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Conquering Fear
Living Boldly in an Uncertain World
Written by Harold S. Kushner


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 8, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38589-5 (0-307-38589-2)

From the best-selling author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People, an illuminating book about fear—and what we can do to overcome it.

An inescapable component of our lives, fear comes in many guises. In uncertain times, coping with these fears can be especially challenging, but in this indispensable book, Harold... Read more >

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The Lord Is My Shepherd

Written by Harold S. Kushner


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 24, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3335-5 (1-4000-3335-7)

From the author of the best-selling When Bad Things Happen to Good People and Living a Life That Matters—a new book of practical spirituality, of inspiration and encouragement gleaned from what may be the best-known and best-loved chapter in the Bible: the Twenty-third Psalm.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Lord Is My Shepherd
Healing Wisdom of the Twenty-third Psalm
Written by Harold S. Kushner


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 26, 2003
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4056-8 (1-4000-4056-6)

From the author of the best-selling When Bad Things Happen to Good People and Living a Life That Matters—a new book of practical spirituality, of inspiration and encouragement gleaned from what may be the best-known and best-loved chapter in the Bible: the Twenty-third Psalm.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Overcoming Life's Disappointments

Written by Harold S. Kushner


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 21, 2007
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3336-2 (1-4000-3336-5)

From Harold S. Kushner, author of the inspirational #1 bestseller When Bad Things Happen to Good People, comes a book that shows us how to be our best selves even when things don’t turn out as we had hoped.

Kushner turns to the experience of Moses to find the requisite lessons of... Read more >

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When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Written by Harold S. Kushner


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 24, 2004
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3472-7 (1-4000-3472-8)

As a young theology student, Harold Kushner puzzled over the Book of Job. As a small-town rabbi he counseled other people through pain and grief. But not until he learned that his three-year-old son, Aaron, would die in his early teens of a rare disease did he confront one of life's... Read more >

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Five Cities of Refuge
Weekly Reflections on Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy
Written by Lawrence Kushner and David Mamet


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: August 26, 2003
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4220-1 (0-8052-4220-1)

In the ancient Jewish practice of the kavannah (a meditation designed to focus one’s heart on its spiritual goal), Lawrence Kushner and David Mamet offer their own reactions to key verses from each week’s Torah portion, opening the biblical text to new layers of understanding.

Here is a fascinating glimpse into two... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Jews in Britain

Written by Michael Leventhal


Format: Trade Paperback, 70 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: May 21, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1230-2 (0-7478-1230-6)

The Jewish community is the oldest ethnic minority in the country. This book tells the epic story of Jews in Britain over a thousand years. Many came as wealthy traders - others as desperate refugees. Sometimes they were feared and had to lead secret lives. At other times they stood shoulder... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Child of Christian Blood
Murder and Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia: The Beilis Blood Libel
Written by Edmund Levin


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4299-7 (0-8052-4299-6)

A Jewish factory worker is falsely accused of ritually murdering a Christian boy in Russia in 1911, and his trial becomes an international cause célèbre.
 
On March 20, 1911, thirteen-year-old Andrei Yushchinsky was found stabbed to death in a cave on the outskirts of Kiev. Four months later, Russian police arrested Mendel... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Wicked Son
Anti-Semitism, Self-hatred, and the Jews
Written by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 15, 2009
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1157-3 (0-8052-1157-8)

David Mamet's interest in anti-Semitism is not limited to the modern face of an ancient hatred but encompasses as well the ways in which many Jews have internalized that hatred. Using the metaphor of the Wicked Son at the Passover seder (the child who asks, "What does this story mean to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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God: A Biography

Written by Jack Miles


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 19, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74368-2 (0-679-74368-5)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

In this acclaimed work, Miles offers a brilliant and original portrait of God--God in the guise of a great literary character, the hero of the Old Testament.  Using the Hebrew Bible as his text, Miles shows us a God who evolves through his relationship with man, who he... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Jerusalem
The Biography
Written by Simon Sebag Montefiore


Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-28050-3 (0-307-28050-0)

Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgment Day and the battlefield of today’s clash of civilizations. From King David to the 21st century, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Everyday Holiness
The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar
Written by Alan Morinis


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Trumpeter
On Sale: December 2, 2008
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-609-3 (1-59030-609-0)

Here is an accessible and inspiring introduction to the Jewish spiritual tradition known as Mussar. Well known in the Orthodox Jewish world, Mussar is an illuminating, approachable, and highly practical set of teachings for cultivating personal growth and spiritual realization in the midst of day-to-day life. The ultimate goal of Mussar... Read more >


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August 26, 2014
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With Heart in Mind
Mussar Teachings to Transform Your Life
Written by Alan Morinis


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Trumpeter
On Sale: August 26, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-61180-152-1 (1-61180-152-4)

Mussar draws from the vast storehouse of Jewish wisdom, law, revelation, and text and brings it right home in a way that is completely practical. Judaism teaches that Torah (the collective wisdom of the tradition) provides the blueprint for human experience—and so the more of it we acquire, the more we... Read more >

