeBuy
  13. Redeeming Television: How TV Changes Christians–how Christians Can Change TV (1992) by Quentin J. SchultzeBuy
  14. Religion and Prime Time Television (1997) by Michael SumanBuy
  15. Religion Vs. Television: Competitors in Cultural Context (1996) by Jay NewmanBuy
  16. Religious Television: Controversies and Conclusions (1990) by Robert Abelman, Stewart M. HooverBuy
  17. Sacred Space: The Quest for Transcendence in Science Fiction Film and Television (2010) by Douglas E. CowanBuy
  18. The Silents of Jesus in the Cinema (1897-1927) (2016) by David ShepherdBuy
  19. Through a Lens Darkly: Tracing Redemption in Film (2015) by Marjorie Hewitt SuchockiBuy
  20. Watching TV Religiously: Television and Theology in Dialogue (2016) by Kutter Callaway, Dean BataliBuy
  21. The Way: A Cinematic Retreat Guide (2016) by Rose PacatteBuy
  22. Westernized Visual Representation of Jesus and the Construction of Religious Meanings (2015) by Dong Hwan KwonBuy

Books posted on JewishBookWorld.org in May 2016

Kosher Feijoada and Other Paradoxes of Jewish Life in São Paulo by Misha KleinHere is the list of the 50 books that I posted on JewishBookWorld.org during the month of May 2016:

  1. 49 Days: An Interactive Journal of Self-Development by Rivka Levy
  2. Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals by Joel E. Dimsdale
  3. And After the Fire by Laura Belfer
  4. Anything for my Bubela: A Jewish / Mafia Comedy by Geoff Sturtevant
  5. Becoming Malka by Mirta Trupp
  6. Bellow’s People by David Mikics
  7. The Bridge Ladies by Betsy Lerner
  8. By Chance Alone: A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz by Max Eisen
  9. Central Station by Lavie Tidhar
  10. City of Secrets by Stewart O’Nan
  11. Cold Florida: A hard-boiled mystery set in Florida (A Foggy Moskowitz Mystery) by Phillip DePoy
  12. Coming of Age in Jewish America: Bar and Bat Mitzvah Reinterpreted by Patricia Keer Munro
  13. Czech Mates: Holocaust Legacy by David A Weiss
  14. The Dead Man by Nora Gold
  15. Drawing the Holocaust: A Teenager’s Memory of Terezin, Birkenau, and Mauthausen by Michael Kraus
  16. The Extraordinary Dr Epstein by Susan Lee Kerr
  17. Forever, My Homeland by Roberta Kagan
  18. Forevermore: Three Documented Stories of Jewish Historical Figures Overcoming Oppression (WW II) by Shlomo Kalo
  19. The Frum Revolution: A Comprehensive Solution to the Off-the-Derech Crisis by Eli Rietti
  20. The Gilboa Iris by Zahava Englard
  21. The Holocaust and Compensated Compliance in Italy: Fossoli di Carpi, 1942-1952 by Alexis Herr
  22. The House of Dreams by Kate Lord Brown
  23. The Influence of Abraham Cohen de Herrera’s Kabbalah on Spinoza’s Metaphysics by Miquel Beltrán
  24. The Israel Warrior: Fighting Back for the Jewish State from Campus to Street Corner by Shmuley Boteach
  25. Jewish Nationality and Soviet Politics: The Jewish Sections of the CPSU, 1917-1930 by Zvi Y. Gitelman
  26. Jewish Radical Ultra-Orthodoxy Confronts Modernity, Zionism and Women’s Equality by Motti Inbari
  27. Kaplan’s Quest by Richard Steinitz
  28. Kosher Feijoada and Other Paradoxes of Jewish Life in São Paulo by Misha Klein
  29. The Land Is Full by Alon Tal
  30. Memory Work: The Second Generation by Nina Fischer
  31. Nathan’s Famous: The First 100 Years of America’s Favorite Frankfurter Company by William Handwerker
  32. The Nazi Hunters by Andrew Nagorski
  33. A None’s Story: Searching for Meaning Inside Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam by Corinna Nicolaou
  34. On the Wings of Faith by Eli Fishman
  35. One Bridge to Life by William Samelson
  36. A Perfect Life by Eileen Pollack
  37. Photographing God: Creating a Spiritual Blog of Your Life by Mel Alexenberg
  38. Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story by Matti Friedman
  39. Resounding Transcendence: Transitions in Music, Religion, and Ritual by Jeffers Engelhardt, Philip Bohlman
  40. Revelation and Authority: Sinai in Jewish Scripture and Tradition by Benjamin D. Sommer
  41. The Secrets of Flight by Maggie Leffler
  42. Sephirot by Gordon Bonnet
  43. Siddur Lev Shalem for Shabbat & Festivals
  44. Single Handed by Daniel M. Cohen
  45. Tasa’s Song by Linda Kass
  46. Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City by Adina Hoffman
  47. Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel by Dov Waxman
  48. Under the Heel of Bushido: Last Voices of the Jewish POWs of the Japanese in the Second World War by Martin Sugarman
  49. Unexpected Israel: Stories You Never Read in the Media by Ruth Corman
  50. Your Story, Our Sipur: Discovering Our Common Threads: Photography and Stories by Sam E. Litvin

