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An ongoing lecture series featuring authors of newly published books.
The students in Mrs. Abernethy's 5th grade class talk about the books they're reading.
Book Talks
Students in Spring 2013 discuss recent novels they read.
University of Hong Kong Libraries Book talks
This is my book talk about Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi.
University of Hong Kong Libraries Book Talks
DC Book Talks
Authors share their works at public venues in Washington, DC.
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Important next-generation Israeli author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen’s gripping novel narrates the aftermath of an Israeli neurosurgeon’s accidental killing of an Eritrean migrant. Newly translated from Hebrew, this tightly crafted story is as timely as it is riveting.
At the age of 27, alone in Jerusalem in the wake of a painful divorce, Ilana Kurshan decided to begin learning daf yomi, the “daily page” of the Talmud. By the time she completed the Talmud after seven and a half years, Kurshan was remarried with three young children. If All the Seas Were Ink is her moving and remarkable memoir of this journey ...…
Ruby Namdar’s The Ruined House received the Sapir Prize, Israel’s most prestigious literary award. Now newly translated into English, Namdar’s tale of a man whose comfortable secular life begins to unravel in the face of haunting religious visions cuts to the core of contemporary Jewish-American identity.…
The advent of Islam in the seventh century brought profound economic changes to the Middle East and to the Jews living there. The Talmud, written in and for an agrarian society, was in many ways ill-equipped for the new economy. In the early Islamic period, the Babylonian Geonim made accommodations through their responsa, through occasional taq ...…
Francine Klagsbrun's definitive new biography of Golda Meir brings to life a world figure unlike any other. An iron-willed leader, chain-smoking political operative, and tea-and-cake-serving grandmother who became the fourth prime minister of Israel, Meir was one of the most notable women of our time. Born in czarist Russia in 1898, Meir immigr ...…
A discussion with Rabbi Ron Kronish on his new book, The Other Peace Process: Interreligious Dialogue, A View from Jerusalem. Drawing on personal experiences from his 25-year career as founding director of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel, Rabbi Ron Kronish describes the theory and practice of interreligious dialogue, education ...…
Ilana Sasson, instructor at Sacred Heart University and JTS alumna, discusses her new critical edition of a key Arabic translation and commentary on the book of Proverbs. Working in the 10th century, Yefet ben Ò…li ha-LeviÓ³ commentary attests to his rationalistic and revisionist ideology and egalitarian approach.…
Aly Gerber’s young adult novel, Braced, is the story of a 12-year-old soccer player who learns she needs to wear a back brace 23 hours a day for her worsening scoliosis. As she adjusts to life with the brace, her confidence and self-image are shaken. Ultimately she discovers her own voice and learns how to face this challenge—plus all the other ...…
Dinner at the Center of the Earth, a new political thriller from Pulitzer finalist and best-selling author Nathan Englander, unfolds in the highly charged territory of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A prisoner in a secret cell. The guard who has watched over him a dozen years. An American waitress in Paris. A young Palestinian man in Berlin ...…
In his new book, the winner of the 2016 National Jewish Book Award for Scholarship, JTS's Dina and Eli Field Family Chair in Jewish History Dr. Benjamin R. Gampel uses rich new archival data to illuminate one of the major disasters that struck medieval Jewry: the anti-Jewish riots of 1391-92 in the lands of Castile and Aragon. Offering the most ...…
In his book Kohelet’s Pursuit of Truth, Rabbi Benjamin J. Segal, former president of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, presents an arresting new translation and commentary on Ecclesiastes that unlocks the ancient wisdom of one of the deepest and most controversial books of the Tanakh. Segal's most striking innovations in ...…
Kaplan was a compulsive diarist. His journal of twenty seven volumes is one of the longest on record. Communings of the Spirit, volume 2, edited by Dr. Mel Scult, contains in vivid detail the edited selections from 1934-1941. He reacts passionately to the momentous events of the thirties paying particular attention to the rise of Fascism. We me ...…
Named after Solomon Ibn Gabirol’s own sharp self-description, Vulture in a Cage is the most extensive collection of the eleventh-century Hebrew poet’s works ever to be published in English. Here, vital poems of praise, lament, and complaint sit along­side devotional poetry, love poetry, descrip­tive meditations on nature, and epigrams. Ob ...…
Reading Genesis: Beginnings, edited by Beth Kissileff, gathers intellectuals and thinkers who use their professional knowledge to create an original constellation of modern readings of Genesis: a scientist of appetite on Eve’s eating behavior; law professors on contracts and collective punishment; an anthropologist on the nature of human stri ...…
Judaism as we know it is a western Roman religion, argues Rabbi Burton Visotzky. Yes, the very empire that destroyed the Jerusalem Temple in 70 CE served as the culture in which Judaism was nurtured and became the religion of the rabbis that we still celebrate today.
Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food Roger Horowitz (Columbia University Press, 2016) Kosher USA follows the fascinating journey of kosher food through the modern industrial food system. It recounts how iconic products such as Coca-Cola and Jell-O tried to become kosher; the contentious debates among rabbis over the ...…
Allyssa, Allison, Chris, and Andrea discuss "The White Tiger."
Blake, Carina, and Natalia discuss "Angela's Ashes."
Chelsey, Tyrese, and Ronni discuss "Gone Girl."
Yesha, Kiara, and Jessica discuss "Pride and Prejudice."
Rebecca, Aria, Brianna, and Hayley discuss "Slaughterhouse Five."
Catherine, Alex, and Elena discuss "In Cold Blood."
Will, Jason, and Grace discuss "Overachievers."
Nicole and Alex discuss "Outliers."
Sophia, Landon, and Jack discuss "Bossy Pants."
Archelle, Becca, Grayson, Miranda and Isabella continue their discussion on "A Lesson Before Dying."
Archelle, Becca, Grayson, Miranda and Isabella discuss "A Lesson Before Dying."
Alex, Robert, Ethan, and Mathew discuss "Lolita."
Jaime, Aydan, and Jalen discuss "Pride and Prejudice."
Abbey, Katie, and Daven discuss "This Side of Paradise."
Andrea I, Andrea J and Crystal discuss "The Lovely Bones."
Nathan and Iran discuss "The English Patient."
Chris, Austin, and Adam discuss "The Book Thief."
Destiny, Julia, Justin and Abraham discuss four class novels and their common themes.
Zane, Connor, James and Sean discuss "String Theory for Dummies."
Matt and Brianna discuss "Red Rising."
Anna Marie, Lauren, and Ashton discuss "Looking for Alaska."
Jesse and Marcus discuss "In Cold Blood."
Morgan, Katie, Bailey, and Auburn discuss Red Rising.
Kyatt, Tyler, Jay, Jack, and Cole discuss the book Do Hard Things.
Seth, Maddie and Brodey discuss Eat, Pray, Love.
Taylor, Alexis, and Samson discuss Gone Girl.
Gabriella and Ethan discuss the book, The Overachievers.
John and TJ discuss Malcolm Gladwell's book, Outliers.
Christina and Kalil discuss The Kiterunner.
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