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A Fortress In Brooklyn

A Fortress In Brooklyn

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The epic story of Satmar Hasidic Williamsburg, from the decline of New York to the gentrification of Brooklyn

"Groundbreaking. . . . To fully understand Satmar, of course, one has to be born into it. But to understand how political prowess and real-estate know-how shaped the group's current iteration in Brooklyn, it would be wise to start with this outstanding book."--Laura E. Adkins, LA Review of Books

The Hasidic community in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn is famously one of the most separatist, intensely religious, and politically savvy groups of people in the entire United States. Less known is how the community survived in one of the toughest parts of New York City during an era of steep decline, only to later resist and also participate in the unprecedented gentrification of the neighborhood.

Nathaniel Deutsch and Michael Casper unravel the fascinating history of how a group of determined Holocaust survivors encountered, shaped, and sometimes fiercely opposed the urban processes that transformed their gritty neighborhood, from white flight and the construction of public housing to rising crime, divestment of city services, and, ultimately, extreme gentrification. By showing how Williamsburg's Hasidim rejected assimilation while still undergoing distinctive forms of Americanization and racialization, Deutsch and Casper present both a provocative counter-history of American Jewry and a novel look at how race, real estate, and religion intersected in the creation of a quintessential, and yet deeply misunderstood, New York neighborhood.

A Year with Martin Buber: Wisdom on the Weekly Torah Portion

A Year with Martin Buber: Wisdom on the Weekly Torah Portion

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The teachings of the great twentieth-century Jewish thinker Martin Buber empower us to enter a spiritual dimension that often passes unnoticed in the daily routine. In A Year with Martin Buber, the first Torah commentary to focus on his life's work, we experience the fifty-four weekly Torah portions and eleven Jewish holidays through Buber's eyes.

While best known for the spiritual concept of the I-Thou relationship between people, Buber graced us with other fundamentals, including Over Against, Afterglow, Will and Grace, Reification, Inclusion, and Imagine the Real. And his life itself--including his defiance of the Nazis, his call for Jewish-Arab reconciliation, and his protest of Adolf Eichmann's execution--modeled these teachings in action.

Rabbi Dennis S. Ross demonstrates Buber's roots in Jewish thought and breaks new ground by explaining the broader scope of Buber's life and work in a clear, conversational voice. He quotes from the weekly Torah portion; draws lessons from Jewish commentators; and sets Buber's related words in context with Buber's remarkable life story, Hasidic tales, and writing. A wide variety of anecdotal illustrations from Buber as well as the author's life encourages each of us to "hallow the everyday" and seek out spirituality "hiding in plain sight."

ABCs of Torah and Science

ABCs of Torah and Science

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Above Us Only Sky

Above Us Only Sky

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Abraham Joshua Heschel: A Life of Radical Amazement

Abraham Joshua Heschel: A Life of Radical Amazement

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A biography of the rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, who became a symbol of the marriage between religion and social justice

"When I marched in Selma, I felt my legs were praying." So said Polish-born American rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) of his involvement in the 1965 Selma civil rights march alongside Martin Luther King Jr. Heschel, who spoke with a fiery moralistic fervor, dedicated his career to the struggle to improve the human condition through faith. In this new biography, author Julian Zelizer tracks Heschel's early years and foundational influences--his childhood in Warsaw and early education in Hasidism, his studies in late 1920s and early 1930s Berlin, and the fortuitous opportunity, which brought him to the United States and saved him from the Holocaust, to teach at Hebrew Union College and the Jewish Theological Seminary. This deep and complex portrait places Heschel at the crucial intersection between religion and progressive politics in mid-twentieth-century America. To this day Heschel remains a symbol of the fight to make progressive Jewish values relevant in the secular world.

ASK RABBI JACK

ASK RABBI JACK

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Real world questions. Real Jewish answers.

Rabbi Jack Abramowitz loves answering questions and it's what he does best. Now "Rabbi Jack" has hand-curated the most urgent, eternal, and in some cases bizarre questions he's received in twenty years at the job, and collected them here for the first time. If you've ever wondered what Judaism has to say about Zionism, Chosenness, Social Justice, Gun Rights, Marijuana, DNA testing, Environmentalism, Tattoos, Witchcraft, Ghosts, Aliens, Alternate Dimensions, Zombies, COVID-19, then this book is for you.

