Monthly Archives: October 2011

October Jewish Book Carnival

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter
The October Jewish Book Carnival is here!  The month’s carnival is being hosted by Homeshuling.

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Does Place Matter?

Yesterday, Rabbi Jill Jacobs wrote about Sukkot and social justice. Her most recent book, Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community (Jewish Lights), is now available.

I started Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community with a question: Does place matter?

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Jewish Art

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

 

From Tablet:

A Jewish literature is easy to identify. But defining Jewish art is a task of Talmudic complexity, as a new book, Jewish Art, makes clear.

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Sukkot and Social Justice

Rabbi Jill Jacobs is the author of Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On-Guide for Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community (Jewish Lights).

My initial venture into Jewish social justice came my first year of rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Determined to learn something about Harlem — the neighborhood that bounded my school to the north and east—I got involved with a community organizing effort to help residents avoid eviction and ensure safe living conditions. At the time, New York City was in the process of ridding itself of thousands of buildings that had defaulted to city ownership when landlords abandoned them during the fiscal crisis of the 1970s and 1980s. In the late ’90s, as housing prices in Harlem were rising, the city began selling these buildings to for-profit landlords, who often found ways to evict long-term tenants or to push them out by refusing to turn on the hot water, or to do needed repairs.

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Feast of Famine

Lauren Shockey is the author of Four Kitchens: My Life Behind the Burner in New York, Hanoi, Tel Aviv, and Paris. She offered thoughts on Yom Kippur and break fast to us last week, which we’re sharing here today.  While it’s too late late to make some of the delicious dishes she mentions for this past year’s Yom Kippur, save them for next year, or, even better, try them out for Sukkot this week.

We might associate Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, with fasting, but for me, the holiday is as much about eating—that is, breaking the fast—as it is about abstaining from food.

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