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Jewish Book World The Quarterly Publication of the Jewish Book Council

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The Pianist Celebrating Alice Herz-Sommer, the 108year-old pianist and Holocaust survivor Claire Rudin Carol Poll

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The Fabulist Magical realism from the great Brazilian Jewish writer Moacyr Scliar Sydelle Shamah

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ALL THAT I AM Anna Funder Reviewed by Miriam Bradman Abrahams

HHhH Laurent Binet Sam Taylor, trans. Reviewed by Erika Dreifus

JEWISH GENTLE AND OTHER STORIES OF GAY-JEWISH LIVING Daniel M. Jaffe ZĞǀŝĞǁĞĚďLJtĂLJŶĞ,ŽīŵĂŶ

WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT ANNE FRANK: STORIES Nathan Englander Reviewed by Bob Goldfarb

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WHEN GENERAL GRANT EXPELLED THE JEWS Jonathan D. Sarna Reviewed by Maron L. Waxman

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PORTRAITS IN LITERATURE: THE JEWS OF POLAND Hava Bromberg Ben-Zvi, ed. & trans. Reviewed by Robert Moses Shapiro

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MAN SEEKS GOD: MY FLIRTATIONS WITH THE DIVINE Eric Weiner Reviewed by Eric Ackland

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CROSSING THE BORDERS OF TIME: A TRUE STORY OF WAR, EXILE, AND LOVE RECLAIMED Leslie Maitland Reviewed by Renita Last

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BEYOND THE SLING: A REAL-LIFE GUIDE TO RAISING CONFIDENT, LOVING CHILDREN THE ATTACHMENT PARENTING WAY Mayim Bialik; Jay Gordon, intro. Reviewed by Amanda Pogany NEW AMERICAN HAGGADAH Jonathan Safran Foer, ed. Nathan Englander, trans. Reviewed by Maron L. Waxman

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THE BAIS YAAKOV COOKBOOK Batsheva Weinstein, ed. Reviewed by Danièle Gorlin Lassner

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INSIDE THE JEWISH BAKERY: RECIPES AND MEMORIES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF JEWISH BAKING Stanley Ginsberg & Norman Berg Reviewed by Barbara M. Bibel

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modern jewish thought & experience

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MOSES MENDELSSOHN: WRITINGS ON JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY AND THE BIBLE Michah Gottlieb, ed.; Curtis Bowman, Elias Sacks & Allan Arkush, trans. Reviewed by Peter L. Rothholz

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A PROPHETIC PEACE: JUDAISM, RELIGION AND POLITICS Alick Isaacs Reviewed by Micah D. Halpern

THE ALEPPO CODEX: A TRUE STORY OF OBSESSION, FAITH, AND THE PURSUIT OF AN ANCIENT BOOK

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Matti Friedman Reviewed by Ray Katz

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holocaust

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A BOY IN TEREZIN: THE PRIVATE DIARY OF PAVEL WEINER, APRIL 1944-APRIL 1945 Pavel Weiner Reviewed by Mimi Frank

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CRAP AT MY PARENTS’ HOUSE Joel Dovev Reviewed by Jaclyn Trop

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A HIGH PRICE: THE TRIUMPHS AND FAILURES OF ISRAELI COUNTERTERRORISM

Daniel Byman Reviewed by Micah D. Halpern

THE PARANOID APOCALYPSE: A HUNDRED-YEAR RETROSPECTIVE ON THE PROTOCOLS OF THE ELDERS OF ZION Richard Landes & Steven T. Katz, eds. Reviewed by Jack Fischel

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ABOUT LOVE: PHOTOGRAPHS AND FILMS 1973-2011 Anne Wilkes Tucker Gay Block, photographer Reviewed by Eric Ackland

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THE JPS BIBLE COMMENTARY: RUTH Tamara Cohn Eskenazi & Tikva FrymerKensky, eds. Reviewed by Hara E. Person


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Ŷ&ĞďƌƵĂƌLJ͕ƚŚĞ Jewish Book Council named Gal Beckerman the ǁŝŶŶĞƌŽĨƚŚĞϮϬϭϮ^ĂŵŝZŽŚƌWƌŝnjĞĨŽƌ:ĞǁŝƐŚ>ŝƚĞƌĂƚƵƌĞ͕ǁŚŝĐŚƌĞĐͲ ognizes the important role of emerging writers in examining the Jewish ĞdžƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞ͘dŚĞĂǁĂƌĚŽĨΨϭϬϬ͕ϬϬϬ—one of the largest Jewish literary prizes in the world—ŚŽŶŽƌƐĂƐƉĞĐŝĮĐǁŽƌŬĂƐǁĞůůĂƐƚŚĞĂƵƚŚŽƌ͛Ɛ ƉŽƚĞŶƟĂůƚŽŵĂŬĞƐŝŐŶŝĮĐĂŶƚĐŽŶƚƌŝďƵƟŽŶƐƚŽ:ĞǁŝƐŚůŝƚĞƌĂƚƵƌĞ͘ dŚĞZŽŚƌWƌŝnjĞ͕ƵŶĚĞƌƚŚĞĂƵƐƉŝĐĞƐŽĨƚŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚŽŽŬŽƵŶĐŝů͕ŚĂƐ ďĞĞŶŐŝǀĞŶĂŶŶƵĂůůLJƐŝŶĐĞϮϬϬϳĂŶĚĐŽŶƐŝĚĞƌƐǁŽƌŬƐŽĨĮĐƟŽŶĂŶĚŶŽŶͲ ĮĐƟŽŶŝŶĂůƚĞƌŶĂƟŶŐLJĞĂƌƐ͘ dŚŝƐLJĞĂƌ͛ƐƉƌŝnjĞŝƐĨŽƌŶŽŶͲĮĐƟŽŶ͘'ĂůĞĐŬĞƌŵĂŶΖƐŬ͕ When They Come for Us We’ll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry;,ŽƵŐŚƚŽŶDŝŋ ŝŶ,ĂƌĐŽƵƌƚͿ͕ŝƐĂĐŽŵƉƌĞŚĞŶƐŝǀĞĂŶĚĞŶƚŚƌĂůůͲ ing chronicle of the history of the Soviet Jewry movement. The judges ďĞůŝĞǀĞĞĐŬĞƌŵĂŶ͛ƐǁŽƌŬƐŚŽǁƐ͞ŚŝƐĐůĞĂƌĐŽŵŵŝƚŵĞŶƚƚŽďĞĐŽŵŝŶŐĂ ƐƚŽƌLJƚĞůůĞƌĨŽƌƚŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚƉĞŽƉůĞ͘͟dŚŝƐŝƐŚŝƐĮƌƐƚŬ͘ ^ĞĐŽŶĚƉƌŝnjĞ͕ƚŚĞŚŽŝĐĞǁĂƌĚ͕ŐŽĞƐƚŽKdžĨŽƌĚůĞĐƚƵƌĞƌďŝŐĂŝů 'ƌĞĞŶ͕ĨŽƌŚĞƌďŝŽŐƌĂƉŚLJ͕DŽƐĞƐDŽŶƚĞĮŽƌĞ͗:ĞǁŝƐŚ>ŝďĞƌĂƚŽƌ͕/ŵƉĞͲ rial Hero;ĞůŬŶĂƉWƌĞƐƐŽĨ,ĂƌǀĂƌĚhŶŝǀĞƌƐŝƚLJͿ͘^ŚĞƌĞĐĞŝǀĞƐĂΨϮϱ͕ϬϬϬ prize. Gal Beckerman and Abigail Green were honored at a gala ceremony in Jerusalem on April 11th.

dŚĞĮŶĂůŝƐƚƐĨŽƌƚŚĞƐŝdžƚŚĂŶŶƵĂů^ĂŵŝZŽŚƌWƌŝnjĞĨŽƌ:ĞǁŝƐŚ>ŝƚĞƌĂƚƵƌĞ ĂƌĞ͗ Ruth Franklin — dŚŽƵƐĂŶĚĂƌŬŶĞƐƐĞƐ͗>ŝĞƐĂŶĚdƌƵƚŚŝŶ ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚ&ŝĐƟŽŶ;KdžĨŽƌĚhŶŝǀĞƌƐŝƚLJWƌĞƐƐͿ Jonathan B. Krasner — The Benderly Boys and American Jewish ĚƵĐĂƟŽŶ;ƌĂŶĚĞŝƐhŶŝǀĞƌƐŝƚLJWƌĞƐƐͬhŶŝǀĞƌƐŝƚLJWƌĞƐƐŽĨ EĞǁŶŐůĂŶĚͿ :ĂŵĞƐ>ŽĞŋ Ğƌ—dŚĞDŽƐƚDƵƐŝĐĂůEĂƟŽŶ͗:ĞǁƐĂŶĚƵůƚƵƌĞŝŶƚŚĞ >ĂƚĞZƵƐƐŝĂŶŵƉŝƌĞ;zĂůĞhŶŝǀĞƌƐŝƚLJWƌĞƐƐͿ LJǀŝƌƚƵĞŽĨďĞŝŶŐŶĂŵĞĚĂ^ĂŵŝZŽŚƌWƌŝnjĞĮŶĂůŝƐƚ͕ƚŚĞƐĞǁƌŝƚĞƌƐĂƌĞ ǁĞůĐŽŵĞĚŝŶƚŽƚŚĞĨĞůůŽǁƐŚŝƉŽĨĂĚŝƐƟŶŐƵŝƐŚĞĚ:ĞǁŝƐŚůŝƚĞƌĂƌLJĐŽŵŵƵͲ ŶŝƚLJ͘dŚĞǁŝŶŶĞƌƐ͕ĮŶĂůŝƐƚƐ͕ũƵĚŐĞƐ͕ĂŶĚĂĚǀŝƐŽƌLJďŽĂƌĚŵĞŵďĞƌƐŽĨƚŚĞ Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature meet biennially at the Sami Rohr :ĞǁŝƐŚ>ŝƚĞƌĂƌLJ/ŶƐƟƚƵƚĞ͕ĂĨŽƌƵŵĚĞǀŽƚĞĚƚŽƚŚĞĐŽŶƟŶƵŝƚLJŽĨ:ĞǁŝƐŚůŝƚͲ ĞƌĂƚƵƌĞ͘dŚĞ/ŶƐƟƚƵƚĞ͕ĐŽŽƌĚŝŶĂƚĞĚďLJƚŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚŽŽŬŽƵŶĐŝů͕ĐƌĞĂƚĞƐ an environment in which established and emerging writers can meet ĂŶĚĞdžĐŚĂŶŐĞŝĚĞĂƐĂŶĚƉĞƌƐƉĞĐƟǀĞƐ͘tŝƚŚŝŶĂƐŚŽƌƚƉĞƌŝŽĚŽĨƟŵĞ͕ƚŚĞ ^ĂŵŝZŽŚƌ:ĞǁŝƐŚ>ŝƚĞƌĂƌLJ/ŶƐƟƚƵƚĞŚĂƐďĞĐŽŵĞĂŶŝŵƉŽƌƚĂŶƚŵĞĞƟŶŐ place for the leading lights of the American Jewish literary world.

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2012 sami rohr prize winner

Tapping Into the Epic by Gal Beckerman

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efore I had any awareness of a Jewish ŝĚĞŶƟƚLJ͕/ŬŶĞǁƚǁŽƐƚŽƌŝĞƐǀĞƌLJǁĞůůͶ ŽŶĞĂŶŝŐŚƚŵĂƌĞ͕ƚŚĞŽƚŚĞƌĂĨĂŶƚĂƐLJ͕ĂŶĚ both episodes from what could only be ĐĂůůĞĚƚŚĞĞƉŝĐŽĨƚǁĞŶƟĞƚŚĐĞŶƚƵƌLJ:ĞǁŝƐŚ history. The Holocaust was introduced to me through my grandmother’s account of surviving part of the war by living in a ŚŽůĞŝŶƚŚĞŐƌŽƵŶĚ͕ǁŚĞƌĞƐŚĞǁĂƐŚŝĚĚĞŶ together with her mother and sister and ƉƌŽƚĞĐƚĞĚďLJĂWŽůŝƐŚĨĂƌŵĞƌ͘/ĂďƐŽƌďĞĚƚŚĞƐƚŽƌLJƚŚĞǁĂLJĂĐŚŝůĚǁŽƵůĚ͕ ƚŚƌŽƵŐŚƚŚĞŚŽƌƌŝĨLJŝŶŐĚĞƚĂŝůƐͶŚŽǁƐŚĞĐŽƵůĚŽŶůLJƐǁŝƚĐŚƉŽƐŝƟŽŶƐ ĞǀĞƌLJĨĞǁŚŽƵƌƐ͕ŚŽǁƵƉŽŶĞŵĞƌŐŝŶŐƐŚĞ ǁĂƐďůŝŶĚĞĚĨŽƌĚĂLJƐďLJŚĞƌĮƌƐƚƐŝŐŚƚŽĨƚŚĞ ƐƵŶ͕ŚŽǁƐŚĞŚĂĚƚŽƌĞͲůĞĂƌŶƚŽǁĂůŬĂŐĂŝŶ͘ Then there was the story of my parents ŵĞĞƟŶŐŝŶ/ƐƌĂĞůĂƚƚŚĞĂŐĞŽĨϭϰ͕ŝŶdĞů ǀŝǀŽĨƚŚĞϭϵϲϬƐ͕ďĞĨŽƌĞƚŚĞ^ŝdžĂLJtĂƌ͕ told with nostalgia for an age of innocence ǁŚĞƌĞƚŚĞLJƉůĂLJĞĚĂůůĚĂLJŝŶƚŚĞƐƚƌĞĞƚƐ͕ ůŝǀĞĚŝŶƚŚĞŝƌƐĐŽƵƚƐ͛ƵŶŝĨŽƌŵƐ͕ĂŶĚďƵŝůƚ ďŽŶĮƌĞƐĞǀĞƌLJǁĞĞŬĞŶĚŽŶƚŚĞďĞĂĐŚ͘ Amos Oz says that to his mind the birth of ŵŽĚĞƌŶ,ĞďƌĞǁŽĐĐƵƌƌĞĚǁŚĞŶ͕ĨŽƌƚŚĞ ĮƌƐƚƟŵĞƐŝŶĐĞƚŚĞƐĞǀĞŶƚĞĞŶƚŚĐĞŶƚƵƌLJ͕ ĂďŽLJĂŶĚĂŐŝƌůƐĂŝĚ͞/ůŽǀĞLJŽƵ͟ƚŽĞĂĐŚ other in the long-dead language. When I ƌĞĂĚƚŚŝƐ͕/ĐŽƵůĚƐĞĞƚŚĞďŽLJĂŶĚƚŚĞŐŝƌů perfectly. I’m sure they were my parents. To grow up with these stories and know them before any other meant that narƌĂƟǀĞŝƚƐĞůĨǁĂƐĂůǁĂLJƐƚĂŶŐůĞĚƵƉǁŝƚŚ something that seemed to come out of the Jewish experience. It’s not hard now to see ǁŚĂƚǁĂƐƐŽĂƩƌĂĐƟǀĞ͕ƐŽŝƌƌĞƐŝƐƟďůĞƚŽĂ storyteller about the last hundred years of Jewish history. All the great mythic tropes ĂƌĞƚŚĞƌĞͶĚĞĂƚŚĂŶĚƌĞďŝƌƚŚ͕ƌĞǀŽůƵƟŽŶĂŶĚƌĞĚĞŵƉƟŽŶ͕ĂƉĞŽƉůĞƐŽĨĂŵŝůŝĂƌ with the weight of history on top of them suddenly feeling themselves struggling to ĐŽŶƚƌŽůŝƚƐĚŝƌĞĐƟŽŶ͘ I wanted to tell the history of the Soviet Jewry movement because ŝƚŐĂǀĞŵĞĂĐŚĂŶĐĞƚŽƚĂƉŝŶƚŽƚŚŝƐĞƉŝĐĂŶĚĮůůŝŶĂĐƌŝƟĐĂůƉŝĞĐĞƚŚĂƚ seemed to be missing. To get from death to rebirth a catharsis was ŶĞĐĞƐƐĂƌLJ͗ŝƚďĞĐĂŵĞĐůĞĂƌƚŽŵĞ͕ĂŌĞƌŵĂŶLJLJĞĂƌƐŽĨƌĞƐĞĂƌĐŚŝŶŐŝŶ ĂƌĐŚŝǀĞƐĂŶĚƚĂůŬŝŶŐǁŝƚŚŚƵŶĚƌĞĚƐŽĨĂĐƟǀŝƐƚƐŝŶǀŽůǀĞĚǁŝƚŚƚŚĞŵŽǀĞŵĞŶƚ͕ƚŚĂƚŝƚǁĂƐƉĂƌƚůLJƚŚƌŽƵŐŚƚŚĞƐƚƌƵŐŐůĞŽĨ^ŽǀŝĞƚ:ĞǁƐƚŽůĞĂǀĞ ƚŚĞŝƌƚŽƚĂůŝƚĂƌŝĂŶĞŵƉŝƌĞĂŶĚƚŚĞĞīŽƌƚŽĨŵĞƌŝĐĂŶƐĂŶĚ/ƐƌĂĞůŝƐƚŽŐĞƚ them out that this process took place. The story of the movement was one I knew about only very vaguely ǁŚĞŶ/ďĞŐĂŶ͘/ƚǁĂƐŝŶƐŽŵĞǁĂLJƐĂǀŝĐƟŵŽĨŝƚƐŽǁŶƐƵĐĐĞƐƐͶƚŚĞĞŵŝ-

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ŐƌĂƟŽŶĂŶĚĂďƐŽƌƉƟŽŶŽĨŶĞĂƌůLJĂŵŝůůŝŽŶĂŶĚĂŚĂůĨ:ĞǁƐŽǀĞƌƚŽŽŬĂŶĚ ƐĞĞŵĞĚƚŽŽďƐĐƵƌĞƚŚĞŚŝƐƚŽƌLJŽĨĂƚŚŝƌƚLJͲLJĞĂƌĞīŽƌƚ͘KǀĞƌĂůůƚŚĂƚƟŵĞ͕ ĨƌŽŵƚŚĞĞĂƌůLJϭϵϲϬƐƵŶƟůƚŚĞůĂƐƚĚĂLJƐŽĨƚŚĞŽůĚtĂƌ͕ƚŚĞĞŶĚǁĂƐ ƵŶĐĞƌƚĂŝŶ͕ďƵƚƚŚĞƐƚƌƵŐŐůĞŝƚƐĞůĨƉƌŽǀŝĚĞĚƐƵƐƚĞŶĂŶĐĞƚŽĂŶŵĞƌŝĐĂŶ :ĞǁŝƐŚĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƚLJĮŶĚŝŶŐŝƚƐŽǁŶǀŽŝĐĞĂŶĚƚŽ^ŽǀŝĞƚ:ĞǁƐ͕ǁŚŽƚŚƌĞĞ ŐĞŶĞƌĂƟŽŶƐƌĞŵŽǀĞĚĨƌŽŵƚŚĞŽůƐŚĞǀŝŬƌĞǀŽůƵƟŽŶǁĞƌĞƐƟůůƌĞŐĂƌĚĞĚ ĂƐĂĨŽƌĞŝŐŶĞůĞŵĞŶƚ͕ŶŽƚĂůůŽǁĞĚƚŽŝŶƚĞŐƌĂƚĞĨƵůůLJŽƌƚŽůĞĂǀĞ͘ KŶĐĞƚŚĞƐƚŽƌLJŚĂĚŵĞ͕/ǁĂƐĚƌĂǁŶŝŶďLJĂůůŝƚƐŵĂŶLJĐŽŵƉůĞdžŝƟĞƐĂŶĚƚĞŶƐŝŽŶƐ͘KŶƚŚĞŵĞƌŝĐĂŶƐŝĚĞ͕ƚŚĞƌĞǁĞƌĞĚŝǀŝƐŝŽŶƐŽǀĞƌ ǁŚĞƚŚĞƌƚŽĞŵƉůŽLJƚŚĞŐƵĞƌŝůůĂƚĂĐƟĐƐŽĨƚŚĞŐƌĂƐƐƌŽŽƚƐŽƌƚŽůŝƐƚĞŶƚŽ ƚŚĞĞƐƚĂďůŝƐŚŵĞŶƚĚĞŵĂŶĚƐĨŽƌƌĞƐƉŽŶƐŝďůĞĂĐƟŽŶ͖ǁŚĞƚŚĞƌƚŽƚĂŬĞ ŝŶƚŽĐŽŶƐŝĚĞƌĂƟŽŶƚŚĞŝŽŶŝƐƚŝŵƉĞƌĂƟǀĞƐƚŚĂƚĂůů^ŽǀŝĞƚ:ĞǁƐǁŚŽŐŽƚ ŽƵƚďĞĨƵŶŶĞůĞĚƚŽǁĂƌĚ/ƐƌĂĞůŽƌƌĞŵĂŝŶƚƌƵĞ͕ĮƌƐƚůLJ͕ƚŽƚŚĞŵĞƌŝĐĂŶ ĐŽŶĐĞƉƚŽĨĨƌĞĞĚŽŵŽĨŵŽǀĞŵĞŶƚ͖ĨŽƌƚŚĂƚ ŵĂƩĞƌ͕ǁŚĞƚŚĞƌƚŽĐŽŶĐĞŝǀĞŽĨƚŚĞĐĂƵƐĞ as a universal human rights struggle or as a ƉĂƌƟĐƵůĂƌŝƐƟĐ:ĞǁŝƐŚŽŶĞ͘ And that was just the Americans. The ĂĐƟǀŝƐƚƐŽĨƚŚĞDŽƐĐŽǁĂŶĚ>ĞŶŝŶŐƌĂĚƵŶĚĞƌŐƌŽƵŶĚŚĂĚƚŚĞŝƌŽǁŶŝŶƚĞƌŶĂůďĂƩůĞƐ͕ and great drama on their side as well. One of the highlights of my six years of research was when I got to know the men and women who tried to carry out a hijacking ŝŶϭϵϳϬŝŶŽƌĚĞƌƚŽĞƐĐĂƉĞƚŚĞ^ŽǀŝĞƚhŶŝŽŶ and publicize the problems of Soviet Jews. They seemed to encapsulate perfectly the ŚƵŵĂŶĞůĞŵĞŶƚŝŶƚŚŝƐƐƚŽƌLJ͕ƚŚĞĚĞƐƉĞƌĂƟŽŶƚŽůĞĂǀĞ;ǀĞƌŐŝŶŐŚĞƌĞŽŶƚŚĞŶĞĂƌůLJ ƐƵŝĐŝĚĂůͿĂŶĚƚŚĞďŽƵŶĚůĞƐƐŚŽƉĞĨƵůŶĞƐƐ ĨŽƌĂďĞƩĞƌ͕ŵŽƌĞĐŽŵƉůĞƚĞůŝĨĞŝŶ/ƐƌĂĞů͘ Here were individuals willing to risk everything to challenge an oppressive status quo and reconnect with Jewish history. ǀĞŶĂŌĞƌĂůůƚŚĞLJĞĂƌƐƐƉĞŶƚǁŽƌŬŝŶŐŽŶ ƚŚŝƐƉƌŽũĞĐƚ͕/ĐŽŶƟŶƵĞƚŽďĞĞŶƚŚƌĂůůĞĚďLJ that epic Jewish experience. My interest ŝƐŶŽƚũƵƐƚƉĞƌƐŽŶĂůďƵƚĂĨƵŶĐƟŽŶ͕ƐŝŵƉůLJ͕ ŽĨďĞŝŶŐĚƌĂǁŶďĂĐŬ͕ĂŐĂŝŶĂŶĚĂŐĂŝŶ͕ to a great story. As opinion editor at the &ŽƌǁĂƌĚ͕/͛ŵĞŶŐĂŐŝŶŐĞǀĞƌLJĚĂLJǁŝƚŚƚŚĞ ďŝŐƋƵĞƐƟŽŶƐƚŚĂƚƚƌŽƵďůĞĂŶĚĨĂƐĐŝŶĂƚĞ :ĞǁƐͶ/ƐƌĂĞůĂŶĚƚŚĞDŝĚĚůĞĂƐƚ͕ĨĞĂƌƐ ŽĨĂƐƐŝŵŝůĂƟŽŶ͕ŽƌƚŚŽĚŽdžLJǀĞƌƐƵƐŵŽĚĞƌŶŝƚLJ͕:ĞǁŝƐŚƉŽůŝƟĐĂůƉŽǁĞƌ͘ ŶĚ/ĂŵĂůǁĂLJƐůŽŽŬŝŶŐĨŽƌĂŶĂƌƌĂƟǀĞĂƉƉƌŽĂĐŚƚŽƚĂůŬŝŶŐĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞƐĞ ŝƐƐƵĞƐ͕ŽŶĞƚŚĂƚůŝŶŬƐƚŚĞŵƵƉǁŝƚŚƚŚĞƵŶŝǀĞƌƐĂůĂŶĚƚŚĞƉĂƌƟĐƵůĂƌ͘dŚĞ ďĞƐƚǁĂLJ/͛ǀĞĨŽƵŶĚŝƐƚŽƚĞůůĂŚƵŵĂŶƐƚŽƌLJ͕ĂƐ/ƚƌŝĞĚƚŽĚŽĞǀĞŶǁŚĞŶ approaching the vast history of the Soviet Jewry movement. It’s a principle that I know will guide me in my works to come.

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2012 sami rohr prize choice award

Looking for Montefiore by Abigail Green

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ǁŝŶĚŵŝůů͕ĂĐĂƌĞŚŽŵĞŝŶƵƐƚƌĂůŝĂ͕Ă ƋƵĂƌƚĞƌŽĨ:ĞƌƵƐĂůĞŵ͕ĂŚŽƐƉŝƚĂůŝŶEĞǁ zŽƌŬ͗ůŝƩůĞŶŽǁƌĞŵĂŝŶƐŽĨ^ŝƌDŽƐĞƐDŽŶƚĞĮŽƌĞ͕ƚŚĞƉƌĞͲĞŵŝŶĞŶƚ:ĞǁŝƐŚĮŐƵƌĞŽĨƚŚĞ ŶŝŶĞƚĞĞŶƚŚĐĞŶƚƵƌLJ͕ĂůƚŚŽƵŐŚŵLJĨĂŵŝůLJƐƟůů cherishes his memory with pride. Yet MonteĮŽƌĞǁĂƐĂŐƌŽƵŶĚďƌĞĂŬŝŶŐŚƵŵĂŶŝƚĂƌŝĂŶĂŶĚ ƉŚŝůĂŶƚŚƌŽƉŝƐƚ͕ǁŚŽƐĞŝŶƚĞƌŶĂƟŽŶĂůĐĂŵƉĂŝŐŶƐ ĨŽƌ:ĞǁŝƐŚǀŝĐƟŵƐŽĨƉĞƌƐĞĐƵƟŽŶĂŶĚĨĂŵŝŶĞ ĐĂƉƚƵƌĞĚƚŚĞŝŵĂŐŝŶĂƟŽŶŽĨƚŚĞǁŽƌůĚ͘,ŝƐ missions on behalf of oppressed Jewry took ŚŝŵƐĞǀĞŶƟŵĞƐƚŽWĂůĞƐƟŶĞ͕ƚŽŐLJƉƚ͕ZƵƐƐŝĂ͕ ZŽŵĞ͕dƵƌŬĞLJ͕DŽƌŽĐĐŽ͕ĂŶĚZŽŵĂŶŝĂ͕ǁŚĞƌĞŚĞŝŶƚĞƌĐĞĚĞĚŽŶƚŚĞŝƌ ďĞŚĂůĨǁŝƚŚƉĂƐŚĂƐ͕ƐƵůƚĂŶƐ͕ĞŵƉĞƌŽƌƐ͕ĂŶĚ ƉŽƉĞƐ͘KƉĞƌĂƟŶŐĂƐĂŶƵŶŽĸĐŝĂůĂŵďĂƐƐĂĚŽƌ ĨŽƌƚŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚƉĞŽƉůĞ͕DŽŶƚĞĮŽƌĞƉŝŽŶĞĞƌĞĚĂ ĚŝƉůŽŵĂƟĐĂƉƉƌŽĂĐŚƚŽƚŚĞƉƌŽďůĞŵŽĨ:ĞǁŝƐŚ ƉĞƌƐĞĐƵƟŽŶƚŚĂƚŚĞůƉĞĚĐĂƌǀĞĂŶĞǁƉůĂĐĞĨŽƌ Jews in the modern world. DLJŵŽƚŚĞƌǁĂƐďŽƌŶĂDŽŶƚĞĮŽƌĞ͕ƐŽƚŚŝƐ story has always resonated in my life. A portrait of Sir Moses’s mother hung in the hallway of my ŐƌĂŶĚƉĂƌĞŶƚƐ͛ŚŽƵƐĞĂůŽŶŐƐŝĚĞƚŚĞDŽŶƚĞĮŽƌĞ family arms. Every Pesach we read an extract ĨƌŽŵDŽŶƚĞĮŽƌĞ͛ƐĚŝĂƌLJĚĞƐĐƌŝďŝŶŐŚŝƐŵŝƌĂĐƵlous escape from a watery grave upon throwing ĂƉŝĞĐĞŽĨĂĮŬŽŵĞŶŝŶƚŽƐƚŽƌŵLJƐĞĂƐƐŽƵƚŚŽĨ DĂůƚĂ͘KŶĐĞ͕ĂƐĂƚĞĞŶĂŐĞƌ͕/ĂƩĞŶĚĞĚĂŵĂƐƐŝǀĞ ĨĂŵŝůLJůƵŶĐŚƚŽŵĂƌŬŚŝƐďŝĐĞŶƚĞŶĂƌLJŝŶϭϵϴϰͲϱ͘ We solemnly perused copies of the family tree and trekked out to an obscure museum on the ĨƌŝŶŐĞƐŽĨ>ŽŶĚŽŶ͕ǁŚĞƌĞĂƐŵĂůůĐŽŵŵĞŵŽƌĂƟǀĞ ĞdžŚŝďŝƟŽŶǁĂƐŚĞůĚ͘ tŚĞŶ/ďĞŐĂŶǁŽƌŬŽŶDŽŶƚĞĮŽƌĞ͕/ƚLJƉŝcally encountered two responses. Historians outside the world of Jewish studies hadn’t heard of him and couldn’t understand why an Oxford don would abandon a ‘safe’ career studyŝŶŐ'ĞƌŵĂŶŶĂƟŽŶĂůŝƐŵĨŽƌƚŚĞďŝŽŐƌĂƉŚLJŽĨĂƐĞĞŵŝŶŐůLJŽďƐĐƵƌĞ:Ğǁ͘ sŝĞǁĞĚƉƌŽĨĞƐƐŝŽŶĂůůLJ͕ƚŚĞĨĂŵŝůLJĐŽŶŶĞĐƟŽŶǁĂƐ͕ŝĨĂŶLJƚŚŝŶŐ͕ĂůŝƩůĞ ĞŵďĂƌƌĂƐƐŝŶŐ͘DĞĂŶǁŚŝůĞ͕:ĞǁŝƐŚŚŝƐƚŽƌŝĂŶƐǁĂƌŶĞĚŵĞƚŚĂƚƚŚĞƌĞǁĞƌĞ ŶŽƐŽƵƌĐĞƐ͕ĂŶĚŶŽƚŚŝŶŐŶĞǁƚŽƐĂLJ͘ ŽŵŝŶŐĨƌĞƐŚƚŽƚŚĞĮĞůĚ͕/ǁĂƐŶĂŢǀĞĞŶŽƵŐŚƚŽŝŐŶŽƌĞƚŚĞŵ͘/ŶƚƌƵƚŚ͕ ƚŚĞƉƌŽũĞĐƚƉŽƐĞĚŚƵŐĞĚŝĸĐƵůƟĞƐ͗ĂƌĐŚŝǀĂůŵĂƚĞƌŝĂůƐŝŶĞůĞǀĞŶĐŽƵŶƚƌŝĞƐ ĂŶĚŶŝŶĞůĂŶŐƵĂŐĞƐĚĞŵĂŶĚĞĚůŝŶŐƵŝƐƟĐĂŶĚƉĂůĞŽŐƌĂƉŚŝĐƐŬŝůůƐ/ƐŝŵƉůLJ ĚŝĚŶ͛ƚŚĂǀĞ͘ƵƚĂƐ/ǁŽƌŬĞĚŵLJǁĂLJƚŚƌŽƵŐŚŶĞǁƐƉĂƉĞƌƐ͕ĚŝĂƌŝĞƐ͕ ƉĞƌƐŽŶĂůŵĞŵŽƌĂďŝůŝĂ͕ĂŶĚŐŽǀĞƌŶŵĞŶƚĚŽĐƵŵĞŶƚƐ͕ǀŝƐŝƟŶŐĐŽƌŶĞƌƐŽĨ ĂůŽƐƚ:ĞǁŝƐŚǁŽƌůĚĨƌŽŵ<ŽǀŶŽƚŽDŽŐĂĚŽƌ͕/ƌĞĂůŝnjĞĚƚŚĂƚƵŶĚĞƌƉŝŶŶŝŶŐDŽŶƚĞĮŽƌĞ͛ƐƌĞŵĂƌŬĂďůĞůŝĨĞͲƐƚŽƌLJǁĂƐĂĨĂƌŵŽƌĞŝŵƉŽƌƚĂŶƚƐƚŽƌLJ ǁĂŝƟŶŐƚŽďĞƚŽůĚ͘ /ŬŶĞǁ͕ŽĨĐŽƵƌƐĞ͕ƚŚĂƚDŽŶƚĞĮŽƌĞ͛ƐůŝĨĞĞŶĐĂƉƐƵůĂƚĞĚƚŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚ ŶŝŶĞƚĞĞŶƚŚĐĞŶƚƵƌLJ͘ŽƌŶďĞĨŽƌĞƚŚĞ&ƌĞŶĐŚƌĞǀŽůƵƟŽŶďƌŽƵŐŚƚƚŚĞŚŽƉĞ ŽĨĞŵĂŶĐŝƉĂƟŽŶ͕ŚĞůŝǀĞĚƚŽƐĞĞƚŚĞƚƌĂŐĞĚLJŽĨƚŚĞƉŽŐƌŽŵƐĂŶĚƚŚĞĨĂůƚĞƌŝŶŐďĞŐŝŶŶŝŶŐƐŽĨŝŽŶŝƐŵ͘^ƵƉĞƌĮĐŝĂůůLJ͕DŽŶƚĞĮŽƌĞ͛ƐůŝĨĞĚŽǀĞƚĂŝůĞĚ

ŶĞĂƚůLJǁŝƚŚƚŚĞƐƟƌƌŝŶŐďƵƚƐůŝŐŚƚůLJŚĂĐŬŶĞLJĞĚŶĂƌƌĂƟǀĞŽĨƚŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚ ƚƌĂŶƐŝƟŽŶƚŽŵŽĚĞƌŶŝƚLJ͘zĞƚƚŚŝƐǁĂƐĂŶĂƌƌĂƟǀĞŝŶǁŚŝĐŚDŽŶƚĞĮŽƌĞ͛Ɛ ĞdžƚƌĂŽƌĚŝŶĂƌLJĐŽŶƚƌŝďƵƟŽŶƚŽƚŚĞŚŝƐƚŽƌLJŽĨƚŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚƉĞŽƉůĞĂŶĚƚŽ ƚŚĞŚƵŵĂŶŝƚĂƌŝĂŶƚƌĂĚŝƟŽŶƐŽĨƚŚĞtĞƐƚŚĂĚƐŽŵĞŚŽǁĚŝƐĂƉƉĞĂƌĞĚ from view. >ŽŽŬŝŶŐĨŽƌDŽŶƚĞĮŽƌĞƌĞƋƵŝƌĞĚŵĞƚŽĚŝŐĂůŝƩůĞĚĞĞƉĞƌ͘/ƚƚƵƌŶĞĚ ŽƵƚƚŚĂƚƚŚĞƌĞǁĞƌĞůŽƚƐŽĨŬƐĂďŽƵƚ:ĞǁƐŝŶƉĂƌƟĐƵůĂƌƉůĂĐĞƐ͕ďƵƚ nobody had really thought about the parallel experiences of Jews in ƉůĂĐĞƐůŝŬĞŶŐůĂŶĚ͕ZƵƐƐŝĂ͕WĂůĞƐƟŶĞ͕ĂŶĚDŽƌŽĐĐŽŝŶĂǁĂLJƚŚĂƚƌĞŇĞĐƚĞĚƚŚĞĚŝīĞƌĞŶĐĞƐďƵƚĂůƐŽƚŚĞĐŽŶŶĞĐƟŽŶƐďĞƚǁĞĞŶƚŚĞŵ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞ fact that these experiences were happening simultaneously. Because of DŽŶƚĞĮŽƌĞ͛ƐŚƵŵĂŶŝƚĂƌŝĂŶĐŽŶĐĞƌŶƐ͕ŝŶƚĞƌŶĂƟŽŶĂůŝŶƚĞƌĞƐƚƐ͕ĂŶĚƐƚƌŽŶŐ :ĞǁŝƐŚƟĞƐ͕ĞdžƉůŽƌŝŶŐŚŝƐůŝĨĞƐƚŽƌLJĞŶĂďůĞĚŵĞƚŽĐŽŶŶĞĐƚƚŚĞĚŽƚƐŽĨ Jewish history in new ways. /Ŷϭϴϳϭ͕ĨŽƌŝŶƐƚĂŶĐĞ͕ĂƚĞƌƌŝďůĞƉŽŐƌŽŵůĞŌϰϬϬϬ :ĞǁŝƐŚĨĂŵŝůŝĞƐĚĞƐƟƚƵƚĞŝŶZƵƐƐŝĂŶKĚĞƐƐĂ͕ũƵƐƚ as famine threatened Persian Jewry with starvaƟŽŶĂŶĚĚĞĂƚŚŽŶĂŶĞƉŝĐƐĐĂůĞ͘dŚĞƐĞƚƌĂŐĞĚŝĞƐ ƐĞĞŵĞĚƵŶĐŽŶŶĞĐƚĞĚ͕ďƵƚƚŚĞLJǁĞƌĞŶ͛ƚ͗:ĞǁƐŝŶ >ŽŶĚŽŶůŝŬĞDŽŶƚĞĮŽƌĞůĞĂƌŶĞĚĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞŵĂƚ ƚŚĞƐĂŵĞƟŵĞ͘hŶĂďůĞƚŽĂŐƌĞĞŽŶĂǁĂLJĨŽƌǁĂƌĚ͕ they launched rival fund-raising campaigns that ĂƩƌĂĐƚĞĚĚŽŶĂƟŽŶƐĨƌŽŵ:ĞǁƐŝŶƉůĂĐĞƐĂƐĨĂƌŇƵŶŐ ĂƐ>ŝƚŚƵĂŶŝĂ͕'ĞƌŵĂŶLJ͕ĂŶĚEŽƌƚŚŵĞƌŝĐĂ͕ƌĂŝƐŝŶŐ ŵŝůůŝŽŶƐŝŶƚŽĚĂLJ͛ƐŵŽŶĞLJŽŶďĞŚĂůĨŽĨƚŚĞǀŝĐƟŵƐ͘ Episodes like this illuminate the birth of an internaƟŽŶĂů:ĞǁŝƐŚƉƵďůŝĐĂŶĚƚŚĞŐůŽďĂůŝnjĂƟŽŶŽĨ:ĞǁŝƐŚ ĐŽŶƐĐŝŽƵƐŶĞƐƐĨŽƌƚŚĞĮƌƐƚƟŵĞ͘ Nor was this just a Jewish story. Reading about the famine and humanitarian disasters that galvaŶŝnjĞĚDŽŶƚĞĮŽƌĞ͕/ǁĂƐƌĞƉĞĂƚĞĚůLJƐƚƌƵĐŬďLJƉĂƌĂůlels with our contemporary world. Disaster news is ĚŝƐƚƌĞƐƐŝŶŐůLJĨĂŵŝůŝĂƌŶŽǁĂĚĂLJƐ͕ďƵƚŝŶDŽŶƚĞĮŽƌĞ͛Ɛ ĂŐĞŝƚǁĂƐƐŽŵĞƚŚŝŶŐŶĞǁĂŶĚĞdžƚƌĂŽƌĚŝŶĂƌLJ͘tĂƌ͕ ƐƚĂƌǀĂƟŽŶ͕ĂŶĚŶĂƚƵƌĂůĐĂƚĂƐƚƌŽƉŚĞƐĂƌĞƐƚĂƉůĞƐ ŽĨŚƵŵĂŶĞdžŝƐƚĞŶĐĞ͕LJĞƚĨŽƌĐĞŶƚƵƌŝĞƐŶŽŽŶĞĐĂƌĞĚďĞLJŽŶĚƚŚŽƐĞŝŵŵĞĚŝĂƚĞůLJĂīĞĐƚĞĚ͕ƋƵŝƚĞƐŝŵƉůLJďĞĐĂƵƐĞŶŽďŽĚLJŬŶĞǁ͘dŚĂŶŬƐƚŽƚŚĞ ƚĞůĞŐƌĂƉŚĂŶĚƚŚĞŶĞǁƐƉĂƉĞƌ͕ƐƵĚĚĞŶůLJƚŚĞLJĚŝĚ͘ŶĚďĞĐĂƵƐĞƚŚŝƐǁĂƐ ĂƐĞŶƟŵĞŶƚĂůĂŐĞŽĨƉƌŽĨŽƵŶĚƌĞůŝŐŝŽƵƐĂŶĚŵŽƌĂůĐŽŶǀŝĐƟŽŶƐƚŚĞƌĞ ǁĞƌĞŵĂŶLJ͕ƉĂƌƟĐƵůĂƌůLJŝŶƚŚĞtĞƐƚ͕ǁŚŽƌĞĨƵƐĞĚƚŽůŽŽŬĂǁĂLJ͘ DŽŶƚĞĮŽƌĞ͛ƐĐĂŵƉĂŝŐŶƐŽŶďĞŚĂůĨŽĨ:ĞǁŝƐŚƌĞĨƵŐĞĞƐĂŶĚĨĂŵŝŶĞǀŝĐƟŵƐǁĞƌĞƉĂƌƚĂŶĚƉĂƌĐĞůŽĨƚŚŝƐƉŚĞŶŽŵĞŶŽŶͶďĞĐĂƵƐĞŽĨƚŚĞŝƌŐůŽďĂů ƐĐĂůĞ͕ĂŶĚďĞĐĂƵƐĞƚŚĞLJĐŽŵďŝŶĞĚƌĞůŝŐŝŽŶǁŝƚŚŚƵŵĂŶŝƚĂƌŝĂŶŝƐŵĂŶĚ ƚŚĞĞdžŽƟĐĂƐƚŝŶĂǁĂLJƚŚĂƚƌĞƐŽŶĂƚĞĚǁĞůůďĞLJŽŶĚƚŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚǁŽƌůĚ͘ >ŽŽŬŝŶŐƚŚƌŽƵŐŚƚŚĞůŝƐƚƐŽĨƚŚŽƐĞǁŚŽŐĂǀĞŵŽŶĞLJƚŽDŽŶƚĞĮŽƌĞ͕/ǁĂƐ ĂŵĂnjĞĚƚŽĮŶĚƌĞǀĞƌĞŶĚƐ͕ĐŽƵŶƚĞƐƐĞƐ͕ĂŶĚƌĂŝůǁĂLJǁŽƌŬĞƌƐ͕ďŝƐŚŽƉƐĂŶĚ Australian radicals. This was not just the story of the birth of modern ǁŽƌůĚ:ĞǁƌLJ͖ŝƚǁĂƐĂůƐŽƚŚĞƐƚŽƌLJŽĨŚŽǁƚŚĞƉƌŽƚĞĐƟŽŶŽĨĞƚŚŶŝĐĂŶĚ ƌĞůŝŐŝŽƵƐŵŝŶŽƌŝƟĞƐĐĂŵĞƚŽďĞƐĞĞŶĂƐĂďĞŶĐŚŵĂƌŬŽĨtĞƐƚĞƌŶ͚ĐŝǀŝůŝnjĂƟŽŶ͘Ζ/ƚǁĂƐ͕ŝŶƐŚŽƌƚ͕ƚŚĞƐƚŽƌLJŽĨŚŽǁ:ĞǁŝƐŚĂĐƟǀŝƐƚƐ͕:ĞǁŝƐŚĐŽŶĐĞƌŶƐ͕ ĂŶĚ:ĞǁŝƐŚǀĂůƵĞƐƐŚĂƉĞĚƚŚĞƚǁŝŶƚƌĂĚŝƟŽŶƐŽĨůŝďĞƌĂůŝƐŵĂŶĚŚƵŵĂŶ ƌŝŐŚƚƐƚŚĂƚĚĞĮŶĞtĞƐƚĞƌŶƉŽůŝƟĐĂůĐƵůƚƵƌĞ͘

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2012 sami rohr prize finalist

Out of Atrocity, Art by Ruth Franklin

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Ŷϭϵϵϱ͕ĮŌLJLJĞĂƌƐĂŌĞƌƚŚĞĞŶĚŽĨƚŚĞǁĂƌ͕ a new Holocaust memoir was published to great acclaim. Its author was compared to :ĞĂŶŵĠƌLJ͕WĂƵůĞůĂŶ͕ĂŶĚWƌŝŵŽ>Ğǀŝ͘/ƚǁĂƐ ĐŚĂŵƉŝŽŶĞĚǀŝƌƚƵĂůůLJƵŶĂŶŝŵŽƵƐůLJďLJĐƌŝƟĐƐ͕ ŽŶĞŽĨǁŚŽŵĐĂůůĞĚŝƚ͞ƐŽŵŽƌĂůůLJŝŵƉŽƌƚĂŶƚ͕ ĂŶĚƐŽĨƌĞĞĨƌŽŵůŝƚĞƌĂƌLJĂƌƟĮĐĞŽĨĂŶLJŬŝŶĚĂƚ Ăůů͕ƚŚĂƚ/ǁŽŶĚĞƌŝĨ/ĞǀĞŶŚĂǀĞƚŚĞƌŝŐŚƚƚŽƚƌLJ ƚŽŽīĞƌƉƌĂŝƐĞ͘͟ The book was Fragments͕ďLJŝŶũĂŵŝŶ Wilkomirski. You know the rest of the story. © Curtis Martin The author was quickly revealed as an imƉŽƐƚĞƌ͘,ŝƐƵŶŵĂƐŬŝŶŐŵĂĚĞĐƌŝƟĐƐĂŶĚĂĐĂĚĞŵŝĐƐĂůŝŬĞǁƌŝŶŐƚŚĞŝƌ ŚĂŶĚƐ͘,Žǁ͕ƚŚĞLJǁŽŶĚĞƌĞĚ͕ĐŽƵůĚƚŚŝƐŚĂǀĞďĞĞŶ allowed to happen? But the real wonder is that it did not happen sooner. For Wilkomirski’s fraud was the inevitable consequence of the way Holocaust literature has been read and understood in the decades since the war—the focus of my Ŭ͕dŚŽƵƐĂŶĚĂƌŬŶĞƐƐĞƐ͗>ŝĞƐĂŶĚdƌƵƚŚŝŶ ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚ&ŝĐƟŽŶ. ͞dŽǁƌŝƚĞĂƉŽĞŵĂŌĞƌƵƐĐŚǁŝƚnjŝƐďĂƌďĂƌŝĐ͗͟ Theodor Adorno’s famous dictum generated a fog ŽĨƐƵƐƉŝĐŝŽŶŽǀĞƌƚŚĞǀĞƌLJƉŽƐƐŝďŝůŝƚLJŽĨĐƌĞĂƟŶŐ art in the wake of atrocity. His remark has been ƵŶĐƌŝƟĐĂůůLJƌĞĐĞŝǀĞĚĂƐĂŐĞŶĞƌĂůƉƌŽŚŝďŝƟŽŶ ĂŐĂŝŶƐƚŝŵĂŐŝŶĂƟǀĞůŝƚĞƌĂƚƵƌĞĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚ͕ǁŚŝĐŚŝƐƐĂŝĚƚŽďĞďĞLJŽŶĚƌĞƉƌĞƐĞŶƚĂƟŽŶ͘ ͞ŶŽǀĞůĂďŽƵƚƵƐĐŚǁŝƚnjŝƐĞŝƚŚĞƌŶŽƚĂŶŽǀĞů͕Žƌ ŝƚŝƐŶŽƚĂďŽƵƚƵƐĐŚǁŝƚnj͕͟ůŝĞtŝĞƐĞůŚĂƐǁƌŝƚƚĞŶ͕ĂƌŐƵŝŶŐƚŚĂƚƚŽĮĐƟŽŶĂůŝnjĞ͞ŝŶƐƵůƚƐƚŚĞĚĞĂĚ͘͟ dŚŽƐĞǁŚŽǁŝƐŚƚŽůĞĂƌŶĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚ͕ tŝĞƐĞůǁƌŝƚĞƐ͕ƐŚŽƵůĚƌĞĂĚƚĞƐƟŵŽŶŝĞƐĂŶĚǁĂƚĐŚ ĚŽĐƵŵĞŶƚĂƌŝĞƐ͘EŽƚƐƵƌƉƌŝƐŝŶŐůLJ͕ĐƌŝƟĐƐǁŚŽ address themselves to this body of work have ƚĞŶĚĞĚƚŽĨĞĞů͕ĂƐtŝůŬŽŵŝƌƐŬŝ͛ƐƌĞǀŝĞǁĞƌƐĚŝĚ͕ ƚŚĂƚƚŚĞLJŚĂƌĚůLJŚĂǀĞƚŚĞƌŝŐŚƚƚŽŽīĞƌƉƌĂŝƐĞ͕ŵƵĐŚůĞƐƐĐƌŝƟĐŝƐŵ͘/Ɛŝƚ ŶŽƚƐƵƉĞƌŇƵŽƵƐƚŽĂƉƉůLJůŝƚĞƌĂƌLJĐƌŝƚĞƌŝĂƚŽǁŽƌŬƐƚŚĂƚƚĞƐƟĨLJƚŽƐŽŵĞŽĨ ƚŚĞŐƌĞĂƚĞƐƚďƌƵƚĂůŝƟĞƐŝŶŚŝƐƚŽƌLJ͍ zĞƚŝĨƌĞĂĚĞƌƐĂƵƚŽŵĂƟĐĂůůLJƐƵƐƉĞŶĚƚŚĞŝƌĐƌŝƟĐĂůĨĂĐƵůƟĞƐǁŚĞŶŝƚ ĐŽŵĞƐƚŽƚŚĞ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚ͕ƚŚĞŝŶĞǀŝƚĂďůĞĐŽŶƐĞƋƵĞŶĐĞǁŝůůďĞĨƌĂƵĚƐůŝŬĞ tŝůŬŽŵŝƌƐŬŝ͛Ɛ͕ǁŚŝĐŚƉƌŽůŝĨĞƌĂƚĞĚͶŶŽƚďLJĂĐĐŝĚĞŶƚͶŽǀĞƌƚŚĞůĂƐƚĨĞǁ ĚĞĐĂĚĞƐ͘ƚƚŚĞƐĂŵĞƟŵĞ͕ŝĨĮĚĞůŝƚLJƚŽŚŝƐƚŽƌŝĐĂůĨĂĐƚďĞĐŽŵĞƐƚŚĞŽŶůLJ ďĞŶĐŚŵĂƌŬďLJǁŚŝĐŚƚŽũƵĚŐĞ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚǁƌŝƟŶŐ͕ǁĞŽǀĞƌůŽŽŬƚŚĞĐƌƵĐŝĂů ƌŽůĞƚŚĞĐƌĞĂƟǀĞŝŵĂŐŝŶĂƟŽŶƉůĂLJƐŝŶƚŚĞŐƌĞĂƚĞƐƚŽĨƚŚĞƐĞǁŽƌŬƐ͘ƵƚŚŽƌƐůŝŬĞdĂĚĞƵƐnjŽƌŽǁƐŬŝǁĞƌĞǁƌŝƟŶŐƉŽĞƚƌLJĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞŝƌĞdžƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞƐ ǁŚŝůĞƐƟůůŝŶƚŚĞĐĂŵƉƐ͘ŶĚĞǀĞŶƚŚĞƚĞƐƟŵŽŶŝĞƐƚŚĂƚĨĞĞůƚŚĞŵŽƐƚ ĂƵƚŚĞŶƟĐͶŶŶĞ&ƌĂŶŬ͛ƐĚŝĂƌLJ͕ŽƌůŝĞtŝĞƐĞů͛ƐNighƚͶǁĞƌĞǁƌŝƩĞŶĂŶĚ ƌĞͲǁƌŝƩĞŶǁŝƚŚĂŶĞLJĞƚŽŝŶĐƌĞĂƐŝŶŐƚŚĞŝƌŝŵƉĂĐƚ͘dŚĞŝƌ͞ůŝƚĞƌĂƌLJĂƌƟĮĐĞ͟ ŝƐŶ͛ƚĂĨĂƚĂůŇĂǁ͗ŝƚ͛ƐƉĂƌƚŽĨǁŚĂƚŵĂŬĞƐƚŚĞƐĞŬƐďŽƚŚŵĞŵŽƌĂďůĞ and important. /ƐƚŚĞƌĞĂŶĞƐƐĞŶƟĂůĚŝīĞƌĞŶĐĞďĞƚǁĞĞŶǁƌŝƟŶŐĂŶŽǀĞůĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞ ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚĂŶĚĨĂďƌŝĐĂƟŶŐĂŵĞŵŽŝƌ͍Ž,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚŶĂƌƌĂƟǀĞƐŚĂǀĞĂ

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ƐƉĞĐŝĂůŽďůŝŐĂƟŽŶƚŽďĞƚƌƵƚŚĨƵůͶƚŚĂƚŝƐ͕ĨĂŝƚŚĨƵůƚŽƚŚĞĨĂĐƚƐŽĨŚŝƐƚŽƌLJ͍ ŶĚǁŚLJĂƌĞƚŚĞLJƐŽŽŌĞŶƚŚŽƵŐŚƚƚŽďĞĞdžĞŵƉƚĨƌŽŵĐƌŝƟĐŝƐŵĂŶĚ ŝŶƚĞƌƉƌĞƚĂƟŽŶ͍dŚĞƐĞĂƌĞƐŽŵĞŽĨƚŚĞƋƵĞƐƟŽŶƐ/ĞdžƉůŽƌĞŝŶA Thousand Darknesses͕ǁŚŝĐŚŝŶǀĞƐƟŐĂƚĞƐƚŚĞƚĞŶƐŝŽŶďĞƚǁĞĞŶĨĂĐƚĂŶĚĮĐƟŽŶ͕ƚĞƐƟŵŽŶLJĂŶĚŝŵĂŐŝŶĂƟŽŶ͕ŝŶŵĂũŽƌǁŽƌŬƐŽĨ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚůŝƚĞƌĂƚƵƌĞͶĨƌŽŵ ƚŚĞƐƵƌǀŝǀŽƌĂĐĐŽƵŶƚƐŽĨtŝĞƐĞůĂŶĚWƌŝŵŽ>ĞǀŝƚŽƚŚĞĮůŵSchindler’s >ŝƐƚĂŶĚƚŚĞĮĐƟŽŶĂůǁƌŝƟŶŐƐŽĨt͘'͘^ĞďĂůĚĂŶĚĞƌŶŚĂƌĚ^ĐŚůŝŶŬ͘ ^ŽŵĞŽĨƚŚĞƐĞŬƐĂƌĞĂƐƐƵŵĞĚƚŽďĞŵĞŵŽŝƌƐ͖ŽƚŚĞƌƐ͕ůŝŬĞ:ĞƌnjLJ Kosinski’s The Painted Bird͕ǁĞƌĞŽŶĐĞƚŚŽƵŐŚƚƚŽďĞƚƌƵĞĂŶĚŚĂǀĞƐŝŶĐĞ ďĞĞŶƉƌŽǀĞĚĨĂůƐĞ͘Ƶƚ/ĚŝƐĐŽǀĞƌĞĚƚŚĂƚƐƵĐŚĚĞƐŝŐŶĂƟŽŶƐĂƌĞǀŝƌƚƵĂůůLJŵĞĂŶŝŶŐůĞƐƐ͕ďĞĐĂƵƐĞĞǀĞƌLJĐĂŶŽŶŝĐĂůǁŽƌŬŽĨ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚůŝƚĞƌĂƚƵƌĞ ŝŶǀŽůǀĞƐƐŽŵĞŐƌĂLJŝŶŐŽĨƚŚĞůŝŶĞďĞƚǁĞĞŶĮĐƟŽŶĂŶĚƌĞĂůŝƚLJ͘^ƵĐŚ ĐƌĞĂƟǀĞůŝĐĞŶƐĞĚŽĞƐŶ͛ƚŝŶƐƵůƚƚŚĞĚĞĂĚ͖ƌĂƚŚĞƌ͕ŝƚĞůĞǀĂƚĞƐƚŚĞƐĞǁŽƌŬƐ into art. A Thousand Darknesses grew out of a series of reviews I wrote for dŚĞEĞǁZĞƉƵďůŝĐ͕ǁŚŝĐŚǁĞůĐŽŵĞĚŵĞƚŽŝƚƐƐƚĂīŝŶϭϵϵϵ͘;/ƚ͛ƐĂƐĞƌŝŽƵƐŬ͕ ďƵƚŶŽƚĂƐĐŚŽůĂƌůLJŽŶĞ͗ĂƐĂũŽƵƌŶĂůŝƐƚ͕/ǁƌŝƚĞĨŽƌ ƚŚĞŐĞŶĞƌĂůƌĞĂĚĞƌ͘ͿDLJĐŽŶŶĞĐƟŽŶƚŽƚŚĞ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚƌƵŶƐĚĞĞƉ͗/ŐƌĞǁƵƉŚĞĂƌŝŶŐŵLJŵĂƚĞƌŶĂů ŐƌĂŶĚƉĂƌĞŶƚƐ͕ďŽƚŚƐƵƌǀŝǀŽƌƐ͕ƚĞůůŚĂƌƌŽǁŝŶŐƐƚŽƌŝĞƐ over the dinner table. But I came to this subject ĂůƐŽƚŚƌŽƵŐŚŬƐ͘ŶŶĞ&ƌĂŶŬ͛ƐŝĐŽŶŝĐĚŝĂƌLJ͖ Wiesel’s Night͕ǁŚŝĐŚ/ƐƟůůŚĂǀĞŝŶĂŶŽǁͲĐƌƵŵďůŝŶŐ ƉĂƉĞƌďĂĐŬŐŝǀĞŶƚŽŵĞǁŚĞŶ/ǁĂƐƚĞŶ͖ƚŚĞƚĞƌƌŝĨLJŝŶŐĐŽůůĞĐƟŽŶŽĨƉŽĞŵƐĂŶĚĚƌĂǁŝŶŐƐďLJĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶŝŶ Terezín called /EĞǀĞƌ^ĂǁŶŽƚŚĞƌƵƩĞƌŇLJ—these are among my earliest reading memories. I sought ŝŶƚŚĞƐĞŬƐ͕/ŶŽǁƌĞĂůŝnjĞ͕ǁŚĂƚǁĞƐĞĞŬŝŶĂůů ůŝƚĞƌĂƚƵƌĞ͗ŝŵĂŐŝŶĂƟǀĞĂĐĐĞƐƐƚŽĂǁŽƌůĚŶŽƚŽƵƌ own. Later I studied Polish in Krakow and German ŝŶĞƌůŝŶ͖ŝŶŵLJŐƌĂĚƵĂƚĞǁŽƌŬ͕/ƚƌŝĞĚƚŽƌĞĐŽŶĐŝůĞ the beauty of these literary languages with the ĂƚƌŽĐŝƟĞƐƉĞƌƉĞƚƌĂƚĞĚďLJƚŚĞŝƌƐƉĞĂŬĞƌƐ͘ I used to joke that my next book would be about a cheerier subject—perhaps tulips or puppies. ^ŽŵĞĐĂƵƟŽŶĞĚƚŚĂƚŝƚŵŝŐŚƚďĞŚĂƌĚƚŽůĞĂǀĞƚŚĞ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚďĞŚŝŶĚ͕ ĂŶĚƚŚĞLJǁĞƌĞƌŝŐŚƚ͘/ŶƚŚĞĨƵƚƵƌĞ/ƉůĂŶƚŽĐŽŵƉůĞƚĞĂƚƌĂŶƐůĂƟŽŶŽĨ dĂĚĞƵƐnjŽƌŽǁƐŬŝ͛ƐƉŽĞƚƌLJ͕ǁŚŝĐŚ/͛ǀĞďĞĞŶǁŽƌŬŝŶŐŽŶĨŽƌƐĞǀĞƌĂůLJĞĂƌƐ͕ as well as undertake a new biography of the poet Paul Celan. My current ƉƌŽũĞĐƚ͕ĂďŝŽŐƌĂƉŚLJŽĨ^ŚŝƌůĞLJ:ĂĐŬƐŽŶ͕ŝƐůĂƌŐĞůLJƚŚĞƐƚŽƌLJŽĨ:ĂĐŬƐŽŶ͛Ɛ ŵĂƌƌŝĂŐĞƚŽƚŚĞƐĞŵŝŶĂů:ĞǁŝƐŚůŝƚĞƌĂƌLJĐƌŝƟĐ^ƚĂŶůĞLJĚŐĂƌ,LJŵĂŶĂŶĚ ƚŚĞĐŽŵƉůĞdžŝƟĞƐŽĨƐƵĐŚĂƵŶŝŽŶŝŶƉŽƐƚǁĂƌŵĞƌŝĐĂ͘͞dŚĞ>ŽƩĞƌLJ͕͟ :ĂĐŬƐŽŶ͛ƐŵŽƐƚĨĂŵŽƵƐƐŚŽƌƚƐƚŽƌLJ͕ŵĂLJŚĂǀĞďĞĞŶŝŶƐƉŝƌĞĚďLJƚŚĞĂŶƟͲ ^ĞŵŝƟƐŵƚŚĂƚƚŚĞĐŽƵƉůĞĞdžƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞĚĂŌĞƌŵŽǀŝŶŐƚŽĂŶŝŶƐƵůĂƌEĞǁ England town. Jackson devoted much of her work to exploring the cruelĞƌĂƐƉĞĐƚƐŽĨŚƵŵĂŶŶĂƚƵƌĞ͕ƉĂƌƟĐƵůĂƌůLJƌĞůŝŐŝŽƵƐĂŶĚƌĂĐŝĂůƉƌĞũƵĚŝĐĞ͘ ^ƉĞĂŬŝŶŐƉĞƌƐŽŶĂůůLJ͕/͛ǀĞĂůǁĂLJƐĨĞůƚĂŵŽƌĂůŝŵƉĞƌĂƟǀĞƚŽĐŽŵŵĞŵŽƌĂƚĞƚŚĞ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚĂƐǁĞůůĂƐĂŶŝŶƚĞůůĞĐƚƵĂůĚƌŝǀĞƚŽŝŶǀĞƐƟŐĂƚĞ its sources and consequences. I’m deeply moved that A Thousand DarkͲ nessesŚĂƐďĞĞŶƐĞůĞĐƚĞĚĂƐĂĮŶĂůŝƐƚĨŽƌƚŚĞ^ĂŵŝZŽŚƌWƌŝnjĞ͕ŚŽŶŽƌŝŶŐ these dual commitments.

