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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.

And Every Single One Was Somebody

And Every Single One Was Somebody

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As a math and Jewish studies teacher in a Jewish day school, Chernofsky wanted a different and meaningful way for his students to relate to the Holocaust. From there evolved this book that has just one word, six million times JEW. What would a book of six million Jews look like? This is a volume meant for library and institution presentations on the Holocaust, a daring attempt to give some small sense of the overwhelming number - six million.

Choosing Life:Stories from the Post-Holocaust Generations

Choosing Life:Stories from the Post-Holocaust Generations

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Choosing Life: Stories from the Post-Holocaust Generations is a collection that includes nostalgic pieces told by a young Jewish man, along with his experiences growing up in Brooklyn, NY, to stories taking place during and soon after the Holocaust and World War II.

Choosing Life: Stories from the Post-Holocaust Generations is a collection that includes nostalgic pieces told by a young Jewish man, along with his experiences growing up in Brooklyn, NY, to stories taking place during and soon after the Holocaust and World War II.

Great Jewish Men

Great Jewish Men

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A tribute to Jews who have achieved prominence worldwide by virtue of the excellence of the works they have produced, the discoveries they have made, and the countless ways in which they have contributed toward improving the lot of humanity.
Happiness and the Human Spirit-PB

Happiness and the Human Spirit-PB

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Identify your positive traits as well as negative habits that hinder your ability to achieve happiness. Provides practical steps to exercise your unique qualities to the fullest, actualize your potential and attain happiness in all aspects of your life.
Hate-The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism in France

Hate-The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism in France

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From an award-winning journalist, a provocative, deeply reported exposé of the history and present crisis of anti-Semitism in France--and its dire message for the rest of the world.

What is the connection between a rise in the number of random attacks against Jews on the streets of France and strategically planned terrorist acts targeting the French population at large? Before the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, the Bataclan night club, and others made international headlines, Marc Weitzmann had noticed a surge of seemingly random acts of violence against the Jews of France. His disturbing and eye-opening new book, Hate, proposes that both the small-scale and large-scale acts of violence have their roots in not one, but two very specific forms of populism: an extreme and violent ethos of hate spread among the Muslim post-colonial suburban developments on the one hand, and the deeply-rooted French ultra-conservatism of the far right. Weitzmann's shrewd on-the-ground reporting is woven throughout with the history surrounding the legacies of the French Revolution, the Holocaust, and Gaulist "Arab-French policy."

Hate is a chilling and important account that shows how the rebirth of French Anti-Semitism relates to the new global terror wave, revealing France to be a veritable localized laboratory for a global phenomenon.

House of Secrets

House of Secrets

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For Orthodox Jews, immersion in a ritual bath--the mikveh--is the cornerstone of family life and is central to Jewish women's practice of their faith. Yet women from across the Jewish spectrum frequent the mikveh, often for surprising personal reasons. Roused by her own immersion experience, for years Varda Polak-Sahm, a secular Jew, patiently observed and interviewed women at the mikveh, gaining unprecedented access to this hidden world. The House of Secrets offers a richly nuanced, uncensored look at an experience that is for some holy and for others coercive, ultimately illuminating the remarkable power of ritual immersion.

Housekeeper in the Jewish Home

Housekeeper in the Jewish Home

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Halachic issues that will arise when a gentile is in a Jewish Home Do you ever have a gentile in your home?,p>From a live-in maid to a washing machine technician; a caregiver for an elderly parent to a courier, we all have gentiles in our home. The many halachic issues are clearly presented in this unique volume. The original Hebrew edition became an overnight bestseller in Israel. Now this work has been made available to benrfit the English-speaking public. "You have skillfully succeeded in gathering together the issues pertaining to employing a gentile in the home." -- Rabbi Moshe Shternbuch, Chief Rabbi and President of the Orthodox Rabbinical Courts, Jerusalem "The author should be commended for doing an excellent job in clarifying these halachos... he has organized the halachos in a way that makes the sefer easy to use." -- Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetzky, Rosh Yeshiva of Philadelphia "This sefer is a must for anyone employing non-Jews at home." -- Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits, Rosh Kollel, Kollelim Linat Hatzedek, Jerusalem "You raise issues that can constantly occur without a second's thought because of a gentile's presence in a Jewish home." -- Rabbi Yehoshua Y. Neuwirth zt"l, Author of Shemirat Shabbat Kehilchata

Im So Confused, Am I Being Abused?

