Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli

By Ted Merwin

Winner, 2015 nationwide Jewish e-book Award awarded by means of the Jewish booklet Council

For a lot of the 20 th century, the recent York Jewish deli was once an iconic establishment in either Jewish and American existence. As a social area it rivaled—and in many ways surpassed—the synagogue because the fundamental collecting position for the Jewish neighborhood. In pop culture it's been the surroundings for classics like When Harry Met Sally

. And this present day, after an extended interval languishing within the trenches of the hopelessly out of date, it's experiencing a nostalgic resurgence.

Pastrami on Rye is the 1st full-length heritage of the hot York Jewish deli. The deli, argues Ted Merwin, reached its complete flowering no longer within the immigrant interval, as a few may perhaps suppose, yet within the interwar period, while the kids of Jewish immigrants celebrated the 1st flush in their luck in the United States via downing sandwiches and cheesecake in theater district delis. however it was once the kosher deli that Jews as they settled within the outer boroughs of town, and that turned the main tangible image in their carrying on with wish to preserve a connection to their historical past. finally, upwardly cellular American Jews discarded the deli as they transitioned from outsider to insider prestige in the course of the century. Now modern Jews are returning the deli to cult prestige as they search to reclaim their cultural identities. 
Richly researched and compellingly instructed, Pastrami on Rye gives us the striking tale of a vital ny institution.

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Meditacion de un kabbalista

The Kabbalist prayer of Ana Becho’ach, or 42-Letter identify of God, may be the main robust prayer within the universe. Kabbalists think that utilizing this identify as a device actually faucets into the power of construction and enables the relationship to confident strength. during this ebook, well known Kabbalah student Yehuda Berg explains how an individual can use the prayer to begin over, heal psychic wounds, and fix to the resource of pleasure and fulfillment.

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Shattered Spaces: Encountering Jewish Ruins in Postwar Germany and Poland

By Michael Meng

After the Holocaust, the empty, silent areas of bombed-out synagogues, cemeteries, and Jewish districts have been all that used to be left in lots of German and varnish towns with prewar histories wealthy within the attractions and sounds of Jewish existence. What occurred to this scarred panorama after the conflict, and the way have Germans, Poles, and Jews encountered those ruins over the last sixty years?

In the postwar interval, urban officers swept away many websites, regardless of protests from Jewish leaders. yet within the overdue Seventies church teams, neighborhood citizens, political dissidents, and travelers demanded the renovation of the few ruins nonetheless status. because the cave in of the Soviet Union in 1989, this wish to protect and fix has grown improved. in a single of the main notable and little-studied shifts in postwar eu heritage, the lines of a long-neglected Jewish previous have steadily been recovered, due to the increase of historical past tourism, nostalgia for ruins, overseas discussions concerning the Holocaust, and a pervasive eager for cosmopolitanism in a globalizing world.

Examining this alteration from each side of the Iron Curtain, Michael Meng unearths no divided reminiscence alongside West-East traces, yet quite a shared reminiscence of tensions and paradoxes that crosses borders all through important Europe. His narrative unearths the altering dynamics of the neighborhood and the transnational, as Germans, Poles, american citizens, and Israelis confront a outfitted surroundings that's unavoidably altered with the passage of time. Shattered Spaces exemplifies city historical past at its top, uncovering a stunning and relocating postwar tale of extensive modern interest.

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The Talmud - A Biography: Banned, censored and burned. The book they couldn't suppress

By Harry Freedman

Containing approximately million phrases in thirty-seven volumes, the Talmud covers subject matters as assorted as legislation, religion, medication, magic, ethics, intercourse, humor, and prayer. it's a hugely complicated, profoundly logical, and often impenetrable paintings with a background like no different. In its fifteen-hundred-year background, the Talmud has been banned, censored, and burned; dissected via students and rabbis; probed by means of philosophers, poets, politicians, and kings.

In The Talmud, Jewish pupil Harry Freedman tells the engrossing tale of an historical vintage, the felony and mystical pillar of Judaism, and recounts the tale of a chronicle that, in lots of methods, parallels the heritage of the Jewish humans. From its origins as a checklist of discussions between students in cities and villages on the subject of modern day Baghdad, Freedman lines the spiraling paths of the Jewish diaspora and explores the tale of the Talmud, its function throughout the Enlightenment, and its impact over conventional Judaism. A compelling fusion of legislations, storytelling, and spirituality, the Talmud's tale offers attention-grabbing perception into the historical past of Judaism, and Harry Freedman's The Talmud A Biography is a awesome account of 1 of an important cultural, historic, and spiritual works of our time.

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Cannabis Chassidis: The Ancient and Emerging Torah of Drugs (A Memoir)

“In early 2001, I got here to Jerusalem,
just out of excessive school,
looking for an actual non secular tradition
for find out how to smoke marijuana
rightly, helpfully, extra effectively
and extra meaningfully.

What i discovered also and instead
was a residing tradition, wrestling with the mystery
of the best way to contain the exctatic; and the
mystery of the explanations for it is repression,
along with alot of fantastic information and negative truths in regards to the nature of faith, legislation, idealism and drugs.”

Cannabis Chassidis: the traditional and rising Torah of substances (A memoir) information the query and it really is exploration: How might or not it's that anything as inherent to trendy existence as Marijuana, whatever with a wealthy background of human utilization, has no culture in Torah, a counsel method that i used to be raised to appreciate as encompassing every thing sturdy that one should still be aware of? there are solutions for what's there within the culture, wealthy allusions to herbs and smokes utilized in various capacitities, and the extra fascinating solutions and questions are approximately what there's not within the culture, and why.

