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New book gives a voice to Jewish victims of Holocaust sexual violence

… “Sexual Violence Against Jewish Women During The Holocaust” (Brandeis, 2010), the first book on the topic in English, which comprises 16 essays examining the rape, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, forced abortion and sterilization that took place during the war.

While the Holocaust has been examined from myriad perspectives in both academia and popular culture, sexual violence, which was largely directed against women, has received little attention. Hedgepeth and Saidel, …

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Bill Maher To Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison: The Qur’an Is A ‘Hate Filled Holy Book

… have a feeling Ellison’s appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher tonight will get its share of play as well. Maher and Ellison had an interesting conversation about Islam (Ellison converted in college) – but perhaps most interesting were the harsh words Maher had for the radical element of Islam…an opinion he had no problem sharing to Ellison’s face (or the screen it was on, anyway).

Ellison, who was raised Catholic, said he was drawn to Islam initially due to a message of

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Catholic Herald: Pope Kicks Off New Book Promotion Saying Jews are Okay

Catholic Herald: Pope Kicks Off New Book Promotion Saying Jews are Okay

Pope Benedict XVI has a new book out March 10 and to kick off its sales promotion he is mounting a major “Jews are Okay” campaign.

And by the way, we sure are relieved that we are not being blamed anymore, wow, thanks for the three pages. No, really, we were worried. Pope: Jewish people must never again be blamed for crucifixion By Simon Caldwell

Benedict XVI is to make a major new contribution to …

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New book sparks controversy over claim that Poles profited from Holocaust

New book sparks controversy over claim that Poles profited from Holocaust

A Polish publishing house defended its decision Tuesday to publish a book that has sparked controversy with its argument that Poles actively profited from Jewish suffering during the Holocaust.

Golden Harvest, by Jan Gross and Irena Grudzinska Gross, argues that Poles plundered Jewish wealth from graves and profited in other ways from their suffering. The book’s cover shows a photograph purportedly of Polish peasants digging up human remains at the …

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Police issue arrest warrant for rabbi that supported book which justifies killing non-Jews

The police have issued an arrest warrant for Dov Lior, the head rabbi of Kiryat Arba and a senior figure in religious Zionism. The warrant follows the rabbi’s refusal to appear for questioning on the support he gave for the controversial book “Torat Hamelech,” which justifies killing non-Jews.

The commander of the Hebron police visited Lior’s home several days ago and informed him that there was an arrest warrant against him. The rabbi told the …

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New Book: Rabbi Soloveitchik in the New World

The Van Leer Institute and Magnes Press have published a new academic book on Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s impact on Judaism.

The exciting new (Hebrew) book is based on a conference that was held in Jerusalem several years ago.

Rabbi in the New World  The Influence of Rabbi J. B. Soloveitchik on Culture, Education and Jewish Thought Edited By …

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Save 88% on the Kindle Jewish Book Bargain of the Week: Avodah - Ancient Poems for Yom Kippur edited by Michael D. Swartz and Joseph Yahalom

Save 88% on the Kindle Jewish Book Bargain of the Week: Avodah - Ancient Poems for Yom Kippur edited by Michael D. Swartz and Joseph Yahalom

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Save $57.96. The dead tree edition of the book is $65.95 at Amazon but… the Kindle edition is $7.99.

Now that is some real Jewish book news! Be still my beating heart!

Seriously, the rich and informative introduction is worth the price of the book. And if you are teaching a course on the “Liturgy of the Days of Awe,” then you must have this book.

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People of the Book

People of the Book

Geraldine Brooks

Publisher: Penguin

nspired by a true story, People of the Book is a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity by an acclaimed and beloved author. Called “a tour de force”by the San Francisco Chronicle, this ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in fifteenth-century S pain. When it falls to Hanna Heath, an …

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Book of Splendor

Book of Splendor

A historical novel about the most unlikely of lovers interwoven with the mysticism of the Jewish occult. Frances Sherwood brings to life the experience of the Jewish community during a period of oppression and rebirth. Set in seventeenth-century Prague The Book of Splendor is an adventure-filled romance stocked with court intrigue and political tension including the machinations of the rival Ottoman Empire the religious controversies of

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Last of the Just, The

Last of the Just, The

Andre Schwartz-Bart

One of the “classic” novels about the Holocaust, The Last of the Just was first published in France in 1959. An internationally acclaimed bestseller, Schwarz-Bart’s sweeping novel was hailed for its magnificent prose and artistic mastery — and no doubt found a sympathetic Christian audience for its theme as well: the Lamed-Vovniks, the martyred “Just Men” in every generation of the Levy …

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The Everything Jewish Wedding Book, 2nd Edition

The Everything Jewish Wedding Book, 2nd Edition

… reciting the Kiddush (sanctification prayer) to building the chuppah (wedding canopy), the details of a Jewish wedding can be overwhelming! This wedding guide helps newlyweds understand tradition and plan a wedding they’ll cherish forever. Written by a rabbi who has performed many weddings, this informative guide will help people navigate: the Judaic concept of marriage; engagement etiquette; the proper way to introduce the families; how to confer with a rabbi and the ritual director; the …

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When It’s Purim (Board Book)

… and brightly colored illustrations depicting animals making hamantaschen. The new holiday board book will delight preschoolers and their parents and teachers with its whimsical animal illustrations.