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2012 sami rohr prize finalist

On the Shoulders of Giants by Jonathan B. Krasner

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ŚŽƌƚůLJĂŌĞƌĐŽŵƉůĞƟŶŐŵLJĚŝƐƐĞƌƚĂƟŽŶŽŶ ƚŚĞƌĞƉƌĞƐĞŶƚĂƟŽŶŽĨŝŶƐŝĚĞƌƐĂŶĚŽƵƚƐŝĚĞƌƐ ŝŶŵĞƌŝĐĂŶ:ĞǁŝƐŚƐĐŚŽŽůŬƐ͕/ƌĞĐĞŝǀĞĚĂŶ unusual but welcome piece of fan mail from Dr. 'ŝů'ƌĂī͕ƚŚĞĞdžĞĐƵƟǀĞĚŝƌĞĐƚŽƌŽĨƚŚĞƵƌĞĂƵ ŽĨ:ĞǁŝƐŚĚƵĐĂƟŽŶŝŶ>ŽƐŶŐĞůĞƐ͘/ƚŝƐĂůǁĂLJƐ ŐƌĂƟĨLJŝŶŐƚŽŚĞĂƌƚŚĂƚLJŽƵƌǁŽƌŬŚĂƐĨŽƵŶĚĂ ƌĞĐĞƉƟǀĞĂƵĚŝĞŶĐĞ͕ƐŽ/ǁĂƐŵŽƌĞƚŚĂŶŚĂƉƉLJ ƚŽĂĐĐĞƉƚ'ŝůΖƐŝŶǀŝƚĂƟŽŶƚŽũŽŝŶŚŝŵĨŽƌĐŽīĞĞ ĚƵƌŝŶŐƚŚĞƵƉĐŽŵŝŶŐƐƐŽĐŝĂƟŽŶĨŽƌ:ĞǁŝƐŚ Studies Conference in L.A. Gil was working on ĂŚŝƐƚŽƌLJŽĨŵĞƌŝĐĂŶ:ĞǁŝƐŚĞĚƵĐĂƟŽŶ͕ƐŽǁĞ naturally found a lot to discuss. As we talked shop on ƚŚĞƉĂƟŽŽĨĂĞŶƚƵƌLJŝƚLJ^ƚĂƌďƵĐŬƐ͕ƚŚĞ ĐŽŶǀĞƌƐĂƟŽŶƚƵƌŶĞĚ ƚŽƚŚĞŽƵƚƐŝnjĞĚŝŵƉĂĐƚŽŶ:ĞǁŝƐŚĞĚƵĐĂƟŽŶŽĨ ƌ͘^ĂŵƐŽŶĞŶĚĞƌůLJĂŶĚŚŝƐƐƚƵĚĞŶƚƐ͘ĞŶĚĞƌůLJ͕ ƚŚĞǁƵŶĚĞƌŬŝŶĚĨƌŽŵ^ĂĨĞĚ͕ƉƌŽĨĞƐƐŝŽŶĂůŝnjĞĚ ŵĞƌŝĐĂŶ:ĞǁŝƐŚĞĚƵĐĂƟŽŶĂŶĚƚƌĂŶƐĨŽƌŵĞĚƚŚĞ dĂůŵƵĚdŽƌĂŚͶƚŚĞĂŌĞƌŶŽŽŶ,ĞďƌĞǁƐĐŚŽŽůͲͲ ŝŶƚŽĂŵŽĚĞƌŶ͕ŵĞƌŝĐĂŶŝnjĞĚŝŶƐƟƚƵƟŽŶ͘&ƌŽŵŚŝƐ ƉĞƌĐŚĂƚƚŚĞƵƌĞĂƵŽĨ:ĞǁŝƐŚĚƵĐĂƟŽŶŝŶEĞǁ zŽƌŬ͕ǁŚĞƌĞŚĞƐĞƌǀĞĚĂƐƚŚĞĨŽƵŶĚŝŶŐĚŝƌĞĐƚŽƌ ĨƌŽŵϭϵϭϬͲϭϵϯϵ͕ĞŶĚĞƌůLJƌĂŝƐĞĚĂŐĞŶĞƌĂƟŽŶŽĨ ĚŝƐĐŝƉůĞƐ͘dŚĞƐĞŵĞŶĂŶĚǁŽŵĞŶ͕ŬŶŽǁŶĂƐƚŚĞ ΗĞŶĚĞƌůLJŽLJƐ͕ΗĚŽŵŝŶĂƚĞĚƚŚĞĮĞůĚŽĨ:ĞǁŝƐŚ ĞĚƵĐĂƟŽŶĨŽƌƚŚĞŶĞdžƚŚĂůĨͲĐĞŶƚƵƌLJ͕ĚŝƌĞĐƟŶŐ ĞĚƵĐĂƟŽŶďƵƌĞĂƵƐ͕ŽƉĞƌĂƟŶŐƐĐŚŽŽůƐ͕ĂŶĚĨŽƵŶĚŝŶŐƚŚĞĮƌƐƚ:ĞǁŝƐŚĐƵůƚƵƌĞĐĂŵƉƐ͘ŶŝŵĂƚĞĚďLJ the desire to bring about an American Jewish ƌĞŶĂŝƐƐĂŶĐĞƚŚƌŽƵŐŚ:ĞǁŝƐŚĞĚƵĐĂƟŽŶ͕ƚŚĞLJǁĞƌĞ ŝŶƐƉŝƌĞĚŝŶĞƋƵĂůŵĞĂƐƵƌĞƐďLJƚŚĞĐƵůƚƵƌĂůŝŽŶŝƐŵŽĨĞŶĚĞƌůLJ͕ƚŚĞZĞĐŽŶƐƚƌƵĐƟŽŶŝƐŵŽĨZĂďďŝ DŽƌĚĞĐĂŝ<ĂƉůĂŶ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞƉƌŽŐƌĞƐƐŝǀĞĞĚƵĐĂƟŽŶĂů ƚŚĞŽƌŝĞƐŽĨƉŚŝůŽƐŽƉŚĞƌ:ŽŚŶĞǁĞLJ͘>ŽƐŶŐĞůĞƐ͕ŝŶƉĂƌƟĐƵůĂƌ͕ŚĂĚĨĞůƚ ƚŚĞŝŶŇƵĞŶĐĞŽĨƚŚĞĞŶĚĞƌůLJƌĞǀŽůƵƟŽŶƚŚƌŽƵŐŚƚŚĞƉĞƌƐŽŶĂůŝƚLJŽĨƌ͘ ^ĂŵŝŶŝŶ͕ǁŚŽǁĂƐŝŶƐƚƌƵŵĞŶƚĂůŝŶďƵŝůĚŝŶŐƵƉŝŶƐƟƚƵƟŽŶĂůƉŝůůĂƌƐŝŶ ƚŚĞĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƚLJ͕ŝŶĐůƵĚŝŶŐƚŚĞ:͕ƚŚĞhŶŝǀĞƌƐŝƚLJŽĨ:ƵĚĂŝƐŵ;ŶŽǁ:hͿ͕ ĂŵƉZĂŵĂŚŝŶKũĂŝ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞ>ŽƐŶŐĞůĞƐ,ĞďƌĞǁ,ŝŐŚ^ĐŚŽŽů͘ KŶĞƟĚďŝƚŽĨŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶƚŚĂƚ'ŝůƐŚĂƌĞĚǁĂƐƉĂƌƟĐƵůĂƌůLJŝŶƚƌŝŐƵŝŶŐ͘ŝĚ/ŬŶŽǁ͕ŚĞĂƐŬĞĚ͕ƚŚĂƚ^ĂŵŝŶŝŶǁĂƐĂůŝǀĞĂŶĚůƵĐŝĚĂŶĚůŝǀŝŶŐ ŵŝŶƵƚĞƐĂǁĂLJŝŶtĞƐƚǁŽŽĚ͕ŶĞĂƌh>͍/Ĩ/ǁĂŶƚĞĚƚŽƚĂůŬǁŝƚŚŚŝŵ/ ƐŚŽƵůĚŶΖƚǁĂŝƚ͘ŝŶŝŶŚĂĚũƵƐƚĐĞůĞďƌĂƚĞĚŚŝƐŽŶĞŚƵŶĚƌĞĚƚŚďŝƌƚŚĚĂLJ͘ ĨĞǁǁĞĞŬƐůĂƚĞƌ/ǁĂƐƐŝƫŶŐŝŶŝŶŝŶΖƐůŝǀŝŶŐƌŽŽŵ͘,ĞǁĂƐĂĨƌĂŝůďƵƚ ŐĞŶŝĂůŚŽƐƚ͘/ŚĂĚĚŽŶĞŵLJŚŽŵĞǁŽƌŬ͕ƌĞĂĚǀŝƌƚƵĂůůLJĞǀĞƌLJƚŚŝŶŐŚĞŚĂĚ ƉƵďůŝƐŚĞĚŝŶĂĚǀĂŶĐĞ͕ĂŶĚǁĂƐĂƌŵĞĚǁŝƚŚĚŽnjĞŶƐŽĨƋƵĞƐƟŽŶƐ͘/ǁŝƐŚ I could say that he regaled me with stories about his glory days in New zŽƌŬĂŶĚ>͕ĂŶĚƉƌŽǀŝĚĞĚŵĞǁŝƚŚŐƌĞĂƚŝŶƐŝŐŚƚƐŝŶƚŽŚŝƐŵĞŶƚŽƌƐĂŶĚ ĐŽůůĞĂŐƵĞƐ͕ďƵƚƚŚĞƚƌƵƚŚǁĂƐƚŚĂƚŚŝƐŵĞŵŽƌLJǁĂƐĚŝŵ͖ƚŚĞƐƚŽƌŝĞƐŚĞ ƚŽůĚǁĞƌĞĂůƌĞĂĚLJĨĂŵŝůŝĂƌƚŽŵĞ͕ĂŶĚŚĞƟƌĞĚĞĂƐŝůLJ͘LJƚŚĞƐĞĐŽŶĚŚŽƵƌ ŽĨŵLJǀŝƐŝƚ/ǁĂƐďĞŐŝŶŶŝŶŐƚŽƐƋƵŝƌŵ͘DƵĐŚĂƐ/ĞŶũŽLJĞĚŵĞĞƟŶŐŚŝŵ͕/

could not help but feel like my visit ended up being about paying homage and providing an elderly gentleman with some welcome company. :ƵƐƚǁŚĞŶ/ǁĂƐĂďŽƵƚƚŽǁƌŝƚĞŽīƚŚĞǀŝƐŝƚŝŶŵLJŵŝŶĚ͕/ĂƐŬĞĚĂƋƵĞƐƟŽŶĂďŽƵƚŚŝƐĞīŽƌƚƐƚŽƉƌŽŵŽƚĞƚŚĞƐƚƵĚLJŽĨŵŽĚĞƌŶ,ĞďƌĞǁƵƐŝŶŐ /ǀƌŝƚďΖ/ǀƌŝƚ͕ƚŚĞƐŽͲĐĂůůĞĚŶĂƚƵƌĂůŽƌĚŝƌĞĐƚŵĞƚŚŽĚŽĨƚĞĂĐŚŝŶŐ,ĞďƌĞǁ language. Did not his opponents in the 1930s have a point when they ĐŚĂƌŐĞĚƚŚĂƚƚŚĞĞŶĚĞƌůLJŽLJƐΖƐŝŶŐůĞͲŵŝŶĚĞĚ͕ĂůŵŽƐƚĨĂŶĂƟĐĂůĚĞǀŽƟŽŶƚŽŵŽĚĞƌŶ,ĞďƌĞǁŶŽƚŽŶůLJĨĂŝůĞĚƚŽƉƌŽĚƵĐĞƚŚĞĚĞƐŝƌĞĚĞĚƵĐĂƟŽŶĂůŽƵƚĐŽŵĞƐďƵƚĚŝǀĞƌƚĞĚƚŚĞŵĨƌŽŵĐŽŶƐŝƐƚĞŶƚůLJĂŶĚǁŚŽůĞŚĞĂƌƚĞĚůLJƌĞƐŚĂƉŝŶŐ:ĞǁŝƐŚĞĚƵĐĂƟŽŶĂůŽŶŐƚŚĞƉƌŽŐƌĞƐƐŝǀĞůŝŶĞƐĞƐƉŽƵƐĞĚ by John Dewey? Dinin abruptly sat up and looked me in the eye. It was ĂƐŝĨƚŚĞƐŵŽůĚĞƌŝŶŐĞŵďĞƌƐŚĂĚƐƵĚĚĞŶůLJƌĞŝŐŶŝƚĞĚ͖ƚŚĞŵŝůĚͲŵĂŶŶĞƌĞĚ ŵĂŶŝŶĨƌŽŶƚŽĨŵĞǁĂƐŵŽŵĞŶƚĂƌŝůLJƚƌĂŶƐĨŽƌŵĞĚ͘͞>ĞƚŵĞƚĞůůLJŽƵ ƐŽŵĞƚŚŝŶŐ͕͟ŚĞďĞŐĂŶ͘͞dŚĞŵĞŶǁŚŽŵĂĚĞƚŚĂƚ charge were traitors to the cause of Jewish educaƟŽŶĂŶĚƚŚĞƌĞďŝƌƚŚŽĨƚŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚƉĞŽƉůĞ͘tĞŬŶĞǁ ƚŚĞŶƚŚĂƚ,ĞďƌĞǁĂŶĚŝŽŶŝƐŵǁĞƌĞƚŚĞŬĞLJƐƚŽƚŚĞ :ĞǁŝƐŚĨƵƚƵƌĞ͕ŝŶŵĞƌŝĐĂĂƐǁĞůůĂƐŝŶEretz Yisrael͘͟ dŚĞƐĞĐƌŝƟĐƐǁĞƌĞΗĂƐƐŝŵŝůĂƟŽŶŝƐƚƐ͕ΗŚĞƐƉƵƩĞƌĞĚ͕ ƐƉŝƫŶŐŽƵƚƚŚĞǁŽƌĚůŝŬĞĂĐƵƌƐĞ͘ŌĞƌĂĨĞǁŵŽƌĞ ŵŝŶƵƚĞƐŽĨĂŶŝŵĂƚĞĚĐŽŶǀĞƌƐĂƟŽŶ͕ŝŶŝŶƐĂŶŬ back into his armchair and his placid demeanor ƌĞƚƵƌŶĞĚ͘;dŚŝƐůĂƐƚƐƵƌǀŝǀŝŶŐŵĞŵďĞƌŽĨĞŶĚĞƌůLJΖƐ ĐŽƚĞƌŝĞĚŝĞĚŽĨŶĂƚƵƌĂůĐĂƵƐĞƐĂƚƚŚĞĂŐĞŽĨϭϬϯ͕ŝŶ ĞĐĞŵďĞƌϮϬϬϱ͘DĂLJŚŝƐŵĞŵŽƌLJďĞĂďůĞƐƐŝŶŐ͘Ϳ ^ŚŽƌƚůLJƚŚĞƌĞĂŌĞƌ͕/ŐŽƚŝŶƚŽŵLJƌĞŶƚĂůĐĂƌĂŶĚ drove to Santa Monica. As I walked along the beach /ƌĞŇĞĐƚĞĚŽŶŵLJŵĞĞƟŶŐǁŝƚŚŝŶŝŶ͘/ǁĂƐŶΖƚƐƵƌĞ ǁŚĞƚŚĞƌ/ĂŐƌĞĞĚǁŝƚŚŚŝŵĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞĞĸĐĂĐLJŽĨ /ǀƌŝƚďΖ/ǀƌŝƚ;ƉĂƌƟĐƵůĂƌůLJŝŶĂƐƵƉƉůĞŵĞŶƚĂƌLJƐĐŚŽŽů ƐĞƫŶŐͿŽƌƚŚĞŵŽƟǀĞƐŽĨŚŝƐĚĞƚƌĂĐƚŽƌƐ͕ďƵƚ/ǁĂƐ ƐƟƌƌĞĚďLJŚŝƐƉĂƐƐŝŽŶ͘ĞŶĚĞƌůLJĂŶĚŚŝƐĚŝƐĐŝƉůĞƐ were on a holy mission to safeguard the future of ƚŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚƉĞŽƉůĞŝŶŵĞƌŝĐĂĂƚĂƟŵĞŽĨŐƌĞĂƚ ĚŝƐůŽĐĂƟŽŶĂŶĚĐŚĂŶŐĞ͘dŚĞŝƌĐŽŶǀŝĐƟŽŶĨƵĞůĞĚĂ ǀĞƌŝƚĂďůĞƌĞǀŽůƵƟŽŶƚŚĂƚƌĞŵĂĚĞƚŚĞůĂŶĚƐĐĂƉĞŽĨ ŵĞƌŝĐĂŶ:ĞǁŝƐŚĞĚƵĐĂƟŽŶ͘ŶĚƚŚĞĚŝůĞŵŵĂƐƚŚĞLJĐŽŶĨƌŽŶƚĞĚĂƌĞƐƟůů ǀĞƌLJŵƵĐŚǁŝƚŚƵƐƚŽĚĂLJ͗/Ɛ:ĞǁŝƐŚĞĚƵĐĂƟŽŶĂŶŝŶĚŝǀŝĚƵĂů:ĞǁŝƐŚƌŝŐŚƚ͕ ĂĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƚLJƌĞƐƉŽŶƐŝďŝůŝƚLJ͍^ŚŽƵůĚŽƵƌĞĚƵĐĂƟŽŶƐLJƐƚĞŵĨŽĐƵƐŽŶ training future leaders or infusing Yiddishkeit in the amcha͕ƚŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚ ĨŽůŬ͍ĂŶĂŬͲĐĞŶƚĞƌĞĚĐƵůƚƵƌĞďĞƚƌĂŶƐŵŝƩĞĚƵƟůŝnjŝŶŐĐŚŝůĚͲĐĞŶƚĞƌĞĚĞĚƵĐĂƟŽŶĂůŵĞƚŚŽĚŽůŽŐŝĞƐ͍ŶĚ͕ĮŶĂůůLJ͕ƐŚŽƵůĚ:ĞǁŝƐŚĞĚƵĐĂƟŽŶĞŵƉŚĂƐŝnjĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚƉĞŽƉůĞŚŽŽĚĂŶĚƵŶŝƚLJŽƌĐĞůĞďƌĂƚĞƉůƵƌĂůŝƐŵ͕ ĚĞŶŽŵŝŶĂƟŽŶĂůŝƐŵ͕ĂŶĚŝŶĚŝǀŝĚƵĂů:ĞǁŝƐŚĞdžƉƌĞƐƐŝŽŶ͍ &ƌŽŵϭϵϭϬƚŽϭϵϲϳ͕ƚŚĞĞŶĚĞƌůLJŽLJƐ;ĂŶĚŐŝƌůƐͿǁĞƌĞƚŚĞĚŽŵŝŶĂŶƚĨŽƌĐĞŝŶ:ĞǁŝƐŚĞĚƵĐĂƟŽŶŝŶƚŚĞhŶŝƚĞĚ^ƚĂƚĞƐͶďŽƚŚĨŽƌŵĂůĂŶĚ ŝŶĨŽƌŵĂůͶLJĞƚƚŚĞŝƌƐƚŽƌLJŚĂĚŶŽƚĂĚĞƋƵĂƚĞůLJďĞĞŶƚŽůĚ͘LJƚŚĞƟŵĞ I returned to my hotel that evening I was determined to remedy that ŽŵŝƐƐŝŽŶ͘tŝƚŚƚŚĞƉƵďůŝĐĂƟŽŶŽĨThe Benderly Boys & American Jewish ĚƵĐĂƟŽŶ͕/ŚŽƉĞƚŚĞǀŽŝĐĞƐŽĨƚŚĞƐĞƉŝŽŶĞĞƌƐǁŝůůŝŶĨŽƌŵŽƵƌƚǁĞŶƚLJͲ ĮƌƐƚĐĞŶƚƵƌLJĐŽŶǀĞƌƐĂƟŽŶƐĂďŽƵƚ:ĞǁŝƐŚĞĚƵĐĂƟŽŶ͘

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2012 sami rohr prize finalist

Old Voices, New Questions Reflections on Music in Jewish Life, Past and Present ďLJ:ĂŵĞƐ>ŽĞŋĞƌ

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ne September morning in 2003 I opened a folder in a deserted library room in Kiev and found something that wasn’t supposed to ďĞƚŚĞƌĞ͗ĂŵĂŶƵƐĐƌŝƉƚŽĨĂ:ĞǁŝƐŚƐLJŵƉŚŽŶLJ͕ composed a century earlier. I’d gone to the ůŝďƌĂƌLJĞdžƉĞĐƟŶŐƚŽĮŶĚŵŝƐƐŝŶŐƉĂŐĞƐĨƌŽŵ ƚŚĞĂƐƚƵƌŽƉĞĂŶ:ĞǁŝƐŚŵƵƐŝĐĂůƉĂƐƚ͘dŽŵĞ͕ that meant the vanished traces of musical folkůŽƌĞͶŬůĞnjŵĞƌƚƵŶĞƐ͕,ĂƐŝĚŝĐĐŚĂŶƚƐ͕zŝĚĚŝƐŚ ballads. What I found instead was an unknown chapter in European classical music. That Russian Jews were composing Jewish art music ŝŶϭϵϬϬĐĂŵĞĂƐĂƐƵƌƉƌŝƐĞĞǀĞŶƚŽŵĞ͖ƐƟůůŵŽƌĞ surprising was that this wasn’t a rare excepƟŽŶ͘&ŽůĚĞƌĂŌĞƌĨŽůĚĞƌƌĞǀĞĂůĞĚƚŚĞǁŽƌŬƐŽĨ ŚƵŶĚƌĞĚƐŽĨZƵƐƐŝĂŶ:ĞǁŝƐŚĐŽŵƉŽƐĞƌƐ͕ĨŽƌŵŝŶŐ a chain that stretched from the late nineteenth century all the way into the black years of the ϭϵϰϬƐĂŶĚĞĂƌůLJϭϵϱϬƐ͘ ZĞĂĚŝŶŐƚŚƌŽƵŐŚƚŚĞƐĞŵƵƐŝĐĂůŵĂŶƵƐĐƌŝƉƚƐ͕/ realized that the lost world of Jewish music had to be told as a story not only about the music ŝƚƐĞůĨ͕ďƵƚƚŚĞŵƵƐŝĐŝĂŶƐďĞŚŝŶĚŝƚ͘dŚĞƟŵĞŚĂĚ ĐŽŵĞ͕/ĐŽŶĐůƵĚĞĚ͕ƚŽůĞĂǀĞďĞŚŝŶĚFiddler on the ZŽŽĨĂŶĚĮŶĚƚŚĞĐŽŵƉŽƐĞƌƐǁŚŽĂĐƚƵĂůůLJũŽŝŶĞĚ ŚĂŐĂůů͕WĞƌĞƚnj͕ĂŶĚŽƚŚĞƌƐŝŶƚŚĞŝƌŵŽĚĞƌŶŝƐƚ reimaginings of the culture of the shtetl. Rather ƚŚĂŶĂŶĂĐƚŽĨĐƵůƚƵƌĂůƐĂůǀĂŐĞ͕/ĚĞĐŝĚĞĚƚŽǁƌŝƚĞ ĂŬƚŚĂƚǁŽƵůĚďƌŝŶŐƚŽůŝĨĞƚŚĞĮƌƐƚƚǁŽ ŐĞŶĞƌĂƟŽŶƐŽĨZƵƐƐŝĂŶ:ĞǁŝƐŚŵƵƐŝĐŝĂŶƐǁŚŽƐŽƵŐŚƚƚŽĨŽƌŐĞĂŵŽĚĞƌŶ Jewish music. This was a story of Jews who believed art could bridge the ŐƌŽǁŝŶŐŐĂƉƐďĞƚǁĞĞŶƐĞĐƵůĂƌĂŶĚƌĞůŝŐŝŽƵƐ͕ŶĂƟŽŶĂůĂŶĚĐŽƐŵŽƉŽůŝƚĂŶ͕ ZƵƐƐŝĂŶĂŶĚ:Ğǁ͘dŚĞŝƌŵƵƐŝĐĂůƌĞŶĂŝƐƐĂŶĐĞǁĂƐƉƌĞŵŝƐĞĚŽŶůŽĐĂƟŶŐĂŶ ĞůƵƐŝǀĞĞƋƵŝůŝďƌŝƵŵďĞƚǁĞĞŶƚŚĞĂĞƐƚŚĞƟĐŝĚĞĂůƐŽĨŵŽĚĞƌŶƵƌŽƉĞĂŶ ĂƌƚĂŶĚƚŚĞƉĂƐƐŝŽŶĂƚĞĞdžƉƌĞƐƐŝǀĞŶĞƐƐŽĨƚŚĞƐŚŬĞŶĂnjŝĨŽůŬƚƌĂĚŝƟŽŶ͘ ƚƚŚĞŝƌďĞƐƚ͕ƚŚĞLJƉƌŽĚƵĐĞĚĐŚĂŵďĞƌǁŽƌŬƐ͕ƐLJŵƉŚŽŶŝĞƐ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞŽĚĚ opera that blurred the sonic borderlines between shtetl klezmer and EuƌŽƉĞĂŶŵŽĚĞƌŶŝƐŵ͕ƌĞĨƵƐŝŶŐƚŚĞĚĞŵĂŶĚƚŚĂƚƚŚĞLJĐŚŽŽƐĞŽŶĞĐƵůƚƵƌĞ over the other.

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The musical story of Jewish Russia did not end cleanly with triumph ŽƌƚƌĂŐĞĚLJ͘dŚĞƉŽƐƚͲϭϵϭϳĚĞƐƟŶŝĞƐŽĨƚŚĞƐĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚĐŽŵƉŽƐĞƌƐĚŝǀĞƌŐĞĚ ŵĂƌŬĞĚůLJĂĐƌŽƐƐƚŚĞ^ŽǀŝĞƚhŶŝŽŶ͕/ƐƌĂĞů͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞhŶŝƚĞĚ^ƚĂƚĞƐ͘&Žƌ ŵĂŶLJ͕ĨĂŵĞLJŝĞůĚĞĚƚŽŽďƐĐƵƌŝƚLJ͖ŽƚŚĞƌƐĨŽƵŶĚƚŚĞŵƐĞůǀĞƐĐĂƵŐŚƚƵƉ in the maelstrom of war and Holocaust. Most poignant was the fate of those musicians who believed in the promise of a Soviet Jewish cultural ŵĞĐĐĂ͕ǁŚĞƌĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚŵƵƐŝĐǁŽƵůĚĨŽƌŵƉĂƌƚŽĨƚŚĞŐƌĂŶĚĞdžƉĞƌŝŵĞŶƚ ŽĨƌĞǀŽůƵƟŽŶĂƌLJĂƌƚ͘dŚĞƐĞĐŽŵƉŽƐĞƌƐĞŶĚĞĚƵƉŝŶĂƐƚĂƚĞŽĨƚŽƌƚƵƌĞĚ ƐŝůĞŶĐĞ͕ĐŽŵƉŽƐŝŶŐ͞ĨŽƌƚŚĞĚĞƐŬĚƌĂǁĞƌ͕͟ŵƵƚĞƐƵƌǀŝǀŽƌƐŝŶĂ^ŽǀŝĞƚ musical world that passed them by. At the same ƟŵĞ͕ŝŶĂƐƚƌĂŶŐĞƚǁŝƐƚŽĨĨĂƚĞ͕ƚŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚǀŽŝĐĞ ĐŽŶƟŶƵĞĚŽŶŝŶƚŚĞŵƵƐŝĐŽĨƚŚĞŵŽƐƚZƵƐƐŝĂŶŽĨ Ăůů^ŽǀŝĞƚĐŽŵƉŽƐĞƌƐ͕ŵŝƚƌŝŝ^ŚŽƐƚĂŬŽǀŝĐŚ͘ /ďĞŐĂŶǁƌŝƟŶŐdŚĞDŽƐƚDƵƐŝĐĂůEĂƟŽŶto recover a side of Russian Jewish life we rarely hear ĂďŽƵƚ͕ďƵƚǁŚŝĐŚƐŚĂƉĞĚƚŚĞĐŚĂƌĂĐƚĞƌŽĨ:ĞǁŝƐŚĐƵůƚƵƌĂůŝĚĞŶƟƚLJŝŶZƵƐƐŝĂĚŽǁŶƚŚĞƚǁĞŶƟĞƚŚ ĐĞŶƚƵƌLJƚŽƚŚĞƉƌĞƐĞŶƚ͘LJƚŚĞƟŵĞ/ŚĂĚĮŶŝƐŚĞĚ ƚŚĞŬ͕/ŚĂĚĐŽŵĞƚŽƌĞĂůŝnjĞƚŚĂƚƚŚŝƐůŽƐƚŵƵƐŝcal chapter actually spoke to a dilemma in today’s Jewish cultural world. Like the Russian Jewish ĐŽŵƉŽƐĞƌƐŽĨĂĐĞŶƚƵƌLJĂŐŽ͕ǁĞƚŽŽůŝǀĞŝŶĂŶĂŐĞ of Jewish cultural renaissance. Every year brings ĂƐůĞǁŽĨŶĞǁƌĞĐŽƌĚŝŶŐƐƚŚĂƚŽīĞƌƵƉƚŚĞƐŽƵŶĚƐ ŽĨƐŚŬĞŶĂnjĂŶĚ^ĞƉŚĂƌĂĚ͕ŽŌĞŶĂĚŽƌŶĞĚǁŝƚŚ the latest musical fashions of our day. Music has ďĞĐŽŵĞĂŶĞŵďůĞŵŽĨŝĚĞŶƟƚLJͶĂŶĚĂŶĂǀĞŶƵĞ ŽĨĂƌƟƐƟĐĂĐŚŝĞǀĞŵĞŶƚͶĨŽƌŵĞƌŝĐĂŶĂŶĚ/ƐƌĂĞůŝ :ĞǁƐ͘zĞƚƚŚĞĞdžƉůŽƐŝŽŶŽĨĐŽŶƚĞŵƉŽƌĂƌLJĐƌĞĂƟǀŝƚLJ has not prevented a stock set of aural images—the ƐĐŚůŽĐŬLJ͕ƐĂĐĐŚĂƌŝŶĞďŽƵŶĐĞŽĨ,ĂǀĂEĂŐŝůĂ͕ƚŚĞ ƋƵŝĞƚƉŝŽƵƐŵŽĂŶŽĨ<ŽůEŝĚƌĞ͕ƚŚĞŝŶĚŝƐƟŶĐƚŵƵƌŵƵƌŽĨ>ĂĚŝŶŽƐŽŶŐʹ ĨƌŽŵĚŽŵŝŶĂƟŶŐŽƵƌŶŽƟŽŶŽĨ:ĞǁŝƐŚŵƵƐŝĐĂůĂƌƚ͘tŚŝůĞǁĞƌĞǀĞůŝŶƚŚĞ ĐŽŵƉůĞdžŝƚLJĂŶĚƐŽƉŚŝƐƟĐĂƟŽŶŽĨĐŽŶƚĞŵƉŽƌĂƌLJ:ĞǁŝƐŚůŝƚĞƌĂƚƵƌĞ͕:ĞǁŝƐŚ music remains trapped in the realm of parochial nostalgia. Somehow our fealty to &ŝĚĚůĞƌŽŶƚŚĞZŽŽĨ;ĂŶĚŝƚƐŶŽŶͲƐŚŬĞŶĂnjŝĐĐŽƵŶƚĞƌƉĂƌƚƐͿ absolves us of any responsibility to dig further into the rich heritage of Jewish sonic expression. It is my hope that my book will spark a larger ĐŽŶǀĞƌƐĂƟŽŶĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞƐĞŝƐƐƵĞƐŽĨĂƌƚĂŶĚŝĚĞŶƟƚLJ͘/ŶƚŚĞŵĞĂŶƟŵĞ͕ the full spectrum of sounds from the Jewish musical past remains waiting to be discovered.

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No One is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel ϭ͘/ŶƚŚĞŽƉĞŶŝŶŐŽĨƚŚĞŶŽǀĞů͕>ĞŶĂƐĂLJƐ ƚŽŚĂLJĂŝŶŚĞƌůĞƩĞƌ͞ŵĂLJďĞ͕ǁŚĞŶƚŚĞ ǁŽƌůĚďĞŐĂŶ͕ĞǀĞƌLJƚŚŝŶŐŚĂĚďĞĞŶĐůĞĂŶ ĂŶĚƉƵƌĞ͘͟tŚĞŶƚŚĞǀŝůůĂŐĞƌƐƐƚĂƌƚƚŚĞŝƌ ǁŽƌůĚŽǀĞƌ͕ĚŽĞƐƚŚĞǁŽƌůĚďĞŐŝŶ͞ĐůĞĂŶ ĂŶĚƉƵƌĞ͟ŽƌĂƌĞƚŚĞƐĞĞĚƐŽĨŝƚƐĚĞƐƚƌƵĐͲ ƟŽŶďƵŝůƚŝŶƚŽŝƚƐĨŽƵŶĚŝŶŐ͍ 2. When the villagers start their world ŽǀĞƌ͕ƚŚĞLJďĞŐŝŶǁŝƚŚƐƚŽƌLJƚĞůůŝŶŐ͘tŚĂƚ importance does storytelling have for the novel? What is its power? How do each of the characters employ storytelling? What do these uses tell you about each character? 3. One of the bonds that is the most transient in the novel is that between parent and child. How does the author depict this bond? Think ĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞƐŝƚƵĂƟŽŶƐŝŶǁŚŝĐŚĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶĂƌĞƚƌĂŶƐĨĞƌƌĞĚŝŶƚŚĞŶŽǀĞů͗ĚŽ you think the parents were right to let their children be adopted by othĞƌƐ͍tŚĂƚĚŽLJŽƵƚŚŝŶŬĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞŵŽƟǀĂƟŽŶƐŽĨƚŚĞĂĚŽƉƟǀĞƉĂƌĞŶƚƐ͍ ϰ͘tŚĂƚŝƐƚŚĞƐƚƌĂŶŐĞƌ͛ƐƌŽůĞŝŶƚŚĞƌĞͲĐƌĞĂƟŽŶŽĨƚŚĞǁŽƌůĚ͍ŽLJŽƵ think the villagers could have done it without her? Why do you think she decides to help protect the village from the outside world? What eventually makes her allow it back in?

ϲ͘tŝƚŚƚŚĞƌĞŝŶǀĞŶƟŽŶŽĨƚŚĞǁŽƌůĚ͕ƟŵĞŐĞƚƐƵƉĞŶĚĞĚ͘>ĞŶĂŝƐ made to grow up at an unusual rate. Do you think she really does age faster? Do you think she and the other villagers realize the truth but allow Hersh and Kayla to believe their own story? What about when Lena does get married and bears a child—has the story about her aging ƉƌŽĐĞƐƐŚĂĚĂƌĞĂůĂŶĚĂĐƚƵĂůĞīĞĐƚ͍ 7. How do you think Lena knows what happened to the other characƚĞƌƐ͍ŽŶƐŝĚĞƌŝŶŐƚŚĞƌŽůĞƚŚĂƚŝŵĂŐŝŶĂƟŽŶĂŶĚƐƚŽƌLJƚĞůůŝŶŐƉůĂLJŝŶƚŚĞ ŶŽǀĞů͕ĚŽĞƐŝƚŵĂƩĞƌǁŚĞƚŚĞƌ>ĞŶĂŚĂƐŽƵƚƐŝĚĞŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶ͍tŽƵůĚ that make her version any more or less true? ϴ͘DĂŶLJƵŶĨĂŝƌƚŚŝŶŐƐŚĂƉƉĞŶƚŽ>ĞŶĂĚƵƌŝŶŐƚŚĞĐŽƵƌƐĞŽĨƚŚĞŬ͕ ĨƌŽŵŚĞƌƉĂƌĞŶƚƐŐŝǀŝŶŐŚĞƌĂǁĂLJ͕ƚŽůŽƐŝŶŐŚĞƌƐŽŶƐ͘,ŽǁĚŽĞƐƐŚĞ cope? Do you think she forgives the other characters? What role does forgiveness play in the novel? ϵ͘tŚĂƚĚŽLJŽƵƚŚŝŶŬƚŚĞƟƚůĞNo One is Here Except All of Us means? ϭϬ͘ƚƚŚĞĞŶĚŽĨƚŚĞŬ͕>ĞŶĂǁƌŝƚĞƐƚŽ ŚĂLJĂ͕͞^ŽŵĞĚĂLJ͕LJŽƵƌĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶǁŝůůĂƐŬ ǁŚĂƚŚĂƉƉĞŶĞĚ͕ĂŶĚLJŽƵǁŝůůƚĞůůĂŶĞǁ ǀĞƌƐŝŽŶ͕ĂŶĚŝŶƚŚŝƐǁĂLJ͕ƚŚĞƐƚŽƌLJǁŝůůŬĞĞƉ living. Truth is not in facts. The truth is in the ƚĞůůŝŶŐ͘͟tŚĂƚĚŽLJŽƵƚŚŝŶŬƐŚĞŵĞĂŶƐďLJ ƚŚŝƐ͍/ƐƚŚĞƌĞĂĚŝīĞƌĞŶĐĞďĞƚǁĞĞŶƚƌƵƚŚĂŶĚ accuracy?

ϱ͘/ŐŽƌŝƐƚŚĞŽŶůLJĐŚĂƌĂĐƚĞƌǁŚŽŐĞƚƐĐĂƉƚƵƌĞĚ͕LJĞƚŚŝƐŝŵƉƌŝƐŽŶŵĞŶƚ ĞŶĚƐƵƉŝŶƐƵƌŝŶŐŚŝƐƐĂĨĞƚLJ͕ǁŚŝůĞƚŚĞĐŚĂƌĂĐƚĞƌƐǁŚŽƌĞŵĂŝŶ͞ĨƌĞĞ͟ ŵƵƐƚĮŐŚƚĨŽƌƚŚĞŝƌŽǁŶƐƵƌǀŝǀĂů͘tŚĂƚĚŽĞƐƚŚŝƐƐĂLJĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞĐŽŶĐĞƉƚ ŽĨĨƌĞĞĚŽŵ͍/ŶƚŚŝƐŶŽǀĞů͕ŝƐƉĞƌƐŽŶĂůĐŚŽŝĐĞĂŐŝŌ͕ĂďƵƌĚĞŶ͕ŽƌďŽƚŚ͍ © Twin Lens Images

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The Aleppo Codex by Matti Friedman See review on p. 43

1. At the heart of The Aleppo Codex is a trial over ownership of the codex—but also over who owns Jewish history. Did ƚŚĞ^ƚĂƚĞŽĨ/ƐƌĂĞůŚĂǀĞĂůĞŐŝƟŵĂƚĞĐůĂŝŵ to the manuscript? Should anyone or any group own historical treasures? Can they? 2. The Aleppo CodexŵĂŬĞƐŵĞŶƟŽŶ of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the desert ĨŽƌƚƌĞƐƐĂƚDĂƐĂĚĂĂƐƉŽƚĞŶƚŶĂƟŽŶĂů symbols. What did the codex symbolize for the new Jewish state? And what role in general did myths and symbols play in the founding of Israel? How is this reůĂƚĞĚƚŽǁŚLJ/ƐƌĂĞů͛ƐŐŽǀĞƌŶŵĞŶƚ͕ĂŶĚƉĂƌƟĐƵůĂƌůLJƚŚĞƉƌĞƐŝĚĞŶƚ͕ǁĂŶƚĞĚ the codex so badly? 3. Why are the Dead Sea Scrolls famous while the Aleppo Codex has ďĞĞŶůĂƌŐĞůLJĨŽƌŐŽƩĞŶ͍ ϰ͘tŚĂƚĐĂŶǁĞůĞĂƌŶƚŽĚĂLJĨƌŽŵƚŚĞ:ĞǁƐŽĨƌĂďĐŽƵŶƚƌŝĞƐͶĨƌŽŵ ƚŚĞŝƌĐĞŶƚƵƌŝĞƐŽĨĞdžŝƐƚĞŶĐĞŝŶƚŚĞůĂŶĚƐŽĨ/ƐůĂŵ͕ĂŶĚĨƌŽŵƚŚĞŝƌĐŽŵͲ ŵƵŶŝƟĞƐΖďŝƩĞƌĞŶĚ͍

ϱ͘KŶĞŽĨƚŚĞŚŝƐƚŽƌŝĐĂůĮŐƵƌĞƐǁŚŽŵĂŬĞƐĂĐĂŵĞŽĂƉƉĞĂƌĂŶĐĞŝŶThe Aleppo Codex ŝƐDŽƐĞƐDĂŝŵŽŶŝĚĞƐ͕ƚŚĞŐƌĞĂƚƉŚLJƐŝĐŝĂŶĂŶĚƉŚŝůŽƐŽͲ ƉŚĞƌǁŚŽ͕ƉĞƌŚĂƉƐŵŽƌĞƚŚĂŶĂŶLJŽƚŚĞƌƉĞƌƐŽŶ͕ĞŵďŽĚŝĞĚ:ĞǁŝƐŚ life under Islam. What importance does Maimonides have for Jewish history? 6. What does it mean that Jews are called the "people of the book" and ŚŽǁĚŽĞƐƚŚĞŚŝƐƚŽƌLJŽĨƚŚĞĐŽĚĞdžĮƚŝŶƚŽƚŚĂƚĚĞƐĐƌŝƉƟŽŶ͍ 7. Why is the codex also referred to as the Crown? What purpose did it serve for Jews in the Diaspora? ϴ͘dŚĞĐŽĚĞdžƉƌŽǀŝĚĞƐƚŚĞŝŶƐƚƌƵĐƟŽŶƐĨŽƌ how to read the Hebrew Bible. Jews believe ƚŚĂƚƚŚĞƌĞŝƐŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶŝŶŝďůŝĐĂůƚĞdžƚƚŚĂƚ is beyond our understanding. Why is it so ŝŵƉŽƌƚĂŶƚƚŚĂƚǁĞŶŽƚůŽƐĞĞǀĞŶĂƟŶLJǀŽǁĞů ƐŝŐŶ͕ŽŶĞƚŚĂƚƉƌŽůŽŶŐƐƚŚĞƐLJůůĂďůĞ͞ĂŚ͟ŝŶƚŽ ͞ĂĂŚ͕͟ĨŽƌĞdžĂŵƉůĞ͍ ϵ͘&ŽƌŵŝůůĞŶŶŝĂ͕:ĞǁƐŚĂǀĞƐĂŶĐƟĮĞĚƐĂĐƌĞĚ ŬƐĂŶĚƚŚĞĂĐƚŽĨǁƌŝƟŶŐĂŶĚƌĞĂĚŝŶŐ ƚŚĞŵ͘,ŽǁǁŝůůƚŚĞĂŐĞŽĨƚŚĞĞͲƌĞĂĚĞƌĂīĞĐƚ ƚŚŽƐĞƚƌĂĚŝƟŽŶƐ͍

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emerging voices a conversation with

Adam Wilson

by Joseph Winkler

Adam Wilson is a master of many trades, in a way. A teacher at NYU, an accomplished screen writer of a humorous trailer, an editor and co-founder at the Faster Times, a short story writer of import (see his Paris Review story), a onetime book-clerk, and now a critically acclaimed novelist. Here, we sit down with the busy but always generous, funny, and intelligent Wilson to discuss his fantastic debut novel, Flatscreen (reviewed on p. 17).

© Zack Zook

Joseph Winkler: DLJĮƌƐƚƌĞĂĐƟŽŶƚŽƚŚĞŬ͕ďĞƐŝĚĞƐƵŶĐŽŶĚŝƟŽŶĂů ůŽǀĞ͕ǁĂƐĂǁŽƌƌLJƚŚĂƚƚŚĞůĂďĞůďĞŝŶŐĂƩĂĐŚĞĚƚŽƚŚĞŬ;͞ƐůĂĐŬĞƌ ŶŽǀĞůƚŽĞŶĚĂůůƐůĂĐŬĞƌŶŽǀĞůƐ͟ͿǁŽƵůĚůŝŵŝƚŚŽǁƚŚĞŬǁŽƵůĚďĞ ƌĞĐĞŝǀĞĚ͘ŝĚLJŽƵǁŽƌƌLJĂďŽƵƚƚŚĂƚ͍ Adam Wilson: /ĚĞĮŶŝƚĞůLJƐĞĞLJŽƵƌƉŽŝŶƚ͕ďƵƚƚŚĂƚǁĂƐĂŵĂƌŬĞƟŶŐƚŽŽů͕ ĂŶĚŚŽƉĞĨƵůůLJĂŶĞīĞĐƟǀĞŽŶĞ͘>ŽŽŬ͕ŝƚŝƐŝŶƚŚĞƚƌĂĚŝƟŽŶŽĨĂƐůĂĐŬĞƌ ŶŽǀĞů͕ǁŚĂƚĞǀĞƌƚŚĂƚŝƐ͕ďƵƚƉĂƌƚŽĨƚŚĞŬŝƐĂŶĂƩĞŵƉƚƚŽĐƌĞĂƚĞĂ ŬƚŚĂƚŝƐƐĞůĨͲĂǁĂƌĞŽĨƚŚĞƚƌŽƉĞƐƚŚĂƚŝƚŝƐĨĂůůŝŶŐŝŶƚŽĂŶĚƚŚĞŶĮŐŚƚ ĂŐĂŝŶƐƚƚŚĞŵ͘/ƚŚŝŶŬƚŚĂƚĨŽƌŵŽƐƚƉĞŽƉůĞǁŚŽƌĞĂĚƚŚĞŬ͕ŶŽŶĞŽĨ ƚŚĞĞdžƚĞƌŶĂůƐƚƵīǁŝůůŵĂƩĞƌ͕ďĞŝƚƚŚĞŬƚƌĂŝůĞƌŽƌƚŚĞďůƵƌďƐ͘ JW: ǀĞŶƚŚŽƵŐŚLJŽƵƉůĂĐĞLJŽƵƌƐĞůĨǁŝƚŚŝŶĂƐƉĞĐŝĮĐƚƌĂĚŝƟŽŶŽĨǁŚĂƚ ŵŝŐŚƚďĞĞĂƐŝůLJĐĂƚĞŐŽƌŝnjĞĚĂƐĂƐůĂĐŬĞƌ͕ůŝ͕ƚŚĞƉƌŽƚĂŐŽŶŝƐƚ͕ŚĂƌďŽƌƐ ŶŽƉƌĞƚĞŶƐŝŽŶƐƚŽůŝǀŝŶŐĂŐŽŽĚůŝĨĞ͘,ĞĞĂƐŝůLJƐĞĞƐŚŝƐƉĂŝŶ͕ĂŶĚĚŽĞƐŶΖƚ ƉƌĞƚĞŶĚƚŽŚŝĚĞŚŝƐĚĞƐƉĂŝƌ͘dŚŝƐŝƐǀĞƌLJĚŝīĞƌĞŶƚƚŚĂŶƚŚŝƐǁŚŽůĞƚƌĂĚŝͲ ƟŽŶŽĨƐůĂĐŬĞƌƐ͕ŶŽ͍ AW:/ƚŚŽƵŐŚƚĂůŽƚĂďŽƵƚƚŚĂƚ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĂƚĨĞůƚǀĞƌLJĐŽŶƚĞŵƉŽƌĂƌLJ͕ƚŚŝƐ character who has seen enough movies to know what all the clichés ĂƌĞ͕ďƵƚĚŽĞƐŶΖƚŬŶŽǁĞŶŽƵŐŚƚŽĂǀŽŝĚƚŚĞŵ͘ŶĚƉĂƌƚŽĨƚŚĂƚƉƌŽďůĞŵ is that he has no models or reference outside of his broken family or ƚŚĞdsĂŶĚŵŽǀŝĞƐ͘,Ğ͛ƐƚƌLJŝŶŐƚŽƵŶĚĞƌƐƚĂŶĚŚŽǁƚŽůŝǀĞ͕ŚŽǁƚŽďĞĂ ƉĞƌƐŽŶ͖ŚĞŚĂƐĂůůƚŚĞƐĞƌĞĨĞƌĞŶĐĞƐƚŚĂƚĂƌĞĐůŝĐŚĠƐ͕ĂŶĚŚĞ͛ƐŶŽƚƐƵƌĞ ŝĨŵĞƌŝĐĂŶůŝĨĞŝƐĂŶLJƚŚŝŶŐŽƚŚĞƌƚŚĂŶĂŶŝŵŝƚĂƟŽŶŽĨƚŚĞƐĞĐůŝĐŚĠƐ͘,Ğ ŚĂƐĂĨĞĞůŝŶŐƚŚĂƚƚŚĞƌĞŵŝŐŚƚďĞƐŽŵĞƚŚŝŶŐĞůƐĞ͕ǁŚŝĐŚŚĞƚŚŝŶŬƐŚĞ ƐĞĞƐŝŶ<ĂŚŶ͕ďƵƚŚĞ͛ƐŶŽƚƐƵƌĞ͘dŚĂƚ͛ƐƉĂƌƚŽĨŚŝƐŵĂŝŶƐƚƌƵŐŐůĞ͘

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JW: zŽƵƌŬůĂĐŬƐǁŚĂƚƉĞŽƉůĞǁŽƵůĚĞdžƉĞĐƚŽĨĂƐůĂĐŬĞƌŶŽǀĞů͕ ŵĂŝŶůLJĂŚƵŐĞ͕ůŝĨĞĐŚĂŶŐŝŶŐĞƉŝƉŚĂŶLJ͘/ŶƐƚĞĂĚǁĞƐĞĞ͕ĂƚďĞƐƚ͕ƐŵĂůů ĐŚĂŶŐĞƐ͕ĂŶĚŝŶƉĂƌƟĐƵůĂƌ͕/ĂŵƚŚŝŶŬŝŶŐŽĨƚŚĞĞdžĐŚĂŶŐĞďĞƚǁĞĞŶůŝ ĂŶĚŚŝƐŵŽƚŚĞƌŝŶƚŚĞŚŽƐƉŝƚĂů͘͘͘ AW:/ǁĂƐƐƚĂƌƟŶŐƚŽĨĞĞůƚŚĂƚůŝǁĂƐĐŽŵŝŶŐŽīĂƐǀĞƌLJĐůĂƵƐƚƌŽƉŚŽďŝĐ͕ ƐƚƵĐŬŝŶŚŝƐƌŽŽŵĂŶĚŚĞĂĚ͘,Ğ͛ƐǀĞƌLJƐĞůĨͲĐĞŶƚĞƌĞĚ͖ŚĞŚĂƐƚƌŽƵďůĞǁŝƚŚ ĞŵƉĂƚŚLJ͕ĂŶĚŚĂƐƚƌŽƵďůĞŝŵĂŐŝŶŝŶŐƉĞŽƉůĞĂƐƉĞŽƉůĞ͕ŽƵƚƐŝĚĞŽĨŚŽǁ they treat him. His mother gets a bad rap from him throughout the Ŭ͕ǁĞŐĞƚĂĐĂƌŝĐĂƚƵƌĞŽĨŚĞƌĂƐĂĚƌƵŶŬĞŶŵĞƐƐ͕ĂŶĚǁŚĂƚ/ǁĂŶƚĞĚ ŝŶƚŚŝƐŚŽƐƉŝƚĂůƐĐĞŶĞ͕ǁŚĞƌĞƐŚĞŐĞƚƐĂŵŽŶŽůŽŐƵĞ͕ĂŶĚŚĞĐĂŶΖƚŝŶƚĞƌͲ ƌƵƉƚ͕ǁĂƐĨŽƌƚŚĞƌĞĂĚĞƌƚŽƐĞĞƚŚĂƚŚĞΖƐƚƌŝĐŬĞĚƵƐ͕ƚŚĂƚƚŚĞLJĚŝĚŶΖƚŐĞƚ ƚŚĞĨƵůůƉŝĐƚƵƌĞ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĂƚƚŚŝƐƉĞƌƐŽŶŝƐŵƵĐŚŵŽƌĞĐŽŵƉůŝĐĂƚĞĚ͘WĞŽƉůĞ ŚĂǀĞĐŽŵƉůĂŝŶĞĚƚŚĂƚƚŚĞĐŚĂƌĂĐƚĞƌĚŽĞƐŶΖƚĐŚĂŶŐĞŽƌŐƌŽǁ͘/ĚŽŶΖƚ ƚŚŝŶŬŝƚΖƐƚƌƵĞ͕ŚĞŐƌŽǁƐŝŶƐŵĂůůŝŶĐƌĞŵĞŶƚƐ͕ĂŶĚĨŽƌŵĞƚŚŝƐǁĂƐĂŚƵŐĞ ŵŽŵĞŶƚ͕ƚŚĂƚŚĞƚŚĞŶŐŝǀĞƐŚŝƐŵŽƚŚĞƌĂŶĂŵĞ͕ĂŶĚƐŚĞΖƐŚĞƌŽǁŶŚƵͲ man being to him. JW: /͛ŵƐƵƌĞLJŽƵŶŽƟĐĞĚ͕ďƵƚŶŽŽŶĞŝŶƚŚĞŬŝƐĂĐƚƵĂůůLJŚĂƉƉLJ͘/ŶĂ ƐĞŶƐĞ͕ƚŚĞŬĨĞĞůƐƐƚƵĐŬŝŶĂƉŽƐƚͲŵŽĚĞƌŶƚƌĂƉŽĨ͞ďĞĞŶƚŚĞƌĞƐĞĞŶ ƚŚĂƚ͕͟ĂŶĚŝƚĚŽĞƐŶ͛ƚǁŽƌŬ͘EĂƌƌĂƟǀĞƐ͕ŵĞƚĂͲŶĂƌƌĂƟǀĞƐƚŚĂƚƉƌŽŵŝƐĞ ƚŽƉƌŽǀŝĚĞĂŶƐǁĞƌƐĚŽŶŽƚǁŽƌŬ͕ƐŽǁŚĞƌĞĚŽǁĞŐŽĨƌŽŵŚĞƌĞ͍ AW:dŚĂƚŝƐƐŽƌƚŽĨƚŚĞŵĂŝŶƋƵĞƐƟŽŶ͘/ƚŚŝŶŬŝŶƐŽŵĞǁĂLJƐůŝ͛ƐƐƚƌƵŐŐůĞ ǁĂƐĂǀĞƌLJƐŝŵŝůĂƌƐƚƌƵŐŐůĞĨŽƌŵĞĂƐĂǁƌŝƚĞƌ͕ƚŽǁƌŝƚĞĂŶĞǁĐŽŵŝŶŐͲŽĨͲ ĂŐĞƐƚŽƌLJŝŶĂǁĂLJƚŚĂƚŚĂĚŶΖƚďĞĞŶĚŽŶĞďĞĨŽƌĞ͘/ƐƚƌƵŐŐůĞĚǁŝƚŚĐƌĞĂƚͲ ŝŶŐŵLJŽǁŶƐƚŽƌLJĂŶĚŽīĞƌŝŶŐĂŶĞǁƚĂŬĞŽŶ:ĞǁŝƐŚƐƵďƵƌďŝĂ͕ďĞĐĂƵƐĞ

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emerging voices ŚŽǁĐŽƵůĚLJŽƵǁƌŝƚĞĂďŽƵƚŝƚĂŌĞƌWŚŝůŝƉZŽƚŚ͍ZŽƚŚ͕ŚŽǁĞǀĞƌ͕ĚŝĚŶΖƚ ŚĂǀĞŝŶƚĞƌŶĞƚƉŽƌŶ͕ĂŶĚĚŝĚŶ͛ƚŐƌŽǁƵƉĞŶŐŽƌŐĞĚŽŶdsĂŶĚĐƵůƚƵƌĞůŝŬĞ ŵLJŐĞŶĞƌĂƟŽŶ͘/ǁĂƐǀĞƌLJĐŽŶƐĐŝŽƵƐĂďŽƵƚƚŚĂƚŝŶǁƌŝƟŶŐƚŚĞŬ͘ JW:dŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚĂƐƉĞĐƚƐŝŶƚŚĞŬĂƌĞŶŽƚƉƌŽŵŝŶĞŶƚ͕ďƵƚĂŵďŝĞŶƚ͘ tŚĂƚƌŽůĞĚŽĞƐ:ƵĚĂŝƐŵƉůĂLJŝŶƚŚĞŬ͍ AW: Judaism is used in the beginning of the novel to set up the overall ƐƉŝƌŝƚƵĂůǀŽŝĚŝŶůŝ͛ƐůŝĨĞ͕ĞǀĞŶƚŚŽƵŐŚŝƚ͛ƐŶŽƚƚŚĞŽŶůLJƉůĂĐĞƚŚĂƚŚĂƐŶ͛ƚ provided him meaning. The Jewish components show that he is searchŝŶŐĨŽƌƐŽŵĞƚŚŝŶŐŐƌĂŶĚĂŶĚƉŽĞƟĐĂůůLJǀĂŐƵĞ͕ƐŽŵĞƚŚŝŶŐŽƵƚƐŝĚĞŽĨ himself. The moments help the reader to understand where he is comŝŶŐĨƌŽŵ͕ƚŚĂƚŚŝƐĨĂŵŝůLJĂŶĚĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƚLJƵƐĞƌĞůŝŐŝŽŶĂƐƐŽĐŝĂůŐůƵĞ͘,ŝƐ ĞdžƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞǁŝƚŚƌĞůŝŐŝŽŶŝƐƐŽŵĞƚŚŝŶŐŝŵƉƵƌĞ͕ĂŶĚŵŽƌĞƟĞĚƚŽŵŽŶĞLJ ĂŶĚĚĞĐĂĚĞŶĐĞƚŚĂŶƐƉŝƌŝƚƵĂůĨƵůĮůůŵĞŶƚ͕ĂŶĚŝƚ͛ƐƚŚŝƐƵŐůŝŶĞƐƐƚŚĂƚ repels him. /ƉƵƌƉŽƐĞĨƵůůLJǁĂŶƚĞĚůŝƚŽŵĞĞƚ<ĂŚŶĨŽƌƚŚĞƐĞĐŽŶĚƟŵĞĂƚƚŚĞ ƐLJŶĂŐŽŐƵĞ͕ďĞĐĂƵƐĞ/ǁĂŶƚĞĚ<ĂŚŶƚŽŽīĞƌƐŽŵĞƚŚŝŶŐŵLJƐƟĐĂůƚŽůŝ͕ something this form of Judaism couldn’t provide. Kahn believes in ƚŚŝŶŐƐ͕ĚĞĞƉƚŚŝŶŐƐ͕ĞǀĞŶŝĨƚŚĞƐĞƚŚŝŶŐƐĚŽŶ͛ƚŶĞĐĞƐƐĂƌŝůLJĐŽŶĨŽƌŵƚŽ ǁŚĂƚ͛ƐƉŽůŝƟĐĂůůLJĐŽƌƌĞĐƚŽƌĂƉƉƌŽƉƌŝĂƚĞ͖ŚŽǁĞǀĞƌ͕ƚŚĞƐĞĂƌĞƚŚĞƚŚŝŶŐƐ that Eli can believe in. JW: /ŶƚĞƌŵƐŽĨƐƚLJůĞ͕ůŝ͛ƐǀŽŝĐĞƐĞĞŵƐǁŚŽůůLJŶĞǁ͘,ĞƐƉĞĂŬƐŝŶƐƚĂĐĐĂƚŽ ůŝŬĞƉŚƌĂƐĞƐ͕ǁŝƚŚŽƵƚƉƌŽŶŽƵŶƐ͕ŝŶƚŚĞƐƚLJůĞŽĨƚǁĞĞƚƐ͕ƐŽƵŶĚďŝƚĞƐ͕ĂŶĚ &ĂĐĞŬƐƚĂƚƵƐĞƐ͘ŝĚLJŽƵŚĂǀĞƚƌŽƵďůĞĐƌĞĂƟŶŐƚŚŝƐǀŽŝĐĞ͍ AW: I had the most trouble with it being consistent throughout the Ŭ͕ǁŚŝĐŚƚŽŽŬŵĞLJĞĂƌƐƚŽŝƌŽŶŽƵƚ͕ĂŶĚƐŽŵĞƟŵĞƐ/ǁĂƐƌĞĂĚŝŶŐ sŝƌŐŝŶŝĂtŽŽůĨ͕ĂŶĚƐŽŵĞƟŵĞƐ/ǁĂƐƌĞĂĚŝŶŐ>LJĚŝĂĂǀŝƐ͕ŽƌƌĞĂĚŝŶŐWar and Peace or /ŶĮŶŝƚĞ:ĞƐƚǁŚŝůĞ/ǁĂƐǁƌŝƟŶŐƚŚĞŬ͘/ĂůƐŽƌĞĂĚĂŵŝůͲ lion blogs. All of those things contributed to the voice. JW: dŚĞƌĞĂƌĞŵĂŶLJƐƚLJůŝƐƟĐŶŽǀĞůƟĞƐŝŶLJŽƵƌŬ͘KŶĞƚŚĂƚĐŽŵĞƐƚŽ ŵŝŶĚŝƐƚŚĂƚLJŽƵůŝƐƚĐĞƌƚĂŝŶĨĂĐƚƐĂďŽƵƚĐŚĂƌĂĐƚĞƌƐŝŶƐƚĞĂĚŽĨƉƌŽǀŝĚŝŶŐ ďĂĐŬƐƚŽƌLJ͘dŚŝƐƐĞĞŵĞĚƚŽǁŽƌŬƌĞĂůůLJǁĞůůďĞĐĂƵƐĞƚŚĞLJĂůůŽǁĞĚĨŽƌĂ ƐůŽǁĞƌƉĂĐĞĂŶĚĂŵĞĚŝƚĂƟǀĞƐƉĂĐĞ͕ŶŽƚũƵƐƚďĞĐĂƵƐĞƚŚĞLJĂƌĞƉĞƌĨĞĐƚ

ĚĞƚĂŝůƐŽƌĐŚĂƌĂĐƚĞƌƐŬĞƚĐŚĞƐ͘dŚĞLJĂůůŽǁƐƉĂĐĞƚŽƚŚŝŶŬ͙ AW:tĞůů͕ďĞĐĂƵƐĞƚŚĞǀŽŝĐĞŽĨůŝŝƐĂůǁĂLJƐƌƵŶŶŝŶŐ͕/ǁĂƐůŽŽŬŝŶŐƚŽ ĂůůŽǁƚŚĞƌĞĂĚĞƌƚŽƚĂŬĞĂďƌĞĂƚŚĂŶĚƚŽƉƵŶĐƚƵĂƚĞƚŚĞŽƚŚĞƌƐĞĐƟŽŶƐ͘ /ǁĂƐĂůƐŽƚƌLJŝŶŐƚŽĮŐƵƌĞŽƵƚĂǁĂLJƚŽĐŽŶǀĞLJĐĞƌƚĂŝŶŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶ ǁŝƚŚŽƵƚŐĞƫ ŶŐďŽŐŐĞĚĚŽǁŶŝŶďĂĐŬƐƚŽƌLJ͕ŽƌŐĞƫ ŶŐďŽŐŐĞĚĚŽǁŶŝŶ ĂĐŚĂƌĂĐƚĞƌƚŚĂƚǁĂƐũƵƐƚƚŚŝŶŬŝŶŐ͘dŚĞƌĞǁĂƐĂŶĞĂƌůŝĞƌĚƌĂŌƚŚĂƚǁĂƐ ĂŚƵŶĚƌĞĚƉĂŐĞƐůŽŶŐĞƌ͕ǁŚŝĐŚŝŶĐůƵĚĞĚůŝƚŚŝŶŬŝŶŐĂďŽƵƚŚŝƐĨĂƚŚĞƌΖƐ ĐŚŝůĚŚŽŽĚ͕ĂŶĚŝƚĨĞůƚƐůŽǁƚŽŵĞ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞƐƚŽƌLJǁĂƐŶΖƚŵŽǀŝŶŐƋƵŝĐŬůLJ ĞŶŽƵŐŚ͘/ƌĞĂůŝnjĞĚƚŚĞĐŚĂƌĂĐƚĞƌƐŚŽƵůĚďĞ͕ĂŶĚǁŽƵůĚďĞ͕ƚŚŝŶŬŝŶŐ ŝŶƐŚŽƌƚďƵƌƐƚƐ͕ĂŶĚŝƚĂůůŽǁĞĚŵĞŵŽƌĞĐƌĞĂƟǀŝƚLJƚŽĐƌĞĂƚĞŝĚĞĂƐůŝŬĞ ƚŚĞƐƵƌƌĞĂůƌĞĐŝƉĞƐ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞŵŽǀŝĞĞŶĚŝŶŐƐ͘dŚŽƐĞǁĞƌĞƚŚĞŵŽƐƚĨƵŶ chapters to write. JW: /ŶƚŚĂƚǀĞŝŶ͕LJŽƵĐůĞǀĞƌůLJŚĂǀĞůŝŝŵĂŐŝŶĞŵĂŶLJĚŝīĞƌĞŶƚĞŶĚŝŶŐƐ ƚŽŚŝƐůŝĨĞƚŚƌŽƵŐŚƚŚĞƉƌŝƐŵŽĨŚŽǁŝƚǁŽƵůĚƉůĂLJŽƵƚŝŶĚŝīĞƌĞŶƚŵŽǀͲ ŝĞƐĨƌŽŵĚŝƐƟŶĐƚƐƚƵĚŝŽƐ͘tŚĂƚǁĞƌĞLJŽƵƚƌLJŝŶŐƚŽĂĐĐŽŵƉůŝƐŚƚŚĞƌĞ͍ AW: Literally the character is trying to imagine what he will do with his ůŝĨĞ͕ďƵƚŚŝƐŝŵĂŐŝŶĂƟŽŶŚĂƐďĞĞŶĐŽŵƉƌŽŵŝƐĞĚ͕ďĞĐĂƵƐĞŚĞĐĂŶŽŶůLJ ŝŵĂŐŝŶĞĐŚĞĞƐLJĐůŝĐŚĠƐ͘zĞƚ͕ƚŚĞĐŽŶƐĞƋƵĞŶƚĐŚĂƉƚĞƌƐďƵƌLJƚŚĞƉƌĞǀŝŽƵƐ possible endings. The great trope of all these types of movies or books ŝƐƚŚĂƚĂƚƚŚĞĞŶĚƚŚĞŐƵLJŐĞƚƐŝŶƚŽŚŝƐĐĂƌĂŶĚĚƌŝǀĞƐŝŶƚŽĂƐƵŶƐĞƚ͕ĂŶĚ ǁĞŬŶŽǁŚĞΖƐŐŽŝŶŐƚŽďĞŽŬĂLJ͘/ŬŶĞǁ/ĐŽƵůĚŶ͛ƚĨŽůůŽǁƚŚĂƚĨŽƌŵƵůĂ͕ but what I could do was think of all the endings I couldn’t do. I wanted to have this character defy these endings.*

Joseph Winkler is a freelance writer living in New York City. He writes ĨŽƌsŽůϭƌŽŽŬůLJŶ͕dŚĞ,Ƶĸ ŶŐƚŽŶWŽƐƚ͕:ĞǁĐLJ͕ĂŶĚŽƚŚĞƌƐŝƚĞƐ͘tŚŝůĞŶŽƚ ǁƌŝƟŶŐ͕:ŽĞŝƐŐĞƫ ŶŐĂDĂƐƚĞƌƐŝŶŶŐůŝƐŚ>ŝƚĞƌĂƚƵƌĞĂƚŝƚLJŽůůĞŐĞ͘dŽ ƐƵƉƉŽƌƚŚŝƐĞdžƚƌĂǀĂŐĂŶƚůŝĨĞƐƚLJůĞ͕:ŽĞĂůƐŽƚƵƚŽƌƐĂŶĚƵŶĂďĂƐŚĞĚůLJďĂďLJͲ ƐŝƚƐ͘ŚĞĐŬŽƵƚŚŝƐďůŽŐĂƚŶŽĐŽŶǀĞƌƐĂƟŽŶůĞŌďĞŚŝŶĚ͘ďůŽŐƐƉŽƚ͘ĐŽŵ *A longer version of this article can be found online at www.jewishbookcouncil.org

review Flatscreen Adam Wilson Harper Perennial, 2012 Paperback 326 pp. $14.99 [e] ISBN: 978-0-06-209033-1

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ebut author Adam Wilson’s slacker novel Flatscreen tells the ƐƚŽƌLJŽĨůŝ^ĐŚǁĂƌƚnj͕ĂũŽďůĞƐƐƚǁĞŶƚLJͲLJĞĂƌͲŽůĚ͕ŵŽŶƚŚƐŽƵƚŽĨ ŚŝŐŚƐĐŚŽŽůĂŶĚƐƟůůůŝǀŝŶŐŝŶƚŚĞďĂƐĞŵĞŶƚŽĨŚŝƐŵŽƚŚĞƌ͛ƐŚŽƵƐĞ͘ ^ĞƚŝŶĂƐĞĐƵůĂƌ:ĞǁŝƐŚƐƵďƵƌďĂŶƚŽǁŶŝŶDĂƐƐĂĐŚƵƐĞƩƐ͕ůŝ͛ƐƐƚŽƌLJŝƐ ĐŚŽĐŬĨƵůůŽĨƚĞĞŶĂŐĞĂŶŐƐƚ͕ĨƌŽŵŶĂǀŝŐĂƟŶŐŚŝƐƚŽǁŶ͛ƐĐŽŵƉůŝĐĂƚĞĚ ƐŽĐŝĂůƐĐĞŶĞ͕ƚŽĂǁŬǁĂƌĚƐĞdžƵĂůĞŶĐŽƵŶƚĞƌƐ͕ĂŶĚĚĞĂůŝŶŐǁŝƚŚŚŝƐ ƉĂƌĞŶƚƐ͛ĚŝǀŽƌĐĞĂŶĚŽůĚĞƌďƌŽƚŚĞƌ͛ƐƐƵĐĐĞƐƐ͘ƚƟŵĞƐƐƚĂŐŐĞƌŝŶŐůLJ ĚĂƌŬ͕ĂŶĚĂƚŽƚŚĞƌƐŝŶĐƌĞĚŝďůLJŐƌĂƉŚŝĐ͕ƚŚĞŶŽǀĞůŝƐĂŶĞŵŽƟŽŶĂů ƌŽůůĞƌĐŽĂƐƚĞƌĨƵŶŶLJĞŶŽƵŐŚƚŽŚĂǀĞLJŽƵŝŶĮƚƐŽĨůĂƵŐŚƚĞƌ͘ƐůŝĚƌŝŌƐ ƚŚƌŽƵŐŚŚŝƐůŝĨĞŽĨĚƌƵŐĂĚĚŝĐƟŽŶĂŶĚĂůĐŽŚŽůŝƐŵ͕ŚĞĮŶĚƐƐŽůĂĐĞŝŶ ƚŚĞĨƌŝĞŶĚƐŚŝƉŽĨĂĨĞůůŽǁŽƵƚĐĂƐƚ͕ŚĂŶĚŝĐĂƉƉĞĚĞdžͲĂĐƚŽƌ^ĞLJŵŽƵƌ <ŚĂŶ͘tŝƚŚƐĞdžͲĂĚĚŝĐƚĞĚ<ŚĂŶĂƐĂŵŽƌĂůŐƵŝĚĞ͕ďŽƚŚŽĨƚŚĞŝƌůŝǀĞƐ spiral deeper into depravity.

Besides being riddled with awkward ŵŽŵĞŶƚƐ͕ĚƌƵŐŝŶĚƵĐĞĚŚĂnjĞƐ͕ĂŶĚ ƐƚƌĞƐƐĨƵůĨĂŵŝůLJŐĂƚŚĞƌŝŶŐƐ͕Flatscreen ŝƐŝŶƚĞƌƐƉĞƌƐĞĚǁŝƚŚǀŝŐŶĞƩĞƐĨƌŽŵůŝ͛Ɛ ŵŝŶĚƚŚĂƚŽīĞƌĂŶĞǀĞŶĚĞĞƉĞƌƵŶĚĞƌͲ standing of his psyche. These include imaginary scenarios that Eli plays out ŝŶŚŝƐŚĞĂĚ͕ĂůŝƐƚŽĨƐĞdžƵĂůĞdžƉĞƌŝĞŶĐͲ ĞƐ͕ŇĂƐŚďĂĐŬƐ͕ĂŶĚŵĂŶLJŽƚŚĞƌƐ͘ tŝůƐŽŶƐ͛ƐƐŚĂƌƉ͕ŚĞĂƌƚƌĞŶĚŝŶŐ ƉƌŽƐĞŝƐĐĂƉƟǀĂƟŶŐĂŶĚĐŽŵŝĐĂůůLJ ůĂĐĞĚ͕ĂŶĚĂŶƵůƟŵĂƚĞůLJƐĂƟƐĨLJŝŶŐ read. SL

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fiction ĚĞĂƚŚ͕Ă'ĞƌŵĂŶƉƌŽƉĞƌƚLJĐůĂŝŵĂŶĚĂƐŵĂůů ĨƌĂŐŵĞŶƚŽĨĮůŵŝŶƐƉŝƌĞ,ŽůůLJ͛ƐŽǁŶƌĞƚƵƌŶƚŽ Berlin. They become the engines that propel ƚŚĞƉůŽƚ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞŵĞĐŚĂŶŝƐŵƚŚƌŽƵŐŚǁŚŝĐŚ

All That I Am Anna Funder HarperCollins, 2012 Hardcover $25.95 384 pp. [e] ISBN: 978-0-06-207756-1

A lyrical, interwoven composition of thirteen voices: Jews, non-Jews, survivors, descendants, Nazis, Communists, and residents of the "new" Berlin.