I'm so Confused, Am I Being Abused? Guidance for the Orthodox Jewish Spouse and Those Who Want to Help

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Domestic abuse is a reality that some unfortunately face in their marriages, and one that can be quite confusing and difficult to grapple with. From the foreword by Rabbi Twerski: My dear daughter-in-law has had much experience...this is must-reading not only for a spouse in crisis, but also for community leaders, those who provide counseling for marital problems...and really, for every member of the Jewish community.

Inclusion and the Power of the Individual

Inclusion and the Power of the Individual

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Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, The Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory, was a pioneer in inclusion. At a time when exclusion was the norm, when people with disabilities were essentially locked out of "mainstream" schools, the workforce, and society at large, when families with loved ones who were not deemed "typical" often splintered due to social pressures and stigma, the Rebbe advocated and called for inclusion. With love, compassion, and respect, the Rebbe drew in those whom society all too often pushed away. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the Rebbe's approach to inclusion was how perfectly natural it was to him. The Rebbe's call for inclusion did not result from the latest medical studies, societal shifts, or external pressures; it came from within. Inclusion and the Power of the Individual tells a remarkable story of the Rebbe's perspective on, and advocacy for, inclusion by recounting his teachings, writings, and conversations on this topic throughout the four decades of his public leadership of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. The Rebbe's message remained steadfast and unwaivering: Every single human being is worthy of dignity, respect, love, and inclusion. These are the accounts of the Rebbe's call for inclusion.

Jewish Ceremony for Newborn Girls

Jewish Ceremony for Newborn Girls

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This engaging book offers the first in-depth analysis of the history, philosophy, and social trends that underpin modern welcoming ceremonies for newborn girls in the Jewish community. Sharon R. Siegel traces the arc of these ceremonies from their emergence in the 1970s until today. She also delves into the history of how Jewish girls have been named over the centuries and explores how this history can shape contemporary welcoming practices. Siegel builds on the notion that modern ceremonies should focus on a newborn girl's entry into the covenant between God and Israel and examines classic Jewish texts that speak to the critical question of women's inclusion in the covenant. A bold new perspective on the relation between the covenant and male circumcision reveals why the covenantal status of Jewish women stands independent of this male rite. Siegel formulates a vision for the next phase in the development of Jewish rituals for newborn girls by placing these new rituals within the context of Jewish law (halacha) and synthesizing a vast array of pertinent customs, imagery, and texts. Bridging traditional Jewish beliefs and modern feminist ideals, Siegel's powerful insights draw on her experiences and personal feminist philosophy. A Jewish Ceremony for Newborn Girls is an erudite and thought-provoking narrative that will inspire wide-ranging discussions about how and why to commemorate the birth of Jewish girls.
Jewish Identity

Jewish Identity

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Though the seemingly impossible dream of a sovereign Jewish state became a reality more than sixty years ago, the question of Jewish identity remains as much an enigma as ever. That enigma is at the heart of Dr. Ruth Shamir's book as it explores the history - at times tragic, at times triumphant - of the evolution of Jewish identity in the modern era.
Dr. Shamir skillfully guides the reader through a myriad of issues that are today at the center of a passionate debate both in Israel itself as well as in the Diaspora, where half of the world's Jews still live. The debate - and hence the main themes of the book - revolves around such questions as:
- Are we a nation or just a religious community?
- How do Israelis and Jews around the world conceptualize their loyalties?
- How acceptable is Jewish fundamentalism and how does Israel deal with the Arab population within its borders?
- How do Diaspora Jews view Israeli identity and how do Israelis define the identity of Diaspora Jews?
- Above all, who is a Jew?
However difficult it may be to accomodate the many complex and continually changing Jewish identities under the single roof of Judaism, Dr. Shamir contends that we have no alternative - neither for Israelis nor for the Jews of the Diaspora. But if that overarching identity is to be preserved, Jews must internalize the core ideas of multiculturalism to create a multifaceted Jewish identity that positively reflects the freedoms of today's world.

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 and Justice: The Jewish Passion to Repair the World

Judaism and Justice: The Jewish Passion to Repair the World

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From Judaism's rich history of prophetic justice comes an inspiring call to action.

