Monday, November 28, 2005

ShulHost - Web Hosting and Webmaster Services for Synagogues

ShulHost - Web Hosting and Webmaster Services for Synagogues is now up and running.

Imagine: a web hosting service just for shuls! If your temple web site is something like 50 years out-of-date, try ShulHost, where all you have to do is email your updates to them, and they do the rest.

JPS Torah Commentary Set - Info and Reviews

Wow! You can get the 5-volume JPS Torah Commentary in a special order for $189 - the usual price is more like $300. Snap itup fast!

Be Still and Get Going : A Jewish Meditation Practice for Real Life - Info and Reviews

We see Rabbi Alan Lew has a new book out: Be Still and Get Going: A Jewish Meditation Practice for Real Life.

Rabbi Lew's previous books have been rich and deep, so we hope to post a review of this one when we get a chance.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Jewish Feeds, again

Where can you go to get always up-to-date Jewish and Israeli news from Jewish sources? Jewish Feeds, of course. Everything from kosher sex to mergers of Israeli companies. there a connection? :)

Have a good nosh.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Techwritingjobs - Jobs and Info for Technical Writers

Here's a nice site for technical writers looking for work, and for how to hire tech writers.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Web hosting with free domain name

An inclusive package of affordable web services, including a free domain name, is at The Hosting Team.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Jewish Book Mall - Jewish books, and now Jewish Dates (the calendar kind, that is!)

Not only can you see today's Jewish news headlines on the Jewish Book Mall, now you can also see what today is: that is, what today's Hebrew date is. Convenient!

Monday, September 26, 2005

Judaica Press Books and Software now at Jewish Book Mall

The Jewish Book Mall now features hundreds of books and software from Judaica Press, including the famous Judaica Press Books of the Bible series (Mikraot Gedolot in Hebrew and English).

Monday, September 12, 2005

Any writers or doctors in the house?

Other book sites you will enjoy are Writers Book Mall, with - you guessed it, books for writers, and the Doctors Book Store, where medical and health books are sorted by specialty.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Jewish calendars for 5766 are here

Need a Jewish calendar? There's lots of them now online at the Jewish Book Mall Jewish Calendars page. Plug into Jewish time!

Saturday, September 10, 2005

More on - Jewish feeds with Jewish and Israel news and culture is now fully live, with regular updates on Jewish and Israeli news and culture (think Parsha, Judaism issues, etc.). The categories currently include Jewish News Feeds, Judaism and Torah Feeds, Jewish Children's Feeds, Israel News Feeds, Israel Business News Feeds, and Israel Government News Feeds.

What's not to like?

Sunday, September 04, 2005 - Jewish feeds with Jewish and Israel news and culture

How about a site that gives you constantly-updated Jewish news, news from Israel, and sources on Judaism and Torah? Well, that site would be Enjoy your nosh!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Books from Jewish Lights at Jewish Book Mall

You know, if you ever thought that Jewish books were old and stuffy and musty - and let us humbly point out that you would have been wrong in any case - have a look at some of the great books coming from Jewish Lights Publishing. Where else, but at the Jewish Book Mall page devoted to books from Jewish Lights?

Sunday, August 21, 2005

This is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared, by Rabbi Alan Lew

While it may seem that the Jewish holidays are "late" this year - actually, Rosh Hashanah is always right on time, on the first of Tishrei (though sometimes September can come early or late) - there is more to preparing for the new year than showing up to shul at the appointed time. Rabbi Alan Lew guides you on a spiritual journey starting with the month of Elul, going through the days of awe as part of the penitential season in Judaism.

Rabbi Lew is a gifted and sensitive thinker and writer. This is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared is a gem of a book! Official Jewish Book Mall rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Jewish and Israeli Music - CDs and tapes

Have you seen the Jewish Book Mall Jewish Music page? See Jewish Book Mall - Jewish and Israeli Music - CDs, tapes for albums by close to 300 different musicians, and almost 900 different Jewish CDs, from klezmer to Israeli to Yiddish to cantorial to Yemenite, with a little kosher reggae and other interesting concoctions thrown in to boot.

