Elka Weber ● Segula Magazine
This who’s who of Jews involved in medicine and associated fields is arranged chronologically, geographically, and then alphabetically… For those interested in a layperson’s look at Judaism and medicine, this is a pleasant book to dip into, full of interesting facts about accomplished doctors and other scientists.
Alan Jay Gerber ● The Jewish Star
In his 2011 book, “Intergalactic Judaism” (Urim Publications), Rabbi David Lister of the United Kingdom presents a Jewish view of space travel.
Much of the theological discussion in this book is based on the teachings of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch whose “advocacy that one sublimate secular learning and culture into opportunities to serve G-d … “has had a major influence on my life and work,” according to Rabbi Lister.
Continue reading “‘Intergalactic Judaism’ and Rabbi Hirsch”
Dov Peretz Elkins ● Jewish Growth
Riemer is without doubt the most talented preacher in American Jewry. He has a
knack of finding an idea where others cannot find a needle in a haystack. His
homiletical eye is so well trained, that rabbis around the world rely on him
for fresh ideas. This book is no exception – it is inspiring, funny, wise, and
insightful. Read it over and over again.
Continue reading “The Day I Met Father Isaac at the Supermarket”
Jonathan Kirsch ● Jewish Journal
“Orthodoxy” with a capital “O” is a misunderstood and misused word in Judaism. Modern Orthodoxy is used to identify the mainstream of strictly observant Judaism, of course, but “ultra-Orthodox” is an adjective that is applied to the Charedi, Chasidic and Yeshivish movements in Judaism, each of which is distinct from the others.
So, where does “Open Orthodoxy” fit into the Jewish world?
Continue reading “Insights from the Rabbi Who Wrote the Book on ‘Open Orthodoxy’”
Dinah Rokach ● Young Israel Shomrai Emunah of Greater Washington (Rosh Hashanaha Hashomer bulletin)
Follow the history of Jews in the Holy
Land beginning in Talmudic times and through the Diaspora and to the State of
Israel as you learn and take pride in the accomplishments of Jewish doctors
throughout the ages. Read short biographies, most of them accompanied by
black-and-white photographs and illustrations, that will inspire and make you
Continue reading “Books About Jews Who Make Us Proud – “Jews in Medicine””
Sanford R. Silverburg ● AJL News and Reviews
Nathan and the Lions of Ƚódź told the story, in novel format, of a group of 34 teenagers who lived in the Polish forest of Las Lagienwnicki as partisans during World War II. This follow-up story, The Saga of Nathan, focuses on Nathan Kochinski, a member of the group, and his adventures in the post-World War II period. Like the other survivors, Nathan leaves Poland for Palestine. His war-time experience as a combat leader is recognized and when he joins the Haganah he rises to the rank of captain. His transformative role in this underground movement leads him to become a liaison officer seconded to David Ben-Gurion, director of the Jewish Agency for Security Policy. After the establishment of the State of Israel, Nathan continues to offer his expertise, rising to the level of Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Defense. Finally, Nathan succumbs to an assassination attempt on Ben-Gurion by interfering with a thrown explosive device.
This tale would make a great discussion piece for a reading group if the subject was meritorious efforts by Holocaust survivors.
Arthur G. Quinn ● AJL News and Reviews
The author is a rabbi and a writer on many aspects of Torah. This volume is the last in a series on all five books of the Torah and deals with Leviticus (or, as Rabbi Nataf refers to it throughout: Vayikra). Each of the five chapters is dedicated to an aspect of Vayikra. Chapter one is devoted to the interpretation of sacrifice that is relevant for contemporary practice. Chapter two discusses the integrity of Vayikra as a free-standing book in its own right. Chapter three focuses on ritual purity, dietary customs, and reproduction. Chapter four contends with sin and family matters, and chapter five presents Vayikra as a book of laws with few stories contained within its pages. This book is a brief commentary on Leviticus, but it carries a unique perspective. Footnotes are scattered throughout but no index or bibliography are provided.
This volume would be a worthwhile addition to any adult collection.
David B Levy ● AJL News and Reviews
This insightful, well-written, original and important work is one of the best collections of over forty Torah essays in Biblical exegesis and Rabbinics in many years. As such, it is recommended for all libraries and to scholar and layman alike.
Munk is best known for translating Torah commentaries by commentators from the 15th to 18th centuries, but also included in this volume are a selection of his public lectures and independent research. Some of these essays have been published before (for example in L’Eylah, the organ of Jews College in England, or in “Ascent” of Tzefat). Most of the essays included here, however, appear for the first time, providing a great boon to readers and enabling them to benefit further from the breadth and depth of Munk’s Torah knowledge and scholarship. Moreover, the fact that this volume is in English will allow his research to reach a much wider audience.