Why is it that Jews are so involved in causes dedicated to justice, equality, human rights and peace? Are these trends influenced by religion, history, sociology or something else?

In this provocative exploration, Rabbi Sidney Schwarz, founder and president of PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values, sheds light on the relationship between Judaism, social justice and the Jewish identity of American Jews. He traces how the idea of justice, as developed in the sacred texts of Judaism, conditions Jewish attitudes and behavior. In a fascinating portrayal of some of the major issues facing the Jewish community in the last fifty years, Schwarz explores a community torn between its instincts for self-preservation and its desire to serve as an ethical "light to the nations."

This powerful and empowering book will provide you with a starting point for meaningful engagement--and a new way to understand Jewish identity.

L'Chaim!: Pictures to Evoke Memories of Jewish Life

L'Chaim!: Pictures to Evoke Memories of Jewish Life

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In spending time with his mother in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's disease, Eliezer Sobel recognized something astounding. Although she had seemingly lost all of her language skills several years earlier, he discovered that she still enjoyed gazing at pictures in magazines and actually reading the headlines aloud! He searched for a simple picture book with easy-to-read captions in big print, but learned that while there are over 20,000 books for caregivers, there are virtually no books written for dementia patients. L'Chaim: Pictures to Evoke Memories of Jewish Life is an effort to remedy this situation. Created for Jewish elders suffering with memory loss, each page stands alone, requiring no memory to enjoy the rich images. Over 30 million people suffer from Alzheimer's disease worldwide, with nearly 500,000 new cases diagnosed yearly. L'Chaim is intended to stimulate reminiscence and provide tender moments of connection with our loved ones who suffer from memory-related illnesses.

In spending time with his mother in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease, Eliezer Sobel recognized something astounding. Although she had seemingly lost all of her language skills several years earlier, he discovered that she still enjoyed gazing at pictures in magazines and actually reading the headlines aloud! He searched for a simple picture book with easy-to-read captions in big print, but learned that while there are over 20,000 books for caregivers, there are virtually no books written for dementia patientsL’Chaim: Pictures to Evoke Memories of Jewish Life is an effort to remedy this situation.  Created for Jewish elders suffering with memory loss, each page stands alone, requiring no memory to enjoy the rich images. Over 30 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s disease worldwide, with nearly 500,000 new cases diagnosed yearly. L’Chaim is intended to stimulate reminiscence and provide tender moments of connection with our loved ones who suffer from memory-related illnesses.

Layers: Personal Narratives of Struggle

Layers: Personal Narratives of Struggle

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Layers is a collection of over thirty personal narratives featuring the challenges and triumphs of Jewish women living in Israel. Written in their own voices, each chapter is unique in offering a narrative full of raw emotion and universal experiences. These women teach us how to love through suffering and how to live beyond heartache. They teach us how to be sensitive to those who are different from us and open our minds to realities we never knew. With topics such as pregnancy loss and infertility, physical and mental health, grief, conversion, disability, antisemitism, terrorism, and more, the narratives depict the diversity of background and commonality of experience that connects us together. Each chapter features numerous full-color images as well as reflection spaces and exercises for guided reading, contemplation, and discussion, creating an experience that is both personal and thought-provoking.

Layers is a collection of over thirty personal narratives featuring the challenges and triumphs of Jewish women living in Israel. Written in their own voices, each chapter is unique in offering a narrative full of raw emotion and universal experiences. These women teach us how to love through suffering and how to live beyond heartache. They teach us how to be sensitive to those who are different from us and open our minds to realities we never knew. With topics such as pregnancy loss and infertility, physical and mental health, grief, conversion, disability, antisemitism, terrorism, and more, the narratives depict the diversity of background and commonality of experience that connects us together. Each chapter features numerous full\-color images as well as reflection spaces and exercises for guided reading, contemplation, and discussion, creating an experience that is both personal and thought\-provoking.

