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A Gothic Empress, a doctor and his trainee wife, an ambitious senator, a pious abbot…these are the prime movers in this gripping mystery set in 5th century Italy. When Getorius is invited to the palace and visits the newly built Mausoleum, he discovers an ancient papyrus with explosive contents that would have huge and devastating repercussions on the Empire if it were made public. Could the p... read more
The Blessing of a Broken Heart Sherri Mandell, an American immigrant to Israel, offers this hauntingly beautiful memoir of a year of grief following the horrific murder of her 13-year-old son, Koby, found stoned to death along with a friend by Palestinian terrorists near his Tekoa home in 2001. This profoundly moving prose-poem laces together Jewish tradition, memory, love and faith as the wri... read more
After an accident in the ring, Little Wing can no longer continue her life as a tightrope walker and circus performer. She lives alone at the top of a tower block slated for demolition. When she receives a package that contains a memoir written by Helena, the mother she never knew, Little Wing slowly begins to piece together the strange tale of her conception. From the murderous environs of Va... read more
The Jewish community of Aleppo in Syria, the biblical Aram Soba, is one of the world's most ancient, guardian of the famous "Keter Torah" scroll, and boasts of a synagogue dating back to the Second Temple. This collection of three stories interlaces the history of one Aleppo family, the author's own, with the social and political turmoil spanning over a century, reaching from Syria to France t... read more
This is undoubtedly the biggest:…day of Kelerin's life: A warrior/scholar from the prestigious all-boys Academy on Osmos, he’ll be facing off against his arch rival in what many are already calling the ‘duel of the year.’…feeling Analel's ever had: A telepathic ascetic from the Academy's all-girls sister seminary, she’s suddenly sharing a psychic connection with the boy Academic, Kelerin, in a... read more
With kosher wines now competing comfortably with many of the best wines of the world, an increasingly large audience has come to realize that there need be no contradiction whatsoever between a wine of high quality and a kosher wine. This is the definitive annual guide to the 500 best kosher wines (from 14 countries) tasted each year by internationally renowned critic Daniel Rogov. In addition... read more
December 22, 2000 is a day of dramatic confluence in the life of Joop Koopman, a Dutchman living in California. It is the day he celebrates his daughter Miriam's seventeenth birthday, meets his old friend Philip, with whom he has been out of touch for eighteen years, and crosses paths with Erroll Washington, aka Godzilla, the owner of God's Gym.
This landmark work on Judaism has been extensively revised and expanded for this long-awaited new edition. Included in this new work are more than 22,000 signed entries on Jewish life, culture, history and religion written by by Israeli, American and European subject specialists. Expanding the scope and relevance of this invaluable set are more than 2,500 brand-new entries, many focusing on ge... read more
The Koren Sacks Siddur is an inspiring Hebrew/English Jewish prayerbook. The siddur marks the culmination of years of rabbinic scholarship, exemplifies the tradition of textual accuracy and innovative graphic design of the renowned Koren Publishers Jerusalem publishing house, and offers an illuminating translation, introduction, and commentary by one of the world's leading Jewish thinkers, Rab... read more
This monumental works presents a complete picture of the animal kingdom in Jewish thought.
