Rabbinical Assembly preview


The biannual Rabbinical Assembly Conference is back this year in Chicago from Sunday, April 22 to Wednesday, April 25. You can read a recap of the first day here.

The Jewish Publication Society’s Barry Schwartz, along with UNP marketing manager Mark Heineke, will be in attendance. JPS is featuring some of the newest books in Jewish studies at the conference. A small sample is below!


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The Heart of Torah: Essays on the Weekly Torah Portion

Rabbi Shai Held

“Shai Held is one of the most important teachers of Torah in his generation.”—Rabbi David Wolpe, author of David: The Divided Heart



Joseph: Portraits through the Ages

Alan T. Levenson

“Even those who think that they know the story will find much to contrast and compare and much to learn in this fascinating account of how the later generations found themselves in the age-old story of Joseph and his brothers.”—Jack Riemer, Jewish Advocate


The Zionist Ideas: Visions for the Jewish Homeland—Then, Now, Tomorrow

Gil Troy

“This work promises to be an important contribution to Jewish historiography. I highly recommend it.”—Howard Sachar, professor emeritus of history and international affairs at George Washington University



Akiva: Life, Legend, Legacy

Reuven Hammer

“With this new work, readers will be able to move past the coarse legends and refine their understanding of Akiva’s true characteristics, which turned this seemingly simple man into a rabbinical giant, and make his achievements still relevant to this day.”—Benjamin Glatt, Jerusalem Post Magazine



Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives: A Verse-by-Verse Contemporary Commentary

Rabbi Steven Bob

“There is hardly a better-known biblical story than Jonah. Yet Rabbi Steven Bob shows us in this skillfully written book an even more familiar Jonah, one we can see in the mirror every day. Life’s enigmas and dilemmas are somehow less anxiety-producing in light of the lessons we find in Jonah’s experiences.”—Rabbi Norman M. Cohen, author of Jewish Bible Personages in the New Testament


The Commentator’s Bible series

Michael Carasik

First published 500 years ago as the “Rabbinic Bible,” the biblical commentaries known as Miqra’ot Gedolot have inspired and educated generations of Hebrew readers. With this edition, the voices of Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Nachmanides, Rashbam, and other medieval Bible commentators come alive once more, speaking in a contemporary English translation annotated and explicated for lay readers. This large-format volume is beautifully designed for easy navigation among the many elements on each page, including explanatory notes and selected additional comments from the works of Bekhor Shor, Hizkuni, Abarbanel, Sforno, Gersonides, and others.


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