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For the 2018 issue of Paper Brigade, illustrator and cartoonist @thesoviette created this stunning graphic narrative about philosopher Walter Benjamin. Order a copy at the link in our bio and flip through the pages yourself.
Just got the new #PaperBrigade in the mail! So cool to see my Benjamin piece in print. It was certainly a labor of love. Thank you @beccakantor and the @jewishbookcouncil ! Y'all should buy this magazine - every page is gorgeous.
This is @e_known with my third and final favorite Jewish book selection: Mimamakim (ממעמקים), "Out of the Depths" (in Hebrew אל תשלח ידך אל הנער) is a memoir by Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau. It's a story of strength and survival, and a model example of Jewish resilience. We have a long and well-documented past to learn from, and this book is nothing short of inspiring, a bright example of how to rise mimamakim, out of the depths. #MyJewishBook #JewishBookMonth
@e_known again, coming in with another favorite Jewish book. This one is not a novel or memoir, nor is it something you'd read cover-to-cover. It's a collection of old hymns, songs, verses, and poems. "Abiah Renanot" אביעה רננות is filled with traditional Jewish songs, sung by Sephardic communities every Shabbath. Each chapter is a Maqām, a musical mode or scale with songs to match the mood of every parasha and holiday. These tunes have been passed down for generations, and I get no greater joy than sitting at the table on Friday night, sipping my favorite whiskey and singing out of this old songbook. #MyJewishBook #JewishBookMonth
Hey, It's @e_known here with the first of my favorite Jewish books. The classic novel "My Name is Asher Lev" (שמי הוא אשר לב) by Chaim Potok struck a chord with me from a very young age. Like Asher, I always felt a pull towards art more than the Jewish studies that my schooling offered me. There's something comforting in a story that gets you, and a character whose life feels very much like your own. My name is Enon Avital, and in a way my name is also Asher Lev. #MyJewishBook #JewishBookMonth
Hi, I'm Enon Avital (@e_known), #hebrewtype artist, #dappernotes maker, and UX developer in New York. Shown here is NOT one of my favorite Jewish books – in fact, I kind of made it unreadable – but it's an ex-libris of sorts, a #papercut of my Hebrew name ינון. I'll be back soon with my first selection, but in the meantime come say hi at @e_known #MyJewishBook #JewishBookMonth
I asked Melanie Weiss, the Director of Education and Programming at Beth Israel Congregation of Waterville, Maine for a recommendation for my daughter who is almost 8. She recommended "A Child's Bible: Lessons from the Torah" by Seymour Rossel. This book is a perfect first look as the stories are simple and effective. Following each story are special readings and activities for the child to reflect on what he/she has just read. —@jewishfoodhero #MyJewishBook
Last summer, I asked Rabbi Rachel Isaacs from the Center for Small Town Jewish Life at @colbycollege if she could recommend a Siddur for me. She recommended the one she had recently bought for the synagogue in Waterville, Maine (my childhood synagogue Beth Israel). I ordered it and now I read it at home on Shabbat mornings before the rest of my family wakes up. I sit in the kitchen with my two Persian cats, this Siddur and a cup of coffee.
You know how reading a Siddur can sometimes feel so distant? Well Siddur Lev Shalem feels close. It is a welcoming Siddur for those of us who did not grow up with a lot of Jewish education. The Siddur includes an extraordinary array of sources and commentary and my favorite part is the poetry in the margins of the book. The translation is easy to read and it relates to our contemporary ideas, experiences and feelings. —@jewishfoodhero #MyJewishBook #JewishBookMonth
Kenden Alfond (@jewishfoodhero) is a psychotherapist, mother and the founder of Jewish Food Hero, a blog that focuses on food (healthy plant based recipes), feelings (yes all of them) and finding peace.
This is a special cookbook/food history book. It presents Jewish history and Jewish food history. The introduction captures the Jewish food tension clearly and concisely. Claudia Roden asks "What is Jewish Food"? Her response to this question is compelling. Although this is not a vegetarian cookbook the recipes are flexible and easy to adapt. This book is a treasure and I read a few pages before I go to sleep. #MyJewishBook #JewishBookMonth
This book tells the story of a Holocaust survivor who is juggling three women, all of whom think they're his one and only. I've studied this book's structure for years trying to figure out its secrets. It's episodic and digressive yet propulsive and unputdownable; there are all these reasons it shouldn't work, but it does. In a weird way it has inspired me more than anything else I've ever read. It's also funny, in addition to being unremittingly bleak. —@emilybooks #MyJewishBook
Hi, I'm Emily Gould (@emilybooks), the author of Friendship, a novel, and And The Heart Says Whatever, an essay collection. I also (with Ruth Curry) run Emily Books, an imprint of Coffee House Press that specializes in avant-garde first-person writing by women.
