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Rena's Promise
A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz
Written by Rena Kornreich Gelissen and Heather Dune Macadam


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 30, 1996
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7071-0 (0-8070-7071-8)

As a young woman, Rena Kornreich endured the Nazi death camps for almost three and a half years. Rena’s Promise, the remarkable story of her survival, shows how her relationship with her younger sister, Danka, gave her the will to persevere under unimaginable circumstances.

“Gelissen, who was on the first Jewish transport... Read more >

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How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less

Written by Sarah Glidden


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2234-5 (1-4012-2234-X)

When Sarah Glidden took a “Birthright Israel” tour, she thought she knew what she was getting herself into. But when she got to Israel, she found that things weren’t quite so simple. How To Understand Israel is Sarah’s memoir not only of her Israeli government sponsored trip through Tel Aviv, Jerusalem... Read more >

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Living a Year of Kaddish
A Memoir
Written by Ari Goldman


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: May 9, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1131-3 (0-8052-1131-4)

The best-selling author of The Search for God at Harvard continues his spiritual quest in this heartfelt and poignant account of the year he spent saying kaddish for his father.

The day after Ari Goldman celebrated his fiftieth birthday his father died of a heart attack, and Goldman began the ritual year... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Betraying Spinoza
The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity
Written by Rebecca Goldstein


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1159-7 (0-8052-1159-4)

In 1656, Amsterdam’s Jewish community excommunicated Baruch Spinoza, and, at the age of twenty–three, he became the most famous heretic in Judaism. He was already germinating a secularist challenge to religion that would be as radical as it was original. He went on to produce one of the most ambitious systems... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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But Where Is the Lamb?
Imagining the Story of Abraham and Isaac
Written by James Goodman


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4253-9 (0-8052-4253-8)

“I didn’t think he’d do it. I really didn’t think he would. I thought he’d say, whoa, hold on, wait a minute. We made a deal, remember, the land, the blessing, the nation, the descendants as numerous as the sands on the shore and the stars in the sky.”

So begins James... Read more >

But Where is the Lamb?
Imagining the Story of Abraham and Isaac
Written by James Goodman


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $12.99
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4314-7 (0-8052-4314-3)

“I didn’t think he’d do it. I really didn’t think he would. I thought he’d say, whoa, hold on, wait a minute. We made a deal, remember, the land, the blessing, the nation, the descendants as numerous as the sands on the shore and the stars in the sky.”

So begins James... Read more >

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Rome and Jerusalem
The Clash of Ancient Civilizations
Written by Martin Goodman


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 2008
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72613-2 (0-375-72613-6)

A magisterial history of the titanic struggle between the Roman and Jewish worlds that led to the destruction of Jerusalem.

Martin Goodman—equally renowned in Jewish and in Roman studies—examines this conflict, its causes, and its consequences with unprecedented authority and thoroughness. He delineates the incompatibility between the cultural, political, and religious beliefs... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Rome and Jerusalem
The Clash of Ancient Civilizations
Written by Martin Goodman


Format: Hardcover, 624 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 23, 2007
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41185-4 (0-375-41185-2)

A magisterial history of the titanic struggle between the Roman and Jewish worlds that led to the destruction of Jerusalem.

In 70 C.E., after a four-year war, three Roman legions besieged and eventually devastated Jerusalem, destroying Herod’s magnificent Temple. Sixty years later, after further violent rebellions and the city’s final destruction, Hadrian... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Letter and Spirit
From Written Text to Living Word in the Liturgy
Written by Scott Hahn


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Religion
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-50933-6 (0-385-50933-2)

The bestselling author of The Lamb’s Supper continues his thoughtful exploration of the complex relationship between the Bible and the Catholic liturgy in a revelatory work that will appeal to all readers.

Scott Hahn has inspired millions of readers with his perceptive and unique view of Catholic theology and worship, becoming one... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Kuzari
An Argument for the Faith of Israel
Written by Jehuda Halevi


Format: Trade Paperback, 324 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 13, 1987
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0075-1 (0-8052-0075-4)

The Kuzari is one of the basic books of Jewish literature, a required text in the library of every educated Jew—and of every educated Christian who would understand the religion of Israel. The author, foremost poet and thinker of the Jewish Middle Ages, offers clear and usable delineations of the religion... Read more >

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Yehuda Halevi

Written by Hillel Halkin


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: February 16, 2010
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4206-5 (0-8052-4206-6)

A masterly biography of Yehuda Halevi, one of the greatest of Hebrew poets and a shining example of the synthesis of religion and culture that defined the golden age of medieval Spanish Jewry.

Like Maimonides, with whom he contrasts sharply, Yehuda Halevi spanned multiple worlds. Poet, philosopher, and physician, he is known... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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One People, Two Worlds
A Reform Rabbi and an Orthodox Rabbi Explore the Issues That Divide Them
Written by Ammiel Hirsch and Yaakov Yosef Reinman


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: August 26, 2003
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1140-5 (0-8052-1140-3)

After being introduced by a mutual friend in the winter of 2000, Reform Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch and Orthodox Rabbi Yosef Reinman embarked on an unprecedented eighteen-month e-mail correspondence on the fundamental principles of Jewish faith and practice. What resulted is this book: an honest, intelligent, no-holds-barred discussion of virtually every “hot... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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You Don't Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right
Finding Faith Without Fanaticism
Written by Brad Hirschfield


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38298-6 (0-307-38298-2)

Conflict is an opportunity to learn and grow–and often to grow closer to one another.