Not every single question out there has an answer that we can grasp, but if the answer is out there, Rabbi Abramowitz likely will have it. - Allison Josephs, Founder, Jew in the City

Rabbi Jack's answers are thought-provoking and balanced, and often blended with a touch of wit and humor. Most of all, his writings are nuanced and informed by Torah values. And if you're an experienced educator looking for optimal ways to teach traditional values in the classroom or from the pulpit, here's the book you've been waiting for. It's great to have questions. But it's better to have answers. Now's the time to Ask Rabbi Jack!

Rabbi Abramowitz is a Judaic treasure and I know that you will love his new book of Jewish answers to questions we all have. - Rabbi Steven Burg, CEO, Aish HaTorah

Rabbi Jack Abramowitz is a virtuoso of Torah teaching. He conveys Torah concepts that require years to master in language that is understandable and enjoyable. - Rabbi Gil Student, Editor-in-Chief, Torahmusings.com
Building for Eternity: Life and Legacy of Reb Moshe Reichmann

Building for Eternity: Life and Legacy of Reb Moshe Reichmann

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"When you left his study, you didn’t just have a generous check: you had dignity, respect, and a new sense of pride in what you were doing."

"I’ve seen people for whom Margaret Thatcher showed respect, and I’ve seen people for whom Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky stood up. But I have known only one man for whom Rav Yaakov would express admiration, and toward whom heads of state would bow. "

It’s the story of a journey to spiritual greatness, to faith, humility, and extraordinary generosity, a story that takes us through construction sites and boardrooms as well as the hallowed halls of yeshivos and batei midrash.

Aristocratic in conduct and speech, Reb Moshe Reichmann treated other people in a way that left them feeling that they had brushed with royalty, elevating himself and those around him. The kindness and attention he invested in his family flowed outward to impact every corner of the Torah world, conveying respect and encouragement along with his donations.

The most respected financiers on earth were in awe of him, yet this same Mr. Reichmann would bow deferentially when speaking to Torah scholars. He was patron to institutions and individuals, giving not just money, but time, attention, and genuine concern. Yisroel Besser, author of many bestselling books, including the unforgettable Just Love Them, brings us a story that will make us newly sensitive to the potential to give that lies within us.

Coming to Terms with America: Essays on Jewish History, Religion, and Culture

Coming to Terms with America: Essays on Jewish History, Religion, and Culture

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Coming to Terms with America examines how Jews have long "straddled two civilizations," endeavoring to be both Jewish and American at once, from the American Revolution to today.

In fifteen engaging essays, Jonathan D. Sarna investigates the many facets of the Jewish-American encounter--what Jews have borrowed from their surroundings, what they have resisted, what they have synthesized, and what they have subverted. Part I surveys how Jews first worked to reconcile Judaism with the country's new democratic ethos and to reconcile their faith-based culture with local metropolitan cultures. Part II analyzes religio-cultural initiatives, many spearheaded by women, and the ongoing tensions between Jewish scholars (who pore over traditional Jewish sources) and activists (who are concerned with applying them). Part III appraises Jewish-Christian relations: "collisions" within the public square and over church-state separation.

Originally written over the span of forty years, many of these essays are considered classics in the field, and several remain fixtures of American Jewish history syllabi. Others appeared in fairly obscure venues and will be discovered here anew. Together, these essays--newly updated for this volume--cull the finest thinking of one of American Jewry's finest historians.


Jonathan D. Sarna is University Professor and the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, as well as the director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University. He is also the chief historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History. Sarna has written, edited, or coedited more than thirty books, including JPS: The Americanization of Jewish Culture 1888-1988 and American Judaism: A History, and is the winner of six awards, including the National Jewish Book Award's Jewish Book of the Year.


