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The Story of a Life

Written by Aharon Appelfeld


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: August 8, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1126-9 (0-8052-1126-8)

When Aharon Appelfeld was seven years old the Nazis occupied Czernowitz, his hometown. They penned the Jews into a ghetto and eventually sent whoever had not been shot or starved to death on a forced march across the Ukraine to a labor camp. As men, women, and children fall away around... Read more >
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Hannah Arendt: The Last Interview
And Other Conversations
Written by Hannah Arendt


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-311-3 (1-61219-311-0)

 Hannah Arendt was one of the most important thinkers of her time, famous for her idea of “the banality of evil” which continues to provoke debate. This collection provides new and startling insight into Arendt’s thoughts about Watergate and the nature of American politics, about totalitarianism and history, and her own... Read more >
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The Jewish Writings

Written by Hannah Arendt


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: February 26, 2008
Price: $22.50
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1194-8 (0-8052-1194-2)

Although Hannah Arendt is not primarily known as a Jewish thinker, she probably wrote more about Jewish issues than any other topic. As a young adult in Germany, she wrote about German Jewish history. After moving to France in 1933, she helped Jewish youth immigrate to Palestine. During her years in... Read more >
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Reflections On Anti-Semitism

Written by Alain Badiou, Eric Hazan and Ivan Segre


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: December 17, 2013
Price: $95.00
ISBN: 978-1-78168-115-2 (1-78168-115-5)

Since the inception of the ‘War on Terror’, Israel has become increasingly important to Western imperial strategy and ever more aggressive in its policies towards the Palestinians. A key ideological weapon in this development is the cynical and unjustified accusation of ‘anti-Semitism’ to silence protest and dissent.

For historical reasons, this tactic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Reflections On Anti-Semitism

Written by Alain Badiou, Eric Hazan and Ivan Segre


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-877-8 (1-84467-877-6)

Since the inception of the ‘War on Terror’, Israel has become increasingly important to Western imperial strategy and ever more aggressive in its policies towards the Palestinians. A key ideological weapon in this development is the cynical and unjustified accusation of ‘anti-Semitism’ to silence protest and dissent.

For historical reasons, this tactic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People
From the Time of the Patriarchs to the Present
Written by Eli Barnavi


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4226-3 (0-8052-4226-0)

The history of the Jews spans more than two millenia and encompasses most parts of the globe—an extraordinary saga which is set forth pictorially in this comprehensive, and richly illustrated and designed volume. With hundreds of brilliantly detailed maps, photographs, and drawings, and chronologies and commentaries by leading experts, A Historical... Read more >

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Cultures of the Jews
A New History
Written by David Biale


Format: Hardcover, 1232 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 15, 2002
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4131-0 (0-8052-4131-0)

Who are "The Jews"? Scattered over much of the world throughout most of their three-thousand-year history, are they one people or many? How do they resemble and how do they differ from Jews in other places and times? What have their relationships been to other cultures of their neighbors?

To address these... Read more >
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Cultures of the Jews, Volume 1
Mediterranean Origins
Edited by David Biale


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 10, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1200-6 (0-8052-1200-0)

Who are "The Jews"? Scattered over much of the world throughout most of their three-thousand-year history, are they one people or many? How do they resemble and how do they differ from Jews in other places and times? What have their relationships been to other cultures of their neighbors?

To address these... Read more >

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Cultures of the Jews, Volume 2
Diversities of Diaspora
Edited by David Biale


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 10, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1201-3 (0-8052-1201-9)

Who are "The Jews"? Scattered over much of the world throughout most of their three-thousand-year history, are they one people or many? How do they resemble and how do they differ from Jews in other places and times? What have their relationships been to other cultures of their neighbors?

To address these... Read more >

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Cultures of the Jews, Volume 3
Modern Encounters
Edited by David Biale


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 10, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1202-0 (0-8052-1202-7)

Who are "The Jews"? Scattered over much of the world throughout most of their three-thousand-year history, are they one people or many? How do they resemble and how do they differ from Jews in other places and times? What have their relationships been to other cultures of their neighbors?

To address these... Read more >

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Power & Powerlessness in Jewish History

Written by David Biale


Format: Trade Paperback, 260 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: November 10, 1986
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0841-2 (0-8052-0841-0)

WINNER OF THE 1987 JWB NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FOR HISTORY

In this radical reinterpretation of Jewish history, David Biale tackles the myth of Jewish political passivity between the fall of an independent Jewish Commonwealth in 70 C.E. and the rebirth of the state of Israel in 1948. He argues that Jews... Read more >
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Women and Jewish Law
The Essential Texts, Their History, and Their Relevance for Today
Written by Rachel Biale


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: August 22, 1995
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1049-1 (0-8052-1049-0)

Women and Jewish Law gives contemporary readers access to the central texts of the Jewish religious tradition on issues of special concern to women. Combining historical overview with a thoughtful feminist critique, this pathbreaking study points the way for "informed change" in the status of women in Jewish life.

