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LEAVING HASIDISM, KEEPING MY FAMILY
Written by CHAYA DEITSCH

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 10/13/2015

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-0-805-24317-8

A heartfelt and inspiring personal account of a woman raised as a Lubavitcher Hasid who leaves that world without leaving the family that remains within it.
 
Even as a child, Chaya Deitsch felt that she didn’t belong in the Hasidic world into which she’d been born. She spent her teenage years outwardly conforming to but secretly rebelling against the rules that tell you what and when to eat, how to dress, whom you can befriend, and what you must believe. Loving her parents, grandparents, and...

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REFLECTIONS ON THE BOOK OF NUMBERS

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 02/24/2015

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-0-805-24304-8

The newest book in Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg’s award-winning series of commentaries on the hebrew bible.
 
The book of Numbers is the narrative of a great failure. What should have been for the Israelites a brief journey from Mount Sinai to the Holy Land becomes a forty-year death march. Both before and after the devastating report of the Spies, the narrative centers on the people’s desire to return to Egypt, to undo the miraculous work of the Exodus. At its heart are speeches of complaint and...

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WHY DIASPORA IS GOOD FOR THE JEWS
Written by ALAN WOLFE

Format: Hardcover, 296 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 10/28/2014

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-03313-5

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 a widespread and vehement disdain for Jews living outside Israel. This thinking, in a more understated but still pernicious form, continues to the present: the...

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Written by SHLOMO SAND
Translator DAVID FERNBACH

Format: Hardcover, 112 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 10/07/2014

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68614-0

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 articulates the problems at the center of modern Jewish identity.

How I Stopped Being a Jew discusses the negative effects of the Israeli exploitation of the “chosen people” myth and its...

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SCIENCE, RELIGION, AND THE SEARCH FOR MEANING
Written by JONATHAN SACKS

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 09/02/2014

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-805-21250-1

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 Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, “whose methodology consists of criticizing religion without understanding it, quoting texts...

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JESUS IN THE NO-SPIN ZONE
Written by ROBERT M. PRICE

Format: Trade Paperback, 287 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 09/02/2014

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-1-616-14966-6

Killing Jesus, the bestselling blockbuster by Bill O'Reilly, claims to be a purely historical account of the events in the life of Jesus leading up to his crucifixion. New Testament scholar Robert M. Price (a member of the Jesus Seminar) shows how unfounded this claim is in this critical review of O'Reilly's work. In fact, he judges the book to be the number one source of misinformation on Jesus today. Ignoring over one hundred years of New Testament scholarship, O'Reilly and his coauthor,...

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MUSSAR TEACHINGS TO TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE
Written by ALAN MORINIS

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages

Publisher: Trumpeter

On Sale: 08/26/2014

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-611-80152-1

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 gain a clearer, truer perspective on life and learn how to navigate its pathways. The phrase “acquiring Torah” is code for the process of internalizing this wisdom to bring about a genuine...

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Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 12/17/2013

Price: $95.00

ISBN: 978-1-781-68115-2

Since the inception of the ‘War on Terror’, Israel has become increasingly important to Western imperial strategy and ever more aggressive in its policies towards the Palestinians. A key ideological weapon in this development is the cynical and unjustified accusation of ‘anti-Semitism’ to silence protest and dissent.

For historical reasons, this tactic has been deployed most forcefully in France, and in the first of the two essays in this book French writers Alain Badiou and Eric Hazan...

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EMBRACING TWO RELIGIONS IN ONE INTERFAITH FAMILY
Written by SUSAN KATZ MILLER

Format: Hardcover, 264 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 10/22/2013

Price: $25.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-01319-9

Susan Katz Miller grew up with a Jewish father and Christian mother, and was raised Jewish. Now in an interfaith marriage herself, she is one of the growing number of Americans who are boldly electing to raise children with both faiths, rather than in one religion or the other (or without religion). In Being Both, Miller draws on original surveys and interviews with parents, students, teachers, and clergy, as well as on her own journey, to chronicle this controversial grassroots...

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IMAGINING THE STORY OF ABRAHAM AND ISAAC
Written by JAMES GOODMAN

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 09/10/2013

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-0-805-24253-9

“I didn’t think he’d do it. I really didn’t think he would. I thought he’d say, whoa, hold on, wait a minute. We made a deal, remember, the land, the blessing, the nation, the descendants as numerous as the sands on the shore and the stars in the sky.”

So begins James Goodman’s original and urgent encounter with one of the most compelling and resonant stories ever told—God’s command to Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac.

A mere nineteen lines in the book of Genesis, it rests at the heart...

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Written by EDGAR BRONFMAN
Illustrated by JAN ARONSON

Format: Hardcover, 128 pages

Publisher: Rizzoli

On Sale: 02/12/2013

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-0-847-83968-1

An illustrated contemporary Haggadah for the Passover Seder, as interpreted by the world-renowned philanthropist and Jewish leader Edgar M. Bronfman. Edgar Bronfman’s text continues the traditional commandment to retell the Exodus story of slavery and freedom for future generations. The Haggadah teaches people about Judaism with a fresh perspective while helping to define Passover. The author’s creative approach weaves together meaningful readings, from the nineteenth-century abolitionist...

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WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPENED TO A GOOD PERSON
Written by HAROLD S. KUSHNER

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 10/02/2012

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-0-805-24292-8

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 everything, Job—though confused, angry, and questioning God—refuses to reject his faith, although he challenges some central aspects of it. Rabbi Harold S. Kushner examines the questions raised by Job’s...

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