By Alice Nakhimovsky,Roberta Newman
At the flip of the 20 th century, Jewish households scattered through migration may perhaps remain involved purely via letters. Jews within the Russian Empire and the USA wrote company letters, romantic letters, and emotionally severe kin letters. yet for plenty of Jews who have been unaccustomed to speaking their private and non-private options in writing, correspondence was once a problem. How may possibly they verify their spelling used to be right and so they have been organizing their recommendations correctly? a favored resolution used to be to refer to brivnshtelers, Yiddish-language books of version letters. expensive Mendl, pricey Reyzl interprets choices from those model-letter books and comprises essays and annotations that light up their function as publications to a prior culture.
By Ellen Frankel
Meet Syd Arthur! residing within the cloistered global of suburbia, Syd is a middle-aged Jewish girl who's very likely unsleeping, yet loves to commence her day with a robust cup of espresso, simply in case. Her daughter has simply left for school and her nutrition is once more off course. whereas for many of her existence she's been confident that happiness might be attained via a magic quantity at the toilet scale — or a truly nice buying day at Bloomingdale's—she unearths herself within the supermarket with an empty cart considering if there simply will be whatever more.
When East without warning meets West, Syd embarks on a trip as a religious seeker. quickly she's in over her chakras as her seek takes her from yoga studio to meditation corridor to ashram reward shop to the pages of Zensational catalogue. Her Mah Jongg crew insists it truly is basically a midlife trouble. yet nothing's going to forestall Syd's trip towards Nirvana—not even the most popular sale at Nordstrom's. stick with Syd as she reveals her bliss and discovers a richness that opponents a Godiva truffle, making for one scrumptious enlightenment.
By Paul Goldberg
Paul Goldberg, the acclaimed writer of The Yid, takes us behind the curtain of a Florida apartment board election, supplying a wild spin on Miami seashore, petty crime, Jewish identification, and existence in Trump's America
It is January 2017 and invoice has hit all-time low. the day past, he used to be William M. Katzenelenbogen, profitable technology reporter on the Washington publish. yet issues have taken a flip. Fired from his activity, aimless, with precisely $1,219.37 in his bank account, he learns that his university roommate, a plastic health care provider recognized in all places because the “Butt God of Miami Beach,” has fallen to his loss of life less than salacious situations. With not anything to lose, invoice forums a flight for Florida’s Gold Coast, able to commence his personal investigation---a final ditch try and revive his occupation. There’s only one trap: Bill’s father, Melsor.
Melsor Yakovlevich Katzenelenbogen---poet, literary student, political dissident, small-time-crook---is angling for keep watch over of the house board on the Chateau Sedan Neuve, a crumbling high-rise in Hollywood, Florida, populated generally via Russian Jewish immigrants. the present board is full of fraudsters levying “special checks” on citizens, and Melsor will use any capacity essential to win the board election. And who larger to aid him than his estranged son?
The Chateau injects the style of the investigative journalist with magnificent idiosyncrasy, subverting the crime novel with darkish comedian farce in a environment that turns into, a microcosm of Trump’s the USA.
The Chateau guarantees that you're going to by no means examine house forums, petty crime, Jewish identification, kleptocracy, vodka, Fascism, or Florida a similar means again.
By Rachel Elana Seelig
Author Rachel Seelig portrays Berlin in the course of the Weimar Republic as a “threshold” among exile and place of birth during which nationwide and inventive commitments have been reexamined, reclaimed, and rebuilt. within the pulsating but precarious capital of Germany’s first fledgling democracy, the collision of East and West engendered a extensive spectrum of poetic kinds and Jewish nationwide identities.
By Kenneth Wishnia
By Esperanza Alfonso
Islamic tradition via Jewish Eyes analyzes the angle in the direction of Muslims, Islam, and Islamic tradition as awarded in resources written through Jewish authors within the Iberian Peninsula among the tenth and the twelfth centuries. by means of bringing the Jewish perspective in the direction of the "other" into sharper concentration, this booklet units out to discover a principally missed and overlooked query – the transferring ways that Jewish authors developed communal id of Muslims and Islamic tradition, and the way those perspectives replaced overtime.
The book’s methodological sophistication and wide variety of assets make it a necessary source for students and researchers of comparative literature and cultural studies.
By Mary Glickman
because the tribes of the South make the grueling trip around the Mississippi River, a trio of disparate characters is united by way of a “far-reaching tale of affection, braveness, and honor” (Booklist).
Greensborough, North Carolina, 1828. Abrahan Bento Sassaporta Naggar has traveled to the US from the filthy streets of East London looking for a greater existence. yet Abe’s visions of a privileged apprenticeship within the Sassaporta Brothers’ empire are quickly changed with the bleak fact of indentured servitude.
a few fifty miles west, darkish Water of the Mountains, the daughter of a strong Cherokee leader, leads a lifetime of irreverent solitude. 20 years in the past, she renounced her family’s plans for her to marry a prosperous white man—a choice that quickly proves fateful.
And in Georgia, a black slave named Jacob has resigned himself to a lifetime of loss and injustice in a Cherokee urban of safe haven for criminals.
From the writer of Marching to Zion and One extra River comes a sweeping novel of yankee historical past. As their tales converge within the shameful machinations of historical past, 3 outsiders will undergo witness to the horrors often called Andrew Jackson’s Indian elimination Act—just as additionally they become aware of the chance for wish. See why Library Journal raves, “This soaking up and bright portrait of 19th-century the United States will allure severe old fiction fans.”
By Anna-Dorothea Ludewig,Steffen Höhne
Ausgehend von Goethes ambivalentem Verhältnis zu Juden und Judentum widmet sich dieser Band der wechselvollen Rezeption seiner individual und seines Werkes vor dem Hintergrund der deutsch-jüdischen Kulturgeschichte. Diesen Goethe-‚Konjunkturen‘ gilt es nachzuspüren, weisen sie doch eine seismographische Funktion bezüglich übergeordneter gesellschaftlicher Entwicklungen wie der „bürgerlichen Verbesserung" bzw. der Emanzipation der deutschen Juden auf; und auch nationalstaatliche und zionistische Ambitionen werden mit Goethe verknüpft und hinterlegt. Damit werden erstmals persönliche Bezüge Goethes zu jüdischen Zeitgenossen und vice versa mit der Rezeption und Deutung seines Werkes durch (deutsch-) jüdische Wissenschaftler und Leser sowie der völkisch-antisemitischen Vereinnahmung Goethes zusammengebracht. Auf diese Weise wird eine ebenso komplexe wie wirkmächtige Wechselbeziehung neu verortet
By Lawrence Durrell
It is the eve of Britain’s withdrawal from Palestine in 1948, a second that may mark the start of a brand new Israel. however the process heritage is doubtful, and Israel’s territorial enemies plan to smother the hot nation at its start. Judith Roth has escaped the focus camps in Germany purely to be plunged into the recent clash, one with stakes simply as excessive for her as they're for her people.
By Yair Mazor
This anthology includes a hundred and fifteen poems by means of Dalia Ravikovich, translated from the Hebrew by way of the author.