Books added to FilmandReligion.com in April 2016

Sacred Terror: Religion and Horror on the Silver Screen (2008) by Douglas E. CowanIn the month of April 2016 I added this 21 books to FilmandReligion.com that discusses aspects of film/TV and religion. About half of them are from the last 12 months, and the rest is from tearlier

  1. Archetypes in Japanese Film: The Sociopolitical and Religious Significance of the Principal Heroes and Heroines (1989) by Gregory BarrettBuy
  2. Biblical Epics: Sacred Narrative in the Hollywood Cinema (1993) by Bruce Babington, Peter William EvansBuy
  3. Black Magic Woman and Narrative Film: Race, Sex and Afro-Religiosity (2015) by Montré Aza MissouriBuy
  4. Blessed are the Eyes that Catch Divine Whispering …: Silence and Religion in Film (2015) by Freek L. Bakker, Mathilde van Dijk, Leo van der Tuin, Marjeet VerbeekBuy
  5. Cinema of the Occult: New Age, Satanism, Wicca, and Spiritualism in Film (2008) by Carrol Lee FryBuy
  6. Discovering World Religions at 24 Frames Per Second (2008) by Julien R. FieldingBuy
  7. Epic Sound: Music in Postwar Hollywood Biblical Films (2014) by Stephen C. MeyerBuy
  8. Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema, Volume III (2015) by Kenneth R. Morefield, Nicholas S. OlsonBuy
  9. Hermeneutic Humility and the Political Theology of Cinema: Blind Paul (2016) by Sean DesiletsBuy
  10. Hollywood Biblical Epics: Camp Spectacle and Queer Style from the Silent Era to the Modern Day (2015) by Richard LindsayBuy
  11. Hollywood Under Siege: Martin Scorsese, the Religious Right, and the Culture Wars (2008) by Thomas LindlofBuy
  12. Homiletic: Moves and Structures (1987) by David G. ButtrickBuy
  13. Japanese Mythology in Film: A Semiotic Approach to Reading Japanese Film and Anime (2015) by Yoshiko OkuyamaBuy
  14. Jesus and Brian: Exploring the Historical Jesus and his Times via Monty Python’s Life of Brian (2015) by Joan E. TaylorBuy
  15. Judas Iscariot: Damned or Redeemed: A Critical Examination of the Portrayal of Judas in Jesus Films (1902-2014) (2016) by Carol Anne Hebron Buy
  16. Moralizing Cinema: Film, Catholicism and Power (2015) by Daniel Biltereyst, Daniela Treveri Gennari Buy
  17. Over the Rainbow: The Wizard of Oz as a Secular Myth of America (1991) by Paul NathansonBuy
  18. Preaching to a TV Generation: The Sermon in the Electronic Age (1994) by Michael RognessBuy
  19. The Sacred Foodways of Film: Theological Servings in 11 Food Films (2016) by Antonio D. SisonBuy
  20. Sacred Terror: Religion and Horror on the Silver Screen (2008) by Douglas E. CowanBuy
  21. Sensational Movies: Video, Vision, and Christianity in Ghana (2015) by Birgit MeyerBuy

