Tag Archives: Judaism

Book Review: Talmud And Apocrypha

Talmud And Apocrypha, by R. Travers Herford It is one thing to say that a book like this is useful when it comes to understanding the development of the Mishnah and the Pharisees and their approach, but to accept this … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Taste Of Text

A Taste Of Text:  An Introduction To The Talmud And Midrash, by Ronald H. Isaacs I must freely admit in reviewing this book that I am not the book’s ideal audience, not by a long shot.  For one, this book … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Drowned And The Saved

The Drowned And The Saved, by Primo Levi, translated by Raymond Rosenthal This is a book whose existence is dependent on other books, but it is no worse for that.  As the author was the survivor of German concentration camps … Continue reading

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Book Review: Rebbe

Rebbe:  The Life And Teachings Of Menachem M. Schneerson, The Most Influential Rabbi In Modern History, by Joseph Telushkin This book has received a lot of praise, and it is hard to tell whether that praise is justified.  Even though … Continue reading

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Book Review: Words That Hurt, Words That Heal

Words That Hurt, Words That Heal:  How To Choose Words Wisely And Well, by Joseph Telushkin I wish I would have read this book before I had read his book on ethics.  One of the things that writers often do, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Oskar Schindler And His List

Oskar Schindler And His List:  The Man, The Book, The Film, The Holocaust, and Its Survivors, edited by Thomas Fensch This is an interesting book about a phenomenon.  Having done a lot of reading about Schindler’s list, it is fascinating … Continue reading

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The Days Of Unleavened Bread And The Problem Of Khol Ha-Moedim

Yesterday, when writing about the question of the tradition of Winter Family Weekends for those of us who eschew the worship of heathen festivals [1], I commented that I would deal with the question of the observance of the “middle … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Boy On The Wooden Box

The Boy On The Wooden Box:  How The Impossible Became Possible…On Shindler’s List:  A Memoir, by Leon Leyson with Marilyn J. Harran & Elisabeth B. Leyson This book is an excellent example of a work that exists in the repercussions … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Code Of Jewish Ethics: Volume I: You Shall Be Holy

A Code Of Jewish Ethics:  Volume I:  You Shall Be Holy, by Joseph Teluskhin While I wouldn’t consider my reading of this book an example of hate-reading, I read this book knowing that my thoughts on it would be somewhat … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Ten Commandments Of Character

The Ten Commandments Of Character:  Essential Advice For Living An Honorable, Ethical, Honest Life, by Joseph Telushkin This author provides about 300 pages of advice column material that is devoted around ten ethical principles that are clearly meant to parallel … Continue reading

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