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April 2019 Booklist

Welcome to the Library’s April Booklist


This month we are featuring some recent donations from the Earle Hoffman Private Library.

Some recent donations from the Earle Hoffman Private Library

Children of Abraham : an introduction to Islam for Jews by Khalid Duran (2001) [296.0242971]
Children of Abraham : an introduction to Islam for Jews by Khalid Duran (2001) [296.0242971]
“Khalid Durán and Reuven Firestone have produced an important milestone in Jewish-Muslim relations. The two volumes of Children of Abraham serve a dire need: books designed to foster better Muslim-Jewish understanding, through knowledgeable, authoritative, and instructive works instructing each about the other.


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The Leica and other Stories by Harry Rosenberg (1994) [823.3]
“Harry Rosenberg was born in the Polish town of Brzesc (now Brest Litovsk) and through a twist of fate he describes in the title piece, The Leica, he spent five years of the Second World War exiled in Siberia”-Book Cover .
Harry Rosenberg was a long-time member of the ACT Jewish and served as its first Cheder Principal.
The Leica story is available full text online at the Brest-Belarus website:
The Natural History of the Bible : an environmental exploration of the Hebrew scriptures by Daniel Hillel (2007) [221.91]
“Daniel Hillel is a prominent environmental scientist who surveyed Israel's land and water resources and has worked on agricultural development projects throughout the region, and is uniquely qualified expert on the natural history of the lands of the Bible. Combining his scientific work with a passionate, life-long study of the Bible, Hillel offers new perspectives on biblical views of the environment and the origin of ethical monotheism as an outgrowth of the Israelites' internalized experiences”
Radical then, Radical Now by Rabbi Jonathan Sachs (2003) [296]
“Radical Then, Radical Now is a powerful testimony to the amazing resilience of the Jewish people who have, through their endurance of four thousand years of persecution and exile, earned a unique place in history. Without land or power, they created an identity for themselves through their shared dreams of freedom, justice, dignity and human rights.”
The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon by Richard Zimmler (1999) [F ZIM}
A literary mystery set among secret Jews living in Lisbon in the sixteenth century.


Some recent donations from Bill Arnold

Future Tense by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (2009) [909.04924]
“ Sacks sets forth the arguments put forward by atheists, respectfully demolishing them in favour of the religious stance that he forthrightly espouses. The range and depth of his familiarity with authorities in both camps are most impressive [and] his erudite position is largely compelling” Review, Publishers Weekly
Jewish Spiritual Direction by Rabbi Howard Addison (2006) [296.61]
“A comprehensive resource for spiritual direction in the Jewish tradition and a vital resource for people involved in spiritual leadership”- Google Books..
The self-renewing congregation: organizational strategies for revitalizing congregational life by Isa Aron (2002) [296.6]

Professor Isa Aron is Professor of Jewish Education at the Rhea Hirsch School of Education (RHSOE) of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC -JIR) in Los Angeles. She was the Founding Director of the RHSOE’s Experiment in Congregational Education, and now co-directs the B’nai Mitzvah Revolution, a joint project of HUC and the Union for Reform Judaism.
Prayerfully yours: Creating the bond between man and his Maker by Rabbi Abraham Twerski (2001)[296.4]
“Rabbi Twerski responds to the inner need of countless thousands: How can I get the most out of my prayers? How can I use prayer to bring myself closer to my Maker? Rabbi Twerski shows us how to translate explains and comments on many of the daily, Sabbath, and festival prayers. Interspersed with his comments are essays that explain many of the practices and customs associated with the Siddur.”

Books for our Young Readers for Passover

The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzvah (2010) [J 296.437]
Where is the Afikomen? (1969) [J 296.437]
Matza Ball Moon (1998) [J 296.437]
Passover is here (2005) [J 296.4]
Mon, 27 January 2020 1 Shevat 5780