"With great precision... Read more >
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The Bronfman Haggadah

Written by Edgar M. Bronfman
Illustrated by Jan Aronson


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3968-1 (0-8478-3968-0)

An illustrated contemporary Haggadah for the Passover Seder, as interpreted by the world-renowned philanthropist and Jewish leader Edgar M. Bronfman. Edgar Bronfman’s text continues the traditional commandment to retell the Exodus story of slavery and freedom for future generations. The Haggadah teaches people about Judaism with a fresh perspective while helping... Read more >

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Barney Ross
The Life of a Jewish Fighter
Written by Douglas Century


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1173-3 (0-8052-1173-X)

Born Dov-Ber Rasofsky to Eastern European immigrant parents, Barney Ross grew up in a tough Chicago neighborhood and witnessed his father’s murder, his mother’s nervous breakdown, and the dispatching of his three younger siblings to an orphanage, all before he turned fourteen. To make enough money to reunite the family, Ross... Read more >
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The Warburgs
The Twentieth-Century Odyssey of a Remarkable Jewish Family
Written by Ron Chernow


Format: Trade Paperback, 880 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 23, 1994
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74359-0 (0-679-74359-6)

Bankers, philanthropists, scholars, socialites, artists, and politicians, the Warburgs stood at the pinnacle of German (and later, German-American) Jewry. They forged economic dynasties, built mansions and estates, assembled libraries, endowed charities, and advised a German kaiser and two American presidents. But their very success made the Warburgs lightning rods for anti-Semitism... Read more >
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The Peddler's Grandson
Growing Up Jewish in Mississippi
Written by Edward Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: January 2, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33591-1 (0-385-33591-1)

In this poignant memoir, Edward Cohen tells of his family's experiences of assimilation and isolation as one of the few Jewish families in the Deep South of the 1950s. Insulated by his extended family, Cohen believed the world was populated only by Jews. It was only when he started school that... Read more >

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The Avengers
A Jewish War Story
Written by Rich Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70529-8 (0-375-70529-5)

This true story of World War II starts in the Lithuanian ghetto of Vilna, where a small band of underground Jews fights with unending cunning and courage. At the heart of this resistance are Abba Kovner, a fiery poet and leader, and two fearless teenage girls, Vitka Kempner and Ruzka Korczak... Read more >
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Torah as a Guide to Enlightenment

Written by Gabriel Cousens M.D.
Foreword by Rabbi Gershon Winkler


Format: Hardcover, 692 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: September 27, 2011
Price: $72.00
ISBN: 978-1-58394-249-9 (1-58394-249-1)

Inspired by intense studies, meditation, and a variety of teachings from the great Torah sages, best-selling author Gabriel Cousens, MD, presents the fifty-two parashas of the Torah as a practical path to liberation. His interpretation, which focuses on enlightenment, what he feels is the original intention of the Torah, provides a... Read more >

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Burnt Bread and Chutney
Growing Up Between Cultures - A Memoir of an Indian Jewish Childhood
Written by Carmit Delman


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: September 30, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44594-0 (0-345-44594-5)

**Named by School Library Journal as one of the Best Adult Books for High School Students, 2003

Contributing her own unique story to the growing genre of bi-cultural narratives (which includes Marie Arana’s critically-acclaimed American Chica) Carmit Delman has written a coming-of-age memoir that explores the life of an Indian Jewish girl... Read more >
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Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust

Written by Yaffa Eliach


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 26, 1988
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72043-0 (0-679-72043-X)

Derived by the author from interviews and oral histories, these eighty-nine original Hasidic tales about the Holocaust provide unprecedented witness, in a traditional idiom, to the victims' inner experience of unspeakable suffering.  This volume constitutes the first collection of original Hasidic tales to be published in a century.  

Contents

Part One: Ancestors and Faith

Part... Read more >
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My Mother's Wars

Written by Lillian Faderman


Format: Hardcover, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5052-1 (0-8070-5052-0)

A story of love, war, and life as a Jewish immigrant in the squalid factories and lively dance halls of New York’s Garment District in the 1930s, My Mother’s Wars is the memoir Lillian Faderman’s mother was never able to write. The daughter delves into her mother’s past to tell the... Read more >
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The Jew is Not My Enemy
Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism
Written by Tarek Fatah


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Signal
On Sale: December 6, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-4784-8 (0-7710-4784-3)

A liberal Muslim and critically acclaimed author explores the historical, political, and theological basis for centuries of Muslim animosity towards Jews, debunking long-held myths and tracing a history of hate and its impact today.

More than nine years after 9/11 and 60 years after the creation of the state of Israel, the... Read more >
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The Rebbe's Army
Inside the World of Chabad-Lubavitch
Written by Sue Fishkoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1138-2 (0-8052-1138-1)

“Excuse me, are you Jewish?” With these words, the relentlessly cheerful, ideologically driven emissaries of Chabad-Lubavitch approach perfect strangers on street corners throughout the world in their ongoing efforts to persuade their fellow Jews to live religiously observant lives. In The Rebbe’s Army, award-winning journalist Sue Fishkoff gives us the first... Read more >
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Man's Search for Meaning
Gift Edition
Written by Viktor E. Frankl
Preface by Gordon W. Allport


Format: Hardcover, 184 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 30, 2000
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1426-4 (0-8070-1426-5)

One of the 10 most influential books in America. –Library of Congress/Book-of-the-Month Club “Survey of Lifetime Readers”

We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life-daily and hourly. Our answer must consist not in talk and meditation... Read more >
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The New Rabbi

Written by Stephen Fried


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: August 26, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38075-0 (0-553-38075-3)

From award-winning journalist Stephen Fried, here is a compelling chronicle of the Har Zion Temple on Philadelphia’s Main Line and its lengthy, complicated, and intricate search for a new rabbi.

For the last seventy-five years Har Zion Temple has been one of the largest and most influential congregations in America. For thirty... Read more >
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