The Golem is a spoken word album that reimagines the legend of a Frankenstein's Monster type figure created to protect the Jews of Prague. The Book of Life Podcast interviewed creator Eddie Estrin about this project.
Click HERE to take a look.
Here's just one of the outstanding reviews of Richard Schwartz's new book: 'Who stole my religion? Revitalizing Judaism and applying Jewish values to help heal our imperiled planet'
“This is an inspirational and prophetic book that explores the deep issues that are facing us today, not only for the purpose of healing the ecological world, but more importantly saving the soul of Judaism. The essential question Richard Schwartz, a modern Orthodox Jew, is asking is: ‘Why has my Orthodox Jewish community moved away from following the deep God-centered and, consequently, moral and ethical way of life in which humanistic ideals and actions are essential out-flowing of a God-centered way of life?’” – Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, MD, MD(H), DD,
Click HERE to read more.
In September, Jill at Rhapsody in Books reviewed "Stir" by Jessica Fechtor.
This heartwarming memoir describes the author's unexpected brain aneurysm at the age of 28, and how she redefined her life afterward with the help of her husband, friends, family, and cooking. The book is infused with the warmth of Jewish food and Jewish traditions, and also contains many recipes.
Click HERE to see more.
Ann Koffsky has an interesting discussion about halacha and creativity on her blog HERE.
While over on the My Machberet blog, Erika Dreifus routinely features "Pre-Shabbat Literary Links" posts. Here's one recent example.
(BTW, I just learned that Erika is also the editor/publisher of The Practicing Writer, a free (and popular) e-newsletter featuring advice, opportunities, and resources on the craft and business of writing for fictionists, poets, and writers of creative nonfiction.)
With just days until Sukkos, the Jews of Sislotch wait excitedly for their beautiful esrogim to arrive. But when a snowstorm dealys the delivery wagon the nervous driver takes matters into his own hands. The Little Esrog is a touching tale of one modest esrog whose humility saves the holiday for the entire village. Click HERE to take a look.
Visitors can not only read and work here but also participate in actively developed cultural activity - art exhibitions, discussions, conferences and more.
The Library has more than 7,000 books in its collection, written both in English and Lithuanian, and you can check out their English website HERE.
Here's a taste:
"Almost as soon as I started reading Unlocking the Secrets of the Erev Rav, my jaw was hanging open. I was shocked, in a very pleasant way, by new understandings that this book opened up to me. And Rivka Levy has the gift of taking extremely esoteric and complex material and making it very accessible to the reader. I'm not going to say that this book doesn't require any background in Judaism or in the Bible. If you have that, Levy will take you much deeper. She writes almost conversationally at times, making it much easier to understand the huge spiritual realities she's introducing in this book. And why they're particularly important in our time."
If you really want to find out why the modern Jewish community is in the state it's in, this book will give you a huge piece of the puzzle. Click HERE to find out more.