Best Jewish Writing 2003

Best Jewish Writing 2003

by Arthur Kurzweil
     
 
Best Jewish Writing 2003
Contributors include:
Leo M. Abrami
Joseph Alpher
Benjamin Blech
Norman Berdichevsky
Susan Berrin
Lawrence Bush
Talia Carner
I. Century
Phyllis Chesler
Leslie Cohen
Ralph de Toledano
Enid Dame
Alan M. Dershowitz
Carol Diament
Amos Elon

Overview

Best Jewish Writing 2003
Contributors include:
Leo M. Abrami
Joseph Alpher
Benjamin Blech
Norman Berdichevsky
Susan Berrin
Lawrence Bush
Talia Carner
I. Century
Phyllis Chesler
Leslie Cohen
Ralph de Toledano
Enid Dame
Alan M. Dershowitz
Carol Diament
Amos Elon
Lawrence J. Epstein
Mordechai Gafni
Herbert Gold
Shefa Gold
Gloria Goldreich
David Grossman
Blu Greenberg
Irving Greenberg
Leo Haber
David A. Harris
Arthur Hertzberg
Yitzhak Husbands-Hankin
Paula E. Hyman
Yoel Jakobovits
Rodger Kamenetz
Edward I. Koch
Jane Leavy
Amy-Jill Levine
Andrei S. Markovits
Bezalel Noor
Cynthia Ozick
Marge Piercy
Todd Pitock
Daniel Polish
Daniel Asa Rose
Alvin H. Rosenfeld
Gilbert S. Rosenthal
David Saks
Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
Peninnah Schram
Eliezer Shore
Lewis D. Solomon
Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz
William C. Speed
Andrew Wallenstein
Arthur Waskow
Avi Weiss
Sheila Weinberg
Margaret Moers Wenig
Elie Wiesel
Valerie Wohlfeld
The Editor
Arthur Kurzweil
is the former director of the Jewish Book Club and editor-in-chief of Jason Aronson Publishers. He is the author of From Generation to Generation: How to Trace Your Jewish Genealogy and Family History (Wiley, 2004).

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The book goes beyond its subtitle's promise to extend wisdom and enlightenment for troubled times. It presents an optimish tempered by history - an optimish that is uniquely Jewish. Kurzweil's inclusiveness not only makes this a timely collection, but a timeless one as well." (Jewish.com)

For its third annual anthology of the best Jewish writing, Jossey-Bass has installed a new editor, Arthur Kurzweil. He is well qualified for this task, having served as director of the Jewish Book Club and as editor-in-chief of Jason Aronson Publishers, a company that specializes in books of Jewish interest. He casts a wide net for this judicious selection of articles, short stories, poetry and book excerpts. The material is grouped thematically, covering topics such as Israel, current issues, religious education and practice, Jewish spiritual thought, Kabbalah, the Holocaust 9/11 and anti-Semitism. There are also sections of poetry, fiction and Jewish humor. Kurzweil presents an impressive list of prominent authors and allows them to speak for themselves. Among the better-known writers are Elie Wiesel, Alan Dershowitz, Arthur Waskow, Blu Greenberg, Carol Diament, Adin Steinsaltz, Arthur Hertzberg, Cynthia Ozick, Irving Greenberg, Avi Weiss, Edward Koch, Marge Piercy and Herbert Gold. What is remarkable about the roster is its comprehensiveness - all shades of Judaism and of political opinion can be found, thus fully demonstrating the editor's objectivity in making his choices. Yoel Jakobovits contributes an excellent essay on stem cell research, in which he considers the ethical issues arising from this cutting-edge technology. In a sprightly introduction, Kurzweil denies any claim to such objectivity, asserting that decisions about what to include were highly subjective. Objective or subjective, he has done readers a fine service by bringing together a stellar, diverse collection for their enjoyment. (Sept.) (Publishers Weekly, August 11, 2003)

Kurzweil (From Generation to Generation: How To Trace Your Jewish Genealogy and Family History) collects works dealing with the complex problems and difficult situations characterizing the modern Jewish experience. The volume is divided into sections on Israel, current issues, education, religion, Kabbalah, the Holocaust, 9/11, anti-Semitism, humor, poetry, and fiction. Questions of ethics, political action, and personal illumination are all discussed. Amos Elon's fair and detailed coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian struggle and Andrew Wallenstein's discussion of the commercial aspect of Holocaust artistic representation are noteworthy. Jane Leavy's essay on Sandy Koufax, Gilbert S. Rosenthal's discussion of religious law, and Cynthia Ozick's article on Gershom Scholem are expansive and wide-ranging views of religion. A good addition to the series, this is recommended for Jewish studies collections.—Gene Shaw. NYPL (Library Journal, October 15, 2003)

Publishers Weekly
he has done readers a fine service by bringing together a stellar, diverse collection for their enjoyment.
Library Journal
Kurzweil (From Generation to Generation: How To Trace Your Jewish Genealogy and Family History) collects works dealing with the complex problems and difficult situations characterizing the modern Jewish experience. The volume is divided into sections on Israel, current issues, education, religion, Kabbalah, the Holocaust, 9/11, anti-Semitism, humor, poetry, and fiction. Questions of ethics, political action, and personal illumination are all discussed. Amos Elon's fair and detailed coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian struggle and Andrew Wallenstein's discussion of the commercial aspect of Holocaust artistic representation are noteworthy. Jane Leavy's essay on Sandy Koufax, Gilbert S. Rosenthal's discussion of religious law, and Cynthia Ozick's article on Gershom Scholem are expansive and wide-ranging views of religion. A good addition to the series, this is recommended for Jewish studies collections.-Gene Shaw, NYPL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787967710
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/22/2003
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.12(d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Kurzweil is the former director of the Jewish Book Club and editor-in-chief of Jason Aronson Publishers. He is the author of From Generation to Generation: How to Trace Your Jewish Genealogy and Family History (Jossey-Bass, 2004).

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