Nobody remembers whether the Torah has ever won a book award before.
But this year’s National Jewish Book Award for non-fiction goes to “Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary,” edited by David Lieber and Jules Harlow (Jewish Publication Society). It’s the Conservative movement’s new volume of the Torah text and commentary, the first new edition published in 70 years.
by Daniel Schifrin |
Special To The Jewish Week
Publishers Weekly, in its review of the fascinating new book “The Butcher’s Tale: Murder and Anti-Semitism in a German Town” (Norton), notes somewhat offhandedly that “although classed by the publisher as history/Judaica, this powerful volume will also appeal to true-crime readers…”
The careers of stage-and-screen star Mae West, moral crusader Anthony Comstock and birth-control pioneer Margaret Sanger are intimately bound up in the history of sexuality in America. So, too, are those of burlesque queen Ida Mencken, publisher Samuel Roth and condom-maker Julius Schmidt. Their enterprising exploits will be on display when the Museum of Sex opens this week.
Yom Kippur doesn't mark the end of the fall holiday season. It's the start of sukkah-building time. The harvest festival begins Friday night this year.
Traditionally, Jewish families start erecting the temporary huts as soon as they break the fast: though some people get a head start in Elul, and some wait till the last moment.
Edward Serotta read Basya Chaika's life story for the first time a few weeks ago.
Sitting in his Vienna office, he learned how Chaika, a 16-year-old loyal communist at the end of 1943, had served on a secret military tribunal in Kiev, sentencing to death Ukrainian traitors and collaborators who had worked with the occupying Nazi army.
An employee of Serotta's Central Europe Center for Research and Documentation had interviewed Chaika, who still lives in Kiev. Serotta was editing her story.
An American-born, former Israeli commando became the first victim of terrorist hijackers on Sept. 11, when he tried to protect an American Airlines stewardess, according to a report in Israel's top daily.
While the heroes who wrested control of United Airlines Flight 93, bringing the plane down in an empty Pennsylvania field, have been recognized from the start, the tale involving Danny Lewin has not been told.