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


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4269-0 (0-8052-4269-4)

One of the most admired religious thinkers of our time issues a call for world Jewry to reject the self-fulfilling image of “a people alone in the world, surrounded by enemies” and to reclaim Judaism’s original sense of purpose: as a partner with God and with those of other faiths in... Read more >
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To Heal a Fractured World
The Ethics of Responsibility
Written by Jonathan Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: February 6, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1196-2 (0-8052-1196-9)

One of the most respected religious thinkers of our time makes an impassioned plea for the return of religion to its true purpose—as a partnership with God in the work of ethical and moral living.
What are our duties to others, to society, and to humanity? How do we live a meaningful... Read more >
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The Invention of the Land of Israel
From Holy Land to Homeland
Written by Shlomo Sand
Translated by Geremy Forman


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: April 1, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-083-4 (1-78168-083-3)

What is a homeland and when does it become a national territory? Why have so many people been willing to die for such places throughout the twentieth century? What is the essence of the Promised Land? Following the acclaimed and controversial The Invention of the Jewish People, Shlomo Sand examines the... Read more >
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Exploring Exodus
The Origins of Biblical Israel
Written by Nahum M. Sarna


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 2, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1063-7 (0-8052-1063-6)

Sarna examines the distinctiveness of the Exodus narrative in light of ancient Near Eastern history and contemporaneous cultures--Egyptian, Assyrian, Canaanite, and Babylonian. In a new Foreword to the 1996 edition, Sarna takes up the debate over whether the exodus from Egypt really happened, clarifying the arguments on both sides and drawing... Read more >
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Understanding Genesis

Written by Nahum M. Sarna


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 13, 1970
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0253-3 (0-8052-0253-6)

"This book...is designed to make the Bible of Israel intelligible, relevant, and hopefully, inspiring to a sophisticated generation, possessed of intellectual curiosity and ethical sensitivity...It is based on the belief that the study of the Book of Books must constitute a mature intellectual challenge, an exposure to the expanding universe of... Read more >

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Sons of Abraham
A Candid Conversation about the Issues That Divide and Unite Jews and Muslims
Written by Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali
Foreword by President Bill Clinton
Introduction by Samuel G. Freedman


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3307-4 (0-8070-3307-3)

A prominent rabbi and imam, each raised in orthodoxy, overcome the temptations of bigotry and work to bridge the chasm between Muslims and Jews
 
Rabbi Marc Schneier, the eighteenth generation of a distinguished rabbinical dynasty, grew up deeply suspicious of Muslims, believing them all to be anti-Semitic. Imam Shamsi Ali, who grew... Read more >
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Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism

Written by Gershom Scholem


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: May 2, 1995
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1042-2 (0-8052-1042-3)

"A crucially vital work in the long history of Jewish esoteric spirituality. Aside from its intrinsic importance, the book's influence has been enormous, and is likely to continue all but indefinitely."--Harold Bloom, Yale University

"Major Trends [is] the canonical modern work on the nature and history of Jewish mysticism. For a sophisticated... Read more >
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The Messianic Idea in Judaism
And Other Essays on Jewish Spirituality
Written by Gershom Scholem


Format: Trade Paperback, 408 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: May 10, 1995
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1043-9 (0-8052-1043-1)

Gershom Scholem was the master builder of historical studies of the Kabbalah. When he began to work on this neglected field, the few who studied these texts were either amateurs who were looking for occult wisdom, or old-style Kabbalists who were seeking guidance on their spiritual journeys. His work broke with... Read more >
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Zohar: The Book of Splendor
Basic Readings from the Kabbalah
Written by Gershom Scholem


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: February 7, 1995
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1034-7 (0-8052-1034-2)

The Zohar represents an attempt to uncover hidden meanings behind the world of appearances. It is the central work in the literature of the Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition. This volume of selected passages from Zohar, culled by the greatest authority on Jewish mysticism, offers a sampling of its unique vision... Read more >
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Life After Death
A History of the Afterlife in Western Religion
Written by Alan Segal


Format: Hardcover, 880 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Religion
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-42299-4 (0-385-42299-7)

"This monumental study combines history, geography, mythology, archaeology and anthropology with biblical text analysis...[T]he erudition [Segal] displays is undoubtedly the result of a lifetime of scholarship....[An] impressive contribution to our understanding of human belief and behavior." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A magisterial work of social history, Life After Death illuminates the many... Read more >
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The Schocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature

Edited by Ilan Stavans


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 11, 2005
Price: $27.50
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4228-7 (0-8052-4228-7)

“If in approaching so vast and amorphous a bookshelf one should dare to venture any generalization, it is that the Sephardic cultural sensibility is in a perennial state of fluidity, continually redefining itself. Its purview spans the world. Nothing is foreign to it: as one door closes, another one opens. The... Read more >
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The Crooked Mirror
A Memoir of Polish-Jewish Reconciliation
Written by Louise Steinman


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5055-2 (0-8070-5055-5)

In the winter of 2000, Louise Steinman set out to attend an international Bearing Witness Retreat at Auschwitz-Birkenau at the invitation of her Zen rabbi, who felt the Poles had gotten a “bum rap.” A bum rap? Her own mother could not bear to utter the word “Poland,” a country, Steinman was... Read more >
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A Guide to Jewish Prayer

Written by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: March 5, 2002
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1147-4 (0-8052-1147-0)