The single-volume edition includes an interpolated translation based on the acclaimed interpolated translation originally prepared for the five-volume Kehot Chumash. This interpolated translation renders the text of the Chumash intelligible to the reader, enabling him or her to understand it as Rashi explains it and as the Rebbe s elucidates Rashi's commentaries.Hundreds of Chasidic insights c... read more
The world is in the midst of a revolution in military affairs, caused by a shift from symmetric to asymmetric war the digitization and globalization of information, and the automation of war by robotics and cyber aggression. In this modern environment, a new weapon known as lawfare plays an essential role. Lawfare is the use, or more correctly the misuse, of law as a weapon of combat to embarr... read more
From kindergarten on, Jewish children are taught that the Torah as observed today is identical to the Torah given at Sinai. Unfortunately, many adults today, even those at the highest institutions of Torah learning, never develop a more nuanced and complex view of the evolution of the Torah. In another fascinating book, Israel Drazin shows how the Torah has been adapting to and adopting from i... read more
This volume explores the biblical prophet Samuel as presented in the eponymous scriptural book. Rabbi Dr. Israel Drazin examines the scriptural verses dealing with Samuel and refers to traditional and scholarly sources in ways that many readers will consider unusual and insightful. His objective analysis raises challenging questions. He presents logical explanations to issues that have perplex... read more
This book was the first comprehensive manual to deal with all facets of marriage within a halakhic framework. It was informed by the author's experience as an orthodox rabbi and psychologist specializing in marriage issues. Included are chapters dealing with the dating experience, the place of love in life and marriage, the ethics and goals of marriage, marital harmony, conjugal relations in t... read more
Royal Attire is a letter written by a Karaite Jewish sage to a Christian European king. The letter, authored by Hakham Mordecai ben Nisan, explains his views of Jewish history and provides his perspectives on the religious and philosophical differences between Karaite Jews and Rabbanite Jews. This publication marks the first known English translation of Hakham Mordecai ben Nisan's letter. This... read more
Ecclesiastes, 'the greatest single piece of literature I have known' (Thomas Wolfe) continues to engage readers. The book is so controversial that some of the earliest rabbis sought to exclude it from the Bible in light of its self-contradictions and occasional near-heresies. Fortunately, the depth of thought won out. This commentary confronts the book from a perspective that is literary, whil... read more
Genocide has been an ongoing catastrophic reality of the past hundred years. Terrorism has intensified tremendously in the last fifty years. Despite a huge collection of treaties, conventions, declarations, and hyperbolic resolutions, practically nothing has been done to save the many millions of lives that were sacrificed on the altar of barbarity. And the complicity of the West has guarantee... read more
Most people suppose that the book of Judges is filled with tales of pious leaders called judges who performed acts that protected the Israelites and helped form them into a praiseworthy nation. A close reading of the book shows that the early history of Israel was just the opposite.By examining the biblical book of Judges with references to many classical, traditional, as well as modern schola... read more
Israel Defense Force Brigadier General Gal Hirsch has taken part in all of Israels military confrontations since 1982, leaving a unique signature on a wide scope of strategic thinking owing to his deep understanding of operational art and military planning. In 2009, Hirschs autobiographical book in Hebrew, War Story, Love Story, was published and instantly appeared on the Israeli bestseller li... read more
Leyb Naydus (1890–1918) expanded the possibilities of Yiddish poetry via his rich cosmopolitan works, introducing a wealth of themes and forms seldom seen in that language, including some of its first sonnets of literary merit. A devotee of European Symbolism, Naydus’s poems shimmer with his love of nature, especially that of his native Lithuania. His groundbreaking poetry explores classicism,... read more
Loss defines the crossbeams and chronicles of Tuvia Ruebner’s life. Born in 1924 into a semi-secular Jewish family in Slovakia, Ruebner was also born into the catastrophe that would followthe extermination of European Jewry and of his own family in the Holocaust. Hitler became chancellor of Germany on Ruebner’s ninth birthday. Six years later, the race-laws enacted in Slovakia banned all Jewi... read more
At the end of the tumultuous 1960s, Steve Sherr, a young university psychologist finds himself drowning in a sea of relative values and political correctness. Battling growing disenchantment with his profession as well as with life itself, he is desperate to find a few solid truths. He wants to tell wise stories to his children about what life is really all about, but with excruciating honesty... read more
Perfect in Memory: A Son's Tribute to His Mother is the third and final volume in Rick D. Niece's award-winning Fanfare for a Hometown series and was recently named 2017 READER VIEWS Finalist. Shared from the perspective of an adult son looking back with loving nostalgia on how his spirited, nurturing mother shaped his life, Niece's heartfelt stories are celebrations of family and the timeless... read more
