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BETWEEN THE MOUNTAIN AND THE LAND LIES THE LESSON

BETWEEN THE MOUNTAIN AND THE LAND LIES THE LESSON

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In his latest book of poetic Midrash, Abe Mezrich breathes new life into the last third of the Torah. This third act, beginning with Moses sending spies into the Land, becomes the setting for poetry that fully engages the mind and the heart.

With clarity and beauty, Between the Mountain and the Land is the Lesson explores fundamental Jewish questions: What does it mean to be sacred? To be a community? And, especially, what does it mean to be a sacred community that both flees from and longs for Revelation?

INTO MY GARDEN

INTO MY GARDEN

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JEWels

JEWels

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JEWels is the first of its kind: the living tradition of Jewish stories and jokes transformed into poems, recording and reflecting Jewish experience from ancient times through the present day. In this novel hybrid--jokes and stories boiled down to their essence in short poems--Jewish witticism is preserved side by side with evocative storytelling and deepened with running commentary and questions for discussion.

Illuminated here are jewels from journeys, from the Old Country, from Torah, shaped by the Holocaust, in glimpses of Jewish American lives, in Jewish foods, in conversations with God, and on the meaning of life. Jewish comedians (Lenny Bruce, Jackie Mason) appear alongside writers and musicians (Elie Wiesel, Sholem Aleichem, Itzhak Perlman) and Hasidic rabbis (the Baal Shem Tov, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov), yet most of the tellers are ordinary Jews. In this cacophony of ongoing dialogue, storytellers, rabbis, poets, and scholars chime in with interpretations, quips, and related stories and life experiences.

In JEWels each of us can see our own reflection.

SERAPHIM'S TOUCH

Seraphim's Touch

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"Judaism has a rich tradition of poetic expression; it is evident in the beautiful, metaphoric verse found throughout the Torah and in the poetic phraseology and iambic meter of Dovid HaMelech's (King David's) Psalms. Poetry has found perhaps its greatest expression in the vast body of Jewish liturgy. It is therefore quite natural that poetic expression should find its way into modern Jewish literature, and it is appropriate that a new genre, Jewish poetry, expressing the spiritual longings and feelings that flow from the Jewish heart, should be disseminated and encouraged among the religious, Jewish readership"--
The Poetry of Rav Yosef Tzvi Rimon

The Poetry of Rav Yosef Tzvi Rimon

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Rav Yosef Tzvi Rimon wrote heartfelt, spiritual poetry that resonated with the secular and religious alike. Rav Kook himself saw Rav Rimon as the individual who would develop poetry that would flow from the wellsprings of holiness, which would take its place within the renaissance of Hebrew poetry. Rav Rimons poetry was valued by the leading literary personalities of the time, such as Brenner, Bialik, and Agnon. Permeated with love of God and the Land of Israel, Rav Rimons poetry continues to be a source of inspiration for spiritual Hebrew poetry today.