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119 Featured Titles

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Fires in the Mirror

Written by Anna Deavere Smith

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 1, 1993
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47014-8 (0-385-47014-2)

In monologues based on interviews with 26 subjects ranging from The Reverend Al Sharpton and Professor Leonard Jeffries, to Rabbi Joseph Speilman and Norman Rosenbaum (Yankel Rosenbaum's brother) to several men-and-women-on-the-street, Smith exposes and explores the black-Jewish tensions that erupted into outrage in the streets of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, in 1991... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Resurrecting Hebrew

Written by Ilan Stavans

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 16, 2008
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4231-7 (0-8052-4231-7)

Here is the stirring story of how Hebrew was rescued from the fate of a dead language to become the living tongue of a modern nation. Ilan Stavans’s quest begins with a dream featuring a beautiful woman speaking an unknown language. When the language turns out to be Hebrew, a friend... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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If Not Now, When?
Written by Joseph Telushkin

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4281-2 (0-8052-4281-3)

This is the most famous teaching of Hillel, one of the greatest rabbis of the Talmudic era. What makes it so extraordinary is that is was offered to a gentile seeking conversion. Joseph Telushkin feels that this Talmudic story has great relevance for us today. At a time when religiosity is... 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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The Use of Man

Written by Aleksandar Tisma
Translated by Bernard Johnson
Introduction by Claire Messud

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: November 11, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-726-6 (1-59017-726-6)

Aleksandar Tišma’s The Use of Man is an unsparing and unequaled reckoning with the destruction of human life, self, and being in war, a book about a particular time and place, World War II and the Balkans, but nonetheless for all times. Set on the banks in the multiethnic town of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Louis D. Brandeis
A Life
Written by Melvin Urofsky

Format: Trade Paperback, 976 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1195-5 (0-8052-1195-0)

As a young lawyer in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Louis Brandeis, born into a family of reformers who came to the United States to escape European anti-Semitism, established the way modern law is practiced. He was an early champion of the right to privacy and pioneer the idea... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Farewell Shanghai

Written by Angel Wagenstein
Translated by Elizabeth Frank and Deliana Simeonova

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-308-8 (1-59051-308-8)

Elisabeth and Theodore Weissberg, famous musicians, Hilde, a young film extra, and Vladek, an Eastern European adventurer wanted by the police on political charges, flee Nazi Germany for Shanghai at the onset of World War II. A magnet for every human ambition and vice, Shanghai is a city of extremes–of dazzling... 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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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All Rivers Run to the Sea
Written by Elie Wiesel

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 22, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1028-6 (0-8052-1028-8)

From his early years with his loving Jewish family to the horrors of Auschwitz to his life as a Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Elie Wiesel tells his story. Passionate and poignant, All Rivers Run to the Sea is an unforgettable book of love and rage, doubt and faith, despair and trust, and... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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From the Kingdom of Memory
Written by Elie Wiesel

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 31, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1020-0 (0-8052-1020-2)

In this powerful collection of personal essays and speeches by one of the great writers of our generation, Elie Wiesel weaves together reminiscences of his life before the Holocaust, his struggle to find meaning afterward, and the actions he has taken on behalf of others that have defined him as a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Jew Today

Written by Elie Wiesel

Format: Trade Paperback, 260 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1979
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74057-7 (0-394-74057-2)

In these essays, open letters, and diary entries, Wiesel addresses the question of what it means to be a Jew today--in America, in Europe, and in Israel.  From his childhood in Transylvania to Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Paris, and New York, Wiesel probes such central moral and political issues as Zionism and the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Jews of Silence
A Personal Report on Soviet Jewry
Written by Elie Wiesel

Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 13, 1987
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0826-9 (0-8052-0826-7)

Elie Wiesel’s groundbreaking report from inside the Soviet Union: The book that ignited the firestorm in the West over three million Jews who were forbidden to live Jewish lives in the USSR and forbidden to leave it.

“While all religions survive precariously in the Soviet Union, Judaism struggles against singular oppression ... Read more >
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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 >
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 >
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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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Hitler and the Holocaust

Written by Robert S. Wistrich

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 5, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6863-7 (0-8129-6863-8)

Hitler and the Holocaust is the product of a lifetime’s work by one of the world’s foremost authorities on the history of anti-Semitism and modern Jewry.

Robert S. Wistrich begins by reckoning with Europe’s long history of violence against the Jews, and how that tradition manifested itself in Germany and Austria... 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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