Friday, December 24, 2004

New sourcebook on the Tallit (Jewish prayer shawl)

Hot off the presses, a first-ever anthology of writings in English on the tallit (tallis), called Enveloped in Light: A Tallit Sourcebook, by Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins and Steven Schwarzman, isbn # 0918834260, $20 from Pomegranate Books.

It's got halakha (Jewish law), history of the tallit (including a modern-day detective story in tracking down an ancient snail for the special blue color called tekehelet, essays, poems, sermons, and stories by S.Y. Agnon, Yehuda Amichai, Israeli and American rabbis, and ordinary people with extraordinary stories about the tallit in their lives. Good bar/bat mitzvah gift, but also for grownups.

Sunday, August 08, 2004

New klezmer band

There's a lot of klezmer music out there, and much of it is very sophisticated...too sophisticated for our tastes, actually. So it's a pleasure to tell you about Kol Haruach, which is every bit as talented musically as the others, but whose first CD, In the Beginning, is light, fun, and foot-tapping klezmer.

Now at the Jewish Book Mall's Music page (along with almost 900 other Jewish CDs).

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Shavuot Books

Rounding out our newly-expanded Jewish holiday section is a new Shavuot Books page. Of course, Shavuot being zman matan torah, there are plenty of other books on the site appropriate for the holiday.

Purim Books

Our new Purim Books page. That Sammy Spider sure gets around, from holiday to holiday...

Simchat Torah Books

Announcing a small page devoted to Simchat Torah Books. Zeh mah yesh.

Sukkot Books

Also added: Sukkot Books.

Yom Kippur Books

We've added a Yom Kippur Books page in our newly-expanded Jewish Holidays section.

Rosh Hashanah Books

We've added a Rosh Hashanah Books page, including children's books.


Just added a Hasidism books page.

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Talmud sets

In addition to the various English editions (Steinsaltz, Soncino, Artscroll Schottenstein), we now also have traditional Vilna shas editions from Moznaim and Penninim.

Steinsaltz Talmud

Readers have been asking, so now we have a page with the Steinsaltz Talmud in both Hebrew and English editions.

Friday, July 09, 2004

5765/2005 Jewish calendars are arriving

A bunch are already available, though not all. See the Jewish Book Mall
Calendars page for the current list.