And alongside the way in which, the spectrum of an adventure of residing mystical tradition is explored, and the romantic idealization and redemptive capability of either Psychedelia and faith are touched and felt deeply, within the context of exceptional groups and people who have skilled the glories and the mess ups of both.

Join Yoseph Leib on his travels and experiences all through Jerusalem, ny, and Rainbow kingdom U.S.A, looking for advice approximately how hashish and psychedelics have and feature no longer been utilized in either historical and rising Hassidic traditions, and what the way in which now we have regarding our wishes for medicinal drugs, gods, and intoxicants can train us approximately how we relate to ourselves, our group, and our G-d. the wonderful challenge of ways what we will be able to study can set us unfastened, in every kind of the way.

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Halakhic Positions of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik

By Aharon Ziegler

In Halakhic Positions of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, insights into Jewish legislations from the preeminent determine of twentieth-century smooth Orthodoxy are provided in a transparent and concise demeanour. generally called "the Rav," Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, zt" l, has influenced and prompted the highbrow brain and touched the delicate hearts of hundreds of thousands of individuals. whereas he used to be no longer inevitably often called a decisor, or poseik, of halakha, he was once widely known as somebody who had the uncanny skill to conceptualize the spirit of Jewish legislation on a common point. all through his lifetime, the Rav released few works, transmitting his Torah wisdom via periods and lectures in its place. As a scholar of Rabbi Soloveitchik for a few years, Rabbi Aharon Ziegler gathered an enormous library of notes and tapes at the Rav's halakhot. during this quantity he stocks the Rav's precise and maybe lesser recognized halakhic positions on quite a lot of subject matters, together with: *The technique for lighting fixtures candles on Friday evening; *Celebrating Thanksgiving and consuming turkey; *Using grape juice for the 4 cups of wine at a Seder; *Giving an aliyah on Mincha Yom Kippur to an individual who can't quickly; *Covering one's head in the course of davening; *Fast days and pregnant ladies; *Bris Milah via a nonobservant Mohel; *Discarding outdated, tired tzitzis; and *Many different concerns related to the Sabbath, vacations, prayer, and lifestyles cycle occasions. no matter if studied within the synagogue, tuition, or Jewish domestic, those phrases of knowledge from the Rav offer glimpses into the outstanding brain of 1 of the best thinkers in Jewish heritage.

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Saying Kaddish: How to Comfort the Dying, Bury the Dead, and Mourn as a Jew

By Anita Diamant

Anita Diamant's wisdom, sensitivity, and readability have made her essentially the most revered writers of courses to Jewish existence. In Saying Kaddish, she indicates the right way to make Judaism's customary rituals into own, significant assets of convenience. Diamant courses the reader via Jewish practices that attend the top of lifestyles, from the sickroom to the funeral to the week, month, and yr that stick with. There are chapters describing the conventional Jewish funeral and the customs of Shiva, the 1st week after loss of life while mourners are comforted and cared for by way of group, associates, and relatives. She additionally explains the secure prestige of Jewish mourners, who're exempt from obligations of social, enterprise, and spiritual lifestyles in the course of Shloshim, the 1st thirty days. and she or he offers specified directions for the rituals of Yizkor and Yahrzeit, in addition to chapters approximately taking care of grieving teenagers, mourning the dying of a kid, neonatal loss, suicide, and the demise of non-Jewish family.

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The Book of J

By Harold Bloom, David Rosenberg

J is the identify that students ascribe to the anonymous author they think is answerable for the textual content, written among 950 and 900 BCE, on which Genesis, Exodus and Numbers is predicated. within the publication of J, Bloom and Rosenberg draw the J textual content out of the encompassing fabric and current it because the seminal vintage that it is.
In addition to Rosenberg's unique translations, Bloom argues in numerous essays that "J" was once no longer a non secular author yet a fierce ironist and a girl residing within the courtroom of King Solomon. He additionally argues that J is a author on par with Homer, Shakespeare and Tolstoy.
Bloom additionally deals ancient context, a dialogue of the idea of the way different texts got here jointly to create the Bible, and translation notes. Rosenberg's translations from the Hebrew carry J's tales to existence and display her towering originality and snatch of humanity.

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A Nation on Trial: The Goldhagen Thesis and Historical Truth

By Norman G. Finkelstein

No contemporary paintings of heritage has generated as a lot curiosity as Daniel Jonah Goldhagen's Hitler's prepared Executioners. Purporting to resolve the secret of the Nazi holocaust, Goldhagen continues that normal Germans have been pushed by way of fanatical anti-Semitism to homicide the Jews. an instantaneous nationwide best-seller, the e-book went directly to create a world sensation.

Now, in A country on Trial, major critics problem Goldhagen's findings and express that his paintings isn't scholarship in any respect. With compelling cumulative impression, Norman G. Finkelstein meticulously files Goldhagen's distortions of secondary literature and the interior contradictions of his argument. In a complementary essay, Ruth Bettina Birn juxtaposes Goldhagen's textual content opposed to the German data he consulted. the most important foreign authority on those documents, Birn conclusively demonstrates that Goldhagen systematically misrepresented their contents.

The definitive assertion at the Goldhagen phenomenon, this quantity can be a cautionary story at the corruption of scholarship through ideological zealotry.

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