JHOM - Bookshelf Archive
OF CUSTOMS: by Scott-Martin Kosofsky
Book designer Kosofsky tells the history and develoment of the Minhogimbukh
(Book of Customs), a beautifully-designed illustrated guide to
the Jewish year, popular in Europe from the late 16th-19th centuries. Using
the 1593 Venice edition as a model, Kosofsky revives the Book of Customs
for modern usage, including all of the original woodcuts.
JEWISH ORIENTALIST: by Tom Reiss
A selection from Reiss' new book, Lev Nussimbaum, The Orientalist:
Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life, discusses a type
once familiar in the 19th and 20th centuries, the Jewish Orientalist who
seemed to lose himself in the reverie of Eastern identity.
ITALIAN GENIZAH: A lecture by Prof. Muro Perani
Professor of Jewish History Muro Perani from the University of Bologna
shares the recent discovery in Italy of thousands of parchment folia and
bifolia dismembered from Hebrew manuscripts that were reused as book bindings
in the 16th and 17th century.
TO WORRY: JEWISH WISDOM AND FOLKLORE by MICHELE KLEIN
Michele Klein shows how Jewish wisdom and centuries-old, fine-honed coping
skills including prayer, wisdom from the
Sages, meditation, mysticism and dream interpretation, music, and humor
can give us the courage to face a world that
often appears uncertain and threatening.
||THE IRON TRACKS
by AHARON APPELFELD
How does one live after surviving injustice? What satisfaction comes from
revenge? Can the past be left behind? The
Iron Tracks is a haunting exploration of one survivor's complex,
wrenching inner world....
WITHOUT JEWS by RIVKA and BEN-ZION DORFMAN
Through word and over 300 exquisite photographs, Synagogues
Without Jews tells the colorful histories of over thirty Jewish
communities in Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Slovakia, northern Italy,
Greece, and the Czech and Slovak Republics that thrived before World
War II. It is filled with floor plans, elevations, full-color photographs,
and descriptions of the synagogues that were the pride and joy of their
congregations. And there are stories of people of Jews of the past
and of Jews of the present who remain...
by FRANZ KAFKA
On the occasion of the publication by Schocken Books of a new translation
of Franz Kafka's The Castle, PEN American Center sponsored an evening
of tribute, reflection, and re-examination of Kafka's work. Important
writers and actors (including David Remnick, Thulani Davis, Aharon Appelfeld,
E.L. Doctorow, Cynthia Ozick, Paul Auster, Susan Sontag, Norman Manea,
Mark Harman, David Remnick) participated in the program, which was held
on March 26 at New York City's Town Hall and directed by Tom Palumbo.
You can listen to any section of this important
literary event, using RealAudio.
SCROLLS of TESTIMONY
by ABBA KOVNER
Scrolls of Testimony is
a profoundly moving chronicle of the Holocaust. The author, award-winning
Israeli writer and poet Abba Kovner, intended this book as an almost liturgical
account of the greatest tragedy to befall the Jewish people, and he wrote
it in the Jewish tradition of megillot, or scrolls. Taken together, the
pages are reminiscent of the Talmud, with the central text surrounded
by notes and excerpts of poetry and prose.
|| THE SUNFLOWER:
ON THE POSSIBILITIES and LIMITS of FORGIVENESS by SIMON WIESENTHAL
While imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp, Wiesenthal was taken one
day from his work detail to the bedside of a dying member of the SS. Haunted
by the crimes in which he had participated, the soldier wanted to confess
to and obtain absolution from a Jew. Faced with the choice between compassion
and justice, silence and truth, Weisenthal said nothing. But even years
after the war had ended, he wondered: Had
he done the right thing?
of JEWISH VALUES by JOSEPH TELUSHKIN
In The Book of Jewish Values: A Day-by-Day
Guide to Ethical Living, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin has combed the
Bible, the Talmud, and the whole spectrum of Judaism's sacred writings
to give a manual on how to lead a decent, kind, and honest life in a morally
complicated world. Telushkin speaks to the major ethical issues of our
time, issue that have, of course, been around since the beginning. The
range of the book is as broad as life itself.
||THE JEWISH GRANDMOTHER
Psychologist and researcher Dr. Michele Klein has curated the Museum of
the Jewish Diaspora (Beth Hatefutsoth) exhibition, "Be Fruitful and
Multiply," shown on America Online throughout 1996. In this RealAudio
interview recording, Klein discusses Jewish sources and traditions about
of the DREAM by VIVIENNE SILVER BROADY
of the Dream: Pioneer Jewish Photographers in the Land of Israel 1890-1933
(Magnes Press and JPS, 1998) is the first comprehensive book to
chart the origins and development of local photography seen through the
eyes of Jewish photographers. The material is based on primary research
mostly from Israeli archives, and interviews with descendants of the early
photographers. Documentors of the Dream is the work of photographer and
photo historian Vivienne Silver-Brody, of the Silver Print Gallery in the
Israeli artists' village of Ein Hod on the Carmel. Enjoy also an audio webcast
interview with Ms. Silver-Brody.
at HOME by FREDERIC BRENNER
In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Israel, photograper Frederic
Brenner has produced an exquisitely crafted book of black and white photographs
of members of some fourteen recent immigrant families, all of whom he had
previously photographed in their native countries. His photograph
essay, Exile at Home (Harry N. Abrams Publishers, 1998), evokes
questions regarding the definitions of "exile" and "home."
Enjoy an audio webcast interview with the photographer.