Nathan Devir on Emerging Jewish Communities
Interview with Adam Rovner and Nathan Devir for Jewish Book Council
Adam Rovner: Your book focuses on “emerging Jewish communities.” Can you explain what that means?
Nathan Devir: “Emerging” is an imperfect term, sometimes used alongside qualifiers such as “Judaizing” or “neo-Jewish.” These words indicate that a community is not part of a conventionally-recognized sector of klal yisrael, the worldwide Jewish people. Because Jews are such good record keepers, and because correspondence between divergent communities about matters of halacha has been part and parcel of post-exilic Jewish life, we have a pretty good idea about where Jews have settled.
Your Shavuot Reading List
Jewish Book Council
Shavuot begins after sunset on May 19
Shavuot, also known as The Festival of Weeks, is a Jewish holiday where the Jews celebrate the anniversary of when God gave the Torah to the Jewish People on Mount Sinai. The holiday is celebrated by eating mostly dairy foods, and learning the Torah late into the night on the first night of the holiday. It was one of the three Shalosh Regalim, the biblical pilgrimage holidays the Jewish People celebrate. Megillat Rut, or The Book of Ruth is read on this holiday.
Here are some great works of fiction, non-fiction, and cookbooks for Shavuot.
Chag Sameach/Happy Holiday!
Announcing the 2018 Sami Rohr Prize Finalists!
From Jewish Book Council
The Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, a program of the Jewish Book Council, has announced the five Fellows who are eligible for the 2018 Prize of $100,000, the largest award of its kind. In addition, the second prize of $18,000 and three remaining presentations of $5,000 each will be announced in July 2018.
Please click here to download the press release with full list of finalists.
A Revelatory History of a single Block on the Upper West Side
By Alexander Aciman for Tablet Magazine
Bookworm: Gangsters, kidnappers, a pencil-maker, a Shakespearean actor, a toothpaste magnate, and other 20th-century ghosts in Daniel Wakin’s surprising new account of a section of Riverside Drive
I’d never noticed them. Not in the years I spent visiting friends on 106th Street and Riverside Drive, not on walks with my dad in the 1990s down that same block, not on long meandering runs in the fall. I’ve lived on the Upper West Side almost my entire life. You’d have to be an idiot not to know that the stretch of rowhouses on Riverside is special. But it took Daniel Wakin’s book, The Man with the Sawed-Off Leg and Other Tales of a New York City Block to show me just how special this particular block is.
The Woman Who Fought an Empire
Sarah Aaronsohn and Her Nili Spy Ring by Gregory J Wallace
About the Book
Though she lived only to twenty-seven, Sarah Aaronsohn led a remarkable life. The Woman Who Fought an Empire tells the improbable but true odyssey of a bold young woman—the daughter of Romanian-born Jewish settlers in Palestine—who became the daring leader of a Middle East spy ring.