Jewish music makes a great holiday gift, too.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Jewish News Archive - new format

We've changed the format of the Jewish News Archive to make it a bit easier to read. Each weekday, the top Jewish and Israeli news stories of the day from JTA go into our archive. You can use it to stay current or to look up old news.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Rashi's Daughters, Book 1: Joheved - A Jewish Book Mall Review

Well, with our busy duties tending the Jewish Book Mall, we don't often have time to write reviews of individual books ourselves. Of course, we include reviews from readers like you on all products where they're available, but that's a different story.

This book grabbed our attention, though. Rashi's Daughters, Book 1: Joheved by Maggie Anton is a lovely book, and of course it's only the first of a series. You become very quickly transported to medieval France, where you join the family of Rashi, the most famous exegete of the Hebrew Bible and Talmud to this day, 1000 years later. You can see the family around the dinner - or disner - table.

If you want to get a sense of what the life of Rashi and his daughters was like, this is the book. The author says she spent a decade researching it, and we believe it. Certainly with regard to the details of French life then, and also with regard to Jewish life in France, Anton has done her job. She also does a very creditable job with regard to some of Rashi's work, quoting from his known responsa on kosher meat and, of course, wine.

No book is without its imperfections. The small ones we noted were misspelling of the Hebrew word for marriage, which should be nisuin, not niusin(which appears that way at least twice). And while we don't know if Rashi's daughters attended synagogue with him on weekdays, it would be a very different synagogue than what we know if the family would eat breakfast before going and then eat lunch upon returning - Saturday services, being the Sabbath, can last several hours, but weekday services are generally brief so as to allow congregants to arrive at work in a timely fashion.

Other books have been written about Rashi. This one is about his daughters, and of course this is clearly indicated by the title. So do not be surprised that the perspective is decidedly focused not on Rashi or his scholarship, but on Joheved, her sisters, and other female characters. There is sex, and childbirth, and midwifing, and love. True, there is also women engaging in business, agriculture, and Talmud study, alongside the male characters in the story. But this is definitely the book form of what you'd call a chick flick in the film business.

Official Jewish Book Mall rating: 4.5 out of 5.0.


Tuesday, June 21, 2005

New Tools blog

There's a new Tool of the Day blog that offers a daily explanation of what various tools are.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

More on Artscroll Sale

Not to be repetitive and redundant, or to say the same thing twice and then say it again, our fiduciary responsibilities as your Jewish book mavens would be unfulfilled if we didn't emphasize that, if you're thinking of buying anything from Artscroll, now is the time.

So, click here to see Artscroll Talmuds, and here to see other Artscroll seforim, or here to go straight to Artscroll. Nu, do it today.

There, we feel much better.

Jewish Book Mall - Artscroll sale!

Artscroll books - all of them! are now on sale, through June 27, for 20% off! See Jewish Book Mall - Artscroll.

Did we mention that Artscroll's seforim are on sale for 20% off? Well, so is all their software and their audio collection, too!

Monday, June 06, 2005

Kosher Foods -

Almost forgot: for Shavuot, you may need a kosher cookbook so you can whip up those light dairy dishes that are the culinary trademark of the holiday. See Kosher Foods -

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Here's another favorite site of ours: Tools and Reviews.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Shavuot books at

Here are some kids' and adults' Shavuot books: Shavuot books. Of course, Shavuos is zman matan Torah, the time when we commemorate the Giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai to you may also want to check out our Torah, Bible, Chumash, Tanach, etc. collection as well.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Jewish Posters

Our Jewish Posters page has what we think may be one of the largest collections of Jewish and Israeli posters in one place. (We've gathered them from several different sources, each of which has some unique items.) You can find anything from Marc Chagall to old Zionist posters to one called Yiddish Cowboy and a Yiddish Eye Chart. Nope, we're not making this up...

Many are available not only as posters, but also as art prints and photos.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Artscroll Talmud / Schottenstein Gemara

Our Artscroll Talmud / Schottenstein Gemara page has just been redone. It now includes the entire set and lists both the full-size and daf yomi editions for each tractate.

We also added more explanation of the Artscroll Talmud page layout, and how the facing English and Hebrew pages work together.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Rashi's Daughters, Book 1: Joheved - on the Jewish Book Mall "to review" list...

We're reading Rashi's Daughters, Book 1: Joheved with the hope of posting an official Jewish Book Mall review soon.