Elisa Albert's debut story collection is raucous, rebellious and impossible to ignore; it announced her as a kind of dangerous truth-teller who could use humor like a weapon to make us confront the icky underbelly of our families, our relationships, and our culture. If you're a fan of Transparent you will definitely want to check this book out, as well as Elisa's two novels: The Book of Dahlia and, most recently, After Birth. #MyJewishBook #JewishBookMonth
I hate to be one of those people who say things like "this book will change your life," but "East of Eden" changed my life. Steinbeck's retelling of the Cain and Abel story set in the Salinas Valley of California is gorgeous in every way, but it's the focus on one particular Hebrew word that just kills me: timshel (תמשל), which translates to "thou mayest." I won't even try to explain to you what it means because only Steinbeck can do that; just know it's empowered me to live my life more bravely (the original YOLO?) and if I were to ever get a tattoo, it would be that word (but I won't so I got a cross-stitch instead). —@mollytolsky #MyJewishBook #JewishBookMonth
I first read “Near to the Wild Heart” in a Latin American literature class in grad school and fell in love with the language and unique access into the interior life of a woman that felt raw and true. I had no idea she was Jewish until years later, which isn’t a surprise — born Chaya Lispector in a Russian shtetl during the pogroms, she emigrated with her family to Brazil at age 2 and quickly assimilated into Brazilian culture, rarely writing about her family’s violent past. But isn’t that another kind of Jewish story, the kind that’s too painful to tell? —@mollytolsky #MyJewishBook #JewishBookMonth
Oh hey! I’m @mollytolsky, editor of @hey.alma, senior editor of @notokensjournal, and a writer of (mostly) short stories. I live in Brooklyn with no cats, just books.
The Collected Stories of Grace Paley is probably the closest thing I have to a bible (which made it especially disconcerting when I couldn’t find my copy to photograph, but this video is way better anyway). She wrote about the lives of women (and Jews and immigrants) at a time when not many deemed those lives worthy of a place in literature, and she did so with humor and chutzpah and sentences so sharp I find myself literally pumping my first into the air as I read If you’re a Grace newbie, start with “Wants” and then just read every single other story. #MyJewishBook #JewishBookMonth
I started learning Tanya in college and it was the first time I was ever truly excited and inspired by Jewish learning. The exploration of elevating the physical to the spiritual realm really hit home. If you're not familiar with Tanya, find yourself a hassidus homie and dive in. It's fascinating. —@davidyarus #MyJewishBook #JewishBookMonth
@DavidYarus is the founder of mllnnl, a social and creative agency that helps global brands and Jewish non-profits like Taglit-Birthright Israel, Hillel International, Schusterman Foundation, and The Israeli Consulate understand and engage the millennial consumer. David is also the founder of JSwipe, the world's largest and fastest-growing Jewish dating app. He is passionate about human connection, millennial empowerment, and all things #future.
My mother introduced me to this book several years back. It's a beautiful and simple way to bring mindfulness and intentionality to your daily life through a beautiful mussar practice. There are certain concepts in the book that have become foundational to the way I live and interact with the world around me. #MyJewishBook #JewishBookMonth
I recently moved to #LA and was told I had to meet @ericachidicohen, a cool LA Jewess and the founder of @thisisloom, which provides pathways to pregnancy, parenting, and reproductive wellness for all. Her book, "Nurture," just came out, and it's perfect timing because we're working on @thisisarqco's next field guide, which is all about pregnancy and birth and the rituals (Jewish and otherwise) that people incorporate into that life changing experience. —@danyashults #MyJewishBook #JewishBookMonth
I'm @danyashults, founder of @thisisarqco, a lifestyle brand and community inspired by all things Jewish and open to everyone.
To prep for @thisisarqco's interview of #ChrisKraus (coming soon!), I binge-watched "I Love Dick" on @amazonvideo, which is based on one of Chris' most popular books and stars Kathryn Hahn, everyone's favorite rabbi from @transparentamazon, and I read "After Kathy Acker," Chris' most recent book, which is a biography of a taboo-breaking punk writer born into a wealthy German-Jewish family. Issues of Jewish identity and culture pop up throughout Chris' work, and I find her personal story really intriguing: she didn't find out that she was Jewish until she was in her 20s, and she spent years married to a Holocaust survivor. #MyJewishBook #JewishBookMonth