In honor of Jewish Book Month, we offer the following reading selections to help further your understanding of Jewish history, literature, and culture:
"This magnificent work merges cutting-edge, archivally based history of the Soviet Union with the richness of original oral history interviews. ... Through the recollections of these elderly interviewees come forth the bittersweet realities of life and death among Soviet shtetl Jews." —Jonathan Dekel-Chen, editor of Anti-Jewish Violence: Rethinking the Pogrom in East European Jewish History
"Presents a highly compelling theory about the core principles of Heschel's corpus that demands that his thought be studied anew." —Robert Erlewine, Illinois Wesleyan University
"A concise historical reconstruction of one of the most publicized and notorious ritual murder trials in the modern world. Written in a clear and engaging style, the book analyzes a wide array of archival and published primary documents ... all of which help capture the drama and complexity of the Beilis case." —Eugene M. Avrutin, author of Jews and the Imperial State: Identification Politics in Tsarist Russia
"An important and powerful work that speaks to Mordecai M. Kaplan's position as perhaps the most significant Jewish thinker of the twentieth century. ... Scult shows Kaplan's theology to be imbued with American values of democracy and individualism." —Deborah Dash Moore, coeditor of Gender and Jewish History
"This well-written, thoroughly researched book is a superb case study of the complex and contradictory effects of the Soviet regime in one of the most important centers of Jewish life in pre-Holocaust Russia. ... A major contribution to understanding a crucial aspect of modern Jewish history in eastern Europe. ... Highly recommended." —Choice
Jewish, Literary, and Moral Perspectives
Edited by Steven T. Katz and Alan Rosen
"[An] illuminating collection of 24 academic essays ... [and a] valuable look back on Wiesel’s heroic authorial career." —Publishers Weekly
"Who better to rescue from obscurity an Oskar Schindler–like hero than historian Zuccotti? ... This account of the life of Capuchin priest Père Marie-Benoît and his successful efforts to save thousands of Jews offers the perfect amount of detail and context. Relying on archival sources and her own interviews with Marie-Benoît and those he helped to save, Zuccotti’s portrait of the 'Father of the Jews' is as historically important as it is entertaining." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Dating back millennia, antisemitism has been called "the longest hatred." By exploring the sources, goals, and consequences of today's antisemitism and its relationship to the past, this original research contributes to an understanding that could help diminish its appeal and mitigate its harmful effects.
"The End of the Holocaust is a model of critical intelligence, restrained in its judgments, never shrill or accusatory in its disagreements, always illuminating in its insights into the motives and achievements of the major Holocaust writers Rosenfeld discusses." —Forward
In a turn-of-the-century, once elegant building in the center of Warsaw, ten Jewish families atypically began reconstructing their lives after the Holocaust, creating new communities as they sought to distance themselves from the memory of a painful past.
"No dictionary has ever opened up Yiddish as spectacularly for the English-speaking audience as Beinfeld and Bochner’s Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary. ... [The editors] have compiled something truly special, books that satisfy the needs of advanced students, beginners, indeed anyone who can read the alphabet. The Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary is a book you can fall in love with." —Jewish Daily Forward