Hierarchy from Love: Divine Guidance for a Soul-Driven Planet by Julie Holbrook is a powerful expression of the author’s knowledge that love must triumph over fear to restore and rebalance the Earth and human lives. Written to encourage reconnection to divine truths, itoutlines the critical issues facing the nature and nurture of life on our planet, exploring contemporary challenges to evoke d... read more
The Tempest, a story about family, treachery, and love, revolves around a father s magical manipulations that control his daughter s romantic fate and exact revenge upon his enemies. The lead figure, Prospero, uses magic to shipwreck his brother, Alonso, and Alonso s companions after they steal his position as Duke and leave him and his daughter, Miranda, to die. Much like its title, the play ... read more
So much is written and said about the weekly Shabbat portion, but the Haftarot are often ignored. The Talmud tells us that the Haftarot were chosen to reflect the theme of the Torah reading, but the connection is not always clear. The messages given by the prophets were intended to be meaningful in every generation but we often have to look carefully to understand their relevance.This book by ... read more
"[Rising Moon] combines many virtues: intellectual power, erudition, psychological and philosophical insight, and sensitivity to nuances of language and character." Dr. David Shatz Professor of Philosophy, Yeshiva University. For centuries, countless readers from all backgrounds have been inspired by the uplifting tale of the biblical Ruth, a story that nurtures hope and instills belief in a b... read more
Of the scant female biblical characters, few are as intriguing as Avishag the Shunammite: a young girl brought from obscurity to the court of the aged King David, to warm the king's bed and stir his aged blood. Though 'exceedingly fair', she does not become the King's concubine. Reticent and loyal to David, she becomes an unwitting magnet, drawing the attention of the kingdom's most powerful m... read more
The Mothers are the women in Jim Mounts's life: his adoring (and rejected) mother Felicita (ironical name for her, "happiness"), and the four women he has loved and lived with: Louise, Maria, Natasha, ( a rich mans wife) and Francine. Mount see that when "girls" become "Mothers" something changes in them. Botsford's portraits are seething, often terrifyingly intense and mysogynisitc. The are a... read more
On Water Street, every person has at least two stories to tell. One story that the light of day shines on and the other that lives only in the pitch black of night, the kind of story that a person carries beneath their breastbones for safekeeping. Water Street examines the secret lives of neighbors and friends who live on Water Street in a small town in Kentucky. Assured and intimate, Wilkinso... read more
The Flying Island is an account of an Italian woman's solitary stay on the Azores. The islanders are poised between their open generosity and simplicity, their traditions bordering on the magic and the supernatural; and the brute realism of the new American culture imported with returning workers who increasingly view the Azores not as home but as holiday destination.
II Magdalen's third novel is loosely based on a true case of homosexual rape in a small Arkansas town. Lennie and Vance, drifters and grifters, hairdressers by avocation, lovers perhaps, employ the thirteen-year-old Benji to help out in their Salon, Hair Today (Gone Tomorrow), and slowly, systematically and fatally seduce him. Henning Forsell, who visits Sapphire, Texas two years after the eve... read more
In Sixth form 1939, a young Jewish girl is in her last year at school. She has professors she admires, headmasters who blare propaganda and make inflated speeches, and one teacher - a vitriolic portrait of fascist contempt for truth and justice - whom she loathes for his bullying and his contemptible sense of superiority. This brief, wonderful and moving novel turns on a postcard the young Mar... read more
Failing Paris is the story of a week in the life of Sabine Wilcox, the 19-year-old student who has left the stifling rural existence of the American Southwest in exchange for a year in Paris. But the City of Light offers her no refuge. With only one week to address a dire problem, Sabine’s past and present painfully collide. Her life intertwines with two men who prove to be both more, and less... read more
One of the finest novelists and poets writing in the Netherlands today, Anna Enquist's first novel took the Dutch and German reading public by storm. The Masterpiece takes place during three days in the life of the painter Johan Steenkamer, and of the women closest to him. Is an artist as self-absorbed as Johan capable of expressing the deepest emotional understanding through his art, or is hi... read more
In an old stone house on the west coast of Morocco, Sarah Henderson is welcomed by its inhabitants: Nick the aristocratic English owner, Yann the French Sailor, and Aziz, with whom she falls passionately in love. Sarah must reconsider her own actions and those of her mother, who came to this town in 1936 and was sent home in disgrace.
Tamar Feingold's life is haunted by the painful, yet unspoken memories of her parents' time in a Nazi concentration camp. Battling between her feelings and her religion, the secrets of her past threaten to explode and destroy everything she has.