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The Dreams Book: Finding Your Way in the Dark-Kabbalah

As Yehuda Berg showed with The 72 Names of God, hidden beneath the surface of ancient texts exist powerful, transformative technologies. In Kabbalah: The Dreams Book, Berg examines the meanings of dreams by using Kabbalistic principles. Dreams, he says, offer valuable messages and wisdom, and to ignore them is the same as leaving a potentially life-changing letter unopened. Berg shows readers how to interpret the directions in their …

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Jewtopia: The Chosen Book for the Chosen People

… Fogel, Sam Wolfson

Publisher: Warner

From Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson, the creators and stars of the national smash hit play, JEWTOPIA, comes the most hilarious, over-the-top guide to Judaism unlike anything you’ve ever seen. So comprehensive that owning a copy ensures that Elijah himself will show up at your Passover Seder!

Just look at some of the things you’ll read about:

Guide to the Jewish Bachelor Party (including Questions To Ask The Stripper: “Have you considered taking …

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The Book of Esther

The Book of Esther

Tamar Messer

Publisher: Tamar Messer Ltd.

The book of Esther contains twenty magnificent illustrations that tell the story of Purim. The illustration’s proportion is stretched in order to hint and demonstrate a structure of a scroll. This elegant edition is printed on artistic paper in Hebrew and English, available in two different cover colors – red and blue.

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The Family Megillah: The Book of Esther - Introduction, Translation, and Concise Comment

Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz

Publisher: Artscroll

Book of Esther with translation, capsule comments, and introductions.

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Don’t Yell Challah in a Crowded Matzah Bakery! The Book of Kosher L’Pesach Humor & Stress Relief

Mordechai Schmutter

Publisher: Israel Book Shop

Who can’t use a little stress relief before, during and after the hectic Pesach season? This hilarious book, by a well-known humor columnist, will ease frazzled nerves while pasting a huge smile on the faces of all who read. From Pesach cleaning to the Seder and its preparation, from Chol Hamoed trips to gebrukts vs. no-gebrukts- it’s all in here, and much, much more! Pick up a …

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Gates of Repentance: The New Union Prayerbook for the Days of Awe

Gates of Repentance: The New Union Prayerbook for the Days of Awe

Shaarei Teshuva

The New Union Prayerbook for the

Days of Awe – Gender-Inclusive Edition

Edited by Chaim Stern

Gates of Repentance with services, readings, meditations and songs for Rosh Hashana and yom Kippur, now contains contemporary, gender-inclusive language throughout and now replaces the existing edition as the High Holiday prayerbook of the Reform Movement. This newly revised edition has been designed for compatability on a page-by-page …

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The Jewish Lights Book of Fun Classroom Activities: Simple and Seasonal Projects for Teachers and Students

The Jewish Lights Book of Fun Classroom Activities: Simple and Seasonal Projects for Teachers and Students

This celebration of Jewish life is the ideal guide for teachers who want to put a new spin on classroom holiday celebrations, lessons on Jewish traditions, and everyday activities. The Jewish Lights Book of Fun Classroom Activities is full of crafts, recipes, games, and history that will captivate your class and help your students connect with Judaism in fun, creative ways.

With over eighty easy-to-do …

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The Jewish Family Fun Book

… put on your dancin’ shoes, and get out your thinking caps, because The Jewish Family Fun Book will help you find something fun in everything that’s Jewish and something Jewish in everything that’s fun.

