In other times, they would never have met. They come from different corners of Israeli society, rooted in their own beliefs, busy with their own troubles. Farmers and fishermen, skeptics and believers, immigrants and natives, children and grandparents struggle with faith, loss, jealousy, hope — and the turmoil around them only deepens the rifts that divide them.
But when the Israeli government orders all Jewish communities in the Gaza Strip destroyed, Neve Adva — the settlement some of them call home — becomes the unlikely crossroads where all their worlds collide and all their lives are changed forever.More info →
At seventeen, Alex was torn from his home and deported to Auschwitz. He outlived his family, his faith, and his culture. His memory filled with the death of a people, unable to speak of what he had done to survive, he was locked in the silent prison of his guilt. This unforgettable and breathtakingly powerful book follows Alex on his journey from the flames of Birkenau to atonement, transformation, and redemption.
Returning is a haunting and compelling exploration of the choices we make in a choiceless time, the terrifying strength and burden of the will to survive, and the power of the human spirit to transcend even its own destruction. It will leave you changed forever.More info →
In the Wake of the Glacier – New Selected Poems
A new poetry collection by Charles Adès Fishman
In the Wake of the Glacier: New Selected Poems brings together work from eight earlier books, including poems written as long ago as 1968 and as recently as 2017. This timely and far-reaching collection also includes 41 previously uncollected poems and 9 entirely new ones that underscore the poet's passionate love of nature, family, history, and justice.
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By Light of Hidden Candles
In a mud hut in the Jewish Quarter of 16th-century Fez, a dying woman hands her granddaughter a heavy gold ring—and an even heavier secret.
Five hundred years later, Alma Ben-Ami journeys to Madrid to fulfill her ancestor's dying wish. She has recruited an unlikely research partner: Manuel Aguilar, a young Catholic Spaniard whose beloved priest always warned him about getting too friendly with Jews. As their quest takes them from Greenwich Village to the windswept mountain fortresses of southern Spain, their friendship deepens and threatens to cross boundaries sacred to them both; and what they finally discover in the Spanish archives will force them to confront the truth about who they are and what their faiths mean to them.
At times humorous, at times deeply moving, this beautifully written and meticulously researched book will appeal to anyone interested in the history of Inquisition-era Spain, Sephardic Jews, or falling in love.More info →
Moral & Religious Dilemmas in the Holocaust – Free Download
Where was God during the Holocaust? What are the limits of human responsibility in the face of overwhelming coercion? These are just some of the question faced by Jews—particularly religious Jews—during the Shoah. This guide explores these questions and more through a series of dialogues between Ovadya ben Malka, a former member of the Birkenau Sonderkommando and the rabbi to whom he turned for judgment.More info →
Reflections and Resources on Teshuvah – Free Download!
This discussion guide explores some of the difficulties and dilemmas facing those who seek to heal the wounds of their own souls—especially self-inflicted wounds. These topics are explored through a series of dialogues between Ovadya ben Malka, former member of the Birkenau Sonderkommando and Rabbi David Ish-Shalom. The discussion topics are supplemented with sources from Jewish texts and sample questions. To download the free pdf version, formatted for home printing, press "Sample" below.More info →
The Seudat Hodayah: selections for hosting a thanksgiving meal (Hebrew)
A Seudat Hodayah is a special meal to held by Jews to commemorate the occasion of a near miss—healing from an illness, returning from a dangerous trip, or narrowly escaping an accident—or just to give thanks for some important milestone. We tell gather around the dining table, recount our brush with ill fortune and give thanks for our delivery. And because it's a Jewish meal, we learn a bit of Torah, say Birchat HaGomel, and sing (not recite, sing!) some choice bits of Tehillim. The Seudat Hodayah includes selections for group study, psalms, and songs—everything you need to hold your own festive meal in the time-honored tradition.More info →
Veils, Halos & Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women
VEILS, HALOS & SHACKLES, the first-ever anthology of international poetry specifically addressing the oppression and empowerment of women, includes over 250 poems by poets from dozens of countries – from Brazil to Bangladesh, from New Zealand to Nigeria – many of them among the world's most accomplished living poets.
In addition to extraordinary poems, VEILS, HALOS & SHACKLES includes testimony by the poets explaining what moved them to address this subject in their work. This volume is an important and timely contribution to the cause of women's empowerment and freedom, speaking to a global audience and giving a voice to the millions whose outcries have been silenced.More info →
In the Shadow of God
In the Shadow of God is a unique collection of poetry from a child of holocaust survivors. Chaya Rosen, allows us to accompany her through a myriad of encounters, reflections, and insights as she weaves together her own journey of human experiences into meaning.More info →