Category Archives: Book Reviews

Interpreting Torah

December 1, 2008

Whose Torah?: A Concise Guide to Progressive Judaism
Torah Queeries: Reading the Bible Through a Bent Lens
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Birds and Life

June 1, 2008

The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature by Jonathan Rosen Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 336 pages, $24
Reviewed by Haim Watzman
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Prophecies Unfulfilled

April 1, 2008

Jacob Heilbrunn, They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons (New York: Doubleday, 2008), 320 pp., $26.00.
Reviewed by Sean R. Singer
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Women Remaking American Judaism

January 1, 2008

Women Remaking American Judaism, Riv-Ellen Prell, ed. Detroit: Wayne State
University Press, 2007. $25.95, 352 pp.
Reviewed by Judith Rosenbaum
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Changing Families

December 1, 2007

The Colors of Jews: Racial Politics and Radical Diasporism , by Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz, Indiana University Press, 2007. 320 pages, $24.00
The Family Flamboyant: Race Politics, Queer Families, Jewish Lives , by Marla Brettschneider, SUNY Press, 2006. 232 pages, $24.95
Reviewed by Caryn Aviv More »

Prayers from the Heart

September 1, 2007

Dinah Berland, ed. and adaptor, Hours of Devotion: Fanny Neuda’s Book of Prayers for Jewish Women. New York: Schocken Books, 2007. $24.00
Reviewed by Elisheva Carlebach More »

Exploring the Alliance

May 1, 2007

A Match Made in Heaven: American Jews, Christian Zionists, and One Man’s Exploration of the Weird and Wonderful Judeo-Evangelical Alliance by Zev Chafets. HarperCollins, 2007 240 pp $24.95 Reviewed by Michael Kress Jewish attitudes toward Evangelicals tend to range from the paranoid (“They’re out to make America a Christian theocracy!”) to the condescending (“They’re backwater, More »

Emma Lazarus: Poet of Exile

March 1, 2007

Alicia Ostriker Emma Lazarus by Esther Schor, Nextbook, Schocken, 2006. 350 pp, $21.95 Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door. The words of Emma Lazarus, famously engraved More »

Transforming Synagogues: Two New Guides

January 1, 2007

Jack Bloom ReThinking Synagogues: A New Vocabulary for Congregational Life Lawrence A. Hoffman, Jewish Lights Publishing, 2006, 240 pp, $19.99 The Spirituality of Welcoming: How to Transform Your Congregation into a Sacred Community Ron Wolfson, Jewish Lights Publishing, 2006, 224 pp, $19.99 Synagogue 2000 (S2K) — now (S3K) — is one of the most exciting More »