The Rabbi's Atheist Daughter by Bonnie S. Anderson

Posted on January 16th, 2017
Jewish Book Council    

Known as "the queen of the platform," Ernestine Rose was more famous than her women's rights co-workers, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. By the 1850s, Rose had become an outstanding orator for feminism, free thought, and anti-slavery. Yet, she would gradually be erased from history for being too much of an outlier: an immigrant, a radical, and an atheist. 

In The Rabbi's Atheist Daughter, Bonnie S. Anderson recovers the unique life and career of Ernestine Rose. The only child of a Polish rabbi, Ernestine Rose rejected religion at an early age, successfully sued for the return of her dowry after rejecting an arranged betrothal, and left her family, Judaism, and Poland forever. 

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Let My People Go

Posted on January 9th, 2017
By Unorthodox for Tablet Magazine 

This week on Unorthodox, biblical scholar Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg offers a new look at Moses, and linguist and Columbia professor John McWhorter breaks down ‘safe spaces’

This week on Unorthodox, Jared and Ivanka go shul shopping in Washington, D.C.

Our Jewish guest is renowned biblical scholar Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg, whose latest book examines the life of Moses, one of the most enigmatic biblical figures (you can read an excerpt here). She tells us about exploring the often overlooked aspects of Moses’s life—his speech impediment, for example, and the outsize role it played in his engagement with God and other people–and why she believes Moses is one of the most compelling literary characters of all time. (This segment is sponsored by Yale Jewish Lives.)

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JewliciousReads: Ten Best Book Covers of 2016

Posted on January 2nd, 2017
By larry on From Jewlicious

Yes. You can tell a book by its Cover.

I think the following were among the Best of 2016 (actually more than ten):

And by best, I mean they are unique and attract reader interest.

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What We Read in 2016; Book Recommendations from #30Days30Authors

Posted on December 26th, 2016
Jewish Book Council

Looking for a book to read in the new year? Find out what JBC has been reading this year!

You'll find Reading Lists: Staff Picks | Subjects | Authors | Holidays & Observances 

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The Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2016

Posted on December 22nd, 2016
By Marjorie Ingall for Tablet Magazine 

Stories about Noah’s Ark, Jewish weddings, and scientific discovery make perfect Hanukkah gifts

Giving someone a didactic book as a gift is like giving them a Dustbuster. Or a bathroom scale. There’s implicit criticism there, a kind of superior “you require betterment, and I shall better you” messaging that is not very spirit-of-giving. It’s even worse when the recipient of your dull and noble book is a child. Congratulations, you’ve just conveyed to an impressionable youth that reading is a chore and that you are unfun.

Therefore. Here is a collection of giftworthy books that are not only worthy but fun to read. Gifts like these help kids stay readers for life.

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