NAVIGATING WORLDS

NAVIGATING WORLDS

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Tsimtsum (contraction) and hitpashtut (expansion). These two kabbalistic terms aptly describe the thought of Bezalel Naor. Though diametrically opposed, they come together in this unique moment. The author is at once a "hedgehog" and a "fox," in the usage of Isaiah Berlin. Naor brings to the table both the intense focus, the razor-sharp analysis of Rav Soloveitchik of Boston, and the synthetic, unitive perception of reality, of Rav Kook (whose bon mot was "kelaliyut," "universality").This dialectic thought, constantly "zooming" in and out, forever shifting gears from "micro" to "macro," is unleashed on the entire process of Judaism: Torah, Talmud, the challenge of Christianity and Islam, Maimonides, Kabbalah, Hasidism, Messianism, and the specialty of the house-Rav Kook.The final section of Book Reviews includes a wide array: Kozhnitser Maggid, Kafka, Paul Celan, Leonard Cohen, Yehudah Don Yahya, Meshulam Rath, and Rabbi Nahman of Breslov.The reader is invited to embark on this enchanted intellectual and spiritual journey, as the author attempts "navigating worlds." (One of the chapters of the book is entitled "Rav Kook's Space Odyssey.")
People Love Dead Jews

People Love Dead Jews

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Renowned and beloved as a prizewinning novelist, Dara Horn has also been publishing penetrating essays since she was a teenager. Often asked by major publications to write on subjects related to Jewish culture--and increasingly in response to a recent wave of deadly antisemitic attacks--Horn was troubled to realize what all of these assignments had in common: she was being asked to write about dead Jews, never about living ones. In these essays, Horn reflects on subjects as far-flung as the international veneration of Anne Frank, the mythology that Jewish family names were changed at Ellis Island, the blockbuster traveling exhibition Auschwitz, the marketing of the Jewish history of Harbin, China, and the little-known life of the righteous Gentile Varian Fry. Throughout, she challenges us to confront the reasons why there might be so much fascination with Jewish deaths, and so little respect for Jewish lives unfolding in the present.

Horn draws upon her travels, her research, and also her own family life--trying to explain Shakespeare's Shylock to a curious ten-year-old, her anger when swastikas are drawn on desks in her children's school, the profound perspective offered by traditional religious practice and study--to assert the vitality, complexity, and depth of Jewish life against an antisemitism that, far from being disarmed by the mantra of Never forget, is on the rise. As Horn explores the (not so) shocking attacks on the American Jewish community in recent years, she reveals the subtler dehumanization built into the public piety that surrounds the Jewish past--making the radical argument that the benign reverence we give to past horrors is itself a profound affront to human dignity.

Positive Word Power for Teens- HC

Positive Word Power for Teens- HC

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Friends, classmates, parents, siblings... they're what we cherish most in life. Now you can learn how to protect your greatest treasure from damage, keeping your relationships shining bright. It's all in the power of the words you speak. Learn the answers to such vital everyday questions as:

  • Is a joke always funny?
  • Is criticism always constructive?
  • Does praise always build others up?
  • How can I deal kindly with someone who annoys me?
  • What if someone is not my type?
  • How should I express anger?
    In 2009, The Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation produced Positive Word Power, based on "The Power of Words" by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin, which shone a bright light on the issue of ona'as devarim — hurting others with words. This daily learning sefer has been taken up by thousands of Jewish men and women who have learned how to recognize and change those thoughts and character traits that spur nice people to say hurtful things.
    Now The Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation brings these priceless lessons to you, teenage readers, through practical scenarios, strategies and discussion questions that reflect the unique challenges of your life. Positive Word Power for Teens will sensitize you to the impact of words you use and hear every day and help you shed negative habits.
    Through our words, each of us has the power to paint for ourselves a bright and loving world, or a dark and lonely one. With an investment of just a few minutes a day, you can learn how to choose the beautiful hues of kindness and sensitivity, and paint a world you'll be happy to live in today and for the rest of your life!
Raising A Child With Soul

Raising A Child With Soul

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With the seemingly insurmountable pressures placed on families today, many parents lack the spiritual foundation and practical knowledge to chart a clear-cut course in child-rearing. Parents question whether nurturing their children's souls is even possible in the fast-paced materialistic culture in which we live. Utilizing the insight that springs from her knowledge of Torah wisdom, her personal experiences and the experiences of those she has counseled, Slovie Jungreis-Wolff, a longtime parenting coach and advisor to young couples and families teaches in detail how to approach the entire gamut of issues, with a special emphasis on strengthening the child's morality and character. Parents will learn how to:
- Instill simchas hachayim, true joy, in their children
- Value chessed, kindness, in a self-absorbed world
- Create a mikdash me'at, a home filled with calm and reflection
- Teach children gratitude and appreciation
- And much more...
From discipline to sibling rivalry to effective communication skills, Raising a Child with Soul offers unique concepts and pragmatic ideas that can be understood and applied to both Jewish and non-Jewish households.

