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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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How I Stopped Being a Jew

Written by Shlomo Sand
Translated by David Fernbach

Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-614-0 (1-78168-614-9)

Shlomo Sand was born in 1946, in a displaced person’s camp in Austria, to Jewish parents; the family later migrated to Palestine. As a young man, Sand came to question his Jewish identity, even that of a “secular Jew.” With this meditative and thoughtful mixture of essay and personal recollection, he... 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 >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Anti-Semite and Jew
An Exploration of the Etiology of Hate
Written by Jean-Paul Sartre

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 25, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1047-7 (0-8052-1047-4)

Sartre's classic portrait of both anti-Semite and Jew, written by a non-Jew and from a non-Jewish point of view, is a "fervent and brilliant challenge to anti-Semitism."
--The New York Times

"Sartre's account of anti-Semitism is an acknowledged classic, based in large measure on assimilated Jews whom he personally knew. Michael Walzer's essay... Read more >

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The Balfour Declaration
The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Written by Jonathan Schneer

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 3, 2012
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7603-8 (0-8129-7603-7)

Winner, 2010 National Jewish Book Award (Writing Based on Archival Material)

Issued in London in 1917, the Balfour Declaration was one of the key documents of the twentieth century. It committed Britain to supporting the establishment in Palestine of “a National Home for the Jewish people,” and its reverberations continue to be... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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My Promised Land
The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
Written by Ari Shavit

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52170-3 (0-385-52170-7)

A New York Times Notable Book
Natan Book Award Winner
National Jewish Book Award Winner
A Sophie Brody ALA Honor Book

An authoritative and deeply personal narrative history of the State of Israel, by one of the most influential journalists writing about the Middle East today

Not since Thomas L. Friedman’s groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem... 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 >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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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I Kiss Your Hands Many Times
Hearts, Souls, and Wars in Hungary
Written by Marianne Szegedy-Maszak

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: August 27, 2013
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52485-8 (0-385-52485-4)

Marianne Szegedy-Maszák’s parents, Hanna and Aladár, met and fell in love in Budapest in 1940. He was a rising star in the foreign ministry—a vocal anti-Fascist who was in talks with the Allies when he was arrested and sent to Dachau. She was the granddaughter of Manfred Weiss, the industrialist patriarch... 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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Conversations with Elie Wiesel

Written by Elie Wiesel and Richard D. Heffner

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1141-2 (0-8052-1141-1)

Conversations with Elie Wiesel is a far-ranging dialogue with the Nobel Peace Prize-winner on the major issues of our time and on life’s timeless questions.

In open and lively responses to the probing questions and provocative comments of Richard D. Heffner—American historian, noted public television moderator/producer, and Rutgers University professor—Elie Wiesel covers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Open Heart

Written by Elie Wiesel
Translated by Marion Wiesel

Format: Hardcover, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-96184-6 (0-307-96184-2)

A profoundly and unexpectedly intimate, deeply affecting summing up of his life so far, from one of the most cherished moral voices of our time.

Eighty-two years old, facing emergency heart surgery and his own mortality, Elie Wiesel reflects back on his life. Emotions, images, faces and questions flash through his mind... Read more >

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Marc Chagall

Written by Jonathan Wilson

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4201-0 (0-8052-4201-5)

Novelist and critic Jonathan Wilson clears away the sentimental mists surrounding an artist whose career spanned two world wars, the Russian Revolution, the Holocaust, and the birth of the State of Israel. Marc Chagall’s work addresses these transforming events, but his ambivalence about his role as a Jewish artist adds an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Jews and Power

Written by Ruth R. Wisse

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: August 28, 2007
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4224-9 (0-8052-4224-4)

From the kingdom of David to the Oslo accords, Ruth Wisse's sweeping narrative offers a radical new way to think about the
Jewish relationship to power. It is her bracing theory that the Jewish people have been corrupted—not by power, but by

Focusing on key moments in Jewish history—the destruction of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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At Home in Exile
Why Diaspora Is Good for the Jews
Written by Alan Wolfe

Format: Hardcover, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3313-5 (0-8070-3313-8)

Since the beginnings of Zionism in the twentieth century, many Jewish thinkers have considered it close to heresy to validate life in the Diaspora. Jews in Europe and America faced “a life of pointless struggle and futile suffering, of ambivalence, confusion, and eternal impotence,” as one early Zionist philosopher wrote, echoing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Biography
Written by Jackie Wullschlager

Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 21, 2008
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41455-8 (0-375-41455-X)

“When Matisse dies,” Pablo Picasso remarked in the 1950s, “Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what color really is.” As a pioneer of modernism and one of the greatest figurative artists of the twentieth century, Marc Chagall achieved fame and fortune, and over the course of a long... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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