As the Pope lies dying in hospital, the Vatican authorities are wondering how they are going to present the news to the world. Should he be put on a life support machine or allowed to die in peacefully in his own quarters in the Vatican, and what will happen when his personal diaries are made public? From the author of THE RINGMASTER.
Set in the 1950's in New York City, CHAINS AROUND THE GRASS is a portrait of a Jewish-American family that glows with affection, tenderness, and courage when tragedy changes the lives of all who are left behind. A passionately personal and heartfelt book, based heavily on autobiographical material, this is the book Ms. Ragen says that she became an author to write. Sara is barely six years old... read more
Bruno was that perilous thing, a free spirit, and suffered death for his right to certain concepts. I knew from conversations with Morris that Giordano Bruno was a soul mate, someone with whose life history Morris identified, even though Morris possessed a somewhat less strident temperament than Broads. Failed priest, as Morris has Bruno declare in this tale, fugitive monk, magus with a box of... read more
Book by Austen, Jane
One of Jane Austen's best loved stories, Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr. Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unr... read more
When war breaks out in 1973, childhood friends Haim and Dov are called up together to serve in their tank battalion, but in the chaos of battle the friends are separated. A month later, Haim returns alone, on his first leave home. Struggling to come to terms with his experiences he wonders what happened to Dov during those fateful days.
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Book by Whitman, Walt
Arash, an idealistic young man driven by nostalgia and romantic notions of a country he left as a child, returns to Iran to start a new life and do his share to help rebuild the country. As he explores the streets of Tehran, he finds a society plagued by contradictions and confronts a disgruntled and cynical populace for whom the promises of the Revolution never materialized. With dwindling re... read more
With great imagination, Katharina Hacker has created seven stories, all inspired by figures of classical mythology. Many crossreferences link the stories, but almost all are set in the modern world. Among the themes are those of (mythological) past and present, remembering and forgetting, being able to speak and being condemned to silence, love and loss, guilt, frustration and other obsessions... read more
What happens to parents when a teenager runs away from home?outwardly everything seems to be alright. but it's an illusion,
I.I. Magdalen's Henning Forsell takes up the case of the nineteen-year-old "Emma H., well-born, a great beauty, and "apparently" a collaborator, murdered or executed in Belgium in 1945 in the aftermath of the Second World War. Three men carried out the "execution": an exiled Hungarian Stalinist who believes in a scientific future; a conservative Catholic intellectual, and a self-made entrepren... read more
This is the first collection of John Auerbach's stories to appear in English. The stories drawn upon his years at sea, on a kibbutz in Israel, as an alienated man in America, survival of the war and the Holocaust.PEN/UNISCO Prize 1993
Dissatisfied with her arranged marriage, beautiful Dina Reich flirts with a charismatic married man and finds herself condemned by Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. By the author of Jephthe's Daughter. 30,000 first printing. BOMC Alt. Tour.
Forty years ago, Donald Harington created a little town of Stay More, hidden away in the hills of the Ozarks. He populated it with generations of families that had escaped the Appalachians in serach of more room, greener pastures, freedom from convention, sweeter air and water, or, simply, a world where time and history don't matter. In Enduring, Harington continues the themes of the Stay More... read more
Luke and his sister Jenny aren't overly excited when they first learn of their mother's plan to take them to Tombstone, Arizona, as part of their vacation. That changes in a hurry when they are suddenly swept back to the 1880s and the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral. The ghost of the Grand Hotel's handyman, a kindly gentleman by the name of Swamper, guides them through the events of that fa... read more
With twenty tales, a bold lack of restraint, and amazing stylistic diversity, Di Filippo makes strange bedfellows of a range of characters-from Jayne Mansfield to Pythagoras to Disney "imagineers" to the Virgin Mary-fit together inside a bountiful collection of surprises, humor, and the very, very strange. William Gibson has identified his writing as "spooky, haunting, and hilarious," and afte... read more
Challenging the assumption that a common culture can form the basis for national solidarity, this volume considers the interpretive conflict between lineage-based and territorial paradigms of national identity in Somalia. Sample topics include the links between nationalism and local economic circumstances; nationalist resistance movements in southe
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