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In the Face of Illness

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 experiencing [...]

A GPS for the Soul

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.

Marriage and Family

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 Men, that Jewish [...]

Discovering a Global Jewish World

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 Children in [...]

The Physics of Belief

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

Danger, Everywhere

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

Creative Collaborations

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

The Trouble with Boys

Peg Tyre (Crown Publishing, 2008, 320 pp, $24.95)
Reviewed by Max Klau

Ostrich Feathers and Global Commerce

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

Interpreting Torah

Whose Torah?: A Concise Guide to Progressive Judaism
Torah Queeries: Reading the Bible Through a Bent Lens
Reviewed by Mara Benjamin

Multidimensional Judaism

Upcoming: March 2013 Taxes

  • David Brodsky on traditional Jewish sources
  • Moses Pava on obligation & dina de’malchuta dina
  • Doug Hauer on immigration issues
  • Josh Kornbluth on love
  • Steven Wernick on dues
  • Kim Carter on tax reform
  • William Daroff on tax deductions and charitable giving
  • Emma Kippley- Ogman on parsonage
  • Julian Levinson on tax collectors in Yiddish literature
  • Shaul Magid on tzedakah and chari- table donations
  • Andrés Spokoiny on estate taxes
  • Leonard Hausman on lowering taxes