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ƌŶƐƚdŽůůĞƌ͕ŽŶĞŽĨƚŚĞŶĂƌƌĂƚŽƌƐŽĨAll That /ŵ͕ŝƐǀŝƐŝƟŶŐEĞǁzŽƌŬŝŶϭϵϯϵǁŚĞŶ news breaks that the ^^^ƚ͘>ŽƵŝƐ has been turned back from Havana Harbor to Europe ǁŝƚŚŝƚƐĨƵůůůŽĂĚŽĨƉĂƐƐĞŶŐĞƌƐŇĞĞŝŶŐƚŚĞ EĂnjŝƐ͘,ĞŝƐĚŝĐƚĂƟŶŐƚŚĞƐƚŽƌLJŽĨŚŝƐĐŽŵƌĂĚĞͲ ŝŶͲĂƌŵƐĂŶĚƚƌƵĞůŽǀĞ͕ŽƌĂ͕ƚŽŚŝƐƐĞĐƌĞƚĂƌLJ͘ ZƵƚŚĞĐŬĞƌ͕ƚŚĞŶŽǀĞů͛ƐŽƚŚĞƌŶĂƌƌĂƚŽƌ͕ŝƐ ůŝǀŝŶŐŝŶŽŶĚŝ͕ƵƐƚƌĂůŝĂŝŶϮϬϭϭ͘YƵŝƚĞŝůů͕ƐŚĞ spends her long days remembering details of her past life in Berlin and London in the ϭϵϮϬƐĂŶĚΖϯϬƐ͘^ŚĞǁĂƐƉĂƌƚŽĨĂƟŐŚƚĐŝƌĐůĞ ŽĨƉŽůŝƟĐĂůĂĐƟǀŝƐƚƐůĞĚďLJŚĞƌĐŽƵƐŝŶŽƌĂĂŶĚ ŝŶĐůƵĚĞĚdŽůůĞƌĂŶĚZƵƚŚ͛ƐŚƵƐďĂŶĚ͕ĂĚĂƐŚŝŶŐ LJŽƵŶŐũŽƵƌŶĂůŝƐƚ͘ŽƌĂǁĂƐĂĮƌĞďƌĂŶĚǁŚŽƐĞ ĞīŽƌƚƐďĞŐĂŶǁŝƚŚŚĞƌǁŽƌŬƚŽƌĞůĞĂƐĞ'ƌĞĂƚ War hero Toller from prison. The four friends ǁĞƌĞĞĂƌůLJŚĞƌŽĞƐŽĨƚŚĞƌĞƐŝƐƚĂŶĐĞ͕ĮŐŚƟŶŐ against the rise of Hitler while in Berlin and ĐŽŶƟŶƵŝŶŐƚŚĞŝƌĞīŽƌƚƐƚŽďƌŝŶŐŚŝŵĚŽǁŶ when they became exiles in London. They took on incredibly dangerous missions with only their small circle and a few others within their trust. Funder describes the tragic story ŽĨƚŚĞƐĞĨŽƵƌŝĚĞĂůŝƐƚƐ͕ƌŝĐŚůLJƉĂŝŶƟŶŐĨŽƌƵƐ ƚŚĞŝƌůŽĐĂƟŽŶƐĂŶĚĞŵŽƟŽŶƐ͘/ƚǁĂƐĚŝĸ ĐƵůƚƚŽ ŬĞĞƉƵƉǁŝƚŚƚŚĞĂůƚĞƌŶĂƟŶŐŶĂƌƌĂƚŽƌƐĐĂƐƵĂůůLJ switching their reminiscences from the present ƚŽƚŚĞƉĂƐƚ͕ďƵƚǁĞůůǁŽƌƚŚƚŚĞĞīŽƌƚ͕ĂƐƚŚŝƐ ŝŶƚĞůůŝŐĞŶƚ͕ďĞĂƵƟĨƵůůLJǁƌŝƩĞŶŬŽīĞƌƐĚĞĞƉ insight into an important piece of history. MBA

Berlin Cantata Jeffrey Lewis Haus Publishing, 2012 Paperback 240 pp. $15.00 [e] ISBN: 978-1-907822-43-8

ǁĞŵĞĞƚƚŚĞƉůĂLJĞƌƐ͘tĞƌĞĂĚŽĨƐĞĐƌĞƚƐŬĞƉƚ͕ ĚĞĂůƐĞdžĞĐƵƚĞĚ͕ŵLJƐƚĞƌŝĞƐƵŶĐŽǀĞƌĞĚ͕ŝŵƉŽƐͲ ƐŝďůĞůŽǀĞ͕ĂŶĚ͕ĂůǁĂLJƐ͕ůŽƐƐ͘ tŝƚŚŽƵƚƐƚĂŶĚŝŶŐĐƌĂŌ:ĞīƌĞLJ>ĞǁŝƐ ĞdžĂŵŝŶĞƐƚŚĞƉŽůŝƟĐĂůƐĞŶƟŵĞŶƚƐ͕ĂŶĚĞǀĞƌLJ ƉŽƐƐŝďůĞ͕ƉƌŽďĂďůĞ͕ĂŶĚǁƌĞŶĐŚŝŶŐĞŵŽƟŽŶ we might imagine. The novel begs to be read ŵŽƌĞƚŚĂŶŽŶĐĞ͕ƚŽƐĂǀŽƌĞǀĞƌLJŶƵĂŶĐĞŽĨĞdžͲ ƉƌĞƐƐŝŽŶ͕ŝŶŶĞƌĐŽŶŇŝĐƚ͕ĂŶĚƌĞƐŽůƵƟŽŶ͘PGM

Blood in the Promised Land Eliot Sefrin iUniverse, 2011 Paperback 320 pp. $19.95 [e] ISBN: 978-4620-2611-1

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ŚŝƐŚŝƐƚŽƌŝĐĂůŶŽǀĞů͕ƐĞƚŝŶϭϵϰϯ͕ƚĞůůƐƚŚĞ ƉĂƌĂůůĞůƐƚŽƌŝĞƐŽĨƚǁŽǀĞƌLJĚŝīĞƌĞŶƚŵĞŶ͘ Jacob Perlman is a Jewish doctor in Vienna who ŝƐĨŽƌĐĞĚƚŽŇĞĞǁŚĞŶƚŚĞEĂnjŝƐƚĂŬĞŽǀĞƌŚŝƐ city. Roosevelt Turner is a poor black migrant ǁŽƌŬĞƌĨƌŽŵ'ĂŝŶĞƐǀŝůůĞ͕&ůŽƌŝĚĂǁŚŽŚĂƐďĞĞŶ ƚƌĂƵŵĂƟnjĞĚďLJƚŚĞŚŽƌƌŝĮĐůŽƐƐŽĨŚŝƐĨĂŵŝůLJ ĂŶĚŝƐƐůŽǁůLJŵĂŬŝŶŐŚŝƐǁĂLJŶŽƌƚŚ͕ĂǁĂLJĨƌŽŵ ƚŚĞ:ŝŵƌŽǁ^ŽƵƚŚ͘ŽƚŚŵĞŶĚƌĞĂŵŽĨŐĞƫ ŶŐ ƚŽWŝƩƐďƵƌŐŚ͕ĂƉůĂĐĞƚŚĂƚŵĂLJƐĂǀĞƚŚĞŵĨƌŽŵ their nightmarish lives. World War II is raging ĂŶĚWŝƩƐďƵƌŐŚŽīĞƌƐŽƉƉŽƌƚƵŶŝƟĞƐĨŽƌďůĂĐŬ ůĂďŽƌĞƌƐĂŶĚĨŽƌŝŵŵŝŐƌĂŶƚƐ͕ŝĨŽŶůLJƚŚĞLJĐĂŶ get there. Eventually the two men’s paths meet and their lives become enmeshed in a way

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he Berlin visitor program began in 1969. dŽĚĂƚĞ͕ŵŽƌĞƚŚĂŶϭϱ͕ϬϬϬĨŽƌŵĞƌĞƌůŝŶͲ ĞƌƐ͕ŵŽƐƚůLJ:ĞǁŝƐŚ͕ƉůƵƐĂŶĞƋƵĂůŶƵŵďĞƌŽĨ ĨĂŵŝůLJŵĞŵďĞƌƐ͕ŚĂǀĞďĞĞŶŝŶǀŝƚĞĚďĂĐŬĂƚ German taxpayer expense. The Berlin Wall fell ŝŶϭϵϴϵĂŶĚƚŚĞh^^ZĐŽůůĂƉƐĞĚŝŶϭϵϵϭ͘Berlin Cantata͕:ĞīƌĞLJ>ĞǁŝƐ͛ƐŶŽǀĞůƐĞƚĂŌĞƌƚŚĞƐĞ ĞǀĞŶƚƐ͕ŝƐĂůLJƌŝĐĂů͕ŝŶƚĞƌǁŽǀĞŶĐŽŵƉŽƐŝƟŽŶŽĨ ƚŚŝƌƚĞĞŶǀŽŝĐĞƐ͗:ĞǁƐ͕ŶŽŶͲ:ĞǁƐ͕ƐƵƌǀŝǀŽƌƐ͕ĚĞͲ ƐĐĞŶĚĂŶƚƐ͕EĂnjŝƐ͕ŽŵŵƵŶŝƐƚƐ͕ĂŶĚƌĞƐŝĚĞŶƚƐ ŽĨƚŚĞ͞ŶĞǁ͟ĞƌůŝŶ͘ĂĐŚŵĞŵďĞƌŽĨƚŚŝƐ ͞ĐŚŽŝƌ͟ŚĂƐĂƚĂůĞƚŽƚĞůů͕ĂũŽƵƌŶĞLJƚŽƌĞůŝǀĞ͕ ĂŶĚĂĐŚĂůůĞŶŐĞƚŽĐŽŶƟŶƵĞĂǀŝĂďůĞůŝĨĞ͘ ,ŽůůLJŶŚŽůƚ͕ŵĞƌŝĐĂŶďŽƌŶ͕ĂĐĐŽŵƉĂŶŝĞĚ her mother Dorothy on her return visit to BerůŝŶ͘ŽƌŽƚŚLJƚĞůůƐƵƐƌŝŐŚƚŽīƚŚĂƚƐŚĞ͕ĂƐƵƌǀŝͲ ǀŽƌ͕ŝƐĂƐŚĂŵĞĚ͘Ƶƚ͕ƐŚĞƐĂLJƐ͕͞/ĂŵĂƐŚĂŵĞĚ ŽĨǁŚĂƚ/ĂŵĂƐŚĂŵĞĚŽĨ͘͟hƉŽŶŚĞƌŵŽƚŚĞƌ͛Ɛ

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they never could have imagined. This story ĂďŽƵƚƐƵīĞƌŝŶŐ͕ƐƵƌǀŝǀĂů͕ŚĞƌŽŝƐŵ͕ƌĂĐŝƐŵ͕ƚŚĞ ďŽŶĚďĞƚǁĞĞŶďůĂĐŬƐĂŶĚ:ĞǁƐ͕ƚŚĞ͞ŵĞƌŝͲ ĐĂŶƌĞĂŵ͟ĂŶĚŵŽƌĞĐŽŶƚĂŝŶƐĨĂƐĐŝŶĂƟŶŐ details about the beginnings of the civil rights ŵŽǀĞŵĞŶƚ͕ƚŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƚLJŽĨ^ŽƐƵĂŝŶ ƚŚĞŽŵŝŶŝĐĂŶZĞƉƵďůŝĐ͕ĂŶĚĂďŽƵƚǁĂƌƟŵĞ ŝŶĚƵƐƚƌLJŝŶWŝƩƐďƵƌŐŚ͘ůƚŚŽƵŐŚĂƚƟŵĞƐƚŚĞ ŶĂƌƌĂƟǀĞǁĂƐĂďŝƚƌĞƉĞƟƟǀĞ͕ƚŚĞĚĞƐĐƌŝƉƟŽŶƐ ǁĞƌĞǀŝǀŝĚĂŶĚŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟǀĞ͘dŚĞũƵdžƚĂƉŽƐŝƟŽŶ of these two protagonists with completely ĚŝīĞƌĞŶƚďĂĐŬŐƌŽƵŶĚƐǁĂƐƵŶŝƋƵĞ͘dŚŝƐŬŝƐ suitable for young adults too. MBA

Children of Wrath Paul Grossman St. Martin’s Press, 2012 Hardcover 323 pp. $25.99 [e] ISBN: 978-0-312-60191-1

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Detective Willi Kraus is an oddity, one of the few Jewish police officers in the city. without a partner as most of the junior ofĮĐĞƌƐĂƌĞƵŶǁŝůůŝŶŐƚŽǁŽƌŬǁŝƚŚĂ:Ğǁ͘/ŶƐƚĞĂĚ ŽĨďĞŝŶŐĂƐƐŝŐŶĞĚƚŽƚŚĞƐĞƌŝĂůŵƵƌĚĞƌĐĂƐĞ͕ ŚĞŝƐƐŚƵŶƚĞĚŽīƚŽƐĂƵƐĂŐĞĚƵƚLJ͕ŵĂŬŝŶŐ ƚŚĞƌŽƵŶĚƐŽĨĨĂĐƚŽƌŝĞƐĂŶĚƐƚŽĐŬLJĂƌĚƐ͕ǁŚŝůĞ becoming increasingly obsessed with the case he lost. ƐŵŽƌĞďĂŐƐŽĨďŽŶĞƐĂƉƉĞĂƌĂŶĚůŝƩůĞ


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The Flame Alphabet

ƉƌŽŐƌĞƐƐŝƐŵĂĚĞůŽĐĂƟŶŐƚŚĞŬŝůůĞƌ͕tŝůůŝŝƐ ĮŶĂůůLJŐŝǀĞŶƚŚĞĐĂƐĞĂŶĚƉƌŽǀŝĚĞĚǁŝƚŚĂŶ ĂƐƐŝƐƚĂŶƚ͘,ĞƐĞƚƐŽīŽŶĂǁŝŶĚŝŶŐ͕ĐŽŵƉůŝͲ cated path full of bizarre characters and eerie ůŽĐĂƟŽŶƐ͘tŝůůŝĞǀĞŶƚƵĂůůLJƚƌŝƵŵƉŚƐĂŶĚŝƐ rewarded by being promoted from Sergeant ƚŽ&Ƶůů/ŶƐƉĞĐƚŽƌ͕ďƵƚŚŝƐũŽLJŝƐƐŚŽƌƚůŝǀĞĚĂƐ ƚŚĞĞĐŽŶŽŵLJĐƌƵŵďůĞƐ͕ĂŶĞůĞĐƟŽŶŝƐŚĞůĚĂŶĚ the Nazi party increases its numbers in the legislature from twelve to one hundred and ƐĞǀĞŶ͘dŚŝƐŝƐĂĐŽŵƉůĞdž͕ŵƵůƟͲůĂLJĞƌĞĚ͕ĂŶĚ ďĞĂƵƟĨƵůůLJǁƌŝƩĞŶŶŽǀĞůƚŚĂƚĚŽĞƐĂŶĞƋƵĂůůLJ ĮŶĞũŽďŽĨƚĞůůŝŶŐĂƚĂůĞĂŶĚƉƌŽǀŝĚŝŶŐŚŝƐƚŽƌŝͲ cal context. NT

Jeff Oliver DC Books, 2012 Paperback 160 pp. $18.95 ISBN: 978-1897190753

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f there is one word that is synonymous with ͞ƌĞĂůŝƚLJ͟dsŝƚŝƐŚLJƉĞƌďŽůĞ͕ĐƌĂŵŵĞĚĂƐ ƚŚĞŐĞŶƌĞŝƐǁŝƚŚƌŝĚŝĐƵůŽƵƐ͞LJŽƵ͛ǀĞŐŽƚƚŽďĞ ŬŝĚĚŝŶŐŵĞ͊͟ŵŽŵĞŶƚƐ͘ǀĞŶƚŚŽƵŐŚŝƚƚĂŬĞƐ ŵŽƌĞĂŶĚŵŽƌĞƚŽƚƌƵůLJĂƉƉĂůůƵƐŶŽǁĂĚĂLJƐ͕ ŝƚƐƟůůŚĂƉƉĞŶƐ͘/ŶĂŵĂƩĞƌŽĨĂĨĞǁƉĂŐĞƐŽĨ Failure to Thrive͕:ĞīKůŝǀĞƌ͛ƐĚĞďƵƚŶŽǀĞů͕ :ŽŶĂƚŚĂŶ&Ăƌď;ĂĂŶĂĚŝĂŶƌĞĂůŝƚLJdsƉƌŽĚƵĐĞƌ͕ ŶĂƚƵƌĂůůLJͿĚŝƐĐŽǀĞƌƐŚĞŚĂƐĂƉŽƐƐŝďůLJĚĞĂĚůLJ ďƌĂŝŶƚƵŵŽƌ͕ĐĂƚĐŚĞƐŚŝƐǁŝĨĞĐŚĞĂƟŶŐǁŝƚŚŚĞƌ ŵŝĚĚůĞĂŐĞĚŽďƐƚĞƚƌŝĐŝĂŶ͕ĂŶĚƚĂŬĞƐŚŝƐĮǀĞͲ ŵŽŶƚŚͲŽůĚƐŽŶ͕ůůŝŽƚ͕ƚŽĂƐƚƌŝƉĐůƵďƚŽĐůĞĂƌ his thoughts of all that has just happened. At ƚŚŝƐƉŽŝŶƚLJŽƵŵŝŐŚƚďĞƚŚŝŶŬŝŶŐ͕͞ƚŚŝƐĐŽƵůĚ ŶĞǀĞƌŚĂƉƉĞŶ͘͟,ŽǁĞǀĞƌ͕/ĐĂŶƌĞůĂƚĞƐŽŵĞͲ what to the protagonist. In a two week span /ǁĂƐĮƌĞĚĨƌŽŵŵLJĮƌƐƚũŽďŽƵƚŽĨĐŽůůĞŐĞ͕ rear-ended someone in a car accident ($1000 ĚĞĚƵĐƟďůĞƚŚĂƚ/ŚĂĚƚŽďŽƌƌŽǁĨƌŽŵŵLJ ƉĂƌĞŶƚƐͿ͕ĂŶĚǁĂƐĚƵŵƉĞĚďLJŵLJŐŝƌůĨƌŝĞŶĚ͕ for whom I had moved cross-country. Needless ƚŽƐĂLJ͕ĂůŽƚŽĨďĂĚƚŚŝŶŐƐĐĂŶŚĂƉƉĞŶŝŶĂ ƐŚŽƌƚĂŵŽƵŶƚŽĨƟŵĞ͘Ƶƚ͕ǁŚĞŶĨĂĐĞĚǁŝƚŚ any amount of adversity it’s all about how you recover and move forward.

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The Fallback Plan Leigh Stein Melville House, 2012 Paperback 224 pp. $14.95 [e] ISBN: 978-1612190426

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&ĂƌďƌĞĐŽǀĞƌƐďLJƐĞƫ ŶŐŽƵƚŽŶĂƋƵĞƐƚ͘ Trying to rapidly raise Elliot to manhood (think ŝŶĨĂŶƚďĂƌŵŝƚnjǀĂŚͿďĞĨŽƌĞŚŝƐƟŵĞǁŝŶĚƐ ƚŽĂĐůŽƐĞ͕&ĂƌďŝƐƚŚĞŚĞƌŽŽĨĂĨƌĞŶĞƟĐĂůůLJ ƉĂĐĞĚ͕ŚLJƉĞƌďŽůŝĐďŝůĚƵŶŐƐƌŽŵĂŶĐŽŵƉƌŝƐĞĚ ŽĨƐĐĞŶĞƐƚŚĂƚŚĂƌĚůLJƐĞĞŵƉŽƐƐŝďůĞ͘,ŽǁĞǀĞƌ͕ ƚŚĞĐƵůŵŝŶĂƟŽŶŽĨĂůůƚŚĞƵŶďĞůŝĞǀĂďůĞŵŽͲ ments is that Farb creates an environment in which Elliot learns many life lessons and truly begins to thrive the way his father envisioned. EZ

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ƐƚŚĞƌ<ŽŚůĞƌ͕ƉƌŽƚĂŐŽŶŝƐƚŽĨ>ĞŝŐŚ^ƚĞŝŶ͛Ɛ dŚĞ&ĂůůďĂĐŬWůĂŶ͕ŚĂƐũƵƐƚŐƌĂĚƵĂƚĞĚĨƌŽŵ college and moved back home. The drama degree she worked so hard to obtain (even ƐƵīĞƌŝŶŐĂƉƐLJĐŚŽƟĐďƌĞĂŬĚŽǁŶŝŶĂŶĂƩĞŵƉƚ to become Blanche from A Streetcar Named DesireͿ͕ŚĂƐLJĞƚƚŽŚĞůƉŚĞƌŽďƚĂŝŶĂƌĞĂůũŽď͘ tŚĞŶŚĞƌŵŽŵŐĞƚƐƐƚŚĞƌĂŐŝŐďĂďLJƐŝƫ ŶŐĂ ŶĞŝŐŚďŽƌ͛ƐLJŽƵŶŐĚĂƵŐŚƚĞƌ͕ƐƚŚĞƌŝƐƵŶǁŝƚͲ ƟŶŐůLJƉůĂĐĞĚŝŶƚŚĞƌŽůĞŽĨ͞ĂĚƵůƚ͕͟ĨŽƌĐĞĚƚŽ ĨĂĐĞ͞ƐŽŵĞƵŶƟĚLJƚƌƵƚŚƐĂďŽƵƚĂĚƵůƚůŝĨĞ͘͟ tŚŝůĞƉůĂLJŝŶŐďĂďLJƐŝƩĞƌƚŽůŝƩůĞDĂLJ͕ ƐƚŚĞƌŵƵƐƚĂůƐŽĂĐƚƚŚĞƉĂƌƚŽĨĐŽŶĮĚĂŶƚĞ to May’s mother as she slides into a more ĐŽŵƉůŝĐĂƚĞĚƌĞůĂƟŽŶƐŚŝƉǁŝƚŚDĂLJ͛ƐĨĂƚŚĞƌ͘Ɛ ŵƵĐŚĂƐƐƚŚĞƌǁĂŶƚƐƚŽ͞ŐƌŽǁƵƉ͟ĂŶĚůĞĂǀĞ ŚĞƌĐŚŝůĚŚŽŽĚŚŽŵĞ͕ƐŚĞĂůƐŽǁŽƵůĚŶ͛ƚŵŝŶĚ ͞ĂĐŚƌŽŶŝĐŝůůŶĞƐƐƚŚĂƚǁŽƵůĚĞŶƟƚůĞŵĞƚŽ ŵŽŶƚŚůLJĐŚĞĐŬƐĨƌŽŵƚŚĞŐŽǀĞƌŶŵĞŶƚ͕ƚĞŶĚĞƌ ƐLJŵƉĂƚŚLJĨƌŽŵŵLJůŽǀĞĚŽŶĞƐ͕ĂŶĚĂŐŽŽĚ ĚĞĂůŽĨƟŵĞŝŶďĞĚ͙͟tĂůŬŝŶŐŚĞĂĚͲĮƌƐƚŝŶƚŽ the troubles of the adults closest to her does ŶŽƚĞdžĂĐƚůLJŵĂŬĞƐƚŚĞƌƌƵŶĨŽƌƚŚĞŚŝůůƐ͕ďƵƚ neither does she put up the most valiant of efforts to change her life or anyone else’s. She’s not an unlikeable narrator (in fact she’s quite ĨƵŶŶLJ͕ĂŶĚĐŽŶƐŝƐƚĞŶƚůLJƐĞůĨͲĚĞƉƌĞĐĂƟŶŐͿ͕ďƵƚ she’s not out to win any merit badges either.

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Ben Marcus Knopf, 2012 Hardcover 304 pp. $25.95 [e] ISBN: 978-0307379375

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ŚĞ&ůĂŵĞůƉŚĂďĞt by Ben Marcus reads ůŝŬĞĂďĂĚĚƌĞĂŵ͘EŽƚĂďĂĚŬ͕ďƵƚĂ ŶŝŐŚƚŵĂƌĞ͘EŽƚĂŶŝŐŚƚŵĂƌĞƚŽĐŽŵƉƌĞŚĞŶĚ͕ but a nightmare to imagine. Confused yet? Just be glad these words are only temporarily ƐĐƌĂŵďůŝŶŐLJŽƵƌďƌĂŝŶ͗ŝŶDĂƌĐƵƐ͛ƐǁŽƌůĚ͕ƚŚĞLJ ǁŽƵůĚďĞĐĂƵƐŝŶŐĨĂĐŝĂůƐŚƌŝŶŬĂŐĞ͕ŚĂŝƌůŽƐƐ͕ ďůŝŶĚŶĞƐƐ͕ĂŶĚǁŽƌƐĞ͘ With dŚĞ&ůĂŵĞůƉŚĂďĞƚ͕DĂƌĐƵƐĐŽŶũƵƌĞƐ ƵƉƚŚĞǁŽƌůĚ͛ƐĮƌƐƚůŝƚĞƌĂƌLJĞƉŝĚĞŵŝĐ͘dŚĞ sound of children’s speech has become lethal ƚŽĞǀĞƌLJŽŶĞŽǀĞƌƚŚĞĂŐĞŽĨĞŝŐŚƚĞĞŶ͕ĂŶĚĐŚŝůͲ dren are wielding their newfound powers with ŚĞůůŝƐŚĞĐƐƚĂƐLJ͘ǀĞŶƚƵĂůůLJ͕ŝƚŝƐĂůůůĂŶŐƵĂŐĞ͕ ǁƌŝƩĞŶĂŶĚƐƉŽŬĞŶ͕ƚŚĂƚƚŚƌĞĂƚĞŶƐƚŽĚĞƐƚƌŽLJ mankind. The outbreak of lethal speech begins with Jewish children—or so the news feeds claim.

The sound of children's speech has become lethal to everyone over the age of eighteen, and children are wielding their newfound powers with hellish ecstasy. Eventually, it is all language, written and spoken, that threatens to destroy mankind. dŚĞ:ĞǁƐĂƌĞĂƚƌŝĐŬLJŐƌŽƵƉƚŽƉŝŶĚŽǁŶ͕ ŚŽǁĞǀĞƌ͕ĂƐƚŚĞƌĞůŝŐŝŽŶŚĂƐĚŝƐƉĞƌƐĞĚŝŶ such a way that no one knows who is JewŝƐŚĂŶLJŵŽƌĞ͘:ĞǁƐƉƌĂLJĂůŽŶĞ͕ĐŽŶĐĞĂůĞĚŝŶ ŚƵƚƐŝŶƚŚĞǁŽŽĚƐ͕ůŝƐƚĞŶŝŶŐƚŽƵŶĚĞƌŐƌŽƵŶĚ broadcasts of sermons barely comprehensible through an orange radio wiring that sprouts from a hole in the ground and disappears again. /ŶƚŚŝƐƚĞƌƌŝďůĞĨƵƚƵƌĞ͕ĨĂŵŝůŝĞƐĂƌĞƐůŽǁůLJ being destroyed by parents’ repulsion to ;ƚŚĞŝƌĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶ͛ƐͿǁŽƌĚƐ͘dŽďƌŝŶŐƚŚŝƐŵŽƟĨƚŽ ůŝĨĞ͕DĂƌĐƵƐǁŽƌŬƐƚŽĚĞƐƚƌŽLJƚŚĞƚƌĂĚŝƟŽŶĂů ŶĂƌƌĂƟǀĞĂƐǁĞŬŶŽǁŝƚ͘,ŝƐŶĂƌƌĂƚŽƌ͕^Ăŵ͕ŝƐ DĂƌĐƵƐ͛ƐŵŽƵƚŚƉŝĞĐĞĨŽƌĐŝƌĐƵůĂƌ͕ŽŌĞŶƌĞƉĞƟͲ ƟǀĞ͕ŚĂƌĚƚŽŐƌĂƐƉůĂŶŐƵĂŐĞ͘^ĂŵŝƐĚĞĂůŝŶŐĂƐ


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A Jewish Jane Austen 2011 Man Booker prize winner Howard Jacobson’s comic and penetrating sensibility shine in his new novel and volume of collected essays. No More Mr. Nice Guy Howard Jacobson Bloomsbury USA, 2011 Paperback 260 pp. $16.00 [e] ISBN: 978-1-60819-687-6

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ĞƚŽƵƚ͊͟ƐŚŽƵƚƐƚŚĞǁŽŵĂŶŚĞůŝǀĞƐǁŝƚŚ͕ ĂŶĚƌŝƚĂŝŶ͛ƐƌŽĂĚĐĂƐƟŶŐƌŝƟĐŽĨƚŚĞ Year takes to the road for what he expects to be the greatest ride of his life. With no ƐƉĞĐŝĂůƉƵƌƉŽƐĞŽƌĚĞƐƟŶĂƟŽŶŝŶŵŝŶĚ͕&ƌĂŶŬ ZŝƚnjĮŶĚƐŚŝŵƐĞůĨŝƌƌĞƐŝƐƟďůLJĚƌĂǁŶƚŽƌĞǀŝƐŝƟŶŐƉůĂĐĞƐŚĞƌĞŵĞŵďĞƌƐ ĨŽŶĚůLJͶĂŶĚǁŚĂƚŚĞƌĞŵĞŵďĞƌƐŝƐƐĞdž͕ůŽƚƐŽĨŝƚ͕ĚŽǁŶƚŽƚŚĞůĂƐƚ anatomical detail. Frank savors the memory of his avid couplings and ƚŚĞǁŽŵĞŶŚĞĞŶũŽLJĞĚƚŚĞŵǁŝƚŚ͕ƚŚĞŝƌƉĞƌƐŽŶĂůĂŶĚƐĞdžƵĂůƋƵŝƌŬƐĂƐ vivid to him now as they were decades before. It would be easy to mistake this journey for a self-indulgent revĞƌŝĞŝŶƚĞƌƌƵƉƚĞĚďLJŽĐĐĂƐŝŽŶĂůƚƌLJƐƚƐǁŝƚŚƉƌŽƐƟƚƵƚĞƐ͘DŽƌĞƚŚĂŶĂŶ ĞdžƚĞŶĚĞĚĞƐĐĂƉĂĚĞŽĨůĞĐŚĞƌLJĂŶĚůŝďŝĚŽ͕&ƌĂŶŬ͛ƐǁĂŶĚĞƌŝŶŐƐĂƌĞĂůƐŽ a kind of pilgrim’s progress. His encounters with his past make his ŵŝƐƚĂŬĞƐĂůůƚŽŽƉĂůƉĂďůĞ͕ĂŶĚŚĞďĞŐŝŶƐƚŽƐĞĞƚŚĞŐŽŽĚƐŝĚĞŝŶƚŚĞ ĚĞŵĂŶĚƐŽĨŚŝƐƌĞůĂƟŽŶƐŚŝƉ͘dŚŝƐĐĂƚĂůŽŐƵĞŽĨĐŽŶĐƵƉŝƐĐĞŶĐĞƚƵƌŶƐŽƵƚ to be fundamentally a moral fable about a vividly imagined character who epitomizes the testosterone-driven male of the species. Seasoned ǁŝƚŚ,ŽǁĂƌĚ:ĂĐŽďƐŽŶ͛ƐĞdžƵďĞƌĂŶƚƐĞŶƐĞŽĨŚƵŵŽƌĂŶĚďƵƌƐƟŶŐǁŝƚŚ ůŽĐĂůĐŽůŽƌ͕ŝƚŝƐĚĞĞƉůLJƐLJŵƉĂƚŚĞƟĐƚŽŚƵŵĂŶĨƌĂŝůƚLJ͕ĨĂůůŝďŝůŝƚLJ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞ possibility of forgiveness.

/ŶĚĞƉĞŶĚĞŶƚ͕ĂƐĐŽůůĞĐƚĞĚŚĞƌĞ͕ƚŚĞƋƵŽƟĚŝĂŶŝƐũƵƐƚĂƐƚĂƌƟŶŐƉŽŝŶƚĨŽƌ ƉŽŶĚĞƌŝŶŐƚŚĞŚƵŵĂŶĐŽŶĚŝƟŽŶ͘ tŚŝůĞǀĂĐĂƟŽŶŝŶŐ͕ĨŽƌŝŶƐƚĂŶĐĞ͕ŚĞĐŽŵĞƐƚŽƚŚĞĐŽŶĐůƵƐŝŽŶƚŚĂƚ͞ŽŶ holiday couples get to reacquaint themselves with one another and ĚŝƐĐŽǀĞƌŚŽǁůŝƩůĞƚŚĞƌĞŝƐůĞŌƚŽƚĂůŬĂďŽƵƚ͘͟ĐŚĂŶĐĞĞŶĐŽƵŶƚĞƌǁŝƚŚ a nineteenth-century gravestone prompts Jacobson to ponder how a ƚĞĂĐŚĞƌǁŚŽĚŝĞĚĂƚĂŐĞƚŚŝƌƚLJͲƐŝdžĐĂŵĞƚŽďĞŵĞŵŽƌŝĂůŝnjĞĚĂƐ͞ĂŵĂŶ ŐƌĞĂƚůLJďĞůŽǀĞĚ͘͟ƚĂďĂƚŵŝƚnjǀĂŚŝƚƐƚƌŝŬĞƐŚŝŵ͕ŝƌƌĞǀĞƌĞŶƚůLJ͕ƚŚĂƚ͞ďĞŝŶŐ ĂƌĂďďŝŝƐůŝŬĞďĞŝŶŐĂůŝƚĞƌĂƌLJĐƌŝƟĐ͗LJŽƵƉŝĐŬĂƚƚĞdžƚƐ͕ĂīĞĐƚĂĚĞƌĂĐŝŶĂƚͲ ĞĚĞŶƚƌĂůƵƌŽƉĞĂŶĂĐĐĞŶƚĂŶĚƚĞůůƉĞŽƉůĞŚŽǁƚŽůŝǀĞ͘͟ ^ŽŵĞƟŵĞƐ:ĂĐŽďƐŽŶƌĞĂĐƚƐƚŽĨƌŽŶƚͲƉĂŐĞŶĞǁƐ͕ĂƐǁŚĞŶƐƵŝĐŝĚĞ ďŽŵďŝŶŐƐƉƌŽŵƉƚƚŚĞĐŽŶĐůƵƐŝŽŶƚŚĂƚ͞ƌĞƐŝƐƚĂŶĐĞ͕ƌĞƚĂůŝĂƟŽŶ͕ƌĞǀĞŶŐĞ ĐĂŶŶŽƚĞǀĞƌďĞĂŶLJƚŚŝŶŐďƵƚĂƉƌŝǀŝůĞŐŝŶŐŽĨLJŽƵƌƐĞůĨ͘͟DŽƌĞŽŌĞŶ͕ ƚŚŽƵŐŚ͕ƚŚĞŶŽǀĞůŝƐƚŝƐǀĞdžĞĚďLJƚƌĂŶƐŐƌĞƐƐŝŽŶƐĂŐĂŝŶƐƚĐƵůƚƵƌĞĂŶĚůĂŶͲ ŐƵĂŐĞ͕ĂƐǁŚĞŶŚĞĚĞƉůŽƌĞƐ͞ƌĞůĂƟǀŝƐŝŶŐŬŶŽǁůĞĚŐĞĨŽƌĨĞĂƌŽĨƉƌŝǀŝůĞŐͲ ŝŶŐƚƌƵƚŚ͘͟ĚĚƌĞƐƐŝŶŐďƵƌĞĂƵĐƌĂƚƐǁŚŽƚŚŝŶŬůŝƚĞƌĂƚƵƌĞƐŚŽƵůĚ͚ǀĂůŝĚĂƚĞ ŽŶĞ͛ƐŝĚĞŶƟƚLJ͛ĂŶĚďĞ͚ƌĞĂĚĂďůĞ͕͛ŚĞĂƐƐĞƌƚƐ͗͞ĐƵůƚƵƌĞƚŚĂƚĐĂŶ͛ƚ express its peculiar vitality without worrying how much upset it might ďĞĐĂƵƐŝŶŐŝƐŶ͛ƚĂĐƵůƚƵƌĞĂƚĂůů͘͟ There are enough quotable one-liners here to deserve a chapter in ĂƌƚůĞƩ ͛Ɛ͘͞WƵƌŝƚLJŚĂƐŝƚƐĂƩƌĂĐƟŽŶƐ͕͟ŚĞƌĞŵĂƌŬƐ͕͞ďƵƚŽŶůLJŵĂĚŵĞŶ ůŝǀĞďLJŝƚ͘͟Kƌ͗͞/ŶǁĂƌǁĞĐĂŶƐĂLJǁŚĂƚǁĞĐĂŶŶŽƚƐĂLJŝŶƉĞĂĐĞ͘͟ŶͲ ŽƚŚĞƌ͗͞EŽŶĞŽĨƵƐƚŚŝŶŬĂŶLJŽŶĞĞůƐĞĐĂŶƐĞĞǁŚĂƚǁĞƐĞĞ͘͟ ^ŽŵĞŽĨŚŝƐŵŽƐƚĂīĞĐƟŶŐĞƐƐĂLJƐƉĂLJƚƌŝďƵƚĞƚŽĂƌƟƐƚƐŚĞĂĚŵŝƌĞƐ͗ ŚŝƐĨƌŝĞŶĚƐ^ŝŵŽŶ'ƌĂLJĂŶĚ,ĂƌŽůĚWŝŶƚĞƌ͕ƚŚĞƉŽĞƚĂŶĚĐŽŵƉŽƐĞƌ>ĞŽŶͲ ĂƌĚŽŚĞŶ͘:ĂĐŽďƐŽŶƉƌŝnjĞƐƚŚĞŐĞŶŝƵƐŽĨDŽnjĂƌƚĂƐ͞ƚŚĞŝůůƵŵŝŶĂƟŽŶŽĨ ĂŶŽƚŚĞƌǁĂLJŽĨƐĞĞŝŶŐ͕ƚŚĞƐƵĚĚĞŶƚƵƌŶŝŶŐŽĨĂŶĂĐƟŽŶŽŶŝƚƐŚĞĂĚ͕ŶŽƚ ƚŽŵĂŬĞůŝŐŚƚŽĨŝƚďƵƚƚŽĞŶƌŝĐŚŝƚ͘͟dŚĞƐĞƐƵƌƉƌŝƐŝŶŐ͕ǁŝƩLJ͕ĂŶĚĞŶůŝŐŚƚͲ ening aperçus of the human comedy by Howard Jacobson work the very same kind of magic.

Whatever It Is, I Don’t Like It Howard Jacobson Blomsbury USA, 2012 Paperback 368 pp. $18.00 [e] ISBN: 978-1608197989

Žď'ŽůĚĨĂƌďŝƐĚŝƌĞĐƚŽƌŽĨŵĂƌŬĞƟŶŐĂŶĚĂƵĚŝĞŶĐĞĚĞǀĞůŽƉŵĞŶƚĂƚThe Jewish Daily Forward and the president of the Center for Jewish Culture ĂŶĚƌĞĂƟǀŝƚLJ͘,ĞůŝǀĞƐŝŶEĞǁzŽƌŬ͘

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ŚĞƌĞŝƐŶŽĨŽůůLJƐŽƉĂƌƟĐƵůĂƌƚŚĂƚŝƚ ĚŽĞƐŶ͛ƚƐŚĞĚůŝŐŚƚŽŶĨŽůůLJŝŶŐĞŶĞƌĂů͕͟ ǁƌŝƚĞƐ,ŽǁĂƌĚ:ĂĐŽďƐŽŶ͕ĂŶĚŝƚŵŝŐŚƚďĞŚŝƐ ŵŽƩŽ͘/ŶŚŝƐ^ƵŶĚĂLJĐŽůƵŵŶƐŝŶƌŝƚĂŝŶ͛Ɛ

best he can considering his daughter is killing ŚŝŵͶLJĞƚŝƚŝƐŚĂƌĚƚŽĨĞĞůĞŵƉĂƚŚĞƟĐ͕ĂƐ DĂƌĐƵƐĐůŽƵĚƐ^Ăŵ͛ƐƐƉĞĞĐŚǁŝƚŚŵĞƚĂƉŚŽƌ͕ ĚĞƐĐƌŝďĞƐƐŝŶŐůĞŵŽŵĞŶƚƐŝŶĞdžĐĞƐƐ͕ĂŶĚƚƵƌŶƐ ĂĐƟŽŶŝŶƚŽŝŶĂĐƟŽŶďĞĨŽƌĞĂŶLJŽŶĞŵŽŵĞŶƚ becomes too tangible. The detachment the

reader feels from the text therefore unfortunately extends itself to the characters as well. ƚƟŵĞƐ͕ŝƚĐĂŶďĞĂƐƚƌLJŝŶŐƚŽŝŶŐĞƐƚĨŽƌƚŚĞ reader as one imagines it is for the characters living the story. ^Ɵůů͕ĞŶDĂƌĐƵƐŝƐĐůĞĂƌůLJƐĞƫ ŶŐŚŝŵƐĞůĨ

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up to become a force in the realm of experiŵĞŶƚĂůĮĐƟŽŶ͘tŚŝůĞdŚĞ&ůĂŵĞůƉŚĂďĞƚ feels ŵŽƌĞůŝŬĞĂƚĞƐƟŶŐŐƌŽƵŶĚ͕ƚŚĞƌĞŝƐĂĨĞƌǀŽƌŝŶ DĂƌĐƵƐ͛ƐǁƌŝƟŶŐƚŚĂƚĐŽƵůĚĐĞƌƚĂŝŶůLJ͕ŝŶĨƵƚƵƌĞ ǁŽƌŬƐ͕ůĞĂĚƚŽƚƌƵůLJĞdžƉůŽƐŝǀĞ;ďƵƚŚŽƉĞĨƵůůLJ ŶŽƚĂƉŽĐĂůLJƉƟĐͿƌĞƐƵůƚƐ͘SB

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Laurent Binet; Sam Taylor, trans. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012 Hardcover 336 pp. $26.00 [e] ISBN: 978-0-374-16991-6

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ŚŝƐŶŽǀĞů͛ƐŵLJƐƚĞƌŝŽƵƐƟƚůĞƐƚĂŶĚƐĨŽƌƚŚĞ 'ĞƌŵĂŶǁŽƌĚƐ͞,ŝŵŵůĞƌƐ,ŝƌŶŚĞŝƐƐƚ ,ĞLJĚƌŝĐŚ͕͟Žƌ͞,ŝŵŵůĞƌ͛ƐďƌĂŝŶŝƐĐĂůůĞĚ ,ĞLJĚƌŝĐŚ͘͟ƩƌŝďƵƚĞĚƚŽ,ĞŝŶƌŝĐŚ,ŝŵŵůĞƌ͛Ɛ ŽǁŶŽĸ ĐĞƌƐ͕ƚŚĞĚŝƐƚƵƌďŝŶŐƉŚƌĂƐĞŶŽƚŽŶůLJ ŚŝŶƚƐĂƚƚŚĞƚĞƌƌŝĨLJŝŶŐƉŽǁĞƌĂŶĚŝŶŇƵĞŶĐĞŽĨ ZĞŝŶŚĂƌĚ,ĞLJĚƌŝĐŚ͕ƚŚĞŝŶĨĂŵŽƵƐ^^'ĞŶĞƌĂů ĂŶĚĂƌĐŚŝƚĞĐƚŽĨƚŚĞ&ŝŶĂů^ŽůƵƟŽŶ͘/ƚĂůƐŽ emphasizes Heydrich’s centrality to the book. ƵƚƚŚĞĮƌƐƚͲƉĞƌƐŽŶ͕ƚǁĞŶƚLJͲĮƌƐƚͲĐĞŶƚƵƌLJ narrator is at least equally interested in two ŽƚŚĞƌƚƌƵĞŚŝƐƚŽƌŝĐĂůĮŐƵƌĞƐ͘dŚĞƐĞŵĞŶĂƌĞ :ŽƐĞĨ'ĂďēşŬĂŶĚ:ĂŶ<ƵďŝƓ͕ŵĞŵďĞƌƐŽĨƚŚĞ Czech army-in-exile in London who parachuted back into their homeland as part of KƉĞƌĂƟŽŶŶƚŚƌŽƉŽŝĚ͗ĂŵŝƐƐŝŽŶƚŽĂƐƐĂƐƐŝͲ nate Heydrich. The narrator wants to reconstruct their ƐƚŽƌLJ͕ĂŶĚŚĞŝƐĚĞƚĞƌŵŝŶĞĚƚŽĚŽƐŽŝŶŶŽǀĞů form. HHhHŝƐƚŚĞƌĞĨŽƌĞĂƐŵƵĐŚŵĞƚĂĮĐƟŽŶ ĂƐŚŝƐƚŽƌŝĐĂůĮĐƟŽŶ͕ƌĞƚƵƌŶŝŶŐĨƌĞƋƵĞŶƚůLJƚŽ ƚŚĞƐƵďũĞĐƚŽĨĮĐƟŽŶǁƌŝƟŶŐ͘ĂƌůLJŽŶ͕ĨŽƌ ŝŶƐƚĂŶĐĞ͕ƚŚĞŶĂƌƌĂƚŽƌƌĞŇĞĐƚƐŽŶŚŝƐƌĞƐĞĂƌĐŚ͗ ͞dŚĞǀĂƐƚŶĞƐƐŽĨƚŚĞŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶ/ĂŵĂƐƐĞŶĚƐ up frightening me. I write two pages for every ƚŚŽƵƐĂŶĚ/ƌĞĂĚ͘ƚƚŚŝƐƌĂƚĞ͕/ǁŝůůĚŝĞǁŝƚŚŽƵƚ ĞǀĞŶŚĂǀŝŶŐŵĞŶƟŽŶĞĚƚŚĞƉƌĞƉĂƌĂƟŽŶƐĨŽƌ ƚŚĞĂƩĂĐŬ͘͟ dŚƵƐ͕ƚŚĞŬǁŝůůĐĂƉƚƵƌĞƌĞĂĚĞƌƐ͛ĂƩĞŶͲ ƟŽŶŶŽƚŽŶůLJĨŽƌǁŚĂƚŝƚŝŵƉĂƌƚƐĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞ ŚŝƐƚŽƌLJŽĨtŽƌůĚtĂƌ//͕ƚŚĞ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚ͕ĂŶĚ KƉĞƌĂƟŽŶŶƚŚƌŽƉŽŝĚ͘/ƚǁŝůůƌĞƐŽŶĂƚĞĂůƐŽ among all who may concur with the narrator ǁŚĞŶŚĞŽƉŝŶĞƐƚŚĂƚŽŌĞŶ͕͞ĮĐƟŽŶǁŝŶƐŽƵƚ ŽǀĞƌŚŝƐƚŽƌLJ͕͟ĂŶĚǁŚŽǁŽŶĚĞƌĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞĂƌƚ ĂŶĚĐƌĂŌďĞŚŝŶĚƚŚŽƐĞƚƌŝƵŵƉŚƐ͘ HHhH has already won the Prix Goncourt du WƌĞŵŝĞƌZŽŵĂŶ͕ƉĞƌŚĂƉƐƚŚĞŚŝŐŚĞƐƚŚŽŶŽƌĨŽƌ ĂĚĞďƵƚŶŽǀĞůŝŶƚŚĞĂƵƚŚŽƌ͛ƐŶĂƟǀĞ&ƌĂŶĐĞ͘ /ƚŝƐĚŝĸ ĐƵůƚƚŽƉƌĞĚŝĐƚŝĨƚŚĞŬǁŝůůĨĂƌĞĂƐ

Hope: A Tragedy Shalom Auslander Riverhead, 2012 Hardcover 292 pp. $26.95 [e] ISBN: 978-1-59448-838-2

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"Nobody wants a live Anne Frank," her publisher told her when she made her way to Amsterdam after the war. "They want a martyr." ĨĂůƐĞŶĞƐƐ͕ĨĞĂƌ͕ĂŶĚĚŝƐĂƉƉŽŝŶƚŵĞŶƚ͘ǀĞŶŚŝƐ beloved three-year-old son sees the appeal of ĚĞĂƚŚ͘͞/͛ĚƌĂƚŚĞƌďĞĚĞĂĚƚŚĂŶůŽƐƚ͕͟ƐĂLJƐƚŚĞ ďŽLJ͕͞ďĞĐĂƵƐĞŝĨ/͛ŵĚĞĂĚ/ǁŽŶ͛ƚŬŶŽǁŝƚ͘͟ An octogenarian Anne Frank—having surǀŝǀĞĚĞƌŐĞŶĞůƐĞŶĂŌĞƌĂůůͶƚƵƌŶƐƵƉŝŶƚŚĞ Ăƫ ĐŽĨƚŚĞŚŽƵƐĞƚŚĞ<ƵŐĞůƐŚĂǀĞũƵƐƚďŽƵŐŚƚ͘ ͞EŽďŽĚLJǁĂŶƚƐĂůŝǀĞŶŶĞ&ƌĂŶŬ͕͟ŚĞƌƉƵďͲ lisher told her when she made her way to AmƐƚĞƌĚĂŵĂŌĞƌƚŚĞǁĂƌ͘͞dŚĞLJǁĂŶƚĂŵĂƌƚLJƌ͘͟ To have lived is her curse. Meanwhile Kugel’s ŵŽƚŚĞƌĮŶĚƐĂƐŽƌƚŽĨƌĞĨƵŐĞŝŶƚŚĞ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚ͘ ^ŚĞĐůŽĂŬƐŚĞƌůŝĨĞ͛ƐďŝƩĞƌŶĞƐƐŝŶĂŶĞŶƟƌĞůLJ ĨĂďƌŝĐĂƚĞĚǀŝĐƟŵŚŽŽĚĂƐĂĐŽŶĐĞŶƚƌĂƟŽŶͲ ĐĂŵƉƐƵƌǀŝǀŽƌ͕ŶŽƚǁŝƚŚƐƚĂŶĚŝŶŐƚŚĞĨĂĐƚƚŚĂƚ ƐŚĞǁĂƐďŽƌŶŝŶƌŽŽŬůLJŶŝŶϭϵϰϱ͘

The tutelary deity presiding over this ďĂƌƌĞŶǁŽƌůĚ͕<ƵŐĞů͛ƐƚŚĞƌĂƉŝƐƚWƌŽĨĞƐƐŽƌ :ŽǀĞ͕ƉƌĞĂĐŚĞƐƚŚĂƚŽƉƟŵŝƐŵŝƐƚŚĞƌŽŽƚŽĨ ĂůůƵŶŚĂƉƉŝŶĞƐƐ͘LJŚŝƐůŝŐŚƚƐ͕ďĞůŝĞǀŝŶŐƚŚĂƚ ƚŚŝŶŐƐĐĂŶŐĞƚďĞƩĞƌůĞĂĚƐŽŶůLJƚŽĚŝƐĂƉƉŽŝŶƚͲ ment. Kugel’s failing is therefore that he takes ƉŝƚLJŽŶƚŚŽƐĞĂƌŽƵŶĚŚŝŵ͕ďĞĐŽŵŝŶŐĐŽŵƉůŝĐŝƚ in his mother’s delusions and in Anne Frank’s dream to write a blockbuster novel. He tries to shield his innocent son from the harshness ŽĨƚŚĞǁŽƌůĚ͘/ŶƚŚŝƐĂůƚĞƌŶĂƚĞƵŶŝǀĞƌƐĞ͕ƐƵĐŚ cardinal sins must be punished with Euripidean inevitability. Shalom Auslander writes with phenomenal ĐƌĂŌ͘ŵĂƐƚĞƌůLJůŝƚĞƌĂƌLJŝŶƚĞůůŝŐĞŶĐĞƵŶĚĞƌůŝĞƐ ŚŝƐďƌĞĞnjLJůĂŶŐƵĂŐĞ͖ŚŝƐƐĞŶƚĞŶĐĞƐďƵƌƐƚǁŝƚŚ sly allusions to writers from Tadeusz Borowski ƚŽ^ĂŵƵĞůĞĐŬĞƩ͘,ĞĂůƐŽŵĂŬĞƐĐĂŶŶLJ use of details. A cat with the cheerful name Sunshine is killed and eaten. Kugel’s mother ƉůĂĐĞƐƐŵĂůůǁƌŝƩĞŶŶŽƚĞƐŽŶƚŚĞǁĞƐƚĞƌŶǁĂůů ŽĨŶŶĞ&ƌĂŶŬ͛ƐĂƫ ĐƌŽŽŵ͕ŚĞƌŽǁŶƉƌŝǀĂƚĞ Kotel. Auslander orchestrates the storytelling ŝŶƉƌĞĐŝƐĞƌŚLJƚŚŵƐƚŚƌŽƵŐŚŽƵƚ͕ŶŽƚůĞĂƐƚŝŶŚŝƐ many punchlines. dƌƵĞƚŽŝƚƐŶĂŵĞ͕ Hope: A Tragedy depicts a ƐĂĚ͕ĚŝƐŵĂůǁŽƌůĚǁŚĞƌĞƚŚĞĚĞƐŝƌĞĨŽƌĂƚŽŶĞͲ ŵĞŶƚĐĂŶŶĞǀĞƌďĞĂĐŚŝĞǀĞĚ͖ǁŚĞƌĞŽŶůLJƚŚĞ ĨŽŽůŝƐŚŚĂǀĞŚŽƉĞ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞLJƉĂLJƚŚĞĐŽŶƐĞͲ quences. A reader can only wish that it is not the world in which Shalom Auslander actually lives. BG

Hot Pink Adam Levin McSweeney’s, 2012 Hardcover 256 pp. $22.00 [e] ISBN: 978-1936365210

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Author Adam Levin has a gift for the grotesque, the vile, and the absurd, packaged as our darkest but truest impulses. ŚŝƐƐĂǀŝŶŐƐ͕ŚĞĂůƚŚ͕ĂŶĚĨĂŵŝůLJƟĞƐƚƌLJŝŶŐ ƚŽƉůĞĂƐĞƚŚĞĚĞŵĂŶĚŝŶŐƚŽLJĐŽŵƉĂŶLJŚĞΖƐ ƉŝƚĐŚŝŶŐ;ƚŚĞĚŽůůΖƐďŝůĞŝƐƚŽŽƌĞĂůŝƐƟĐ͕ƚŚĞŶ ŶŽƚƌĞĂůŝƐƟĐĞŶŽƵŐŚͿ͕ŚĞĞǀĞŶƚƵĂůůLJΗŐŽĞƐǁŝƚŚ ,ĂƐďƌŽĨŽƌƐŽŵĞƚŚŝŶŐŝŶƚŚĞůŽǁƐĞǀĞŶͲĮŐƵƌĞ range" and lives with his wife and three sons ďŝnjĂƌƌĞůLJďƵƚŚĂƉƉŝůLJĞǀĞƌĂŌĞƌ͘ ŶŽƚŚĞƌƐƚŽƌLJ͕ΗŽŶƐŝĚĞƌŝŶŐƚŚĞŝƩĞƌƐǁĞĞƚ ŶĚŽĨ^ƵƐĂŶ&ĂůůƐ͕ΗĨĞĂƚƵƌĞƐĂĮŌĞĞŶͲLJĞĂƌͲ

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fiction works as a maid in the suburbs and moves ƚŚĞŵƵƉǁĂƌĚƚŽƌŽǁŶ,ĞŝŐŚƚƐ͕ŚŽƉŝŶŐƚŚĂƚ ŚĞƌƐŽŶǁŝůůŐĞƚĂŶĞĚƵĐĂƟŽŶĂŶĚďĞĐŽŵĞ successful. As these three people and their ĨĂŵŝůŝĞƐďĞĐŽŵĞŝŶƚĞƌƚǁŝŶĞĚ͕ǁĞƌĞĂĚĂďŽƵƚ ĚĞĞƉĨĂŵŝůŝĂůůŽǀĞĂŶĚŚŽƉĞůĞƐƐƌŽŵĂŶƟĐ ůŽǀĞ͕ĂďŽƵƚĚĞƐƉĞƌĂƟŽŶĂŶĚĂĐĐĞƉƚĂŶĐĞ͘tĞ learn about the Lubavitch way of life and the leadership struggle within that community. The author interweaves vivid details of realůŝĨĞƚƌĂŐŝĐĞǀĞŶƚƐǁŝƚŚĮĐƟŽŶƚŽĞdžƉůĂŝŶƚŚĞ struggle of the Black community. The story’s ƟŵĞůŝŶĞƐƉĂŶƐĨŽƵƌĚĞĐĂĚĞƐŝŶĂŶĞŝŐŚďŽƌŚŽŽĚ plagued by racial tensions which have only just ďĞŐƵŶƚŽĞĂƐĞĂƐŽƉƉŽƐŝŶŐĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƟĞƐĮŶĚ ǁĂLJƐƚŽďĞƩĞƌĐŽŵŵƵŶŝĐĂƚĞĂŶĚůŝǀĞƚŽŐĞƚŚĞƌ͘ dŚŝƐŝƐĂĮŶĞŶŽǀĞůĂďŽƵƚĂƉŝĞĐĞŽĨEĞǁzŽƌŬ ŚŝƐƚŽƌLJƚŚĂƚŝƐƐƟůůƵŶĨŽůĚŝŶŐ͘MBA ŽůĚƉƌŽĚŝŐLJǁŚŽ͕ĚĞǀĂƐƚĂƚĞĚďLJƚŚĞĚĞĂƚŚŽĨ ŚĞƌƚƵƌƚůĞ͕ǁŚŝĐŚƐŚĞŬŝůůĞĚǁŚĞŶƚĞƐƟŶŐƚŚĞ ƐƚƌĞŶŐƚŚŽĨŝƚƐƐŚĞůůǁŝƚŚŚĞƌŵŽƵŶƚĂŝŶďŝŬĞ͕ throws herself in front of a car and loses her legs. dŚĞƐƚŽƌŝĞƐǁŝůůŵĂŬĞLJŽƵǁŝŶĐĞĂŶĚƐƋƵŝƌŵ͕ ďƵƚŝƚΖƐĚŝĸ ĐƵůƚƚŽŬĞĞƉĨƌŽŵƚƵƌŶŝŶŐƚŚĞƉĂŐĞ ƚŽƐĞĞǁŚĂƚĐŽŵĞƐŶĞdžƚ͗>ĞǀŝŶŐŽĞƐƉůĂĐĞƐ ǁŚĞƌĞŵŽƐƚŽĨƵƐǁŽƵůĚŶΖƚĚĂƌĞůĞƚŽƵƌŵŝŶĚ wander. JT

Jewish Gentle and Other Stories of Gay-Jewish Living Daniel M. Jaffe White Crane Books, 2011 Paperback 247 pp. $15.00 [e] ISBN: 978-1-59021-187-8

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Jaffe's choice of the short story as his medium allows him to focus on specific, thorny issues facing gay Jews, as well as the broader Jewish community, with unique intensity. ŽŌĞŶďĞĞŶĐŽǀĞƌĞĚďLJŽƚŚĞƌƐ͗ƌĞůĂƟŽŶƐŚŝƉƐ ĂŶĚŝŶĮĚĞůŝƚLJ͕ĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƚLJĂŶĚƌĞũĞĐƟŽŶ͕ĨĂŝƚŚ ĂŶĚŝĚĞŶƟƚLJ͘Ƶƚ:ĂīĞ͛ƐĐŚŽŝĐĞŽĨƚŚĞƐŚŽƌƚ story as his medium allows him to focus on ƐƉĞĐŝĮĐ͕ƚŚŽƌŶLJŝƐƐƵĞƐĨĂĐŝŶŐŐĂLJ:ĞǁƐ͕ĂƐ ǁĞůůĂƐƚŚĞďƌŽĂĚĞƌ:ĞǁŝƐŚĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƚLJ͕ǁŝƚŚ ƵŶŝƋƵĞŝŶƚĞŶƐŝƚLJ͘,ŝƐƚĂůĞƐĂƌĞĐŽŶĐŝƐĞ͕ĐůĞĂƌůLJ ǁƌŝƩĞŶ͕ĂŶĚǁŝĚĞůLJĂĐĐĞƐƐŝďůĞ͘,ŝƐĐŚĂƌĂĐƚĞƌƐ ĂƌĞƐLJŵƉĂƚŚĞƟĐLJĞƚŇĂǁĞĚ͖ƚŚĞŝƌĞŵŽƟŽŶĂů ƵŶĚĞƌĐƵƌƌĞŶƚƐĂƌĞǀƵůŶĞƌĂďůĞĂŶĚƌŽŵĂŶƟĐĂƚ ŚĞĂƌƚ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞŝƌƌĞůŝŐŝŽƐŝƚLJĚĞĞƉůLJŝŶŐƌĂŝŶĞĚ͕

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while their sexuality is frequently frank but never vulgar. The two dozen stories in Jewish Gentle ;ŵĂŶLJƉƌĞǀŝŽƵƐůLJƉƵďůŝƐŚĞĚŝŶŵĂŐĂnjŝŶĞƐ͕ ũŽƵƌŶĂůƐ͕ĂŶĚůŝƚĞƌĂƌLJĂŶƚŚŽůŽŐŝĞƐͿƐŚĂƌĞĐŽŵͲ ŵŽŶƚƌĂŝƚƐ͕ďƵƚŶĞĞĚŶ͛ƚďĞƌĞĂĚĂůůĂƚŽŶĐĞ͕ ƐĞƋƵĞŶƟĂůůLJ͘/ŶĨĂĐƚ͕ĐŚĞƌƌLJͲƉŝĐŬŝŶŐĂĨĞǁĂƚ ĂƟŵĞƉƌŽǀĞƐŵŽƌĞƌĞǁĂƌĚŝŶŐ͘͞ƚůƵŵďĞƌŐ Θ&ŽŶŐ͛Ɛ͟ĞdžƉĞƌƚůLJǁĞĂǀĞƐĂƚĂůĞŽĨĂĚŽůĞƐͲ ĐĞŶƚůŽŶŐŝŶŐĂƌŽƵŶĚƌĞĐŽůůĞĐƟŽŶƐŽĨĂĨĂŵŝůLJ ƚƌŝƉƚŽ/ƐƌĂĞů͕ǁŚŝůĞ͞/ŶƚŚĞĂŶŽĞ͟ĂĚĚƐĂŶ ƵŶĞdžƉĞĐƚĞĚĞŶĚŝŶŐƚŽĂŶĂƌƌĂƟǀĞĂďŽƵƚ/^͘ dŚĞƌĞĂƌĞƚĞƌƌŝĮĐƚĂůĞƐ͕ƚŽŽ͕ĂďŽƵƚƐĞdž;ƚŚĞ ƌĞĨƌĞƐŚŝŶŐůLJŵĂƩĞƌͲŽĨͲĨĂĐƚ͞dŚĞ&ŽƵƌŽĨhƐ͕͟ ƉůƵƐƚŚĞƚŚŽƵŐŚƞƵůƟƚůĞƐƚŽƌLJͿ͕ĐŽŵŝŶŐŽƵƚĂƐ ĂŐĂLJ:Ğǁ;͞&ŝŶĚŝŶŐ,ŽŵĞ͟Ϳ͕ĂŶĚĚĞĂůŝŶŐǁŝƚŚ ĨĂŵŝůLJ;͞dĞůůŝŶŐĂĚ͟Ϳ͘dĂŬĞŶƚŽŐĞƚŚĞƌ͕ƚŚŝƐŝƐ ƚŚĞŵŽƐƚƉŽǁĞƌĨƵůĐŽůůĞĐƟŽŶŽĨƐŚŽƌƚƐƚŽƌŝĞƐ about gay Jews since Lev Raphael’s Dancing on Tisha B’Av blazed the trail more than twenty years ago. WH

Joshua: A Brooklyn Tale Andrew Kane Abbott Press, 2011 Paperback $28.99 484 pp. [e] ISBN: 978-1458200747

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oshua: A Brooklyn Tale traces the lives ŽĨƚŚƌĞĞĐŚĂƌĂĐƚĞƌƐŝŶƌŽǁŶ,ĞŝŐŚƚƐ͕ ƌŽŽŬůLJŶĚƵƌŝŶŐƚƵƌďƵůĞŶƚƟŵĞƐ͘ZĂĐŚĞůŝƐ ƚŚĞĚĂƵŐŚƚĞƌŽĨĂ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚƐƵƌǀŝǀŽƌ͕ĂƌĂďďŝ ǁŚŽŝƐĂĚŝƐĐŝƉůĞŽĨƚŚĞZĞďďĞ͕DĞŶĂĐŚĞŵ ^ĐŚŶĞĞƌƐŽŶ͕ůĞĂĚĞƌŽĨƚŚĞ>ƵďĂǀŝƚĐŚ:ĞǁƐ͘^ŚĞ ŝƐĂďƌŝůůŝĂŶƚ͕ďĞĂƵƟĨƵůŐŝƌů͕ĚĞƐƟŶĞĚƚŽůŝǀĞŚĞƌ ůŝĨĞƐƚƌŝĐƚůLJĨŽůůŽǁŝŶŐŚĞƌĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƚLJ͛ƐǁĂLJƐ͕ but she yearns for more. Paul was raised in ĂŶĂŋ ƵĞŶƚ>ŽŶŐ/ƐůĂŶĚƐƵďƵƌďŝŶƐĞĞŵŝŶŐůLJ ƉĞƌĨĞĐƚĐŝƌĐƵŵƐƚĂŶĐĞƐ͕ďƵƚŚŝƐƉĂƌĞŶƚƐĂƌĞĐŽůĚ and detached. He longs for the warmth and ĂƩĞŶƟŽŶƉƌŽīĞƌĞĚďLJŚŝƐƉŝŽƵƐďĂƌŵŝƚnjǀĂŚ ƚĞĂĐŚĞƌ͕Ă,ĂƐƐŝĚŝĐƌĂďďŝĨƌŽŵƌŽŽŬůLJŶ͘ŶĚ Joshua is growing up in crime-infested East EĞǁzŽƌŬ͕ǁŝƚŚĂŶĂŵďŝƟŽƵƐŵŽƚŚĞƌǁŚŽ

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Mr. g: A Novel About the Creation Alan Lightman Pantheon, 2012 Hardcover 214 pp. $24.95 [e] ISBN: 978-0307379993

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ŌĞƌǁĂŬŝŶŐĨƌŽŵĂŶĂƉ͕Dƌ͘Ő͕ĂƚŚŽƵŐŚƚͲ ĨƵů͕ƚĞŶƚĂƟǀĞƌĞƐŝĚĞŶƚŽĨƚŚĞsŽŝĚ͕ĚĞĐŝĚĞƐ ƚŽĐƌĞĂƚĞƚŚĞƵŶŝǀĞƌƐĞ͘ƵƚƚŚŝƐŝƐŶΖƚƚŚĞ ƐĂŵĞƐƚŽƌLJǁĞΖǀĞŚĞĂƌĚĨŽƌŵŝůůĞŶŶŝĂ͘dŚŝƐ ĐƌĞĂƚŽƌ͕ǁŚŽŝƐƉĂƌƚƐĐŝĞŶƟƐƚ͕ƉĂƌƚƉŚŝůŽƐŽƉŚĞƌ͕ ĂŐŽŶŝnjĞƐŽǀĞƌŚŝƐĐŚŽŝĐĞƐŝŶĂǁĂLJƚŚĂƚΖƐ recognizably human. How many universes should he create? How many dimensions? (Two might be "unnecessarŝůLJĐŽŶĮŶŝŶŐΗĂŶĚĨŽƵƌŽƌŵŽƌĞΗĐŽƵůĚůĞĂĚƚŽ ƚŚĞŵŝƐƉůĂĐŝŶŐŽĨƐŵĂůůŽďũĞĐƚƐ͕ΗŚĞƚĞůůƐƵƐ͘Ϳ Dƌ͘ŐďĞŐŝŶƐǁŝƚŚƟŵĞĂŶĚƐƉĂĐĞ͕ĨŽůůŽǁĞĚ ďLJŚŝƐĮƌƐƚĐƌĞĂƟŽŶŽĨŵĂƩĞƌ͗ĂĐŚĂŝƌ͘ĨĞǁ organizing principles provide order for all the

After waking from a nap, Mr. g, a thoughtful, tentative resident of the Void, decides to create the universe. ŵĂƩĞƌƚŚĂƚǁŝůůĞǀĞŶƚƵĂůůLJŝŶŚĂďŝƚƚŚĞƐƉĂĐĞ͗ ĞůĞĐƚƌŽŶƐ͕ŶĞƵƚƌŝŶŽƐ͕ƉůĂŶĞƚƐ͕ƐƚĂƌƐ͘͘͘ĂŶĚĞǀĞŶͲ tually living creatures. dǁŽƚƌŝŶŝƟĞƐĂĐĐŽŵƉĂŶLJƵƐŽŶƚŚĞƚŽƵƌŽĨ ƚŚĞƵŶŝǀĞƌƐĞ͘dŚĞĨŽƌĐĞƐŽĨŐŽŽĚĂƌĞDƌ͘Ő͕ ƵŶƚWĞŶĞůŽƉĞ͕ĂŶĚhŶĐůĞĞǀĂ͘dŚĞĨŽƌĐĞƐŽĨ ŶŽƚƐŽŐŽŽĚĂƌĞĞůŚŽƌ͕ǁŚŽŝƐDƌ͘ŐΖƐŝŶƚĞůͲ ůĞĐƚƵĂůƐƉĂƌƌŝŶŐƉĂƌƚŶĞƌ͕ĂŶĚƚǁŽĂƉŚŽŵĞƚƐ͕ ƌĞƉƌĞƐĞŶƟŶŐĨŽůůLJĂŶĚŵĂůŝĐĞ͘ ,ĂƌĚůLJĂŶŽďũĞĐƟǀĞŽďƐĞƌǀĞƌ͕Dƌ͘ŐƐŚĂƌĞƐ ŚŝƐŽǁŶƌĞĂĐƟŽŶƐƚŽƚŚĞďĞĂƵƚLJŽĨŚŝƐĐƌĞͲ ĂƟŽŶƐ͘ΗKĐĞĂŶǁĂǀĞƐǁĞƌĞŵƵƐŝĐŝŶŵĂƚĞƌŝĂů ĨŽƌŵ͕ΗŚĞƚĞůůƐƵƐ͘ΗŶĞƌŐLJĮĞůĚƐůĂLJĂĐƌŽƐƐƚŚĞ ĐŽƐŵŽƐŝŶǀĂƐƚ͕ŇŽƉƉLJďůĂŶŬĞƚƐ͘͘͘Η,ĞŝƐŵŽǀĞĚ ĂŶĚĞǀĞŶĂůƚĞƌĞĚďLJǁŚĂƚŚĞΖƐŵĂĚĞ͕ƉƌŽŵƉƚͲ ŝŶŐƚŚĞƉƌŽĨŽƵŶĚůLJůŽĂĚĞĚƋƵĞƐƟŽŶ͕Η/ƐŝƚƉŽƐͲ


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The Fabulist An acclaimed novel and a newly translated novella reawaken us to the magical realism of the great Brazilian Jewish fabulist Moacyr Scliar. The Centaur in the Garden Moacyr Scliar Margaret A. Neves, trans. Texas Tech University Press, 2011 Paperback 240 pp. $18.95 ISBN: 978-0-89672-730-4

Kafka’s Leopards Moacyr Scliar Thomas O. Beebee, trans. Texas Tech University Press, 2011 Hardcover 152 pp. $26.95 ISBN: 978-0-89672-696-3

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braham Abinu is the prototypical ‘stranger in a ƐƚƌĂŶŐĞůĂŶĚ͕͛ƚŚĞƐƚƌŽŶŐĞƐƚƚŚĞŵĞŝŶ:ĞǁŝƐŚůŝƚĞƌĂͲ ƚƵƌĞ͘/ŶŚŝƐĮĐƟŽŶ͕DŽĂĐLJƌ^ĐůŝĂƌƵƐĞƐĂůŝĞŶŶĞƐƐƚŽƉĂŝŶƚ ƚŚĞƉůŝŐŚƚŽĨƚŚĞŶĞǁŝŵŵŝŐƌĂŶƚ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞŶĞdžƚŐĞŶĞƌĂͲ ƟŽŶ͖ƉĞƌŚĂƉƐŶĞǀĞƌŵŽƌĞƐŽƚŚĂŶŝŶŚŝƐϭϵϴϬĐůĂƐƐŝĐ ŶŽǀĞůůĂ͕ The Centaur in the Garden. The story is narrated ďLJ'ƵĞĚĂůŝ͕ƚŚĞLJŽƵŶŐĞƐƚĐŚŝůĚŽĨZƵƐƐŝĂŶƐĞƩůĞƌƐŝŶĂ ƌĞŵŽƚĞƌƵƌĂůƐĞĐƟŽŶŽĨƌĂnjŝů͘,ĞŝƐďŽƌŶƉĂƌƚďŽLJ͕ƉĂƌƚ colt. He and his family struggle to adapt. Should he be ŚŝĚĚĞŶŽƌĞdžƉůŽŝƚĞĚ͍,ŽǁĚŽĞƐƚŚĞƐƉĞĐŝĂůĐŚŝůĚĂīĞĐƚ ƚŚĞĨĂŵŝůLJĚLJŶĂŵŝĐ͍;ŶŽƚŚĞƌ:ĞǁŝƐŚƚŚĞŵĞͶĨĂǀŽƌŝƟƐŵ ĂŶĚƐŝďůŝŶŐƌŝǀĂůƌLJ͘Ϳ ǀĞŶƚƵĂůůLJ'ƵĞĚĂůŝƵŶĚĞƌŐŽĞƐĂŶŽƉĞƌĂƟŽŶƚŽƌĞŵŽǀĞ ƚŚĞĞƋƵŝŶĞŚŝŶĚƋƵĂƌƚĞƌƐ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞĨŽƌĞůĞŐƐŐƌĂĚƵĂůůLJ morph into human legs and feet. But then the author ƐĞĞŵƐƚŽƐƵŐŐĞƐƚŶŽŶĞŽĨƚŚĂƚƌĞĂůůLJŚĂƉƉĞŶĞĚ͖ŚĞǁĂƐ ŚƵŵĂŶĂůůĂůŽŶŐ͘/ƐŝƚĂĚƌĞĂŵ͍;ŽƌŶŝŐŚƚŵĂƌĞͿ͕ĨĂŶƚĂƐLJ͕ ĨĂďůĞ͕ƉĂƌĂďůĞ͕ĂůůĞŐŽƌLJ͙ĞƚĐ͍͘;zĞƐ͕LJĞƐ͕ĂŶĚLJĞƐ͘͘͘ͿtŚĂƚ ĚŽĞƐŝƚŵĂƩĞƌ͕ƐĂLJƐ^ĐůŝĂƌ͖ǁĞĂƌĞĂůůƐƚƌĂŶŐĞƌƐ͗ƚŽŽƵƌ ĐŽƵŶƚƌLJŵĞŶ͕ƚŽŽƵƌĨĂŵŝůŝĞƐ͕ĞǀĞŶŽƵƌƐƉŽƵƐĞƐ͕ĂŶĚ ƵůƟŵĂƚĞůLJƚŽŽƵƌƐĞůǀĞƐ͘^ŚĂŵĞůĞƐƐůLJďŽƌƌŽǁŝŶŐĨƌŽŵ

sible that the created can create its creator?" ƵƚǁŚĂƚĂďŽƵƚĂŶŝŵĂƚĞŵĂƩĞƌ͍dŚŝƐƋƵĞƐͲ ƟŽŶŐŝǀĞƐDƌ͘ŐƉĂƵƐĞĂŶĚŚĞƌĞƚŚĞŶŽǀĞůŝƚƐĞůĨ comes alive. Should living creatures have free will? Should they be immortal? Mr. g is deeply ƚƌŽƵďůĞĚďLJƚŚĞƐƵīĞƌŝŶŐĂŵŽŶŐůŝǀŝŶŐĐƌĞĂͲ tures and grapples with his role in their lives. ůĂŶ>ŝŐŚƚŵĂŶŝƐĂƉůĂLJĨƵůĂŶĚŝŵĂŐŝŶĂƟǀĞ ĂƵƚŚŽƌ͕ĂƐŚĞǁĂƐŝŶŝŶƐƚĞŝŶΖƐƌĞĂŵƐ͕ĂŶĚŚŝƐ

ŵLJƚŚŽůŽŐLJ͕ĨŽůŬůŽƌĞ͕zŝĚĚŝƐŚůŝƚĞƌĂƌLJƚƌĂĚŝƟŽŶƐ͕ƚŚĞdŽƌĂŚ͕ ƚŚĞdĂůŵƵĚ͕ĂŶĚ:ĞǁŝƐŚŵLJƐƟĐŝƐŵĂƐǁĞůůĂƐƚŚĞƐŚŝŌŝŶŐ ƌĞĂůŝƚLJŽĨ>ĂƟŶŵĞƌŝĐĂŶŵĂŐŝĐĂůƌĞĂůŝƐŵ͕^ĐůŝĂƌĐƌĂŌƐĂ ǁŽŶĚĞƌĨƵů͕ĞŶũŽLJĂďůĞƐƚŽƌLJ͕ĂƐǁĞůůĂƐďƌŝůůŝĂŶƚŵĞƐƐĂŐĞƐ that transcend the medium. In <ĂŅĂ͛Ɛ>ĞŽƉĂƌĚƐ͕ĂďĞĂƵƟĨƵůůLJǁƌŝƩĞŶŵŽĚĞƌŶĨĂŝƌLJ ƚĂůĞŶŽƚƉƌĞǀŝŽƵƐůLJƚƌĂŶƐůĂƚĞĚ͕DŽĂĐLJƌ^ĐůŝĂƌŝƐĂŐĂŝŶĂƚ ƚŚĞƚŽƉŽĨŚŝƐĨŽƌŵ͕ĞdžƉĂŶĚŝŶŐŽŶŽŶĞŽĨ&ƌĂŶnj<ĂŅĂ͛Ɛ most famous parables. That Scliar admires and pays ŚŽŵĂŐĞƚŽ<ĂŅĂŚĂƌĚůLJŶĞĞĚƐƚŽďĞƐƚĂƚĞĚͲŽŶĞĐŽƵůĚ ŚĂƌĚůLJŝŵĂŐŝŶĞĂďĞƩĞƌůŝƚĞƌĂƌLJŚĞŝƌ͘<ĂŅĂΖƐŽƌŝŐŝŶĂůƚĞdžƚ͕ ƚƌĂŶƐůĂƚĞĚŝŶƚŽŶŐůŝƐŚ͗>ĞŽƉĂƌĚƐďƌĞĂŬŝŶƚŽƚŚĞƚĞŵƉůĞ ĂŶĚĚƌŝŶŬƵƉƚŚĞŽīĞƌŝŶŐŝŶƚŚĞĐŚĂůŝĐĞƐ͖ƚŚŝƐŚĂƉƉĞŶƐ ĂŐĂŝŶĂŶĚĂŐĂŝŶ͖ĮŶĂůůLJ͕ŽŶĞĐĂŶƉƌĞĚŝĐƚƚŚĞŝƌĂĐƟŽŶŝŶ ĂĚǀĂŶĐĞĂŶĚŝƚďĞĐŽŵĞƐƉĂƌƚŽĨƚŚĞĐĞƌĞŵŽŶLJ͘This is a ƐƚƌĂŶŐĞƐƚĂƚĞŵĞŶƚ͘DĂLJďĞŝƚ͛ƐŝŶĐŽĚĞ͙^ĐůŝĂƌƚĂŬĞƐƚŚĂƚ ƚŚŽƵŐŚƚĂŶĚƌƵŶƐ͕ĨƌŽŵĂZƵƐƐŝĂŶƐŚƚĞƚůƚŽƉŝĐƚƵƌĞƐƋƵĞ WƌĂŐƵĞ;ĐŝƟŶŐ<ĂŅĂĂŶĚZĂďďŝ:ƵĚĂŚ>ŽǁLJ͛ƐĨĂŵŽƵƐ 'ŽůĞŵĂƐǁĞůůͿ͕ƚŽĨĂƌĂǁĂLJƌĂnjŝů͕ǁĞĂǀŝŶŐĂƉŽŝŐŶĂŶƚ͕ ƐŽŵĞƟŵĞƐĐŽŵŝĐ͕ƚĂůĞŽĨŝŶƚƌŝŐƵĞ͕ƉŽůŝƟĐƐ͕ƌĞǀŽůƵƟŽŶ͕ ŵŝƐƵŶĚĞƌƐƚĂŶĚŝŶŐ͕ŵŝƐŝŶƚĞƌƉƌĞƚĂƟŽŶ͕ƌĞŝŶƚĞƌƉƌĞƚĂƟŽŶ͕ ůŽǀĞ͕ďĞƚƌĂLJĂů͕ƉƐĞƵĚŽŚŝƐƚŽƌLJ͕ĂŶĚĂůŽƚŵŽƌĞ͘ůůƚŚŝƐ͕ŝŶ such a slim volume. ŽƚŚŬƐŚĂǀĞǀĂůƵĂďůĞ͕ŝŶƚĞƌĞƐƟŶŐŝŶƚƌŽĚƵĐƟŽŶƐ that provide insight and context. In <ĂŅĂ͛Ɛ>ĞŽƉĂƌĚ͛Ɛ͕ ƚƌĂŶƐůĂƚŽƌdŚŽŵĂƐĞĞďĞĞŶŽƚĞƐƚŚĂƚ͞΀/΁ŶƚĞƌĞƐƟŶŐůLJ͕ the novella that uses as a character one of the major ŝŶŇƵĞŶĐĞƐŽŶŵĂŐŝĐĂůƌĞĂůŝƐŵĞdžŚŝďŝƚƐŶŽƚĂŚŝŶƚŽĨ ƚŚĂƚƐƚLJůĞ͘͘͘/ƚŝƐĂƐƚŚŽƵŐŚƚŚĞƉƌĞƐĞŶĐĞŽĨ<ĂŅĂǁĞƌĞ ĞŶŽƵŐŚ͙͘͟ĞĞďĞĞĂůƐŽƐŚĞĚƐůŝŐŚƚŽŶƚŚĞĐŽŶŶĞĐƟŽŶƐ between Centaur and >ĞŽƉĂƌĚƐ. When Moacyr Scliar ĚŝĞĚŝŶϮϬϭϭ͕ŶŽƚŽŶůLJƌĂnjŝůůŽƐƚŝƚƐŵĂũŽƌĨĂďƵůŝƐƚ͘tĞ all did.

