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The Jewish Preview of Books—October 2018

So many books, so little time. A quick look at Jewish books being published this month.

Remembering Walter Laqueur

Like the man himself, the pieces Laqueur wrote for the JRB contain enormous insight and breadth.

Korean Talmud, Is Modern Orthodoxy like Classical Reform? and Jesus and the Baal Shem Tov

A round-up of three new and notable articles in Jewish studies.

The Peculiar History of the Etrog

How an obscure Chinese fruit became a centerpiece of Sukkot and a symbol of Judaism. 

Kol Nidre with Dragons

One of the most spectacular books of medieval Ashkenaz, the Leipzig Mahzor, contains a stunning illumination for the opening of Yom Kippur.

The Day Turned

One of Lea Goldberg’s last poems was inspired by a prayer from the Yom Kippur liturgy.

Awe and Joy

S. Y. Agnon curated a stunning anthology of Jewish texts, published later in English as Days of Awe. In his introduction to the anthology, the eminent scholar Judah Goldin grappled with the idea of awe—and so does this author.

“When Orchards Burn Their Lamps of Fiery Gold”

Emma Lazarus’s 1882 poem for Rosh Hashanah responded to the crises of her day, foreshadowed “The New Colossus,” and resonates today.

The Jewish Preview of Books—September 2018

A quick look at Jewish books being published this month.

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