Books posted on JewishBookWorld.org in April 2016

Cover for A Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism Reader by Daniel M. HorwitzHere is the list of the 58 books that I posted on JewishBookWorld.org  during the month of April 2016:

  1. 1915 Diary of S. A. An-sky: A Russian Jewish Writer at the Eastern Front by S. A. An-sky
  2. ABC Passover Hunt by Tilda Balsley
  3. Antisemitism in North America; New World, Old Hate by Steven K. Baum, Neil J. Kressel, Florette Cohen, and Steven Leonard Jacobs
  4. The Art of Passover by Rabbi Stephan O. Parnes
  5. As If We Were There: Readings for a Transformative Passover Experience by Gidon Rothstein
  6. Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power by Neal Gabler
  7. The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem by Sarit Yishai-Levi
  8. Because of Eva: A Jewish Genealogical Journey by Susan J. Gordon
  9. Contention, Controversy, and Change: Evolutions and Revolutions in the Jewish Experience, Volume I by Eric Levine and Simcha Fishbane
  10. The Curious Case of Kiryas Joel: The Rise of a Village Theocracy and the Battle to Defend the Separation of Church and State by Louis Grumet, John M. Caher
  11. The Daughter Who Got Away by Leora Freedman
  12. The Dead Sea and the Jordan River by Barbara Kreiger
  13. The Dinner Party by Brenda Janowitz
  14. The Dry Bones Passover Haggadah by Yaakov Kirschen
  15. The Exodus Story in Minecraft by Roque Rojas
  16. The Exodus You Almost Passed Over by Rabbi David Fohrman
  17. Faith Without Fear: Unresolved Issues in Modern Orthodoxy by Michael J. Harris
  18. Fifty Shades of Talmud: What the First Rabbis Had to Say About You-Know-What by Maggie Anton
  19. From Day to Day: One Man’s Diary of Survival in Nazi Concentration Camps by Odd Nansen and Timothy J. Boyce
  20. Hasidism as Mysticism: Quietistic Elements in Eighteenth-Century Hasidic Thought by Rivka Schatz Uffenheimer
  21. Honorable Mentschen: A Torah-Based Guide to Derech Eretz and Social Skills by Genendel Krohn
  22. The Houseguest by Kim Brooks
  23. The Image of Jews in Contemporary China by James R. Ross and Song Lihong
  24. Israel Eats by Steven Rothfeld
  25. Israel Isidor Mattuck, Architect of Liberal Judaism by Pam Fox and Michael A. Meyer
  26. Jack and Rochelle: A Holocaust Story of Love and Resistance by Jack Sutin, Rochelle Sutin
  27. A Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism Reader by Daniel M. Horwitz
  28. A Kabbalistic View of History by Z’Ev Ben Shimon Halevi
  29. Kayla and Kugel’s Almost-Perfect Passover by Ann D. Koffsky
  30. Knowing God’s Plan (Daas Tevunos): The Precise System Through Which G-d Directs Every Aspect of Existence by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto
  31. Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food by Roger Horowitz
  32. Listen and Learn from the Animals by Aviva Hermelin
  33. The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World’s Oldest Bible by Chanan Tigay
  34. Memoirs of a Jewish Vampire: 6,000 Years of Kvetching by Russell Andresen
  35. Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown
  36. Modern Orthodoxy in American Judaism: The Era of Rabbi Leo Jung by Maxine Jacobson
  37. More Than Enough: A Passover Story by April Halprin Wayland
  38. Mother, Can You Not? by Kate Siegel
  39. The New Mediterranean Jewish Table: Old World Recipes for the Modern Home by Joyce Goldstein
  40. New Moon by G. Rayzel Raphael
  41. New York’s Yiddish Theater From the Bowery to Broadway by Edna Nahshon
  42. On One Foot by Linda Glaser
  43. Ora de Despertar: Original Ladino Songs For Children by Sarah Aroeste
  44. Passover Guide 2016 by Kashrus Magazine
  45. Passover Haggada with commentary by Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz
  46. Passover Haggadah The Original Tradition of the Jews of Yemen by Chaim Ben-Tsur
  47. Passover Haggadah: A Celebration of Freedom by Nin Sharyn Bebeau
  48. The Passover Surprise by Janet Ruth Heller
  49. Passover Word Search: A Pesach Puzzle, Poem & Coloring Book in One by Puzzle Color
  50. Passover: Festival of Freedom by Monique Polak
  51. A Place for Elijah by Kelly Easton Ruben
  52. Rabbi Abraham Ibn Ezra’s Commentary on Books 3-5 of Psalms: Chapters 73-150 by H. Norman Strickman
  53. Rhapsody in Schmaltz: Yiddish Food and Why We Can’t Stop Eating It by Michael Wex
  54. The Sefiros and the Self – A Divine Blueprint for Self-Discovery and Personal Growth by Rabbi Yaakov Feder
  55. Shrink: The Autobiography of a Psychotherapist by Martin Obler, Jed Golden
  56. Six Memos from the Last Millennium: A Novelist Reads the Talmud by Joseph Skibell
  57. Take It Easy! Delicious & Simple Gluten-Free Recipes for Passover & Year Round by Mindy Rafalowitz
  58. Uncle Yossi’s Big Book of Stories (Vol 1): Classic Jewish Tales as told by Yosef Goldstein