Brad Hirschfield knows what it means to be a fanatic; he was one. A former activist in the West Bank, he was committed to reconstructing the Jewish state within its biblical borders. Now he is devoted to... Read more >

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Sacred Trash
The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza
Written by Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4258-4 (0-8052-4258-9)

One May day in 1896, at a dining room table in Cam­bridge, England, a meeting took place between a Romanian-born maverick Jewish intellectual and twin learned Presbyterian Scotswomen, who had assembled to inspect several pieces of rag-paper and parchment. It was the unlikely start to what would prove a remark­able, continent-hopping... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Kabbalah Reader
A Sourcebook of Visionary Judaism
Written by Edward Hoffman
Foreword by Arthur Kurzweil


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Trumpeter
On Sale: April 13, 2010
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-656-7 (1-59030-656-2)

This comprehensive and accessible entrée into the world of Kabbalah covers 1,600 years of Jewish mystical thought, and features a variety of thinkers–from the renowned to the obscure–unavailable in any other volume. It’s a fresh and contemporary take on an ancient tradition compiled by a clinical psychologist who is also a... Read more >

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Keep Your Wives Away from Them
Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires
Edited by Miryam Kabakov


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: May 11, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-879-0 (1-55643-879-6)

Reconciling queerness with religion has always been an enormous challenge. When the religion is Orthodox Judaism, the task is even more daunting. This anthology takes on that challenge by giving voice to genderqueer Jewish women who were once silenced–and effectively rendered invisible–by their faith. Keep Your Wives Away from Them tells... Read more >

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Jewish Meditation
A Practical Guide
Written by Aryeh Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: March 14, 1995
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1037-8 (0-8052-1037-7)

Kaplan shows that meditation is consistent with traditional Jewish thought and practice. The book presents a variety of meditative techniques to help make the reader a better person, and develop a closer relationship to God.

“[This is] the first book to read on the subject. It is a gentle, clear introduction and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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By Fire, By Water

Written by Mitchell James Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: May 18, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-352-1 (1-59051-352-5)

Luis de Santángel, chancellor to the court and longtime friend of the lusty King Ferdinand, has had enough of the Spanish Inquisition. As the power of Inquisitor General Tomás de Torquemada grows, so does the brutality of the Spanish church and the suspicion and paranoia it inspires. When a dear friend’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Being Both
Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family
Written by Susan Katz Miller


Format: Hardcover, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 22, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1319-9 (0-8070-1319-6)

Susan Katz Miller grew up with a Jewish father and Christian mother, and was raised Jewish. Now in an interfaith marriage herself, she is one of the growing number of Americans who are boldly electing to raise children with both faiths, rather than in one religion or the other (or without... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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King David
The Real Life of the Man Who Ruled Israel
Written by Jonathan Kirsch


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 28, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-43505-7 (0-345-43505-2)

Weaving together biblical texts with centuries of interpretation and commentary, Jonathan Kirsch examines the life of King David with an extraordinary freshness to clarity of detail. In a taut, dramatic narrative, Kirsch brings new depth and psychological complexity to the familiar events of David's life-his slaying of the giant Goliath and... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Discovery of God
Abraham and the Birth of Monotheism
Written by David Klinghoffer


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Three Leaves
On Sale: September 21, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49974-3 (0-385-49974-4)

Fifty-three percent of the world’s population practices Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, religions that all trace their lineage to the towering, quasi-mythological figure of Abraham. In this reverent biography of the man who invented–or discovered–God, David Klinghoffer disentangles history from myth and uncovers the profound impact of Abraham’s message on his time... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Jewish Body

Written by Melvin Konner


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 13, 2009
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4236-2 (0-8052-4236-8)

A history of the Jewish people from bris to burial, from “muscle Jews” to nose jobs.

Melvin Konner, a renowned doctor and anthropologist, takes the measure of the “Jewish body,” considering sex, circumcision, menstruation, and even those most elusive and controversial of microscopic markers–Jewish genes. But this is not only a book... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Maimonides
The Life and World of One of Civilization's Greatest Minds
Written by Joel L. Kraemer


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Religion
On Sale: February 9, 2010
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-51200-8 (0-385-51200-7)

This authoritative biography of Moses Maimonides, one of the most influential minds in all of human history, illuminates his life as a philosopher, physician, and lawgiver. A biography on a grand scale, it brilliantly explicates one man’s life against the background of the social, religious, and political issues of his time.

Maimonides... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?
"The Four Questions" Around the World
Written by Ilana Kurshan


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: March 4, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4252-2 (0-8052-4252-X)

This fascinating, informative, and beautifully illustrated books translates the Passover seder's Four Questions into twenty-three languages and provides capsule histories of the Jews in the countries where the languages are spoken.

The recitation of the Four Questions at the beginning of the Passover seder by the youngest participant is one of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Book of Job
When Bad Things Happened to a Good Person
Written by Harold S. Kushner


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4292-8 (0-8052-4292-9)

From one of our most trusted spiritual advisers, a thoughtful, illuminating guide to that most fascinating of biblical texts, the book of Job, and what it can teach us about living in a troubled world.

The story of Job is one of unjust things happening to a good man. Yet after losing... Read more >
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