This celebration of Jewish family life is the perfect guide for families wanting to put a new Jewish spin on holidays, holy days, and even the everyday. Featuring activities, games, and history, The Jewish Family Fun Book is sure to inspire parents, children, and extended family …

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The Book of Customs: A Complete Handbook for the Jewish Year

The Book of Customs: A Complete Handbook for the Jewish Year

… Publisher: Harper Collins

Fifteen years ago while researching Jewish imagery, award-winning book designer Scott-Martin Kosofsky happened upon a 1645 edition of the Minhogimbukh — the “Customs Book” — a beautifully designed and illustrated guide to the Jewish year written in Yiddish, the people’s vernacular. Captivated, he investigated further and learned that from 1590 to 1890, this cross between a prayer book and a farmer’s almanac was immensely popular in households all …

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A Different Light: The Big Book of Hanukkah

… Spectre (editor), Noam Zion (editor)

Publisher: Pitspopany Press

This is an adult celebration book, with pluralistic perspectives that help explain how different communities and denominations within Judaism find their particular identity symbolized in the light of the Menorah. This book is a product of the Hartman Institute, the leading institute of Jewish pluralism in the world. Rabbi David Hartman, its founder and director, is one of the leading religious forces within Judaism today.

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The Big Book of Jewish Conspiracies

The Big Book of Jewish Conspiracies

… Postmodern satire that hilariously addresses Jewish badness through the ages, from the editors of the magazine The New York Times calls the epicenter of “all things hipster-Jewish and ironic.”}}The Big Book of Jewish Conspiracies takes as its modest proposal an extreme theme: what if the most damaging charges ever leveled against Jews were all true? Spanning the history of Western Civilization, each of these assertions is explored in turn, including:}}–Ancient Jewish Conspiracies: …

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From Shmear to Eternity: The Only Book of Yiddish You’ll Ever Need

From Shmear to Eternity: The Only Book of Yiddish You'll Ever Need

… Kensington Publishing Corporation

Bursting with humor, insight, and above all the warmth of the Jewish people, this book is a passport to the wonderful maxims, proverbs, colloquialisms, curses, and ribald expressions that have been faithfully passed down in Yiddish through the ages.

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Aleph Isn’t Tough: An Introduction to Hebrew for Adults (Book 1)

Aleph Isn't Tough: An Introduction to Hebrew for Adults (Book 1)

Linda Motzkin, Hara Person (editor)

Publisher: UAHC Press

This new Hebrew book for adult learners is ground breaking in its structure and as an effective educational tool. This superb new text was created by Rabbi Linda Motzkin in consultation with key figures in the field of Hebrew education. Piloted in a sample of Reform congregations throughout the country, the book is the first step in a program of Hebrew learning for adults. Drawing upon the particular knowledge …

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The Book of Words: Talking Spiritual Life, Living Spiritual Talk

Lawrence Kushner

Publisher: Jewish Lights

In the incomparable manner of his extraordinary The Book of Letters: A Mystical Hebrew Alphabet, Kushner now lifts up and shakes the dust off primary religious words we use to describe the spiritual dimension of life. The Words take on renewed spiritual significance, adding power and focus to the lives we live every day.

For each word Kushner offers us a startling, moving and insightful explication, and pointed readings …

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Wrapped in a Holy Flame: Teachings and Tales of The Hasidic Masters

Wrapped in a Holy Flame: Teachings and Tales of The Hasidic Masters

… to open your mind, Reb Zalman brings us to where Hasidism has always been, at the heart and soul of Jewish thought.”

— Rodger Kamenetz, author, The Jew in the Lotus and Stalking Elijah

“Like sitting at the feet of the Rebbe himself, this luminous book warms the soul and attunes the heart to the highest dimensions. In Wrapped in a Holy Flame, Reb Zalman— himself one of the greatest living Hasidic masters— connects us to his own lineage of masters, the deepest of their teachings, …

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The Santa Cruz Haggadah: Kids Passover Fun Book

Publisher: Hineni Consciousness Pr

This fun book is for people who are ‘kids’ or who want to honor the part of themselves that is still a kid. It has all sorts of games, puzzles, fill-ins, a maze, word games and tons of cartoons from The Santa Cruz Haggadah to color – and all relate to Passover.

Because many traditional haggadot are translated directly from the Hebrew, they do not include the complete story of Passover. The story …

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Gates of Freedom Haggadah

Chaim Stern, Andrea Meyer (illustrator)

Publisher: Behrman House

Rabbi Stern, the master of modern Jewish liturgy, offers the Passover seder that runs itself in this revision of his best-selling classic, Gates of Freedom.

The text is clearly marked so that families with young children can shorten the service, while those who want to deepen their seder experience can enhance it with both traditional and contemporary readings. A dazzling array of commentaries, anecdotes, poems, and …

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Grandparent’s Memory Book for Jewish Families

Grandparent's Memory Book for Jewish Families

… present and future generations with the elegant and user-friendly new Grandparent’s Memory Book for Jewish Families. The fill-in-the-blank pages and lay-flat binding allow families to record personal memories and reflections on topics from family history to religious identity, favorite things and memories to thoughts on being a grandparent.

This memory book, inclusive of grandparents from a variety of religious and ethnic backgrounds, also includes a beautiful double-spread family …

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