Books added to JewishFilmFestivals.org in March 2016

I added a new section to the JewishFilmFestivals.org site recently, listing books related to its topic: Jews and Film/TV. The books are divided into four categories: Academic/scholarly, Holocaust/Shoah, Israel, and Related. The description of these categories and the list of ALL books are on the books page. The list of books for each category can be reached via the menu on top. To begin with I included the 48 books listed below. Please let me know if I missed something.

  1. Acting Jewish: Negotiating Ethnicity on the American Stage and Screen (2012) by Henry BialBuy
  2. Afterimage: Film, Trauma, and the Holocaust (1996) by Joshua HirschBuy
  3. American Jewish Filmmakers (2005) by David Desser, Lester D. FriedmanBuy
  4. American Jewish Films: The Search for Identity (2003) by Lawrence J. Epstein Buy
  5. The American Jewish Story through Cinema, The (2011) by Eric A. Goldman Buy
  6. Between Two Worlds: Jewish Presences in German and Austrian Film, 1910-1933 (2013) by S. S. PrawerBuy
  7. Beyond Flesh: Queer Masculinities and Nationalism in Israeli Cinema (2011) by Raz YosefBuy
  8. Blackface, White Noise: Jewish Immigrants in the Hollywood Melting Pot (2015) by Michæl RoginBuy
  9. Driven to Darkness: Jewish Emigre Directors and the Rise of Film Noir (2005) by Vincent Brook Buy
  10. Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, An (2003) by Neal GablerBuy
  11. Entertaining America: Jews, Movies, and Broadcasting (2007) by J. Hoberman, Jeffrey Shandler Buy
  12. The Fantastic in Holocaust Literature and Film: Critical Perspectives, The (2016) by Judith B. Kerman, John Edgar BrowningBuy
  13. Film and the Holocaust: New Perspectives on Dramas, Documentaries, and Experimental Films (1984) by Aaron KernerBuy
  14. First Films of the Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and the Genocide of the Jews, 1938–1946 (2005) by Jeremy HicksBuy
  15. From Nuremberg to Hollywood: The Holocaust and the Courtroom in American Fictive Film(2007) by James JordanBuy
  16. Haunted Images: Film, Ethics, Testimony and the Holocaust (2005) by Libby SaxtonBuy
  17. Hollywood and the Holocaust (2013) by Henry GonshakBuy
  18. Hollywood’s Chosen People: The Jewish Experience in American Cinema (2003) by Murray Pomerance, Daniel Bernardi, Hava Tirosh-Samuelson Buy
  19. The Holocaust and the Moving Image: Representations in Film and Television Since 1933, The (2002) by Toby Haggith, Joanna NewmanBuy
  20. Holocaust Cinema in the Twenty-First Century: Images, Memory, and the Ethics of Representation (2000) by Gerd Bayer, Oleksandr KobrynskyyBuy
  21. The Holocaust Film Sourcebook, The (2013) by Caroline PicartBuy