From the origins and meaning of prayer to a step-by-step explanation of the daily services, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz answers many of the questions likely to arise about Jewish prayer. Here are chapters on daily prayer; Sabbath prayer; prayer services for the holidays; the yearly cycle of synagogue Bible readings; the history... Read more >

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A Code of Jewish Ethics: Volume 1
You Shall Be Holy
Written by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin


Format: Hardcover, 576 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: March 7, 2006
Price: $32.50
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4835-9 (1-4000-4835-4)

**Winner--Jewish Book of the Year Award, Everett Family Foundation, Jewish Book Council

A Code of Jewish Ethics, Volume 1: You Shall Be Holy
is the initial volume of the first major code of Jewish ethics to be written in the English language. It is a monumental work on the vital topic of... Read more >
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A Code of Jewish Ethics, Volume 2
Love Your Neighbor as Yourself
Written by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin


Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: February 10, 2009
Price: $32.50
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4836-6 (1-4000-4836-2)

“Jewish thinkers don’t talk all that much about love. All too often we leave that to Christian theologians. But in this excellent volume, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin puts the commandment to love at the center of Jewish theology and experience. This is a book that will change the way you think about–and... Read more >
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The Alphabet That Changed the World
How Genesis Preserves a Science of Consciousness in Geometry and Gesture
Written by Stan Tenen
Edited by Charles Stein


Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: July 5, 2011
Price: $44.00
ISBN: 978-1-55643-723-6 (1-55643-723-4)

Rabbinic tradition asserts that every letter of every word of the Torah is a word in itself. Author Stan Tenen demonstrates that each letter is also a hand gesture, and it is at this level that Hebrew forms a natural universal language. All people, including children before they speak and people... Read more >

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Cut Me Loose
Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood
Written by Leah Vincent


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: January 21, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53809-1 (0-385-53809-X)

In the vein of Prozac Nation and Girl, Interrupted, an electrifying memoir about a young woman's promiscuous and self-destructive spiral after being cast out of her ultra-Orthodox Jewish family

Leah Vincent was born into the Yeshivish community, a fundamentalist sect of ultra-Orthodox Judaism. As the daughter of an influential rabbi, Leah and... Read more >
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Embracing Mind
The Common Ground of Science and Spirituality
Written by Alan B. Wallace and Brian Hodel


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: December 23, 2008
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-683-3 (1-59030-683-X)

The mind is the place where science and spirituality can meet. Here a renowned scientist who is also a teacher of Buddhist meditation explores the nature of mind from scientific and spiritual perspectives to present a new model that incorporates the truths of contemplative spirituality.

“This book shows clearly and compellingly... Read more >

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The Tent of Abraham
Stories of Hope and Peace for Jews, Christians, and Muslims
Written by Arthur Waskow, Joan Chittister and Saadi Shakur Chishti


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7729-0 (0-8070-7729-1)

The Tent of Abraham is the first book to tell the entire story of Abraham and to reenergize it as a basis for peace. Written by three leaders belonging to different faiths, the book explores in accessible language the mythic quality and the teachings of reconciliation that are embedded in the... Read more >
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Boy 30529
A Memoir
Written by Felix Weinberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-300-2 (1-78168-300-X)

In 1939 twelve-year-old Felix Weinberg fell into the hands of the Nazis. Imprisoned for most of his teenage life, Felix survived five concentration camps, including Terezin, Auschwitz, and Birkenau, barely surviving the Death March from Blechhammer in 1945. After losing his mother and brother in the camps, he was liberated at Buchenwald and eventually reunited at... Read more >
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Rashi

Written by Elie Wiesel
Translated by Catherine Temerson


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4254-6 (0-8052-4254-6)

From Elie Wiesel, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, comes a magical book that introduces us to the towering figure of Rashi—Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki—the great biblical and Talmudic commentator of the Middle Ages.

Wiesel brilliantly evokes the world of medieval European Jewry, a world of profound scholars and closed communities ravaged... Read more >
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Somewhere a Master
Hasidic Portraits and Legends
Written by Elie Wiesel


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: June 28, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1187-0 (0-8052-1187-X)

The compassion of Reb Moshe-Leib, the vision of the Seer of Lublin, the wisdom of Reb Pinhas, the warmth of the Ba’al Shem Tov, the humor of Reb Naphtali—to their followers these sages appeared as kings, judges, and prophets. They communicated joy and wonder and fervor to the men and women... Read more >
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Wise Men and Their Tales
Portraits of Biblical, Talmudic, and Hasidic Masters
Written by Elie Wiesel


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: March 1, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1120-7 (0-8052-1120-9)

In Wise Men and Their Tales, a master teacher gives us his fascinating insights into the lives of a wide range of biblical figures, Talmudic scholars, and Hasidic rabbis.

The matriarch Sarah, fiercely guarding her son, Isaac, against the negative influence of his half-brother Ishmael; Samson, the solitary hero and protector of... Read more >
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Unchosen
The Hidden Lives of Hasidic Rebels
Written by Hella Winston


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 15, 2006
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3627-3 (0-8070-3627-7)

Named one of Publishers Weekly’s Ten Best Religion Books of 2005

When Hella Winston began talking with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn for her doctoral dissertation in sociology, she was surprised to be covertly introduced to Hasidim unhappy with their highly restrictive way of life and sometimes desperately struggling to escape it. Unchosen... Read more >
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