Crossing The Dateline 3 Volume Set

Crossing The Dateline 3 Volume Set

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More and more observant Jews are crossing the Pacific every year, for both business and pleasure. Numerous questions arise, such as: · What day is Shabbos in Japan, Hawaii, Alaska, and Australia? At what point do I cross from one day to the other? May I fly from Asia to the US on Friday or Sunday? When crossing into “yesterday,” does one pray again? What about tefillin and sefiras ha'omer? What about crossing into "tomorrow"? Finding answers to these and many other significant questions is not a simple matter. The Gemara and the Rishonim do not explicitly discuss the dateline, and almost everything about it (including its very location) is widely disputed by contemporary poskim - and often misunderstood by laymen. And due to the unusual intricacies involved, even many rabbanim do not have clarity on these issues. Crossing the Dateline offers fresh analysis of the issues like never before: · Comprehensive, in-depth, and extremely well-researched and thought-out, it is a unique and indispensable resource for the rav and scholar. · Easy-to-read, with simple lists, tables, maps, and a Quick Reference Guide, it gives clear practical direction for the layman and traveler on the go. About the Author: Rabbi Mordechai Kuber is the rav of Congregation Nachlas Tzvi Ohel Avraham in Telz-Stone, Israel and a fixture in the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He is also a kashrus veteran, a writer, and a teacher, and travels frequently to the Far East. and a Quick Reference Guide, it gives clear practical direction for the layman and traveler on the go. About the Author: Rabbi Mordechai Kuber is the rav of Congregation Nachlas Tzvi Ohel Avraham in Telz-Stone, Israel and a fixture in the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He is also a kashrus veteran, a writer, and a teacher, and travels frequently to the Far East. and a Quick Reference Guide, it gives clear practical direction for the layman and traveler on the go. About the Author: Rabbi Mordechai Kuber is the rav of Congregation Nachlas Tzvi Ohel Avraham in Telz-Stone, Israel and a fixture in the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He is also a kashrus veteran, a writer, and a teacher, and travels frequently to the Far East.

END ILLUMINATED- VOL 2

END ILLUMINATED- VOL 2

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CURRENT EVENTS WITHIN THE PROCESS OF THE GEULAH through the lens of Chazal Volume 2 includes all the chapters from The End Illuminated Sequel. "Several years ago, shortly before publishing my first sefarim, entitled Keitz Meguleh, I had the zechus to bring a copy of the manuscript to Maran Rav Chaim Kanievsky shlit"a. Before I even handed it to Rav Chaim, he said to me, 'Ihr vaist az mir halt shoin bei der Keitz Megulah? Do you Know that we are already at the Keitz Megulah?'" -excerpt from Chapter 28, The End Illuminated What exactly is the Keitz Megulah (lit. Revealed or Illuminated End) and what did Rav Chaim mean when he said that we're already "at the Keitz Megulah"? Topics of Volume Two Include: SECOND WAVE LOCKDOWNS DOR HAFLAGA ANTI-CHAREIDI RHETORIC AMALEK VACCINES DOR HAMABUL LIBERALISM THREE LEADERS EREV RAV PRESDENTIAL ELECTIONS GEZEIROS BEFORE THE GEULA RAV ELCHONON ON 5781 TUNNELS AND GEULAH ARABS AND PEACE EMBASSY IN YERUSHALAYIM POLITICAL TURBULENCE TZAROS TESHUVA RETURN OF MALCHUS TO YISROEL HITLERISM! GOOD PEOPLE SUFFERING by Rabbi Yisroel Moshe Sorotzkin

End Illuminated-Hardcover

End Illuminated-Hardcover

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"Several years ago, shortly before publishing my first sefarim, entitled Keitz Meguleh, I had the zechus to bring a copy of the manuscript to Maran Rav Chaim Kanievsky shlit" a. Before I even handed it to Rav Chaim, he said to me, 'Ihr vaist az mir halt shoin bei der Keitz Megulah? Do you Know that we are already at the Keitz Megulah? '"-Excerpt from Chapter 28, The End Illuminated

Five Hundred and One Kosher Quotes

Five Hundred and One Kosher Quotes Hardcover

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Profound. Funny. Inspiring. Thought-provoking.

These 501 carefully chosen quotations are food for the mind!

Front Row Seat

Front Row Seat: Compelling stories about the lives of extraordinary people

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Great Stories, Well Told: Another winning collection by C.B. Weinfeld Enjoy your front row seats as you prepare to meet… …Nossi the plumber, who learns that pipes and prayers are unexpectedly interconnected ... Amit, stranded on a sailboat in the Caribbean for 7 long weeks, who discovers incredible chesed when he's run out of options … Michoel, whose mother wouldn’t give up on him even when everyone else did. Why do C.B. Weinfeld’s legions of fans await her new story collections so eagerly? It’s because they know that in these stories, reprinted from Yated Ne’eman and Ami Magazine, they will read about “ordinary” people facing -- and triumphing -- over extraordinary challenges. They will read about other people, and they will find their own lives. From a U.S military base to a Covid-19 ward to a support group with a surprising twist -- you’ve got the best seats in the house, as you join C.B. Weinfeld in this new collection of amazing true stories.