Beard in Jewish Law

The Beard in Jewish Law (English and Hebrew Edition) Hardcover

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Growing a beard has a revered place in Jewish tradition. But is it a halachic necessity? As long as one does not shave with a razor, does Jewish law permit one to remove facial hair?

Pages and pages have been written on this subject over the course of the generations. In the spirit of our Rabbis saying: Bring a text and we will see, we have chosen to present a classic work of Torah scholarship, a responsum authored by R. Chayim Elazar Spira, the distinguished head of the Rabbinic court and the Rebbe of Munkatch, that collects and analyzes the different halachic positions concerning this issue. The comprehensive annotations and the free-flowing translation enable a reader to examine the issues point by point and arrive at conclusions independently, rather than have them thrust upon him.

Supplemented by excerpts from the writings of the Chafetz Chayim and a collection of halachic rulings and quotes from contemporary Rabbinic greats from Lithuanian, Chassidic, and Sephardic traditions, this work opens a reader to a wide spectrum of views concerning this halachic issue.

The translator, Rabbi Eliyahu Touger, is renown for his translations of Rambam's Mishneh Torah, the commentary of the Baal HaTurim on the Torah, the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch and many other Jewish books of law and thought.

The Best of My Worst

The Best of My Worst

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Everyone has heard the expression, "Misery loves company." Why should dating be any different? Best of My Worst is not a "how to" book about dating. It's a book that tells society why we need such books. Take the journey with Goldy Krantz and experience what her friends and family have heard throughout the years, which is what she has to live through on date after date in order to find her Prince Charming. Bad dates are a universal language for women. No matter what nationality or religion the reader is, all will be able to relate to the true horrors that Goldy has come to call her dating life. Get comfortable and get ready to laugh at someone else's nightmarish ordeals for a change. Discover how one woman survives her bad dates with not only her sanity, but her sense of humor as well.
The Gift

The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life

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"I will be forever changed by Edith Eger's story." --Oprah

A practical and inspirational guide to stopping destructive patterns and imprisoning thoughts to find freedom and joy in life--now updated to address the challenges of the pandemic and a world in crisis.

World renowned psychologist and internationally bestselling author, Edith Eger's, powerful New York Times bestselling book The Choice told the story of her survival in the concentration camps, her escape, healing, and journey to freedom. Readers around the world wrote to tell her how The Choice moved them and inspired them to confront their own past and try to heal their pain. They asked her to write another, more prescriptive book. Eger's second book, The Gift, expands on her message of healing and provides a hands-on guide that gently encourages readers to change the thoughts and behaviors that may be keeping them imprisoned in the past.

Eger explains that the worst prison she experienced is not the prison that Nazis put her in but the one she created for herself: the prison within her own mind. She describes the most pervasive imprisoning beliefs she has known--including fear, grief, anger, secrets, stress, guilt, shame, and avoidance--and the tools she has discovered to deal with these universal challenges. These lessons are offered through riveting and inspiring stories from her life and the lives of her patients.

This new, revised edition of The Gift contains two new chapters that examine the invaluable insights and lessons Edie learned during the Covid-19 pandemic; a time she used to rediscover freedom even in lockdown and to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, including preparing and sharing meals with the ones we love. Edie includes recipes for some of her favorite dishes which have been updated and tested by her daughter Marianne Engle and explains how food can be a deep expression of love and connection.

As readers seek to find joy and some peace in these challenging times, Eger's wisdom and heartfelt advice is as timely, and timeless, as ever and certain to resonate with Eger's devoted readers and those who have not yet found her transformational wisdom.

Filled with empathy, insight, and humor, The Gift captures the vulnerability and common challenges we all face and provides encouragement and advice for breaking out of our personal prisons to find healing and greater joy in life.

This practical and inspirational guide to healing from the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Choice shows us how to stop destructive patterns and imprisoning thoughts to find freedom and enjoy life.

Edith Eger’s powerful first book The Choice told the story of her survival in the concentration camps, her escape, healing, and journey to freedom. Oprah Winfrey says, “I will be forever changed by Dr. Eger’s story.” Thousands of people around the world have written to Eger to tell her how The Choice moved them and inspired them to confront their own past and try to heal their pain; and to ask her to write another, more “how-to” book. Now, in The Gift, Eger expands on her message of healing and provides a hands-on guide that gently encourages us to change the thoughts and behaviors that may be keeping us imprisoned in the past.

