Category Archives: Book Reviews

In the Face of Illness

June 1, 2011

Facing Illness Finding God, by Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2010, 171 pp. $16.99) Reviewed by Jason Weiner Facing Illness Finding God by Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler is an enjoyable read and an important contribution to the field of Jewish values in patient care. It is presented as a guide, both for patients More »

A GPS for the Soul

September 1, 2010

Who by Fire, Who by Water — Un’taneh Tokef, edited by Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, PhD, Jewish Lights Publishing, 2010, 253 pp, $24.99.

Repentance: The Meaning and Practice of Teshuvah by Louis E. Newman, PhD, foreword by Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, preface by Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar, Jewish Lights Publishing, 2010, 224 pp, $24.99. More »

Marriage and Family

June 14, 2010

Marriage and Metaphor: Constructions of Gender in Rabbinic Literature by Gail Labovitz, Rowman and Littlefield, 2009, 289 pp, $50.00. Levirate Marriage and the Family in Ancient Judaism by Dvora E. Weisberg, Brandeis University Press, 2009, 246 pp, $70.00. Reviewed by Leonard Gordon Kristina Grish’s confident assertion in Boy Vey! The Shiksa’s Guide to Dating Jewish More »

Discovering a Global Jewish World

May 1, 2010

Reviewed by Abram Sterne Far From Zion: In Search of a Global Jewish Community, by Charles London, William Morrow, 2009, 320 pp, $25.99 I am troubled by Charles London’s latest book, Far from Zion: In Search of a Global Jewish Community. The award-winning journalist,  activist, and author of One Day the Soldiers Came: Voices of More »

The Physics of Belief

October 5, 2009

God According to God: A Physicist Proves We Have Been Wrong About God All Along, Gerald L. Schroeder (256 pages, HarperOne, New York, 2009, $25.99)
Judaism, Physics and God: Searching for Sacred Metaphors in a Post-Einstein World, David W. Nelson (300 pages, Jewish Lights Publishing, Woodstock, VT, 2005, $24.99)
Reviewed by Andrea Wershof Schwartz More »

Danger, Everywhere

May 13, 2009

Innocent Abroad: An Intimate Account of American Peace Diplomacy in the Middle East by Martin Indyk (Simon & Schuster, New York, 512 pages, 2009, $28)
The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power by David Sanger (Harmony Books, 498 pages, 2009, $33.00)
Reviewed by David Twersky More »

Creative Collaborations

March 1, 2009

The Necessary Revolution: How individuals and organizations are working together to create a sustainable world; Peter Senge, Bryan Smith, Nina Kruschwitz, Joe Laur, Sara Schley (New York: Doubleday, 2008, $29.95, 416 pp)
Reviewed by Joseph Reimer More »

Ostrich Feathers and Global Commerce

January 1, 2009

Plumes: Ostrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce
Sarah Abrevaya Stein (Yale University Press, 2008, 256 pp, $30)
Reviewed by Shulamit Reinharz More »