Category Archives: Jewish Publication Society

April 28

News and Reviews

Books   American English, Italian Chocolate Rick Bailey Starred review from Publishers Weekly: “The essays read like the best of short stories: their significance extends beyond what is on the page.” The Blind Man and the Loon Craig Mishler Praise from Cultural Analysis: “A significant example of what twenty-first century folklorists do… yet another contribution of the press […]

April 24

EXCERPT: Saving One’s Own

The following has been excerpted from Saving One’s Own: Jewish Rescuers during the Holocaust by Mordecai Paldiel (Jewish Publication Society, 2017). In a 2002 publication about the role of non-Jewish rescuers of Jews, Holocaust historian Nechama Tec, who earlier wrote on Polish rescuers of Jews, lamented, “Why had I overlooked the rescue of Jews by Jews? . […]

April 18

EXCERPT: Exiles in Sepharad

The following has been excerpted from Exiles in Sepharad: The Jewish Millennium in Spain by Jeffrey Gorsky (Jewish Publication Society, 2015).    Chapter 6: A Golden Age of Poetry A New Hebrew Posey The exposure to Muslim culture fostered the emergence of great Jewish poets. The confluence of a rich Arab poetic tradition with biblical Hebrew and the […]

April 14

News and Reviews

Books   Intersectionality Anna Carastathis Review from American Quarterly: “Her commitment to close reading is manifested in a rejection of both intersectionality’s skeptics and its fervent supporters… Instead, the book champions ‘analytic clarity, contextual rigor, and a politicized historicized understanding of the trajectory of this concept’ (5).” Tarnished George E. Reed Praise from H-Net: “I have served in […]

April 10

Publicist Picks: Mega-Novels, Newspaper Empires, and other June Books

Tayler Lord and Anna Weir are publicists at UNP who share a cubicle currently filled with paper coffee cups. Today they also share their thoughts about a few upcoming titles they’re particularly excited about as readers. The books in this discussion will be published in June. Anna Weir: So my English Major might be showing right now, […]

March 31

News and Reviews

Awards   Cannibal Safiya Sinclair Shortlisted for the 2017 BOCAS Award for Caribbean Literature: “Sinclair manages to imbue her writing with such strength and spirit that it gives her poems a disturbing and provocative edge — sometimes shocking, and at other times soft and sensual.” Books Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays From […]

January 10

Reading List: Jewish Books for the New Year

The Jewish Publication Society has been publishing thoughtful and thought-provoking books in Jewish literature and history for more than 125 years. This list highlights some of their new and noteworthy titles.   Thinking About the Torah by Kenneth Seeskin In defiance of the assumption that Judaism is a religion based more on ritual and action than […]

December 15


The Jewish Publication Society and UNP exhibited at the Society of Biblical Literature/American Academy of Religion annual meeting in San Antonio a few weeks ago.  We were excited to catch up with some of our authors:     Mayer Gruber from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, author of the JPS volume Rashi’s Commentary on […]

December 06

From the Desk of Rabbi Goldstein: The Miracle Right Under Our Noses

  Rabbi Niles Goldstein is the spiritual leader of Temple Israel in Miller Beach, Indiana. He is the author or editor of ten books, most recently Eight Questions of Faith: Biblical Challenges that Guide and Ground Our Lives (Jewish Publication Society, 2015).   At this time of year, Jews around the world commemorate the ancient […]

November 23

EXCERPT: Thinking About the Torah

The following excerpt comes from Thinking About the Torah: A Philospher Reads the Bible by Kenneth Seeskin (Jewish Publication Society, 2016). From Chapter 6: The Need For Community No magical formula dictates how much statutory law is too much and how much is too little. There will always be people who insist that religious life is not […]