“WE WON’T DO IT.” Mrs. Leah Prager, a small and energetic woman, tilted her head back as far as she could, so she could gaze directly into the eyes of Mr. Henry Sax, bobbin-net manufacturer. “That menorah belonged to my parents, and my grandparents before them, may they rest in peace.” Mr. […]
Dead People’s Stuff – Part 1 My husband and I built a brand-new house in the Indiana countryside. It’s actually not a house but an apartment on the upper floor of our barn. Yet I think of it as a house because it’s a second home, built from scratch, to our own specs. It’s a […]
Just in time for Chanukah: Sasson’s free author giveaway of: Open When You Are, by Ben Ackerman
Comparing Notes With Shulem Deen Shulem Deen is the author of ‘All Who Go Do Not Return’, a memoir which describes how he lost his faith, and then lost contact with his still-observant wife and children, after he left the New Square community. I have read All Who Go Do Not Return, and it seems […]
Let’s begin this book review with the author’s own words: I have no zechus to merit that for which millions of Jews have longed and davened for, for thousands of years. It is only due to pure chessed on Hashem’s part that I live in and am able to explore the Land of the Avos, […]
STARLIGHT CHAPTER ONE “Matches, sir?…A box of matches, ma’am?…Only three a ha’penny…You’d like some matches, sir, wouldn’t you? –” Minna tried to keep the desperation out of her voice. You sold more matches if you sounded bright and cheerful. Only it had been such a dreadful day. Earlier a thick, yellowish fog had […]
1 Strad was late. Really late. For his own party. And if he was keen to participate, like most civilized folk in a world where that kind of stuff mattered, maybe he’d just be…fashionably late. But to Strad, social convention was a bothersome fly. There were always so many intriguing things swirling around a […]
The prose is very easy on the internal ear, the story is just fast-paced enough to keep you reading avidly, and the subject matter—a Jewish girl who almost gets swept up in a romance with an apparently Catholic student, set against the backdrop of a research project exploring Spain’s crypto Jews—is definitely captivating.
What does it mean when we say that human beings were created “in the image of God”. While some of the foremost Jewish philosophers, in particular the Rambam, saw Tselem Elohim as referring to the human capacity of reason, Michael Wyschogrod disagrees. His ideas tally in surprising ways with modern neuroscience.
This book made me feel really happy to be a religious Jew. It made me really happy that I’m not the only person out there who is also seeing what’s really lurking under the perfect, shiny façade of the modern world.