Jewish Book Mall - Seforim/Sifrei Kodesh, Torah, Talmud, Artscroll, CDs, Hebrew, Bible, Mishnah, Steinsaltz, & more books

The Jewish Book Mall - main page now includes the top Jewish bestsellers from Amazon. So you can not only see what other people are reading...but also what others think counts as a Jewish book! :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Jewish News Archive goes RSS!

You can now get the Jewish Book Mall Jewish News Archive via RSS.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Jewish News Archive

The Jewish Book Mall, in cooperation with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, proudly presents the Jewish News Archive. Jewish news headlines are updated daily, Monday through Friday, and each day's news is archived here as well.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Jewish News Archive

The Jewish Book Mall, in cooperation with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, now offers the JTA daily news summary. You can see the Jewish News Archive here.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Artscroll Talmud

Especially now that the new daf yomi cycle of daily Talmud study has begun, there's a lot of interest in the Artscroll Talmud, aka the Schottenstein edition. It has a running translation and commentary similar to Steinsaltz, but with each Hebrew/Aramaic phrase also included before the translation. Nice for daf yomi, where you want to cover ground quickly but also want to feel like you're still doing the sugya not entirely in English.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Kosher Cookbooks

Hmm. Maybe that should be kosher kookbooks? Whatever.

Many delightful kosher cookbooks and books about keeping kosher here: Kosher Foods. You can find titles such as Kosher by Design, Let My People Eat (and other Passover cookbooks) How to Keep Kosher, and The Foods of Israel Today (we've got that at home, yum).

Jewish Bestsellers

Announcing the regularly updated Jewish Bestsellers list: Jewish Bestsellers. These are the top 50 books of Jewish content at Amazon. Of course, you can also see way beyond the top 50 bestselling Jewish books. Peruse to your heart's desire...

Soncino Talmud

Another helpful Talmud edition is Soncino, which has an English translation on the facing page with the Hebrew/Aramaic original. And the CD-ROM version allows you to open up windows for each, plus Rashi, and when you scroll in one, the others move along with you. Cool, eh? See our Soncino Talmud page: Soncino Talmud.

Steinsaltz Talmud

The Steinsaltz Talmud in English is out of print. Beautiful, wonderful - but out of print. So some volumes, especially the later ones, are getting hard to find.

The Steinsaltz Talmud in Hebrew is also a little hard to find in the US.

But fear not. Our Steinsaltz Talmud page - Steinsaltz Talmud - gathers them in one convenient place, with links to where you can purchase them. Enjoy your learning!

Jewish Book Mall - Jewish/Israeli Magazines and Newspapers (Jerusalem Post, Jerusalem Report...)

Say you grew up in Israel, and you'd like to stay in touch with mah shekoreh ba'aretz. Or maybe you grew up in Detroit and miss the Jewish News.

Not a problem. Our Jewish/Israeli magazines and newspapers page - Jewish Book Mall - Jewish/Israeli Magazines and Newspapers (Jerusalem Post, Jerusalem Report...) has your hometown Jewish newspaper.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Jewish and Israeli Posters

We've assembled perhaps the largest collection from multiple suppliers of Jewish and Israeli Posters.

Posters and art prints, framed or not, of Israel, Jerusalem, Jewish ritual art and religious subjects, famous rabbis, and art by Jewish artists (especially Marc Chagall and Arthur Szyk).

Jewish art in one web page...

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Jewish Book Mall - Over 100 Haggadot/Haggadahs for Passover/Pesach including Artscroll Haggadahs

...and if Purim is coming, Pesach isn't far behind. Haggadot 'r us!Jewish Book Mall - Over 100 Haggadot/Haggadahs for Passover/Pesach including Artscroll Haggadahs

Jewish Book Mall - Jewish and Israeli Music - CDs, tapes

If you're looking for Jewish or Israeli music...or klezmer, Yemenite, Hasidic, Ladino, cantorial, ... then see Jewish Book Mall - Jewish and Israeli Music - CDs, tapes, featuring close to 300 different musicians and 900 Jewish CDs.

Purim - Info and Reviews

It's the Hebrew month of Adar, so the holiday of Purim is coming! See Purim - Info and Reviews

Monday, February 07, 2005