Tag Archives: Jewish Literature

A Gay Jewish Reading List

Earlier this week, Wayne Hoffman wrote about a funny thing and shared the meaning behind the names of a few of his characters. 
When I was first coming out 25 years ago, there were precious few books about being gay and Jewish. Thankfully, that’s not the case today. There are enough to fill whole bookcases. But will anyone who isn’t gay read them? Continue reading here.


JBC Bookshelf: Fall Nonfiction

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter
This fall brings not only a bounty of fiction, but a bounty of nonfiction, as well. This edition of “JBC Bookshelf” offers memoirs, a “biography,” and humor, taking us from Israel to Egypt to France (keeping with the “travel” trend). Many of the below titles will be reviewed in our fall or winter issue of Jewish Book World, so be on the look out for more about each of them. And, while we love bringing you fall book treats, we also have another (literary) treat in store for you…stay tuned… Continue reading.

JLit Links

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

  • The August Jewish Book Carnival is here! The posts are hosted over at Needle in the Bookstacks and include a review of The Elected Member (Bernice Rubens), an interview with Joan Leegant, and literary tips on handling Shabbat services with a toddler. Read them all here.

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The Greatest Jewish Basketball Team

Douglas Stark’s The SPHAS: The Life and Times of Basketball’s Greatest Jewish Team is now available. He will be blogging all week for the Jewish Book Council and MyJewishLearning‘s Author Blog.
When I told friends and colleagues that I was researching and writing a book about a Jewish basketball team, I was often met with a hesitation or a stunned look. Why are you writing a book? Well, many people write books, I would often answer, and I wanted to take a crack at it myself. Continue reading here.

Jewish Literary Treasures in SF

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter
Looking for any of these?

A history of Jewish New Orleans. A 1970 copy of “Israel on $5 a Day.” Crime novels such as “Murder on the Kibbutz.” A three-volume history of the Jews of Muslim Spain.  Continue reading here.

JBC Bookshelf: Fall Travel

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter
This fall, travel through history with literature: Vivian Gornick presents a portrait of an early 20th century radical icon; Umberto Eco brings us back to the conspiracies of the 19th century; and Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman allows readers to listen in on the Jewish conversation as it has expanded–from the Hebrew Bible to the early 21st century. Continue reading here.

An Empty Mental Space

Earlier this week, Dr. Erica Brown asked, “What are the Three Weeks, anyway?”, and wrote about learning to mourn. Her new book, In the Narrow Places, is now available.

Jewish law
 is based generally on the assumption that our emotions follow our actions. If we act charitably, we will become, over time, more compassionate human beings. Continue reading here.