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Gertruda's Oath
A Child, a Promise, and a Heroic Escape During World War II
Written by Ram Oren
Translated by Barbara Harshav


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Religion
On Sale: August 3, 2010
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-52719-4 (0-385-52719-5)

"Written with impressive talent and suspense, this true story will appeal to many." --Elie Wiesel

Michael Stolowitzky, the only son of a wealthy Jewish family in Poland, was just three years old when war broke out and the family lost everything. His father, desperate to settle his business affairs, travels to France... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Five Scrolls
The Song of Songs, The Book of Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, The Book of Esther
Preface by Alicia Suskin Ostriker
Edited by John F. Thornton


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 5, 2000
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72494-7 (0-375-72494-X)

A Vintage Spiritual Classic

The five books of the Hebrew Bible known—collectively as the Five Scrolls—are among the most universally revered books of the Old Testament and are considered “wells of living water” from which flow the intense spirituality of deep Jewish piety.

Here, published together for the first time in a... Read more >

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Pesach for the Rest of Us
Making the Passover Seder Your Own
Written by Marge Piercy


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: February 20, 2007
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4242-3 (0-8052-4242-2)

Every year, poet and novelist Marge Piercy creates her own Passover seder with a group of family and friends. Babies have been born and grown up, friends have moved or divorced, but the principals continue to gather in her rustic Cape Cod home to participate in a seder that Piercy takes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist
Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper
Written by Brant Pitre
Foreword by Scott Hahn


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: February 15, 2011
Price: $21.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-53184-9 (0-385-53184-2)

In recent years, Christians everywhere are rediscovering the Jewish roots of their faith. Every year at Easter time, many believers now celebrate Passover meals (known as Seders) seeking to understand exactly what happened at Jesus’ final Passover, the night before he was crucified.

Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Deborah, Golda, and Me

Written by Letty Pogrebin


Format: Trade Paperback, 420 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 14, 1992
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-42512-4 (0-385-42512-0)

A leading feminist activist, author, and nationally known lecturer writes of her struggle to integrate a feminist head with a Jewish heart.
“Required reading for those who define themselves as Jewish or feminist—or care about either.” —San Francisco Chronicle Read more >

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A Jew Among Romans
The Life and Legacy of Flavius Josephus
Written by Frederic Raphael


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45635-9 (0-307-45635-8)

From the acclaimed biographer, screenwriter, and novelist Frederic Raphael, here is an audacious history of Josephus (37–c.100), the Jewish general turned Roman historian, whose emblematic betrayal is a touchstone for the Jew alone in the Gentile world.

Joseph ben Mattathias’s transformation into Titus Flavius Josephus, historian to the Roman emperor Vespasian, is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Essential Torah
A Complete Guide to the Five Books of Moses
Written by George Robinson


Format: Hardcover, 624 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 31, 2006
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4186-0 (0-8052-4186-8)

Whether you are thinking about studying the Bible for the first time or you’re simply curious about its history and contents, you will find everything you need in Essential Torah. George Robinson, author of the acclaimed Essential Judaism, begins by recounting the various theories of the origins of the Torah and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Those Who Forget the Past
The Question of Anti-Semitism
Afterword by Cynthia Ozick
Edited by Ron Rosenbaum


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7203-0 (0-8129-7203-1)

"Rosenbaum's outstanding compilation of nearly 50 sharp essays has the advantage of not only displaying a wide range of views but juxtaposing pieces in debate with one another...This is an estimable collection and may find a place with course adopters as well as common readers." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

After the horrors... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Nothing Sacred
The Truth About Judaism
Written by Douglas Rushkoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: March 23, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5139-7 (1-4000-5139-8)

"Judaism's many insights into the nature of our relationship to media, icons, ideas, and to one another led me to explore the historical roots of its stories and people. That's when it all began to make sense...[that the] core values of this religion may, in fact, prove quite applicable to the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Farewell Espana
The World of the Sephardim Remembered
Written by Howard M. Sachar


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 3, 1995
Price: $15.96
ISBN: 978-0-679-73846-6 (0-679-73846-0)

Sachar chronicles the story of the Iberian Jews, the doyens of Jewish history, from their "Golden Age" in medieval Spain through their harassment, expulsion, and dispersion to new lives in Western Europe, the Balkans, Turkey, the Levant, the Americas, and eventually modern Israel.

In 1492, on the eve of Columbus's voyage, the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A History of the Jews in the Modern World

Written by Howard M. Sachar


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3097-2 (1-4000-3097-8)

The distinguished historian of the Jewish people, Howard M. Sachar, gives us a comprehensive and enthralling chronicle of the achievements and traumas of the Jews over the last four hundred years.

Tracking their fate from Western Europe’s age of mercantilism in the seventeenth century to the post-Soviet and post-imperialist Islamic upheavals... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Future Tense
Jews, Judaism, and Israel in the Twenty-first Century
Written by Jonathan Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1229-7 (0-8052-1229-9)

We are in danger, says Rabbi Sacks, of forgetting what Judaism’s place is within the global project of humankind. The Jewish people exist for a reason, and it is not for themselves alone. They must recommit themselves to their foundational purpose: to the task of creating a just world in which... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.
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