^LJĚĞůůĞ^ŚĂŵĂŚŚĂƐďĞĞŶůĞĂĚŝŶŐŬĐůƵďĚŝƐĐƵƐƐŝŽŶƐ ĨŽƌŵĂŶLJLJĞĂƌƐ͕ĂŶĚŝƐĂƉƵďůŝƐŚĞĚƐĐŝĞŶĐĞĮĐƟŽŶǁƌŝƚĞƌ͘ ^ŚĞǁĂƐƉƌĞƐŝĚĞŶƚŽĨƚŚĞZƵƚŚ,LJŵĂŶ:ĞǁŝƐŚŽŵŵƵŶŝƚLJ ĞŶƚĞƌŽĨDŽŶŵŽƵƚŚŽƵŶƚLJ͕E:͘

ŽǁŶĐƌĞĂƟŽŶ͕ƚŚŝƐƋƵŝƌŬLJŶŽǀĞů͕ŝƐĂƐƉƌŽĨŽƵŶĚ as it is charming. He shows us how the universe is put together from just a few rules and ĞůĞŵĞŶƚƐ͕ŚŽǁĐƌĞĂƟŽŶƐŚĂƉĞƐƚŚĞĐƌĞĂƚŽƌ͕ ĂŶĚŚŽǁƚŽŵĂŬĞĚƌĞƐƐĞƐĨƌŽŵŐĂůĂdžŝĞƐ͘ŶĚ͕ ĐƌƵĐŝĂůůLJ͕ŚĞƌĞŵŝŶĚƐƵƐƚŚĂƚƌĞůĂƟǀŝƚLJĐĂŶĂƉͲ ply to both physics and morality. AB

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fiction ƚĂŬĞƐƉůĂĐĞŶĞĂƌ͕ĂƌŽƵŶĚ͕ĂŶĚŽŶƚŚĞDŝƐƐŝƐͲ ƐŝƉƉŝZŝǀĞƌ͘dǁŽŵĞŶ͕ĨĂƚŚĞƌĂŶĚƐŽŶ͕ĞƌŶĂƌĚ >ĞǀLJĂŶĚDŝĐŬĞLJDŽĞ>ĞǀLJ͕ĂƌĞĞĂĐŚĚƌŝǀĞŶ to extremes for the loves of their lives. The ǁŽŵĞŶ͕ĂďĞĂƵƟĨƵůďůĂĐŬǁŽŵĂŶĂŶĚĂLJŽƵŶŐ :ĞǁŝƐŚǁŽŵĂŶ͕ĂƌĞƵŶĂƩĂŝŶĂďůĞƚŽƚŚĞŵĞŶ͕ ďƵƚĨŽƌĚŝīĞƌĞŶƚƌĞĂƐŽŶƐ͘&ŽƌĞƌŶĂƌĚŝŶƚŚĞ ƐŽƵƚŚŽĨƚŚĞϭϵϯϬƐĂŶĚϭϵϰϬƐŝƚŝƐŽďǀŝŽƵƐ͖ ĨŽƌDŝĐŬĞLJDŽĞ>ĞǀLJ͕ŝŶƚŚĞϭϵϲϬƐ͕ůĞƐƐƐŽ͘ He must prove to his girlfriend’s parents an acceptable Jewish bloodline to get permission to marry their daughter. Mickey’s family history went to the grave with his father in France during World War II. His quest to uncover the long kept secrets leads him into ĚĂŶŐĞƌŽƵƐƚĞƌƌŝƚŽƌLJĂŶĚƵůƟŵĂƚĞůLJƌĞǀĞĂůƐĂ ĨŽƌŵŝĚĂďůĞ͕ďƌĂǀĞ͕ĂĚǀĞŶƚƵƌŽƵƐĨĂƚŚĞƌĂƐǁĞůů ĂƐĂĚĞƚĞƌŵŝŶĞĚ͕ƌĞůŝĂďůĞƐŽŶ͘ tŝƚŚĮŶĞĐƌĂŌ͕ƉŝǀŽƟŶŐďĂĐŬĂŶĚĨŽƌƚŚŝŶ ƟŵĞ͕ƚŚĞĂƵƚŚŽƌŝůůƵŵŝŶĂƚĞƐ͞^ŽƵƚŚĞƌŶ͟:ĞǁƐ͘ dŚĞLJĂƌĞƌĞĐŽŐŶŝnjĂďůLJƐŽƵƚŚĞƌŶŝŶĂƌĞŐŝŽŶĂů͕ ƐĞĐƵůĂƌŵĂŶŶĞƌ͕ĨĂŵŝůŝĂƌŝŶĂĐƵůƚƵƌĂůƐĞŶƐĞ͕ ĂŶĚ͕ĂůůƚŽŽĨĂŵŝůŝĂƌůLJ͕ƐĞĞŶĂƐĂŐƌŽƵƉĂƉĂƌƚ͘ We are with them as their lives precede and then coincide with two of the most fought ŽǀĞƌƐŽĐŝĂůŝƐƐƵĞƐŽĨƚŚĞƚǁĞŶƟĞƚŚĐĞŶƚƵƌLJ͗ƚŚĞ civil rights movement and the women’s movement. The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 is both a backdrop for the intriguing plot and a foreshadowing of the enormous change to come to the South and to the country. PGM

Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman Frederich Christian Delius Jamie Bulloch, trans. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012 Paperback 128 pp. $13.00 [e] ISBN: 978-0-374-53329-8

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ŚĂƚ͛ƐƚƌƵůLJĨĂƐĐŝŶĂƟŶŐĂďŽƵƚPortrait of the Mother as a Young Woman is &ƌĞĚĞƌŝĐŚĞůŝƵƐ͛ƐĂĐĐŽŵƉůŝƐŚŵĞŶƚŝŶĐƌĂŌŝŶŐ ĂŶŽǀĞůƐĞƚŽŶĂƐŝŶŐůĞĚĂLJ͕ĐŽŵƉŽƐĞĚŽŶůLJŽĨ

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ĂƐŝŶŐůĞƐĞŶƚĞŶĐĞ͘ƐŝŶƟŵŝĚĂƟŶŐ͕ƟƌŝŶŐ͕Žƌ ĞǀĞŶŝŶĚƵůŐĞŶƚĂƐƚŚĂƚŵĂLJƐĞĞŵ͕ƚŚĞƌĞƐƵůƚŝƐ ĂĐĐĞƐƐŝďůĞ͕ƉŽĞƟĐ͕ĂŶĚƵůƟŵĂƚĞůLJŵĞĚŝƚĂƟǀĞ͘ Delius’s twenty-one-year-old heroine is alone and heavily pregnant in a foreign country against the backdrop of World War II. Isolated from her family and her German ŚŽŵĞůĂŶĚ͕ƐŚĞŚĂƐũŽƵƌŶĞLJĞĚƚŽŽĐĐƵƉŝĞĚ

A novel set on a single day, composed only of a single sentence. ZŽŵĞƚŽĂǁĂŝƚƚŚĞƌĞƚƵƌŶŽĨŚĞƌŚƵƐďĂŶĚ͕Ă EĂnjŝƐŽůĚŝĞƌ͕ĨƌŽŵƚŚĞĨƌŝĐĂŶĨƌŽŶƚ͘ǀĞƌƚŚĞ ƉŝŽƵƐŚƌŝƐƟĂŶ͕ƐŚĞůŝǀĞƐŝŶĂƌĞůŝŐŝŽƵƐƐĂĨĞŚĂǀͲ ĞŶĐĂƌĞĚĨŽƌďLJŶƵŶƐ͕ƐĞĐƌĞƚůLJĚĞůŝŐŚƟŶŐŝŶƚŚĞ ƉƌŝǀŝůĞŐĞŽĨĞĂƟŶŐĨƌƵŝƚƐ͕ĐŚŽĐŽůĂƚĞ͕ĂŶĚŽƚŚĞƌ ĚĞůŝĐĂĐŝĞƐƌĂƟŽŶĞĚŽƵƚƐŝĚĞƚŚĞǁĂůůƐŽĨŚĞƌ ĐŽŶĮŶĞƐ͘^Ɵůů͕ƐŚĞŬŶŽǁƐƐŚĞŝƐďĞƩĞƌŽīƚŚĂŶ most and prays fervently for the safe return of her beloved and the well-being of her family in 'ĞƌŵĂŶLJ͕ǁŚŝĐŚŽĨĐŽƵƌƐĞ͕ŵĞĂŶƐĂǀŝĐƚŽƌLJĨŽƌ the Axis powers. Encouraged by her obstetrician to have a ǁĂůŬ͕ƐŚĞŝƐĐŽŶĨƌŽŶƚĞĚďLJƚŚĞũĂƌƌŝŶŐĐƵůƚƵƌĂů ĚŝīĞƌĞŶĐĞƐƐŚĞǁŝƚŶĞƐƐĞƐŽŶƚŚĞƐƚƌĞĞƚƐŽĨ ZŽŵĞ͘dŚĞƐĞŶƐƵĂů͕ŶĂŬĞĚďŽĚŝĞƐŽĨƉĂŐĂŶ ƐƚĂƚƵĞƐĂƚŽŶĐĞŝŶƚƌŝŐƵĞĂŶĚŝŶƟŵŝĚĂƚĞŚĞƌ͘ DŽƌĞƉƌŽĨŽƵŶĚůLJ͕ƐŚĞŝƐĨŽƌĐĞĚƚŽĨĂĐĞƚŚĞ ƉĂŝŶĨƵůĐŽŶƚƌĂĚŝĐƟŽŶďĞƚǁĞĞŶŚƌŝƐƟĂŶŝƚLJ͛Ɛ dictate of brotherly love and Germany’s compliance with the Fuhrer’s radical racist agenda. ĞƐƉŝƚĞďĞŝŶŐƌĂŝƐĞĚŝŶƚŚĞdŚŝƌĚZĞŝĐŚ͕ƐŚĞŝƐ further appalled by Hitler’s insistence of his alignment with her beloved God. Through his ĐŚĂƌĂĐƚĞƌ͛ƐĐŽŶĨƵƐŝŽŶĂŶĚƐŝůĞŶƚŝŶĚŝŐŶĂƟŽŶ͕ Delius builds a portrait of the average German ďLJƐƚĂŶĚĞƌĂŶĚŵĂŶĂŐĞƐƚŽĂƩĂŝŶĂŵŽĚŝĐƵŵ of sympathy and understanding for her plight. HS

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The Street Sweeper Elliot Perlman Riverhead Books, 2012 Hardcover 626 pp. $28.95 [e] ISBN: 978-1594488474

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ĞůůͲŬŶŽǁŶŝŶƵƐƚƌĂůŝĂĂƐƚŚĞŝƌŵƵůƟͲ ƉƌŝnjĞǁŝŶŶŝŶŐŶŽǀĞůŝƐƚ͕ůůŝŽƚWĞƌůŵĂŶ has ventured into new literary territory— ŵĞƌŝĐĂĂŶĚƵƌŽƉĞͶǁŝƚŚĂŶŝŶƚƌŝŐƵŝŶŐǁŽƌŬ͕ The Street Sweeper. Choosing from the many ƉŽƐƐŝďŝůŝƟĞƐĂǀĂŝůĂďůĞŚĞŚĂƐĨŽĐƵƐĞĚŽŶƚǁŽ ĚƌĂŵĂƟĐŝƐƐƵĞƐ͗ƚŚĞƌĂĐĞƉƌŽďůĞŵŝŶŵĞƌŝĐĂ and the Holocaust in Europe. Colorful characters keep entering the narƌĂƟǀĞĂƐŝƚƉƌŽŐƌĞƐƐĞƐ͕ĂŶĚĨŽƌĞĂĐŚŽĨƚŚĞŵ͕ ůŝĨĞŚŽůĚƐƐŽŵĞƐŽƵƌĐĞŽĨĞŵŽƟŽŶĂůƉĂŝŶŽƌ ĚŝƐĐŽŵĨŽƌƚ͘ĚĂŵ͕ĨŽƌĞdžĂŵƉůĞ͕ŝƐĂ:ĞǁͲ ŝƐŚŽůƵŵďŝĂhŶŝǀĞƌƐŝƚLJƉƌŽĨĞƐƐŽƌǁŚŽǁĂƐ ƚƌĂƵŵĂƟnjĞĚĂƐĂĐŚŝůĚďLJŚŝƐĨĂƚŚĞƌΖƐĂĐĐŽƵŶƚƐ of the vicious behavior toward blacks by white ĂŶƟͲŝŶƚĞŐƌĂƟŽŶŝƐƚƐĚƵƌŝŶŐƚŚĞĞĂƌůLJĐŝǀŝůƌŝŐŚƚƐ ƐƚƌƵŐŐůĞŝŶƚŚĞ^ŽƵƚŚ͘EŽǁ͕ƵŶŶĞƌǀĞĚ͕ƵŶĂďůĞ ƚŽĮŶĚĂƚŽƉŝĐĨŽƌĂŶĞǁŬƚŽŝŶƐƵƌĞĂǀŽƚĞ ŽĨƚĞŶƵƌĞ͕ŚĞďƌĞĂŬƐŽīŚŝƐůŽǀĞĂīĂŝƌ͘ >ĂŵŽŶƚ͕ĂďůĂĐŬŚŽƐƉŝƚĂůũĂŶŝƚŽƌƌĞĐĞŶƚůLJ ƌĞůĞĂƐĞĚĨƌŽŵƉƌŝƐŽŶ͕ŚĂƐůŽƐƚĐŽŶƚĂĐƚǁŝƚŚ

Deeply moving historical material about the civil rights movement and about the suffering of European Jews during the Hitler regime. ŚŝƐĚĂƵŐŚƚĞƌ͘,ĞŶƌLJŬDĂŶĚĞůďƌŽƚ͕Ă,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚ ƐƵƌǀŝǀŽƌ͕ĨĞĞůƐĂĐŽŵƉƵůƐŝŽŶƚŽƚĞůůǁŚĂƚŚĞ ƐĂǁƚŽĂLJŽƵŶŐĞƌŐĞŶĞƌĂƟŽŶďĞĨŽƌĞŚĞĚŝĞƐŽĨ ĐĂŶĐĞƌ͘ĚĂŵΖƐďůĂĐŬĚĞƉĂƌƚŵĞŶƚŚĞĂĚĂŶĚŚŝƐ ǁŝĨĞ͕>ĂŵŽŶƚΖƐƐƚLJůŝƐŚĐŽƵƐŝŶ͕ĂƌŐƵĞĐŽŶƐƚĂŶƚůLJ͘ ƌ͘ŽƌĚĞƌ͕ǁŚŽƌĞĐŽƌĚĞĚŝŶƚĞƌǀŝĞǁƐǁŝƚŚ ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚƐƵƌǀŝǀŽƌƐ͕ůĞŌĂďŝƩĞƌŵĂƌŝƚĂůƌŝŌ behind in Poland. The book is packed with masses of deeply moving historical material about the civil ƌŝŐŚƚƐŵŽǀĞŵĞŶƚĂŶĚĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞƐƵīĞƌŝŶŐŽĨ ƵƌŽƉĞĂŶ:ĞǁƐĚƵƌŝŶŐƚŚĞ,ŝƚůĞƌƌĞŐŝŵĞ͘ŌĞƌ ĂĐŽŶƐĐŝĞŶƟŽƵƐƐĞĂƌĐŚŽĨƚŚĞƚĞdžƚ͕ƚŚŽƵŐŚ͕ this reviewer must confess to being unable to ĮŶĚŽŶĞƚŽƉŝĐƚŚĂƚƐŚŽƵůĚďĞƚŚĞƌĞͶƚŚĞƚƌŝƉƐ South by busloads of white sympathizers who ƐĞƌǀĞĚŝŶƚŚĞĞĂƌůLJĐŝǀŝůƌŝŐŚƚƐĚĞŵŽŶƐƚƌĂƟŽŶƐ͘ ^ŽŵĞŽĨƚŚŽƐĞƉĞŽƉůĞ͕ƐŽŵĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚ͕ƉĂŝĚǁŝƚŚ ƚŚĞŝƌůŝǀĞƐĨŽƌƚŚĞŝƌƉĂƌƟĐŝƉĂƟŽŶ͘^ŝŶĐĞDƌ͘ Perlman tells interviewers how important it is to him personally that blacks and Jews help ŽŶĞĂŶŽƚŚĞƌŝŶƟŵĞŽĨƚƌŽƵďůĞ͕ƚŚĞŽŵŝƐƐŝŽŶ͕ ŽďǀŝŽƵƐůLJŝŶĂĚǀĞƌƚĞŶƚ͕ŝƐĚŽƵďůLJƵŶĨŽƌƚƵŶĂƚĞ͘ ƌŽƉƉĞĚŝŶůĂƚĞƌŝƐƚŚĞŶĂŵĞ͕ǁŝƚŚŶŽŝĚĞŶƟĮͲ ĐĂƟŽŶ͕ŽĨŽŶĞŽĨƚŚŽƐĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚĚĞĂĚ͘ ^ĞƌŝŽƵƐ͕ƉĂƐƐŝŽŶĂƚĞůLJǁƌŝƩĞŶ͕ƚŚĞŶŽǀĞůŝƐ ƵŶƐƉĂƌŝŶŐŝŶŝƚƐĞdžƉůŽƌĂƟŽŶŽĨƚŚĞǁŽƌƐƚŽĨ ƚŚĞ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚĞdžƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞƐ͘/ŶŵĞƌŝĐĂ͕ƚŽŽ͕


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ƚŚĞƌĞΖƐĂůŽŶŐƉĂƐƐĂŐĞŝŶǁŚŝĐŚŶŽƚŚŝŶŐŐŽĞƐ right for anyone. &ŝŶĂůůLJ͕ƚŚŽƵŐŚ͕ƚŚĞƐƚŽƌLJĞŶĚƐŚĂƉƉŝůLJ͕ǁŝƚŚ the help of an astonishing feat of memorizaƟŽŶĂŶĚŽŶĞƌĞŵĂƌŬĂďůĞĐŽŝŶĐŝĚĞŶĐĞ͘JW

The Submission Amy Waldman Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011 Hardcover 320 pp. $26.00 [e] ISBN: 978-0374271565

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my Waldman’s dŚĞ^ƵďŵŝƐƐŝŽŶ is a ǁŽŶĚĞƌĨƵůŶŽǀĞůĂŶĚĂŶŝŶƚĞƌĞƐƟŶŐ

ĂĚĚŝƟŽŶƚŽĞdžŝƐƟŶŐůŝƚĞƌĂƚƵƌĞǁŝƚŚďŽƚŚϵͬϭϭ and immigrant themes. Though not explicitly :ĞǁŝƐŚƚŚĞŵĞĚ͕ƚŚĞŶŽƟŽŶƐŽĨǁŚŽŝƐĂŶ ŵĞƌŝĐĂŶĂŶĚǁŚĂƚŵĞƌŝĐĂŶŝĚĞŶƟƚLJŝƐŽƌ should be in a post-September 11 era are of interest and concern to Jewish readers. There are a few Jewish characters but it is the themes rather than the characters which hold Jewish interest. Waldman was a reporter for the South Asia bureau of The New York Times and her ability to marshall and accumulate details that supƉŽƌƚŚĞƌĐŚĂƌĂĐƚĞƌƐĂŶĚŚĞƌƐĞƫ ŶŐƐŝƐŽŶĞŽĨ ƚŚĞŵĂŝŶƐƚƌĞŶŐƚŚƐŽĨƚŚŝƐŶŽǀĞů͕tĂůĚŵĂŶ͛Ɛ ĮƌƐƚ͘ The book follows the contest to create a memorial at the site of the Twin Towers. The protagonists are the members of the commitƚĞĞƚŚĂƚǁŝůůĚĞĐŝĚĞŽŶƚŚĞǁŝŶŶĞƌ͖ƚŚŝƐŐƌŽƵƉ ŝŶĐůƵĚĞƐƚŚĞĨĂŵŝůŝĞƐŽĨƐƵƌǀŝǀŽƌƐ͕ĂƌƟƐƚƐ͕ĂŶĚ ƚŚĞĐŚĂŝƌŵĂŶ͕Ă:ĞǁǁŚŽŚĂƐŚĞůĚǀĂƌŝŽƵƐ ƉŽůŝƟĐĂůƉŽƐŝƟŽŶƐ͘dŚĞĐŽŵŵŝƩĞĞŵĂŬĞƐĂĚĞͲ ĐŝƐŝŽŶǁŝƚŚŽƵƚŬŶŽǁŝŶŐƚŚĞǁŝŶŶĞƌ͛ƐŝĚĞŶƟƚLJ͘ It is revealed that the winning design is by a ƐĞĐƵůĂƌDƵƐůŝŵŶĂŵĞĚDŽŚĂŵŵĞĚ͕ǁŚŽƐĞ parents tell him that they gave him this name both because it was his pious Muslim grandfaƚŚĞƌ͛ƐŶĂŵĞĂŶĚďĞĐĂƵƐĞŝƚǁĂƐĂ͞ƐƚĂƚĞŵĞŶƚ of faith in America that we never thought for a moment that your name would hold you back

ŝŶĂŶLJǁĂLJ͘͟dŚĞƋƵĞƐƟŽŶŽĨŚŽǁŵĞƌŝĐĂƌĞͲ acts to a Muslim architect occupies this gem of ĂŶŽǀĞůƌŝĨĞǁŝƚŚůŽǀĞůLJƐƉĞĐŝĮĐĚĞƚĂŝůƐŽŶEĞǁ zŽƌŬ͕ƚŚĞĂŶŐůĂĚĞƐŚŝŝŵŵŝŐƌĂŶƚĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƚLJ͕ ĂŶĚŝĚĞŶƟƚLJƉŽůŝƟĐƐ͘BK

These Days Are Ours Michelle Haimoff Grand Central Publishing, 2012 Paperback 304 pp. $13.99 [e] ISBN: 978-1455500291

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ƵƐƚŵŽŶƚŚƐĂŌĞƌϵͬϭϭ͕EĞǁzŽƌŬŝƐƐƟůůƌĞĞůͲ ing and on the brink of uncertainty. Hailey ŝƐĂƚǁĞŶƚLJͲƚǁŽͲLJĞĂƌͲŽůĚŽƐƚŽŶhŶŝǀĞƌƐŝƚLJ ŐƌĂĚƵĂƚĞǁŚŽŚĂƐƌĞƚƵƌŶĞĚŚŽŵĞƚŽƚŚĞ&ŝŌŚ ǀĞŶƵĞƉĞŶƚŚŽƵƐĞŝŶǁŚŝĐŚƐŚĞǁĂƐƌĂŝƐĞĚ͕ but for Hailey it’s true that you can never really go home. ZĂŝƐĞĚŽŶƚŚĞhƉƉĞƌĂƐƚ^ŝĚĞŝŶĂƐĞĐƵůĂƌ :ĞǁŝƐŚŚŽƵƐĞŚŽůĚ͕,ĂŝůĞLJŶŽǁǁŝƐŚĞƐƐŚĞ could be part of another family’s Passover Seder. Hailey has a mother she longs to be ĐůŽƐĞƌƚŽ͕ĂĨĂƚŚĞƌǁŚŽĐĂŶ͛ƚƐĞĞŵƚŽƉƌŽĐĞƐƐ ƚŚĞŝƌĚŝǀŽƌĐĞ͕ĂŶĚĂďƌŽƚŚĞƌŝŶDŝĂŵŝǁŝƚŚ whom she’s lost touch. Living in the newly remodeled condo now shared by her mother ĂŶĚƐƚĞƉĨĂƚŚĞƌ͕ďŽƚŚŽŶĚĠEĂƐƚĞdžĞĐƵƟǀĞƐ͕

Experience a smart and slyly funny debut novel of love, temptation, and family. Set in Temple Fortune, a small, tight-knit Jewish suburb of London, Francesca Segal’s debut novel is a triumphant and beautifully executed recasting of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence.

“Inspired by The Age of Innocence, Segal’s book is warmer, funnier, and paints a more dynamic and human portrait of a functional community that is a wonderful juxtaposition to Wharton’s cold social strata in Gilded Age New York.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) Available wherever books are sold

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fiction Hailey is insistent on not taking advantage of ŚĞƌĨĂŵŝůLJĐŽŶŶĞĐƟŽŶƐ͘^ŚĞŚĂůĨͲŚĞĂƌƚĞĚůLJ ƚƌŝĞƐƚŽĮŶĚĂũŽď͕ďƵƚĞŶĚƐƵƉĮůůŝŶŐŚĞƌĚĂLJƐ nursing hangovers and fantasizing about a ĨƵƚƵƌĞǁŝƚŚůŽŶŐƟŵĞůŽǀĞŝŶƚĞƌĞƐƚDŝĐŚĂĞů ƌĞŶŶĞƌ͘dŽƚĂůůLJĂŵďŝǀĂůĞŶƚĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞĨƵƚƵƌĞ͕ ,ĂŝůĞLJƚĞůůƐĂĨƌŝĞŶĚ͕͞dŚĞƚŚŝŶŐƚŚĂƚǁŽƵůĚďĞ ĂǁĞƐŽŵĞĂďŽƵƚŐĞƫ ŶŐďůŽǁŶƵƉďLJƚĞƌƌŽƌŝƐƚƐ is that everyone would think we had all this ƵŶƌĞĂůŝnjĞĚƉŽƚĞŶƟĂů͘͟ tŚĂƚƵůƟŵĂƚĞůLJƐĂǀĞƐ,ĂŝŵŽīΖƐƉƌŽƚĂŐŽŶŝƐƚ ĨƌŽŵďĞĐŽŵŝŶŐũƵƐƚĂŶŽƚŚĞƌƉŽŽƌůŝƩůĞƌŝĐŚŐŝƌů is Hailey’s spot-on and sardonic sense of

Totally ambivalent about the future, Hailey tells a friend, "The thing that would be awesome about getting blown up by terrorists is that everyone would think we had all this unrealized potential." ŚƵŵŽƌ͘ĞƐƉŝƚĞŚĞƌĐŽƌƌŽƐŝǀĞĂƫ ƚƵĚĞĂŶĚůĂĐŬ ŽĨĨŽĐƵƐ͕ƌĞĂĚĞƌƐǁŝůůĮŶĚƚŚĞŵƐĞůǀĞƐƌŽŽƟŶŐ ĨŽƌ,ĂŝůĞLJĂŶĚůĂŵĞŶƟŶŐŚĞƌŚƵƌĚůĞƐ͘dŚĞ ƐƚƌĞŶŐƚŚŽĨŚĞƌŽďƐĞƌǀĂƟŽŶƐŽŶDĂŶŚĂƩĂŶŝŶ ƚŚĞǁĂŬĞŽĨϵͬϭϭĂŶĚŽŶĂŐĞŶĞƌĂƟŽŶĂƚƚŚĞ precipice of an economic recession will ring ƚƌƵĞĨŽƌƚŚĞŵŝůůĞŶŶŝĂůŐĞŶĞƌĂƟŽŶ͘/ŶƚŚĞĞŶĚ͕ ,ĂŝŵŽī͛Ɛ,ĂŝůĞLJŵĂLJũƵƐƚƉƌŽǀĞĂŶĂƉƚŚĞƌŽŝŶĞ for a new age. HS

What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank: Stories Nathan Englander Knopf, 2012 Hardcover 201 pp. $24.95 [e] ISBN: 978-0-307-95870-9

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breathtaking image of inexorability. &ŽƌŐŝǀĞŶĞƐƐĂŶĚƌĞƚƌŝďƵƟŽŶůŝĞĂƚƚŚĞŚĞĂƌƚ ŽĨ͞&ƌĞĞ&ƌƵŝƚĨŽƌzŽƵŶŐtŝĚŽǁƐ͘͟ĨƌƵŝƚǀĞŶͲ ĚŽƌŝŶ:ĞƌƵƐĂůĞŵΖƐDĂŚĂŶĞzĞŚƵĚĂŚŵĂƌŬĞƚ ŽŌĞŶŐŝǀĞƐĂǁĂLJƉƌŽĚƵĐĞƚŽĂŵĂŶŶĂŵĞĚ dĞŶĚůĞƌ͕ǁŚŽŚĂĚƉƵŵŵĞůĞĚƚŚĞĨƌƵŝƚƐĞůůĞƌƐĞͲ verely when they both were soldiers. ExplainŝŶŐŚŝŵƐĞůĨƚŽŚŝƐƐŽŶ͕ƚŚĞǀĞŶĚŽƌƌĞĐŽƵŶƚƐ two life-or-death decisions that Tendler was ĨŽƌĐĞĚƚŽŵĂŬĞ͘tŚĞŶƚŚĞLJŽƵŶŐŵĂŶ͕ĨƵůů ŽĨĐĞƌƚĂŝŶƟĞƐ͕ƉƌŽŶŽƵŶĐĞƐdĞŶĚůĞƌƚŚĞŐƵŝůƚLJ ƉĂƌƚLJ͕ƚŚĞĨĂƚŚĞƌĐĂŶŽŶůLJĂƐŬ͕͞ŶĚǁŚŽĞǀĞƌ ĂƌĞǁĞ͕ŵLJƐŽŶ͕ƚŽĚĞĐŝĚĞǁŚŽƐŚŽƵůĚĚŝĞ͍͟ Reality dissolves into dreams in the stunŶŝŶŐĂŶĚƐƚƌŝŬŝŶŐůLJŽƌŝŐŝŶĂů͞WĞĞƉ^ŚŽǁ͟ ǁŚĞŶĂƐƵĐĐĞƐƐĨƵůůĂǁLJĞƌĮŶĚƐŚŝŵƐĞůĨĚƌĂǁŶ ŝŶƚŽĂƚĂǁĚƌLJĞdžŚŝďŝƟŽŶŽĨĨĞŵĂůĞŇĞƐŚŝŶ dŝŵĞƐ^ƋƵĂƌĞ͘ŶĂƐƐŝŵŝůĂƚĞĚ:Ğǁ͕ĨĂŝƚŚĨƵů ƚŽŚŝƐďůŽŶĚ'ĞŶƟůĞǁŝĨĞ͕ŚĞĐĂŶΖƚƌĞƐŝƐƚƚŚĞ ƚĞŵƉƚĂƟŽŶƚŽƐƚĂLJĂŶĚƐƚĂƌĞĂƚƚŚĞǁŽŵĞŶ ŽŶĚŝƐƉůĂLJ͘tŚĞŶŚŝƐŵŝŶĚĚƌŝŌƐƚŽŚŝƐƌĞďďĞƐ ĨƌŽŵLJĞƐŚŝǀĂĚĂLJƐ͕ǀŝƐŝŽŶƐŽĨƉĂƐƚĂŶĚƉƌĞƐĞŶƚ ĐŽůůŝĚĞ͘ƐǁŚĞŶŚĞǁĂƐĂďŽLJ͕ŐƵŝůƚǀŝĞƐǁŝƚŚ ĚĞƐŝƌĞ͕ĞƐƉĞĐŝĂůůLJƚŚĞĚĞƐŝƌĞĨŽƌĂƉƉƌŽǀĂůĂŶĚ acceptance. Two of these stories probe the need to ǁƌŝƚĞ͘dŚĞŶĂƌƌĂƚŽƌŽĨ͞ǀĞƌLJƚŚŝŶŐ/<ŶŽǁ ďŽƵƚDLJ&ĂŵŝůLJŽŶDLJDŽƚŚĞƌΖƐ^ŝĚĞ͕͟ ƉƌŽŵƉƚĞĚďLJŚŝƐŐŝƌůĨƌŝĞŶĚ͕ƐƉĞŶĚƐƐŝdžƚLJͲƚŚƌĞĞ ŶƵŵďĞƌĞĚƉĂƌĂŐƌĂƉŚƐƚĞůůŝŶŐƐƚŽƌŝĞƐ͕ŵŽƐƚůLJ about his grandfather and his great-uncles. &ŽƌƚŚĞŶĂƌƌĂƚŽƌͶ͞ŵĞ͕ĮĐƟŽŶĂůŝnjĞĚ͕͟ƚŚĞĮĐͲ ƟǀĞĂƵƚŚŽƌĞdžƉůĂŝŶƐͶďĞŝŶŐĂďůĞƚŽ ƚĞůůƐƚŽƌŝĞƐĂďŽƵƚǁŚĂƚŵĂƩĞƌƐŵŽƐƚ ƚŽŚŝŵŝƐǁŚĂƚŵĂŬĞƐƌĞůĂƟŽŶƐŚŝƉƐ possible. dŚĞĂƐƚŽŶŝƐŚŝŶŐƐƚŽƌLJ͞dŚĞZĞĂĚĞƌ͟ ĮŶĚƐĂŽŶĐĞͲĐĞůĞďƌĂƚĞĚŶŽǀĞůŝƐƚĚƌŝǀͲ ing from city to city to give readings from his new book. Once his appearĂŶĐĞƐǁĞƌĞŵĂũŽƌĞǀĞŶƚƐ͖ŶŽǁŚĞŝƐ lucky if anyone shows up at the scenes ŽĨŚŝƐƉĂƐƚƚƌŝƵŵƉŚƐ͘͞,ŽǁŵƵĐŚƌŝĐŚĞƌ ĐŽƵůĚĂǁƌŝƟŶŐůŝĨĞďĞƚŚĂŶĮŶĚŝŶŐ͕ĞǀĞŶ ĨŽƌŽŶĞŶŝŐŚƚ͕ŽŶĞƚƌƵĞƌĞĂĚĞƌ͍͟ŚĞƌĂͲ ƟŽŶĂůŝnjĞƐƚŽŚŝŵƐĞůĨ͕ŵĂŬŝŶŐƚŚĞďĞƐƚŽĨ what he feels is the end of his career. He soon discovers that things are not quite ǁŚĂƚƚŚĞLJƐĞĞŵ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞŵŽƟǀĞƐŽĨŽŶĞ ͞ƚƌƵĞƌĞĂĚĞƌ͟ĂƌĞĂŶLJƚŚŝŶŐďƵƚƐŝŵƉůĞ͘ dŚĞƟƚůĞƐƚŽƌLJďƌŝŶŐƐƚŽŐĞƚŚĞƌƚǁŽ ĐŽƵƉůĞƐǁŚŽĐŽƵůĚďĞƐƚĞƌĞŽƚLJƉĞƐ͗:ĞǁƐŝŶ a Florida suburb and a couple who moved ƚŽ/ƐƌĂĞůĂŌĞƌďĞĐŽŵŝŶŐƵůƚƌĂͲKƌƚŚŽĚŽdž͘ It turns out that one of the Floridians is preoccupied with the Holocaust and the HasƐŝĚŝĐĐŽƵƉůĞŚĂƐĂĨŽŶĚŶĞƐƐĨŽƌŵĂƌŝũƵĂŶĂ͕ ĂĐŽŵďŝŶĂƟŽŶƚŚĂƚůĞĂĚƐƐƚĞƉďLJƐƚĞƉƚŽĂŶ ƵŶĨŽƌĞƐĞĞŶ͕ƐŚĂƩĞƌŝŶŐƌĞĂůŝnjĂƟŽŶ͘ ŶŐůĂŶĚĞƌΖƐǀŽŝĐĞĐŚĂŶŐĞƐŵĂƌŬĞĚůLJŝŶ ͞^ŝƐƚĞƌ,ŝůůƐ͘͟&ŽƌƚŚŝƐŵLJƚŚŝĐŶĂƌƌĂƟǀĞŚĞ sets aside colloquial dialogue and textured ŶĂƌƌĂƟǀĞŝŶĨĂǀŽƌŽĨƐƉĂƌĞ͕ĞůůŝƉƟĐĂůůĂŶŐƵĂŐĞ reminiscent of the Hebrew Bible. Matriarch Rena Cohen is one of the founders of a West

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Nathan Englander writes about West Bank settlers and Orthodox families, the Holocaust and mixed marriages, but not to editorialize them. His real subjects are memory, obsession, choices, and consequences. ^ƵƉĞƌĮĐŝĂůƌĞĂĚĞƌƐŵĂLJĮŶĚƚƌŝƚĞůĞƐƐŽŶƐ ĂďŽƵƚƐĞƩůĞƌƐĂŶĚWĂůĞƐƟŶŝĂŶƐ͕ǁĂƌĂŶĚ ƉĞĂĐĞ͕ƉƌĞũƵĚŝĐĞĂŶĚƚŽůĞƌĂŶĐĞ͕ŽƌůĞŐĂůŝƐŵ ĂŶĚĞŵƉĂƚŚLJŝŶƚŚŝƐƐƚŽƌLJ͕ďƵƚƚŚĂƚǁŽƵůĚŵŝƐƐ ƚŚĞƉŽŝŶƚ͘/ŶEĂƚŚĂŶŶŐůĂŶĚĞƌΖƐĞLJĞƐ͕ŚƵŵĂŶ beings make choices for admirable and regretƚĂďůĞƌĞĂƐŽŶƐ͕ǁŝƚŚŐŽŽĚĂŶĚďĂĚŽƵƚĐŽŵĞƐ͘ ,ŝƐĐŽŵƉĞůůŝŶŐƐƚŽƌLJƚĞůůŝŶŐ͕ŚŝƐĐŽŵƉĂƐƐŝŽŶ͕ and his startling originality make Englander an ĞƐƐĞŶƟĂůǁƌŝƚĞƌ͘dŚŝƐĐŽůůĞĐƟŽŶĐŽŶĮƌŵƐŚŝƐ ĞdžĐĞƉƟŽŶĂůƚĂůĞŶƚƐLJĞƚĂŐĂŝŶ͕ĂŶĚŝƚŝƐŶŽƚƚŽ be missed. BG


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Justice, Chaos, Sincerity: Talking with

Nathan Englander by Bob Goldfarb

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During his book tour last February, the author of What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank (reviewed on p. 28) spoke to Bob Goldfarb by phone from San Francisco.

Bob Goldfarb: KŶĞƚŚĞŵĞƚŚĂƚƌĞĐƵƌƐŝŶLJŽƵƌƐƚŽƌŝĞƐŝƐũƵƐƟĐĞĂŶĚ ƌĞǀĞŶŐĞ͘/ƚŚĂƉƉĞŶƐǁŝƚŚĐŚĂƌĂĐƚĞƌƐůŝŬĞWƌŽĨ͘dĞŶĚůĞƌŝŶΗ&ƌĞĞ&ƌƵŝƚĨŽƌ zŽƵŶŐtŝĚŽǁƐ͕ΗƚŚĞŽůĚĞƌĐĂŵƉĞƌƐŝŶΗĂŵƉ^ƵŶĚŽǁŶ͕ΗĂŶĚƚŚĞŬŝĚƐ ŝŶΗ,ŽǁtĞǀĞŶŐĞĚƚŚĞůƵŵƐ͘Η Nathan Englander: /ƚĚŝĚŶ͛ƚĐƌŽƐƐŵLJŵŝŶĚĂƐƌĞǀĞŶŐĞ͘/͛ŵϰϮĂŶĚ/ ĐĂŶ͛ƚŐĞƚŽǀĞƌƚŚĞĨĂĐƚƚŚĂƚƚŚĞǁŽƌůĚŝƐƵŶĨĂŝƌ͕ƵŶũƵƐƚ͕ŚLJƉŽĐƌŝƟĐĂů͕ĂŶĚ ĚƵƉůŝĐŝƚŽƵƐ͘tŚĞŶƚŚĞǁŽƌůĚĚŽĞƐŶ͛ƚĚĞůŝǀĞƌũƵƐƟĐĞ͕ǁŚĂƚĚŽLJŽƵĚŽ͍ tŚĂƚǁŽƵůĚ/ĚŽ͍tŚĂƚǁŽƵůĚŽƚŚĞƌƉĞŽƉůĞĚŽ͍/ƚ͛ƐĂŶĞdžƉůŽƌĂƟŽŶŽĨ the gray with each character. BG: ^ŽŵĞŽĨLJŽƵƌĐŚĂƌĂĐƚĞƌƐƐĞĞŵƚŽďĞůŝĞǀĞŽŶĞƚŚŝŶŐĂŶĚĚŽĂŶͲ ŽƚŚĞƌ͘ NE: tĞ͛ƌĞĂůůƐƚƵŵďůŝŶŐƚŚƌŽƵŐŚƚŚĞǁŽƌůĚ͕ĂŶĚǁŚĂƚŝŶƚĞƌĞƐƚƐŵĞŝƐĞdžͲ ƉůŽƌŝŶŐƚŚĂƚ͘/Ŷ͞^ŝƐƚĞƌ,ŝůůƐ͟ŝƚ͛ƐƚŚĞŝĚĞĂŽĨĐŽŶƚƌĂĐƚƐ͕ŚŽůĚŝŶŐƉĞŽƉůĞƚŽ ƚŚĞŝƌǁŽƌĚ͘WĞŽƉůĞƐƚĂƌƚǁŝƚŚĐůĞĂƌƌĞĂƐŽŶƐĨŽƌƚŚĞŝƌĂĐƟŽŶƐͶƚŚĞŝďůĞ͕ ƚŚĞŽŶƐƟƚƵƟŽŶͶĂŶĚĞŶĚƵƉĚŽŝŶŐǁŚĂƚĂŵŽƵŶƚƐƚŽƚŚĞŽƉƉŽƐŝƚĞŽĨ ƚŚŽƐĞƉƌŝŶĐŝƉůĞƐ͘/͛ŵŝŶƚĞƌĞƐƚĞĚŝŶƐŽĐŝĂůĐŽŶƚƌĂĐƚƐĂŶĚƌĞƐƉŽŶƐŝďŝůŝƟĞƐƚŽ the community and decisions. Living with other human beings raises big ƋƵĞƐƟŽŶƐǁŝƚŚďŝŐĂŶƐǁĞƌƐ͘ BG: dŚĂƚƉĂƌƟĐƵůĂƌƐƚŽƌLJĚĞĂůƐǁŝƚŚƐĞƩůĞƌƐŽŶƚŚĞtĞƐƚĂŶŬ͘ NE: /͛ŵŽďƐĞƐƐĞĚǁŝƚŚƚŚĞĐŽŵƉůĞdžŝƟĞƐŽĨƐĞƩůĞƌƐ͘,ŝƐƚŽƌLJƵŶĨŽůĚƐŝŶ ƚŚĞĂĐƚƐŽĨŝŶĚŝǀŝĚƵĂůƐ͘WĞŽƉůĞĂƌĞũƵƐƚŚƵŵĂŶďĞŝŶŐƐ͕ďƵƚƚŚĞLJƚŚŝŶŬ

they have a bigger plan. They change fate and unleash forces they can’t ŚĂŶĚůĞ͘/ƚ͛ƐĂůŵŽƐƚ^ŚĂŬĞƐƉĞĂƌĞĂŶ͘/ƚ͛ƐƚŚĞĐŚĂŽƐƚŚĞŽƌLJŽĨƚŚĞǁŽƌůĚ͕ ĂŶĚŝƚƉĞƚƌŝĮĞƐŵĞ͘ BG: ^ŽŵĞŽĨƚŚĞƐĞƐƚŽƌŝĞƐŚĂǀĞĚŝƐƐŝŵŝůĂƌŶĂƌƌĂƟǀĞǀŽŝĐĞƐ͕ĂůŵŽƐƚĂƐŝĨ ƚŚĞLJǁĞƌĞǁƌŝƩĞŶďLJĚŝīĞƌĞŶƚĂƵƚŚŽƌƐ͘ NE: Ɛ/ǁƌŝƚĞĞĂĐŚƐƚŽƌLJ/ĐĂŶŚĞĂƌŝƚƐƌŚLJƚŚŵĂŶĚĨĞĞůƚŚĞůĂŶŐƵĂŐĞ͕ ĞǀĞŶĂƐ/͛ŵĐŽŶƐĐŝŽƵƐŽĨƚŚĞĚĞǀĞůŽƉŵĞŶƚĂŶĚƐƚƌƵĐƚƵƌĞĂŶĚĞdžĞĐƵƟŽŶ͘ It amounts to building a world that has to be as real as the one we’re in. At some point in the development of any story it comes alive and it ŵĂŬĞƐŝƚŽǁŶĚĞŵĂŶĚƐ͘ĚŝīĞƌĞŶƚǁŽƌůĚŶĞĞĚƐŝƚƐŽǁŶǀŽŝĐĞ͘ BG: zŽƵƌƐƚŽƌŝĞƐĐĂŶŝŶƐƉŝƌĞǀĞƌLJĐŽŶŇŝĐƟŶŐŝŶƚĞƌƉƌĞƚĂƟŽŶƐĂŵŽŶŐ ƌĞĂĚĞƌƐ͘ NE: Every read is a correct read. My point is about sincerity. There’s hardly anything more sincere than people trying with all their hearts to ƉƵƚƚŚĞŝƌǁŽƌŬŝŶƚŚĞǁŽƌůĚ͘/ĨƚŚĞLJĚŽŶ͛ƚƐĞĞŝƚ͕ƚŚĂƚ͛ƐůŝĨĞ͘ Žď'ŽůĚĨĂƌďŝƐĚŝƌĞĐƚŽƌŽĨŵĂƌŬĞƟŶŐĂŶĚĂƵĚŝĞŶĐĞĚĞǀĞůŽƉŵĞŶƚĂƚThe Jewish Daily Forward and the president of the Center for Jewish Culture ĂŶĚƌĞĂƟǀŝƚLJ͘,ĞůŝǀĞƐŝŶEĞǁzŽƌŬ͘

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Jonathan Safran Foer by Maron L. Waxman With classic calligraphy running across its crisp white covers and a bright red belly band circling it, the New American Haggadah (reviewed on p. 32) makes an immediate impression—a combination of tradition and bold design. The Haggadah brings together a team of creative young writers and scholars under the editorship of Jonathan Safran Foer, who talked with me about its origin and intent. © Gianluca Gentilini

Maron L. Waxman: ŵŽŶŐĂůůƚŚĞƉƌŽũĞĐƚƐLJŽƵĐŽƵůĚŚĂǀĞƚƵƌŶĞĚƚŽ͕ ǁŚĂƚĂƩƌĂĐƚĞĚLJŽƵƚŽƚŚĞ,ĂŐŐĂĚĂŚ͍ Jonathan Safran Foer:dŚĞŽƌŝŐŝŶĂůŝŶƐƉŝƌĂƟŽŶǁĂƐƉĞƌƐŽŶĂů͘/͛ǀĞďĞĞŶ going to seders all my life. Seders have always been a big event in my family. Every year they got bigger and bigger and more inclusive. ǀĞŶƚƵĂůůLJƚŚĞLJǁĞƌĞŵŽǀĞĚĚŽǁŶƚŽŽƵƌďĂƐĞŵĞŶƚ͕ĂŶĚǁĞƵƐĞĚĞǀĞƌLJ available table in the house. I always knew Passover was coming when ŵLJƉĂƌĞŶƚƐƚŽŽŬƚŚĞŶĞƚŽīƚŚĞƉŝŶŐͲƉŽŶŐƚĂďůĞ͘ /ĂůǁĂLJƐůŽŽŬĨŽƌǁĂƌĚƚŽƚŚĞƐĞĚĞƌ͕ďƵƚ/͛ǀĞŶĞǀĞƌĨŽƵŶĚĂ,ĂŐŐĂĚĂŚ ƚŚĂƚǁĂƐǁŚŽůůLJĨƵůĮůůŝŶŐ͘tĞĚŽŶ͛ƚŚĂǀĞĂĨĂŵŝůLJ,ĂŐŐĂĚĂŚ͕ďƵƚŵLJ father doesn’t follow the Haggadah text. My parents put together parts ĨƌŽŵůŽƚƐŽĨ,ĂŐŐĂĚĂŚƐ͕ďƵƚĞǀĞŶƚŚĞŶƚŚĞƐƚŽƌLJĂůǁĂLJƐƐĞĞŵƐƚŽŚĂǀĞ ĂŶƵŶƌĞĂůŝnjĞĚƉŽƚĞŶƟĂů͘dŚĞdžŽĚƵƐƐƚŽƌLJŝƐŝŶĐƌĞĚŝďůĞ͕ƚŚĞĐŚĂƌĂĐƚĞƌƐ ĂƌĞŝŶĐƌĞĚŝďůĞ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞƐƚŽƌLJƐŚŽƵůĚďĞƚŽůĚŝŶĂŶŝŶĐƌĞĚŝďůĞǁĂLJ͘/͛ǀĞ ĂůǁĂLJƐďĞĞŶĂůŝƩůĞĚŝƐĂƉƉŽŝŶƚĞĚƚŚĂƚƚŚĞůĂŶŐƵĂŐĞŶĞǀĞƌƐĞĞŵĞĚƚŽ ŵĂƚĐŚƚŚĞƉŽǁĞƌŽĨƚŚĞƐƚŽƌLJ͘ŌĞƌŽŶĞƐĞĚĞƌ/ůŽŽŬĞĚĂƌŽƵŶĚĂƚĂůůƚŚĞ ŐƵĞƐƚƐĂŶĚƌĞĂůŝnjĞĚŚŽǁŵĂŶLJŽĨƚŚĞŵǁĞƌĞǁƌŝƚĞƌƐ͘/͛ŵĂǁƌŝƚĞƌ͕ŵLJ ďƌŽƚŚĞƌƐĂƌĞǁƌŝƚĞƌƐ͕ŵLJĨĂƚŚĞƌŝƐĂǁƌŝƚĞƌ͕ĂŶĚŵLJŵŽƚŚĞƌǁƌŝƚĞƐĂůŝƩůĞ͘ I thought we should have a Haggadah where the literary aspect of the ƚĞdžƚǁĂƐĞƋƵĂůƚŽƚŚĞƉŽǁĞƌŽĨŝƚƐƐƚŽƌLJ͘/ĨŝƚŝƐŶ͛ƚ͕ƚŚĞ,ĂŐŐĂĚĂŚǁŽŶ͛ƚ move us. /ĂůƐŽƚŚŝŶŬƚŚĞ,ĂŐŐĂĚĂŚƐŚŽƵůĚůŽŽŬŝŵƉƌĞƐƐŝǀĞ͕ĂŶĚ/ΖǀĞĂůǁĂLJƐ been disappointed with how the Haggadah looked. It should have visual ƉŽǁĞƌ͘dŚĞ,ĂŐŐĂĚĂŚŝƐŶ͛ƚĂƉĂƐƐŝǀĞŬ͘/ƚƚƌĂŶƐŵŝƚƐǀĂůƵĞ͖ĂƚŝƚƐďĞƐƚ͕ ŝƚŵĂŬĞƐƵƐĂƐŬƋƵĞƐƟŽŶƐ͘dŚƌŽƵŐŚǁŽƌĚƐĂŶĚĚĞƐŝŐŶ͕ŝƚŚĂƐƚŽďĞƐƵƌĞ ƚŚĂƚ͕ŽŶƚŚŝƐŶŝŐŚƚ͕ǁĞŽƵƌƐĞůǀĞƐĂƌĞĂƚ^ŝŶĂŝ͘

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^Ž/ǁĂŶƚĞĚƚŽŵĂŬĞĂ,ĂŐŐĂĚĂŚĨŽƌŵLJĨĂŵŝůLJ͘&ŽƌĂůŽŶŐƟŵĞ/͛Ě ďĞĞŶƚŚŝŶŬŝŶŐĂďŽƵƚǁŚĂƚǁŽƵůĚǁŽƌŬĨŽƌƚŚĞŵ͕ǁŚĂƚŵŝŐŚƚǁŽƌŬĨŽƌ LJŽƵƌĨĂŵŝůLJ͘/ƚŚĂĚƚŽďĞĂ,ĂŐŐĂĚĂŚƚŚĂƚǁĂƐǁƌŝƩĞŶǁĞůů͕ƚŚĂƚŚĂĚƚŚĞ ďĞƐƚǁƌŝƟŶŐ͘ MLW: dŚĞŝŶƚƌŽĚƵĐƟŽŶƚŽƚŚĞ,ĂŐŐĂĚĂŚƐĂLJƐ͕͞KƵƌƚƌĂŶƐůĂƟŽŶŵƵƐƚ ŬŶŽǁŽƵƌŝĚŝŽŵ͘͟/ĨŽƵŶĚƚŚĞůĂŶŐƵĂŐĞƐƚƌŝŬŝŶŐďƵƚĂůŝƩůĞĨŽƌŵĂůŝŶ ƉůĂĐĞƐ͕ĂŶĚ/ŶŽƟĐĞĚƚŚĂƚƚŚĞǁŽƌĚƐĂƌĞƐŽŵĞƟŵĞƐŝŶƚŚĞ,ĞďƌĞǁ͕ ƌĂƚŚĞƌƚŚĂŶƚŚĞŶŐůŝƐŚ͕ŽƌĚĞƌ͘tŚĂƚǁĞŶƚŝŶƚŽƚŚĞĚĞĐŝƐŝŽŶƐĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞ ƚŽŶĞĂŶĚƐƚLJůĞŽĨƚŚĞƚƌĂŶƐůĂƟŽŶ͍ JSF: There’s a good reason for the formality. The language of the HagŐĂĚĂŚƐŚŽƵůĚďĞƌĞŵŽǀĞĚĨƌŽŵĐŽŶǀĞƌƐĂƟŽŶĂůůĂŶŐƵĂŐĞ͘/ƚƐŚŽƵůĚůĞĂĚ ƚŽĂƌĞůŝŐŝŽƵƐŽƌƌĞǀĞƌĞŶƟĂůĂƚŵŽƐƉŚĞƌĞ͖ƚŚĞƌĞƐŚŽƵůĚďĞĂƐĞƉĂƌĂƟŽŶ ďĞƚǁĞĞŶŝƚĂŶĚĞǀĞƌLJĚĂLJůĂŶŐƵĂŐĞ͘KŶƚŚĞƋƵĞƐƟŽŶŽĨƚŚĞǁŽƌĚŽƌĚĞƌ͕ ǁĞƐŽŵĞƟŵĞƐĨŽůůŽǁĞĚƚŚĞ,ĞďƌĞǁŽƌĚĞƌŝŶƚŚĞƚƌĂŶƐůĂƟŽŶƚŽƐŚŽǁ how the text sounds in Hebrew. MLW:/ŶŽƟĐĞĚƚŚĞůĂŶŐƵĂŐĞŽĨƚŚĞ,ĂŐŐĂĚĂŚŝƐŶ͛ƚŐĞŶĚĞƌͲŶĞƵƚƌĂů͘ JSF: We talked a lot about that and experimented with it. We didn’t ǁĂŶƚƚŚĞ,ĂŐŐĂĚĂŚƚŽƐŽƵŶĚĂƐŝĨŝƚǁĞƌĞƐƵƉƉŽƌƟŶŐĂƉĂƌƟĐƵůĂƌƉŽŝŶƚ ŽĨǀŝĞǁŽƌƉŽůŝƟĐĂůƉŽƐŝƟŽŶ͘ŶĚŝƚ͛ƐŚĂƌĚƚŽƉůĂLJĂƌŽƵŶĚǁŝƚŚƚŚĞ ƉƌŽŶŽƵŶƐ΀ŝŶĂŶŝŶŇĞĐƚĞĚůĂŶŐƵĂŐĞ΁ǁŝƚŚŽƵƚĐĂůůŝŶŐĂƩĞŶƟŽŶƚŽƚŚĞŵ͘ tŚĞƌĞĚŽLJŽƵǁĂŶƚƚŽĨŽĐƵƐLJŽƵƌĂƩĞŶƟŽŶͶŽŶƚŚĞǀĂůƵĞƐŽĨƚŚĞ ,ĂŐŐĂĚĂŚŽƌŽŶƚŚĞƐĞdžƵĂůŽƌŝĞŶƚĂƟŽŶŽĨ'ŽĚ͍ůƐŽ͕ƚŚĞ,ĂŐŐĂĚĂŚŝƐĂ ŚŝƐƚŽƌŝĐĂůĚŽĐƵŵĞŶƚ͘tĞǁĂŶƚĞĚƚŽƚƌĂŶƐůĂƚĞŝƚĂƐŝƚǁĂƐŝŶŝƚƐƚƌĂĚŝƟŽŶĂů language. That doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be discussion about the

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nonfiction language—that’s the job of the people around the table. That’s what a Haggadah is supposed to do. And the commentators suggest you can read the book in many diīerent ways and from seǀeral points of ǀiew. MLW:dŚĞ'ŽĚůĂŶŐƵĂŐĞŝƐƵŶƵƐƵĂůŽƌĂƚůĞĂƐƚŶŽƚĐŽŵŵŽŶͶ͞>ŽƌĚ'ŽĚͲŽĨͲhƐ͕ <ŝŶŐŽĨƚŚĞŽƐŵŽƐ͟ĨŽƌ͞ĂƌƵĐŚĂƚĂŚĚŽŶĂŝůŽŚĞŝŶƵ͕ŵĞůĞĐŚŚĂͲŽůĂŵ͘͟ JSF: The God language is consistent with the Hebrew. When Nathan Englander began the translaƟon͕ he decided that ͞the best way to engage with a tradiƟonal tedžt was in tradiƟonal form͕͟ so he worked with an Krthododž study partner. The God language came from Nathan’s study partner. / was surprised by how tradiƟonal it was. MLW: ŝĚLJŽƵĂŶĚEĂƚŚĂŶŶŐůĂŶĚĞƌƐƚĂƌƚƚŚĞƉƌŽũĞĐƚƚŽŐĞƚŚĞƌ͍ JSF: The project was my idea. I took it to the publisher and had the publisher’s support throughout. &rom start to Įnish the Haggadah was nine years in the making. I asked Englander to be the translator͕ and he started work on the project two years in. MLW: dŚĞĨŽƌŵĂƚŽĨƚŚĞĐŽŵŵĞŶƚĂƌŝĞƐͶƚŚĞĐŽŶƚĞŶƚĂŶĚƚŚĞůĂLJŽƵƚͶƌĞĂůůLJĐĂƚĐŚ ƚŚĞƌĞĂĚĞƌ͛ƐĞLJĞ͘ĂŶLJŽƵƚĂůŬĂůŝƩůĞĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞŵ͍,ŽǁĚŝĚLJŽƵƐĞůĞĐƚƚŚĞĐŽŵͲ ŵĞŶƚĂƚŽƌƐ͍tŚLJĂƌĞƚŚĞĐŽŵŵĞŶƚĂƌŝĞƐĂŶĚƚŚĞƟŵĞůŝŶĞƉƌŝŶƚĞĚƐŝĚĞǁĂLJƐ͍ JSF: Wuƫng the commentaries together was a strange process. The number of commentators grew and shrank͖ at one point there were twenty. ut I was afraid that lots of commentaries would make the Haggadah look like a reference book rather than a book to be used͕ so I Įnally seƩled on just four commentators. We printed the commentaries sideways for two reasons͗ ;ϭͿ the layout would make it clear what was commentary and what was canon͕ and ;ϮͿ it would allow for more Ňedžibility—what commentaries to read͕ whether to read part of a commentary͕ and so on. The commentators came up with the names for their own categories—΀NaƟon͕ Wlayground͕ >ibrary͕ House of ^tudy΁. We wanted to haǀe a category for younger people—Wlayground͖ NaƟon is poliƟcal͕ how people act. We worked together as a team on the commentaries to aǀoid repeƟƟon͕ but the commentators had a free hand in what they wrote. The Ɵmeline contedžtualinjes the Haggadah throughout :ewish history and shows how it was used in the period highlighted on the page. The leƩers of the display type on each page also reŇect the historical period͖ they’re illustraƟǀe of the Hebrew leƩerforms used at that Ɵme. The designer studied the Hebrew leƩerforms of each period to create the leƩers for the tedžt.

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The German poet Karl Wolfskehl writes: “Again, again, when we, covered with the journey’s dust/ Rested, tired, in a stranger’s bower/ The others roughly lifted us and threatened/ Again and again.”

Polish Zionists commemorate Passover with a satirical Haggadah titled “Kulo Maror” (“Only Bitter Herbs”). It features a dish concocted of “Hitlerism,” “Racial theory,” and “Discriminatory economic measures against Polish Jews.” A cartoon below the seder plate shows Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky pleading with a modern Pharaoh—depicted as the King of England—to allow Jews to immigrate to British Palestine.

MLW: dŚĞĚĞƐŝŐŶŝƐĐůĞĂƌůLJĂŵĂũŽƌĐŽŵƉŽŶĞŶƚŽĨƚŚŝƐ,ĂŐŐĂĚĂŚ͘tŚLJŝƐƚŚĞ ĚĞƐŝŐŶƐŽĐĞŶƚƌĂů͍ JSF: esign was a major component from the beginning of the project. At Įrst we thought we might haǀe mulƟple arƟsts͕ but we Įnally decided on one. We wanted the design to be the best expression of the Haggadah while being faithful to the text. We wanted the emphasis on the words͕ not images. We didn’t want one sensibility to preside over the book. The Ben Shahn Haggadah is beauƟful͕ but it’s Ben Shahn’s. We didn’t want this Haggadah to have one point of view. MLW: ƩƌŝďƵƟŽŶŝƐƉƌĞƩLJƐƚƌŝĐƚŝŶƚƌĂĚŝƟŽŶĂůĐŽŵŵĞŶƚĂƌLJ͕ƐŽ/ǁĂƐƐƵƌƉƌŝƐĞĚ ƚŚĂƚƚŚĞŶĂŵĞƐŽĨƚŚĞĐŽŶƚƌŝďƵƚŽƌƐĂƌĞůŝƐƚĞĚŽŶůLJŽŶƚŚĞƟƚůĞƉĂŐĞ͕ǁŝƚŚŶŽ ďƌŝĞĨďŝŽƐŽƌĂŶLJŽƚŚĞƌŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞŵĂŶLJǁŚĞƌĞŝŶƚŚĞ,ĂŐŐĂĚĂŚ͘ JSF: This shows the humility of the contributors͕ and it was a point we all agreed on. We didn’t want any names on the cover either͕ but there are publishing demands͕ so we worked out a compromise. The names appear on a band around the cover͕ but with a liƩle eīort you can detach it and get rid of it. MLW: dŚĞƌĞĂƌĞŶŽĚĞƐŝŐŶĂƟŽŶƐĨŽƌƚŚĞƉĂƐƐĂŐĞƐƚŽďĞƌĞĂĚďLJĂůĞĂĚĞƌĂŶĚ ƚŚŽƐĞƚŽďĞƌĞĂĚďLJƉĂƌƟĐŝƉĂŶƚƐ͘ŝĚLJŽƵŝŶƚĞŶĚƚŽŚĂǀĞĂůĞĂĚĞƌ͍ JSF: We assumed there would be a leader͕ but we thought the parts for the parƟcipants would work themselves out. We did try out some test pages. MLW: /ƐLJŽƵƌĨĂŵŝůLJŐŽŝŶŐƚŽƵƐĞƚŚĞ,ĂŐŐĂĚĂŚƚŚŝƐLJĞĂƌ͍ JSF: They beƩer͕ but I won’t be there. Dy sister-in-law in Israel is having a baby͕ so we’re going there for Wassover this year. I won’t have to hear any comments at the seder!

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Just over 80% of the world’s 13,034,100 Jews live in the US or Israel: 40.5% in the former, and 40.2% in the latter.

Launch of the Open Source Haggadah, an online software framework that makes it possible for users to compose their own versions of the Haggadah online using a variety of available prayers, translations, commentaries, songs, rituals, and illustrations.

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ne little goat, one little goat—the one my father bought for two zuzim, one little goat, one little goat.

And here comes the cat that eats up the goat—the one my father bought for two zuzim, one little goat, one little goat. And here comes the dog that bites the cat, that ate up the goat—the one my father bought for two zuzim, one little goat, one little goat. And here comes the staff that beats up the dog, that bit the cat, that ate up the goat—the one my father bought for two zuzim, one little goat, one little goat. And here comes the fire that burns up the staff, that beat up the dog, that bit the cat, that ate up the goat—the one my father bought for two zuzim, one little goat, one little goat.

