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Landscapes for Humanity: Paintings by Batya F. Kuncman

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

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?

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

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 Codex

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 Codex

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

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

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

"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

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

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

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 the Family

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.

Why Was The Prato Haggadah Left Unfinished?

When the Cistercian abbot Stephen Harding commissioned an illuminated bible in 1109, he wanted to ensure its accuracy. So he did what any good scholar (but very few medieval Church leaders) would do; he sought rabbinic counsel so that he could have access to the original Hebrew. The so-called St. Stephen's Bible, which can be seen in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's current exhibit, Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages, represents a rare collaboration of rabbinic and Christian scholarship.

Why Was The Prato Haggadah Left Unfinished?

When the Cistercian abbot Stephen Harding commissioned an illuminated bible in 1109, he wanted to ensure its accuracy. So he did what any good scholar (but very few medieval Church leaders) would do; he sought rabbinic counsel so that he could have access to the original Hebrew. The so-called St. Stephen's Bible, which can be seen in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's current exhibit, Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages, represents a rare collaboration of rabbinic and Christian scholarship.

Title: A Never-Ending Tale: Illustrated Parables of the Ba’al Shem Tov and His Disciples

A Never-Ending Tale: Illustrated Parables of the Ba'al Shem Tov and His Disciples vividly outlines the lofty character traits that every Jew should strive to attain.

Title: A Never-Ending Tale: Illustrated Parables of the Ba’al Shem Tov and His Disciples

A Never-Ending Tale: Illustrated Parables of the Ba'al Shem Tov and His Disciples vividly outlines the lofty character traits that every Jew should strive to attain.

Wolloch Holocaust Haggadah

We are taught: "In every generation one is obligated to regard himself as though he had gone out from Egypt." How difficult, what a leap of imagination for us in a free America, surrounded by friends and family, secure in our past and future yiddishkeit, to feel the terrors of long ago. Indeed we might forget, we might wish not to remember events in our own time and the time of our parents that were remarkably similar to the Egyptian horror. David Wander's Holocaust Haggadah reminds us with a somber art that is defiantly infused with hope and compassion.

Title: Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Succession Winter 1860-1861

I've always been amazed at how historians pore over some old documents and books in some dusty basement storehouses, and yet are able to come up with a volume that's readable and enlightening - and even entertaining. Unfortunately, most of them aren't, but this is surely an exception.

Title: Unlocking the Torah Text: Shmot: An In-depth Journey into the Weekly Parsha

The secret to making a good sequel to a book is to make one that is original, yet effectively ties into the previous title.

A Word Is Worth 100 Pictures: Richard McBee Empowers The Biblical Sarah

Writing a biography of the biblical Sarah, whether in text or images, is about as easy as hunting tigers in Africa or helping Pooh chase Heffalumps and Woozles.

Innovation and Imitation in Albrecht Dürer’s Samson

German artist, Albrecht Dürer's woodcut "Samson Slaying the Lion" (1497-98) shows the warrior-prophet with the unkempt hair and beard of a Nazarite, sitting on the back of a lion, whose jaws he pulls apart.

Titles: Jerusalem: A Neighborhood Street Guide & The Streets of Jerusalem: Who, What,...

A fact-filled guide to the highways and byways of Jerusalem (and there are lots of byways here), Jerusalem:

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