Library Acquisitions - February, 2012

Library Acquisitions:

Beasley, Nancy Wright. Izzy’s Fire: Finding Humanity in the Holocaust

A true story of the Kovno Ghetto in Lithuania, about the intense and powerful will to survive, told with dignified restraint.  First-hand accounts and first class research combine in this superb work.  Includes chronology, photographs and follow up. Nominated for a People’s Choice Award, the book is now taught in secondary schools and universities.  The writer is an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Neugroschel, Joachim (Ed. and Transl.)   Great Tales of Jewish Fantasy and the Occult: The Dybbuk and Thirty Other Classic Stories

This book follows a resurgence of Jewish mysticism and Kabbalah of recent years.  Stories include:  “The Golem” by Y. Rosenberg, “The Gilgul” or “The Transmigration” by A.B. Gotlober, and The “Dybbuk” by B. Horovitz.  Neugroschel has won many awards for his translations and has been cited for a special award in arts and letters by the French government.

Library Acquisitions - January, 2012

Engelson, Morris. The Heavenly Time Machine-Essays on Science and Torah. Inquiring, in 2001,  into creation, space, time, and the universe in terms of quantum mechanics, relativity theory, and “Big Bang cosmology, one finds full accord with the Torah in its deepest level of meaning.

Ochs, Vanessa L.  Inventing Jewish Ritual. The author of this JPS publication is an associate professor at the University of Virginia, who shows how new 21st century Jewish ritual enhances the total Jewish experience. A  powerful case study analyzing the lives of American Jews.

Orringer, Julie. The Invisible Bridge-A Novel. This new novel  (2011) of war–ton lovers in Europe-Hungary, Paris, and then the labor camps of the Holocaust-a story of the survival of the luckiestand not that of the fittest.  Stated to be a first novel by an exceptionally talented writer winning high acclaim.

St. John, Robert. The Man Who Played God-A novel about Hungary and Israel 1944-1956.  The background is the Holocaust period and the trading of Jewish lives for Nazi demands, culminating in Israel 10 years later with an inquiry into the Jewish participation in the process. 

Yezierska, Anzia.  Bread Givers-A struggle between a father of the old world and a daughter of the new. A novel about immigrant America in New York City in the 1920’s, about a determined young woman who bucks the tide of anti-feminism present of both Judaism and America in this period.

Library Aquistitions-Oct. 2011

Luzzatto, R. Moshe Chaim.  The Path of the Just-Mesillas Yesharim (Eng./Hebr.)  (2 Copies)
The books correspond to the Ahavas Mussar Institute course led by Barb Christiaans this academic year.  They are available for student borrowers, and are in the non-reserved library section designated by the decimal number 296.

Library Acquisitions-Sept. 2011

Benski, Stanislav (Transl. Arndt). Missing Pieces. -A collation of short stories of a small group of Polish survivors in a post WW II Nursing Home in Warsaw, told by the director of the home during the last 25 years of his life, a Jew who fought during the war with the Polish underground. A telling of their lives, their loves, close ones lost, weddings never taken place. “I write about the few remaining Polish Jews.  I am among them, I am one of them, I try to preserve their memory.”

Carasik, Michael (Editor and Translator). The Commentators’ Bible- JPS. Miqra’ot Gedolot: Numbers. -Third one now published in the JPS series with commentary, of the five books of the Chumash.  We also have Exodus and Leviticus.

Gillman, Neil. Conservative Judaism (Oversize) (To complete our file).

Green, Rabbi Arthur. Seek My face, Speak My Name: A Contemporary Jewish Theology.On Jewish mysticism, by a Reconstructionist rabbi, and with a historic approach.

Heschel, Abraham. The Earth Is the Lord’s. The Sabbath. -Two titles combined in one volume.

Heschel, Abraham. Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity. -A group of Heschel’s essays, edited by Susannah Heschel.

Josephus, Flavius. The Jewish War and Other Selections from Flavius Josephus. -Jewish historian who served as historian for Rome; he lived in the period c. 37-180.

Lerner, Michael. The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right. -On Christianity, Conservatism, politics and religious aspects.

Neusner, Jacob, Ed.  Understanding Rabinnic Judaism: From Talmudic to Modern Times. -A collation of writings with a wide range of Jewish thinkers, including Mordecai Kaplan, Louis Ginzberg, Israel Salanter, and Maimonides.

Schneider, Susan Weidman. Jewish and Female-a Guide: Source Book for Today’s Jewish Woman. -A source book and guide for the contemporary Jewish woman.  Women in leadership as  rabbis, cantors, and other leadership roles, issues of health and illness, psychology and physiology, dating and conversion.  The author has been editor and founder of Lilith.

Vermes, Geza (Ed. and Revised).  Emil Schuer: The History of the Jewish People in the Age of Jesus Christ  Vol.I and II. -A scholarly work of the Inter-testament period.a

Greene, Carol.  Elie Wiesel- Messenger from the Holocaust. -Literature for youth level considering the famous writer and humanitarian.

Library Aquisitions - Summer 2011

The three specialty cookbooks listed in this edition are too late for Passover 2011, but will definitely be worth the wait for next year.

Bernstein, Deborah;  Secrets of Fat-free Kosher Cooking: Over 150 Low-fat and Fat-free Traditional and Contemporary Recipes - from matzoh balls to kugel.

Foer, Joshua:  Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. This book is a must for Torah-readers, Talmudists who have long wondered how Talmud was remembered before the era of the printing press, and readers of all secular books, e.g. Homer’s “Odyssey” or the “Iliad,” before a printing press was ever dreamed possible. This book is a scientific exploration written as nonfiction, with a humorous, engaging style. “Where did I ever put my keys?” The answer is of course almost anywhere. But with certain tricks or habits of mindfulness, you might well remember for next time, and along the way, perhaps win an international contest of memory involving so-called ”memory athletes,” as did the author himself, a perpetual key-loser.

Schulman, Zell J; Something Different for Passover. A cookbook-for Seder, weekday Passover, desserts.

Wasserman, Debra; No Cholesterol Passover Recipes

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