.‫ ַחד ַג ְּדיָ א‬,‫ַחד ַג ְּדיָ א‬ .‫ ַחד ַג ְּדיָ א ַחד ַג ְּדיָ א‬,‫ִ ְּד ַז ִי ַא ָ ּבא ִ ּב ְת ֵרי זו ֵּזי‬

,‫וַ ֲא ָתא שוּנְ ָרא וְ ָא ַכל ְלגַ ְדיָ א‬ .‫ ַחד ַג ְּדיָ א ַחד ַג ְּדיָ א‬,‫ִ ְּד ַז ִי ַא ָ ּבא ִ ּב ְת ֵרי זו ֵּזי‬

‫וַ ֲא ָתא ַכ ְל ָ ּבא וְ נָ ַש ְ ְל שוּנְ ָרא‬ ,‫ְד ָא ַכל ְלגַ ְדיָ א‬ .‫ ַחד ַג ְּדיָ א ַחד ַג ְּדיָ א‬,‫ִ ְּד ַז ִי ַא ָ ּבא ִ ּב ְת ֵרי זו ֵּזי‬

‫וַ ֲא ָתא חו ְּט ָרא וְ ִה ָּכה ְל ַכ ְל ָ ּבא‬

,‫ְ ּדנָ ַש ְ ְל שוּנְ ָרא ְ ּד ָא ַכל ְלגַ ְדיָ א‬ .‫ ַחד ַג ְּדיָ א ַחד ַג ְּדיָ א‬,‫ִ ְּד ַז ִי ַא ָ ּבא ִ ּב ְת ֵרי זו ֵּזי‬

,‫ש ַר ְלחו ְּט ָרא‬  ָ ְ‫וַ ֲא ָתא נו ָּרא ו‬

‫ְ ּד ִה ָּכה ְל ַכ ְל ָ ּבא ְדנָ ַש ְ ְל שוּנְ ָרא‬ ,‫ְ ּד ָא ַכל ְלגַ ְדיָ א‬ .‫ ַחד ַג ְּדיָ א ַחד ַג ְּדיָ א‬,‫ִ ְּד ַז ִי ַא ָ ּבא ִ ּב ְת ֵרי זו ֵּזי‬

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House of Study͕ NaƟon͕ >ibrary͕ and Playground. Here are tackled the issues that enrich and illumine any seder͗ >emony Snicket imagines Four Parents͕ a reversal of roles as revealing as the quesƟons of the Four Sons͖ Zebecca Goldstein reminds us that the Passover story is not a ͞dismissible distracƟon͟ like many stories but one which we must ͞live inside͖͟ Jeīrey Goldberg calls on us to face the intenƟon of ͞Next year in Jerusalem͟ and its meaning in the iaspora͖ Nathaniel eutsch reminds us that on this night of telling and revealing͕ concealing is someƟmes important as well. Through the mulƟple paths down which the commentaries lead us͕ discussion is invited͕ sƟmulaƟng new thoughts on Ɵme-honored topics. The commentary secƟons may be used beforehand to frame a secƟon of the Haggadah or may be read selecƟvely as part of the seder. Zunning across the top of the pages is a Ɵmeline that puts the many ediƟons of the Haggadah into their historical context͕ providing the background that inŇuenced Jewish thought—and oŌen Haggadahs—at the Ɵme. The changing historical situaƟon is reinforced in the design

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nonfiction american jewish studies The Independent Orders of B’nai B’rith and True Sisters: Pioneers of a New Jewish Identity 1843-1914

challenge Deborah Dash Moore’s earlier acĐŽƵŶƚŽĨ͛ŶĂŝƌŝƚŚĂƐĂ͚ƐĞĐƵůĂƌƐLJŶĂŐŽŐƵĞ͕͛ she provides more evidence that it was one ƐŝƚĞĨŽƌƚŚĞĚĞǀĞůŽƉŵĞŶƚŽĨĂƐĞĐƵůĂƌŝĚĞŶƟƚLJ rather than the prime force behind it. SMC

When General Grant Expelled the Jews

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anthologies ΘĐŽůůĞĐƟŽŶƐ Portraits in Literature: The Jews of Poland Hava Bromberg Ben-Zvi, ed. & trans. Vallentine Mitchell, 2011 Hardcover 331 pp. $74.95 ISBN: 978-0-85303-873-3

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ĞǀŽŬŝŶŐĞdžƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞƐŽĨƚŚĞŐĞŶĞƌĂƟŽŶŽĨĂĐͲ culturated Polish Jews who found themselves forced to emigrate to Israel in 1968. tŚŝůĞŵĂŶLJŽĨƚŚĞƐĞůĞĐƟŽŶƐĂƌĞƋƵŝƚĞŵŽǀͲ ŝŶŐ͕ƚŚĞŬƐƵīĞƌƐĨƌŽŵƉŽŽƌĐŽƉLJĞĚŝƟŶŐ͕ ǁŚŝĐŚŝƐĂĚŝƐƐĞƌǀŝĐĞƚŽƚŚŝƐǁŽƌƚŚLJĞīŽƌƚƚŚĂƚ ǁŝůůĨĂƐĐŝŶĂƚĞĂŶĚŵŽǀĞƌĞĂĚĞƌƐ͘ŝďůŝŽŐƌĂƉŚLJ͕ ŝŶĚĞdž͕ŐůŽƐƐĂƌLJ͕ŶŽƚĞƐ͕ƉŚŽƚŽŐƌĂƉŚƐ͘RMS

autobiography & memoir Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine Eric Weiner Twelve, 2011 Hardcover 349 pp. $26.99 [e] ISBN: 978-0-446-53947-0

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biography Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed Leslie Maitland Other Press, 2012 Hardcover 544 pp. $29.95 [e] ISBN: 978-1-59051-496-2

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anine Gunzburger Maitland literally crosses ďŽƌĚĞƌƐ͕ŽĐĞĂŶƐ͕ĂŶĚLJĞĂƌƐĂƐƐŚĞĂŶĚŚĞƌ family escape from Nazi Germany and ocĐƵƉŝĞĚ&ƌĂŶĐĞ͕ĮŶĚƐŚĞůƚĞƌŝŶƵďĂ͕ĂŶĚĮŶĂůůLJ come to know freedom and safety in the hŶŝƚĞĚ^ƚĂƚĞƐ͘Crossing the Borders of Time ĨŽůůŽǁƐŚĞƌũŽƵƌŶĞLJŽĨůŽǀĞ͕ŵĞŵŽƌLJ͕ĨĞĂƌ͕ ŚŽƉĞ͕ĂŶĚƌĞŶĞǁĂů͘ dŚŝƐƚƌƵĞƐƚŽƌLJ͕ǁƌŝƩĞŶŝŶĂŐƌŝƉƉŝŶŐĂŶĚ ĐŽŵƉĞůůŝŶŐƐƚLJůĞ͕ƌĞĂĚƐůŝŬĞĂŶŽǀĞů͘/ƚƚƌĂĐĞƐ ƚŚĞůŽǀĞƐƚŽƌLJŽĨƚǁŽLJŽƵŶŐƉĞŽƉůĞ͕:ĂŶŝŶĞ ĂŶĚŚĞƌ&ƌĞŶĐŚĂƚŚŽůŝĐůŽǀĞƌ͕ZŽůĂŶĚƌĐŝĞƌŝ͕ caught up in war-torn France. This love is ƐƵƐƚĂŝŶĞĚƚŚƌŽƵŐŚŽƵƚƚŚĞŝƌůŝǀĞƐ͕ĞǀĞŶƚŚŽƵŐŚ ƚŚĞLJŚĂǀĞŶŽĐŽŶƚĂĐƚĨŽƌŽǀĞƌĮŌLJLJĞĂƌƐ͘/ƚ ƵůƟŵĂƚĞůLJƉƌŽǀŝĚĞƐĂĐŽŵĨŽƌƟŶŐĞŶĚŝŶŐƚŽĂ ůŝĨĞƟŵĞŽĨƋƵĞƐƟŽŶƐ͕ĚƵƉůŝĐŝƚLJ͕ĂŶĚĚŽƵďƚƐ͘ The book chronicles the precarious and ĚĂŶŐĞƌŽƵƐLJĞĂƌƐŽĨƌƵŶŶŝŶŐĨƌŽŵƚŚĞEĂnjŝƐ͕ ƚŚĞƉŽƐƚͲtŽƌůĚtĂƌ//LJĞĂƌƐ͕ƚŚĞŝŵŵŝŐƌĂŶƚĞdžͲ ƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞ͕ŵĂƌƌŝĂŐĞ͕ĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞĞǀĞŶƚƵĂů suburban lifestyle. The Gunzburgers’ strong ĨĂŵŝůLJƟĞƐĂŶĚůŽLJĂůƟĞƐƐĞĞƚŚĞŵƚŚƌŽƵŐŚ ƚŚĞŵĂŶLJĐƌŝƐĞƐƚŚĞLJĨĂĐĞǁŝƚŚƚŚĞŝƌĚŝŐŶŝƚLJ͕ ŚƵŵĂŶŝƚLJ͕ĂŶĚŚŽƉĞƐŝŶƚĂĐƚ͘dŚĞŵĂŶLJĨĂŵŝůLJ ƉŝĐƚƵƌĞƐĂŶĚĚŽĐƵŵĞŶƚĂƟŽŶŝŶĐůƵĚĞĚĐĂƉƚƵƌĞ each phase of their lives and greatly add to ƚŚĞƌĞĂĚĞƌ͛ƐƵŶĚĞƌƐƚĂŶĚŝŶŐĂŶĚƉĞƌĐĞƉƟŽŶŽĨ their account. >ĞƐůŝĞDĂŝƚůĂŶĚ͕ĂŶŝŶǀĞƐƟŐĂƟǀĞƌĞƉŽƌƚĞƌ͕ ŽƉĞŶƐŚĞƌŵŽƚŚĞƌ͛ƐůŝĨĞǁŝƚŚƉĞŶĞƚƌĂƟŶŐ ƌĞƐĞĂƌĐŚ͕ƐŝŐŶŝĮĐĂŶƚĚĞƚĂŝůƐĂŶĚĚĞƐĐƌŝƉƟŽŶ͕ and historical and geographical background ŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶƚŚĂƚƌĞĐƌĞĂƚĞĞĂĐŚĐŚĂƉƚĞƌŽĨ:ĂͲ ŶŝŶĞ͛ƐůŝĨĞ͘DĂŝƚůĂŶĚƵƐĞƐŚĞƌƌĞƉŽƌƟŶŐƐŬŝůůƐƚŽ ƚƌĂĐŬ͕ĐŽŶĨƌŽŶƚ͕ƋƵĞƐƟŽŶ͕ĂŶĚƐƵĐĐĞƐƐĨƵůůLJĮŶĚ her mother’s lost love and eventually reunite ƚŚĞŵ͘^ŚĞǁƌŝƚĞƐǁŝƚŚĂĐůĞĂƌ͕ĐĂŶĚŝĚũŽƵƌŶĂůͲ ist’s eye and manages to remove herself from ƚŚĞƐƚŽƌLJ͕LJĞƚƉůĂĐĞŚĞƌƐĞůĨŝŶƚŽƚŚĞŶĂƌƌĂƟǀĞ ĂƚƚŚĞƐĂŵĞƟŵĞ͘DĂŝƚůĂŶĚǁƌŝƚĞƐŽĨŚĞƌĐŚŝůĚͲ ŚŽŽĚ͕ŚĞƌƉĂƌĞŶƚƐ͛ƚƌŽƵďůĞĚŵĂƌƌŝĂŐĞ͕ĂŶĚŚĞƌ ĞīŽƌƚƐƚŽĮŶĚZŽůĂŶĚǁŝƚŚŝŶƐŝŐŚƚĂŶĚŚŽŶĞƐƚLJ͘ ^ŚĞĐůŽƐĞƐƚŚŝƐŶŽƚĞǁŽƌƚŚLJƌĞĂĚǁŝƚŚƉŽĞƟĐ understanding and gentleness as she writes

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nonfiction ŝŶƚŽaŝŵĂŝƚĦ͛ƐŶŝĞĐĞ͛ƐƉŽƐƐŝďůĞƐĐŚŝnjŽƉŚƌĞŶŝĂ and the treatment of the mentally ill in the h^^Z͘^Ɵůů͕ŝĨaƵŬLJƐĐŽƵůĚďĞĞŶƟĐĞĚƚŽĞĚŝƚ ĂĨŽůůŽǁͲƵƉǀŽůƵŵĞŽĨaŝŵĂŝƚĦ͛ƐƚƌĂŶƐůĂƚĞĚ ůĞƩĞƌƐ͕ƌĞĂĚĞƌƐǁŽƵůĚĐŽŵĞďĂĐŬĨŽƌŵŽƌĞ͘ ŝďůŝŽŐƌĂƉŚLJ͕ŵĂƉƐ͕ŶŽƚĞƐ͕ƉŚŽƚŽŐƌĂƉŚƐ͘BEB

Max Lilienthal: The Making of the American Rabbinate Bruce L. Ruben Wayne State University Press, 2011 Hardcover 324 pp. $49.95 [e] ISBN: 978-0814335161

about Janine and Roland and the enduring strength of their love across the borders of ƟŵĞ͘ŝďůŝŽŐƌĂƉŚLJ͕ŵĂƉƐ͕ƉŚŽƚŽŐƌĂƉŚƐ͘RL

A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman

,ĂƌƌŝƐĚƵƟĨƵůůLJĚĞĨĞŶĚƐƚŚĞƌŝŐŚƚŽĨŵĞŵŽŝƌŝƐƚƐ ƚŽĞŵďĞůůŝƐŚ͕ĐŚĂŶŐĞ͕ĂŶĚĞǀĞŶŝŶǀĞŶƚĨĂĐƚƐŝŶ ƐĞƌǀŝĐĞŽĨĂŚŝŐŚĞƌƚƌƵƚŚ͕ƚŚĞƌĞĂĚĞƌƵůƟŵĂƚĞůLJ ĐĂŶŶŽƚĞƐĐĂƉĞƚŚĞĨĞĞůŝŶŐƚŚĂƚ,ĞůůŵĂŶǁĂƐ͕ ĂƐŚĞƌĐƌŝƟĐƐĐŚĂƌŐĞĚ͕ŵĂŝŶůLJĐŽŶĐĞƌŶĞĚǁŝƚŚ ĐŽŶƐƚƌƵĐƟŶŐĂŵŽƌĞŇĂƩĞƌŝŶŐŝŵĂŐĞŽĨŚĞƌƐĞůĨ than a more scrupulous recital of the facts could provide. BB

Alice Kessler-Harris Bloomsbury Press, 2012 Hardcover 448 pp. $30.00 [e] ISBN: 978-1-59691-363-9

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Julija Šukys University of Nebraska Press, 2012 Hardcover 240 pp. $24.95 ISBN: 978-0-8032-3632-5

ŚĞĚŝĸ ĐƵůƟĞƐƌĞĨĞƌƌĞĚƚŽŝŶƚŚĞƟƚůĞŽĨ this new biography of Lillian Hellman ĂƌĞŵĂŶŝĨŽůĚ͗ŶŽƚŽŶůLJDƐ͘,ĞůůŵĂŶ͛ƐǁŝĚĞůLJ admired disdain for established norms and ĞdžƉĞĐƚĂƟŽŶƐ͕ĂƐǁĞůůĂƐŚĞƌŶŽƚŽƌŝŽƵƐŝƌĂƐĐŝďŝůͲ ŝƚLJ͕ďƵƚĂůƐŽƚŚĞďŝŽŐƌĂƉŚĞƌ͛ƐĂĐŬŶŽǁůĞĚŐĞĚ struggle to see her subject clearly in light of a wealth of contradictory evidence. <ĞƐƐůĞƌͲ,ĂƌƌŝƐ͛ƐŵĂŝŶĐŽŶĐĞƌŶŝƐůŽĐĂƟŶŐƚŚĞ ŝŶƚĞŐƌŝƚLJŽĨ,ĞůůŵĂŶ͛ƐƉŽůŝƟĐĂůĂĐƟǀŝƐŵŽŶĂ ƐƉĞĐƚƌƵŵǁŚŽƐĞĞdžƚƌĞŵĞƐŵĂLJďĞĚĞĮŶĞĚďLJ ƚǁŽŶŽƚĂďůĞƋƵŽƚĞƐ͗,ĞůůŵĂŶ͛ƐŽǁŶĚĞĮĂŶƚ ͞/ĐĂŶŶŽƚĂŶĚǁŝůůŶŽƚĐƵƚŵLJĐŽŶƐĐŝĞŶĐĞƚŽ ĮƚƚŚŝƐLJĞĂƌ͛ƐĨĂƐŚŝŽŶƐ͕͟ĂŶĚDĂƌLJDĐĂƌͲ ƚŚLJ͛ƐŵŽƌĚĂŶƚ͞ǀĞƌLJǁŽƌĚƐŚĞǁƌŝƚĞƐŝƐĂůŝĞ͕ ŝŶĐůƵĚŝŶŐ͚ĂŶĚ͛ĂŶĚ͚ƚŚĞ͛͘͟dŚŝƐ͕ŝƚƚƵƌŶƐŽƵƚ͕ŝƐ no easy task. The author does an admirable job of mapƉŝŶŐƚŚĞĐƌŽƐƐͲĐƵƌƌĞŶƚƐŽĨůĞŌŝƐƚƚŚŽƵŐŚƚŝŶ ŵĞƌŝĐĂĚƵƌŝŶŐ,ĞůůŵĂŶ͛ƐůŝĨĞƟŵĞ͕ĞǀĞŶŝĨ ƚŚŽƐĞĐŽŶƚƌŽǀĞƌƐŝĞƐƵůƟŵĂƚĞůLJƐĞĞŵƐĂĚůLJ ƉĞƩLJĂŶĚŝƌƌĞůĞǀĂŶƚƐĂǀĞĨŽƌƚŚĞĚĞǀĂƐƚĂƟŽŶ ƚŚĞLJǁƌŽƵŐŚƚŽŶƚŚĞƌĞƉƵƚĂƟŽŶƐĂŶĚůŝǀĞůŝͲ ŚŽŽĚƐŽĨƐŽŵĂŶLJǁŚŽƉĂƌƟĐŝƉĂƚĞĚŝŶƚŚĞŵ͘ (Did any of those quarrels among American DĂƌdžŝƐƚƐ͕^ƚĂůŝŶŝƐƚƐ͕dƌŽƚƐŬLJŝƚĞƐ͕ĂŶĚŽƵƚƌŝŐŚƚ ĂŶƟͲŽŵŵƵŶŝƐƚƐŚĂǀĞƚŚĞƐůŝŐŚƚĞƐƚĞīĞĐƚŽŶ ƚŚĞĞǀĞŶƚƐĂŶĚƉĞƌƐŽŶĂůŝƟĞƐƚŚĞLJƐŽŚŽƚůLJ ĚĞďĂƚĞĚĂŚĞŵŝƐƉŚĞƌĞĂǁĂLJ͍Ϳ But she is less successful in defending HellŵĂŶ͛ƐůŝƚĞƌĂƌLJĂĚǀĞƌƟƐĞŵĞŶƚƐĨŽƌŚĞƌƐĞůĨƐƵĐŚ as WĞŶƟŵĞŶƚŽ͕ŝŶĐůƵĚŝŶŐƚŚĞƐƚŽƌLJƚŚĂƚĨŽƌŵĞĚ ƚŚĞďĂƐŝƐĨŽƌƚŚĞĮůŵJulia. While Kessler-

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ŶƚŚŝƐĂďƐŽƌďŝŶŐďŝŽŐƌĂƉŚLJ͕ĂƵƚŚŽƌƌƵĐĞ ZƵďĞŶŝŶĐŽƌƉŽƌĂƚĞƐƚŚĞƌĞƐĞĂƌĐŚĂŶĚǁƌŝƟŶŐ that has accrued over the years pertaining to one of the central icons of nineteenth century Reform Judaism. Dr. Max Lilienthal was an academically and rabbinically trained Orthodox rabbi who was charged with introducing modern Hebrew into the ultra-Orthodox shtetlechŽĨƚŚĞWĂůĞŽĨ^ĞƩůĞŵĞŶƚ͘>ŝůŝĞŶƚŚĂů tried in vain to convince his coreligionists of ƚŚĞƌĞůĞǀĂŶĐĞŽĨŵŽĚĞƌŶŝnjĂƟŽŶďƵƚĞǀĞŶƚƵͲ ally saw that his future lay elsewhere. Newly married and eager to teach the principles of :ƵĚĂŝƐŵ͕ŚĞŵŽǀĞĚƚŽEĞǁzŽƌŬŝƚLJŝŶϭϴϰϱ as Chief Rabbi of three Orthodox congregaƟŽŶƐ͘ƐƚŚĞďƵƌŐĞŽŶŝŶŐ:ĞǁŝƐŚĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƚLJ ŵŽǀĞĚǁĞƐƚǁĂƌĚ͕ƐŽĚŝĚ>ŝůŝĞŶƚŚĂů͕ǁŚŽůĞĚĂŶ ĂĐƟǀĞƌĂďďŝŶŝĐĂŶĚƉĞĚĂŐŽŐŝĐůŝĨĞŝŶŝŶĐŝŶŶĂƟ͕ Ohio as a Reform rabbi. This scholarly work should be of interest to college and university students and is recommended for academic ůŝďƌĂƌLJĐŽůůĞĐƟŽŶƐ͘ŝďůŝŽŐƌĂƉŚLJ͕ŝŶĚĞdž͘MJM

The Life and Thought of Louis Lowy: Social Work Through the Holocaust Lorrie Greenhouse Gardella; Joachim Wieler, fwd. Syracuse University Press, 2011 Hardcover 240 pp. $24.95 ISBN: 978-0-8156-0965-0

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The Pianist Two new books celebrate the indomitable 108-year-old pianist and Holocaust survivor Alice Herz-Sommer. A Century of Wisdom: Lessons from the Life of Alice HerzSommer, the World’s Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor

Alice's Piano: The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer Melissa Müller & Reinhard Piechocki; Alice Herz-Sommer, fwd. St. Martin’s Press, 2012 Hardcover 368 pp. $26.99 [e] ISBN: 978-1250007414

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Caroline Stoessinger Spiegel & Grau, 2012 Hardcover 233 pp. $23.00 [e] ISBN 978-0-8129-9281-6

ŚĂǀĞŶĞǀĞƌůĞĂƌŶĞĚƚŽŐŝǀĞƵƉŚŽƉĞ͕͟ǁƌŽƚĞ ůŝĐĞŝŶŚĞƌŝŶƚƌŽĚƵĐƟŽŶƚŽƚŚŝƐƐƚŽƌLJŽĨŚĞƌ ůŝĨĞ͘ƚϭϬϴLJĞĂƌƐŽĨĂŐĞ͕ƐŚĞŝƐĐŽŶƐŝĚĞƌĞĚƚŽďĞƚŚĞŽůĚĞƐƚ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚ ƐƵƌǀŝǀŽƌ͘/ƚŵƵƐƚŚĂǀĞďĞĞŶŚĞƌŽƉƟŵŝƐŵ͕ĐŽŵďŝŶĞĚǁŝƚŚŚĞƌůŽǀĞŽĨ music, and the spirit of persistence, that enabled her to endure life in a EĂnjŝĐŽŶĐĞŶƚƌĂƟŽŶĐĂŵƉ͕dŚĞƌĞƐŝĞŶƐƚĂĚƚ͘dŚĞƌĞƐŚĞǁĂƐĂůůŽǁĞĚƚŽƉůĂLJ ĂŶĚƌĞĐŽƌĚƚŚĞŐƌĞĂƚƉŝĂŶŽŵĂƐƚĞƌǁŽƌŬƐ͕ƚŚƵƐŚĞůƉŝŶŐƚŚĞEĂnjŝƐ͕ŝŶƐƉŝƚĞ ŽĨŚĞƌƐĞůĨ͕ƚŽĚĞĐĞŝǀĞƚŚĞǁŽƌůĚĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞŝƌƚƌĞĂƚŵĞŶƚŽĨƚŚĞŝƌƉƌŝƐŽŶĞƌƐ͘ ,ĞƌĐŽŶĮĚĞŶĐĞƚŚĂƚŽŶĞĐŽƵůĚǁŽƌŬƚŚƌŽƵŐŚƉƌŽďůĞŵƐ͕ĞǀĞŶƐĞƌŝŽƵƐ ŽŶĞƐ͕ǁĂƐĂƉƉůŝĞĚŝŶŵĂŶLJĐŝƌĐƵŵƐƚĂŶĐĞƐ͘^ƚĂŶĚLJŽƵƌŐƌŽƵŶĚ͕ĂƉƉůLJ LJŽƵƌƐŬŝůůƐĂŶĚĚĞƚĞƌŵŝŶĂƟŽŶ͕ĂŶĚƐƵĐĐĞƐƐǁŝůůďĞĂĐŚŝĞǀĞĚ͕ŚĂƐďĞĞŶ ŚĞƌďĞůŝĞĨ͘/ŶƐƉŝƚĞŽĨŚĞƌŐƌŝĞĨŽǀĞƌƚŚĞůŽƐƐŽĨŚĞƌŚƵƐďĂŶĚĂŶĚŚĞƌ ŵŽƚŚĞƌ͕ƐŚĞƐŝŵƉůLJŚĂĚƚŽƐƵƌǀŝǀĞƚŚĞƉƌŝǀĂƟŽŶƐŽĨĐŽŶĐĞŶƚƌĂƟŽŶĐĂŵƉ ůŝĨĞ͕ĨŽƌǁŝƚŚŽƵƚƚŚŽƐĞůŽǀĞĚŽŶĞƐ͕ůŝĐĞǁĂƐƚŚĞƐŽůĞƉƌŽƚĞĐƚŽƌŽĨŚĞƌ LJŽƵŶŐƐŽŶ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞƌĞĨŽƌĞŬŶĞǁƚŚĂƚƐŚĞŚĂĚƚŽƐƵƌǀŝǀĞ͘,ĞƌĐŽŶĐĞƌƚƐ ĨŽƌĐĂŵƉƉƌŝƐŽŶĞƌƐŚĞůƉĞĚŬĞĞƉŚĞƌĂůŝǀĞ͕ĂŶĚďƌŽƵŐŚƚŚŽƉĞĂŶĚďĞĂƵƚLJ to their miserable world. tƌŝƩĞŶďLJŚĞƌĐůŽƐĞĨƌŝĞŶĚ͕ZĞŝŶŚĂƌĚƚWŝĞĐŚŽĐŬŝ͕ƚŚŝƐůŝǀĞůLJďŝŽŐƌĂƉŚLJ ƉĂLJƐƚƌŝďƵƚĞƚŽĂůŽǀŝŶŐŵŽƚŚĞƌ͕,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚƐƵƌǀŝǀŽƌ͕ĂŶĚƉŝĂŶŝƐƚǁŚŽ͕ ĨŽƌĐůŽƐĞƚŽĂĐĞŶƚƵƌLJ͕ŚĂƐďƌŽƵŐŚƚƚŚĞũŽLJŽĨŵƵƐŝĐƚŽŵĂŶLJĂƵĚŝĞŶĐĞƐ͘ The author has supplied excerpts from the music that she played, and ĂĐĐŽŵƉĂŶLJŝŶŐ͞ƉƌŽŐƌĂŵŶŽƚĞƐ͘͟ůƚŚŽƵŐŚƚŚĞĐŚĂƉƚĞƌƐĂďŽƵƚdŚĞƌĞͲ ƐŝŶƐƚĂĚƚŽĐĐƵƉLJĂůĂƌŐĞƉĂƌƚŽĨƚŚĞŬ͕ŵƵĐŚŽĨŝƚŝƐĂůƐŽƚĂŬĞŶƵƉ ǁŝƚŚůŝĐĞ͛ƐLJŽƵŶŐĞƌĚĂLJƐĂƐǁĞůůĂƐƚŚĞLJĞĂƌƐĂŌĞƌŚĞƌƌĞůĞĂƐĞĨƌŽŵ ĐĂƉƟǀŝƚLJ͘ ͞DƵƐŝĐƚĂŬĞƐƵƐƚŽƉĂƌĂĚŝƐĞ͕͟ůŝĐĞ,ĞƌnjͲ^ŽŵŵĞƌƐĂLJƐŝŶŚĞƌĨŽƌĞǁĂƌĚ ƚŽƚŚĞŬ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞĂďŝůŝƚLJƚŽŵĂŬĞŵƵƐŝĐďĞĂƵƟĨƵůůLJŚĂƐƐƵƌĞůLJĂĚĚĞĚ LJĞĂƌƐƚŽŚĞƌůŝĨĞũƵƐƚĂƐŝƚŚĂƐďƌŽƵŐŚƚŚŽƉĞĂŶĚƉůĞĂƐƵƌĞƚŽŚĞƌĂƵĚŝͲ ences. CLR

children take responsibility for their parents. In 1941, the Lowy family was transported to the dĞƌĞnjŝŶĐĂŵƉ͕ǁŚĞƌĞ>ŽƵŝƐĚĞĮĞĚƚŚĞĂƵƚŚŽƌŝͲ ƟĞƐďLJŽƌŐĂŶŝnjŝŶŐƚŚĞĂƚƌŝĐĂůƉĞƌĨŽƌŵĂŶĐĞƐĂŶĚ ĞĚƵĐĂƟŽŶĨŽƌƚŚĞLJŽƵŶŐĞƌĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶ͕ĂŵŝƐƐŝŽŶ ŚĞĐŚĂƌĂĐƚĞƌŝnjĞĚĂƐ͞ĐƌĞĂƟǀĞĂůƚƌƵŝƐŵ͘͟/Ŷϭϵϰϰ ŚĞǁĂƐƚĂŬĞŶƚŽƵƐĐŚǁŝƚnj͘,ĞĂŶĚƐĞǀĞƌĂůĐůŽƐĞ

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Century of Wisdom: Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the World’s Oldest Living Holocaust SurvivorďLJĂƌŽůŝŶĞ^ƚŽĞƐƐŝŶŐĞƌƚĞůůƐƚŚĞŝŶƐƉŝƌĂƟŽŶĂů ƐƚŽƌLJŽĨϭϬϴͲLJĞĂƌͲŽůĚŐŝŌĞĚƉŝĂŶŝƐƚůŝĐĞ,ĞƌnjͲ^ŽŵŵĞƌ͘/ƚŝƐĂƚĂůĞŽĨ ƚŚĞƉŽǁĞƌŽĨŵƵƐŝĐĂŶĚŝƚƐĞīĞĐƚƐŽŶůŝƐƚĞŶĞƌƐĂŶĚƉĞƌĨŽƌŵĞƌƐ͕ǁŚĞŶ ĐŽƵƉůĞĚǁŝƚŚĂŐĞŶĞƌŽƐŝƚLJŽĨƐƉŝƌŝƚĂŶĚĂŶŽƉƟŵŝƐƟĐŽƵƚůŽŽŬ͘ /Ŷ:ƵůLJ͕ϭϵϰϯ͕ůŝĐĞ͕ŚĞƌŚƵƐďĂŶĚĂŶĚŚĞƌƐŝdžLJĞĂƌŽůĚƐŽŶ͕ZĂĮ͕ǁĞƌĞ ƚĂŬĞŶĨƌŽŵnjĞĐŚŽƐůŽǀĂŬŝĂĂŶĚƐĞŶƚƚŽdŚĞƌĞƐŝĞŶƐƚĂĚƚ͕ƚŚĞƐŽͲĐĂůůĞĚ ͞ŵŽĚĞů͟ĐŽŶĐĞŶƚƌĂƟŽŶĐĂŵƉǁŚĞƌĞ͕ĂĐĐŽƌĚŝŶŐƚŽEĂnjŝƉƌŽƉĂŐĂŶĚĂ͕ ĚŝƐƟŶŐƵŝƐŚĞĚ:ĞǁŝƐŚŵƵƐŝĐŝĂŶƐ͕ǁƌŝƚĞƌƐ͕ƐĐŝĞŶƟƐƚƐ͕ĂƌƟƐƚƐĂŶĚƚŚĞ ĞůĚĞƌůLJǁĞƌĞƚŽďĞ͞ƉƌŽƚĞĐƚĞĚĨƌŽŵƚŚĞǁĂƌ͘͟dŚĞƌĞĂůǁŽƌůĚƌĞǀĞĂůĞĚ ŽƚŚĞƌǁŝƐĞ͘KĨƚŚĞϭϱϲ͕ϬϬϬ:ĞǁƐĐŽŶĮŶĞĚƚŽdŚĞƌĞƐŝĞŶƐƚĂĚƚ͕ŽŶůLJϭϳ͕ϱϬϬ ǁŽƵůĚƐƵƌǀŝǀĞ͘KĨƚŚĞϭϱ͕ϬϬϬ:ĞǁŝƐŚĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶƐĞŶƚƚŽƚŚĞĐĂŵƉ͕ ĂƉƉƌŽdžŝŵĂƚĞůLJϭϬϬƐƵƌǀŝǀĞĚ͕ĂŵŽŶŐƚŚĞŵŚĞƌƐŽŶZĂĮ͘/ƚǁĂƐĂƚƚŚĂƚ ĐĂŵƉƚŚĂƚůŝĐĞ,ĞƌnjͲ^ŽŵŵĞƌƐĞƌǀĞĚĂƐĂƉŝĂŶŝƐƚĂŶĚƉůĂLJĞĚĂƚŵŽƌĞ ƚŚĂŶŽŶĞŚƵŶĚƌĞĚƉƌŽŐƌĂŵƐĨŽƌŚĞƌĨĞůůŽǁŝŶŵĂƚĞƐĂŶĚƐĞĐƌĞƚůLJŐĂǀĞ piano lessons to children in the camp. ŌĞƌƚŚĞǁĂƌ͕ůŝĐĞŵŽǀĞĚƚŽ/ƐƌĂĞůǁŝƚŚŚĞƌLJŽƵŶŐƐŽŶƚŽũŽŝŶ ƌĞůĂƟǀĞƐ͘,ĞƌƐŽŶĚĞǀĞůŽƉĞĚŝŶƚŽĂŶĂĐĐŽŵƉůŝƐŚĞĚĐĞůůŝƐƚ͘tŚĞŶŚĞ ŵŽǀĞĚƚŽŶŐůĂŶĚƚŽĨƵƌƚŚĞƌŚŝƐŵƵƐŝĐĂůĐĂƌĞĞƌ͕ůŝĐĞũŽŝŶĞĚŚŝŵ͘ dŚƌŽƵŐŚŽƵƚ͕ŚĞƌŵƵƐŝĐĂůƚĂůĞŶƚƐŬĞƉƚŚĞƌƉĞƌĨŽƌŵŝŶŐĂŶĚƚĞĂĐŚŝŶŐ͘ tŽǀĞŶŝŶƚŽƚŚĞƐƚŽƌLJĂƌĞǀŝŐŶĞƩĞƐĚĞƐĐƌŝďŝŶŐůŝĐĞ͛ƐƉĞƌƐŽŶĂůĞdžƉĞƌŝͲ ĞŶĐĞƐǁŝƚŚŐƌĞĂƚŵƵƐŝĐŝĂŶƐ͕ǁƌŝƚĞƌƐ͕ĂŶĚ/ƐƌĂĞůŝƉŽůŝƟĐĂůůĞĂĚĞƌƐ͕ŝŶĐůƵĚͲ ŝŶŐ'ƵƐƚĂǀDĂŚůĞƌ͕ĂŶŝĞůĂƌĞŶďĂƵŵ͕&ƌĂŶnj<ĂŅĂ͕DĂdžƌŽĚ͕ ĂŶĚ'ŽůĚĂDĞŝĞƌ͘ dŚĞĂƵƚŚŽƌ͕ĂƌŽůŝŶĞ^ƚŽĞƐƐŝŶŐĞƌ͕ŝŶƚĞƌǀŝĞǁĞĚůŝĐĞĨŽƌĐŽƵŶƚůĞƐƐ ŚŽƵƌƐĨƌŽŵϮϬϬϰƚŽϮϬϭϭ͕ĂŶĚƚŚŝƐŵĞŵŽŝƌŝƐĮůůĞĚǁŝƚŚƚŚĞǁŝƐĚŽŵ ůŝĐĞĂĐĐƵŵƵůĂƚĞĚůŝǀŝŶŐŚĞƌůŝĨĞ͕ƐŚĞƐĂLJƐ͕ƚŚĞƌŝŐŚƚǁĂLJ͘^ƚŽĞƐƐŝŶŐĞƌŝƐ ŚĞƌƐĞůĨĂŶĂĐĐŽŵƉůŝƐŚĞĚƉŝĂŶŝƐƚǁŚŽŚĂƐƉĞƌĨŽƌŵĞĚĂƚĂƌŶĞŐŝĞ,ĂůůĂŶĚ >ŝŶĐŽůŶĞŶƚĞƌĂŶĚŝƐĂůŽŶŐƟŵĞŵĞŵďĞƌŽĨƚŚĞdŽŬLJŽ^ƚƌŝŶŐYƵĂƌƚĞƚ͘ ŝďůŝŽŐƌĂƉŚLJ͕ĞŶĚŶŽƚĞƐ͕ƉŚŽƚŽŐƌĂƉŚƐ͘CP

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nonfiction Trotsky: A Biography Robert Service Harvard University Press, 2011 Paperback 648 pp. $22.95 ISBN: 978-0-674-06225-2

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Walther Rathenau: Weimar's Fallen Statesman Shulamit Volkov Yale University Press, 2012 Hardcover 256 pp. $25.00 [e] ISBN: 978-0300144314

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ƟŵĞƐ͕ƐĞĞŵĞĚƚŽƉŽƌƚƌĂLJŚŝŵƐĞůĨĂƐĂŶĂŶƟͲ ^ĞŵŝƟĐ:Ğǁ͘dŚŝƐƉŽƌƚƌĂŝƚŽĨŽŶĞŵĂŶůŝǀŝŶŐ a life in two worlds can be an uncomfortable ƌĞĂĚďĞĐĂƵƐĞŽĨƚŚĞĐŽŶŇŝĐƚďĞƚǁĞĞŶŚŝƐ:ĞǁͲ ŝƐŚĂŶĚ'ĞƌŵĂŶŝĚĞŶƟƟĞƐ͘ZĂƚŚĞŶĂƵƌĞĂůŝnjĞĚ ƚŚĂƚĂƐĂ:ĞǁŚŝƐƉƌŽŐƌĞƐƐŝŶƐŽĐŝĞƚLJǁŽƵůĚ ĂůǁĂLJƐďĞŚĞůĚďĂĐŬĂŶĚŚĞĐŽƵůĚŶĞǀĞƌĂƩĂŝŶ ƚŚĞƌŽůĞŚĞǁŝƐŚĞĚŝŶ'ĞƌŵĂŶůŝĨĞ͘ ƵƌŝŶŐŚŝƐůŝĨĞƟŵĞŚĞĚĞǀĞůŽƉĞĚŵĂŶLJ enemies who wished to see him fail. Whether this was due to his prickly, cold personality, his ĐŽŶƚĞŶƟŽƵƐďƵƐŝŶĞƐƐƌĞůĂƟŽŶƐŚŝƉƐ͕ŚŝƐŽŌĞŶͲ ĐŽŶƚƌŽǀĞƌƐŝĂůǁƌŝƟŶŐƐ͕ŽƌƚŚĞĨĂĐƚŽĨŚŝƐďĞŝŶŐ Ă:Ğǁ͕ƌĞŵĂŝŶƐĂŶŽƉĞŶƋƵĞƐƟŽŶ͘ZĂƚŚĞŶĂƵ ǁĂƐĂƐƐĂƐƐŝŶĂƚĞĚďLJZŝŐŚƚͲǁŝŶŐĞdžƚƌĞŵŝƐƚƐ ĂƚƚŚĞĂŐĞŽĨĮŌLJͲĮǀĞŝŶϭϵϮϮ͕ƐƵĐĐĞƐƐĨƵůďƵƚ ŶĞǀĞƌĂƚƉĞĂĐĞǁŝƚŚŚŝƐŽǁŶŝĚĞŶƟƚLJ͘BA

contemporary ũĞǁŝƐŚůŝĨĞΘ ƉƌĂĐƟĐĞ Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way Mayim Bialik; Jay Gordon, intro. Touchstone, 2012 Hardcover 247 pp. $23.99 [e] ISBN: 978-1-4516-1800-6

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A Guide to Jewish Practice: Volume 1 - Everyday Living David A. Teutsch RRC Press, 2011 Hardcover 670 pp. $39.95 ISBN: 978-0-938945-18-5

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Men at Shul As women claim larger roles in many Orthodox synagogues, men’s roles are changing, too: insights on “partnership minyanim” and a memoir about belonging to a beloved shul. The Men’s Section: Orthodox Jewish Men in an Egalitarian World Elana Maryles Sztokman Brandeis University Press, 2011 Paperback 288 pp. $29.95 [e] ISBN: 978-1-61168-079-9

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cookbooks The Bais Yaakov Cookbook

The Best of Mexican Kosher Cooking

Batsheva Weinstein, ed. Feldheim, 2011 Hardcover 384 pp. $36.99 ISBN: 978-1-58330-348-1

Shifrah Devorah Witt & Zipporah Malka Heller Israel Bookshop Publications, 2011 Hardcover 208 pp. $24.95 ISBN: 978-1-60091-188-0

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he book’s cover says it all͗ ϮϬϬ original recipes to upliŌ and enhance your Shabbos͕ zom Tov͕ and Everyday Table. Much eīort and research went into creaƟng this masterful work. Every Bais zaakov oriented school in the hnited States was contacted during its compilaƟon͕ as well as alumni from all over the world͕ who responded to ads placed in the media. All proceeds from the book will be donated to charity͕ in the true spirit of Bais zaakov. Kol hakavod͕ with great respect and kudos to Bais zaakov͕ a movement that has had an important role in the educaƟon of religious Jewish women worldwide. This elegantly assembled publicaƟon is an ideal source for both the novice and the ͞well seasoned" cook. It includes a pictorial history of Bais zaakov͖ a personal brocha and Challah recipe from the great Zebbetzin Batsheva Kanievsky a’h͖ Halachic Guidelines͕ with almost thirty pages of important pointers for the Kosher Household͖ Culinary Tips͖ All about Wine͕ with recommendaƟons for what to serve with what͖ Geƫng to Know zour Meat͕ with a precise meat and poultry guide͖ Spices and Herbs͖ Shopping for Fruits and segetables ;good to know that an avocado does not freeze well whole͕ but that it can be mashed with lemon juice and then frozen, and that blueberries should not be washed unƟl ready to eatͿ. zou will, on numerous occasions, turn to the secƟons on "Cookware," "Kitchen Gadgets," and "The Art of the Table" ;we now know that ͞seƫngs should be one inch away from the edge of the table͟Ϳ. The clear, enƟcing photographs provide serving inspiraƟons. A few highlights are "Grilled Beef Zolls with Scallion ipping Sauce," "Zoasted Garlic ucchini Soup," "Zainbow Trout with Mustard Sauce and Zoasted Potatoes," "Cheese Tartlets, Krzo and Spinach Stuīed Tomatoes," "Knion Zolls," and a most tasteful "Boston Cream Pie." The photographs themselves look edible. isplay this book, study it, learn from it, and prepare the delectable dishes in good health! DGL

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his Mexican, Tex-Mex, and Southwest offering is a mother-daughter collaboraƟon. The authors explain their goal as wanƟng to present authenƟc dishes in taste and simplicity so that one’s guests will believe the cook to be a master chef. ͞iscover the colors, Ňavors, and the Ňair of Mexican cooking," they say encouragingly. Those who love spicy salsa will appreciate the impossibly spicy pepper, the habanero, displayed in living color with a note that it is ͞for the fearless.͟ The authors advise quite wisely that one should ͙͞start out mild and work your way up͙always be careful not to rub your eyes once you’ve handled peppers͙͟ >earn this lesson well. The book features over ninety recipes and helpful guides. It assists you in Stocking zour Mexican Kitchen and gives you Tips for Mexican Cooking. Among the salsas is an easy recipe with ingredients that are all mixed together and does not involve complicated machines. The ͞Mango Salsa͟ is refreshing and has great Ňavor as an accompaniment for grilled Įsh or tacos. The ͞JalapeŹo Corn Bread͟ can be made dairy or parve, and can be prepared as corn muĸns for the younger crowd. It is graƟfying to note that the authors are sensiƟve to ͞adult͟ food and what would be perfect for children, such as ͞Corn Soup.͟ There are Shabbos recipes, dishes for a Melave Malkah, for a Summer BBY ;with ArgenƟnean inŇuencesͿ, for scrumpƟous Side ishes, esserts and Beverages, including the Hispanic ͞Flan͟ so popular in South America and Europe, along with ͞Mexican Wedding Cookies͟ and ͞Mexican Brownies.͟ I wanted to sip the Margarita oī the page’s photo. In this book, the Margarita is alcohol-free for all ages to enjoy. The compelling photos, variaƟons in some recipes, and the helpful index are big pluses. ͞KjalĄ que disfrute͟—it is my hope that you will derive great enjoyment from this cookbook. DGL


Fresh and Easy Kosher Cooking: Ordinary Ingredients, Extraordinary Meals

Inside the Jewish Bakery: Recipes and Memories from the Golden Age of Jewish Baking

Leah Schapira Mesorah Publications, 2011 Hardcover 336 pp. $34.99 ISBN: 978-1422611449

Stanley Ginsberg & Norman Berg Camino Books, 2011 Hardcover 302 pp. $24.95 ISBN: 978-1-933822-23-5

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eah Schapira was a picky eater as a child. Then her mother taught her to cook, unleashing a lifelong interest in food. In this cookbook, she oīers readers uncomplicated but tasty recipes using ingredients that most people have on hand in their pantry. All are labeled meat, dairy, or pareve. She includes menu ideas for holidays and other special occasions and oīers suggesƟons for dishes that go well together. Each recipe has clear instrucƟons and a full-page color photograph of the dish. Warm sweet potato salad, Sriracha Thai noodles, honey mustard chicken, and lazy man’s cholent are among the dishes featured. Although the author uses soup mixes, frozen vegetables, and heavy cream in her recipes, those who prefer fresh food and fewer calories will Įnd a way to subsƟtute. This is a good book for those new to kosher cooking because it points out that one can observe kashrut easily and create interesƟng food while doing so. BMB

his delighƞul book is part history, part cookbook. It takes readers back to the tradiƟonal Ashkenazic Jewish bakeries found in most Jewish communiƟes. Kne author, Berg, is a professional pastry chef. The other, Ginsberg, learned to cook and bake from his grandmother. Both share a love for tradiƟonal baked goods. They begin with a short historical overview and proceed to informaƟon about measurement and ingredients. Chapters about bread, rolls, pastries and cake, cookies, Passover baking, Įllings and toppings, and icings and Įnishes will teach readers about the origins of the foods as well as the techniques for creaƟng them. Braiding a challah, boiling bagels, or making several kinds of babka will be easy if one follows the authors’ instrucƟons. sintage black-and-white photographs as well as color plates supplement the text. A list of resources oīers online sources for ingredients, equipment, informaƟon, as well as history and ziddish. Notes direct readers to further informaƟon. Both cooks and historians will enjoy this trip to the bakery. BMB


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nonfiction mentaries demonstrate considerable scholarship and are oŌen more signiĮcant than the text itself, someƟmes challenging mainstream ZeconstrucƟonist thinking and oīering trenchant comments of their own. Every secƟon contains an extensive reading list. Near the end of the book, Zabbi Teutsch bemoans the fact that the ZeconstrucƟonist laity is woefully uneducated. espite the centrality of Jewish educaƟon to the Jewish future, ͞it is a painful fact,͟ he notes, ͞that most liberal, adult Jews have neither the level of Jewish educaƟon or of Jewish experience to make well-grounded decisions. What is more, some of those Jews are proud to make their decisions without such grounding.͟ Perhaps his book will inspire readers to engage more deeply with Jewish culture—its texts, rituals, and values—so that Jewish tradiƟon has, in Zabbi Kaplan’s words, ͞a vote but not a veto͟ in a ͞post-halakhic world.͟ WG

to wander oī a bit and it also circles back on the same informaƟon at Ɵmes. This is not a book youΖll remember for the wriƟng. It can, however, be a valuable resource for the Jewish traveler or even just someone who wants to know a bit about some of the unlikely spots where Jewish communiƟes are doing their best to survive. Bibliography, index, photographs. DC

Matti Friedman Algonquin, 2012 Hardcover 320 pp. $24.95 [e] ISBN: 978-1616200404

The Dreyfus Affair: The Scandal That Tore France in Two

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Piers Paul Read Bloomsbury Press, 2012 Hardcover 416 pp. $30.00 [e] ISBN: 978-1-60819-432-2

Ben G. Frank Globe Pequot, 2011 Paperback 320 pp. $17.95 [e] ISBN: 978-0-7627-7033-5

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en FrankΖs latest travel book is a guide for the Jewish traveler to Zussia ;including SiberiaͿ, TahiƟ, sietnam, Burma-Myanmar, India, Morocco ;and Algeria, albeit brieŇyͿ, Cuba, and Israel. Though the Įnal desƟnaƟon on that list has been dealt with beƩer elsewhere, the other desƟnaƟons are all handled with knowledge and enthusiasm. A veteran journalist, Frank is obviously an experienced traveler and a good researcher who is adept at Įnding Jewish desƟnaƟons in far-Ňung locales, as well as colorful characters in those places. He always seems to locate a good place to worship and good spots to eat, and he has done his best to make things as current and useful as possible. >ike a curious tourist, FrankΖs prose tends

history The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Book

aƫ Friedman’s The Aleppo Codex is not, by his own admission, the book he set out to write. What began as a glimmering of interest evolved quickly into a web of mystery, intrigue, and unanswered quesƟons as Friedman mined the story behind the legendary ͞Crown of Aleppo͟—the oldest authoritaƟve manuscript of the canonized Hebrew Bible, wriƩen in the tenth century by a famous scribe, used by the legendary Maimonides while wriƟng the Mishneh Torah, and protected for centuries in the ancient synagogue of Syria’s largest Jewish community. When the Aleppo community began to disperse in the 19ϰϬs and ΖϱϬs, aŌer the State of Israel’s founding, the Codex found itself in transit for the Įrst Ɵme in thousands of years, leaving its burnt-down sanctuary and traversing the border to Israel. It is here that the story hiccups͗ Faced with the half-told story of a controversial trial, rumors of missing pages, and hints of poliƟcal machinaƟons, Friedman uncovers more quesƟons than answers at every turn, adding to his convicƟon that the book that was once a community’s greatest pride has been ruined by a “conspiracy of

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silence,͟ a dearth of reliable informaƟon, and intenƟonal ambiguity. Friedman shines as a magniĮcent and thoughƞul storyteller, shiŌing between Ɵme and place with facility, bringing the story of the Codex unƟl 19ϰ8 to life and weaving it skillfully with the present and recent past. With Friedman’s crusade at its center, The Aleppo Codex might be an unintenƟonal thriller but it is a great one nonetheless, introducing us to compelling, someƟmes shiŌy characters, and drawing us into the sad story of a relic that was destroyed by the humans entrusted with its care. Thoroughly—even obsessively—researched, Friedman’s book brings to light a wealth of informaƟon never made public before. It may not solve the mystery, but it comes preƩy close. RMK

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s the author readily admits in his preface, the reyfus Aīair has been studied and dissected numerous Ɵmes, spawning hundreds, if not thousands, of books. Piers Paul Zead adds his contribuƟon to this embarrassment of riches with a detailed, lucid account of a moment in history that can be diĸcult to comprehend. In order to situate readers in the poliƟcal and cultural realm of France in the 189Ϭs, Zead begins with the events of the French ZevoluƟon. He traces a century of conŇict between the proponents of secularism and the divestment of religion from the public arena, versus the defenders of Catholicism and its place in French poliƟcs and society. Then, step by step, Zead follows the events leading up to reyfus’s arrest, court marƟal, and incarceraƟon, poinƟng out all of the small moments of decision where history might have taken a different turn. As the iniƟal miscarriage of jusƟce mushrooms and metastasizes into the reyfus Aīair, Zead is a sure and steady guide, providing vivid accounts of all of the characters, their backgrounds, their roles, and their moƟves. With Zead’s close aƩenƟon to detail, following the numerous protagonists of the Aīair to their graves, there is one curious omission. While he menƟons, in passing, Emile ola’s death by carbon monoxide asphyxiaƟon in 19ϬϮ, he does not discuss ola’s posthumously published novel, Truth, a thinly veiled recounting of reyfus’ ordeal. Apart from this minor oversight, Zead’s book is a clear, informaƟve, and readable contribuƟon to the Įeld. SLR

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nonfiction God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World Cullen Murphy Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012 Hardcover 310 pp. $27.00 [e] ISBN: 9780618091560

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he author of Are We Rome? and an editor at Vanity Fair͕DƵƌƉŚLJŽīĞƌƐĂŶŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟǀĞ ĂŶĚĞŶŐĂŐŝŶŐŚŝƐƚŽƌLJŽĨƚŚĞĂƚŚŽůŝĐŚƵƌĐŚΖƐ ĨĂŵŽƵƐŽĸ ĐĞŽĨƚŚĞ/ŶƋƵŝƐŝƟŽŶ͘dŚĞŽĸ ĐĞǁĂƐ ĞƐƚĂďůŝƐŚĞĚŝŶϭϮϯϭƚŽŝŶǀĞƐƟŐĂƚĞĂŶĚĞůŝŵŝŶĂƚĞ ǀĂƌŝŽƵƐĨŽƌŵƐŽĨŚƌŝƐƟĂŶŚĞƌĞƐLJͶĂƚŚĂƌƐĂƚ ĮƌƐƚ͕ďƵƚŝƚĞǀĞŶƚƵĂůůLJŝŶĐůƵĚĞĚWƌŽƚĞƐƚĂŶƚƐ͖ :ĞǁƐƚŽŽ͊tŚLJ:ĞǁƐ͍:ĞǁƐǁŚŽĐŽŶǀĞƌƚĞĚƚŽ ŚƌŝƐƟĂŶŝƚLJ͕ĞƐƉĞĐŝĂůůLJĂƐĂƌĞƐƵůƚŽĨƚŚĞƉƌŝŵĂƌLJ ŵŽƟǀĂƚŽƌ͕ĚƵƌĞƐƐ͕ǁĞƌĞŽŌĞŶƌĞŐĂƌĚĞĚǁŝƚŚ ƐƵƐƉŝĐŝŽŶƚŽƐƟůůƐĞĐƌĞƚůLJƉƌĂĐƟĐĞ:ƵĚĂŝƐŵͶ ǁŚŝĐŚǁŽƵůĚďĞŚĞƌĞƐLJ͘džƉĞůůŝŶŐĂůů:ĞǁƐĨƌŽŵ ^ƉĂŝŶ͕ĨŽƌĞdžĂŵƉůĞ͕ǁĂƐƌĂƟŽŶĂůŝnjĞĚŝŶƉĂƌƚĂƐ ĂǁĂLJƚŽƉƌŽƚĞĐƚƚŚĞΗ,ŽůLJĂƚŚŽůŝĐ&ĂŝƚŚΗĨƌŽŵ ΗũƵĚĂŝnjŝŶŐĂŶĚǁŝĐŬĞĚŚƌŝƐƟĂŶƐΗǁŝƚŚŝŶŝƚƐ ƌĂŶŬƐ͘/ƌŽŶŝĐĂůůLJ͕:ĞǁƐǁĞƌĞĨŽƌĐĞĚƚŽĐŽŶǀĞƌƚ ŽƌůĞĂǀĞ͕ĂŶĚƚŚŽƐĞǁŚŽĐŽŶǀĞƌƚĞĚĐŽƵůĚƐƚĂLJ͕ ďĞŝŶŐŶŽǁƌĞŐĂƌĚĞĚĂƐŚƌŝƐƟĂŶƐ͘dŚƵƐƚŚĞ ƉŽůŝĐŝĞƐĚĞǀĞůŽƉĞĚƚŽĐŽŶƚƌŽůƚŚŽƐĞǁŝƚŚŝŶƚŚĞ ŚƵƌĐŚ͕ǁŚĞŶƚŚĞŚƵƌĐŚƌƵŶƐƚŚĞ^ƚĂƚĞ͕ůĞĂĚ ŶĂƚƵƌĂůůLJƚŽƚŚĞŚƵƌĐŚĐŽŶƚƌŽůůŝŶŐƚŚĞĚĞƐƟŶLJ ŽĨƚŚŽƐĞǁŚŽĂƌĞŶŽƚďLJĚĞĮŶŝƟŽŶǁŝƚŚŝŶŝƚƐ membership. dŚĞŽĸ ĐĞŚĂƐďĞĞŶƌĞŝŶǀĞŶƚĞĚŵĂŶLJƟŵĞƐ ŽǀĞƌƚŚĞĐĞŶƚƵƌŝĞƐ͕ĂŶĚƚŽĚĂLJŝƐŬŶŽǁŶĂƐƚŚĞ ŽŶŐƌĞŐĂƟŽŶĨŽƌƚŚĞŽĐƚƌŝŶĞŽĨƚŚĞ&ĂŝƚŚ͕ ŽǀĞƌǁŚŝĐŚWŽƉĞĞŶĞĚŝĐƚys/͕ǁŚĞŶĂƌĚŝŶĂů :ŽƐĞĨZĂƚnjŝŶŐĞƌ͕ƉƌĞƐŝĚĞĚĂƐƉƌĞĨĞĐƚ͘EŽǁƚŚĂƚ ƉĂƌƚƐŽĨƚŚĞĞŶŽƌŵŽƵƐĂƌĐŚŝǀĞƐŚĂǀĞďĞŐƵŶ ƚŽďĞŽƉĞŶĞĚƚŽŝŶǀĞƐƟŐĂƟŽŶďLJΗŽƵƚƐŝĚͲ ers" in recent years, Murphy examines these ƌĞĐŽƌĚƐƚŽǁĂƌĚĂƐƉĞĐŝĮĐŶĂƌƌĂƟǀĞ͘&ŽĐƵƐŝŶŐ ŽŶƚŚĞƚŚĞŵĞƐŽĨƐƵƌǀĞŝůůĂŶĐĞ͕ĐĞŶƐŽƌƐŚŝƉ͕ĂŶĚ ΗƐĐŝĞŶƟĮĐΗŝŶƚĞƌƌŽŐĂƟŽŶĚĞǀĞůŽƉĞĚƚŚƌŽƵŐŚ ƚŚĞĐĞŶƚƵƌŝĞƐďLJƚŚŝƐŽĸ ĐĞ͕DƵƌƉŚLJĐƌŝƟĐĂůůLJ ƌĞǀĞĂůƐƚŚĞŝĚĞĂƐĂŶĚŵĞĐŚĂŶŝƐŵƐŽĨƚŚĞĂƚŚͲ ŽůŝĐŚƵƌĐŚŝŶŝƚƐǁĂƌŽŶΗĞƌƌŽƌ͘ΗƵƚƚŚĂƚŝƐĨĂƌ ĨƌŽŵƚŚĞŽŶůLJǀŝĐƟŵŽĨDƵƌƉŚLJΖƐĐƌƵƐĂĚĞ͗ŚŝƐ ƐŝŐŚƚƐĂƌĞƐĞƚĂůƐŽƐŝŵŝůĂƌůLJƌĞǀĞĂůŝŶŐĚLJŶĂŵŝĐƐ ĂƚǁŽƌŬŝŶŵŽĚĞƌŶŐŽǀĞƌŶŵĞŶƚƐ͕ŶŽƚůĞĂƐƚŝŶ

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Jewish Art: A Modern History Samantha Baskind & Larry Silver Reaktion Books, 2011 Paperback 311 pp. $35.00 ISBN: 978-1-86189-802-9

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A lavishly illustrated, comprehensive survey of the work of artists of the past two centuries who have, whether they so identified or not, been designated as Jewish artists. ŽĨďĞŝŶŐƚŚĞ͞KƚŚĞƌ͟ŝŶƐŽĐŝĞƚLJ͕ƚŚĞĚŝĂƐƉŽƌŝĐ ĞīĞĐƚŽŶŽŶĞ͛ƐŝĚĞŶƟƚLJ͕ƚŚĞƐŽĐŝĂůĐŽŶƐĐŝĞŶĐĞ ĂƐĂŚĞƌŝƚĂŐĞĚĞƌŝǀĞĚĨƌŽŵŝďůŝĐĂůƚĞĂĐŚŝŶŐƐ͕ ƚŚĞ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚĂƐĂƉƌŽĨŽƵŶĚŝŶƐƉŝƌĂƟŽŶĨŽƌ ƉŽǁĞƌĨƵůŝŵĂŐĞƐ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞŚŽŵĞůĂŶĚĞdžƉĞƌŝͲ ence of Israel. The text includes discussions of ǁĞůůͲŬŶŽǁŶƵƌŽƉĞĂŶĂƌƟƐƚƐƐƵĐŚĂƐŵĂĚĞŽ DŽĚŝŐůŝĂŶŝĂŶĚŚĂŝŵ^ŽƵƟŶĞ͕ǁŚŽƐĞǁŽƌŬ ƌĂƌĞůLJƌĞĨĞƌĞŶĐĞĚĂŶLJ:ĞǁŝƐŚƐLJŵďŽůƐ͕ĂůŽŶŐ ǁŝƚŚ/ƐŝĚŽƌĞ<ĂƵĨŵĂŶŶĂŶĚDĂƵƌLJĐLJ'ŽƩůŝĞď͕ ƌĞƉƌĞƐĞŶƚĂƟǀĞŽĨƐĞǀĞƌĂůĂƌƟƐƚƐǁŚŽƐĞƐƵďũĞĐƚ ŵĂƩĞƌŝƐ:ĞǁŝƐŚ͘/ƚŝƐĂŐŝǀĞŶƚŚĂƚƐŽŵĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚ ĂƌƟƐƚƐǁĞƌĞŝŶŇƵĞŶĐĞĚďLJƉƌĞǀĂŝůŝŶŐĂƌƟƐƟĐ ŵŽĚĞƐĂŶĚƉŽůŝƟĐĂůĐůŝŵĂƚĞƐ͕ĂƐƉƌŽǀĞŶďLJ ƐƵĐŚZƵƐƐŝĂŶĂƌƟƐƚƐĂƐů>ŝƐƐŝƚnjŬLJĂŶĚEĂƵŵ

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Jews in Service to the Tsar Lev Berdnikov; Nora Seligman Favorov, trans. Russian Life Books, 2011 Paperback 286 pp. $22.00 [e] ISBN: 978-1-880100-65-3

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ŚĞZƵƐƐŝĂŶŚŝƐƚŽƌŝĂŶ>ĞǀĞƌĚŶŝŬŽǀ introduces the reader to a roster of ƚǁĞŶƚLJͲĞŝŐŚƚĨĂƐĐŝŶĂƟŶŐZƵƐƐŝĂŶ:ĞǁƐǁŚŽŶŽƚ ŽŶůLJƐĞƌǀĞĚƚŚĞŝƌƚƐĂƌďƵƚĂůƐŽĚĞĮĞĚŵĂŶLJŽĨ ƚŚĞƐƚĞƌĞŽƚLJƉĞƐďLJǁŚŝĐŚZƵƐƐŝĂŶ:ĞǁƐŚĂǀĞĂůů ƚŽŽŽŌĞŶďĞĞŶĐŚĂƌĂĐƚĞƌŝnjĞĚ͘ ƐLJŽƵƌĞĂĚƚŚĞƐĞĨĂƐĐŝŶĂƟŶŐďŝŽŐƌĂƉŚŝĐĂů ƐŬĞƚĐŚĞƐ͕LJŽƵǁŝůůƚƌĂǀĞůĨƌŽŵƚŚĞĮŌĞĞŶƚŚ ƚŽƚŚĞƚǁĞŶƟĞƚŚĐĞŶƚƵƌLJ͕ŵĞĞƟŶŐ:ĞǁƐ ǁŚŽ͕ǁŚŝůĞĞŶĐŽƵŶƚĞƌŝŶŐĂŶƟͲ^ĞŵŝƟƐŵ͕ĂůƐŽ ŵĂĚĞŝŵƉŽƌƚĂŶƚ͕LJĞƚŐĞŶĞƌĂůůLJůŝƩůĞŬŶŽǁŶ͕ ĐŽŶƚƌŝďƵƟŽŶƐƚŽƚŚĞŝƌŚŽŵĞůĂŶĚ͘ƐŵŝŐŚƚďĞ ĞdžƉĞĐƚĞĚ͕ĂŵŽŶŐƚŚĞŵĂƌĞĮŶĂŶĐŝĞƌƐ͕ďĂŶŬĞƌƐ͕ ũĞǁĞůĞƌƐ͕ĂŶĚƉŚLJƐŝĐŝĂŶƐ͘/ŶƚĞƌĞƐƟŶŐůLJƚŚĞůŝƐƚ ĂůƐŽŝŶĐůƵĚĞƐƚǁŽ͞ĐŽƵƌƚũĞƐƚĞƌƐ͕͟ĂĐŚŝĞĨŽĨ ƉŽůŝĐĞ͕ĂŶĚĂŶĂŵďĂƐƐĂĚŽƌƚŽƚŚĞŽƵƌƚŽĨ^ƚ͘ :ĂŵĞƐǁŚŽǁĂƐŝŶƐƚƌƵŵĞŶƚĂůŝŶĞƐƚĂďůŝƐŚŝŶŐ ƚŚĞĮƌƐƚZƵƐƐŝĂŶKƌƚŚŽĚŽdžĐŚƵƌĐŚŝŶŶŐůĂŶĚ͘ ĞƌĚŶŝŬŽǀĚƌĂǁƐŽŶŶƵŵĞƌŽƵƐ͕ŽŌĞŶ ŽďƐĐƵƌĞ͕ƐŽƵƌĐĞƐǁŚŝĐŚƐŚĞĚůŝŐŚƚŽŶĂƐƉĞĐƚƐ ŽĨZƵƐƐŝĂŶŚŝƐƚŽƌLJƚŚĂƚǁŝůůƉƌŽďĂďůLJďĞŶĞǁ ĞǀĞŶƚŽƐĐŚŽůĂƌƐŽĨƚŚĞƐƵďũĞĐƚ͘dŚĞŬŝƐ ŝůůƵƐƚƌĂƚĞĚĂŶĚĐŽŶƚĂŝŶƐĂŚĞůƉĨƵůŐůŽƐƐĂƌLJ ŽĨZƵƐƐŝĂŶŚŝƐƚŽƌŝĐĂůƚĞƌŵƐ͕ƉƌĞƉĂƌĞĚďLJƚŚĞ ƚƌĂŶƐůĂƚŽƌ͕ĂƐǁĞůůĂƐĂďƌŝĞĨĐŚƌŽŶŽůŽŐLJŽĨ :ĞǁŝƐŚͲZƵƐƐŝĂŶŚŝƐƚŽƌLJ͘dŚĞƌĞŝƐĂůƐŽĂůŝƐƟŶŐ of primary sources which is, unfortunately, ĞŶƟƌĞůLJŝŶZƵƐƐŝĂŶ͘PLR


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The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer Anne-Marie O’Connor Knopf, 2012 Hardcover 349 pp. $30.00 [e] ISBN 978-0-307-26564-7

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ĂŶLJĂĚŵŝƌĞƚŚĞǁŽƌŬƐŽĨ<ůŝŵƚĂŶĚ ŽƚŚĞƌĂƌƟƐƚƐŽĨƚŚĞsŝĞŶŶĂ^ĞĐĞƐƐŝŽŶ͕ unaware of the cultural context that produced ƚŚĞŵ͘K͛ŽŶŶŽƌƵƐĞƐŽŶĞŽĨƚŚĞŵŽƐƚŝĐŽŶŝĐ ǁŽƌŬƐŽĨƚŚĞƉĞƌŝŽĚ͕<ůŝŵƚ͛ƐPortrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer͕ƚŽƚĞůůƚŚĞƐƚŽƌLJŽĨsŝĞŶŶĂ͛Ɛ Jewish community, from the early nineteenth ĐĞŶƚƵƌLJƚŚƌŽƵŐŚƚŚĞŶƐĐŚůƵƐƐĂŶĚƚŚĞƉŽƐƚͲ tĂƌƉĞƌŝŽĚ͘<ůŝŵƚŚŝŵƐĞůĨǁĂƐŶŽƚ:ĞǁŝƐŚ͕ ĂůƚŚŽƵŐŚůŝŬĞŵĂŶLJsŝĞŶŶĞƐĞŽĨƚŚĞĚĂLJ͕ŚĞ ŵŝŶŐůĞĚĂŶĚǁŽƌŬĞĚǁŝƚŚƚŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚĐŽŵͲ ŵƵŶŝƚLJ͕ǁŚŝĐŚƐƵƉƉŽƌƚĞĚŚŝƐƌĞǀŽůƵƟŽŶĂƌLJĂƌƚ ďLJĐŽŵŵŝƐƐŝŽŶŝŶŐĂŶĚƉƵƌĐŚĂƐŝŶŐŚŝƐǁŽƌŬ͘ tŚĞŶƵƐƚƌŝĂĞŵďƌĂĐĞĚ,ŝƚůĞƌ͕:ĞǁŝƐŚͲŽǁŶĞĚ Ăƌƚ͕ŚŽŵĞƐ͕ĂŶĚŽƚŚĞƌďĞůŽŶŐŝŶŐƐǁĞƌĞ ͚ĂƌLJĂŶŝnjĞĚ͖͛:ĞǁƐƚŚĞŵƐĞůǀĞƐǁĞƌĞŵƵƌĚĞƌĞĚ ŽƌĨŽƌĐĞĚƚŽŇĞĞŽƌŚŝĚĞ͘,ŝƚůĞƌ͛ƐĂŶƟƉĂƚŚLJƚŽ ŵŽĚĞƌŶŝƐƚĂƌƚ;ƚƌĂĐĞĚ͕ŚĞƌĞ͕ƚŽŚŝƐŽǁŶĂƌƟƐƟĐ ĨĂŝůƵƌĞƐŝŶsŝĞŶŶĂͿŵĞĂŶƚŵŽƐƚ^ĞĐĞƐƐŝŽŶĂƌƚ ǁĂƐĚĞĞŵĞĚƚŽŽ͚ĚĞŐĞŶĞƌĂƚĞ͛ƚŽďĞĞdžŚŝďŝƚĞĚ ƉƵďůŝĐůLJ͖ǀĂůƵĂďůĞƉŝĞĐĞƐǁĞƌĞƌŽƵƟŶĞůLJĐŽŶĮƐͲ ĐĂƚĞĚĨŽƌƉĞƌƐŽŶĂůĐŽůůĞĐƟŽŶƐŽƌŚŝĚĚĞŶŝŶEĂnjŝ bunkers. The Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer ǁĂƐƐŽĐŽŵƉĞůůŝŶŐ͕ŚŽǁĞǀĞƌ͕ƚŚĂƚĂůƚŚŽƵŐŚ ĚĞůĞǁĂƐƵŶŵŝƐƚĂŬĂďůLJ^ĞŵŝƟĐ͕ŚĞƌƉŽƌƚƌĂŝƚ was renamed The Lady in Gold and proudly ĚŝƐƉůĂLJĞĚďLJƚŚĞEĂnjŝƐŝŶƚŚĞĞůǀĞĚĞƌĞWĂůĂĐĞ ŝŶsŝĞŶŶĂ͘ŌĞƌƚŚĞtĂƌ͕ƵƐƚƌŝĂŶŽĸ ĐŝĂůƐ ĐŽǀĞƌĞĚƵƉƚŚĞŝƌĐŽŵƉůŝĐŝƚLJ͕ƌĞĨƵƐŝŶŐƚŽƌĞƚƵƌŶ ǀĂůƵĂďůĞƉƌŽƉĞƌƚLJƚŽŝƚƐƌŝŐŚƞƵů:ĞǁŝƐŚŽǁŶĞƌƐ͘ dŚĞƐƚƌƵŐŐůĞŽĨůŽĐŚͲĂƵĞƌ͛ƐĚĞƐĐĞŶĚĂŶƚƐƚŽ ƌĞĐůĂŝŵŚĞƌƉŽƌƚƌĂŝƚǁĂƐƵůƟŵĂƚĞůLJƐƵĐĐĞƐƐĨƵů͕ ĂůƚŚŽƵŐŚƚŚĞďĂƩůĞŝƚĞŶƚĂŝůĞĚƵŶĚĞƌƐĐŽƌĞƐƚŚĞ ĞŶŽƌŵŝƚLJŽĨƵƐƚƌŝĂŶĚĞŶŝĂů͘K͛ŽŶŶŽƌ͛ƐŶĂƌͲ ƌĂƟǀĞŝƐƐƉŝƌŝƚĞĚĂŶĚŐƌŝƉƉŝŶŐ͖ŽŶĞŽŶůLJŵŝƐƐĞƐ the color plates of the actual art works, which ŝĨƚŚĞƵƐƚƌŝĂŶƐŚĂĚĂĐƚĞĚŚŽŶŽƌĂďůLJ͕ŵŝŐŚƚ ŚĂǀĞďĞĞŶĂǀĂŝůĂďůĞŚĞƌĞ͘ŝďůŝŽŐƌĂƉŚLJ͕ŶŽƚĞƐ͕ ƉŚŽƚŽŐƌĂƉŚƐ͘BEB

Shattered Spaces: Encountering Jewish Ruins in Postwar Germany and Poland Michael Meng Harvard University Press, 2011 Hardcover 352 pp. $35.00 ISBN: 978-0674053038

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ŚŝƐŝƐĂŶĞdžƚƌĂŽƌĚŝŶĂƌLJĂŶĚŽƌŝŐŝŶĂů study that focuses on the sites of Jewish ŵĞŵŽƌLJůĞŌďĞŚŝŶĚĂŌĞƌƚŚĞ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚŝŶ ĞƌůŝŶ͕tĂƌƐĂǁ͕WŽƚƐĚĂŵ͕ƐƐĞŶ͕ĂŶĚtƌŽĐůĂǁ ŽǀĞƌƚŚĞƉĂƐƚƐŝdžƚLJLJĞĂƌƐ͘DŝĐŚĂĞůDĞŶŐ pursues three lines of inquiry: what happened ƚŽ:ĞǁŝƐŚƐŝƚĞƐĂŌĞƌƚŚĞ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚ͍,ŽǁŚĂǀĞ 'ĞƌŵĂŶƐ͕WŽůĞƐ͕ƐƵƌǀŝǀŝŶŐ:ĞǁƐ͕ĂŶĚ:ĞǁŝƐŚ ŽƌŐĂŶŝnjĂƟŽŶƐŝŶƚĞƌĂĐƚĞĚǁŝƚŚƚŚĞƐĞƌƵŝŶƐ ƐŝŶĐĞϭϵϰϱ͍ŶĚŝƐƚŚĞƌĞĂĚŝǀŝĚĞĚŵĞŵŽƌLJ ĂůŽŶŐĂƐƚͲtĞƐƚůŝŶĞƐ͍tŚĂƚŚĞĨŽƵŶĚŝƐƚŚĂƚ ƚŚĞŚĂŶĚůŝŶŐŽĨ:ĞǁŝƐŚƐŝƚĞƐĚŝĚŶŽƚĨĂůůĂůŽŶŐ ƚŚĞůŝŶĞŽĨƚŚĞKĚĞƌͲEĞŝƐƐĞďŽƌĚĞƌĂŶĚƚŚĞ /ƌŽŶƵƌƚĂŝŶ͘EĂƟŽŶĂů͕ƉŽůŝƟĐĂů͕ĂŶĚůŽĐĂů ĚŝīĞƌĞŶĐĞƐƐŚĂƉĞĚǁŚĂƚǁĂƐŝŶŵĂŶLJǁĂLJƐĂ ƉĂƌĂůůĞůŚŝƐƚŽƌLJĂĐƌŽƐƐĂĚŝǀĞƌƐĞƌĞŐŝŽŶ͘ ^ŚĂƩĞƌĞĚ^ƉĂĐĞƐŝƐĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞƐŚŝŌŝŶŐŚŝƐͲ ƚŽƌLJŽĨ:ĞǁŝƐŚƐŝƚĞƐĂŶĚƚŚĞĐŚĂŶŐŝŶŐĞŶĐŽƵŶͲ ƚĞƌƐǁŝƚŚƚŚĞƐĞƌƵŝŶƐŝŶƉŽƐƚǁĂƌƵƌŽƉĞ͘ZƵŝŶƐ can be treated as worthless ruble to be swept away, as many of them were in the immediate ĂŌĞƌŵĂƚŚ͕ĚĞƐƉŝƚĞƉƌŽƚĞƐƚƐĨƌŽŵ:ĞǁŝƐŚůĞĂĚͲ ĞƌƐ͘KƌƚŚĞLJĐĂŶďĞƉƌŽƚĞĐƚĞĚ͕ƉƌĞƐĞƌǀĞĚ͕ĂŶĚ restored. How they are dealt with depends on ŚŽǁƚŚĞLJĂƌĞƉĞƌĐĞŝǀĞĚĂƚĂƐƉĞĐŝĮĐƟŵĞĂŶĚ ƐƉĂĐĞďLJƉĂƌƟĐƵůĂƌƉĞƌƐŽŶƐŽƌŐƌŽƵƉƐ͘KŶĐĞ ŝŐŶŽƌĞĚŽƌĚĞƐƚƌŽLJĞĚ͕ƐŝŶĐĞƚŚĞŵŝĚͲϭϵϳϬƐ :ĞǁŝƐŚƐŝƚĞƐŚĂǀĞďĞĞŶƉƌĞƐĞƌǀĞĚĂƐǀĂůƵĂďůĞ ƌƵŝŶƐŝŶ'ĞƌŵĂŶLJĂŶĚWŽůĂŶĚ͘ŌĞƌƚŚĞĐŽůͲ ůĂƉƐĞŽĨƚŚĞ^ŽǀŝĞƚhŶŝŽŶŝŶϭϵϴϵ͕ƚŚŝƐĚĞƐŝƌĞ ƚŽƉƌĞƐĞƌǀĞŚĂƐŝŶƚĞŶƐŝĮĞĚ͕ƚŚĂŶŬƐƚŽŝŶĐƌĞĂƐͲ ŝŶŐŝŶƚĞƌĞƐƚŝŶƚŚĞ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚĂŶĚƚŚĞƌŝƐĞŽĨ ŚĞƌŝƚĂŐĞƚŽƵƌŝƐŵ͘ DĞŶŐƚƌĂĐĞƐŚŽǁƚŚĞWŽůŝƐŚĂŶĚ'ĞƌŵĂŶ ƐŽĐŝĞƟĞƐƉĂǀĞĚŽǀĞƌ͕ĨŽƌŐŽƚ͕ĂŶĚƚƌĂŶƐĨŽƌŵĞĚ Jewish sites not out of malice, but out of a deep sense of anxiety about the Holocaust. /ŶƚŚĞĞĂƌůLJĚĞĐĂĚĞƐ͕ƚŽŬĞĞƉƚŚĞƐĞƐŚĂƩĞƌĞĚ ƐLJŵďŽůƐĂƌŽƵŶĚǁŽƵůĚĞǀŽŬĞƚŚĞƚŚĞŵĞƐŽĨ ǀŝŽůĞŶĐĞ͕ĐŽŵƉůŝĐŝƚLJ͕ĂŶĚŝŶĚŝīĞƌĞŶĐĞ͘DŽƐƚ

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Vienna is Different: Jewish Writers in Austria from the Fin de Siècle to the Present Hillary Hope Herzog Berghahn Books, 2011 Hardcover 289 pp. $95.00 ISBN: 978-0-85745-181-1

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holocaust studies A Boy in Terezin: The Private Diary of Pavel Weiner, April 1944-April 1945 Pavel Weiner Northwestern University Press, 2012 Hardcover 296 pp. $29.95 ISBN: 978-0-8101-2779-1