Eger explains that the worst prison she experienced is not the prison that Nazis put her in but the one she created for herself, the prison within her own mind. She describes the twelve most pervasive imprisoning beliefs she has known—including fear, grief, anger, secrets, stress, guilt, shame, and avoidance—and the tools she has discovered to deal with these universal challenges. Accompanied by stories from Eger’s own life and the lives of her patients each chapter includes thought-provoking questions and takeaways, such as:

-Would you like to be married to you?
-Are you evolving or revolving?
-You can’t heal what you can’t feel.

Filled with empathy, insight, and humor, The Gift captures the vulnerability and common challenges we all face and provides encouragement and advice for breaking out of our personal prisons to find healing and enjoy life.

Healthy Jew

The Healthy Jew: The Symbiosis of Judaism and Modern Medicine

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The Healthy Jew traces the culturally revealing story of how Moses, the rabbis, and other Jewish thinkers came to be understood as medical authorities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Such a radically different interpretation, by scholars and popular writers alike, resulted in new, widespread views on the salubrious effects of, for example, circumcision, Jewish sexual purity laws, and kosher foods. The Healthy Jew explores this interpretative tradition in the light of a number of broader debates over 'civilization' and 'culture, ' Orientalism, religion and science (in the wake of Darwin), anti-Semitism and Jewish apologetics, and the scientific and medical discoveries and debates that revolutionized the fields of bacteriology, preventive medicine, and genetics/eugenics

The Healthy Jew traces the culturally revealing story of how Moses, the rabbis, and other Jewish thinkers came to be understood as medical authorities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Such a radically different interpretation, by scholars and popular writers alike, resulted in new, widespread views on the salubrious effects of, for example, circumcision, Jewish sexual purity laws, and kosher foods. The Healthy Jew explores this interpretative tradition in the light of a number of broader debates over 'civilization' and 'culture,' Orientalism, religion and science (in the wake of Darwin), anti-Semitism and Jewish apologetics, and the scientific and medical discoveries and debates that revolutionized the fields of bacteriology, preventive medicine, and genetics/eugenics.

The Lies They Tell Paperback

The Lies They Tell Paperback

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The USA is the world's empire and its actions will influence us all for generations to come. But who are the Americans, the people who make up America?

Tuvia Tenenbom travels through America to find out. His wanderings take him across regional frontiers, partisan lines, and socioeconomic boundaries in a fearless quest for the flesh-and-blood American. He visits black ghettos and white gated communities, megachurches and Indian reservations. He schmoozes with robbers who teach him the true meaning of love and meets Jews who dedicate day and night to hatred of their brethren. He finagles his way into a prison where skinheads pray, goes to the Senate where no Senator seems to be working, experiments with drugs on American streets and ponders the deeper meaning of life with rednecks. He mingles with soldiers who teach him how to invade foreign countries and intellectuals who teach him the beautiful nature of Mother Earth, the goodness of man, and the sadism of the Israeli. The characters he encounters, the adventures he eagerly embraces and the findings of his journey are always unique and often unexpected.

Welcome to the real America, a place you call home but don't yet know.

Welcome to the real America,

a place you call home but don't yet know!

The USA is the world's empire and its actions will influence us all for generations to come.

But who are the Americans, the people who make up America?

 

Tuvia Tenenbom travels through America to find out. His wanderings take him across regional frontiers, partisan lines, and socioeconomic boundaries in a fearless quest for the flesh-and-blood American. He visits black ghettos and white gated communities, megachurches and Indian reservations. He schmoozes with robbers who teach him the true meaning of love and meets Jews who dedicate day and night to hatred of their brethren. He finagles his way into a prison where skinheads pray, goes to the Senate where no Senator seems to be working, experiments with drugs on American streets and ponders the deeper meaning of life with rednecks. He mingles with soldiers who teach him how to invade foreign countries and intellectuals who teach him the beautiful nature of Mother Earth, the goodness of man, and the sadism of the Israeli. The characters he encounters, the adventures he eagerly embraces and the findings of his journey are always unique and often unexpected. Welcome to the real America, a place you call home but don't yet know.