  22. Holocaust Film: The Political Aesthetics of Ideology (2002) by Terri GinsbergBuy
  23. Holocaust Impiety in Literature, Popular Music and Film (2015) by Matthew BoswellBuy
  24. Holocaust in American Film, Second Edition (2004) by Judith DonesonBuy
  25. Identity Politics on the Israeli Screen (2007) by Yosefa LoshitzkyBuy
  26. Identity, Place, and Subversion in Contemporary Mizrahi Cinema in Israel (2014) by Yaron ShemerBuy
  27. Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust (1987) by Annette InsdorfBuy
  28. Israeli Cinema (2003) by Miri Talmon, Yaron PelegBuy
  29. Israeli Film: A Reference Guide (2015) by Amy Kronish, Costel SafirmanBuy
  30. The Jew in American Cinema, The (2003) by Patricia ErensBuy
  31. The Jew in Cinema: From The Golem to Don’t Touch My Holocaust, The (2013) by Omer BartovBuy
  32. The Jewish Image in American Film, The (2004) by Lester D. FriedmanBuy
  33. Jewish Women on Stage, Film, and Television (2012) by R. MockBuy
  34. The Jews of Prime Time, The (2013) by David Zurawik Buy
  35. Kosher Movies: A Film Critic Discovers Life Lessons at the Cinema (2011) by Herbert J. CohenBuy
  36. Mediamorphosis: Kafka and the Moving Image (1995) by Shai Biderman, Ido LewitBuy
  37. The Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema, the (2012) by Lawrence BaronBuy
  38. The New Jew in Film: Exploring Jewishness and Judaism in Contemporary Cinema, The (2016) by Nathan AbramsBuy
  39. Nostalgia in Jewish-American Theatre and Film, 1979-2004 (2003) by Ben FurnishBuy
  40. Over the Top Judaism: Precedents and Trends in the Depiction of Jewish Beliefs and Observances in Film and Television (1988) by Elliot B. Gertel Buy
  41. Projecting The Holocaust Into The Present: The Changing Focus of Contemporary Holocaust Cinema (2007) by Lawrence BaronBuy
  42. Reel Jewish (2003) by Joel SambergBuy
  43. Representing Perpetrators in Holocaust Literature and Film (2013) by Jenni Adams, Sue ViceBuy
  44. Shoah: The Complete Text Of The Acclaimed Holocaust Film (2009) by Claude LanzmannBuy
  45. Something Ain’t Kosher Here: The Rise of the ‘Jewish’ Sitcom (2011) by Vincent BrookBuy
  46. The Construction of European Holocaust Memory: German and Polish Cinema after 1989(2002) by Malgorzata Pakier Buy
  47. Weimar Film and Modern Jewish Identity (2005) by Ofer AshkenaziBuy
  48. Woody on Rye: Jewishness in the Films and Plays of Woody Allen (2012) by Vincent Brook, Marat GrinbergBuy

Books posted on my Jewish Books blog in March 2016

"How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?" by Tahneer OksmanHere is the list of books that made it here during the month of March 2016: