Literature and Legends

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Name Author/Editor Summary
Jewish Legends of the Middle Ages Claud Field, translator Written primarily for children (who possess a very good vocabulary), a curious, odd, old edition, in…
Other People's Trades Primo Levi/Raymond Rosenthal, trans. Essays by Levi about various observations of people, city life, country and natural phenomenon, zool…
The Hasidic Story Book Harry M. Rabinowicz The charming tales with a message from, of course, the Baal Shem Tov, and also by other Hasidic rabb…
The White Hotel D. M. Thomas Some narration, some poetry, some stream of consciousness, some letters: a mixture of a woman's jour…
The Penguin Book of Jewish Short Stories Emanuel Litvinoff Lovely collection of stories from the 'greats' of Jewish short stories: I.L. Peretz, Sholom Aleichem…
The Rabbi Noah Gordon The life of a rabbi from his early beginnings and inspirations in Massachusetts and New York, and th…
The Temple Jerome Weidman As a result of his experience with American troops liberating the death camps and Buchenwald, the ma…
Zlateh The Goat and other stories Isaac Bashevis Singer (Illus.Maurice Sendak) Trans. From Yiddish by Singer and Eliz.Shub The setting is, of course, Chelm, a 'village of fools.' Stories are about fools, devils, shlemiels a…
Plots and Players Pamela Melnikoff The time period is Elizabethan England, the world of Shakespeare, and the plot involves an attempt o…
The Star and the Sword Pamela Melnikof (Illus. Hans Schwarz) The setting is 12th Century England, so there were actually Jews in England then. This time the Jewi…
The Gilded Chamber Rebecca Kohn Fictional account of Queen Esther, the Purim Heroine following in the same tradition as Daimant's Th…
The Call of the Shofar and other Stories Nissan Mindel/Adapted by Chan Zuber-Sharfstein; Illus. By Zalman Kleinman Old and musty but charming children's story book (ages 4-10?). Titles of stories include: "The Call…
Mommy Never Went to Hebrew School Mindy Avra Portnoy Illus. By Shelly O. Hass A no-brainer, very American book which is so cute it's nauseating. You have to be pretty desperate…
A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories Wonderful collection of short stories form the master himself which deals with human nature, how peo…
From Many Countries-The collected Short Stories of Sholem Asch Sholem Asch/Translators: Maurice Samuel and Meyer Levin Heart-rending stories of Jewish life before and after The Shoah. Dedicated to the writer's father w…
Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust Yaffa Eliach First-hand accounts, parables, and stories explaining how these brave but suffering people endured o…
Almonds & Raisins Maisie Mosco Classic story of Sarah Sandberg in the early 20th century and the life she left behind in Russia and…
For Love and Duty Maisie Mosco Life of Bella Minsky during the war, the rags to riches story of the famous milliner and how hard it…
Children's Children Maisie Mosco Story of third generation Jews form Eastern Europe living in England and how the ties with the past…
Sadie Marcelle Bernstein Manchester born, Berstein comes from an Orthodox family, and her work reflects the knowledge which h…
The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon Richard Zimler Novel which transport readers back to the time of the Inquisition and the reign of terror that was f…
The Finkler Question Howard Jacobson Howard Jacobson's Man Booker Prize winning novel which poignantly and humorously describes the dilem…
Dreidelcat Wendy Mallin Walinow Lovely childrens' story of Hanukkah through the perspective of a cat family. Charming. Perfect for c…
Mistress of the Art of Death Ariana Franklin Winner of the historical fiction award, the late A. Franklin, writes a gripping tale of a doctor who…
The Dove Keepers Alice Hoffman Novel which traces Jewish escapees from Jerusalem to Masada and their sad end during the violent tim…
Crusader Gold David Gibbins Novel which tells the story of an archaeologist who searches for the lost gold Menorah of Temple tim…
Guardian of the Dawn Richard Zimler Action-packed, bloody account of the last remaining Portuguese Jews in Lisbon, some of whom survived…
Jewish Literature between the Bible and The Mishnah George W. E. Nickelsburg Critical and sensitive examination of major literary works from the Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha and th…
In Praise of the Baal Shem Tov Dan Ben-Amos and Jerome R. Mintz (trans. And eds.) Collection of legends and stories about the Baal Shem Tov's life. Legenda and miracles abound.
The Finkler Question Howard Jacobson Howard Jacobson's Booker prize-winning novel about Jewish neurosis via Sam Finkler and his friends…

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