Give Me A Second Chance

Give Me A Second Chance

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Hadassah

Hadassah

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Born in Prague to Holocaust survivors, Hadassah Lieberman and her family immigrated in 1949 to the United States. She went on to earn a BA from Boston University in government and dramatics and an MA in international relations and American government from Northeastern University. She built a career devoted largely to public health that has included positions at Lehman Brothers, Pfizer, and the National Research Council. After her first marriage ended in divorce, she married Joe Lieberman, a US senator from Connecticut who was the Democratic nominee for vice president with Al Gore and would go on to run for president.

In Hadassah, Lieberman pens the compelling story of her extraordinary life: from her family's experience in Eastern Europe to their move to Gardner, Massachusetts; forging her career; experiencing divorce; and, following her remarriage, her life on the national political stage. By offering insight into her identity as an immigrant, an American Jew, a working woman, and a wife, mother, and grandmother, Lieberman's moving memoir speaks to many of the major issues of our time, from immigration to gender politics. Featuring an introduction by Joe Lieberman and an afterword by Megan McCain, it is a true American story.

HIDDEN HEROES

HIDDEN HEROES

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Spanning nearly three decades, Hidden Heroes gives an insider's view of the modern-day exodus of Soviet Jews from the Soviet Union, a period of Jewish history that has rarely been told and is in danger of being forgotten. This deeply personal narrative explores the grassroots Soviet Jewish emigration movement through the eyes of one of its indefatigable leaders, focusing on the actions of heroic refuseniks in the Soviet Union as well as courageous individuals in the West - described by Natan Sharansky as the "army of students and housewives" who waged the battle to free Soviet Jews. From Russia, Ukraine, and Lithuania to the distant republics of Central Asia, refuseniks come to life, discovering their identity, protesting on the streets, defending themselves in courtrooms, defying jailers in their prison cells, and struggling to survive in Siberian labor camps. This engrossing memoir tells the story of the resistance and moral courage of men and women inside the Soviet Union and of those in the West who relentlessly crusaded on their behalf.
Hijack for Freedom The Memoirs of Mark Dymshits: Soviet Pilot, Jew, Breacher of the Iron Curtain

Hijack for Freedom The Memoirs of Mark Dymshits: Soviet Pilot, Jew, Breacher of the Iron Curtain

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June 15, 2020, marked the fiftieth anniversary of the failed attempt of a group of fourteen Soviet Jews and two Russian freedom fighters to hijack a small plane from Leningrad Airport in order to escape the Soviet Union. At the head of this attempt was former Soviet air force pilot Major Mark Dymshits. They were sixteen: three Jewish families, including two daughters and one pregnant young woman; four Jewish refuseniks; and two Russian regime fighters. They were not part of any organization and indeed barely knew each other, but they had the same goal: to break through the prison wall of the Soviet regime and go to Israel or any other free country. The international scandal following their trial and brutal sentencing paved the way for hundreds of thousands of Jews to leave the Soviet Union. Later, the calls for freedom would crescendo, eventually bringing down the Berlin Wall. In this memoir, now appearing in print for the first time, Mark Dymshits recalls his life as a Soviet Jewish citizen and air force pilot and relates the events that led him to concoct the audacious plan that ultimately changed the world.
I'm Not the Boss, I Just Work Here

I'm Not the Boss, I Just Work Here

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Serial entrepreneur Howard Jonas has been creating successful enterprises since the age of fourteen, when he opened a hot dog stand near a local hospital. He went on to develop lucrative and prosperous businesses, the most successful being IDT, a multibillion dollar telecommunications corporation that is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
ILLUMINATING J THOUGHT Vol. 1- Faith, Philosophy and Knowledge of God

Illuminating Jewish Thought: Faith, Philosophy, and Knowledge of God

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Can we prove that God exists, and if we can't, why should we believe? What must we believe and what if we don't? What does the Torah say about the age of the universe? Why study philosophy? What is machshava? These are some of the questions Illuminating Jewish Thought seeks to answer by carefully studying traditional Jewish sources and considering their application to timeless and contemporary problems. We turn to the Torah to solve these queries because Torah is more than wisdom - it is light (Mishlei 6:23). Machashava, learned properly, illuminates our lives. Without it, we grope in darkenss - not only the darkness of ignorance, but utter darkenss in which we are blinded from living a meaningful religious life, and worse, darkness from loving encounters with our Creator. Illuminating Jewish Thought attempts to reveal some of that light by surveying the theological foundations of Jewish faith. This title is part of the RIETS Hashkafa Series.

Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth

Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth

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A "fascinating and very moving" (Aaron Sorkin, award-winning screenwriter of The West Wing and The Social Network) chronological timeline spanning from Biblical times to today that explores one of the most interesting countries in the world--Israel.

