In the course of my research for Havruta with a One-Eyed Cat, I’ll be reading a variety of books on topics ranging from Talmud to mathematical logic. Here are some musings on this week’s book: Devora Steinmetz’s Freedom & Punishment, a veritable treasure of Halakhic insight.
The Jewish Book Blog Carnival is a monthly event where bloggers who blog about Jewish books can meet, read and comment on each others’ posts. This month’s round-up includes memoirs, spy stories, and memoirs that are also spy stories, in addition to some old favorites and new discoveries.
Tisha b’Av is an intentionally triggered “national flashback”. Any survivor will tell you that the anniversary of a traumatic event is the time when one is most likely to relive it. Rather than trying to “get over it”, we allow ourselves to acknowledge the loss. We acknowledge that there are some things that we should not just “get over”.
In God and Politics in Esther, Yoram Hazony draws political lesson from the Book of Esther, some of which are harrowingly relevant to the increasingly polarized American political landscape, and to other nations facing the politics of pessimism.
Welcome to the February Jewish Book Blog Carnival! Visit the headquarters of the Jewish Book Carnival, a monthly event where bloggers who blog about Jewish books can meet, read and comment on each others’ posts. Following, in more or less alphabetical order, are this month’s blog links. (Note that cover images link to the relevant book page on […]
A Damaged Mirror explores the questions faced by the Jewish Sonderkommando in Birkenau. When does death becomes a moral obligation? What is the nature of responsibility when all choices are taken from us? Can we do T’shuvah for acts committed under coercion? These are the questions that Ovadya still wrestles with decades later.
As we enter the month of Elul, A Damaged Mirror Blog hosts the Jewish Book Blog Carnival, a monthly event where bloggers who write about Jewish books can meet, read, and comment on each others’ posts.
Welcome to the March Jewish Book Blog Carnival! Come in and see what books people are talking about this month.
Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo has written a beautiful forward to A Damaged Mirror, in which he discusses the implications of resurgent memory in our day.
Stories of non-lived memory are more common than we think, he says. “Such stories hint at a great secret about the age we are living in now. But not everyone connects the dots in the same way.”
Rabbi Cardozo shows how the themes of national rebirth, t’shuvah, and the revival of the dead are woven together by prophecy and aggadah.
What am I working on, you ask? Well, you didn’t ask, but I’m going to tell you anyway because this is really cool! I’m in the final stages of illustration and lay-out for a wonderful Seudat Hodaya “Hagaddah”. A Seudat Hodayah is a special meal that Jews host on the occasion of a near miss — healing from an illness, returning from a dangerous trip, or narrowly escaping an accident. In short, any occasion that reminds us of our own mortality and vulnerability.