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The New Jew: An Unexpected Conversion
I enjoyed hearing Sally Friedes (a native of my home state who spoke in Milwaukee) talk as much (if not more) than I enjoyed her book. I'm glad someon ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 24, 2009
Tradition in a Rootless World: Women Turn to Orthodox Judaism
Although a bit dated, the scholar in me appreciates the footnotes and the intense respect to scholarly detail.
Apr 20, 2010
Mar 05, 2010
The Fruit of Her Hands: The Story of Shira of Ashkenaz
I didn't enjoy this novel as much as the Rashi's daughters' series, despite the fact that I think it was somewhat better written. The writing is very ...more
Jun 08, 2010
Jul 28, 2010
Meet Rebecca (American Girls: Rebecca, #1)
Compared to the other American Girl books, I was disappointed with Meet Rebecca (Meet Rivka). The book didn't tackle massive issues like the others us ...more
Jul 2009
Oct 15, 2009
New Jewish Wedding, Revised
Mazal tov! I loved it. I thought it was informative and fair for various levels of observancy (mine and my chatan's being more traditional). I wish Di ...more
Sep 15, 2009
Oct 15, 2009
Foreskin's Lament
I first discovered Shalom Auslander on This American Life with Ira Glass, on NPR. In my opinion, Auslander is the David Sedaris of the Jewish world. T ...more
Feb 27, 2010
Feb 12, 2010
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
This book was hilarious!
Aug 2010
Jul 28, 2010
Mitzvah Girls: Bringing Up the Next Generation of Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn
The anthropologist/ethnologist in me loved this well written AND WELL DOCUMENTED study. The author really remains neutral in her observations but pair ...more
May 28, 2010
Apr 20, 2010
Daniel's Story
This book initially made me interested not only in reading but writing historical fiction when I was in 6th grade. I highly recommend it to anyone int ...more
Jan 1996
Jun 03, 2009
Rashi's Daughters, Book III: Rachel: A Novel of Love and the Talmud in Medieval France
I didn't like Book 3 as much as Book 2, but I did enjoy it. I found that women were portrayed more weakly right at the end of the book, which bothered ...more
Jan 05, 2010
Dec 27, 2009
A Woman in Jerusalem
I had a very hard time getting into this book and eventually gave up on it. It's beautifully written, but I found the plot very frustrating to enjoy.
Apr 30, 2010
May 03, 2010
A Passover Haggadah: As Commented Upon by Elie Wiesel and Illustrated by Mark Podwal
This is a really beautifully done Haggadah with meaningful commentaries. It will enhance your family seder table!
Apr 2007
Jun 03, 2009
Moses: A Life
This was a fascinating read!!!
Sep 15, 2010
Aug 07, 2010
Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know about the Jewish Religion, Its People, and Its History
Oct 2010
Oct 03, 2010
The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time
May 03, 2010
May 03, 2010
The War Within: A Novel of the Civil War
Oct 29, 2014
Nov 29, 2014
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