Israel. The small strip of arid land is 5,700 miles away but remains a hot-button issue and a thorny topic of debate. But while everyone seems to have a strong opinion about Israel, how many people actually know the facts?

Here to fill in the information gap is Israeli American Noa Tishby. But "this is not your Bubbie's history book" (Bill Maher, host of Real Time with Bill Maher). Instead, offering a fresh, 360-degree view, Tishby brings her "passion, humor, and deep intimacy" (Yossi Klein Halevi, New York Times bestselling author of Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor) to the subject, creating an accessible and dynamic portrait of a tiny country of outsized relevance. Through bite-sized chunks of history and deeply personal stories, Tishby chronicles her homeland's evolution, beginning in Biblical times and moving forward to cover everything from WWI to Israel's creation to the disputes dividing the country today. Tackling popular misconceptions with an abundance of facts, Tishby provides critical context around headline-generating controversies and offers a clear, intimate account of the richly cultured country of Israel.

Isresilience

Isresilience

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ISResilience is a study of a nation that has had to collectively and individually hang tough like no other country on earth. Imbued in Israel's DNA is the understanding that survival isn't optional - it's a necessity. Any Israeli could have given testimony for this book. Israelis routinely carry on with their day-to-day lives not just when things are calm and peaceful but when rockets are launched at them, through stabbing intifadas, during official conflicts and wars and unofficial waves of gruesome terrorism. And they don't just survive - they thrive.
Jews Don't Count

Jews Don't Count

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North American Edition of the UK Bestseller

How identity politics failed one particular identity.

'a must read and if you think YOU don't need to read it, that's just the clue to know you do.' SARAH SILVERMAN

'This is a brave and necessary book.' JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER

'a masterpiece.'
STEPHEN FRY

Jews Don't Count is a book for people who consider themselves on the right side of history. People fighting the good fight against homophobia, disablism, transphobia and, particularly, racism. People, possibly, like you.
It is the comedian and writer David Baddiel's contention that one type of racism has been left out of this fight. In his unique combination of close reasoning, polemic, personal experience and jokes, Baddiel argues that those who think of themselves as on the right side of history have often ignored the history of anti-Semitism. He outlines why and how, in a time of intensely heightened awareness of minorities, Jews don't count as a real minority: and why they should.

JUDAISM STRAIGHT UP: WHY REAL RELIGION ENDURES

Judaism Straight Up

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In Judaism Straight Up, Moshe Koppel explores the central differences between traditional societies - including traditional Judaism - and contemporary cosmopolitan ones. He explains everything you always wanted to know about the subtleties of Jewish morality, tradition, and belief, and how these have unfolded to beat cosmopolitanism at its own game: advancing cooperation, fairness, and freedom. Written with incisiveness and droll wit and a scientific sensibility that draws on economics, game theory, and other disciplines, Judaism Straight Up reveals the secret of Jewish traditionalism's endurance.

Just Love Them: The Life and Legacy of Rabbi Dovid Trenk

Just Love Them: The Life and Legacy of Rabbi Dovid Trenk

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Rabbi Dovid Trenk seemed to walk in a little cloud of simchah, energy and life, lifting spirits and souls as he walked. But reaching that lofty level took a lifetime of work, from a childhood in Boro Park, a community still discovering its own identity, to his first job teaching the boys no one else would have. <p style="margin-top:6pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">That's where he made his mark, driven by an unshakable belief in the power of a neshamah. The special way he looked at people -- seeing the greatness in them before they ever saw it themselves -- taught them to see the brilliance and splendor of their own neshamos. <p style="margin-top:6pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">This book will bring you into the exuberant world of Rabbi Trenk: He was a respected talmid chacham, a wise guide and master listener, but most of all, he was a builder of people. This work shows us the magic that lies inside - students, children, spouses and ourselves, bursting with stories that will allow you to hear the laughter, see the tears, and share the triumph of the human spirit. Meticulously researched, masterfully told, each delightful story will feel like a new gift- and the whole book, a guide on how to really start living, with joy, confidence and simple faith.

LADY OF HEBREW AND HER LOVERS OF ZION

LADY OF HEBREW AND HER LOVERS OF ZION

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This book contains twelve essays, ten of which appeared in Mosaic magazine in 2015-2018. They introduce English readers to a number of major Hebrew authors of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries whose work forms an important part of the literary response to the modern Jewish experience. These essays also explore the reciprocal relationship in this period between Hebrew literature, the evolution of the modern Hebrew language, and the emergence of Zionism as a historic force in Jewish life.