Contemporary Life & Practice
Tales of the Holy Mysticat
TALES OF THE HOLY MYSTICAT by Rachel Adler with illustrations by David Parkhurst (Banot Press 2020). Rabbi Dr. Adler’s starter’s guide to Jewish history, practice, and rabbinic thought in the form of a masterfully woven collection of whimsical stories—creative, erudite, and totally mischievous.
“Ever wonder what would happen if one of the fiercest feminist Jewish theological minds trained itself on understanding the mystical teachings of the soul of a tzaddik which had manifested itself in this world in her cat? Wonder no more. This piquant, entertaining, yet soulful and spiritual book is the result of that encounter. A book to be savored, like fine chocolate, or catnip.”
– Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Cohen, Professor of Rabbinic Literature, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, American Jewish University
Getting Good at Getting Older
GETTING GOOD AT GETTING OLDER by (co-creator of The Jewish Catalog) Richard Siegel and Rabbi Laura Geller (Behrman House 2019). This finalist for the National Jewish Book Award brings humor, warmth, and more than 4,000 years of Jewish experience to the question of how Baby Boomers can shape this new stage of life.
“Rabbi Laura Geller has poured her generous soul into this offering. How astonishing to live in a time when the very nature of lifespan—and thus of aging—is transforming before our eyes. This book is pragmatic, playful, and wise. It is an invitation to stop treating aging as an enemy, and to claim its abundant gifts.”
– Krista Tippett, host of On Being and founder of the On Being Project
RESOULUTIONS: A Practical Guide for Self-Repair
RESOULUTIONS: A Practical Guide for Self-Repair by Rabbi Heather Miller (Lulu). Empowering, inspiring, accessible wisdom for self reflection during the days of Elul. Miller, a much beloved spiritual leader and social justice advocate, is the founder of Keeping It Sacred.
SHA'AR HASHAMAYIM: A Machzor for the Days of Awe
SHA’AR HASHAMAYIM: A Machzor for the Days of Awe (Stephen Wise Temple 2019). Prayer book for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. A rich textual, musical, and visual tapestry of tradition and innovation created exclusively by the Stephen Wise Temple clergy team for its congregation’s many generations to come.
WISE AGING by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal (Behrman House 2016). Textbook for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality(IJS)’s program, which considers mindfulness and contemplative practices such as meditation, Jewish text study, journaling and gentle movement to be foundational to aging wisely.
“Wise Aging opens us to the possibility that we may become more as we age: more heartfelt, more connected, more forgiving and more present to the joys of being alive. A fine book to read if you are considering growing old.”
— Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, author of My Grandfather’s Blessing
A LIFE OF MEANING: Embracing Reform Judaism’s Sacred Path
A LIFE OF MEANING: Embracing Reform Judaism’s Sacred Path, ed. Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan PhD (CCAR Press 2018). Writings by more than 50 rabbis, scholars, and community leaders on Reform Judaism’s core beliefs and practices, and why it is critical to the Jewish future. Chosen by the Central Conference of American Rabbis as the foundation of the CCAR’s National Adult Education Curriculum on Reform Judaism: Past, Present, and Future
HONORING TRADITION, EMBRACING MODERNITY
HONORING TRADITION, EMBRACING MODERNITY: A Reader for The Union for Reform Judaism’s Introduction to Judaism Course, eds. Rabbi Beth Lieberman and Rabbi Hara Person (CCAR Press 2018). Sourcebook for the URJ’s Introduction to Judaism and Taste of Judaism courses.
WHEN THE RIVER ICE FLOWS, I WILL COME HOME
WHEN THE RIVER ICE FLOWS, I WILL COME HOME by Elisa Brodinsky Miller (Academic Studies Press 2020). This four-generation family memoir and graphic narrative transports readers from Russia to America and back as it tells the truth of one woman’s life as artist, scholar, and mother.
“When the River Ice Flows, I Will Come Home is a moving memoir that lovingly recreates the lives of Elisa Miller’s father and his family as Jews in the dying years of the Romanov dynasty. Drawing on a collection of letters and postcards, Miller chronicles the drama and horror of the times—pogroms, war, revolution, and emigration—and tells of her own experiences with the land of her ancestors. An evocative and deeply felt journey of discovery.”
— Douglas Smith, author of Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy
BENDING TOWARD THE SUN
BENDING TOWARD THE SUN by Leslie GIlbert-Lurie with Rita Lurie (HarperCollins 2009, Alcove Publishing 2021). A beautifully written family memoir by human rights advocate and former television executive Gilbert-Lurie, Bending Toward the Sun explores an emotional legacy—forged in the terror of the Holocaust—that has shaped three generations of lives.
“The lasting impact of the Holocaust on a survivor and her daughter emerges in this joint account… The voices and experiences expressed are valuable.” — Publishers Weekly
History and Theology
THE NAME: A HISTORY OF THE DUAL-GENDERED HEBREW NAME FOR GOD
THE NAME: A HISTORY OF THE DUAL-GENDERED HEBREW NAME FOR GOD by Mark Sameth (Wipf & Stock 2020). A meticulously researched interpretive history of the Tetragrammaton that invites us to see the God of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as a dual-gendered, male-female deity. By “one of America’s most inspiring rabbis” (The Forward, inaugural list, 2013).
“The Name is traditional and revolutionary, historical and mythical, rational and mystical…a blessing you will want to share with your friends, a work that will open you up to new and healing visions of God, of self, of humanity and of our world.”
– Rabbi Naomi Levy, founder and leader of Nashuva and author of Einstein and the Rabbi
RAV HISDA'S DAUGHTER and RASHI'S DAUGHTERS
RAV HISDA’S DAUGHTER: Books I and II (Novels of Love, The Talmud, and Sorcery) and RASHI’S DAUGHTERS: Books I, 2, and 3 by Maggie Anton (Penguin Random House)
“In her depiction of the lightning-fast dialectical give-and-take of the rabbinic study hall, and the sights, sounds, and smells of Babylonian Jewish life in late antiquity….[Anton has] produced a historical synthesis that few talmudists could hope to achieve….re-conceiving of the relationship between the Talmud and the magic bowls, and the lost Babylonian world that gave birth to Judaism.”
— Shai Secunda, Jewish Review of Books
THE PROPHET'S WIFE
THE PROPHET’S WIFE by Rabbi Milton Steinberg (Behrman House)
“The Prophet’s Wife provides a window into both the world of Biblical literature and the soul of one of the most penetrating theological minds of twentieth century American Jewry. [It] will serve as a trusted companion and guide for spiritual seekers in generations to come.”
— Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove, Park Avenue Synagogue
There are no words sufficient to thank Rabbi Beth Lieberman for all she did to bring my book to life. For having walked every step with me, for her sage advice, for her reading suggestions, for her conceptual framing, for her strategic clarity on matters of publishing, and for her infinite patience I am forever in her debt.
– Rabbi Mark Sameth, author of The Name: A History of the Dual-Gendered Hebrew Name for God