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CONFRONTING RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE
Written by JONATHAN SACKS

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 02/07/2017

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-805-21268-6

In this powerful and timely book, one of the most admired and authoritative religious leaders of our time tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism and violence committed in the name of God. If religion is perceived as being part of the problem, Rabbi Sacks argues, then it must also form part of the solution. When religion becomes a zero-sum conceit—i.e., my religion is the only right path to God, therefore your religion is by definition wrong—and when individuals are motivated by what...

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THE LOST AND FOUND WORLD OF THE CAIRO GENIZA

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 06/21/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-805-21223-5

NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FINALIST

Now in paperback, the dramatic story behind the discovery and reclamation of nine hundred years' worth of discarded Hebrew texts—parchment fragments of the Bible and Talmud, medieval poetry, legal and commercial documents, medical writings, and personal accounts of everyday middle-class liferescued from a decaying manuscript repository in a once-vibrant Cairo synagogue.

One May day in 1896, at a dining-room table in Cambridge, England, a meeting took place...

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UNLOCKING THE SECRETS OF THE LAST SUPPER
Written by BRANT PITRE
Foreword by SCOTT HAHN

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Image

On Sale: 02/02/2016

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-53186-3

In recent years, Christians everywhere are rediscovering the Jewish roots of their faith.

Every year at Easter time, many believers now celebrate Passover meals (known as Seders) seeking to understand exactly what happened at Jesus’ final Passover, the night before he was crucified.
  
Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist shines fresh light on the Last Supper by looking at it through Jewish eyes. Using his in-depth knowledge of the Bible and ancient Judaism, Dr. Brant Pitre answers...

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WOUNDED SPIRITS IN A PROMISED LAND
Written by DAVID K. SHIPLER

Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 11/10/2015

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-44751-4

The expanded and updated edition of David Shipler's Pulitzer Prize-winning book that examines the relationship, past and present, between Arabs and Jews

In this monumental work, extensively researched and more relevant than ever, David Shipler delves into the origins of the prejudices that exist between Jews and Arabs that have been intensified by war, terrorism, and nationalism.

Focusing on the diverse cultures that exist side by side in Israel and Israeli-controlled territories, Shipler...

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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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THE WORLD'S FIRST (BUT CERTAINLY NOT LAST) JEWISH LAWYER
Written by ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ

Format: Hardcover, 208 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 10/06/2015

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-0-805-24293-5

Part of the Jewish Encounter series

One of the world’s best-known attorneys gives us a no-holds-barred history of Jewish lawyers: from the biblical Abraham through modern-day advocates who have changed the world by challenging the status quo, defending the unpopular, contributing to the rule of law, and following the biblical command to pursue justice.
 
The Hebrew Bible’s two great examples of advocacy on behalf of problematic defendants—Abraham trying to convince God not to destroy the people...

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A NOVEL
Written by H. G. ADLER
Translator PETER FILKINS

Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages

Publisher: Modern Library

On Sale: 09/08/2015

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98315-9

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Compared by critics to Kafka, Joyce, and Musil, H. G. Adler is becoming recognized as one of the towering figures of twentieth-century fiction. Nobel Prize winner Elias Canetti wrote that “Adler has restored hope to modern literature,” and the first two novels rediscovered after his death, Panorama and The Journey, were acclaimed as “modernist masterpieces” by The New Yorker. Now his magnum opus, The Wall, the final installment of...

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Written by HAROLD S. KUSHNER

Format: Hardcover, 192 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/01/2015

Price: $23.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-35409-7

From the beloved author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People, deeply moving and illuminating reflections on what it means to live a good life. 

As a congregational rabbi for half a century and the best-selling author of twelve books on faith, ethics, and how to apply the timeless wisdom of religious thought to everyday challenges, Rabbi Harold S. Kushner has demonstrated time and again his understanding of the human spirit. In this compassionate new work, his most personal since When Bad...

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DECODING THE STORY OF THE FLOOD
Written by IRVING FINKEL

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 03/17/2015

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80439-6

When a small, peculiar, palm-sized clay tablet made its way to the desk of Irving Finkel, Assyriologist and Assistant Keeper at the British Museum, Finkel could hardly believe his luck. What he discovered was a missing piece in the story of Noah and the Ark. In this captivating, absorbing work of scholarship, Finkel, a world authority on ancient Mesopotamia, leads the reader on a detective hunt for the prototype of Noah’s Ark—from cuneiform wedges to bundles of reeds, from ancient Babylon to...

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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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REFLECTIONS ON THE EXPLOITATION OF JEWISH SUFFERING

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 01/06/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68561-7

In his iconoclastic and controversial study, Norman G. Finkelstein moves from an interrogation of the place the Holocaust has come to occupy in global culture to a disturbing examination of recent Holocaust compensation settlements. It was not until the Arab–Israeli War of 1967, when Israel’s evident strength brought it into line with US foreign policy, that memory of the Holocaust began to acquire the exceptional prominence it has today.

Recalling Holocaust fraudsters such as Jerzy Kosiński...

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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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