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Boy in TerezinŝƐƚŚĞĚŝĂƌLJŽĨWĂǀĞůtĞŝŶĞƌ͕ ĂƚǁĞůǀĞLJĞĂƌŽůĚnjĞĐŚďŽLJǁŚŽǁĂƐ incarcerated with his family in Terezin. The ĚŝĂƌLJĐŽǀĞƌƐƚŚĞůĂƐƚLJĞĂƌŽĨWĂǀĞů͛ƐƚŚƌĞĞͲLJĞĂƌ imprisonment in Terezin, the year before he was liberated. He and his mother, and an uncle who was in the United States, were the sole ƐƵƌǀŝǀŽƌƐŽĨƚŚĞŝƌĨĂŵŝůLJĨƌŽŵƚŚĞ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚ͘ WĂǀĞů͛ƐĚŝĂƌLJŝƐĮůůĞĚǁŝƚŚƚŚĞŶŽƌŵĂůƌƵŵŝͲ ŶĂƟŽŶƐŽĨĂďŽLJĐŽŵŝŶŐŽĨĂŐĞ͘,ĞŝƐƉƌĞŽĐͲ cupied with sports and describes in detail the ǀĂƌŝŽƵƐƐŽĐĐĞƌŵĂƚĐŚĞƐŚĞůĚŝŶdĞƌĞnjŝŶďLJƚŚĞ ďŽLJƐ͘,ŝƐŽĐĐĂƐŝŽŶĂůƐƵůůĞŶŶĞƐƐĂŶĚĂƌŐƵŵĞŶƚƐ with his parents would be common with many ďŽLJƐŚŝƐĂŐĞ͘,ĞŚĂƐŽŶͲĂŐĂŝŶ͕ŽīͲĂŐĂŝŶĨƌŝĞŶĚͲ ships with other boys in his barracks. All of this ĐĂŶďĞĂƩƌŝďƵƚĞĚƚŽƚŚĞĂŶŐƐƚŽĨĂĚŽůĞƐĐĞŶĐĞ͘ ,ŽǁĞǀĞƌ͕ůĞƚƵƐƌĞŵĞŵďĞƌƚŚĂƚƚŚŝƐƚĞĞŶĂŐĞƌ ǁĂƐŚĞůĚĐĂƉƟǀĞŝŶĂŵĂŬĞͲďĞůŝĞǀĞĞŶǀŝƌŽŶͲ ŵĞŶƚĐŽŶƚƌŽůůĞĚďLJEĂnjŝƐ͘^Ž͕ĂůŽŶŐǁŝƚŚƚŚĞ ŶŽƌŵĂůƚĞĞŶĂŐĞŐƌŽǁŝŶŐƉĂŝŶƐ͕WĂǀĞůĂůƐŽŚĂĚ ĚĂŝůLJǁŽƌƌŝĞƐŽĨŚƵŶŐĞƌ͕ƉĂŝŶ͕ĂƚƌŽĐŝƟĞƐ͕ĂŶĚ ĞǀĞŶĚĞĂƚŚ͘ůƚŚŽƵŐŚŶŽƚŶĞĐĞƐƐĂƌŝůLJĚǁĞůƚŽŶ in the diary, these worries are an undercurrent ƚŚƌŽƵŐŚŽƵƚŝƚ͘ dĞƌĞnjŝŶ;ĐĂůůĞĚdŚĞƌĞƐŝĞŶƐƚĂĚƚďLJƚŚĞ'ĞƌͲ mans), was a Nazi transit camp. It was also ƉƌŽƉĂŐĂŶĚŝnjĞĚƚŽƚŚĞǁŽƌůĚ͕ďLJƚŚĞEĂnjŝƐ͕ĂƐ ͞ƚŚĞƚŽǁŶƚŚĞ&ƵŚƌĞƌŐĂǀĞƚŚĞ:ĞǁƐ͘͟ ^ĞǀĞƌĂůĐŽŵŵŝƐƐŝŽŶƐŽĨŝŵƉĂƌƟĂůŽďƐĞƌǀͲ ĞƌƐĂŶĚZĞĚƌŽƐƐƉĞƌƐŽŶŶĞůĐĂŵĞƚŽŝŶƐƉĞĐƚ dĞƌĞnjŝŶ͘dŚĞEĂnjŝƐƉĞƌƉĞƚƌĂƚĞĚĂŵĂũŽƌŚŽĂdž ďLJĐůĞĂŶŝŶŐƵƉƚŚĞƚŽǁŶĂŶĚŝŶƐƚĂůůŝŶŐĐĂĨĞƐ͕ ďĂŶŬƐ͕ŐƌŽĐĞƌLJƐƚŽƌĞƐ͕ĞƚĐ͘ƚŽĨŽŽůƚŚĞŽďƐĞƌǀͲ ĞƌƐŝŶƚŽďĞůŝĞǀŝŶŐƚŚĂƚƚŚŝƐǁĂƐĂŶŽƌŵĂů

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ƚŽǁŶ͘/ƚǁĂƐĂůůũƵƐƚĂĨĂĕĂĚĞ͕ůŝŬĞĂ,ŽůůLJǁŽŽĚ ŵŽǀŝĞƐĞƚ͘ /ƚǁĂƐŝŶƚŚŝƐĞŶǀŝƌŽŶŵĞŶƚƚŚĂƚWĂǀĞůtĞŝŶĞƌ ůŝǀĞĚĂŶĚƚƌŝĞĚƚŽŇŽƵƌŝƐŚĨŽƌƚŚƌĞĞLJĞĂƌƐŽĨ ŚŝƐLJŽƵŶŐůŝĨĞ͘,ĞǁĂƐĂĚĂŵĂŶƚĂďŽƵƚůĞĂƌŶŝŶŐ ĂŶĚŬĞĞƉŝŶŐƵƉŚŝƐƐƚƵĚŝĞƐ͕ĞǀĞŶƉĂLJŝŶŐĨŽƌ piano lessons with precious food. He didn’t ũƵƐƚůĂŶŐƵŝƐŚĂŶĚƐƚĂŐŶĂƚĞŝŶdĞƌĞnjŝŶ͕ďƵƚ ƌĂƚŚĞƌůŽŽŬĞĚĨŽƌĞǀĞƌLJŽƉƉŽƌƚƵŶŝƚLJƚŽŐƌŽǁ͕ ůĞĂƌŶ͕ĂŶĚďĞĐŽŵĞĂǀĂůƵĂďůĞŵĞŵďĞƌŽĨƚŚĞ community. MF

The Commandant Rudolph Hoess; Jurg Amann, ed.; Ian Buruma aftwd. Overlook, 2012 Hardcover 112 pp. $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-59020-677-5

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ƐƚŚĞĐŽŵŵĂŶĚĂŶƚŽĨƵƐĐŚǁŝƚnjZƵĚŽůƉŚ ,ŽĞƐƐƉĞƌĨĞĐƚĞĚĂŶĚŽǀĞƌƐĂǁƚŚĞŐĂƐ ĐŚĂŵďĞƌƐǁŚĞƌĞĂŶĞƐƟŵĂƚĞĚŽŶĞŵŝůůŝŽŶ ƉĞŽƉůĞǁĞƌĞĞdžƚĞƌŵŝŶĂƚĞĚ͘:ƵƌŐŵĂŶŶ͕Ă ĚŝƐƟŶŐƵŝƐŚĞĚĂƵƚŚŽƌĂŶĚƉůĂLJǁƌŝŐŚƚ͕ŚĂƐĐĂƌĞͲ ĨƵůůLJƐLJŶƚŚĞƐŝnjĞĚ,ŽĞƐƐ͛ƐŽƌŝŐŝŶĂůŵĞŵŽŝƌ

Invaluable insights regarding the inner world of someone capable of monstrous evil carried out under a veneer of duty, loyalty, and worship of an ideal. ŝŶƚŽĂŚŝŐŚůLJƌĞĂĚĂďůĞŵŽŶŽůŽŐƵĞ͘dŚŝƐǁŽƌŬ ŝƐŽĨŐƌĞĂƚƐŝŐŶŝĮĐĂŶĐĞďĞĐĂƵƐĞŝƚƉƌŽǀŝĚĞƐ ŝŶǀĂůƵĂďůĞŝŶƐŝŐŚƚƐƌĞŐĂƌĚŝŶŐƚŚĞŝŶŶĞƌǁŽƌůĚ ŽĨƐŽŵĞŽŶĞĐĂƉĂďůĞŽĨŵŽŶƐƚƌŽƵƐĞǀŝůĐĂƌͲ ƌŝĞĚŽƵƚƵŶĚĞƌĂǀĞŶĞĞƌŽĨĚƵƚLJ͕ůŽLJĂůƚLJ͕ĂŶĚ worship of an ideal. In this work Amann, ƉĞƌŚĂƉƐƵŶŝŶƚĞŶƟŽŶĂůůLJ͕ĨƵƌƚŚĞƌĚĞŵŽůŝƐŚĞƐ ,ĂŶŶĂŚƌĞŶĚƚ͛ƐƉƐLJĐŚŽůŽŐŝĐĂůůLJŶĂŝǀĞǀŝĞǁ ƚŚĂƚ,ŽĞƐƐ͕ŝĐŚŵĂŶŶ͕ĂŶĚŽƚŚĞƌďƵƌĞĂƵĐƌĂƟĐ ĨƵŶĐƟŽŶĂƌŝĞƐŽĨƚŚĞEĂnjŝŐĞŶŽĐŝĚĂůƌĞŐŝŵĞĐĂŶ ďĞǀŝĞǁĞĚĂƐŽƌĚŝŶĂƌLJŽƌďĂŶĂů͘ dŚĞƌĞŝƐŶŽƚŚŝŶŐƌĞŵŽƚĞůLJďĂŶĂůŝŶ,ŽĞƐƐ͛Ɛ ĐŚŝůůŝŶŐƐĞůĨʹƌĞǀĞůĂƟŽŶ͘ŵĂŶŶ͕ǀŝĂŚŝƐĞĚŝƚŽͲ

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ƌŝĂůĐƌĂŌƐŵĂŶƐŚŝƉ͕ŝƐĂďůĞƚŽĐĂƉƚƵƌĞĂŶƵƩĞƌůLJ ƐŽƵůůĞƐƐŝŶĚŝǀŝĚƵĂůǁŚŽƐĞƌĞƐƉĞĐƚĨŽƌůŝĨĞĂŶĚ ĐĂƉĂĐŝƚLJĨŽƌĂƵƚŚĞŶƟĐůŽǀĞǁĞƌĞĚĞƐƚƌŽLJĞĚ ĂƚĂǀĞƌLJĞĂƌůLJĂŐĞ͘tŚĂƚŝƐůĞŌŝƐĂƐŚĞůůŽĨĂ ŚƵŵĂŶďĞŝŶŐǁŚŽĚĞĚŝĐĂƚĞƐŚŝŵƐĞůĨƚŽĂŶƵŶͲ ƐǁĞƌǀŝŶŐĐŽŵŵŝƚŵĞŶƚƚŽĂ'ĞƌŵĂŶŝĐŵŝůŝƚĂƌLJ ŝĚĞĂů͘dŚŝƐĨĂŶĂƟĐĚĞǀŽƟŽŶŝƐƐƵďƐƵŵĞĚŝŶƚŽĂ ƌĞǀĞƌĞŶĐĞĨŽƌ,ŝƚůĞƌĂŶĚƚŚĞ^^ŝĚĞŽůŽŐLJǁŚŝĐŚ ĞŶĂďůĞƐ,ŽĞƐƐƚŽǀŝĞǁĞĂĐŚŽĨŚŝƐŬŝůůŝŶŐĂƐͲ ƐŝŐŶŵĞŶƚƐĂƐŝĨƚŚĞLJǁĞƌĞĚĞůĞŐĂƚĞĚƚĂƐŬƐŝŶĂ ůĂƌŐĞĐŽƌƉŽƌĂƟŽŶ͘,ŝƐŵŝŶĚŝƐŽďƐĞƐƐĞĚǁŝƚŚ ŶŽƟŽŶƐŽĨĞĸ ĐŝĞŶĐLJ͕ƐƉĞĞĚ͕ĂŶĚŽƌĚĞƌ͘,ŝƐ ĐŽŶŇĂƟŽŶŽĨƌƵŶŶŝŶŐĂŶĂŶŶŝŚŝůĂƟŽŶĐĞŶƚĞƌĂƐ ŝĨŚĞǁĞƌĞƚŚĞKŽĨĂůĂƌŐĞŵĞĂƚƉƌŽĐĞƐƐŝŶŐ ƉůĂŶƚƵŶĚĞƌƐĐŽƌĞƐĂŶƵŶĨĂƚŚŽŵĂďůĞĚĞŐƌĞĞŽĨ ƉƐLJĐŚŽƉĂƚŚŽůŽŐLJ͘ dŚĞƌĞŝƐŶŽƋƵĞƐƟŽŶŝŶŐŽĨƚŚĞ&ŝŶĂů^ŽůƵƟŽŶ ƐĂǀĞĨŽƌĂĨĞǁĐŽŵŵĞŶƚƐƚŽƚŚĞĞīĞĐƚƚŚĂƚŝĨ ,ŽĞƐƐǁĞƌĞŝŶĐŚĂƌŐĞŚĞǁŽƵůĚŚĂǀĞĐŚŽƐĞŶ ĂĚŝīĞƌĞŶƚĂƉƉƌŽĂĐŚƚŽƚŚĞ͞:ĞǁŝƐŚƉƌŽďůĞŵ͘͟ dŚĞŐĞŶŽĐŝĚĞŽĨƚŚĞ:ĞǁƐ͕ŚĞǁƌŽƚĞ͕ǁĂƐ ǁƌŽŶŐďĞĐĂƵƐĞ͞ƚŚĞĐĂƵƐĞŽĨĂŶƟͲ^ĞŵŝƟƐŵ ǁĂƐŶŽƚƐĞƌǀĞĚďLJƚŚŝƐĂĐƚĂƚĂůů͕ŝŶĨĂĐƚ͕ũƵƐƚ ƚŚĞŽƉƉŽƐŝƚĞ͘dŚĞ:ĞǁƐŚĂǀĞĐŽŵĞŵƵĐŚĐůŽƐĞƌ ƚŽƚŚĞŝƌĮŶĂůŐŽĂů͘͟ :ƵƌŐŵĂŶŶŚĂƐĚŽŶĞĂŐƌĞĂƚƐĞƌǀŝĐĞďLJ ŵĂŬŝŶŐ,ŽĞƐƐ͛ƐŵĞŵŽŝƌĂǀĂŝůĂďůĞƚŽƐƚƵĚĞŶƚƐ of the Holocaust but, most importantly, to the LJŽƵŶŐŽĨƚŚĞĐƵƌƌĞŶƚĂŶĚĨƵƚƵƌĞŐĞŶĞƌĂƟŽŶƐ͘ The Commandant is a must read for all social ƐĐŝĞŶƟƐƚƐĂŶĚĐůŝŶŝĐŝĂŶƐƐĞĞŬŝŶŐĂŐƌĂƉŚŝĐ ĂŶĚĐŽŵƉĞůůŝŶŐƐĞůĨƉŽƌƚƌĂŝƚŽĨƚŚĞĞǀŽůƵƟŽŶ ŽĨŝĚĞŽůŽŐŝĐĂůĂŶĚďƵƌĞĂƵĐƌĂƟĐƐŽĐŝŽƉĂƚŚLJ͘ ŌĞƌǁŽƌĚ͕ĞĚŝƚŽƌ͛ƐŶŽƚĞ͘SAL

Flags Over the Warsaw Ghetto: The Untold Story of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Moshe Arens Gefen Publishing House, 2011 Paperbasck 405 pp. $29.95 [e] ISBN: 978-9652295279

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ŚĞtĂƌƐĂǁ'ŚĞƩŽhƉƌŝƐŝŶŐŝŶƉƌŝů͕ϭϵϰϯ ŝƐŐĞŶĞƌĂůůLJƌĞĐŽŐŶŝnjĞĚĂƐĂŵŽŵĞŶƚŽƵƐ ĞǀĞŶƚĚƵƌŝŶŐƚŚĞ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚĂŶĚĂŵĂũŽƌĞǀĞŶƚ ŝŶ:ĞǁŝƐŚŚŝƐƚŽƌLJ͘/ŶĂĚĚŝƟŽŶƚŽƚŚĞƉƵďůŝƐŚĞĚ ĂĐĂĚĞŵŝĐŚŝƐƚŽƌŝĞƐŽĨƚŚĞŐŚĞƩŽƌĞƐŝƐƚĂŶĐĞ͕ ƐƵĐŚĂƐƚŚĞƐĐŚŽůĂƌƐŚŝƉŽĨzŝƐƌĂĞů'ƵƚŵĂŶ͕ ŚŝŵƐĞůĨĂĮŐŚƚĞƌŝŶƚŚĞhƉƌŝƐŝŶŐ͕ƚŚĞƌĞŝƐĂůƐŽ :ŽŚŶ,ĞƌƐĞLJ͛ƐŶŽǀĞů͕The Wall, and Leon Uris’ Mila 18͕ǁŚŝĐŚŚĂǀĞĨĂŵŝůŝĂƌŝnjĞĚĂůĂƌŐĞƌĞĂĚͲ ŝŶŐĂƵĚŝĞŶĐĞǁŝƚŚƚŚĞŚŝƐƚŽƌLJŽĨƚŚĞƌĞǀŽůƚ͘ DĂŝŶƐƚƌĞĂŵŚŝƐƚŽƌŝĞƐŽĨƚŚĞǀĂůŝĂŶƚŐŚĞƩŽ ĚĞĨĞŶĚĞƌƐ͕ŚŽǁĞǀĞƌ͕ĨŽĐƵƐŽŶDŽƌĚĞĐŚĂŝ ŶŝĞůĞǁŝĐnj͕ƚŚĞĐŽŵŵĂŶĚĞƌŽĨƚŚĞŝŽŶŝƐƚ :ĞǁŝƐŚ&ŝŐŚƟŶŐKƌŐĂŶŝnjĂƟŽŶ;KͿ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞ Jewish Socialist Bund, as the primary leaders of the resistance to the Nazi plan to deport the ƌĞŵŶĂŶƚŽĨƚŚĞŐŚĞƩŽ:ĞǁƐƚŽƚŚĞdƌĞďůŝŶŬĂ death camp. dŚŝƐŝƐŶŽƚƚŚĞǀŝĞǁ͕ŚŽǁĞǀĞƌ͕ŽĨDŽƐŚĞ Arens, the former Israeli defense minister, who


nonfiction ĂůƐŽƐĞƌǀĞĚĂƐ/ƐƌĂĞů͛ƐĂŵďĂƐƐĂĚŽƌƚŽtĂƐŚŝŶŐͲ ƚŽŶĂŶĚŽŶĞŽĨƚŚĞ>ŝŬƵĚƉĂƌƚLJ͛ƐĞůĚĞƌƐƚĂƚĞƐͲ men. In his book, which is meant to set the ƌĞĐŽƌĚƐƚƌĂŝŐŚƚ͕ŚĞďĞǁĂŝůƐƚŚĞĨĂĐƚƚŚĂƚƚŚĞ ZĞǀŝƐŝŽŶŝƐƚ:ĞǁŝƐŚDŝůŝƚĂƌLJKƌŐĂŶŝnjĂƟŽŶ;tͿ͕ ůĞĚďLJŝƚƐĐŽŵŵĂŶĚĞƌ͕WĂǁĞů&ƌĞŶŬĞů͕ƌĞĐĞŝǀĞƐ ůŝƩůĞŽƌŶŽƌĞĐŽŐŶŝƟŽŶŝŶƚŚĞŚŝƐƚŽƌŝĐĂůǁŽƌŬƐ ƚŚĂƚƌĞĐŽƵŶƚƚŚĞĮŐŚƚĂŐĂŝŶƐƚƚŚĞEĂnjŝƐŝŶƚŚĞ tĂƌƐĂǁ'ŚĞƩŽhƉƌŝƐŝŶŐ͘ ƌĞŶƐƚƌĂĐĞƐƚŚĞďŝƩĞƌŝĚĞŽůŽŐŝĐĂůĚŝīĞƌͲ ĞŶĐĞƐďĞƚǁĞĞŶĞ͛Ğǀ:ĂďŽƟŶƐŬLJ͕ƚŚĞĨŽƵŶĚĞƌ ŽĨƚŚĞZĞǀŝƐŝŽŶŝƐƚƐ;ƚŚĞĨŽƌĞƌƵŶŶĞƌŽĨƚŽĚĂLJ͛Ɛ >ŝŬƵĚͿ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞtŽƌůĚŝŽŶŝƐƚKƌŐĂŶŝnjĂƟŽŶ͕ ĚŝīĞƌĞŶĐĞƐǁŚŝĐŚƉƌĞǀĞŶƚĞĚƚŚĞƐĞĂƌŵĞĚ ŶĞƚǁŽƌŬƐĨƌŽŵǁŽƌŬŝŶŐƚŽŐĞƚŚĞƌƚŽĨĂĐĞƚŚĞŝƌ common enemy as the Nazis commenced ĚĞƉŽƌƟŶŐƐŽŵĞϯϲϱ͕ϬϬϬŐŚĞƩŽ:ĞǁƐƚŽƚŚĞ dƌĞďůŝŶŬĂĚĞĂƚŚĐĂŵƉ͘dŚĞƌĞƐƵůƚ͕ĂƌŐƵĞƐ ƌĞŶƐ͕ǁĂƐƚŚĂƚƚŚĞƐƵƌǀŝǀŝŶŐŵĞŵďĞƌƐŽĨƚŚĞ KǁŚŽĨŽƵŐŚƚƚŚĞEĂnjŝƐƌĞĨƵƐĞĚƚŽĂĐŬŶŽǁůͲ ĞĚŐĞƚŚĞƌŽůĞŽĨŝƚƐƌŝǀĂůŽƌŐĂŶŝnjĂƟŽŶ͕ĂŶĚ excluded them from the memoirs and books ƚŚĂƚƐƵďƐĞƋƵĞŶƚůLJĐŽŶƐƟƚƵƚĞĚƚŚĞŚŝƐƚŽƌLJŽĨ ƚŚĞŐŚĞƩŽƵƉƌŝƐŝŶŐ͘ƐĨŽƌƚŚĞt͕ĂůůŽĨŝƚƐ ƐĞŶŝŽƌĐŽŵŵĂŶĚĞƌƐĨĞůůŝŶďĂƩůĞĂŐĂŝŶƐƚƚŚĞ 'ĞƌŵĂŶƐ͘dŚĞƌĞǁĂƐ͕ĐŽŶĐůƵĚĞƐƌĞŶƐ͕ŶŽďŽĚLJ ůĞŌƚŽƚĞůůƚŚĞŝƌƐƚŽƌLJ͘hƐŝŶŐĚŽĐƵŵĞŶƚƐ͕ŝŶĐůƵĚͲ ŝŶŐƚŚĞEĂnjŝǀŝĞǁŽĨƚŚĞƌĞǀŽůƚĂƐĚŽĐƵŵĞŶƚĞĚ ŝŶƚŚĞ^ƚƌŽŽƉZĞƉŽƌƚ͕ƌĞŶƐƐĞĞŬƐƚŽƌĞĐƟĨLJ the historical omission of the role played by

The Association for Jewish Studies salutes the recipients of the Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards Information and application procedures for the 2012 competition are available on the AJS website (www.ajsnet.org). Support for this program has been generously provided by the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation of Portland, Oregon.

ƚŚĞtŝŶƚŚĞtĂƌƐĂǁ'ŚĞƩŽhƉƌŝƐŝŶŐ͕ĂŶĚ ƉƌŽǀŝĚĞƚŚĞƌĞĂĚĞƌǁŝƚŚĂŵŽƌĞďĂůĂŶĐĞĚ ŚŝƐƚŽƌLJŽĨƚŚŝƐĐŽƵƌĂŐĞŽƵƐŵŽŵĞŶƚŝŶ:ĞǁŝƐŚ history. JF

The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945 Ian Kershaw Penguin Press, 2011 Hardcover 592 pp. $35.00 [e] ISBN: 978-1594203145

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ƐƚŚĞǁĂƌƚƵƌŶĞĚĂŐĂŝŶƐƚEĂnjŝ'ĞƌŵĂŶLJŝŶ ůĂƚĞϭϵϰϰ͕ƚŚĞ^^ĂŶĚƚŚĞ'ĞƌŵĂŶĂƌŵLJ͕ ĨĞĂƌĨƵůŽĨĨĂůůŝŶŐŝŶƚŽƚŚĞŚĂŶĚƐŽĨƚŚĞZĞĚĂƌŵLJ͕ ŵĂĚĞƚŚĞĚĞĐŝƐŝŽŶƚŽŵŽǀĞƉƌŝƐŽŶĞƌƐŝŶĐŽŶͲ ĐĞŶƚƌĂƟŽŶĐĂŵƉƐŽŶ͞ĚĞĂƚŚŵĂƌĐŚĞƐ͟ƚŽĐĂŵƉƐ ǁŝƚŚŝŶƚŚĞŝŶƚĞƌŝŽƌŽĨ'ĞƌŵĂŶLJ͘ƚƚŚĞďĞŐŝŶŶŝŶŐ ŽĨϭϵϰϱ͕ƚŚĞĐŽŶĐĞŶƚƌĂƟŽŶĐĂŵƉƉŽƉƵůĂƟŽŶ ŶƵŵďĞƌĞĚĂƌŽƵŶĚϳϬϬ͕ϬϬϬ͕ŽĨǁŚŝĐŚĂŶ ĞƐƟŵĂƚĞĚϮϬϬ͕ϬϬϬͲϮϱϬ͕ϬϬϬǁĞƌĞ:ĞǁƐ͘ƌŽƵŶĚ &ĞďƌƵĂƌLJϭϵϰϱ͕,ŝƚůĞƌŝƐƐƵĞĚĂǀĞƌďĂůŽƌĚĞƌƚŽ ďůŽǁƵƉƚŚĞĐŽŶĐĞŶƚƌĂƟŽŶĐĂŵƉƐŽŶƚŚĞĂƉͲ ƉƌŽĂĐŚŽĨƚŚĞůůŝĞƐ͘ĐĐŽƌĚŝŶŐƚŽ&Ğůŝdž<ĞƌƐƚĞŶ͕ Himmler’s masseur, he was told by the head ŽĨƚŚĞ^^ƚŚĂƚ͞ŝĨEĂƟŽŶĂů^ŽĐŝĂůŝƐƚ'ĞƌŵĂŶLJŝƐ ŐŽŝŶŐƚŽďĞĚĞƐƚƌŽLJĞĚ͕ƚŚĞŶŚĞƌĞŶĞŵŝĞƐĂŶĚ

ƚŚĞĐƌŝŵŝŶĂůƐŝŶĐŽŶĐĞŶƚƌĂƟŽŶĐĂŵƉƐƐŚĂůůŶŽƚ ŚĂǀĞƚŚĞƐĂƟƐĨĂĐƟŽŶŽĨĞŵĞƌŐŝŶŐĨƌŽŵŽƵƌƌƵŝŶ as triumphant conquerors. They shall share in ƚŚĞĚŽǁŶĨĂůů͘dŚŽƐĞĂƌĞƚŚĞ&ƵŚƌĞƌ͛ƐŽƌĚĞƌƐ͙͟ ŚŝĞĨĂŵŽŶŐEĂnjŝ'ĞƌŵĂŶLJ͛ƐĞŶĞŵŝĞƐǁĞƌĞ ƚŚĞ:ĞǁƐ͘ůƚŚŽƵŐŚƚŚĞŬƵŶĚĞƌƌĞǀŝĞǁ ĚĞĂůƐǁŝƚŚƚŚĞůĂƐƚĚĂLJƐŽĨƚŚĞdŚŝƌĚZĞŝĐŚ͕ŝƚ ĂůƐŽƉƌŽǀŝĚĞƐǀĂůƵĂďůĞŝŶƐŝŐŚƚƐĂƐƚŽǁŚLJ͕ĂƚƚŚĞ moment of defeat, Hitler was determined to ŵƵƌĚĞƌĞǀĞƌLJůĂƐƚ:ĞǁŝŶEĂnjŝͲŽĐĐƵƉŝĞĚƵƌŽƉĞ͘ /ĂŶ<ĞƌƐŚĂǁŝƐĂŵŽŶŐƚŚĞůĞĂĚŝŶŐŚŝƐƚŽƌŝĂŶƐ ŽĨEĂnjŝ'ĞƌŵĂŶLJ͕ĂŶĚŚŝƐƚǁŽǀŽůƵŵĞďŝŽŐƌĂͲ phy of Adolf Hitler is the preeminent work on ŚŝƐƐƵďũĞĐƚ͘The EndƌĞǀĞĂůƐŵƵĐŚĂƐƚŽǁŚLJ EĂnjŝ'ĞƌŵĂŶLJĨŽƵŐŚƚŽŶĚĞƐƉŝƚĞŝƚƐŝŵŵŝŶĞŶƚ

In the Category of Ancient and Medieval Jewish History:

MARINA RUSTOW Johns Hopkins University Heresy and the Politics of Community: The Jews of the Fatimid Caliphate (CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS)

In the Category of Jewish Literature and Linguistics:

SHACHAR M. PINSKER University of Michigan Literary Passports: The Making of Modernist Hebrew Fiction in Europe (STANFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS)

The AJS also salutes the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award Honorable Mentions in the category of Jewish Literature and Linguistics:

GABRIELLA SAFRAN

Stanford University Wandering Soul: The Dybbuk’s Creator, S. An-Sky (HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS)

MAEERA Y. SHREIBER

University of Utah Singing in a Strange Land: A Jewish American Poetics (STANFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS)

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Thus, the focus of Kershaw’s book is to ask, Why? Why were Hitler’s self-destructive orders obeyed? Were they still giving him their willing backing or were they in fact terrorized into doing so? ŽƌǁĞƌĞƚŚĞLJŝŶĨĂĐƚƚĞƌƌŽƌŝnjĞĚŝŶƚŽĚŽŝŶŐƐŽ͍ dŚĞƐĞĂƌĞƐŽŵĞŽĨƚŚĞŵĂŶLJƋƵĞƐƟŽŶƐǁŚŝĐŚ <ĞƌƐŚĂǁĂƩĞŵƉƚƐƚŽĂŶƐǁĞƌŝŶƚŚŝƐŝŶĚŝƐƉĞŶƐͲ ĂďůĞŚŝƐƚŽƌLJ͘ƐĨŽƌƚŚĞŵƵƌĚĞƌŽĨƵƌŽƉĞĂŶ :ĞǁƌLJ͕ŚĞŶŽƚĞƐƚŚĂƚƚŚĞĞǀĂĐƵĂƟŽŶƐĂŶĚ subsequent death marches from Auschwitz, 'ƌŽƐͲZŽƐĞŶ͕^ƚƵƩŚŽĨĂŶĚŽƚŚĞƌĐĂŵƉƐŝŶƚŚĞ ĞĂƐƚ͕ŚĂĚ͕ĨƌŽŵƚŚĞƌĞŐŝŵĞ͛ƐƉĞƌƐƉĞĐƟǀĞĂŶ ƵŶĚĞƌůLJŝŶŐƌĂƟŽŶĂůĞ͗ The prisoners were to be kept out of the ŚĂŶĚƐŽĨƚŚĞĞŶĞŵLJ͕ĂŶĚďƌŽƵŐŚƚƚŽƚŚĞ ŝŶƚĞƌŝŽƌŽĨƚŚĞZĞŝĐŚǁŚĞƌĞ͙ƚŚŽƵŐŚ ĞŵĂĐŝĂƚĞĚ͕ĞdžŚĂƵƐƚĞĚ͕ĨƌŽnjĞŶ͕ƐƚĂƌǀĞĚ͙ ƚŚĞLJĐŽƵůĚďĞĂǀĂŝůĂďůĞĨŽƌůĂďŽƌ͘ Or, as Himmler saw it, the Jewish prisoners ǁĞƌĞƉŽƚĞŶƟĂůƉĂǁŶƐŝŶĂŶLJĚĞĂůǁŝƚŚƚŚĞ ůůŝĞƐ͘/ƚŝƐŽďǀŝŽƵƐĨƌŽŵƌĞĂĚŝŶŐThe End that EĂnjŝ'ĞƌŵĂŶLJĐŽŶƟŶƵĞĚƚŽďĞůŝĞǀĞƵŶƟůƚŚĞ ĞŶĚŝŶĂ:ĞǁŝƐŚĐĂďĂůƚŚĂƚǁĂƐďĞŚŝŶĚƚŚĞůͲ ůŝĞĚŐŽǀĞƌŶŵĞŶƚƐ͕ĂŶĚ,ŝƚůĞƌǁĂƐĚĞƚĞƌŵŝŶĞĚ ƚŚĂƚƚŚĞĚĞƐƚƌƵĐƟŽŶŽĨŚŝƐĐŽƵŶƚƌLJǁĂƐůĞƐƐ ŝŵƉŽƌƚĂŶƚƚŚĂŶĚĞƐƚƌŽLJŝŶŐƚŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚĞŶĞŵLJ͘ JF

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The History of the Holocaust in Romania Jean Ancel; Yaffa Murcano, trans.; Leon Volovici, ed. University of Nebraska Press, 2012 Hardcover 720 pp. $50.00 ISBN: 978-0-8032-2064-5

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Hitler: Beyond Evil and Tyranny R.H.S. Stolfi Prometheus Books, 2012 Hardcover 520 pp. $27.00 [e] ISBN: 978-1-61614-474-6

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͘,͘^͘^ƚŽůĮ͛ƐƉƌĞŵŝƐĞ͕ƚŚĂƚĚŽůĨ,ŝƚůĞƌĚŝĚ ŶŽƚƚŚŝŶŬŽĨŚŝŵƐĞůĨĂƐĂŶĞǀŝůŵĂŶĚŽŝŶŐ ĞǀŝůĚĞĞĚƐ͕ŝƐĚŝĂŵĞƚƌŝĐĂůůLJŽƉƉŽƐĞĚƚŽŽƚŚĞƌ ďŝŽŐƌĂƉŚĞƌƐ͛ƚŚĞŽƌŝĞƐŽĨ,ŝƚůĞƌ͕ƚŚĞŵĂŶ͘^ƚŽůĮ ƉƌŽĨĞƐƐĞƐƚŚĂƚ,ŝƚůĞƌǁĂƐƵŶĚĞƌĞƐƟŵĂƚĞĚ by his enemies as well as historians and his ďŝŽŐƌĂƉŚĞƌƐ͘^ƚŽůĮƋƵŽƚĞƐ/ĂŶ<ĞƌƐŚĂǁ͕Ă ƌĞĐĞŶƚďŝŽŐƌĂƉŚĞƌŽĨ,ŝƚůĞƌ͕ĂƐƐĂLJŝŶŐƚŚĂƚ ͞ƐŽŵĞŽŶĞǁŝƚŚƐŽĨĞǁŝŶƚĞůůĞĐƚƵĂůŐŝŌƐĂŶĚ ƐŽĐŝĂůĂƩƌŝďƵƚĞƐ͙͘ǁĂƐŶŽŵŽƌĞƚŚĂŶĂŶĞŵƉƚLJ ǀĞƐƐĞůŽƵƚƐŝĚĞŽĨŚŝƐƉŽůŝƟĐĂůůŝĨĞ͙͘͟/Ŷ^ƚŽůĮ͛Ɛ opinion, Hitler was a talented architect, a ŐŽŽĚĂƌƟƐƚ;ŶŽƚĂŵĞĚŝŽĐƌĞŽŶĞĂƐŝƐŽŌĞŶ ĚĞƐĐƌŝďĞĚͿ͕ĂŶĚĂŵƵƐŝĐĂĮĐŝŽŶĂĚŽĂƐǁĞůůĂƐ ĂŚĞƌŽŝĐĨƌŽŶƚͲůŝŶĞƐŽůĚŝĞƌŽĨtŽƌůĚtĂƌ/͘dŚĞ ĐŽŵŵŽŶďŝĂƐŽĨ,ŝƚůĞƌ͛ƐƉƌĞǀŝŽƵƐďŝŽŐƌĂƉŚĞƌƐ͕ ĂĐĐŽƌĚŝŶŐƚŽ^ƚŽůĮ͕ŝƐƚŚĂƚĂĨĞĂƌŽĨŝŶƚĞƌƉƌĞƚĂͲ ƟŽŶůĞĂĚŝŶŐƚŽĐŽŵƉƌĞŚĞŶƐŝŽŶŽĨƚŚĞŵĂŶ͕ ŵŝŐŚƚĂůƐŽďĞĐŽŶƐŝĚĞƌĞĚĂŶĂƉŽůŽŐLJĨŽƌŚŝƐ ĂĐƟŽŶƐ͘ůůŽĨ,ŝƚůĞƌ͛ƐƉƌĞǀŝŽƵƐďŝŽŐƌĂƉŚĞƌƐ ďĞŐĂŶƚŚĞŝƌƐƚƵĚŝĞƐĨƌŽŵĂǀŝĞǁƉŽŝŶƚŽĨĐŽŶͲ tempt for the man, rather than an openness ƚŽůĞĂƌŶĂďŽƵƚŚŝŵ͘^ƚŽůĮƐĞĞƐĚŽůĨ,ŝƚůĞƌ ĂƐĂƐĞůĨͲƉƌŽĐůĂŝŵĞĚŵĞƐƐŝĂŚ͖ĂƐĂǀŝŽƌŽĨƚŚĞ 'ĞƌŵĂŶƉĞŽƉůĞĨƌŽŵƚŚĞĚĞŐƌĂĚĂƟŽŶƌĞƐƵůƟŶŐ ĨƌŽŵƚŚĞdƌĞĂƚLJŽĨsĞƌƐĂŝůůĞƐĂŶĚƚŚĞDĂƌdžŝƐƚ :ĞǁƐǁŚŽǁĞƌĞŝŶƚĞŶƚŽŶĚĞƐƚƌŽLJŝŶŐ'ĞƌŵĂŶLJ͘ /ƉĞƌƐŽŶĂůůLJĨŽƵŶĚŝƚĚŝĸ ĐƵůƚƚŽƌĞĂĚHitler: Beyond Evil and Tyranny, because I, like the ŽƚŚĞƌďŝŽŐƌĂƉŚĞƌƐ͕ŚĂǀĞĂŚĂƌĚƟŵĞŽǀĞƌůŽŽŬͲ ŝŶŐƚŚĞĞǀŝůĚĞĞĚƐŽĨ,ŝƚůĞƌĂŶĚĐŽŶĐĞŶƚƌĂƚͲ ŝŶŐŝŶƐƚĞĂĚƵƉŽŶŚŝƐƐƵƉƉŽƐĞĚŐĞŶŝƵƐ͘^ƚŽůĮ characterizes Hitler as a rare world historical ĮŐƵƌĞ͕ĐŽŵƉĂƌĞĚǁŝƚŚƚŚĞůŝŬĞƐŽĨůĞdžĂŶĚĞƌ ƚŚĞ'ƌĞĂƚ͕EĂƉŽůĞŽŶ͕ĂŶĚ:ƵůŝƵƐĂĞƐĂƌ͘,Ğ ĐůĞĂƌůLJƉƌĞƐĞŶƚƐĂŶĂůƚĞƌŶĂƚĞǀŝĞǁĨƌŽŵĂůůƚŚĞ ŽƚŚĞƌŵĂũŽƌďŝŽŐƌĂƉŚĞƌƐŽĨĚŽůĨ,ŝƚůĞƌ͕ďƵƚ ŶŽƚĂǀŝĞǁƚŚĂƚ/ĐĂŶƐŚĂƌĞ͘MF


nonfiction ƚŚĂƚǁĞƚŚŽƵŐŚƚǁĞĂůƌĞĂĚLJŬŶĞǁĂŶĚĂůůŽǁƐ these Americans to tell their stories without ƉĂƐƐŝŶŐũƵĚŐŵĞŶƚŽŶƚŚĞŝƌƉĞƌĐĞƉƟǀĞŶĞƐƐŽƌ ƚŚĞƌĞĐƟƚƵĚĞŽĨƚŚĞŝƌŵŽƌĂůĐŽŵƉĂƐƐĞƐĐůŽƵĚĞĚ ďLJƚŚĞďĞŶĞĮƚƐŽĨŚŝƐƚŽƌŝĐĂůŚŝŶĚƐŝŐŚƚ͘dŚĞŝƌ ǀŽŝĐĞƐƉƌŽďĂďůLJƐŚŽƵůĚŚĂǀĞďĞĞŶŵŽƌĞĨŽƌĐĞͲ ĨƵůĂŶĚĞdžŚŽƌƟŶŐďƵƚƚŚĞLJĐĂŶŶŽƚďĞďůĂŵĞĚ ƚŚĂƚŵŽƌĞƉĞŽƉůĞĚŝĚŶŽƚŚĞĞĚƚŚĞǁĂƌŶŝŶŐƐ͘ MND

Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power Andrew Nagorski Simon & Schuster, 2012 Hardcover 370 pp. $28.00 [e] ISBN: 978-1-4391-9100-2

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ǁĂƌĚͲǁŝŶŶŝŶŐũŽƵƌŶĂůŝƐƚŶĚƌĞǁEĂŐŽƌƐŬŝ ůŽŽŬƐĂƚƚŚĞLJĞĂƌƐůĞĂĚŝŶŐƵƉƚŽ,ŝƚůĞƌ͛Ɛ ƌŝƐĞƚŽƉŽǁĞƌ͕ƚŚĞƌƵŶͲƵƉƚŽǁĂƌ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞ ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚƚŚƌŽƵŐŚƚŚĞŽďƐĞƌǀĂƟŽŶƐĂŶĚ ƉĞƌƐŽŶĂůƚĞƐƟŵŽŶŝĞƐŽĨŵĞƌŝĐĂŶĚŝƉůŽŵĂƚƐ͕ ŵŝůŝƚĂƌLJĂƩĂĐŚĠƐ͕ũŽƵƌŶĂůŝƐƚƐ͕ĂƵƚŚŽƌƐ͕ĂŶĚ KůLJŵƉŝĐĂƚŚůĞƚĞƐǁŚŽƐƉĞŶƚƟŵĞŝŶ'ĞƌŵĂŶLJ ĂŶĚǁŝƚŶĞƐƐĞĚƚŚĞƵŶĨŽůĚŝŶŐŽĨƚŚĂƚŶŝŐŚƚŵĂƌͲ ŝƐŚŚŝƐƚŽƌLJ͘ĚĞŌƐƚŽƌLJƚĞůůĞƌ͕EĂŐŽƌƐŬŝďƌŝŶŐƐ that history to life. HitlerlandƐƵŐŐĞƐƚƐƚŚĂƚŵĞƌŝĐĂŶƐǁĞƌĞŶŽƚ without resources to understand the collapse ŽĨƚŚĞtĞŝŵĞƌZĞƉƵďůŝĐĂŶĚƚŚĞƐƵďƐĞƋƵĞŶƚ ƌƵƐŚƚŽƚĞƌƌŽƌ͕ǁĂƌ͕ĂŶĚŐĞŶŽĐŝĚĞ͘ƵƚƚŚĂƚ ĚŽĞƐŶŽƚŵĞĂŶƚŚĂƚ,ŝƚůĞƌ͛ƐŝŶƚĞŶƟŽŶƐǁĞƌĞ ŽďǀŝŽƵƐĨƌŽŵƚŚĞŽƵƚƐĞƚ͘dŚĞƌĞǁĞƌĞĂŶĂƌͲ ƌĂLJŽĨŵĞƌŝĐĂŶƐǁŚŽŽďƐĞƌǀĞĚĞǀĞŶƚƐĂŶĚ some who met and spoke with Hitler, both ǁŚĞŶŚĞǁĂƐĂŶĂƐƉŝƌŝŶŐůĞĂĚĞƌĂŶĚƚŚĞŶƚŚĞ ĂůůͲƉŽǁĞƌĨƵů&ƵŚĞƌ͘ŵŽŶŐƚŚĞŵǁĞƌĞǁƌŝƚĞƌƐ Thomas Wolfe and Sinclair Lewis, architect WŚŝůŝƉ:ŽŚŶƐŽŶ͕ďƌŽĂĚĐĂƐƚĞƌƐĂŶĚũŽƵƌŶĂůŝƐƚƐ ĚǁĂƌĚZ͘DŽƌƌŽǁ͕tŝůůŝĂŵ^ŚŝƌĞƌ͕ZŝĐŚĂƌĚ,ŽƚͲ ƚĞůĞƚ͕ĂŶĚŽƌŽƚŚLJdŚŽŵƉƐŽŶ͕ďůĂĐŬŚŝƐƚŽƌŝĂŶ t͘͘͘ƵŽŝƐ͕ĂƚŚůĞƚĞ:ĞƐƐĞKǁĞŶƐ͕ĚŝƉůŽŵĂƚƐ tŝůůŝĂŵŽĚĚĂŶĚŚŝƐĚĂƵŐŚƚĞƌ͕DĂƌƚŚĂ͕ĂŶĚ 'ĞŽƌŐĞDĞƐƐĞƌƐŵŝƚŚ͕ĂŶĚ͕ŽĨĐŽƵƌƐĞ͕ĂǀŝĂͲ ƚŽƌŚĂƌůĞƐ>ŝŶĚďĞƌŐŚ͘DĂŶLJǁĞƌĞŶĂŢǀĞĂŶĚ ƐƵƉĞƌĮĐŝĂůŝŶƚŚĞŝƌŽďƐĞƌǀĂƟŽŶƐ͕ƐŽŵĞǁĞƌĞ ƐLJŵƉĂƚŚĞƟĐĂŶĚĞǀĞŶĂƉŽůŽŐŝƐƚƐĨŽƌƚŚĞEĂnjŝƐ͕ ďƵƚŵŽƐƚ͕ůŝŬĞ^ŚŝƌĞƌ͕dŚŽŵƉƐŽŶ͕ĂŶĚŽŶƐƵů 'ĞŶĞƌĂůDĞƐƐĞƌƐŵŝƚŚ͕ǁĞƌĞĂůĂƌŵĞĚďLJǁŚĂƚ ǁĂƐŚĂƉƉĞŶŝŶŐĂƌŽƵŶĚƚŚĞŵĞǀĞŶŝĨƚŚĞLJĚŝĚ ŶŽƚŐƌĂƐƉƚŚĞĨƵůůŝŵƉůŝĐĂƟŽŶƐ͘/ŶƚŚĞĞŶĚ͕ ƚŚĞƐĞŵĞƌŝĐĂŶŽďƐĞƌǀĞƌƐŚĞůƉĞĚƚŽĂůĞƌƚĂƌĞͲ ůƵĐƚĂŶƚŶĂƟŽŶƚŽƚŚĞĚĂŶŐĞƌŽĨEĂnjŝ'ĞƌŵĂŶLJ͕ ƉĂƌƟĐƵůĂƌůLJŚŽǁŝƚŝŶƐƟůůĞĚŚĂƚƌĞĚŽĨ:ĞǁƐĂŶĚ ƌƵƚŚůĞƐƐůLJĞůŝŵŝŶĂƚĞĚŝƚƐƉŽůŝƟĐĂůŽƉƉŽŶĞŶƚƐ͘ LJĚŽŝŶŐƐŽƚŚĞLJŐƌĂĚƵĂůůLJĐŽŶƚƌŝďƵƚĞĚƚŽƚŚĞ ĞƌŽƐŝŽŶŽĨŝƐŽůĂƟŽŶŝƐƚƐĞŶƟŵĞŶƚƐĂŶĚŚĞůƉĞĚ ƉƌĞƉĂƌĞƚŚĞŝƌĐŽƵŶƚƌLJŵĞŶĨŽƌƚŚĞůŽŽŵŝŶŐǁĂƌ ĂŚĞĂĚ͘EĂŐŽƌƐŬŝŽƉĞŶƐƵƉĂǁŝŶĚŽǁŝŶƚŽĂŶĞƌĂ

The Nazi Séance: The Strange Story of The Jewish Psychic in Hitler's Circle

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“A dramatic Holocaust memoir about young love and survival…wholly engrossing, written with exceptional immediacy and attention to detail…deeply affecting.” —Kirkus (hardcover review)

Arthur J. Magida Palgrave Macmillan, 2011 Hardcover 288 pp. $26.00 ISBN: 978-0230620537

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ŚĞƐƚŽƌLJŽĨƌŝŬ:ĂŶ,ĂŶƵƐƐĞŶ;ƉƐĞƵĚͲ onym), a Jewish psychic popular in ƉƌĞͲtŽƌůĚtĂƌ//'ĞƌŵĂŶLJ͕ůĞŶĚƐĐƌĞĚĞŶĐĞƚŽ ƚŚĞƐĂLJŝŶŐƚŚĂƚƚƌƵƚŚŝƐƐƚƌĂŶŐĞƌƚŚĂŶĮĐƟŽŶ͘ dŚĞƐƚŽƌLJŽĨ,ĂŶƵƐƐĞŶΖƐƌŝƐĞĂŶĚĨĂůůƐĞƌǀĞƐĂƐ ƚŚĞǀĞŚŝĐůĞĨŽƌĂŶĞdžƉůŽƌĂƟŽŶŽĨƚŚĞƉŽůŝƟĐĂů͕ cultural, and economic climate in Berlin, as well ĂƐŚŝŐŚͲƌĂŶŬŝŶŐEĂnjŝĨƵŶĐƟŽŶĂƌŝĞƐΖĨĂƐĐŝŶĂƟŽŶ ǁŝƚŚƚŚĞŽĐĐƵůƚ͘ƵƌŝŶŐ,ŝƚůĞƌΖƐƌŝƐĞƚŽƉŽǁĞƌ ĞƌůŝŶǁĂƐĂĐŝƚLJĚƌĞŶĐŚĞĚŝŶƉƌŽƉĂŐĂŶĚĂ͕ ŝŶƚƌŝŐƵĞ͕ĞƐĐĂůĂƟŶŐǀŝŽůĞŶĐĞ͕ĂŶĚŽǀĞƌǁŚĞůŵͲ ŝŶŐĨĞĂƌ͘ ,ĂŶƵƐƐĞŶǁĂƐĂŐŝŌĞĚŽďƐĞƌǀĞƌǁŝƚŚŬĞĞŶ ƉŽǁĞƌƐŽĨĐŽŶĐĞŶƚƌĂƟŽŶ͕ĂďůĞƚŽΗƌĞĂĚΗďŽĚLJ ůĂŶŐƵĂŐĞĂŶĚĨĂĐŝĂůĞdžƉƌĞƐƐŝŽŶƐ͘,ĞǁĂƐĂŶ ĞdžƉĞƌƚŵĂŐŝĐŝĂŶ͘,ĞďƵŝůƚŚŝƐŽǁŶƌĞƉƵƚĂƟŽŶ

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Introduction read by Eve Keller

ďLJďŽŵďĂƐƚ͕ŽƌƐĞůĨͲƉƌŽŵŽƟŽŶ͕ĐůĞǀĞƌůLJƉůĂLJŝŶŐ ŽŶƚŚĞĚŝƐͲĞƋƵŝůůŝďƌŝƵŵŽĨƚŚĞƟŵĞͶĂƐĚŝĚ ,ŝƚůĞƌ͘,ĂŶƵƐƐĞŶΖƐŵŝŶĚƌĞĂĚŝŶŐĚŝƐƉůĂLJƐǁĞƌĞ ƚŚĞĂƚƌŝĐĂůĂŶĚĂŝĚĞĚƐƵƌƌĞƉƟƟŽƵƐůLJďLJĂƐƐŽĐŝͲ ĂƚĞƐŝŶƚŚĞĂƵĚŝĞŶĐĞ͘,ĞǁĂƐŚŝŐŚůLJŝŶƚĞůůŝŐĞŶƚ͕ ƌĞƐŽƵƌĐĞĨƵů͕ĂŶĚĐŚĂƌŵŝŶŐ͕ĂŶĚĐƵůƟǀĂƚĞĚƚŚĞ people who could enhance his stature and security. dŚŝƐĚĞƚĂŝůĞĚƌĞĐŽƵŶƟŶŐƚĂŬĞƐƌĞĂĚĞƌƐ behind the scene into the life of a Jewish man ŝŶƉƌĞǁĂƌ'ĞƌŵĂŶLJǁŚŽǁĂƐĂƩĞŵƉƟŶŐƚŽďĞ ,ŝƚůĞƌΖƐΗĐŽƵƌƚ:ĞǁΗĂŶĚƚŚĞƌĞďLJĞŶƐƵƌĞŚŝƐ ŽǁŶƐĂĨĞƚLJ͘dŚĞĞdžƚĞŶƚŽĨ,ĂŶƵƐƐĞŶΖƐƌĞůĂƟŽŶͲ ship with Hitler remains unclear; as the author says, ".... history is messy." dŚŝƐŬĞdžƉůŽƌĞƐƚŚĞŽŌĞŶƌĞƉĞĂƚĞĚƌƵŵŽƌ ŽĨ,ŝƚůĞƌΖƐŽďƐĞƐƐŝŽŶǁŝƚŚĂŶĚĚĞƉĞŶĚĞŶĐĞ ƵƉŽŶƚŚĞŽĐĐƵůƚ͘ĐŽŵƉůĞŵĞŶƚĂƌLJƌĞĂĚŝŶŐ choice to The Nazi Seance is In the Garden of the BeastďLJƌŝŬ>ĂƌƐƐĞŶ͘EŽƚĞƐ͕ƉƌĞĂŵďůĞ͘ NDK

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A Story of Love and War Millie Werber and Eve Keller Read by Yelena Shmuenson

A Jewish man in prewar Germany who was attempting to be Hitler's "court Jew" and thereby ensure his own safety.

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Trapped in Poland in 1941, like many Jews, teenager Millie Werber went from the Radom Ghetto to slave labor in an armaments factory, survived Auschwitz, and toiled in a second factory until liberation came. She faced death many times, but lived to marry a good man and raise a family. Many years later, Millie began telling writer Eve Keller the secret she carried in her heart—the story of the man to whom Millie was married for a few brief months during the war.     s#$s     s-0$OWNLOADs

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humor Crap at My Parents’ House Joel Dovev Abrams Image, 2011 Paperback 208 pp. $14.95 ISBN: 978-1419700736

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ĞĂůůŬŶŽǁƚŚĞĨĞĞůŝŶŐ͗ŵĂŬŝŶŐĂŚŽŵĞͲ ĐŽŵŝŶŐǀŝƐŝƚŽŶůLJƚŽǁĂŶĚĞƌƚŚƌŽƵŐŚƚŚĞ rooms of your childhood home and wonder, what is that? Based on his popular Crap at My Parents’ HouseďůŽŐ͕ĐŽŵĞĚŝĂŶ:ŽĞůŽǀĞǀ compiled and published the best submissions ĨŽƌƋƵĞƐƟŽŶĂďůĞƉĂƌĞŶƚĂůĚĞĐŽƌĂƟŶŐĐŚŽŝĐĞƐ͘ /ŶƚŚĞƐĞƉĂŐĞƐ͕ŽƌŐĂŶŝnjĞĚďLJƌŽŽŵĨƵŶĐƟŽŶ͕ LJŽƵ͛ůůĮŶĚĐůŽǁŶƐ͕ŐŶŽŵĞƐ͕ĂŶĚĂƌŽŽŵĨƵů ŽĨZĂŐŐĞĚLJŶĚLJĚŽůůƐ͘ZĞƉůĞƚĞǁŝƚŚƉŝƚŚLJ͕ ŝƌƌĞǀĞƌĞŶƚ͕ĂŶĚƐŽŵĞƟŵĞƐƉŽůŝƟĐĂůůLJŝŶĐŽƌƌĞĐƚ ĐĂƉƟŽŶƐ͕ŽǀĞǀŵĂŝŶƚĂŝŶƐĂƌƵŶŶŝŶŐĐŽŵŵĞŶͲ ƚĂƌLJŽŶƚŚĞƌĞĂĚĞƌͲƐƵďŵŝƩĞĚƉŚŽƚŽŐƌĂƉŚƐ ƚŚĂƚŝŵŵŽƌƚĂůŝnjĞƚŚĞĐƌĂƉĂŶĚŽƚŚĞƌŽďũĞĐƚƐ found at baby boomer abodes. JT

WĂůĞƐƟŶŝĂŶƌĂďƐ͘,ĞĨƵƌƚŚĞƌĂƐƐĞƌƚƐƚŚĂƚƚŚĞ ĞǀĞŶƚƐƚŚĂƚƚŽŽŬƉůĂĐĞǁĞƌĞŶŽƚĂĚŚŽĐďƵƚ ǁĞƌĞ͕ƌĂƚŚĞƌ͕ĂƉůĂŶŶĞĚ͕ƐLJƐƚĞŵĂƟĐƉƌŽŐƌĂŵƚŽ make it impossible for anyone who was not a Jew to be an equal in Israel. WĂƉƉĞĂƉƉƌŽĂĐŚĞƐŚŝƐƚŽƌLJĂƐĂŶƵŶĂƉŽůŽͲ ŐĞƟĐŝĚĞŽůŽŐƵĞǁŚŽŚĂƐĐĂůůĞĚĨŽƌƚŚĞďŽLJĐŽƩ ŽĨ/ƐƌĂĞůŝƵŶŝǀĞƌƐŝƟĞƐĂŶĚĂĐĂĚĞŵŝĐƐ͘;,ŝƐ ďŝŽŐƌĂƉŚLJƐƚĂƚĞƐ͕͞,ĞƉƌĞǀŝŽƵƐůLJƚĂƵŐŚƚĂƚ ,ĂŝĨĂhŶŝǀĞƌƐŝƚLJďĞĨŽƌĞůĞĂǀŝŶŐ/ƐƌĂĞůĨŽƌ ƉŽůŝƟĐĂůƌĞĂƐŽŶƐ͘͟Ϳ/ŶĨĂĐƚƚŚŝƐǁŽƌŬǁĂƐŚŽƚůLJ debated in the media and in court when it was ƉƵďůŝƐŚĞĚŝŶ/ƐƌĂĞů͘,ŝƐǁŽƌŬŚĂƐďĞĞŶƐƚƌŽŶŐůLJ ĐƌŝƟĐŝnjĞĚďLJĞŶŶLJDŽƌƌŝƐ͕ƚŚĞĨŽƵŶĚĞƌŽĨ ƚŚĞEĞǁ,ŝƐƚŽƌŝĂŶƐ͕ƚŚĞŐƌŽƵƉƚŚĂƚǁĂŶƚƐƚŽ rewrite the history of Israel to show that the ĨŽƵŶĚŝŶŐŽĨƚŚĞŵŽĚĞƌŶƐƚĂƚĞǁĂƐĨƌĂƵŐŚƚǁŝƚŚ ŵŝƐƐƚĞƉƐ͕ŵŝƐƚĂŬĞƐ͕ĞǀĞŶƵŶĞƚŚŝĐĂůĚĞĞĚƐ͘ǀŝͲ ĚĞŶƚůLJWĂƉƉĞ͛ƐŬŐŽĞƐďĞLJŽŶĚǁŚĂƚĞǀĞŶ Morris can accept. MDH

A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism Daniel Byman Oxford University Press, 2011 Hardcover 447 pp. $34.95 [e] ISBN: 978-0-19-539182-4

israel studies The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel Ilan Pappe Yale University Press, 2011 Hardcover 335 pp. $30.00 [e] ISBN: 978-0-300-13441-4

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The spectacular successes, the dismal failures, and the watershed events in Israel’s struggle to defend herself against terrorists.

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ŝŶ/ƐƌĂĞů͛ƐƐƚƌƵŐŐůĞƚŽĚĞĨĞŶĚŚĞƌƐĞůĨĂŐĂŝŶƐƚ terrorists. LJŵĂŶ͛ƐŵĂŝŶĐƌŝƟƋƵĞŽĨƚŚĞ/ƐƌĂĞůŝĐŽƵŶͲ terterrorism establishment is that it has no ůŽŶŐͲƌĂŶŐĞƉůĂŶ͕ŶŽƌĞĂůƵŶĚĞƌƐƚĂŶĚŝŶŐŽĨƚŚĞ ĨƵƚƵƌĞ͘,ĞƐƵŐŐĞƐƚƐƚŚĂƚďĞĐĂƵƐĞƚŚĞ/ƐƌĂĞůŝƐ ĚĞĂůŽŶůLJǁŝƚŚŝŵŵĞĚŝĂƚĞƚŚƌĞĂƚƐ͕ƚŚĞLJĂƌĞŝŶͲ ƵƌĞĚƚŽůŽŶŐƚĞƌŵĚĂŵĂŐĞĂŶĚƌĞƉĞƌĐƵƐƐŝŽŶƐ͘ dŚĞĚĂŵĂŐĞ͕ŚĞŝƐĐŽŶǀŝŶĐĞĚ͕ŶŽƚŽŶůLJŚĂƐ ŶĞŐĂƟǀĞĞīĞĐƚƐŽŶ/ƐƌĂĞůŝƉŽůŝƟĐƐĂŶĚĐƵůƚƵƌĞ͖ ƚŚĞĚĞĨĞŶƐĞĚĞƉĂƌƚŵĞŶƚĂůƐŽƐƵīĞƌƐĂŶĚĂ ĨĞƌƟůĞĞŶǀŝƌŽŶŵĞŶƚŝƐĐƌĞĂƚĞĚĨŽƌƚŚĞĨƵƌƚŚĞƌͲ ance of hatred. LJŵĂŶĐŽŶĚƵĐƚĞĚŚƵŶĚƌĞĚƐŽĨŝŶƚĞƌǀŝĞǁƐ ĨŽƌƚŚŝƐŝŶƐŝŐŚƞƵůŬ͕ŝŶĐůƵĚŝŶŐŵĂŶLJǁŝƚŚ ƉĞŽƉůĞǁŚŽǁĞƌĞŝŶǀŽůǀĞĚŝŶƚŚĞĚĞĐŝƐŝŽŶƐĂŶĚ ŽƉĞƌĂƟŽŶĂůĂĐƟǀŝƟĞƐŝŶ/ƐƌĂĞů͛ƐǁĂƌĂŐĂŝŶƐƚ ƚĞƌƌŽƌ͘DŽƐƚŽĨƚŚĞŝŶƚĞƌǀŝĞǁĞĞƐǁĞƌĞďƌƵƚĂůůLJ ŚŽŶĞƐƚŝŶƚŚĞŝƌĞǀĂůƵĂƟŽŶƐŽĨƚŚĞĞǀĞŶƚƐŝŶ ǁŚŝĐŚƚŚĞLJǁĞƌĞŝŶǀŽůǀĞĚ͘dŚŝƐŬŝƐŶŽƚ ŽŶůLJĂŶŝŶƚĞƌĞƐƟŶŐƌĞĂĚ͕ŝƚŝƐĂŶŝŵƉŽƌƚĂŶƚ read. MDH

The Origins of Israel, 1882-1948: A Documentary History Eran Kaplan & Derek J. Penslar, eds. University of Wisconsin Press, 2011 Paperback 380 pp. $29.95 ISBN: 978-0299284947

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The Road to Fatima Gate: The Beirut Spring, The Rise of Hezbollah and The Iranian War Against Israel Michael J. Totten Encounter Books, 2011 Hardcover 338 pp. $27.95 [e] ISBN: 978-1-59403-521-0

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ŝĐŚĂĞůdŽƩĞŶůŝǀĞĚŝŶĞŝƌƵƚĂŶĚĐŽǀĞƌĞĚ ƚŚĞDŝĚĚůĞĂƐƚĂƐĂŶŝŶĚĞƉĞŶĚĞŶƚ ĨŽƌĞŝŐŶĐŽƌƌĞƐƉŽŶĚĞŶƚĨŽƌĂŶƵŵďĞƌŽĨ ůĞĂĚŝŶŐŶĞǁƐƉĂƉĞƌƐĂŶĚŵĂŐĂnjŝŶĞƐ͘/ŶŚŝƐ ŚŝŐŚůLJƉĞƌƐŽŶĂůŶĂƌƌĂƟǀĞ͕dŚĞZŽĂĚƚŽ&ĂƟŵĂ Gate: The Beirut Spring, The Rise of Hezbollah and The Iranian War Against Israel, we see ƚŚĞƵŶĨŽůĚŝŶŐŽĨŚŝƐƚŽƌLJƚŚƌŽƵŐŚŚŝƐĞLJĞƐ͘ ĨŽƌĞŝŐŶƉŽůŝĐLJĂŶĂůLJƐƚĂƐǁĞůůĂƐĂĨŽƌĞŝŐŶ ĐŽƌƌĞƐƉŽŶĚĞŶƚ͕dŽƩĞŶŐŝǀĞƐƌĞĂĚĞƌƐŚŝƐƚŽƌŝĐĂů ƉĞƌƐƉĞĐƟǀĞƐĂŶĚĐůĞĂƌĞdžƉůĂŶĂƟŽŶƐŽĨƚŚĞ ďĞǁŝůĚĞƌŝŶŐĐŽŵƉůĞdžŝƟĞƐŽĨƚŚŝƐƌĞŐŝŽŶ͘ ůůƚŚĞƉůĂŶŶŝŶŐĂŶĚƉƌĞƉĂƌĂƟŽŶdŽƩĞŶ ĚŝĚďĞĨŽƌĞŚŝƐĂƐƐŝŐŶŵĞŶƚƐĐŽƵůĚŶŽƚŚĂǀĞ ƉƌĞƉĂƌĞĚŚŝŵĨŽƌƚŚĞůŝĨĞͲƚŚƌĞĂƚĞŶŝŶŐƌĞĂůŝƟĞƐ ŚĞĞdžƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞĚŽŶƚŚĞŐƌŽƵŶĚ͘KŶĞŐĞƚƐƚŚĞ ĨĞĞůŝŶŐƚŚĂƚĂƚĂŶLJŵŽŵĞŶƚŚĞĐŽƵůĚŚĂǀĞ ďĞĞŶŬŝůůĞĚ͘EŽƚŚŝŶŐƉƌŽƚĞĐƚĞĚŚŝŵ͘,ĞďĞŐĂŶ ǁŝƚŚƚŚĞŝůůƵƐŝŽŶƚŚĂƚďĞŝŶŐĂŵĞŵďĞƌŽĨƚŚĞ ŝŶƚĞƌŶĂƟŽŶĂůƉƌĞƐƐĐŽƌƉƐǁŽƵůĚŬĞĞƉŚŝŵƐĂĨĞ͕ but he quickly learned that only luck and a ǀĞƌLJŐŽŽĚƐĞƚŽĨĨƌŝĞŶĚƐ͕ĐŽŶƚĂĐƚƐ͕ĂŶĚƚƌĂŶƐůĂͲ ƚŽƌƐĂůůŽǁĞĚŚŝŵƚŽĐŽǀĞƌŚŝƐƐƚŽƌŝĞƐĂŶĚƐƚĂLJ ĂůŝǀĞ͘ dŚĞZŽĂĚƚŽ&ĂƟŵĂ'ĂƚĞŝƐĂďĞĂƵƟĨƵůůLJ ǁƌŝƩĞŶ͕ŵĂƌǀĞůŽƵƐůLJĞŶƚĞƌƚĂŝŶŝŶŐ͕ĂŶĚŶĂŝů ďŝƟŶŐĞŶƚƌLJŝŶƚŽĂƐƉĞĐƚƐŽĨ>ĞďĂŶŽŶƚŚĂƚǁĞ seldom see. MDH

ĚĞƐƉŝƚĞĐĞƌƚĂŝŶƉŽůŝƟĐĂůĂŶĚŵŝůŝƚĂƌLJƉƌŽŐƌĂŵƐ ƚŚĂƚŚĂǀĞďĞĞŶƉƵƚŝŶƉůĂĐĞƚŽƐƚLJŵŝĞWĂůĞƐƟŶͲ ŝĂŶƚĞƌƌŝƚŽƌŝĂůĂƐƉŝƌĂƟŽŶƐĂŶĚŐŽǀĞƌŶŵĞŶƚĂů ĂƵƚŽŶŽŵLJ͕ƚŚĞŽŶůLJƌĞĂůŝƐƟĐƐŽůƵƟŽŶŝƐƚŽ create two states. ĐĐŽƌĚŝŶŐƚŽ<ůĞŝŶ͕ǁŚĂƚǁĂƐŽŶĐĞĂďŽƌĚĞƌ ĐŽŶŇŝĐƚŝƐŶŽǁĂŶĞƚŚŶŝĐƐƚƌƵŐŐůĞ͘^ĞƩůĞŵĞŶƚƐ in the West Bank do not simply mean facts on ƚŚĞŐƌŽƵŶĚƚŽƚŚĞWĂůĞƐƟŶŝĂŶƐ͘/ŶƚŚĞŝƌĞLJĞƐ͕ ƚŚĞƐĞƩůĞŵĞŶƚƐĂƌĞƚŚĞƉƌŽďůĞŵ͕ƌĞƉƌĞƐĞŶƟŶŐ ĐŽůŽŶŝĂůŝƐŵĂŶĚĂŶĞƚŚŶŝĐǀŝŽůĂƟŽŶ͘ <ůĞŝŶĐĂůůƐĂůůƚŚĞůĞĂĚĞƌƐŝŶǀŽůǀĞĚŝŶƚŚĞ ƐŝƚƵĂƟŽŶƚŽƚĂƐŬ͕ĐŚĂůůĞŶŐŝŶŐƚŚĞ/ƐƌĂĞůŝƐĂŶĚ ƚŚĞWĂůĞƐƟŶŝĂŶƐĂƐǁĞůůĂƐƚŚĞŵĞƌŝĐĂŶƐ͘,ŝƐ ŵŽƐƚĚĂŵŶŝŶŐŝŶƐŝŐŚƚŝŶƚŚŝƐƉŽǁĞƌĨƵůŬ ŝƐŚŝƐĐŽŶĐůƵƐŝŽŶͶƚŚĂƚ/ƐƌĂĞůŝƐĂŶĚWĂůĞƐƟŶͲ ŝĂŶǁŝůůŶĞǀĞƌďĞĂďůĞƚŽůŝǀĞƚŽŐĞƚŚĞƌ͕ƚŚĂƚ ŝŶŽƌĚĞƌƚŽƌĞƐŽůǀĞƚŚĞŝƐƐƵĞƐƚŚĞLJŵƵƐƚďĞ separated. MDH

ŵŽĚĞƌŶũĞǁŝƐŚ ƚŚŽƵŐŚƚΘĞdžƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞ Change and Renewal: The Essence of the Jewish Holidays, Festivals and Days of Remembrance Adin Steinsaltz; Daniel Haberman, trans.; Yehudit Shabta, ed. Maggid Books, 2011 Hardcover 432 pp. $27.95 ISBN: 978-159-264-322-6

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ƚĂŬĞƉůĂĐĞǁŝƚŚŝŶĞǀĞƌLJŝŶĚŝǀŝĚƵĂů͘ƌĂǁŝŶŐ ĨƌŽŵĂǀĂƐƚĂƌƌĂLJŽĨƐŽƵƌĐĞƐƚŚĂƚŝŶĂĚĚŝƟŽŶ ƚŽƚƌĂĚŝƟŽŶĂůƌĞĨĞƌĞŶĐĞƐĨƌŽŵƚŚĞtƌŝƩĞŶĂŶĚ KƌĂůdƌĂĚŝƟŽŶƐ͕ŝŶĐůƵĚĞŵLJƐƟĐĂůĂŶĚŚĂƐƐŝĚŝĐ ůŝƚĞƌĂƚƵƌĞ͕^ƚĞŝŶƐĂůƚnjƌĞǀĞĂůƐĂƐƉĞĐƚƐŽĨ:ĞǁŝƐŚ ŽďƐĞƌǀĂŶĐĞǁŚŝĐŚĚŝƌĞĐƚůLJĂĚĚƌĞƐƐƚŚŽƐĞƐĞĞŬͲ ŝŶŐĚĞĞƉĞƌŵĞĂŶŝŶŐƐŝŶƚŚĞŝƌůŝǀĞƐƚŚƌŽƵŐŚ :ĞǁŝƐŚŽďƐĞƌǀĂŶĐĞ͘ƚLJƉŝĐĂůƚŽƉŝĐƐĂĚĚƌĞƐƐĞĚ ŝŶĐůƵĚĞ͞KƌĚŝŶĂƌLJĂLJƐ͕͟ŝ͘Ğ͕͘ƚŚĞƐƉŝƌŝƚƵĂů dimensions of days not associated with any ƉĂƌƟĐƵůĂƌĐŽŵŵĞŵŽƌĂƟŽŶ͕ĂƐǁĞůůĂƐƐƉĞĐŝĂů ŚĂƐƐŝĚŝĐĐĞůĞďƌĂƟŽŶƐƐƵĐŚĂƐƚŚĞϭϵƚŚŽĨ <ŝƐůĞǀĂŶĚƚŚĞϯƌĚŽĨdĂŵŵƵnj͘Z͘^ƚĞŝŶƐĂůƚnj͛Ɛ ĐŽŵŵŝƚŵĞŶƚƚŽƚŚĞ^ƚĂƚĞŽĨ/ƐƌĂĞůŝƐƌĞŇĞĐƚĞĚ ďLJƚŚĞŝŶĐůƵƐŝŽŶŽĨƚŚƌĞĞĞƐƐĂLJƐĂĚĚƌĞƐƐŝŶŐ zŽŵ,ĂƚnjŵĂƵƚĂŶĚzŽŵzĞƌƵƐŚĂůĂLJŝŵ͘dŚĞ ŬŝƐĂĐŽŶƐƚĂŶƚƐŽƵƌĐĞŽĨŶĞǁŝŶƐŝŐŚƚƐ ĂŶĚƐƟŵƵůĂƟŶŐƉĞƌƐƉĞĐƟǀĞƐƌĞŐĂƌĚŝŶŐƚŚĞ ŽĐĐĂƐŝŽŶƐŵĂŬŝŶŐƵƉƚŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚLJĞĂƌ͕ǁŚŝĐŚ ƌŽƵƟŶŝnjĂƟŽŶĂŶĚƌĞƉĞƟƟŽŶĐĂŶƐŽŵĞƟŵĞƐ ƚŚƌĞĂƚĞŶƚŽƌĞŶĚĞƌƵŶƌĞŵĂƌŬĂďůĞĂŶĚĚĞǀŽŝĚ ŽĨĚĞĞƉŵĞĂŶŝŶŐ͘ŝďůŝŽŐƌĂƉŚLJ͘YB

