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Deaf And Dumb

14 Iyyar 5771 – May 18, 2011
I've often written and said that we are living in remarkable but dangerous times in which we can hear (provided we know how to listen) the footsteps of the Messiah. Ours, however, is a generation that has difficulty hearing.

Siona Benjamin’s Megillas Esther

17 Adar II 5771 – March 23, 2011
There is nothing funny about Siona Benjamin's Megillas Esther (2010). Unlike some contemporary illuminated megillas that emphasize the absurd and outlandish nature of the corrupt Persian court and the buffoonish character of the king, Benjamin takes the Book of Esther quite seriously. She is obviously deeply sensitive to the terrible consequences of God's hester panim (hidden face) in our own time.

Who Saved Soviet Jewry?

22 Shevat 5771 – January 26, 2011
The recent release of additional Nixon White House presidential documents and tapes produced the usual response. As has become customary, brief excerpts of the tapes - excerpts that invariably show President Nixon and members of his administration in the most unflattering light possible - are pulled from the reams of material and hours of conversations and given broad coverage in the media.

Moriah’s Illuminated Torah

Avner Moriah, the well-known Israeli artist, has illuminated the Book of Genesis. No small feat, he has conjured images for all the major narratives as well as alluding to other analogous stories throughout the Torah. He sees the first book of Torah as nothing less than "a poem," a minimalist text that yields an unending series of explorations of the mysteries and conundrums of the human condition. While this is hardly the first nor largest of his explorations of biblical and Jewish narrative, it is easily the most ambitious.

Title: HaMalach HaGoel and Other Bedtime Stories

17 Kislev 5771 – November 24, 2010
The "Collection of Imaginative Stories" in HaMalach HaGoel and Other Bedtime Stories is a bit on the high-minded side with a few clich?s tossed in the mix. Nevertheless, the lap-sized hardcover explains to its readers how to become mature, responsible individuals of integrity. The life lessons are for children aged eight and up.

Landscapes for Humanity: Paintings by Batya F. Kuncman

26 Heshvan 5771 – November 3, 2010
The world is complicated. Surely it seems that Divine justice is elusive. God's role is frequently masked and our human situation is terribly fragile. Yet according to artist Batya F. Kuncman our condition is "most promising." Her optimistic artwork is designed to illuminate this shadowy nature of our existence and strives for clarity and ultimate closeness to God. In "Landscapes for Humanity," currently at the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, images of infants are the tools she uses to explicate her belief.

Title: Remarkable Park

12 Heshvan 5771 – October 20, 2010
This gentle look at nature in 26 pages comes off as a nurturing, quiet read. Lessons about middot tovot and personal potential in Remarkable Park will fill young minds with wonder.

Title: Where Am I?

29 Tishri 5771 – October 7, 2010
A sweet book for young fingers learning to turn pages, Where Am I is an introduction to literature for little ones. Familiar places and situations will delight the tots identifying them.

Title: The Miracle of the Golden Dove and Other Stories

21 Tishri 5771 – September 29, 2010
A delightful lap-sized hardcover, The Miracle of the Golden Dove and Other Stories holds captivating illustrations that deliver a powerful middot-improving message with the text.

Title: Crown of Aleppo: The Mystery of the Oldest Hebrew Bible...

2 Elul 5770 – August 11, 2010
The Jewish people are known as the "people of the book," and over the centuries it has sacrificed much not only to live by that book, the Torah, but to maintain the integrity of its text as well.

Title: Crown of Aleppo: The Mystery of the Oldest Hebrew Bible...

The Jewish people are known as the "people of the book," and over the centuries it has sacrificed much not only to live by that book, the Torah, but to maintain the integrity of its text as well.

YU’s Tawil: Achievement Of A Lifetime

18 Adar 5770 – March 3, 2010
After more than a decade of devoted research, Hayim Tawil, professor of Hebrew Studies at Yeshiva University (YU), has completed what he describes as his magnum opus. Tawil's achievement has scholars from across the world lauding his An Akkadian Lexical Companion for Biblical Hebrew as a defining accomplishment in the field of biblical study.

Title: We Can Do Mitzvos from Aleph to Tav

3 Adar 5770 – February 17, 2010
An easy-to-hold hardcover with colorful illustrations, We Can Do Mitzvos from Aleph to Tav explains basic mitzvot in rhyme and alphabetical order. Easy on the eyes and a pleasant text for introducing toddlers to the world of shmirat halacha, the book teaches the aleph bet with charm.

Fruit Of The Land

12 Shevat 5770 – January 27, 2010
"This week is Tu B'Shevat," announced Rabbi Dayan. "We celebrate the 'New Year' of trees with produce of Eretz Yisrael. However, the Israeli Rabbinate does not take full responsibility for Terumos and Ma'asros to export produce. So, unless the produce is marked as tithed, it is proper to take Terumos and Ma'asros yourself."

Majzner’s Illuminated Torah

For the Jewish artist the desire to illuminate a Torah is an irresistible act of devotion, an offering to Hashem as precious as any sacrifice imaginable. Each parsha is etched into the Jewish consciousness as a calendar for the year, changing weekly, subject, tone and atmosphere. From the primal drama of Lech Lecha to the national transformation of Yisro, and beyond to Moshe's tragic death on the eve of our long sought homecoming, the weekly portion celebrates and delineates God's complex relationship to His beloved. Illuminating the Torah parsha by parsha is the artist's ultimate amidah.

Title: Busy Bees – The Story of Honey

14 Tevet 5770 – December 30, 2009
Round up the little ones and read them a story about the yummiest treat they can think of: Honey. Busy Bees - The Story of Honey is for readers who can sit still long enough to learn some serious natural facts as they enjoy charming cartoons that serve as visual jokes and witty commentary on the text.

Title: My Tzitzis Book

Another member of Feldheim's Show 'n Tell Window Books, My Tzitzis Book is a tale told from a little boy's point of view. Presented in a lap-sized hardcover, the story is a window into an exciting world and designed to be shared with adults. They're important for making the text totally understandable to children who need user-friendly commentary.

Singer’s Artists

15 Kislev 5770 – December 2, 2009
The illustrator stands in an oft-denigrated position, scorned by modernists and traditional purists alike. For both schools of thought the sublime of art cannot be rendered literal. On the other hand, illustrators are curiously accepted if not celebrated by those in a postmodern disposition. In the last twenty years or so a creative relationship to text, narrative or non-visual motifs has gained legitimacy if not primacy in the visual arts. Under the watchful guidance of director Jean Bloch Rosensaft and the curatorial skill of Laura Kruger, the Hebrew Union College Museum casts one of its current exhibitions into this ideational fray. "Isaac Bashevis Singer and his Artists"is in its curious way an exposition on the illustrational as a contemporary motif.

Leipzig Machzor: A Vision from the Past

17 Heshvan 5770 – November 4, 2009
Seven hundred years ago in a synagogue in southwest Germany near the Rhine River, the chazzan opened a new machzor on Yom Kippur as he began Kol Nidrei. The congregation glanced up and gasped as they saw the new prayer book he was davening from. A freshly written large-scale parchment book presented itself to them, specially made for the bimah, to be used on all the holidays, resplendent with brightly colored illuminations and richly adorned with gold-leaf and precious lapis lazuli decorations.

Title: Genesis – the Book with Seventy Faces: A Guide for...

29 Av 5769 – August 19, 2009
A lap-sized hardcover, Genesis - the Book with Seventy Faces: A Guide for the Family invites young minds to grow. The text asks thought-provoking questions about Bereishis, challenging classical commentary and na?ve notions about formative world and Jewish history events.

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