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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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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 >
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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 >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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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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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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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 >
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A Bintel Brief
Sixty Years of
Written by Isaac Metzker


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 21, 1990
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0980-8 (0-8052-0980-8)

For more than eighty years the Jewish Daily Forward's legendary advice column "A Bintel Brief" ("a bundle of letters") dispensed shrewd, practical, and fair-minded advice to its readers. The column also gave them a forum for seeking advice and support regarding everything from family squabbles to heart wrenching spiritual dilemmas to... Read more >
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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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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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The Art of Blessing the Day
Poems with a Jewish Theme
Written by Marge Piercy


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 19, 2000
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70431-4 (0-375-70431-0)

Winner of the 2000 Paterson Poetry Prize

About Marge Piercy's collection of her old and new poems that celebrate the Jewish experience, the poet Lyn Lifshin writes: "The Art of Blessing the Day is an exquisite book. The whole collection is strong, passionate, and poignant, but the mother and daughter poems, fierce... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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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 >
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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 >
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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 >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Great Partnership
Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning
Written by Jonathan Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1250-1 (0-8052-1250-7)

National Jewish Book Awards 2012, Finalist
Dorot Foundation Award for
Modern Jewish Thought and Experience

Impassioned, erudite, thoroughly researched, and beautifully reasoned, The Great Partnership argues not only that science and religion are compatible, but that they complement each other—and that the world needs both.

“Atheism deserves better than the new atheists,” states... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Great Partnership
Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning
Written by Jonathan Sacks


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 11, 2012
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4301-7 (0-8052-4301-1)

An impassioned, erudite, thoroughly researched, and beautifully reasoned book from one of the most admired religious thinkers of our time that argues not only that science and religion are compatible, but that they complement each other—and that the world needs both.

“Atheism deserves better than the new atheists,” states Rabbi Jonathan... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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On the Book of Psalms
Exploring the Prayers of Ancient Israel
Written by Nahum M. Sarna


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 3, 1995
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1023-1 (0-8052-1023-7)

This book is the result of a lifetime of study of the Hebrew Bible by a mature scholar whose love of the Tanakh, and especially of the Psalter, shines through on every page.

"Perceptive, erudite, delightful." —Elie Wiesel

"This book is the result of a lifetime of study of the Hebrew Bible by... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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The Jewish Festivals
A Guide to Their History and Observance
Written by Hayyim Schauss


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 9, 1996
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0937-2 (0-8052-0937-9)

Long considered a classic for its rich portrait of the diversity and depth of Jewish observance, this account of the origins and development of the Jewish holidays also provides a fascinating and useful guide to the rituals, customs, and ceremonies practiced by Jews throughout history in all parts of the world... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.
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