From Within the Tent: The Haftarot Daniel Z. Feldman & Stuart W. Halpern, eds. Maggid Books, 2011 Hardcover 743 pp. $29.95 ISBN: 978-161-329-0316

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ŚĞŝŶĐƌĞĚŝďůLJĞƌƵĚŝƚĞZ͘^ƚĞŝŶƐĂůƚnj͛ƐůĂƚĞƐƚ ĐŽŶƚƌŝďƵƟŽŶƚŽ:ĞǁŝƐŚƚŚŽƵŐŚƚŝƐĂĐŽŵͲ pendium of essays that focus on the inherent ƉĞƌƐŽŶĂů͕ƐƉŝƌŝƚƵĂůŵĞĂŶŝŶŐƐŽĨ:ĞǁŝƐŚĐĞůĞďƌĂͲ ƟŽŶƐĂŶĚĐŽŵŵĞŵŽƌĂƟŽŶƐƚŚƌŽƵŐŚŽƵƚƚŚĞ LJĞĂƌ͘džĂŵƉůĞƐŽĨƚŚĞƚŚĞŵĞƐƚŚĂƚƚŚĞĂƵƚŚŽƌ ĚĞǀĞůŽƉƐƚŚĂƚĨŽĐƵƐŽŶĂƉĞƌƐŽŶ͛ƐƐƚĂƚĞŽĨ ŵŝŶĚĂŶĚĞŵŽƟŽŶĂůŵĂŬĞƵƉĂƌĞ͗ƌĞĐƌĞĂƟŽŶ ŽĨƚŚĞƐĞůĨ͕ƉĂƌĂůůĞůŝŶŐƌĞĐƌĞĂƟŽŶŽĨƚŚĞǁŽƌůĚ ŽŶZŽƐŚ,Ă^ŚĂŶĂ͖ƚŚĞĞƐƐĞŶĐĞƐŽĨĞĂĐŚŽĨƚŚĞ Ushpizin;ƐƉŝƌŝƚƵĂůŐƵĞƐƚƐǁŚŽǀŝƐŝƚƚŚĞ^ƵŬŬĂŚͿ ĂƌĞƚŽďĞĨŽƵŶĚǁŝƚŚŝŶŽƵƌƐĞůǀĞƐ͖ĂŶĚƚŚĞ ĞƌĂĚŝĐĂƟŽŶŽĨŵĂůĞŬĂƐƐŽŵĞƚŚŝŶŐƚŚĂƚŵƵƐƚ

ŽůůŽǁŝŶŐƵƉŽŶƚŚĞƉŽƉƵůĂƌŝƚLJŽĨƚŚĞϮϬϭϬ ǀŽůƵŵĞƚŚĂƚƉƌĞƐĞŶƚĞĚĮŌLJͲƐŝdžĞƐƐĂLJƐŽŶ ƚŚĞǁĞĞŬůLJdŽƌĂŚƌĞĂĚŝŶŐ͕ĂƵƚŚŽƌĞĚďLJďŽƚŚ ŵĂůĞĂŶĚĨĞŵĂůĞŵĞŵďĞƌƐŽĨƚŚĞĨĂĐƵůƟĞƐŽĨ ƚŚĞǀĂƌŝŽƵƐƐĐŚŽŽůƐĂƐƐŽĐŝĂƚĞĚǁŝƚŚzĞƐŚŝǀĂ hŶŝǀĞƌƐŝƚLJ͕ĂǀŽůƵŵĞŽŶƚŚĞ,ĂŌĂƌŽƚŚĂƐ ŶŽǁďĞĞŶŝƐƐƵĞĚ͘ƵĞƚŽƚŚĞĨĂĐƚƚŚĂƚƚŚĞ ƉƌŽƉŚĞƟĐƌĞĂĚŝŶŐƐĚŝƌĞĐƚůLJĂƐƐŽĐŝĂƚĞĚǁŝƚŚ the Parashiot HaShavuah;ǁĞĞŬůLJdŽƌĂŚƉŽƌͲ ƟŽŶͿĂƌĞĂƵŐŵĞŶƚĞĚǁŝƚŚĂĚĚŝƟŽŶĂů,ĂŌĂƌŽƚ connected to Jewish holidays and special ^ŚĂďďĂƚŽƚ͕ƚŚŝƐƟŵĞƐĞǀĞŶƚLJͲĞŝŐŚƚĞƐƐĂLJƐ ŚĂǀĞďĞĞŶĐŽůůĞĐƚĞĚ͕ŝŶĐůƵĚŝŶŐĮŌLJďLJĂƵƚŚŽƌƐ whose work did not appear in the earlier ǀŽůƵŵĞ͘ƐĂƌĞƐƵůƚŽĨƚŚĞǁŝĚĞǀĂƌŝĞƚLJŽĨ ƉĞƌƐƉĞĐƟǀĞƐĂŶĚƐƉĞĐŝĂůƟĞƐŽĨƚŚĞĐŽŶƚƌŝďƵƚͲ ŝŶŐĞĚƵĐĂƚŽƌƐ͕ƚŚĞǀŽůƵŵĞĚŽĞƐŶŽƚŽŶůLJŽīĞƌ

The Shift: Israel-Palestine Border Struggle to Ethnic Conflict Menachem Klein Columbia University Press, 2010. Hardcover 206 pp. $30.00 [e] ISBN: 978-0-231-70196-9

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ŶƚŚŝƐƐŵĂůůŬĮůůĞĚǁŝƚŚďŝŐŝĚĞĂƐ͘ DĞŶĂĐŚĞŵ<ůĞŝŶ͕ĂƉŽůŝƟĐĂůƐĐŝĞŶƟƐƚĂƚ ĂƌͲ/ůĂŶhŶŝǀĞƌƐŝƚLJ͕ĂŶĂůLJnjĞƐƚŚĞ/ƐƌĂĞůŝͲ WĂůĞƐƟŶŝĂŶĐŽŶŇŝĐƚĂŶĚĂƌŐƵĞƐƚŚĂƚƚŚĞĨŽĐƵƐ ŽŶ/ƐƌĂĞůŝďŽƌĚĞƌƐĂŶĚƐĞƩůĞŵĞŶƚƐŝƐŶŽƚ ƐŝŵƉůLJĂŶŝƐƐƵĞŽĨƐĞĐƵƌŝƚLJďƵƚĂĚĞŵĂƌĐĂƟŽŶ of the lines of the Jewish state. He writes that

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Harvest of a Decade: Disraelia and Other Essays Walter Laqueur Transaction Books, 2011 Hardcover 268 pp. $39.95 ISBN: 978-1-4128-4232-7

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n Harvest of a Decade ĚŝƐƟŶŐƵŝƐŚĞĚƐĞŶŝŽƌ scholar Walter Laqueur collects a decade’s worth of essays published since 2001 in a wide ƌĂŶŐĞŽĨ͞ƐĞƌŝŽƵƐ͟ĂŶĚĂĐĂĚĞŵŝĐũŽƵƌŶĂůƐŝŶ ƚŚĞh͘^͘ĂŶĚƵƌŽƉĞ͘dŚĞĞƐƐĂLJƐĂƌĞĚŝǀŝĚĞĚ ŝŶƚŽĮǀĞƐĞĐƟŽŶƐ͗ŝŽŶŝƐŵ͕/ƐƌĂĞů͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞ :ĞǁƐ͖ZƵƐƐŝĂ͖ƵƌŽƉĞ͖dĞƌƌŽƌŝƐŵ͕ĂŶĚďŝŽͲ ŐƌĂƉŚŝĐĂůƐŬĞƚĐŚĞƐ͘/ŶŚŝƐĞƐƐĂLJƐŽŶ/ƐƌĂĞůŚĞ ĐŽŵĞƐĂĐƌŽƐƐĂƐĂŵĂŝŶƐƚƌĞĂŵ>ĂďŽƌŝŽŶŝƐƚ ǁŚŽŚĂƐŶŽƚLJĞƚŐĂƵŐĞĚƚŚĞĐŚĂŶŐĞƐŝŶ/ƐƌĂĞů and the Jewish world since the Likud rose to ƉŽǁĞƌŝŶϭϵϳϳ͘ǁŝĚĞƌĂŶŐĞŽĨŵŽǀĞŵĞŶƚƐ ĂŶĚĚĞǀĞůŽƉŵĞŶƚƐĐŽŵĞŝŶĨŽƌ>ĂƋƵĞƵƌ͛ƐĐƌŝƟͲ ĐŝƐŵ͕ŝŶĐůƵĚŝŶŐƚŚĞEĞǁ,ŝƐƚŽƌŝĂŶƐ͕KƌƚŚŽĚŽdž :ĞǁƐ͕ƚŚĞ>ŝŬƵĚ͕ĂŶĚWƌŝŵĞDŝŶŝƐƚĞƌĞŶũĂŵŝŶ EĞƚĂŶLJĂŚƵ͘>ĂƋƵĞƵƌƌĞƐĞƌǀĞƐĂƐƉĞĐŝĂůĨƵƌLJ ĨŽƌƚŚĞƐĞƩůĞƌƐŝŶƚŚĞtĞƐƚĂŶŬĂŶĚ'ĂnjĂĂŶĚ ƚŚĞŝƌďƌĂŶĚŽĨŝŽŶŝƐŵ͘/ŶƚŚŝƐ͕ƚŚĞǁĞĂŬĞƐƚ ƐĞĐƟŽŶŽĨƚŚĞŬ͕ŚĞƐĞĞŵƐƚŽŚĂǀĞƌƵŶŽƵƚ ŽĨƚŚŝŶŐƐƚŽƐĂLJĂďŽƵƚŝŽŶŝƐŵ͕ƚŚĞ^ƚĂƚĞŽĨ Israel, and contemporary Jewry. In contrast to Laqueur’s essays on Israel, ƚŚŽƐĞŽŶZƵƐƐŝĂĂŶĚƚŚĞ^ŽǀŝĞƚhŶŝŽŶĂƌĞ ƌĞĨƌĞƐŚŝŶŐĂŶĚŝŵƉŽƌƚĂŶƚ͘>ĂƋƵĞƵƌĐŽŐĞŶƚůLJ ĞdžƉůĂŝŶƐŚŽǁƚŚĞŽůĚtĂƌůĞĚƚŽƚŚĞƵůƟŵĂƚĞ ĚĞĐůŝŶĞĂŶĚĨĂůůŽĨƚŚĞ^ŽǀŝĞƚĞŵƉŝƌĞ͕ƌĞǀŝĞǁƐ ZƵƐƐŝĂ͛ƐŐƌŽǁŝŶŐ͞DƵƐůŝŵWƌŽďůĞŵ͕͟ĂŶĚƉƌĞͲ ĚŝĐƚƐǁŚĞƌĞZƵƐƐŝĂŶƉŽůŝƟĐƐŵŝŐŚƚďĞŚĞĂĚĞĚ in the near future. AJE

ŝŶϭϳϯϴďLJDŽƐŚĞ,ĂLJLJŝŵ>ƵnjnjĂƩŽ͕ĂŵLJƐƟĐ and a philosopher from Italy known best by ŚŝƐĂĐƌŽŶLJŵƚŚĞZĂD,Ă>͘dŚŝƐŶĞǁĞĚŝƟŽŶ ƵƐĞƐƚŚĞĂůƐŽͲĐůĂƐƐŝĐϭϵϯϲ:W^ƚƌĂŶƐůĂƟŽŶŽĨ Mesillat YesharimďLJZĂďďŝDŽƌĚĞĐĂŝ<ĂƉůĂŶ͕ ǁŚŽƐĞŐŽĂůǁĂƐƚŽŐŝǀĞŶŐůŝƐŚƌĞĂĚĞƌƐĂĐĐĞƐƐ ƚŽƚŚŝƐŝŵƉŽƌƚĂŶƚŐƵŝĚĞƚŽŵŽƌĂůĂŶĚƉƌŽƉĞƌ ďĞŚĂǀŝŽƌĂƐĂǁĂLJƚŽĨĞŶĚŽīƚŚĞĂƐƐŝŵŝůĂƟŽŶ ĂŶĚĂĐĐƵůƚƵƌĂƟŽŶƚŚĂƚǁĂƐƚĂŬŝŶŐŚŽůĚŽĨ ŵĞƌŝĐĂŶ:ĞǁƌLJĂƚƚŚĞƟŵĞ͘ ZĂďďŝ/ƌĂ^ƚŽŶĞ͛ƐĐŽŵŵĞŶƚĂƌLJŽŶƚŚĞ<ĂƉůĂŶ ƚƌĂŶƐůĂƟŽŶƐŚĞĚƐŶĞǁůŝŐŚƚŽŶƚŚĞŽƌŝŐŝŶĂů ZĂD,Ă>ƚĞdžƚĂŶĚŽŶ<ĂƉůĂŶ͛ƐƚƌĂŶƐůĂƟŽŶ͘dŚĞ ƚƌĂŶƐůĂƟŽŶŝƐŝŶďŽůĚƚLJƉĞĂŶĚďůĂĐŬůĞƩĞƌŝŶŐ͕ ^ƚŽŶĞ͛ƐĐŽŵŵĞŶƚƐĂƌĞŝŶĂůŝŐŚƚĞƌĨŽŶƚ͘ dŚĞŽŶĞƐŵĂůůŇĂǁǁŝƚŚƚŚŝƐǁŽƌŬŝƐƚŚĂƚŝŶ ŽƌĚĞƌƚŽĐŽŵƉĂƌĞƚŚĞ<ĂƉůĂŶƚƌĂŶƐůĂƟŽŶĂŶĚ ^ƚŽŶĞ͛ƐĐŽŵŵĞŶƚĂƌLJǁŝƚŚ>ƵnjnjĂƩŽ͛ƐŽƌŝŐŝŶĂů ǁŽƌŬ͕ƚŚĞƌĞĂĚĞƌŵƵƐƚŇŝƉƚŽƚŚĞďĂĐŬŽĨƚŚĞ book, where the Hebrew text is found. ZĞĂĚĞƌƐǁŝƚŚĂŶŝŶƚĞƌĞƐƚŝŶƌĂďďŝŶŝĐ ƚŚŽƵŐŚƚ͕:ĞǁŝƐŚƉŚŝůŽƐŽƉŚLJ͕ĂŶĚ:ĞǁŝƐŚĞƚŚŝĐƐ ǁŝůůĮŶĚŵƵĐŚƚŽĞŶŐĂŐĞƚŚĞŵ͘^ƚŽŶĞƉƌŽǀŝĚĞƐ ƚŚĞƚŽŽůƐĨŽƌƚŚĞƌĞĂĚĞƌƚŽĞĂƐŝůLJĂŶĚŝŶĚĞƉĞŶͲ ĚĞŶƚůLJĂĐĐĞƐƐ>ƵnjnjĂƩŽ͛ƐŐƌĞĂƚĐůĂƐƐŝĐ͘MDH

Moses Mendelssohn: Writings on Judaism, Christianity and the Bible Michah Gottlieb, ed.; Curtis Bowman, Elias Sacks, and Allan Arkush, trans. Brandeis University Press, 2011 Hardcover 296 pp $85.00 [e] ISBN: 978-1-58465-684-5

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ŶƚŚŝƐĐŽůůĞĐƟŽŶŽĨǁƌŝƟŶŐƐďLJƚŚĞĨŽƵŶĚĞƌ of the Haskalah͕Žƌ:ĞǁŝƐŚŶůŝŐŚƚĞŶŵĞŶƚ͕ ĞĚŝƚŽƌDŝĐŚĂŚ'ŽƩůŝĞďƐĞƚƐŽƵƚ͞ƚŽƉƌŽǀŝĚĞ ƚŚĞŶŐůŝƐŚƌĞĂĚĞƌǁŝƚŚĂŵŽƌĞĐŽŵƉƌĞŚĞŶƐŝǀĞ ƉŝĐƚƵƌĞŽĨDĞŶĚĞůƐƐŽŚŶ͛ƐĂƩĞŵƉƚƚŽďĂůĂŶĐĞ :ƵĚĂŝƐŵĂŶĚƚŚĞŶůŝŐŚƚĞŶŵĞŶƚƚŚĂŶŚĂĚ ďĞĞŶĂǀĂŝůĂďůĞƵŶƟůŶŽǁ͘͟'ŽƩůŝĞď͛ƐĐŚŽŝĐĞƐ ŽĨůĞƩĞƌƐ͕ĚŽĐƵŵĞŶƚƐ͕ĂŶĚƐĞůĞĐƟŽŶƐĨƌŽŵ ŵĂũŽƌǁŽƌŬƐĂƌĞŵŽƐƚĞŶůŝŐŚƚĞŶŝŶŐ͘ŶĚǁŚŝůĞ most of the works are by Mendelssohn, the ĨĂĐƚƚŚĂƚůĞƩĞƌƐƚŽŚŝŵĂŶĚĐŽŵŵĞŶƚĂƌŝĞƐďLJ ĐŽŶƚĞŵƉŽƌĂƌŝĞƐĂƌĞŝŶĐůƵĚĞĚŐŝǀĞƐĂŶĂĚĚĞĚ͕

Mesillat Yesharim: The Path of the Upright Moses Hayyim Luzzatto; Mordecai Kaplan, trans. and intro; Ira F. Stone, commentary Jewish Publication Society, 2010 Paperback 507 pp. $45.00 ISBN: 978-0-8276-0856-6

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he rabbinic classic Mesillat Yesharim is one of the most important Jewish books ŽĨDƵƐĂƌŽƌ͞ĞƚŚŝĐĂůďĞŚĂǀŝŽƌ͘͟/ƚǁĂƐǁƌŝƩĞŶ

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ŚƵŵĂŶŝnjŝŶŐĚŝŵĞŶƐŝŽŶƚŽƚŚĞŬ͛ƐƐƵďũĞĐƚ͘ tŚĂƚĨƵƌƚŚĞƌĚŝƐƟŶŐƵŝƐŚĞĚƚŚŝƐǀŽůƵŵĞĂƌĞ the excellent prefatory notes which introduce ŶĞĂƌůLJĂůůƚŚĞƐĞůĞĐƟŽŶƐĂŶĚƚŚĞŚĞůƉĨƵů footnotes which do much more than simply ĐƌĞĚŝƚƐŽƵƌĐĞƐŽƌĚĞĮŶĞĂƌĐĂŶĞƚĞƌŵƐ͘ /ŶŚŝƐ/ŶƚƌŽĚƵĐƟŽŶ͕'ŽƩůŝĞďƉƌŽǀŝĚĞƐĂ ǁĞĂůƚŚŽĨŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶĂďŽƵƚDĞŶĚĞůƐƐŽŚŶ͕ ƚŚĞƟŵĞĂŶĚƉůĂĐĞŝŶǁŚŝĐŚŚĞůŝǀĞĚ͕ĂŶĚŚŝƐ ƌĞůĂƟŽŶƐŚŝƉǁŝƚŚƚŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚĂƐǁĞůůĂƐǁŝƚŚ ƚŚĞůĂƌŐĞƌ'ĞƌŵĂŶĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƚLJĂŶĚƐŽŵĞ ŽĨŝƚƐůĞĂĚĞƌƐ͘dŚĞ'ĞƌŵĂŶůĂŶŐƵĂŐĞŽĨƚŚĞ ĞŝŐŚƚĞĞŶƚŚĐĞŶƚƵƌLJĐĂŶďĞĐŚĂůůĞŶŐŝŶŐĞǀĞŶ to scholars, but Messrs. Bowman, Sacks, and ƌŬƵƐŚŚĂǀĞŐŝǀĞŶƵƐƚƌĂŶƐůĂƟŽŶƐǁŚŝĐŚĂƌĞ ďŽƚŚĞĂƐLJĂŶĚĞŶũŽLJĂďůĞƚŽƌĞĂĚ͘/ŶĚĞdž͕ƐƵŐͲ ŐĞƐƟŽŶƐĨŽƌĨƵƌƚŚĞƌƌĞĂĚŝŶŐ͘PLR

Pirke Avot: Timeless Wisdom for Modern Life William Berkson; Menachem Fisch, trans. Jewish Publication Society, 2010 Paperback 223 pp. $28.00 ISBN: 978-0-8276-0917-4

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ůƚŚŽƵŐŚPirke Avot ŝƐĨŽƵŶĚŝŶĞǀĞƌLJ prayer book and has been translated ĐŽƵŶƚůĞƐƐƟŵĞƐ͕ƚŚŝƐŶĞǁĞĚŝƟŽŶĚŝīĞƌƐĨƌŽŵ the others in that William Berkson intends for the reader and scholar to use his editon as a ŐƵŝĚĞƚŽƚŚĞĞƚŚŝĐĂůĐŚĂůůĞŶŐĞƐǁĞĨĂĐĞƚŽĚĂLJ͘ The book contains the full text of Pirke Avot ŝŶŶŐůŝƐŚĂŶĚ,ĞďƌĞǁŽŶĨĂĐŝŶŐƉĂŐĞƐ͘ Berkson’s commentary explores the ethical, ƉƐLJĐŚŽůŽŐŝĐĂů͕ĂŶĚƌĞůŝŐŝŽƵƐƐŝŐŶŝĮĐĂŶĐĞŽĨ ƚŚĞƐĂLJŝŶŐƐ͘ĂĐŚĐŚĂƉƚĞƌĐŽŶĐůƵĚĞƐǁŝƚŚĂ ƐĞĐƟŽŶĐĂůůĞĚΗDŽĚĞƌŶ>ŝĨĞ͕ΗŝŶǁŚŝĐŚĞƌŬƐŽŶ ďƌŝŶŐƐŝŶƐŝŐŚƚƐĨƌŽŵƚŚĞĂŶĐŝĞŶƚ'ƌĞĞŬƐ͕ƚŚĞ ŶůŝŐŚƚĞŶŵĞŶƚ͕ĂƐƚĞƌŶƌĞůŝŐŝŽŶƐ͕ĂŶĚŵŽĚĞƌŶ thinkers to bear on this classic Jewish work. Berkson’s new Pirke Avot ŝƐĨĂƐĐŝŶĂƟŶŐĂŶĚ ĨƵŶƚŽƌĞĂĚĂƚƚŚĞƐĂŵĞƟŵĞ͘/ƚŝƐƉĞƌĨĞĐƚĨŽƌ ƉĞƌƐŽŶĂůƵƐĞŽƌĂƐĂǁĂLJƚŽĞŶĐŽƵƌĂŐĞĨĂŵŝůLJ discussions around the Shabbat table. Index. MDH


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A Prophetic Peace: Judaism, Religion and Politics Alick Isaacs Indiana University Press, 2011 Hardcover 195 pp. $27.95 [e] ISBN: 978-0-253-35684-0

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nonfiction his newspaper, The Dearborn Independent, ƚŽ'ĞƌŵĂŶLJ͕ǁŚĞƌĞĚŽůĨ,ŝƚůĞƌƉƌĞŵŝƐĞĚŚŝƐ ǁĂƌĂŐĂŝŶƐƚƚŚĞ:ĞǁƐŽŶƚŚĞďĂƐŝƐŽĨŚŝƐďĞůŝĞĨ ŝŶĂǁŽƌůĚ:ĞǁŝƐŚĐŽŶƐƉŝƌĂĐLJǁŚŝĐŚƐŽƵŐŚƚƚŽ destroy the Aryan race. The ProtocolsĐŽŶƟŶͲ ƵĞƐƚŽĨĂŶŚĂƚƌĞĚĂŐĂŝŶƐƚďŽƚŚ:ĞǁƐĂŶĚ/ƐƌĂĞů͕ ĞƐƉĞĐŝĂůůLJŝŶŵƵĐŚŽĨƚŚĞDŝĚĚůĞĂƐƚ͘dŚĞ Hamas charter, for example, includes excerpts ĨƌŽŵƚŚŝƐŶĞĨĂƌŝŽƵƐĨĂďƌŝĐĂƟŽŶ͘ The Paranoid ApocalypseŝƐĂĐŽůůĞĐƟŽŶŽĨ ƐĐŚŽůĂƌůLJĞƐƐĂLJƐƚŚĂƚƉƌŽǀŝĚĞƚŚĞƌĞĂĚĞƌǁŝƚŚ ĂŚƵŶĚƌĞĚͲLJĞĂƌƉĞƌƐƉĞĐƟǀĞŽĨŚŽǁƚŚĞůŝĞƐŽĨ The ProtocolsĐŽŶǀŝŶĐĞĚŵŝůůŝŽŶƐŽĨƉĞŽƉůĞŽĨ ƚŚĞƚƌƵƚŚŽĨƚŚŝƐĐĂŶĂƌĚĚŝƌĞĐƚĞĚĂŐĂŝŶƐƚƚŚĞ :ĞǁŝƐŚƉĞŽƉůĞ͘dŚĞǀŽůƵŵĞ͛ƐĞĚŝƚŽƌƐ͕ZŝĐŚĂƌĚ >ĂŶĚĞƐĂŶĚ^ƚĞǀĞŶd͘<Ăƚnj͕ŚĂǀĞŝŶĐůƵĚĞĚ Much of this discourse is not new, but there ĂƌĞŶĞǁŝŶƐŝŐŚƚƐƚŚƌŽƵŐŚŽƵƚ͕ĂŶĚŝŶŽLJĂͲ ƌŝŶΖƐŚĂŶĚƐƚŚĞƚŚĞƐŝƐŝƐŵŽƌĞŝŶƚĞƌĞƐƟŶŐĂŶĚ ĐŽŶǀŝŶĐŝŶŐ͕ĂŶĚŵŽƌĞŝŶŬĞĞƉŝŶŐǁŝƚŚĞĂƌůLJ :ƵĚĂŝƐŵ͕ƚŚĂŶƵƐƵĂů͘dŚĞƉĂLJŽīĨŽƌƚŽĚĂLJŝƐ ƐŝŐŶŝĮĐĂŶƚ͗ďŽƚŚ:ĞǁƐĂŶĚŚƌŝƐƟĂŶƐŚĂǀĞƚŚĞ ŽƉƉŽƌƚƵŶŝƚLJƚŽΗƚĞůůĚŝīĞƌĞŶƚƐƚŽƌŝĞƐĂďŽƵƚ ĞĂĐŚŽƚŚĞƌŝŶƚŚĞĨƵƚƵƌĞ͘͟MDN

Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah: New Insights and Scholarship Frederick E. Greenspahn, ed. New York University Press, 2011. Hardcover 272 pp. $25.00 [e] ISBN: 978-0814732861

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The Paranoid Apocalypse: A Hundred-Year Retrospective on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion Richard Landes & Steven T. Katz, eds. New York University Press, 2011 Hardcover 264 pp. $35.00 [e] ISBN: 978-0814748923

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ŽǁƌŝƩĞŶǁŽƌŬŚĂƐďĞĞŶŵŽƌĞůĞƚŚĂůĨŽƌ the Jewish people than The Protocols of the Elders of Zion͘&ŝƌƐƚƉƵďůŝƐŚĞĚŝŶnjĂƌŝƐƚ ZƵƐƐŝĂŝŶϭϵϬϱ͕ƚŚĞWƌŽƚŽĐŽůƐĚĞƐĐƌŝďĞƐĂ ĐŽŶƐƉŝƌĂĐLJŽĨ:ĞǁŝƐŚ͞ĞůĚĞƌƐ͟ŽƌŐĂŶŝnjĞĚƚŽ ŝŶĮůƚƌĂƚĞĐƵůƚƵƌĂů͕ƉŽůŝƟĐĂů͕ĂŶĚĞĐŽŶŽŵŝĐ ĂƐƉĞĐƚƐŽĨĐŝǀŝůŝnjĂƟŽŶĨŽƌƚŚĞƉƵƌƉŽƐĞŽĨŐůŽďĂů ĚŽŵŝŶĂƟŽŶ͘dŚĞĨŽƌŐĞƌLJƚƌĂǀĞůůĞĚĨƌŽŵZƵƐƐŝĂ ƚŽƚŚĞhŶŝƚĞĚ^ƚĂƚĞƐ͕ǁŚĞƌĞ,ĞŶƌLJ&ŽƌĚŚĂĚ ŝƚƚƌĂŶƐůĂƚĞĚŝŶƚŽŶŐůŝƐŚĂŶĚƉƌŽĐĞĞĚĞĚƚŽ ĐŝƌĐƵůĂƚĞŝƚƚŚƌŽƵŐŚ&ŽƌĚĚĞĂůĞƌƐĂƐǁĞůůĂƐŝŶ

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A hundred-year perspective of how the lies of The Protocols convinced millions of people of the truth of this canard directed against the Jewish people. ƐĐŚŽůĂƌƐƐƵĐŚĂƐĞďŽƌĂŚ>ŝƉƐƚĂĚƚĂŶĚ:ĞīƌĞLJ DĞŚůŵĂŶ͕ǁŚŽĐŽŶǀŝŶĐŝŶŐůLJĂƌŐƵĞƚŚĂƚThe ProtocolsƉůĂLJĞĚĂŬĞLJƌŽůĞŝŶƚŚĞƚǁĞŶƟĞƚŚ ĐĞŶƚƵƌLJƚŽŵĂƌŐŝŶĂůŝnjĞĂŶĚĚĞŚƵŵĂŶŝnjĞƵͲ ƌŽƉĞĂŶ:ĞǁƌLJ͕ĂŶĚŝƐƵƐĞĚŝŶŽƵƌŽǁŶƟŵĞƚŽ demonize Israel. As one historian writes, “the ^ŚŽĂŚĚŝĚŶŽƚďĞŐŝŶǁŝƚŚĐŽŶĐĞŶƚƌĂƟŽŶĐĂŵƉƐ ĂŶĚƚƌĂŝŶƐ͘/ƚďĞŐĂŶǁŝƚŚǁŽƌĚƐĂŶĚŝĚĞĂƐ͘͟/Ŷ short, The Protocols contributed to the hatred of Jews that led to the Holocaust. dŚĞĐŽŶƚƌŝďƵƚŽƌƐƚŽƚŚŝƐŝŵƉŽƌƚĂŶƚǀŽůƵŵĞ ĂůƐŽĞdžĂŵŝŶĞƚŚĞŵĞĚŝĞǀĂůƌŽŽƚƐŽĨƚŚĞďĞůŝĞĨ ŝŶĂ:ĞǁŝƐŚĐŽŶƐƉŝƌĂĐLJƚŽĚĞƐƚƌŽLJŚƌŝƐƟĂŶ ĐŝǀŝůŝnjĂƟŽŶĂƐƚŚĞŵŝŶŝŽŶƐŽĨƚŚĞĞǀŝů͘/Ŷ ĐŽŶƚĞŵƉŽƌĂƌLJƟŵĞƐ͕ƚŚĞĞǀŝůŝƐƐĞĐƵůĂƌŝnjĞĚ ďLJůŝŶŬŝŶŐ:ĞǁƐǁŝƚŚŽůƐŚĞǀŝƐŵĂŶĚǁŽƌůĚ ƌĞǀŽůƵƟŽŶ͘dŚĞƌĞĂƌĞĂůƐŽĞƐƐĂLJƐƚŚĂƚĞdžĂŵŝŶĞ why The Protocols remains popular in many parts of the world (Japan, for example) and despite abundant proof of its false claims, it ĐŽŶƟŶƵĞƐƚŽďĞĂƉƌŝŵĂƌLJƐŽƵƌĐĞŽĨĐŽŶƚĞŵͲ ƉŽƌĂƌLJĂŶƟͲ^ĞŵŝƟƐŵ͘JF

The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Volume 6 Daniel C. Matt, trans. and commentary Stanford University Press, 2011 Hardcover 452 pp. $55.00 ISBN: 978-0-8047-7663-9

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ĂŶŝĞůDĂƩŚĂƐďĞĞŶǁŽƌŬŝŶŐŽŶƚŚĞ ƚƌĂŶƐůĂƟŽŶ͕ĂŶŶŽƚĂƟŽŶ͕ĂŶĚĞƐƚĂďůŝƐŚͲ ŵĞŶƚŽĨĂĐƌŝƟĐĂůĞĚŝƟŽŶŽĨƚŚĞƚĞdžƚĨŽƌƚŚĞ ŵŽŶƵŵĞŶƚĂůWƌŝƚnjŬĞƌĞĚŝƟŽŶŽĨƚŚĞŽŚĂƌ ƐŝŶĐĞϭϵϵϴ͘dŚĞŝƐƐƵĂŶĐĞŽĨsŽůƵŵĞ^ŝdžŽĨƚŚŝƐ ŵĂƐƚĞƌǁŽƌŬĐŽŵƉůĞƚĞƐƚŚĞŵĂƚĞƌŝĂůĂƐƐŽĐŝͲ ated with the book of Shemot͕ďĞŐŝŶŶŝŶŐǁŝƚŚ Parashat Tetzaveh͕ŝŶĐůƵĚŝŶŐƚŚĞĐŽŶƐƚƌƵĐƟŽŶ


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ǀŝƐƵĂůĂƌƚƐ 50 Jewish Artists You Should Know Edward van Voolen Prestel, 2011 Paperback 160 pp. $19.95 ISBN: 978-3-7913-4573-4

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ƚŚĞĂƌƟƐƚŝŶƚŚĞĐŽŶƚĞdžƚŽĨŚŝƐƚŽƌLJ͘ďƌŝĞĨ ďŝŽŐƌĂƉŚLJ͕ŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶĂďŽƵƚŚŝƐͬŚĞƌǁŽƌŬ͕ ĂŶĚƐĞǀĞƌĂůĐŽůŽƌƌĞƉƌŽĚƵĐƟŽŶƐƉƌŽǀŝĚĞĂŶ ŽǀĞƌǀŝĞǁŽĨƚŚĞĂƌƟƐƚ͘dŚĞƌĞŝƐĂůƐŽĂƌĞĨĞƌĞŶĐĞ ǁŽƌŬĐŝƚĞĚĨŽƌĨƵƌƚŚĞƌŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶ͘ŐĞŶĞƌĂů ƟŵĞůŝŶĞŽĨ:ĞǁŝƐŚŚŝƐƚŽƌLJĂƉƉĞĂƌƐĂƚƚŚĞĞŶĚ ŽĨƚŚĞŬ͘KƚŚĞƌĂƌƟƐƚƐĐŽǀĞƌĞĚŝŶĐůƵĚĞ DĂƌĐŚĂŐĂůů͕KƐƐŝƉĂĚŬŝŶĞ͕>ŽƵŝƐĞEĞǀĞůƐŽŶ͕ DŝĐŚĂůEĂĂŵĂŶ͕ĂŶĚ^ŝŐĂůŝƚ>ĂŶĚĂƵ͕ƌĞƉƌĞƐĞŶƚͲ ŝŶŐĂǁŝĚĞǀĂƌŝĞƚLJŽĨŵĞĚŝĂĂŶĚƐƚLJůĞ͘dŚŝƐŝƐ ĂƵƐĞĨƵůƌĞƐŽƵƌĐĞĨŽƌƚŚŽƐĞďĞŐŝŶŶŝŶŐƚŽůĞĂƌŶ ĂďŽƵƚ:ĞǁŝƐŚĂƌƚĂŶĚĂƌƟƐƚƐ͘BMB

About Love: Photographs and Films 1973-2011 Anne Wilkes Tucker; Gay Block, photographer Radius Books, 2011 Hardcover 312 pp. $65.00 ISBN: 978-1934435328

The emotions most of her images evoke, the sense of what Block felt as she took them, are admiration and affection.

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ĂLJůŽĐŬΖƐĐŽůůĞĐƟŽŶŽĨƉŚŽƚŽŐƌĂƉŚƐŝƐ ĂƉƚůLJƟƚůĞĚ͖ƚŚĞĞŵŽƟŽŶƐŵŽƐƚŽĨŚĞƌ ŝŵĂŐĞƐĞǀŽŬĞ͕ƚŚĞƐĞŶƐĞŽĨǁŚĂƚůŽĐŬĨĞůƚĂƐ ƐŚĞƚŽŽŬƚŚĞŵ͕ĂƌĞĂĚŵŝƌĂƟŽŶĂŶĚĂīĞĐƟŽŶ͘ These shots of families, children, elderly ƉĞŽƉůĞ͕ǁŽƌŬŝŶŐƉĞŽƉůĞ͕ĂŶĚƌĞƐĐƵĞƌƐĚƵƌŝŶŐ the Shoah are shots of real people, taken ŝŶƚŚĞŝƌŶĂƚƵƌĂůĞŶǀŝƌŽŶŵĞŶƚƐ͗ůŝǀŝŶŐƌŽŽŵƐ͕ ďĞĚƌŽŽŵƐ͕ďĞĂĐŚĞƐ͕ƐǁŝŵŵŝŶŐƉŽŽůƐ͘dŚĞ ƉŚŽƚŽƐĂƌĞƉŽƐĞĚďƵƚĐĂŶĚŝĚͲůŽŽŬŝŶŐ͖ƚŚĞƌĞΖƐĂ ƌĞĂůƐĞŶƐĞƚŚĂƚůŽĐŬŚĂƐĐĂƉƚƵƌĞĚƐŽŵĞƚŚŝŶŐ ĞƐƐĞŶƟĂůĂďŽƵƚŚĞƌƐƵďũĞĐƚƐ͘ ůŽĐŬďĞŐĂŶƐŚŽŽƟŶŐǁŚĞŶƐŚĞǁĂƐŝŶŚĞƌ ĞĂƌůLJƚŚŝƌƟĞƐ͕ŝŶƚŚĞϭϵϳϬΖƐ͕ƚĂŬŝŶŐƉŚŽƚŽͲ ŐƌĂƉŚƐŽĨŚĞƌŵŽƚŚĞƌŝŶĂŶĂƩĞŵƉƚƚŽƵŶĚĞƌͲ ƐƚĂŶĚƚŚĞŝƌĚŝĸ ĐƵůƚƌĞůĂƟŽŶƐŚŝƉ͘^ŚĞŵŽǀĞĚŽŶ ƚŽŝŶƚĞƌǀŝĞǁŝŶŐĂŶĚƚŚĞŶƉŚŽƚŽŐƌĂƉŚŝŶŐĨĂŵŝͲ ůŝĞƐŝŶŚĞƌ,ŽƵƐƚŽŶZĞĨŽƌŵ:ĞǁŝƐŚĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƚLJ͕ ĂůƐŽŝŶĂŶĂƩĞŵƉƚƚŽƵŶĚĞƌƐƚĂŶĚ͘ /ŶĐůƵĚĞĚǁŝƚŚƚŚĞŬĂƌĞĂƐĞƌŝĞƐŽĨĮǀĞ ƐŚŽƌƚĚŽĐƵŵĞŶƚĂƌLJĮůŵƐŽŶƚǁŽsƐ͕ƚŚĞ ĮƌƐƚŽĨǁŚŝĐŚ͕ A Tribute to Spirit: The Beth Israel Experience, chronicles the history of the ƵƌŽƉĞĂŶ:ĞǁƐǁŚŽĮƌƐƚĐĂŵĞƚŽ,ŽƵƐƚŽŶŝŶ the 1800s. Block recounts the community’s ƚƌĂŶƐŝƟŽŶĨƌŽŵKƌƚŚŽĚŽdžƚŽZĞĨŽƌŵ͕ĂŶĚŚŽǁ ĂŶĚǁŚLJ,ŽƵƐƚŽŶΖƐ:ĞǁƐǁĞƌĞĚƌŝǀĞŶƚŽĂƐͲ similate and obscure their Jewishness. Her South Beach photos, taken in the early ĞŝŐŚƟĞƐ͕ĂƌĞĂůůŝŶĐŽůŽƌ͕ĐĂƉƚƵƌŝŶŐŶŽƚŽŶůLJ the blues of sky and sea, and the pastels of DŝĂŵŝΖƐƌƚĞĐŽĂƌĐŚŝƚĞĐƚƵƌĞ͕ďƵƚƚŚĞďƌŝŐŚƚ͕ ĐŽůŽƌĨƵůƉĂƩĞƌŶƐŽĨŚĞƌƐƵďũĞĐƚƐΖĐůŽƚŚŝŶŐ͘,Ğƌ ůĞŶƐƐŚŽǁƐƚŚĞĞůĚĞƌůLJĞŶũŽLJŝŶŐĐĂŵĂƌĂĚĞƌŝĞ on the beach and on benches and lawn chairs. /ŶƚŚĞĂĐĐŽŵƉĂŶLJŝŶŐǀŝĚĞŽ͕A Bie a Gesunt (As Long as You're WellͿůŽĐŬŝŶƚĞƌǀŝĞǁƐƚŚĞƐĞ zŝĚĚŝƐŚͲĂĐĐĞŶƚĞĚ:ĞǁƐŽĨ^ŽƵƚŚĞĂĐŚ͕ůŝǀŝŶŐ in small apartments on Social Security. She ĐĂƉƚƵƌĞƐƚŚĞŵƐŝŶŐŝŶŐ͕ĚĂŶĐŝŶŐ͕ƉůĂLJŝŶŐŝŶƐƚƌƵͲ ŵĞŶƚƐ͕ĂŶĚĚŽŝŶŐĐĂůŝƐƚŚĞŶŝĐƐŽŶƚŚĞďĞĂĐŚ͘/ ĨĞůƚƚŚĂƚ/ǁĂƐƐĞĞŝŶŐƚŚĞŝƌƐĞĐƌĞƚůŝǀĞƐŽĨũŽLJ

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ƚŚĂƚƚŚĞLJŽƵŶŐĂƌĞŶŽƚƵƐƵĂůůLJƉƌŝǀLJƚŽ͘ /ŶƚŚĞůĂƚĞĞŝŐŚƟĞƐ͕ůŽĐŬŝŶƚĞƌǀŝĞǁĞĚĂŶĚ ƉŚŽƚŽŐƌĂƉŚĞĚŽŶĞŚƵŶĚƌĞĚĂŶĚĮǀĞƌĞƐĐƵĞƌƐ ŽĨ:ĞǁƐĚƵƌŝŶŐƚŚĞ^ŚŽĂŚ͘dŚĞƚǁĞŶƚLJͲĨŽƵƌ portraits chosen for this book of these heroic and extraordinary people are accompanied ďLJĂǀŝĚĞŽ͕They Risked their Lives: Rescuers of the Holocaust͕ǁŚŝĐŚĐŽŶƐŝƐƚƐŽĨƌĞǀĞĂůŝŶŐ ŝŶƚĞƌǀŝĞǁƐǁŝƚŚƚŚĞƌĞƐĐƵĞƌƐ͘ Another series of photos were taken in 1981 ŽĨŐŝƌůƐǁŚŽĂƩĞŶĚĞĚĂŶĞůŝƚĞƐĞĐƵůĂƌ:ĞǁŝƐŚ ƐƵŵŵĞƌƐůĞĞƉͲĂǁĂLJĐĂŵƉŝŶDĂŝŶĞ͕ĂŶĚƚŚĞŶ ŽĨƚŚĞŐŝƌůƐĂƐǁŽŵĞŶƚǁĞŶƚLJͲĮǀĞLJĞĂƌƐůĂƚĞƌ͕ in 2006. The early photos show the campers ĞdžƵĚŝŶŐĞŶŶƵŝ͕ĂǁŬǁĂƌĚŶĞƐƐ͕ĂŶĚŝŶĂĐŽƵƉůĞ of shots, a consciousness of their own beauty.

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The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats Claudia J. Nahson with Maurice Berger & Emily Casden Yale University Press, 2011 Hardcover 104 pp. $27.50 ISBN: 978-0-300-17022-1

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ŚŝůĚƌĞŶ͛ƐŬĂƵƚŚŽƌ͕ŝůůƵƐƚƌĂƚŽƌ͕ĂŶĚĐĂƌƚŽŽŶŝƐƚ^LJĚ,ŽīǁĂƐŬŶŽǁŶ ĨŽƌƚŚĞ,ĂƌƉĞƌŽůůŝŶƐ/EZŬƐDanny and the Dinosaur (1958) and Sammy the Seal;ϭϵϱϵͿ͘,Žī͛ƐĐŚĂƌĂĐƚĞƌƐĂƌĞĂŶŝŵĂůƐĂŶĚ ƵŶĚĞƌĚŽŐƐĂŶĚƚŚĞŝƌƐƚŽƌŝĞƐĂƌĞƋƵĞƐƚƐĨŽƌďĞůŽŶŐŝŶŐ͘dŚĂƚƚŚĞŵĞĂůƐŽ ůŝŶŬƐƚŽƚŚĞŵŝŶŽƌŝƚLJ:ĞǁŝƐŚĞdžƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞ͘^ĞĂƌĐŚĚĞĞƉĞƌĂŶĚLJŽƵǁŝůůĮŶĚ ŝŵĂŐĞƐŽĨ,Žī͛ƐĨĂŵŝůLJĂŶĚŶĞŝŐŚďŽƌƐĨƌŽŵŚŝƐĐŚŝůĚŚŽŽĚ͘&ĞǁŽĨ,Žī͛Ɛ ƟƚůĞƐĂƌĞŽǀĞƌƚůLJ:ĞǁŝƐŚ͕ďƵƚŚŝƐĨŽĐƵƐŽŶƵŶĚĞƌĚŽŐƐƐƉĞĂŬƐǀŽůƵŵĞƐ͘ ,ŽīǁĂƐďŽƌŶ^LJĚŶĞLJ,ŽĪ   ĞƌŐŽŶ^ĞƉƚĞŵďĞƌϰ͕ϭϵϭϮŝŶƚŚĞƌŽŶdž͕ EĞǁzŽƌŬ͘,ĞĚƌŽƉƉĞĚŽƵƚŽĨDŽƌƌŝƐ,ŝŐŚ^ĐŚŽŽůĂŌĞƌǁŽǁŝŶŐ͕ŝŶĂ ƐĐŚŽŽůĂƐƐĞŵďůLJ͕ĂĐĂƌƚŽŽŶŝƐƚŚĞŝĚŽůŝnjĞĚ͕Dŝůƚ'ƌŽƐƐ͘,ĞůĂƚĞƌĂƩĞŶĚĞĚ ƚŚĞEĂƟŽŶĂůĐĂĚĞŵLJŽĨĞƐŝŐŶŝŶDĂŶŚĂƩĂŶ͘,ŽīŵĞƚŚŝƐǁŝĨĞ͕ƵƚĐŚ͕ ĂƚĂƌĞƐŽƌƚŝŶƚŚĞĂƚƐŬŝůůƐ͘&ŽƌĚĞĐĂĚĞƐ͕,ŽīĚƌĞǁƐƚƌŝƉƐĂŶĚŽŶĞͲĨƌĂŵĞ ŐĂŐĐĂƌƚŽŽŶƐĨŽƌKing Features Syndicate, published in hundreds of ŶĞǁƐƉĂƉĞƌƐĂĐƌŽƐƐƚŚĞĐŽƵŶƚƌLJ͘WĞƌŝŽĚŝĐĂůƐůŝŬĞThe Saturday Evening Post and The New YorkerƉƵďůŝƐŚĞĚŚƵŶĚƌĞĚƐŽĨ,Žī͛ƐĐĂƌƚŽŽŶƐ͘ ,ŽīǁƌŽƚĞŝŶĂƚǁĞŶƚLJͲƉĂŐĞĂƵƚŽďŝŽŐƌĂƉŚLJŝŶƚŚĞϭϵϴϳƌĞĨĞƌĞŶĐĞ Ŭ͞^ŽŵĞƚŚŝŶŐďŽƵƚdŚĞƵƚŚŽƌƵƚŽďŝŽŐƌĂƉŚLJ^ĞƌŝĞƐ͕͟ƚŚĂƚThe New YorkerĞĚŝƚŽƌ,ĂƌŽůĚZŽƐƐůŽǀĞĚƚŚŽƐĞ ŽĨŚŝƐĐĂƌƚŽŽŶƐĨŽĐƵƐŝŶŐŽŶŽƵƚĞƌͲďŽƌŽƵŐŚ ŝŵŵŝŐƌĂŶƚƐĂŶĚǁŽƌŬŝŶŐĐůĂƐƐƐƚƌŝǀĞƌƐ͘ ͞WůĞĂƐĞƐƟĐŬƚŽƚŚŽƐĞƌŽŶdžƚLJƉĞƐ͕͟ZŽƐƐ ƚŽůĚ,Žī͘,ŝƐŐĂŐĐĂƌƚŽŽŶƐǁĞƌĞƚŚĞ ǀŝƐƵĂůĞƋƵŝǀĂůĞŶƚŽĨĂŽƌƐŚƚͲďĞůƚŽŶĞͲ liners. dŚĞ,ŽīƐŵŽǀĞĚǁŝƚŚƚŚĞŝƌƚǁŽ ĚĂƵŐŚƚĞƌƐƚŽDŝĂŵŝĞĂĐŚ͕&ůŽƌŝĚĂŝŶ ƚŚĞϭϵϱϬƐĚƵƌŝŶŐŝƚƐ:ĞǁŝƐŚŚĞLJĚĂLJ͘ Here he produced hundreds more ĐĂƌƚŽŽŶƐĂŶĚŽǀĞƌϭϬϬŬƐ͘,ĞĂůƐŽ rode his bike around the beach town, swam in the ocean, played handball, ĂŶĚĂƚĞĂƚtŽůĮĞ͛ƐĚĞůŝĂŶĚƚŚĞ ZĂƐĐĂů,ŽƵƐĞ͘,ĞůŝǀĞĚƚŚƌĞĞďůŽĐŬƐ ĨƌŽŵĂƚĞŵƉůĞďƵƚǁĂƐŶΖƚƌĞůŝŐŝŽƵƐ͘ He died in 2004.

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children’s Syd Hoff 's Jewish Books Ogluk the Eskimo, 1960 Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduah, 1963 I Can't Dance, 1964 Jeffrey at Camp, 1968 Irving and Me, 1968 A Chanuka Fable for Christmas, 1969 Palace Bug, 1970 My Aunt Rosie, 1972 Herschel the Hero, 1972 Santa’s Moose, 1979 Barney’s Horse, 1987

CAMP

A Young Adult Novel by Elaine Wolf “the anti-bullying novelist”

A spellbinding mother-daughter story about bullying, Holocaust survivor guilt, and the collateral damage of family secrets.

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Every secret has a price...

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ELAINE WOLF

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children’s A new symbol to look for!

PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, sends out more than 100,000 gifts of Jewish books and music each month to children and their families across North America. PJ Library titles are carefully selected by early childhood educators and children's literature experts.

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man Michael Chabon Jake Parker, illus. Balzer and Bray, 2011 Hardcover 40 pp. $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-0619-1462-1

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ŝŶĐůƵĚĞƐŽŵĞŚĂůĨͲƚŽŶĞďĂĐŬŐƌŽƵŶĚƐƚŚĂƚŐŝǀĞ ƚŚĞŵĂŶĂƵƚŚĞŶƟĐƌĞƚƌŽĨĞĞů͘ dŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚƐĞŶƐŝďŝůŝƚLJĨŽƌǁŚŝĐŚŚĂďŽŶŚĂƐ ďĞĞŶŶŽƚĞĚŝŶŚŝƐĂĚƵůƚŽīĞƌŝŶŐƐ͕ĂůƚŚŽƵŐŚ unspoken, permeates this story in a subtle LJĞƚĚĞĮŶŝƚĞǁĂLJ͘ůƚŚŽƵŐŚƚŚŝƐŝƐŶŽƚĂ:ĞǁŝƐŚ Ŭ͕ƉĞƌƐĞ͕ƚŚŝƐĨĞĞůƐůŝŬĞƉĂƌƚŽĨŚĂďŽŶ͛Ɛ :ĞǁŝƐŚĐĂŶŽŶ͕ƉĂƌƟĐƵůĂƌůLJŝŶůŝŐŚƚŽĨŚŝƐŶŽǀĞů The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, which explored the Jewish roots of the comic ŬŝŶĚƵƐƚƌLJŝŶĂůůŝƚƐĐŽůŽƌĨƵůŐůŽƌLJ͘/ƚŝƐ ŚŝŐŚůLJƌĞĐŽŵŵĞŶĚĞĚĨŽƌĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶŽĨĂůůĂŐĞƐ ĂŶĚĂĚƵůƚƐǁŚŽŽŶĐĞůŽǀĞĚĐŽŵŝĐŬƐĂŶĚ ƉĞƌŚĂƉƐƐƟůůĚŽ͘TM

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Miriam Latimer, illus. Scholastic Books, 2012 Hardcover 14 pp. $7.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-31236-3

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Dinosaur Goes To Israel Diane Levin Rauchwerger Jason Wolff, illus. Kar-Ben Publishing, 2012 Paperback 24 pp. $7.95 ISBN: 978-0-7613-5134-4

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The Doll Maker’s Gift Sashi Friedman Jessica Schiffman, illus. Kehot Publication Society, 2011 Hardcover 36 pp. $14.95 ISBN: 978-0-8266-0040-0

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Friends Forever Amy Ariel Yotzeret Publishing, 2011 Paperback 148 pp. $8.95 ISBN: 978-1-59287-112-4



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ƉŽůŝƟĐĂůƚƌĂŶƐĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶƐŽĨƚŚĞĞĂƌůLJƚǁĞŶƟĞƚŚ ĐĞŶƚƵƌLJ͘dŚĞLJĚŝƐĐƵƐƐŝƐƐƵĞƐŽĨƚŚĞƟŵĞƐƵĐŚ ĂƐǁŽŵĞŶ͛ƐƌŝŐŚƚƚŽǀŽƚĞ͕ǁŽƌŬĞƌƐ͛ƌŝŐŚƚƐ͕ĂŶĚ ƌĂĐŝĂůĞƋƵĂůŝƚLJ͘dŚĞƚƌĂĚŝƟŽŶƐĂŶĚƉƌĂĐƟĐĞƐŽĨ :ƵĚĂŝƐŵĂƌĞŝŶƚĞŐƌĂƚĞĚŝŶƚŽƚŚĞĚĂŝůLJůŝǀĞƐŽĨ ďŽƚŚŐŝƌůƐ͕ǁŚŽŽďƐĞƌǀĞƚŚĞŝƌƌĞůŝŐŝŽŶƐŝŵŝůĂƌůLJ ŽŶĞŚƵŶĚƌĞĚLJĞĂƌƐĂƉĂƌƚ͘ďŝŐĂŝůĂŶĚ,ĂŶŶĂŚ ƐŚĂƌĞƚŚĞĞdžĐŝƚĞŵĞŶƚŽĨŚĂǀŝŶŐƌĞĂĚŵĂŶLJŽĨ ƚŚĞƐĂŵĞŬƐ͕ĂůƚŚŽƵŐŚƚŚĞŝƌƉĞƌƐƉĞĐƟǀĞƐ ŽŶƚŚŽƐĞŬƐƌĞŇĞĐƚƚŚĞĚŝīĞƌĞŶƚƟŵĞƐŝŶ ǁŚŝĐŚƚŚĞLJůŝǀĞ͘ůƚŚŽƵŐŚ,ĂŶŶĂŚŬŶŽǁƐƚŚĂƚ ƐŽŵĞŽĨƚŚĞŝƐƐƵĞƐŽĨƚŚĞĚĂLJǁŝůůƌĞƐŽůǀĞŝŶ ƚŚĞĨƵƚƵƌĞ͕ƐŚĞĚŽĞƐŶ͛ƚŐŝǀĞďŝŐĂŝůƚŚĞĚĞƚĂŝůƐ͘ dŚĞŐŝƌůƐŝŶŐĞŶŝŽƵƐůLJƐŽůǀĞƚŚĞƉƌŽďůĞŵŽĨ ŚŽǁƚŽŐĞƚ,ĂŶŶĂŚďĂĐŬƚŽƚŚĞĨƵƚƵƌĞǁŝƚŚŽƵƚ ďĞŝŶŐŵŝƐƐĞĚŝŶŚĞƌŽǁŶƟŵĞ͘ůĂĐŬĂŶĚǁŚŝƚĞ ĚƌĂǁŝŶŐƐƉŽƌƚƌĂLJƚŚĞĐŚĂƌĂĐƚĞƌƐĂŶĚƐŚŽǁ ƉůĂĐĞƐ͕ĐůŽƚŚĞƐ͕ĂŶĚĚĞĐŽƌĂƟǀĞŝƚĞŵƐŵĞŶͲ ƟŽŶĞĚŝŶƚŚĞƐƚŽƌLJ͘dŚŝƐŬŝƐƌĞĐŽŵŵĞŶĚĞĚ ĨŽƌĂŐĞƐϴͲϭϮ͘BS

Grandma Rose's Magic Linda Elovitz Marshall Ag Jatkowska, illus. Kar-Ben Publishing, 2012 Paperback 24 pp. $7.95 ISBN: 978-0-7613-5216-7

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ŐƌŽƵƉŽĨĨŽƵƌͲĂŶĚĮǀĞͲLJĞĂƌŽůĚƐůŽǀĞĚ ƚŚŝƐŵĂŐŝĐĂůƐƚŽƌLJŽĨĂƐƉĞĐŝĂů'ƌĂŶĚŵĂ ǁŚŽĂĚĚƐĂůŝƩůĞĞdžƚƌĂƐŽŵĞƚŚŝŶŐƚŽǁŚĂƚĞǀĞƌ she sews. When she sews the bank teller’s ǁĞĚĚŝŶŐĚƌĞƐƐ͕'ƌĂŶĚŵĂZŽƐĞƐƵƌƉƌŝƐĞƐŚĞƌ ďLJĂĚĚŝŶŐĂůĂĐLJďƌŝĚĂůǀĞŝů͘^ŚĞĂĚĚƐďĞĂƵƟͲ ĨƵůƉŝŶŬĂŶĚƌĞĚďƵƩŽŶƐƐŚĂƉĞĚůŝŬĞƌŽƐĞƐ ƚŽĂƐŬŝƌƚƐŚĞŝƐŚĞŵŵŝŶŐĨŽƌDƌƐ͘&ĞůĚŵĂŶ͕ ĂŶĚƚǁĞůǀĞďĞĂƵƟĨƵůŶĂƉŬŝŶƐ;ǁŝƚŚďůƵĞĂŶĚ ŐŽůĚďŽƌĚĞƌƐͿŵĂŐŝĐĂůůLJĂƉƉĞĂƌǁŝƚŚƚŚĞďůƵĞ ƚĂďůĞĐůŽƚŚDƌƐ͘ŽŽƉĞƌŚĂƐŽƌĚĞƌĞĚĨŽƌŚĞƌ ĚĂƵŐŚƚĞƌǁŚŽŝƐŐĞƫ ŶŐŵĂƌƌŝĞĚ͘

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'ƌĂŶĚŵĂZŽƐĞƚĞůůƐŚĞƌŐƌĂŶĚĚĂƵŐŚƚĞƌƚŚĂƚ ƐŚĞŝƐƐĂǀŝŶŐĂůůŚĞƌĞĂƌŶŝŶŐƐƐŽƐŚĞĐĂŶďƵLJ the dishes she saw in the department store. dŚĞLJŚĂǀĞƉŝŶŬĂŶĚƌĞĚƌŽƐĞƐĂŶĚďůƵĞĂŶĚ ŐŽůĚƚƌŝŵ͕ĂŶĚůŽŽŬůŝŬĞƚŚĞĚŝƐŚĞƐŚĞƌŐƌĂŶĚͲ mother used for Shabbos meals. But when ƚŚĞďĂŶŬƚĞůůĞƌĐŽŶǀĞƌƚƐƚŚĞĐŽŝŶƐŝŶ'ƌĂŶĚŵĂ ZŽƐĞ͛ƐũĂƌƚŽƚŚĞΨϮϬϬƐŚĞŚĂƐĞĂƌŶĞĚĂŶĚƐŚĞ ŐŽĞƐƚŽƉƵƌĐŚĂƐĞƚŚĞĚŝƐŚĞƐ͕'ƌĂŶĚŵĂZŽƐĞŝƐ ǀĞƌLJĚŝƐĂƉƉŽŝŶƚĞĚ͘ůůŽĨƚŚĞĚŝƐŚĞƐĂƌĞŐŽŶĞ͊ ^ŚĞŝƐƐĂĚ͕ďƵƚĚĞĐŝĚĞƐƚŽŐĞƚĂůŽƚŽĨĚĞůŝĐŝŽƵƐ ĨŽŽĚǁŝƚŚǁŚŝĐŚƚŽĮůůŚĞƌŽůĚĚŝƐŚĞƐ͘^ƵƌƉƌŝƐĞ͊ When she opens the doors to her house, all of ŚĞƌĐƵƐƚŽŵĞƌƐ͕ĨƌŝĞŶĚƐĂŶĚĨĂŵŝůLJĂƌĞŐĂƚŚĞƌĞĚ ƚŚĞƌĞ͕ĞĂĐŚŚŽůĚŝŶŐĂƉŝĞĐĞŽĨƚŚĞĚŝƐŚƐĞƚƚŽ ƚŚĂŶŬŚĞƌĨŽƌĂůůŚĞƌǁŽŶĚĞƌĨƵůƐƵƌƉƌŝƐĞƐ͊dŚĞ ƐƚŽƌLJĞŶĚƐǁŝƚŚŚĞƌƐĂLJŝŶŐ͞ŵƵƐƚďĞŵĂŐŝĐ͟ ǁŚĞŶDƌ͘ŽŚĞŶĂƐŬƐŚŽǁƐŚĞŬŶĞǁƚŽŚĂǀĞ all that delicious food for them (which is, of ĐŽƵƌƐĞ͕ďĞŝŶŐƐĞƌǀĞĚŽŶƚŚŽƐĞŶĞǁĚŝƐŚĞƐ͘Ϳ ŚĞĞƌĨƵů͕ďƌŝŐŚƚůLJĐŽůŽƌĞĚŝůůƵƐƚƌĂƟŽŶƐǁŝƚŚ ƐƉƌŝŐŚƚůLJƐŵŝůŝŶŐƉĞŽƉůĞĂƌĞƚŚĞƉĞƌĨĞĐƚĐŽŵͲ plement to the text. Marshall, who also wrote Talia and the Rude Vegetables͕ŚĂƐǁƌŝƩĞŶĂ ŚŽƉĞĨƵůƐƚŽƌLJďƌŝŵŵŝŶŐǁŝƚŚƚŚĞũŽLJƐŽĨŐĞŶĞƌͲ ŽƐŝƚLJĂŶĚĞŵƉŚĂƐŝnjŝŶŐƚŚĞŵĞƐƐĂŐĞŽĨƟŬŬƵŶ ŽůĂŵ;ĮdžŝŶŐƚŚĞǁŽƌůĚͿǁŝƚŚŽƵƚďĞŝŶŐĚŝĚĂĐƟĐ͘ ,ŝŐŚůLJƌĞĐŽŵŵĞŶĚĞĚĨŽƌĂŐĞƐϰͲϲ͘AD

Hannah’s Way Linda Glaser Adam Gustavson, illus. Kar-Ben Publishing, 2012 Paperback 24 pp. $7.95 ISBN: 978-0-7613-5138-2

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ŌĞƌ,ĂŶŶĂŚ͛ƐĨĂƚŚĞƌůŽƐĞƐŚŝƐũŽďĚƵƌŝŶŐ ƚŚĞĞƉƌĞƐƐŝŽŶ͕ƚŚĞĨĂŵŝůLJŵŽǀĞƐƚŽĂƌƵƌĂů town in northern Minnesota where he will ǁŽƌŬŝŶŚŝƐďƌŽƚŚĞƌ͛ƐŐĞŶĞƌĂůƐƚŽƌĞ͘,ĂŶŶĂŚŝƐ

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children’s ŶŽƚŽŶůLJƚŚĞŶĞǁŐŝƌůŝŶŚĞƌĐůĂƐƐ͖ƐŚĞ͛ƐĂůƐŽƚŚĞ only Jewish child in the whole school. When the teacher announces the date of the class ƉŝĐŶŝĐĂŶĚŽīĞƌƐƚŽĂƌƌĂŶŐĞĐĂƌƉŽŽůƐ͕,ĂŶŶĂŚ ĚĞƐƉĞƌĂƚĞůLJǁĂŶƚƐƚŽŐŽ͘ƵƚƚŚĞƉŝĐŶŝĐŝƐŽŶ a Saturday and her family is Orthodox. “Why ĐĂŶ͛ƚ/ƌŝĚĞŝŶĂĐĂƌ͍/ƚ͛ƐŶŽƚĚƌŝǀŝŶŐ͘/ƚ͛ƐũƵƐƚƐŝƚͲ ƟŶŐ͟ƐŚĞďĞŐƐŚĞƌƉĂƌĞŶƚƐ͘,ĂŶŶĂŚĮŶĂůůLJƚĞůůƐ her teacher she can’t ride on a Saturday, but says she can walk with someone. To Hannah’s surprise, when the teacher asks who would like ƚŽǁĂůŬǁŝƚŚŚĞƌ͕ĞǀĞƌLJƐŝŶŐůĞŚĂŶĚŝŶƚŚĞĐůĂƐƐ ŝƐƌĂŝƐĞĚ͘ĚĂŵ'ƵƐƚĂǀƐŽŶ͛ƐƉĂŝŶƟŶŐƐĂĐĐƵͲ ƌĂƚĞůLJƌĞŇĞĐƚƚŚĞƉĞƌŝŽĚ͕ĂŶĚĂŶĂƵƚŚŽƌ͛ƐŶŽƚĞ explains that the story was inspired by a true ĞƉŝƐŽĚĞ͘ZĞĐŽŵŵĞŶĚĞĚĨŽƌĂŐĞƐϱͲϵ͘SK

Harry Houdini: The Legend of the World’s Greatest Escape Artist Janice Weaver Chris Lane, illus. Abrams Books For Young Readers, 2011 Hardcover 48 pp. $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-0014-9

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ũĂŵͲƉĂĐŬĞĚǁŝƚŚŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶ͘dŚĞŬŝƐďĞƐƚ ĚŝŐĞƐƚĞĚďƌŽŬĞŶƵƉŝŶƚŽƐŵĂůůĂŶĞĐĚŽƚĞƐ͘dŚĞ ŵĂŶLJƐŝĚĞďĂƌƐƚĞůůĨĂĐƚƵĂůŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶĂďŽƵƚ ĂŵLJƌŝĂĚŽĨƐƵďũĞĐƚƐŝŶĐůƵĚŝŶŐŝŵŵŝŐƌĂƟŽŶ͕ ĐŚŝůĚůĂďŽƌŝŶƚŚĞh͘^͕͘ŽůĚƟŵĞĚŝŵĞŵƵƐĞƵŵƐ ĂŶĚƐƉŝƌŝƚƵĂůŝƐƚƐ͘dŚĞƐƚĂŶĚͲĂůŽŶĞƐĞĐƟŽŶƐƉƵƚ Houdini into an historical context. This thin, ĞdžĐŝƟŶŐďŝŽŐƌĂƉŚLJƉĂĐŬƐĂƉƵŶĐŚ͘/ƚŝƐƌĞĐŽŵͲ ŵĞŶĚĞĚĨŽƌĂŐĞƐϵĂŶĚƵƉ͘DW

It's Tot Shabbat Naomi Danis Tod Cohen, illus. Kar-Ben Publishing, 2011 Hardcover 22 pp. $14.95 ISBN: 978-0-7613-4515-2

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Jodie’s Passover Adventure Anna Levine Ksenia Topaz, illus. Kar-Ben Publishing, 2012 Paperback 32 pp. $7.95 ISBN: 978-0-7613-5642-4



ƵƌŝŶŐƚŚĞǁĞĞŬŽĨWĂƐƐŽǀĞƌ͕:ŽĚŝĞ͛ƐĐŽƵƐŝŶ ĂĐŚǀŝƐŝƚƐ:ŽĚŝĞĂŶĚŚĞƌĨĂŵŝůLJ͘dŚĞ ƐŝďůŝŶŐƐĂůůǁĂŶƚƚŽƐƉĞŶĚƟŵĞǁŝƚŚĂĐŚĂŶĚ ĂƌŐƵĞĂďŽƵƚǁŚŽŝƐƚŽĞŶƚĞƌƚĂŝŶŚŝŵ͘:ŽĚŝĞ ƐƵĐĐĞĞĚƐŝŶƉĞƌƐƵĂĚŝŶŐĂĐŚ͕ǁŚŽŝƐŝŶŝƟĂůůLJ ĨĞĂƌĨƵů͕ƚŽĂĐĐŽŵƉĂŶLJŚĞƌŽŶĂŶĂƌĐŚĞŽůŽŐŝĐĂů ĂĚǀĞŶƚƵƌĞƚŽ,ĞnjĞŬŝĂŚ͛ƐdƵŶŶĞů͘WůĂĐĞƐŝŶ :ĞƌƵƐĂůĞŵĂƌĞĂůůƵĚĞĚƚŽǁŝƚŚŝůůƵƐƚƌĂƟŽŶƐĂŶĚ ďƌŝĞĨŚŝƐƚŽƌŝĐĂůĚĞƐĐƌŝƉƟŽŶƐ͘:ŽĚŝĞŚĞůƉƐĂĐŚ ŽǀĞƌĐŽŵĞŚŝƐĨĞĂƌƐƚŚƌŽƵŐŚŚĞƌůŽŐŝĐͲďĂƐĞĚ ĞdžƉůĂŶĂƟŽŶƐ͘tŝƚŚƚŚĞŚĞůƉŽĨĂŇĂƐŚůŝŐŚƚ :ŽĚŝĞŚĂƐƌĞĐĞŝǀĞĚĨŽƌĮŶĚŝŶŐƚŚĞĂĮŬŽŵĞŶ͕ ƚŚĞĐŽƵƐŝŶƐƐŽůǀĞƚŚĞΗƌŝĚĚůĞŽĨƚŚĞŵŝĚĚůĞΗ ƉŽŝŶƚĞĚŽƵƚďLJ:ŽĚŝĞ͛ƐĂƌĐŚĞŽůŽŐŝƐƚĨĂƚŚĞƌĂƚ ƚŚĞďĞŐŝŶŶŝŶŐŽĨƚŚĞŝƌƚŽƵƌ͖ƚŚĞŽƌŝŐŝŶĂůƚƵŶŶĞů ǁĂƐĚƵŐĨƌŽŵƚǁŽƐƚĂƌƟŶŐƉŽŝŶƚƐǁŝƚŚƚŚĞ ǁŽƌŬĞƌƐŵĞĞƟŶŐŝŶƚŚĞŵŝĚĚůĞ͘ŽƵďůĞͲƉĂŐĞ ŝůůƵƐƚƌĂƟŽŶƐŵŽǀĞƚŚĞƐƚŽƌLJĨƌŽŵƚŚĞƐƚĂƌƚŽĨ :ŽĚŝĞ͛ƐĞdžƉůŽƌĂƟŽŶŽƵƚƐŝĚĞƚŚĞƚƵŶŶĞůǁŚĞƌĞ no clear entrance is indicated, to a wall that ƐŚŽǁƐŵĂƌŬŝŶŐƐƉƵƚƚŚĞƌĞďLJƚŚĞŽƌŝŐŝŶĂů builders and then back to the outside where ƚŚĞLJĂƌĞŵĞƚďLJĂďƵƌƐƚŽĨƐƵŶůŝŐŚƚ͘tŝƚŚŽƵƚ ĂŶLJŬŶŽǁůĞĚŐĞŽĨ:ĞƌƵƐĂůĞŵ͕ĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶŵĂLJ ďĞŽǀĞƌǁŚĞůŵĞĚďLJƚŚĞŵĂŶLJƵŶĨĂŵŝůŝĂƌ ƉůĂĐĞƐŵĞŶƟŽŶĞĚŝŶƚŚĞƚĞdžƚ͘dŚĞƐƚŽƌLJŝƚƐĞůĨ ŝƐůŽŽƐĞůLJƌĞůĂƚĞĚƚŽWĂƐƐŽǀĞƌŝŶƚŚĂƚŝƚŽĐĐƵƌƐ ĚƵƌŝŶŐƚŚĞŚŽůŝĚĂLJ͕ĂWĂƐƐŽǀĞƌƉŝĐŶŝĐŝƐƉĂĐŬĞĚ ĂŶĚ<ŝŶŐ,ĞnjĞŬŝĂŚŽŶĐĞŚĞůĚĂǀĞƌLJůĂƌŐĞ seder. The tunnel, itself, the main focus of the ƐƚŽƌLJ͕ŝƐŶŽƚƌĞůĂƚĞĚƚŽƚŚĞŚŽůŝĚĂLJ͘ZĞĐŽŵͲ ŵĞŶĚĞĚĨŽƌĂŐĞƐϲͲϵ͘DA


children’s Let My People Go Alison Greengard, adapter Carol Racklin-Siegel, illus. EKS Publishing, 2011 Paperback 28 pp. $10.95 ISBN: 978-0-939144-67-9

