Category Archives: Jewish Publication Society

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

JPS at SBL/AAR

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 […]

October 03

From the Desk of Kenneth Seeskin

Kenneth Seeskin is Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Professor of Jewish Civilization at Northwestern University. He is the author of several books, including Searching for a Distant God: The Legacy of Maimonides, winner of the Koret Jewish Book Award, and is the coeditor of The Cambridge Guide to Jewish History, Culture, and Religion, winner of the […]

July 01

From the Desk of Alan Levenson

Alan T. Levenson is the Schusterman/Josey Professor of Jewish History at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author or editor of numerous essays and books, including The Making of the Modern Jewish Bible: How Scholars in Germany, Israel, and America Transformed an Ancient Text; An Introduction to Modern Jewish Thinkers; and Between Philosemitism and […]

June 09

EXCERPT: Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives

The following excerpt comes from Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives: A Verse-by-Verse Commentary (June 2016) by Rabbi Steven Bob. From Chapter 9: Overcoming Despair—Why Does He Sleep So Deeply? He lay down and fell asleep. The captain went over to him and cried out, “How can you be sleeping so soundly? Up and call to […]

June 01

From the Desk of Zev Eleff: A Touchy Subject

The following post is from Zev Eleff, chief academic officer of the Hebrew Theological College in Chicago, Illinois, and author of Modern Orthodox Judaism: A Documentary History (Jewish Publication Society, 2016). A Touchy Subject: A Short History of the Rise and Fall of Orthodox Social Dancing In November 1960, Rabbi Gershon Taschman issued a plea to members […]

May 12

From the Desk of Zev Eleff

The following post is from Zev Eleff, chief academic officer of the Hebrew Theological College in Chicago, Illinois, and author of Modern Orthodox Judaism: A Documentary History (Jewish Publication Society, 2016).   Orthodox Economics and the Pre-Day School Time-Crunch   In a recent article published in the Atlantic, Emma Green investigated the attraction that so many young […]

April 25

EXCERPT: A Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism Reader

The following is an excerpt from A Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism Reader (JPS, April 2016) by Daniel M. Horwitz. Today Kabbalah is associated with celebrities, expensive seminars, and the broader spiritual quest. It is even seen as a shortcut to wisdom, largely disassociated from traditional Jewish life. But this is not new; at least some people have treated […]