Wednesday, December 13, 2006

What to get the kinder for Hanuka

By us, there shouldn't be presents at Hanuka, because how can something material compare with freedom (i.e. what the holiday is about)?

But if you (or those around you) insist, a brand-new site called Toys and Reviews offers prices and reviews from other customers.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The Jewish Forum

There is a new discussion site out there for all issues related to Jews, Judaism, Israel, and Jewish life: The Jewish Forum.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Encyclopedia Judaica - A new edition!!

Wow! A new edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica is coming out!

This is a major event in the world of Jewish scholarship, and in fact of Jewish culture.

The ISBN is 0028659287.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Arnold Eisen Books

The Jewish Forward says that Arnold Eisen, professor of Jewish Culture and Religion at Stanford University, has been nominated by the search committee to be the next chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Here are some books by Arnold Eisen.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Mikraot Gedolot in English! The Commentator's Bible: The Jps Miqra'ot Gedolot: Exodus

Torah fans, there is now a wonderful (partial) edition of Mikraot Gedolot - in English! The first volume, The Commentator's Bible: The JPS Miqra'ot Gedolot: Exodus has been published by the Jewish Publication Society, and now you can find Rashi, Ramban, Ibn Ezra, and the other commentators speaking, as it were, colloquial English. And yes, it is colloquial, not literal. Translator Michael Carasik purposely renders the medieval Torah scholars as if they were speaking modern American English, and they relate in their commentaries to the Torah text as translated by JPS. What an idea - to render authors who lived centuries ago so as to make them sensible to readers today.

A pleasure to read, and a wonderful tool for English readers to listen in on the conversations among the commentators across the centuries, all relating to the same text, and to each other. Official Jewish Book Mall rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Add this one to your Judaica library!

Monday, February 13, 2006

The Rebbe's Army : Inside the World of Chabad-Lubavitch - Info and Reviews

We just read The Rebbe's Army : Inside the World of Chabad-Lubavitch - Info and Reviews. If you would like to understand Chabad and the powerful drive of Chabadniks in their outreach to other Jews, you will do well to read this beautifully-written, sympathetic yet objective, highly readable book.

4.5 out of 5 stars!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Talmud Reference Guide by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

It's out of print, and hard to find - but a wonderful Talmud study resource. Add the Talmud Reference Guide (Talmud the Steinsaltz Edition) to your Jewish bookshelf. Also a lovely gift to your favorite English-reading Talmud student.