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et My People GoŝƐƚŚĞŶĞǁĞƐƚĂĚĚŝƟŽŶƚŽĂ ƐĞƌŝĞƐŽĨŬƐǁŚŝĐŚĐŽŵďŝŶĞĂŶĂƵƚŚĞŶƟĐ dŽƌĂŚͲƌĞĂĚŝŶŐĞdžƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞǁŝƚŚĂůĞƐƐĨŽƌŵĂů ŝďůĞͲƐƚŽƌLJĂƉƉƌŽĂĐŚ͘dŚŝƐŽŶĞƚĞůůƐƚŚĞƐƚŽƌLJ ŽĨDŽƐĞƐĂƐŚĞĂƉƉĞĂůƐƚŽWŚĂƌĂŽŚƚŽƌĞůĞĂƐĞ ƚŚĞ/ƐƌĂĞůŝƚĞƐĨƌŽŵďŽŶĚĂŐĞŝŶŐLJƉƚ͕ƚŽůĞƚŚŝƐ ƉĞŽƉůĞŐŽĨƌŽŵƐůĂǀĞƌLJƚŽĨƌĞĞĚŽŵ͘/ƚǁŽƵůĚďĞ ĂǁĞůĐŽŵĞĂĚĚŝƟŽŶĂƚĂWĂƐƐŽǀĞƌƐĞĚĞƌ͕ŚĞůƉͲ ŝŶŐƚŽďƌŝŶŐƚŚĞƐƚŽƌLJƚŽůŝĨĞ͘ĂĐŚƉĂŐĞďĞŐŝŶƐ ǁŝƚŚƚŚĞƌĞůĞǀĂŶƚƉĂƐƐĂŐĞĨƌŽŵƚŚĞdŽƌĂŚŝŶ ĐůĂƐƐŝĐĂů,ĞďƌĞǁĨŽŶƚĨŽůůŽǁĞĚďLJĂŶĞůĞŐĂŶƚ ƉĂƌĂƉŚƌĂƐŝŶŐŝŶƚŽŶŐůŝƐŚ͘dŚĞƐLJŶƚŚĞƐŝƐŽĨ ƚŚĞƚǁŽĂƉƉƌŽĂĐŚĞƐůĞĂĚƐƚŽĂŶŝŶŶŽǀĂƟǀĞ ůĞĂƌŶŝŶŐĂŶĚůŝƚĞƌĂƌLJĞdžƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞƚŚĂƚŝƐĂ ƌĞĨƌĞƐŚŝŶŐĐŚĂŶŐĞĨƌŽŵƚŚĞŽƌĚŝŶĂƌLJ͘dŚĞŬ ŝƐƌĞĂĚ,ĞďƌĞǁƐƚLJůĞ͕ĨƌŽŵƌŝŐŚƚƚŽůĞŌ͕ĂŶĚ ĐŽŶƚĂŝŶƐĂŶŝŶƚƌŽĚƵĐƚŽƌLJŽǀĞƌǀŝĞǁ͕ĂƐǁĞůůĂƐĂ ,ĞďƌĞǁĂŶĚƚƌĂŶƐůŝƚĞƌĂƚĞĚŐůŽƐƐĂƌLJ͘dŚĞĂƌƚŝƐ ĂŵĂŐŶŝĮĐĞŶƚũĞǁĞůͲůŝŬĞƐŝůŬƐĐƌĞĞŶƚĞĐŚŶŝƋƵĞ which enhances the beauty and depth of the ĞdžƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞ͘dŚŝƐŬŝƐŚŝŐŚůLJƌĞĐŽŵŵĞŶĚĞĚ ĨŽƌĂůůĂŐĞƐĞŝƚŚĞƌĂƐĂƌĞĂĚͲĂůŽƵĚŽƌƌĞĂĚͲĂůŽŶĞ experience. MHM

Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea: A Fairly Fabricated Story of a Pair of Pants Tony Johnston Stacy Innerst, illus. Harcourt Children’s Books, 2011 Hardcover 32 pp. $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-15-206145-6

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ŚŝƐŚŝůĂƌŝŽƵƐĐŽŶƚĞŵƉŽƌĂƌLJƚĂůůƚĂůĞĚĞͲ ƐĐƌŝďĞƐŚŽǁ>Ğǀŝ^ƚƌĂƵƐƐǁĞŶƚƚŽĂůŝĨŽƌŶŝĂ ĚƵƌŝŶŐƚŚĞ'ŽůĚZƵƐŚĂŶĚďĞĐĂŵĞƚŚĞŬŝŶŐŽĨ ũĞĂŶƐ͘dŽŶLJ:ŽŚŶƐƚŽŶĐĂƉƚƵƌĞƐƉĞƌĨĞĐƚůLJƚŚĞ ŚLJƉĞƌďŽůŝĐƐƚŽƌLJƚĞůůŝŶŐŽĨƚŚĞŐĞŶƌĞ͕ĐŽŵƉůĞƚĞ ǁŝƚŚƌĞĨĞƌĞŶĐĞƐƚŽŵŝŶĞƌƐǁŽƌŬŝŶŐŝŶůŽŶŐ ũŽŚŶƐ͕ƚŚĞ'ƌĞĂƚWĂŶƚƐZƵƐŚ͕ĂŶĚ^ƚƌĂƵƐƐďƵŝůĚͲ ŝŶŐƚŚĞĐŝƚLJŽĨ^ĂŶ&ƌĂŶĐŝƐĐŽ͘ŚŝƐƚŽƌŝĐĂůŶŽƚĞŝŶ the back of the book lets readers separate the ĨĂĐƚƐĂďŽƵƚ^ƚƌĂƵƐƐ͛ůŝĨĞĨƌŽŵ:ŽŚŶƐƚŽŶ͛ƐĮĐƟŽŶ͘ ^ƚĂĐLJ/ŶŶĞƌƐƚƉĂŝŶƚĞĚƚŚĞĐƌĞĂƟǀĞŝůůƵƐƚƌĂƟŽŶƐ ŽŶũĞĂŶƐƵƐŝŶŐƚŚĞƐĞĂŵƐ͕ƉŽĐŬĞƚƐĂŶĚŽƚŚĞƌ structural elements as details in the pictures. They are an ideal accompaniment to Johnston’s ƚĞdžƚ͘EŽƚĞƚŚĂƚƚŚĞƌĞŝƐŶŽŵĞŶƟŽŶŽĨ>Ğǀŝ ^ƚƌĂƵƐƐďĞŝŶŐ:ĞǁŝƐŚ͘,ŝŐŚůLJƌĞĐŽŵŵĞŶĚĞĚĨŽƌ ĂŐĞƐϱͲϭϬ͘MLB

Recipe and Craft Guide to Israel

ŚŝƐŬďĞŐŝŶƐǁŝƚŚĂďƌŝĞĨŝŶƚƌŽĚƵĐƟŽŶƚŽ the country of Israel and explains that the ŚŽůŝĚĂLJƐŽĨ/ƐƌĂĞůƌĞǀŽůǀĞĂƌŽƵŶĚƚŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚ ĐĂůĞŶĚĂƌ͘/ƚĂĚĚƌĞƐƐĞƐƚĞŶŚŽůŝĚĂLJƐĂŶĚŐŝǀĞƐĂ ďƌŝĞĨĞdžƉůĂŶĂƟŽŶŽĨĞĂĐŚĨŽůůŽǁĞĚďLJĂƌĞĐŝƉĞ ĨŽƌĂƚƌĂĚŝƟŽŶĂůŚŽůŝĚĂLJĨŽŽĚĂŶĚĂĐƌĂŌƚŚĂƚ

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The Stranger Within Sarah Stein Thane Rosenbaum Texas Tech University Press, 2012 Hardcover 160 pp. $19.95 ISBN: 978-0896727472

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Laya Saul Mitchell Lane Publishers, 2012 Hardcover 64 pp. $33.95 ISBN: 978-1612280813

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The Mitzvah Project Book: Making Mitzvah Part of Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Your Life Liz Suneby & Diane Heiman Jewish Lights Publishing, 2011 Paperback 224 pp. $16.99 [e] ISBN: 978-1-58023-458-0

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ŝƚŚĂŶŽĚƚŽƚŚĞzŝĚĚŝƐŚĨŽůŬƚĂůĞĂďŽƵƚĂ house that feels too small, this picture book skillfully tackles the topic of children who ǁĂŶƚŵŽƌĞĂŶĚŵŽƌĞ͞ƐƚƵī͘ΗĂŝƐLJ͛ƐƌŽŽŵŝƐ already crowded, and with her birthday only ƚŚƌĞĞǁĞĞŬƐĂǁĂLJƐŚĞ͛ƐƉůĂŶŶŝŶŐŽŶŐĞƫ ŶŐ ůŽƚƐŽĨƉƌĞƐĞŶƚƐ͘,ĞƌƐŽůƵƟŽŶ͍ďŝŐŐĞƌƌŽŽŵ͊ &ŽƌƚƵŶĂƚĞůLJĂŝƐLJ͛ƐŵŽŵŵĂŬĞƐƵƐĞŽĨƚŚĞ ŽƉƉŽƌƚƵŶŝƚLJƚŽĚŝƐĐƌĞĞƚůLJƚĞĂĐŚŚĞƌĚĂƵŐŚƚĞƌ ĂůĞƐƐŽŶďLJďƌŝŶŐŝŶŐĞǀĞŶŵŽƌĞŽĨĂŝƐLJ͛ƐƐƚƵī ŝŶƚŽŚĞƌƌŽŽŵǁŚŝůĞƉƌŽŵŝƐŝŶŐƚŚĂƚƚŚĞĂĚĚŝͲ ƟŽŶƐǁŝůůŵĂŬĞƚŚĞƌŽŽŵďŝŐŐĞƌ͘tŚĞŶĂŝƐLJ ĐĂŶ͛ƚŵĂŬĞŚĞƌǁĂLJƚŚƌŽƵŐŚƚŚĞƌŽŽŵǁŝƚŚŽƵƚ ďĂŶŐŝŶŐĂŶĚďƵŵƉŝŶŐĂŶĚĨĂůůŝŶŐŽǀĞƌŚĞƌ ƚŚŝŶŐƐ͕ƐŚĞĚĞĐŝĚĞƐƚŚĂƚƐŚĞŚĂƐƚŽŽŵƵĐŚƐƚƵī and packs up what she doesn’t need or want ĨŽƌŚĞƌƐLJŶĂŐŽŐƵĞ͛ƐDŝƚnjǀĂŚĂLJƌƵŵŵĂŐĞ ƐĂůĞ͘dŚĞƌĞƐƵůƚůĞĂǀĞƐĂŝƐLJǁŝƚŚ͞ƚŚĞƉĞƌĨĞĐƚ ƌŽŽŵ͘͟ŽůŽƌĨƵůĚŝŐŝƚĂůůLJƉĂŝŶƚĞĚŝůůƵƐƚƌĂƟŽŶƐ ŝŶďƌŝŐŚƚƚŽŶĞƐŽƵƚůŝŶĞĚŝŶďůĂĐŬĚĞƉŝĐƚƚŚĞ ĐůƵƩĞƌǁŝƚŚŽƵƚŽǀĞƌǁŚĞůŵŝŶŐ͕ĂŶĚĂŝƐLJŝƐ ĐƵƚĞĂŶĚĞdžƉƌĞƐƐŝǀĞǁŝƚŚŚĞƌǁŝĚĞĨƌĞĐŬůĞĚ ĨĂĐĞĂŶĚƉŝŐƚĂŝůƐ͘/ŶĂĐƵůƚƵƌĞƚŚĂƚĚĞĐƌĞĞƐƚŚĂƚ ŚĂǀŝŶŐŵŽƌĞŝƐďĞŝŶŐŵŽƌĞ͕ŝƚŝƐƌĞĨƌĞƐŚŝŶŐƚŽ ĮŶĚĂŬƚŚĂƚďƌŽĂĐŚĞƐƚŚĞƚŽƉŝĐŽĨŽǀĞƌͲ ĐŽŶƐƵŵƉƟŽŶĂƐǁĞůůĂƐƚŚĞŝĚĞĂŽĨŐŝǀŝŶŐďĂĐŬ͘ /ŶĐůƵĚĞƐĂŶŽƚĞĂďŽƵƚDŝƚnjǀĂŚĂLJĂĐƟǀŝƟĞƐ͘ ZĞĐŽŵŵĞŶĚĞĚĨŽƌĂŐĞƐϰͲϳ͘TM

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ĂƵƚŽďŝŽŐƌĂƉŚLJ ΘŵĞŵŽŝƌ Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

Nine Lives ŽīĞƌƐĂŐůĂŶĐĞĂƚƚŚĞůŝǀĞƐŽĨƐŽŵĞ ŽĨƚŚĞǁŽƌůĚ͛ƐŵŽƐƚŝŶƚĞƌĞƐƟŶŐ:ĞǁŝƐŚƉĞŽƉůĞ ŝŶĂǀĂƌŝĞƚLJŽĨůŝŶĞƐŽĨǁŽƌŬ͕ƌĂŶŐŝŶŐĨƌŽŵ ďƌŝůůŝĂŶƚƐĐŝĞŶƟƐƚůďĞƌƚŝŶƐƚĞŝŶƚŽƐŝŶŐŝŶŐ ƐĞŶƐĂƟŽŶŽďLJůĂŶ͘

Return to Centro Historico: A Mexican Jew Looks for His Roots

A.J. Jacobs Simon and Schuster, 2012. 416 pp. $26.00 [e] ISBN: 978-1-4165-9907-4 The author of Living Biblically ƚĂŬĞƐĂĚŝīĞƌĞŶƚ ƚƵƌŶŝŶƚŚŝƐĨƵŶŶLJLJĞƚŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟǀĞĂĐĐŽƵŶƚŽĨŚŝƐ quest to become “the healthiest person in the ǁŽƌůĚ͟ƚŚƌŽƵŐŚƐƵďũĞĐƟŶŐŚŝŵƐĞůĨƚŽĂŐƌƵĞůŝŶŐ ƌĞŐŝŵĞŶŽĨĞdžĞƌĐŝƐĞ͕ĚŝĞƚƐ͕ĂŶĚĞdžƉĞƌŝŵĞŶƚƐ͘

Ilan Stavans Rutgers University Press, 2012. 208 pp. $24.95 ISBN: 978-0-8135-5191-3 ǁĂƌĚǁŝŶŶŝŶŐĞƐƐĂLJŝƐƚ/ůĂŶ^ƚĂǀĂŶƐ ƌĞƐĞĂƌĐŚĞƐŚŝƐƌŽŽƚƐǁŚŝůĞĚĞůŝǀĞƌŝŶŐĂŶŝŶͲ ĚĞƉƚŚŚŝƐƚŽƌLJŽĨ:ĞǁŝƐŚŝŵŵŝŐƌĂŶƚƐƚŽDĞdžŝĐŽ͘ ,ĞũŽƵƌŶĞLJƐƚŚƌŽƵŐŚƚŚĞĚĞǀĞůŽƉŵĞŶƚŽĨĂŶ ĞŶƟƌĞĐƵůƚƵƌĞďĞŐŝŶŶŝŶŐǁŝƚŚƚŚŽƐĞŇĞĞŝŶŐ ƚŚĞ/ŶƋƵŝƐŝƟŽŶ͕ĂŶĚďŽƚŚƐŚŬĞŶĂnjŝŵĂŶĚ ^ĞƉŚĂƌĂĚŝŵĨƌŽŵƚŚĞKƩŽŵĂŶŵƉŝƌĞ͘

Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient and Then Turned 16

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Moshe Kasher Grand Central Publishing, 2012. 320 pp. $24.99 [e] ISBN: 978-0446584265 ZŝƐŝŶŐLJŽƵŶŐĐŽŵĞĚŝĂŶDŽƐŚĞ<ĂƐŚĞƌŝƐ ůƵĐŬLJƚŽďĞĂůŝǀĞ͘,ĞƐƚĂƌƚĞĚƵƐŝŶŐĚƌƵŐƐǁŚĞŶ ŚĞǁĂƐũƵƐƚƚǁĞůǀĞͶĂƚǁŚŝĐŚƉŽŝŶƚŚĞŚĂƐĚ ĂůƌĞĂĚLJďĞĞŶŝŶƉƐLJĐŚŽĂŶĂůLJƐŝƐĨŽƌĞŝŐŚƚLJĞĂƌƐ͘ LJƚŚĞƟŵĞŚĞǁĂƐĮŌĞĞŶ͕ŚĞŚĂĚďĞĞŶŝŶ ĂŶĚŽƵƚŽĨƐĞǀĞƌĂůŵĞŶƚĂůŝŶƐƟƚƵƟŽŶƐ͕ŚĂǀŝŶŐ ĚƌŝŌĞĚĨƌŽŵƚŚĞƌĂƉLJƚŽƌĞŚĂďƚŽĂƌƌĞƐƚ͘ ,ŽǁĞǀĞƌƚŚŝƐŬŝƐŶŽƚĂŶ͞ĞLJĞŽƉĞŶĞƌ͟ƚŽ ƚŚĞŚŽƌƌŽƌƐŽĨĂĚĚŝĐƟŽŶďƵƚƌĂƚŚĞƌĂŚŝůĂƌŝŽƵƐ memoir about the absurdity of it all.

Guide to Yiddish Short Stories Bennett Muraskin Ben Yehuda Press, 2011. 104 pp. $14.95 ISBN: 978-1-934730-31-7 ĞŶŶĞƚDƵƌĂƐŬŝŶŚĂƐďƌŽƵŐŚƚƚŽŐĞƚŚĞƌ ŽǀĞƌϭϯϬƐƚŽƌŝĞƐƚƌĂŶƐůĂƚĞĚŝŶƚŽŶŐůŝƐŚ͕ ƌĂŶŐŝŶŐĨƌŽŵĐůĂƐƐŝĐƐďLJ^ŚŽůŽŵůĞŝĐŚĞŵĂŶĚ DĞŶĚĞůĞDŽLJĞĐŚĞƌ^ĨŽƌŝŵƚŽƚŚŽƐĞǁƌŝƩĞŶ ďLJ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚƐƵƌǀŝǀŽƌƐ͘dŚĞƐƚŽƌŝĞƐĐƌĞĂƚĞ

ďŝŽŐƌĂƉŚLJ A Life of Leadership: Eli Zborowski Rochel & George Berman KTAV Publishing, 2011. 318 pp. $25.00 ISBN: 978-1-602890-190-5 dŚŝƐďŝŽŐƌĂƉŚLJĐŚƌŽŶŝĐůĞƐƚŚĞůŝĨĞŽĨůŝ ďƌŽǁƐŬŝ͗ĨƌĞĞĚŽŵĮŐŚƚĞƌĂŶĚ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚ ƐƵƌǀŝǀŽƌ͖ĂŶŝŵŵŝŐƌĂŶƚĂŶĚĂƉĞĚĚůĞƌ͖ĂŶĚ ĮŶĂůůLJĂŶĞŶƚƌĞƉƌĞŶĞƵƌĂŶĚĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƚLJůĞĂĚĞƌ͘ ZŽĐŚĞůĂŶĚ'ĞŽƌŐĞĞƌŵĂŶƚƌĂĐĞƚŚƌŽƵŐŚ ďƌŽǁƐŬŝ͛ƐŵĂŶLJĂĐĐŽŵƉůŝƐŚŵĞŶƚƐŝŶĐůƵĚŝŶŐ ƌĞƐĐƵŝŶŐϭϬϬŽƌƉŚĂŶƐĨƌŽŵƚŚĞĐůƵƚĐŚĞƐŽĨ ƚŚĞEĂnjŝƐ͕ĂƐǁĞůůĂƐŝŶĂƵŐƵƌĂƟŶŐƚŚĞĮƌƐƚ ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚZĞŵĞŵďƌĂŶĐĞĂLJŝŶƚŚĞhŶŝƚĞĚ States in 1964.

Nine Lives: Favorite Profiles of Famous People from the Annals of Moment Magazine Marcy Epstein & Nadine Epstein, eds. MomentBooks, 2011. $18.95 ISBN: 978-0-9839951-0-4 With excerpts from Moment Magazine,

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history Among Righteous Men: A Tale of Vigilantes and Vindication in Hasidic Crown Heights Matthew Shaer John Wiley & Sons, 2012. 256 pp. $25.95 [e] ISBN: 978-0-470-60827-2 Among Righteous Men explores how a ƐŝŵƉůĞĂƌŐƵŵĞŶƚŝŶĂƌŽǁŶ,ĞŝŐŚƚƐĚŽƌŵŝͲ ƚŽƌLJĞǀŽůǀĞĚŝŶƚŽĂŶĂůůͲŽƵƚďƌĂǁůĂŶĚƌŝŽƚƚŚĂƚ ƚŚƌĞǁĂƟŐŚƚĐŽŵŵƵŶŝƚLJŝŶƚŽƚƵƌŵŽŝůŝŶǁŚŝĐŚ ŵĞŵďĞƌƐǁĞƌĞĐŚĂƌŐĞĚǁŝƚŚŵƵůƟƉůĞĨĞůŽŶLJ ĂŶĚŐĂŶŐĐŚĂƌŐĞƐ͘^ŚĂĞƌĂŶĂůLJnjĞƐƚŚĞůĂƌŐĞƌ ƌĞůŝŐŝŽƵƐĐŚĂƐŵƚŚĂƚƐƵƌƌŽƵŶĚĞĚƚŚĞĞǀĞŶƚ͕ ĂŶĚŚŽǁĂƉƵďůŝĐĐŽƵƌƚĐĂƐĞĂůůŽǁĞĚĂŐůŝŵƉƐĞ ŝŶƚŽƚŚĞŽŌĞŶƉƌŝǀĂƚĞǁŽƌůĚŽĨ,ĂƐŝĚŝĐ:ĞǁƌLJ͘

Beyond Religious Borders: Interaction and Intellectual Exchange in the Medieval Islamic World David M. Freidenreich & Miriam Goldstein, eds. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012. 232 pp. $55.00 ISBN: 978-0-8122-4374-1 Beyond Religious Borders presents a


booknotes ƌĞǀŽůƵƟŽŶĂƌLJƐƚƵĚLJŽĨƚŚĞǁĂLJ:ĞǁƐ͕ŚƌŝƐͲ ƟĂŶƐ͕ĂŶĚDƵƐůŝŵƐŝŶƚĞƌĂĐƚĞĚǁŝƚŚĞĂĐŚ ŽƚŚĞƌǁŝƚŚŝŶƚŚĞDĞĚŝƚĞƌƌĂŶĞĂŶƌĞŐŝŽŶŝŶƚŚĞ ĐŽŶƚĞdžƚŽĨĐƵůƚƵƌĂůĞdžĐŚĂŶŐĞĂŶĚƚŚĞƚƌĂŶƐĨĞƌ ŽĨŬŶŽǁůĞĚŐĞ͘

A Confiscated Memory: Wadi Salib and Haifa’s Lost Heritage Yfaat Weiss Columbia University Press, 2011. 272 pp. $60.00 ISBN: 978-0231152266 zĨĂĂƚtĞŝƐƐƚĞůůƐƚŚĞƐƚŽƌLJŽĨtĂĚŝ^Ăůŝď͕ ĂŶƌĂďŶĞŝŐŚďŽƌŚŽŽĚŝŶ,ĂŝĨĂƚŚĂƚůĂƚĞƌĂĐͲ ƋƵŝƌĞĚŝĐŽŶŝĐƐƚĂƚƵƐŝŶ/ƐƌĂĞůŝŚŝƐƚŽƌLJ͘ƐƚĂďůŝƐŚͲ ŝŶŐĂŶĂƐƐŽĐŝĂƟŽŶďĞƚǁĞĞŶtĂĚŝ^Ăůŝď͛ƐƌĂď ƌĞĨƵŐĞĞƐĂŶĚƐƵďƐĞƋƵĞŶƚDŽƌŽĐĐĂŶĞǀĂĐƵĞĞƐ͕ tĞŝƐƐĂůůĞŐŽƌŝnjĞƐƚŚĞ/ƐƌĂĞůŝĂŵŶĞƐŝĂĂďŽƵƚ ďŽƚŚƐƚŽƌŝĞƐͶŽĐĐƵƌŝŶŐĂƚĚŝīĞƌĞŶƚƟŵĞƐ ďƵƚŝŶŽŶĞƉůĂĐĞͶĂŶĚƵŶĐŽǀĞƌƐĂĐŽŵƉůĞdž͕ ŵƵůƟůĂLJĞƌĞĚ͕ĂŶĚŚŝĚĚĞŶŚŝƐƚŽƌLJ͘

Cursing the Christians?: A History of the Birkat Haminim Ruth Langer Oxford University Press, 2012. 400 pp. $74.00 ISBN: 978-0-19-978317-5 >ĂŶŐĞƌƋƵĞƐƟŽŶƐƚŚĞŵĞĂŶŝŶŐŽĨ Birkat Haminim, which in its earliest form cursed ĂƉŽƐƚĂƚĞƐ͕ŚƌŝƐƟĂŶƐ͕ĂŶĚĞŶĞŵŝĞƐŽĨ/ƐƌĂĞů͘ ^ŚĞĐŽŶƐŝĚĞƌƐƚŚĞƚƌĂŶƐĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶŽĨƚŚĞƉƌĂLJĞƌ ŽǀĞƌƟŵĞĂŶĚŚŽǁŝƚƌĞŇĞĐƚƐ:ĞǁŝƐŚƚŚŽƵŐŚƚ

ŽĨŚƌŝƐƟĂŶƐ͕ĂŶĚĚĞƚĞƌŵŝŶĞƐƚŚĂƚƚŚĞŵŽĚĞƌŶ ǀĞƌƐŝŽŶŽĨƚŚĞƉƌĂLJĞƌůŽƐƚĂŶLJƌĞĨĞƌĞŶĐĞƚŽĂ ƐƉĞĐŝĮĐŐƌŽƵƉŽĨƉĞŽƉůĞ͘

Diasporic Modernisms: Hebrew and Yiddish Literature in the Twentieth Century Allison Schachter Oxford University Press, 2011. 208 pp. $35.00 ISBN: 978-0-19-981263 In Diasporic Modernisms͕^ĐŚĂĐŚƚĞƌĞdžĂŵͲ ŝŶĞƐŚŽǁŵŽĚĞƌŶŝƐƚƉƌŽƐĞĞǀŽůǀĞĚĚƵĞƚŽƚŚĞ ŚŝƐƚŽƌŝĐĂůĐŽŶĚŝƟŽŶƐŽĨƚŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚĐƵůƚƵƌĞ͕ĂŶĚ ŚŽǁůŝƚĞƌĂƚƵƌĞĐĂŶĨƵŶĐƟŽŶǁŝƚŚŽƵƚŽƵƚƐŝĚĞ ŶĂƟŽŶĂůďŽƌĚĞƌƐ͘

More Powerful Than Dynamite: Radicals, Plutocrats, Progressives, and New York’s Year of Anarchy Thai Jones Walker Publishing, 2012. 416 pp. $26.00 [e] ISBN: 978-0-8027-7933-5 More Powerful Than Dynamite tells the ƐƚŽƌLJŽĨϭϵϭϰ͕ǁŚĞŶŐƌŽƵƉƐŽĨĂŶĂƌĐŚŝƐƚƐǁĞƌĞ ƐĞĞŬŝŶŐƚŽďĂůĂŶĐĞŽƵƚĐŽƌƉŽƌĂƚĞƉŽǁĞƌĂŶĚ ŝŵƉƌŽǀĞƚŚĞƐƚĂŶĚĂƌĚŽĨůŝǀŝŶŐŽĨƚŚĞŵĂƐƐĞƐ͘ The year quickly tumbled into protests and ǀŝŽůĞŶĐĞ͕ǁŝƚŚĞdžƉůŽƐŝŽŶƐĂŝŵĞĚĂƚŵŽŶŽƉŽͲ ůŝƐƚƐƌŽĐŬŝŶŐEĞǁzŽƌŬŝƚLJ͘

The Music Libel Against the Jews

The Jewish Dark Continent: Life and Death in the Russian Pale of Settlement Nathaniel Deutsch Harvard University Press, 2011. 384 pp. $35.00 ISBN: 978-0-674-04728-0 EĂƚŚĂŶŝĞůĞƵƚƐĐŚŽīĞƌƐĂĐŽŵƉƌĞŚĞŶƐŝǀĞ ĂĐĐŽƵŶƚŽĨŶͲƐŬLJ͕ǁŚŽĂƩĞŵƉƚĞĚƚŽĐŽŵƉŝůĞ ĂŶĚƉƌĞƐĞƌǀĞƚŚĞǀĂƐƚƋƵĂŶƟƚLJŽĨƐŽŶŐƐ͕ ůŝƚĞƌĂƚƵƌĞ͕ĂŶĚƚƌĂĚŝƟŽŶƐƚŚĂƚǁĞƌĞƉĂƌƚŽĨƚŚĞ WĂůĞŽĨ^ĞƩůĞŵĞŶƚ͘,ĞĐƌĞĂƚĞƐĂƉŽƌƚƌĂŝƚŽĨ ƐŚƚĞƚůůŝĨĞƚŚĂƚǁŽƵůĚďĞĐŽŵĞƚŚĞĨŽƵŶĚĂƟŽŶ of modern Jewish culture.

Ruth HaCohen Yale University Press, 2012. 523 pp. $55.00 [e] ISBN: 978-0-300-16778-8 ZĞůŝŐŝŽƵƐĂŶĚƉŽůŝƟĐĂůĐŽŶŇŝĐƚŚĂƐŶĞǀĞƌ ďĞĞŶƐŽŝŵĂŐŝŶĂƟǀĞĂƐŝŶƚŚŝƐŬ͕ǁŚŝĐŚ ĨŽĐƵƐĞƐŽŶƚŚĞƵƐĞŽĨŵƵƐŝĐŝŶĞƐĐĂůĂƟŶŐ ƚĞŶƐŝŽŶďĞƚǁĞĞŶ:ĞǁƐĂŶĚŚƌŝƐƟĂŶƐƐŝŶĐĞƚŚĞ DŝĚĚůĞŐĞƐ͘,ĂŽŚĞŶƵƐĞƐtĞƐƚĞƌŶĐƵůƚƵƌĂů ŚŝƐƚŽƌLJ͕ĂƐǁĞůůĂƐĂŶĂůLJƐŝƐĨƌŽŵĂǀĂƌŝĞƚLJŽĨ ƉĞƌƐƉĞĐƟǀĞƐƚŽĞŵƉŚĂƐŝnjĞƚŚĞŚƌŝƐƟĂŶĂƐͲ ƐŽĐŝĂƟŽŶŽĨ:ĞǁƐǁŝƚŚ͞ŶŽŝƐĞ͟ĂŶĚƚŚĞŵƐĞůǀĞƐ ǁŝƚŚ͞ŚĂƌŵŽŶLJ͘͟

The Waning of Emancipation: Jewish History, Memory, and the Rise of Fascism in Germany, France, and Hungary Guy Miron Wayne State University Press, 2011. 308 pp. $49.95 [e] ISBN: 978-0-8143-3470-6 IndŚĞtĂŶŝŶŐŽĨŵĂŶĐŝƉĂƟŽŶ͕'ƵLJDŝƌŽŶ ĚĞůǀĞƐŝŶƚŽƚŚĞĚĞĐƌĞĂƐŝŶŐĚĞŐƌĞĞŽĨĨƌĞĞĚŽŵ ŽĨ:ĞǁŝƐŚĐŝƟnjĞŶƐŝŶĨĂƐĐŝƐƚƵƌŽƉĞ͘DŝƌŽŶƵƐĞƐ ƉƌĞͲ,ŽůŽĐĂƵƐƚ'ĞƌŵĂŶLJ͕&ƌĂŶĐĞ͕ĂŶĚ,ƵŶŐĂƌLJ ƚŽŵĂŬĞĂƐƚĂƚĞŵĞŶƚĂďŽƵƚ:ĞǁŝƐŚĞŵĂŶĐŝƉĂͲ ƟŽŶĂŶĚƚŚĞĞīĞĐƚƚŚĂƚƚŚĞŝƌĐŽŵƉůĞdžƉŽůŝƟĐĂů cultures had on it.

The Word Unheard: Legacies of Anti-Semitism in German Literature and Culture Martha B. Helfer Northwestern University Press, 2011. 264 pp. $34.95 ISBN: 0-8101-2794-6 &ŽĐƵƐŝŶŐŽŶƚŚĞĞŵĂŶĐŝƉĂƟŽŶĚĞďĂƚĞƐ ŽǀĞƌŐƌĂŶƟŶŐ:ĞǁƐĐŝǀŝůĂŶĚƉŽůŝƟĐĂůƌŝŐŚƚƐŝŶ ϭϳϰϵͲϭϴϱϬ'ĞƌŵĂŶLJĂƐǁĞůůĂƐĐůŽƐĞƌĞĂĚͲ ŝŶŐƐŽĨǁŽƌŬƐďLJ'ŽƩŚŽůĚŵƉŚƌĂŝŵ>ĞƐƐŝŶŐ͕ ĚĂůďĞƌƚ^ƟŌĞƌĂŶĚŵĂŶLJŵŽƌĞ͕,ĞůĨĞƌŶŽƚĞƐ ƚŚĞƉƌĞǀĂůĞŶĐĞŽĨĂŶƟͲ^ĞŵŝƟĐƌĞƉƌĞƐĞŶƚĂƟŽŶƐ ŽĨ:ĞǁŝƐŚĐŚĂƌĂĐƚĞƌƐŝŶ'ĞƌŵĂŶůŝƚĞƌĂƚƵƌĞŝŶ that era.

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booknotes israel studies A New Shoah: The Untold Story of Israel’s Victims of Terrorism Giulio Meotti Encounter Books, 2009. 428 pp. $27.95 [e] ISBN: 978-1-59403-477-0 dŚĞ/ƚĂůŝĂŶƌĞƉŽƌƚĞƌĚĞƚĂŝůƐŚŝƐĐŽǀĞƌĂŐĞ ŽĨĂƐƵŝĐŝĚĞĂƩĂĐŬƚŚĂƚŬŝůůĞĚϮϬƉĞŽƉůĞŝŶ ,ĂŝĨĂŝŶϮϬϬϯ͕ŝŶĐůƵĚŝŶŐƚŚĞƉĂŝŶĨƵůƐƚŽƌŝĞƐŽĨ ƚŚĞǀŝĐƟŵƐ͛ĨĂŵŝůŝĞƐĂŶĚƐƵƌǀŝǀŽƌƐ͘ĞƐŝĚĞƐ ĚĞƐĐƌŝďŝŶŐƚŚĞĞǀĞƌLJĚĂLJƌĞĂůŝƟĞƐŽĨƚŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚ ƉĞŽƉůĞŝŶ/ƐƌĂĞů͕DĞŽƫ ĚĞůŝǀĞƌƐĂŶŽƌĂůŚŝƐƚŽƌLJ ŽĨƚŚĞDŝĚĚůĞĂƐƚĐŽŶŇŝĐƚƚŽůĚďLJ:ĞǁŝƐŚ ƐƵƌǀŝǀŽƌƐŽĨƚĞƌƌŽƌ͘

ũĞǁŝƐŚƐƚƵĚŝĞƐ Holy Dissent: Jewish and Christian Mystics in Eastern Europe Glenn Dynner, ed. Wayne State University Press, 2011. 432 pp. $44.95 [e] ISBN: 978-0814335178 /ŶƚŚŝƐŬ͕ĞĚŝƚŽƌ'ůĞŶŶLJŶŶĞƌƉƌĞƐĞŶƚƐ ƚǁĞůǀĞĞƐƐĂLJƐƚŚĂƚĐŚĂƌƚĐŽŶƚĂĐƚƐ͕ƉĂƌĂůůĞůƐ͕ ĂŶĚŵƵƚƵĂůŝŶŇƵĞŶĐĞďĞƚǁĞĞŶ:ĞǁŝƐŚĂŶĚ ŚƌŝƐƟĂŶŵLJƐƟĐŝƐŵ͘dŚƌŽƵŐŚƌĞƐĞĂƌĐŚŽŶĨŽůŬ ŚĞĂůĞƌƐ͕ŵĞƐƐŝĂŶŝƐƚƐ͕,ĂƐŝĚŝŵ͕ĂŶĚŚƌŝƐƟĂŶ ƐĞĐƚĂƌŝĂŶƐ͕ƚŚŝƐǀŽůƵŵĞƉƌĞƐĞŶƚƐŝŶƐƚĂŶĐĞƐ ŽĨƌŝĐŚĐƵůƚƵƌĂůŝŶƚĞƌĐŚĂŶŐĞĂŶĚďŽůĚďŽƌĚĞƌ ƚƌĂŶƐŐƌĞƐƐŝŽŶ͘

ŚƌŝƐƟĂŶƐƚŚĞƌĞĂůƐƚŽƌLJŽĨ:ĞƐƵƐ͕ĂǁŚŽůůLJ ŽďƐĞƌǀĂŶƚ͕WŚĂƌŝƐĂŝĐZĂďďŝǁŚŽĨŽƵŐŚƚZŽŵĂŶ ƉĂŐĂŶŝƐŵĂŶĚŽƉƉƌĞƐƐŝŽŶĂŶĚǁĂƐŬŝůůĞĚĨŽƌŝƚ͘

Simple Actions for Jews to Help Green the Planet: Jews, Judaism and the Environment

Make Yourself a Teacher: Rabbinic Tales of Mentors and Disciples

Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins Alternadox Press, 2011. 274 pp. $17.99 ISBN: 978-1463777654 :ĞǁƐŚĂǀĞĂůǁĂLJƐďĞĞŶŝŶƚŚĞĨŽƌĞĨƌŽŶƚŽĨ ƐŽĐŝĂůŝƐƐƵĞƐ͘dŽĚĂLJŽƵƌƉůĂŶĞƚŝƐŝŶƐĞƌŝͲ ŽƵƐĚĂŶŐĞƌĨƌŽŵĂŚŽƐƚŽĨĞŶǀŝƌŽŶŵĞŶƚĂů ĐƌŝƐĞƐ͘ƌĂǁŝŶŐƵƉŽŶƚŚĞǁŝƐĚŽŵŽĨďŝďůŝĐĂů͕ midrashic and other texts, as well as modern ƐĐŝĞŶƟĮĐƌĞƐĞĂƌĐŚ͕ZĂďďŝůŬŝŶƐůŝƐƚƐƐĐŽƌĞƐŽĨ ƐƉĞĐŝĮĐĂĐƟŽŶƐƚŚĂƚǁĞĐĂŶƉĞƌĨŽƌŵƚŽƐůŽǁ͕ ĂŶĚŚŽƉĞĨƵůůLJƌĞǀĞƌƐĞ͕ƚŚĞĚĞƚĞƌŝŽƌĂƟŽŶŽĨŽƵƌ ĞŶǀŝƌŽŶŵĞŶƚ͘

Susan Handelman University of Washington Press, 2011. 176 pp. $30.00 ISBN: 978-0295991290 dŚŝƐŬŝƐĂƚĞĂĐŚŝŶŐŬĂŶĚĂŬ ĂďŽƵƚƚĞĂĐŚŝŶŐ͘/ƚĚŝƐĐƵƐƐĞƐƚŚƌĞĞĚƌĂŵĂƟĐ͕ well known stories about the student and ƚĞĂĐŚĞƌZĂďďŝůŝĞnjĞƌďĞŶ,LJƌĐĂŶƵƐĨƌŽŵƚŚĞ KƌĂůdŽƌĂŚ͕ǁŚŝĐŚƐĞƌǀĞĂƐƚĞĂĐŚŝŶŐƚĞdžƚƐŽŶ ƚŚĞƚĞĂĐŚĞƌͬƐƚƵĚĞŶƚƌĞůĂƟŽŶƐŚŝƉŝŶ:ĞǁŝƐŚ ƚƌĂĚŝƟŽŶ͘,ĂŶĚĞůŵĂŶĐŽŶƐŝĚĞƌƐŚŽǁƚŚĞƐĞ ƌĞůĂƟŽŶƐŚŝƉƐƐƵƐƚĂŝŶĂŶĚƌĞŶĞǁƚŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚ ƚƌĂĚŝƟŽŶ͕ĞƐƉĞĐŝĂůůLJĚƵƌŝŶŐƚƌŽƵďůĞĚƟŵĞƐ͘

Relationship 1:1: The Genesis of Togetherness Gavriel Goldfeder Alternadox Press, 2011. 139 pp. $14.95 ISBN: 978-0983905103 ZĂďďŝ'ĂǀƌŝĞů'ŽůĚĨĞĚĞƌŵŝŶĞƐƚŚĞĨĂŵŝůLJ ƐƚŽƌŝĞƐŝŶƚŚĞŬŽĨ'ĞŶĞƐŝƐĨŽƌƚĞĂĐŚŝŶŐƐŽŶ ŚŽǁƚŽŵŽǀĞƚŚƌŽƵŐŚƚŚĞĐŚĂůůĞŶŐĞƐƚŚĂƚĂ ĐŽŵŵŝƩĞĚƌĞůĂƟŽŶƐŚŝƉŶĂƚƵƌĂůůLJƉƌĞƐĞŶƚƐ͘

Returning to Babel: Jewish Latin American Experiences, Representations and Identity Amalia Ran & Jean Axelrad Cahan, eds. Brill, 2011. 242 pp. $144.00 ISBN: 978-9004203952 dŚŝƐǀŽůƵŵĞŽīĞƌƐĂƌĞͲĞdžĂŵŝŶĂƟŽŶŽĨƐŽŵĞ ŽĨƚŚĞƉƌĞǀĂůĞŶƚƉĂƌĂĚŝŐŵƐŝŶ>ĂƟŶŵĞƌŝĐĂŶ :ĞǁŝƐŚ^ƚƵĚŝĞƐĂŶĚĂŶŝŶƐƟŐĂƟŽŶƚŽĨƵƌƚŚĞƌ ĞdžƉůŽƌĂƟŽŶƐŝŶƚŚŝƐĂƌĞĂ͘/ƚĞůĂďŽƌĂƚĞƐŽŶ ƚŚĞŵĞƐŽĨ:ĞǁŝƐŚŝĚĞŶƟƚLJĂƐƌĞƉƌĞƐĞŶƚĞĚŝŶ ƚŚĞŚŝƐƚŽƌLJ͕ĐƵůƚƵƌĞƐ͕ĂŶĚƐŽĐŝĞƟĞƐŽĨ>ĂƟŶ America in the current era of hybridism and ƚƌĂŶƐĂƟŽŶĂůŝƐŵ͘

ŵŽĚĞƌŶũĞǁŝƐŚ ƚŚŽƵŐŚƚ ΘĞdžƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞ Kosher Jesus Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Gefen Publishing House, 2012. 300 pp. $26.00 [e] ISBN: 978-9652295781 dŚŝƐŬƐĞĞŬƐƚŽŽīĞƌƚŽ:ĞǁƐĂŶĚ

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Walter Benjamin: A Philosophical Portrait Eli Friedlander Harvard University Press, 2012. 300 pp. $39.95 [e] ISBN: 978-0-674-06169-9 WŚŝůŽƐŽƉŚLJƉƌŽĨĞƐƐŽƌůŝ&ƌŝĞĚůĂŶĚĞƌ ĂƩĞŵƉƚƐƚŽĐŽŶŶĞĐƚƚŚĞďƌŝůůŝĂŶƚLJĞƚĚŝƐƉĂƌĂƚĞ ǁƌŝƟŶŐƐŽĨtĂůƚĞƌĞŶũĂŵŝŶƚŚƌŽƵŐŚĂŶ ĂŶĂůLJƐŝƐŽĨĞŶũĂŵŝŶ͛ƐǁŽƌŬ͘,ĞĮŶĚƐƚŚĞƌĞ ŝŶŝƟĂůĨŽƌŵƵůĂƟŽŶƐŽĨƚŚĞĚŝīĞƌĞŶƚĚŝŵĞŶƐŝŽŶƐ ŽĨŚŝƐƉŚŝůŽƐŽƉŚŝĐĂůƚŚŝŶŬŝŶŐ͕ĂƌĂƌĞŝŶƐŝŐŚƚŝŶƚŽ ƚŚĞĞŶŝŐŵĂƟĐĞŶũĂŵŝŶ͘


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Sanctuary in the Wilderness: A Critical Introduction to American Hebrew Poetry

The Jewish Annotated New Testament

Alan Mintz Stanford University Press, 2012. 544 pp. $65.00 [e] ISBN: 978-0-8047-6293-9 /ŶƚŚŝƐĂŶƚŚŽůŽŐLJ͕ůĂŶDŝŶƚnjĐŽŵƉŝůĞĚ poetry from a dozen American Hebraists, ǁŚŽƐŽƵŐŚƚƚŽŵŽĚĞƌŶŝnjĞƚŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚƉĞŽƉůĞ ƚŚƌŽƵŐŚ,ĞďƌĞǁǁŚŝůĞŵĂŝŶƚĂŝŶŝŶŐƚŚĞŝƌĐŽŶͲ ŶĞĐƟŽŶƚŽŝŽŶ͘

Yannai on Genesis: An Invitation to Piyyut Laura S. Lieber Hebrew Union College Press, 2010. 798 pp. $75.00 ISBN: 978-0-87820-464-9 Lieber’s work analyzes the mostly unknown ǁŽƌŬŽĨƐŝdžƚŚͲĐĞŶƚƵƌLJ,ĞďƌĞǁĂŶĚƌĂŵĂŝĐ ƉŽĞƚzĂŶŶĂŝ͕ǁŚŽƐĞƉŝLJLJƵƟŵŝŶŇƵĞŶĐĞĚ ƉŽĞƚƌLJĨŽƌĐĞŶƚƵƌŝĞƐĂŌĞƌŚŝƐĚĞĂƚŚ͘ĞƐŝĚĞƐ ƚŚĞŝƌƐŝŐŶŝĮĐĂŶĐĞĂƐĂŶĂƌƚĨŽƌŵ͕ƚŚĞƉŽĞŵƐ ĂůƐŽƐĞƌǀĞĂƐĂŐĂƚĞǁĂLJƚŽŽƚŚĞƌĚŝǀĞƌƐĞĚŝƐĐŝͲ ƉůŝŶĞƐƐƵĐŚĂƐůŝƚƵƌŐŝĐĂůƐƚƵĚŝĞƐĂŶĚLJnjĂŶƟŶĞ ŚƌŝƐƟĂŶĐƵůƚƵƌĞĂŶĚŝƚƐĂƌƚ͘

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Amy-Jill Levine & Marc Z. Brettler Oxford University Press, 2011. 700 pp. $35.00 ISBN: 978-0195297706 EĞǁdĞƐƚĂŵĞŶƚĞdžƉĞƌƚƐ͕'ƌĞĐŽͲZŽŵĂŶ ƐŽĐŝĂůŚŝƐƚŽƌŝĂŶƐ͕ƚŚĞŽůŽŐŝĂŶƐ͕ĂŶĚŽƚŚĞƌƐ ũŽŝŶƚůLJĐŽŶƚƌŝďƵƚĞƚŽĂĐŽŵƉůĞƚĞEĞǁ dĞƐƚĂŵĞŶƚǁŝƚŚŝŶƚƌŽĚƵĐƟŽŶƐƚŽĞĂĐŚEĞǁ dĞƐƚĂŵĞŶƚŬ͕ĂŶŶŽƚĂƟŽŶƐŽŶĞĂĐŚƉĂŐĞ ŽĨƚĞdžƚĂŶĚƐŝŐŶŝĮĐĂŶƚĞƐƐĂLJƐŽŶEĞǁdĞƐƚĂͲ ŵĞŶƚďĂĐŬŐƌŽƵŶĚƐ͘dŚĞLJďƌŝŶŐŽƵƚƚŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚ context of the New Testament and present :ƵĚĂŝƐŵďĞĨŽƌĞ͕ĚƵƌŝŶŐ͕ĂŶĚĂŌĞƌƚŚĞƟŵĞŽĨ Jesus and his immediate followers.

Kafka’s Jewish Languages: The Hidden Openness of Tradition David Suchoff University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011. 280 pp. $65.00 ISBN: 978-0-8122-4371-0 ŶŐůŝƐŚƉƌŽĨĞƐƐŽƌĂǀŝĚ^ƵĐŚŽīƵŶǀĞŝůƐƚŚĞ njĞĐŚǁƌŝƚĞƌ͛ƐŝŶƚƌŝŶƐŝĐůŝŶŬƚŽƚŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚƚƌĂĚŝͲ ƟŽŶĂŶĚůĂŶŐƵĂŐĞ͘dŚƌŽƵŐŚĂŶĂŶĂůLJƐŝƐŽĨƚŚĞ zŝĚĚŝƐŚĂŶĚ,ĞďƌĞǁƐŽƵƌĐĞƐƚŚĂƚŝŶŇƵĞŶĐĞĚ ŚŝƐǁƌŝƟŶŐ͕ũƵdžƚĂƉŽƐĞĚǁŝƚŚƐŽŵĞŽĨ<ĂŅĂ͛Ɛ ŵĂũŽƌǁŽƌŬƐƐƵĐŚĂƐThe Trial and The Castle, ^ƵĐŚŽīŝůůƵƐƚƌĂƚĞƐĂŶŝŶŶŽǀĂƟǀĞŝŶƐŝŐŚƚŝŶƚŽ

Forsaken: The Menstruant in Medieval Jewish Mysticisms Sharon Faye Koren Brandeis University Press, 2011. 306 pp. $35.00 ISBN: 978-1584659822 dŚŝƐŬĂĚĚƌĞƐƐĂĐĞŶƚƌĂůƋƵĞƐƟŽŶŝŶƚŚĞ ƐƚƵĚLJŽĨ:ĞǁŝƐŚŵLJƐƟĐŝƐŵŝŶƚŚĞŵĞĚŝĞǀĂů and early modern periods: why are there no ŬŶŽǁŶĨĞŵĂůĞŵLJƐƟĐƐŝŶŵĞĚŝĞǀĂů:ƵĚĂŝƐŵ͕ ƵŶůŝŬĞĐŽŶƚĞŵƉŽƌĂŶĞŽƵƐŵŽǀĞŵĞŶƚƐŝŶ ŚƌŝƐƟĂŶŝƚLJĂŶĚ/ƐůĂŵ͍<ŽƌĞŶŽīĞƌƐĂƉƌŽǀŽĐĂͲ ƟǀĞůŽŽŬŝŶƚŽƚŚĞƉƌĞŵŽĚĞƌŶƌĂďďŝŶŝĐĂůǀŝĞǁƐ ŽĨƚŚĞĨĞŵĂůĞďŽĚLJĂŶĚƚŚĞŝƌƌĂŵŝĮĐĂƟŽŶƐĨŽƌ ǁŽŵĞŶ͛ƐƐƉŝƌŝƚƵĂůĚĞǀĞůŽƉŵĞŶƚ͘

ǀŝƐƵĂůĂƌƚƐ The Last Bright Days: A Young Woman’s Life in a Lithuanian Shtetl on the Eve of the Holocaust Frank Buongurio, ed. Jewish Heritage, 2011. 165 pp. $39.95 ISBN: 978-0-9677697-9-0 dŚŝƐĐŽůůĞĐƟŽŶŽĨƉŚŽƚŽŐƌĂƉŚƐƚĞůůƐƚŚĞƐƚŽƌLJ of both a small Lithuanian shtetl as well as that ŽĨŽŶĞŽĨƚŚĞǀŝůůĂŐĞƌƐ͕ĞŝůĞĞůĞĐŚLJ͕ǁŚŽƚŽŽŬ ĂůůŽĨƚŚĞƐĞƉŚŽƚŽŐƌĂƉŚƐǁŝƚŚŚĞƌǁŚĞŶƐŚĞ ĞŵŝŐƌĂƚĞĚƚŽŵĞƌŝĐĂ͘The Last Bright Days ĐƌĞĂƚĞƐĂůŝǀŝŶŐŵĞŵŽƌLJŽĨƚŚĞ:ĞǁŝƐŚǁŽƌůĚ ƚŚĂƚǁĂƐĚĞƐƚƌŽLJĞĚĚƵƌŝŶŐƚŚĞǁĂƌ͘

The Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema Lawrence Baron, ed. Brandeis University Press, 2011. 464 pp. $39.95 ISBN: 978-1611681994 dŚŝƐĂŶƚŚŽůŽŐLJŝŶĐŽƌƉŽƌĂƚĞƐĮŌLJͲĨŽƵƌĞƐƐĂLJƐ ƚŚĂƚŽīĞƌĂƐǁĞĞƉŝŶŐĂĐĐŽƵŶƚŽĨŚŽǁ:ĞǁŝƐŚ ŚŝƐƚŽƌLJŝŶŇƵĞŶĐĞĚĐŝŶĞŵĂƐŝŶĐĞƚŚĞƐƚĂƌƚŽĨ ƚŚĞĮůŵŝŶĚƵƐƚƌLJ͘dŚĞŬĂĚĚƌĞƐƐĞƐĂǀĂƌŝĞƚLJ ŽĨƚŽƉŝĐƐƐƵĐŚĂƐƚŚĞŵĞƌŝĐĂŶ:ĞǁŝƐŚŝŵͲ ŵŝŐƌĂŶƚĞdžƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞĂŶĚĐŽŶƚĞŵƉŽƌĂƌLJ/ƐƌĂĞůŝ and American Jewish cinema, and analyzes ƐĞǀĞƌĂůĮůŵƐĨŽƌĞĂĐŚƚŽƉŝĐ;ƚŚĞŵŽŶĞLJůĞŶĚĞƌ͕ prophet, etc.).

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contributors MIRIAM BRADMAN ABRAHAMS (MBA) is Cuban born, Brooklyn bred, lives in Woodmere, NY, Hadassah Nassau Region’s One Book chairlady and liaison to the Jewish Book Network, Hewlett Hadassah Herald editor, retired book fair chairlady, certified yoga instructor.

ADA BRUNSTEIN (AB) is a freelance writer and an acquisitions editor for Cambridge University Press. She has an MA in Linguistics from NYU and an MS in Science Writing from MIT. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, New Scientist, Discover, and The Vocabula Review.

ERIC ACKLAND (EA) is a freelance writer, and edits the Ideas and Innovation section for Presentense Magazine.

SUSAN M. CHAMBRÉ (SMC) ) is a professor of sociology at Baruch College. She studies Jewish philanthropy, civil society, and health policy. Her recent books are Fighting for Our Lives: New York's AIDS Community and the Politics of Disease and Patients, Consumers and Civil Society.

BARBARA ANDREWS (BA) holds a Masters in Jewish Studies from the University of Chicago, has been an adult Jewish education instructor, and works in the corporate world as a professional adult educator. DRORA ARUSSY (DA), Ed.D., is an educational consultant who specializes in integrating Jewish and secular studies, the arts into education, and creative teaching for excellence in Jewish education. She is the mother to four school age children and has taught from pre-school through adult. Currently Drora is an adjunct professor of Hebrew language at Drew University. BETTINA BERCH (BEB), author of the recent biography, From Hester Street to Hollywood: The Life and Work of Anzia Yezierska, teaches part-time at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. BARBARA M. BIBEL (BMB) is a librarian at the Oakland Public Library in Oakland, CA; and at Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley, CA. YAAKOV BIELER (JB) is currently Rabbi of Kemp Mill Synagogue in Silver Spring, MD. He has been associated with Jewish day school education for over thirty years. R. Bieler served as a mentor for the Bar Ilan University Lookstein Center Principals' Seminar and he has published and lectured extensively on the philosophy of Modern Orthodox education DANA BJORNSTAD (DB) is a mother of three and a teacher. She taught middle school for 13 yearsͶ reading, social studies, science, and art. She currently substitute teaches all grade levels and subjects. MARCI LAVINE BLOCH (MLB) holds an MLS from the University of Maryland, a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in English Literature from Fordham University. She worked in synagogue and day school libraries before moving to the corporate world. BILL BRENNAN (BB) is an independent scholar and entertainer based in Las Vegas. Brennan has taught literature and the humanities at Princeton and The University of Chicago. He holds degrees from Yale, Princeton, and Northwestern. SHARON BRUCE (SB) is the program associate at the Jewish Book Council.

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DAVID COHEN (DC) is a senior editor at Politico. He has been in the journalism business since 1985 and wrote the book Rugged and Enduring: The Eagles, The Browns and 5 Years of Football. He resides in Rockville, MD; his wife, Deborah Bodin Cohen, writes Jewish children’s books. ANDREA DAVIDSON (AD) is the librarian of The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beechwood, OH. She holds and M.L.S. from the University of Michigan and is a former member of the Sydney Taylor Book Awards Committee. She enjoys trying out the books she reviews on the kids at the Temple and on her grandchildren. MICHAEL N. DOBKOWSKI (MND) is a professor of religious studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He is co-editor of Genocide and the Modern Age and On the Edge of Scarcity (Syracuse University Press); author of The Tarnished Dream: The Basis of American Anti-Semitism; and co-author of The Nuclear Predicament. ERIKA DREIFUS (ED) is the author of Quiet Americans: Stories, which has been named a 2012 ALA Sophie Brody Medal Honor Title for outstanding Jewish literature. Based in New York, she is a contributing editor for The Writer magazine and Fiction Writers Review. Web: www.erikadreifus.com. ABRAHAM J. EDELHEIT (AJE) ) is an associate professor of history at Kingsborough Community College (CUNY) and the author, co-author, or editor of eleven books on the Holocaust, Zionism, Jewish and European history, and Military affairs. His most recent publication appeared in Armor magazine, the official journal of the US Army Armor and Cavalry Command. SHELLY FEIT (SF) has an M.L.S. and a Sixth-year Specialist’s Certificate in Information Science. She is currently the library director and media specialist at the Moriah School in Englewood, NJ. JACK FISCHEL (JF) is professor emeritus of history at Millersville University, Millersville, PA and author of The Holocaust (Greenwood Press) and Historical Dictionary of the Holocaust (Rowman and Littlefield).

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MIMI FRANK (MF) is the secretary of the Jewish Book Council. DEBRA GOLD (DG) has been a children’s librarian for over 20 years in the Cuyahoga County Public Library System. An active member of the ALA, she has served on many committees including the Caldecott, Newbery, and Batchelder committees. BOB GOLDFARB (BG) is director of marketing and audience development at The Forward and the president of the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity. He lives in New York. WALLACE GREENE (WG), Ph.D., has taught Jewish history at Yeshiva University, Queens College, and Upsala College. MICAH D. HALPERN (MDH) is a columnist and a social and political commentator. He is the author of What You Need To Know About: Terror, and maintains The Micah Report at www.micahhalpern.com. WAYNE HOFFMAN (WH) is the author of the novels Sweet Like Sugar and Hard. His short stories and fiction appear in such anthologies as Mama’s Boy, Generation Q, and Best Gay Stories 2010. He is managing editor of Tablet Magazine. SUSAN KANTOR (SK) is a senior writer/editor for Girl Scouts of the USA. She is a published children’s book author, has worked as children’s book editor and is a past judge for the National Jewish Book Awards in the illustrated children’s book category. MARGE KAPLAN (MLK) is a retired English as a Second Language teacher. She is a consultant for the children’s literature group for the Roseville, MN school system and is a storyteller of Jewish tales. RAY KATZ (RMK) is a former Jewish Book Council intern. She currently lives in Manhattan, works on product development for a small company that makes interactive digital products for kids, and writes freelance when she gets the chance. BETH KISSILEFF (BK) has taught Bible and English literature at Smith and Mount Holyoke Colleges, and holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Pennsylvania. She is finishing her first novel, Questioning Return, about graduate students and baalei teshuvah in Jerusalem. LAUREN KRAMER (LK) is a Vancouver-based journalist, wife, and mother with a lifelong passion for literature. Born in Cape Town, South Africa she has won awards for her writing and reported from many corners of the world. Read more of her work at www.laurenkramer.net.


contributors NAOMI KRAMER (NDK) is a retired reading consultant teacher who developed curriculum for using literature to educate children and adults in the history of the Holocaust. She is a docent and educator at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Education Center of Nassau County.

ESTHER NUSSBAUM (EN), the head librarian of Ramaz Upper School for 30 years, is now education and special projects coordinator of the Halachic Organ Donor Society. A past editor of Jewish Book World, she continues to review for this and other publications.

DANIÈLE GORLIN LASSNER (DGL) ) (wife, mother, grandmother) retired after 35 years at Ramaz where she served as Dean of Admissions, Foreign Language Department Chair and teacher of French and Spanish. She owns hundreds of cookbooks. She has translated several children's books from French into English. She has recently translated A Memoir of Sanctity by Mayer Moskowitz (Mazo Publishers, Jerusalem, Israel) from Hebrew into English. No matter the language, food is a “constant.”

HARA E. PERSON (HEP) was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She is a writer and editor.

RENITA LAST (RL) is a member of Hadassah Nassau Region’s Education Committee. She is currently involved in volunteer work at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County. A retired teacher of the Gifted and Talented, she participates in book clubs and writing projects. SAMUEL LIEBMANN (SL) is a student at Emory University and a past Jewish Book Council intern. STEVEN A. LUEL (SAL)), Ph.D., is associate professor of education and psychology at Touro College, New York. He is a developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice. He is co-editor (with Paul Marcus) of Psychoanalytic Reflections on the Holocaust: Selected Essays. MICHAL HOSCHANDER MALEN (MHM) is a librarian and editor of reference books. She is the children’s editor of Jewish Book World. TERI MARKSON (TM) has been working with children in public and school libraries for over 18 years. She has also been a book reviewer for many years and is still delighted when a children’s book makes her laugh, cry, or both. She is currently a children’s librarian at the Fairfax Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library where children and books go together like a cat in a hat. MORTON MEROWITZ (MJM) holds a B.A. in English from Yeshiva College, a B.H.A. from NYU, and an M.A. in History from SUNY, and was involved in Jewish education for some ten years. PENNY METSCH (PGM), MLS, formerly a school librarian on Long Island and in New York City, now focuses on early literacy programs in Hoboken, NJ. MARK D. NANOS (MDN), Ph.D., Rockhurst University, is the author of Mystery of Romans, winner of the 1996 National Jewish Book Award, Charles H. Revson Award in Jewish-Christian Relations.

ROBERT MOSES SHAPIRO (RMS) teaches about East European Jewish history, the Holocaust, Yiddish language and literature, and Jewish communal selfgovernment. His most recent book is The Warsaw Ghetto Oyneg Shabes-Ringelblum Archive: Catalog and Guide (Indiana University Press in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, 2009). He is currently engaged in translating Holocaust diaries and writing a history of the Jews in Lodz, Poland, during the twentieth century.

AMANDA POGANY (AP) is an educator, consultant, mentor and coach. She is a trained facilitator through the Center for Leadership Initiatives. She is co-founder of Altshul, an independent egalitarian minyan in Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband Aaron Bisman and their two children, Asher and Maisie. CAROL POLL (CP), Ph.D., is a professor of sociology at the Fashion Institute of Technology of the State University of New York. Her areas of interest include the sociology of race and ethnic relations, the sociology of marriage, family and gender roles, and the sociology of American Jews. SARA LIBBY ROBINSON (SLR) received her Ph.D. in Comparative History from Brandeis University. Her book, Blood Will Tell: Vampires as Political Metaphors Before World War I (Academic Studies Press, 2011), explores the ways in which vampires and blood were used to express political and cultural anxieties in Western Europe and America in the decades before the First World War.

BARBARA SILVERMAN (BS) has an MLS from Texas Woman’s University. She worked as a children’s librarian at the Corpus Christi Public Libraries and at the Corpus Christi ISD before retiring. She now works as a volunteer at the Astor Judaic Library of the Lawrence Family JCC in La Jolla, CA. JACLYN TROP (JT) is a business reporter for The Detroit News and a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. NAOMI TROPP (NT) recently retired after a long career in nonprofit management. She worked on the Ann Katz Festival of Books at the Indianapolis JCC for 9 of its twelve years and directed the festival for three of those years. JANE WALLERSTEIN (JW) worked in public relations for many years. She is the author of Voices from the Paterson Silk Mills and coauthor of a national criminal justice study of parole for Rutgers University. MARON L. WAXMAN (MLW), retired editorial director, special projects, at the American Museum of Natural History, was also an editorial director at HarperCollins and Book-of-the-Month Club. She also leads editorial workshops.

PETER L. ROTHHOLZ (PLR) headed his own Manhattan-based public relations agency and taught at the Business and Liberal Arts (BALA) program at Queens College. He lives in East Hampton, NY and Santa Monica, CA and is a frequent contributor to Jewish publications. CLAIRE RUDIN (CR) is a retired director of the New York City school library system and former librarian at the Holocaust Resource Center and Archives in Queens, NY. She is the author of The School Librarian's Sourcebook and Children's Books About the Holocaust. ARNOLD D. SAMLAN (ADS) is a rabbi and the founder & owner of Jewish Connectivity, a coaching and consulting practice. He is a staff member of The Jewish Education Project's New Center for Collaborative Leadership. HEIDI SAX (HS) is a marketing professional, specializing in the fashion industry. Originally from the Chicago area, Heidi has a Bachelor's Degree in English from Emory University and resides in New York City.

DINA WEINSTEIN (DW) is a Miami, FL-based journalist. She is currently working on a series of articles and an exhibition about author, illustrator, and cartoonist Syd Hoff for his 2012 centennial. She can be reached at dina_w@hotmail.com. JOSEPH WINKLER (JW) is a freelance writer living in New York City. He writes for Vol1Brooklyn, The Huffington Post, Jewcy, and other sites. While not writing, Joe is getting a Masters in English Literature at City College. To support his extravagant lifestyle, Joe also tutors and unabashedly babysits. Check out his blog at noconversationleftbehind.blogspot.com ETHAN A. ZIMMAN (EAZ) is a proposal writer for an IT Government Contractor by day and freelance writer by night in Arlington, VA

SYDELLE SHAMAH (SS) has been leading book club discussions for many years, and is a published science fiction writer. She was president of the Ruth Hyman Jewish Community Center of Monmouth County, NJ.

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index A complete alphabetical listing of titles included in issue 30-1 of Jewish Book World 50 Jewish Artists You Should Know, van Voolen, NR About Love, Tucker, NR The Aleppo Codex, Friedman, NR Alice's Piano, Müller, Piechocki, NR All That I Am, Funder, FR Among Righteous Men, Shaer, BN The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man, Chabon, CR The Bais Yaakov Cookbook, Weinstein, NR Berlin Cantata, Lewis, FR The Best of Mexican Kosher Cooking, Witt, Heller, NR Beyond Religious Borders, Freidenrich Goldstein, BN Beyond the Sling, Bialik, NR Blood in the Promised Land, Sefrin, FR A Boy in Terezin, Weiner, NR The Centaur in the Garden, Scliar, FR A Century of Wisdom, Stoessinger, NR Change and Renewal, Steinsaltz, NR Children of Wrath, Grossman, FR The Commandmant, Hoess, NR A Confiscated Memory, Weiss, BN Crap at My Parents’ House, Dovev, NR Crossing the Borders of Time, Maitland, NR Cursing the Christians, Langer, BN Dayenu, Latimer, CR Diasporic Modernisms, Schachter, BN A Difficult Woman, Kessler-Harris, NR Dinosaur Goes To Israel, Rauchwerger, Wolff, CR The Doll Maker’s Gift, Friedman, CR The Dreyfus Affair, Read, NR Drop Dead Healthy, Jacobs, BN The End, Kershaw, NR Epistolophilia, Sukys, NR Failure to Thrive, Oliver, FR The Fallback Plan, Stein, FR Flags Over the Warsaw Ghetto, Aren, NR The Flame Alphabet, Marcus, FR Flatscreen, Wilson, FR The Forgotten Palestinians, Pappe, NR Forsaken, Koren, BN Fresh and Easy Kosher Cooking, Schapira, NR Friends Forever, Ariel, CR From Within the Tent, Feldman, NR Grandma Rose's Magic, Marshall, Jatkowska, CR A Guide to Jewish Practice: Volume 1, Teutsch, NR Guide to Yiddish Short Stories, Muraskin, BN Hannah’s Way, Glaser, Gustavson, CR Harry Houdini, Weaver, Lane, CR Harvest of a Decade, Laqueur, NR HHhH, Binet, FR

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50 A High Price, Byman, NR His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg, 64 Borden, CR The History of the Holocaust in 48 Romania, Ancel, NR 48 Hitlerland, Nagorski, NR Hitler: Beyond Evil and Tyranny, 48 Stolfi, NR 68 Holy Dissent, Dynner, BN 22 Hot Pink, Levin, FR 22 Hope: A Tragedy, Auslander, FR The Independent Orders of B’nai B’rith and True Sisters, Wilhelm, NR 34 Inside the Jewish Bakery, Ginsberg, 41 Berg, NR 62 It’s Tot Shabbat, Danis, Cohen CR The Jewish Annotated New Testament, 69 Levine, BN 44 Jewish Art, Baskind, NR The Jewish Dark Continent, 67 Deutsch, BN Jewish Gentle and Other Stories of 24 Gay-Jewish Living, Jaffe, FR 53 The Jewish Gospels, Boyarin, NR Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah, 54 Greenspahn, NR 36 Jews in Service to the Tsar, Berdnikov, NR Jodie’s Passover Adventure, Levine, CR 62 24 Joshua, Kane, FR The JPS Bible Commentary: Ruth, Eskenazi, Frymer- Kensky, NR 56 Kafka’s Jewish Languages, Suchoff, BN 69 25 Kafka’s Leopards, Scliar, FR 66 Kasher in the Rye, Kasher, FR 65 Kishka for Koppel, Davis, CR 68 Kosher Jesus, Boteach, FR 45 The Lady in Gold, O'Connor, NR The Last Bright Days, Buongurio, BN 69 63 Let My People Go, Greengard, CR Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea, 63 Johnston, CR The Life and Thought of Louis Lowy, 36 Gardella, NR 66 A Life of Leadership, Berman, BN Make Yourself a Teacher, 68 Handelman, BN 35 Man Seeks God, Weiner, NR 36 Max Lilienthal, Ruben, NR 39 The Men’s Section, Sztokman, NR 52 Mesillat Yesharim, Luzzatto, NR The Mitzvah Project Book, Suneby, CR 65 The Modern Jewish Experience in 69 World Cinema, Baron, BN More Powerful Than Dynamite, 67 Jones, BN Mornings at Stanton Street Shul, 39 Boyarin, NR 52 Moses Mendelssohn, Gottlieb, NR 24 Mr. g, Lightman, FR The Music Libel Against the Jews, 67 HaCohen, BN

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community, and on the American political process. On December 17, 1862, just weeks before Abraham Lincoln announced the Emancipation Proclamation, General Grant issued what remains the most notorious anti-Jewish order by a government official in American history. His attempt to eliminate black marketeers by targeting for expulsion all Jews “as a class” unleashed a firestorm of controversy that made newspaper headlines and terrified and enraged the approximately 150,000 Jews then living in the United States, who feared the importation of European antisemitism onto American soil. Although the order was quickly rescinded by a horrified Abraham Lincoln, the scandal came back to haunt Grant when he ran for president in 1868. Never before had Jews become an issue in a presidential contest, and never before had they been confronted so publicly with the question of how to balance their “American” and “Jewish” interests. Award-winning historian Jonathan D. Sarna gives us the first complete account of this

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little-known episode—including Grant’s subsequent apology, his groundbreaking appointment of Jews to prominent positions in his administration, and his unprecedented visit to the land of

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Civil War, to order the expulsion of all

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