A BLESSING ON THE MOON: A Novel
“Daring in its haunting, often painful honesty,
dense in thoughtful observation and unsparing incident, the novel aims for literary status
while at the same time proving itself an
unlikely page-turner.”— The New York Times
Book Review. 272 pp.
Berkley 0-425-16713-5 $12.00
“Remember the genius with which Jane
Smiley retold the story of King Lear and his
daughters on a thousand acres of Iowa farmland? It is with the same genius that Simone
Zelitch transforms the biblical story of the
widow Naomi and her daughter-in-law Ruth.
What a fine book it is, and utterly compelling.” —Bob Shacochis. 384 pp.
Putnam 0-399-14659-8 $24.95
FREE READER’S GUIDE available for this
Introduction by Blanche H. Gelfant
In stories that draw heavily on her own life,
Anzia Yezierska (1880-1970) portrays the
immigrant’s struggle to become a “real”
American. Set mostly on New York’s Lower
East Side, the stories evoke crowded streets,
shabby tenements, poverty, and ethnic prejudice. 288 pp.
Penguin Classic/20 C 0-14-118005-6 $12.00
New Introduction by Vivian Gornick
Signet Classic 256 pp. 0-451-52641-4
9 Literature/Jewish Religious Traditions
f THE LAST KABBALIST IN LISBON
"Drenched in atmosphere and period detail.
Zimler does succeed in conveying the surrealistic nightmare of being a Jew in the age of the
Inquisition."— The Wall Street Journal. 318 pp.
Overlook 1-58567-022-7 $14.95
“At once a spiritual challenge and a gorgeous
typographical object.”— The New York Times
Book Review. The story of Abraham Tal, a diamond merchant in New York City who spends
his days counseling friends and neighbors in
his "advice shop," is also surrounded by the
stories of others via parallel commentaries by
everyone from Kafka to Proust to Dylan to
Abraham’s girlfriend. 80 color and 32 b/w
illustrations. 224 pp.
Overlook 1-58567-000-6 $40.00
f ENDLESS LIGHT
The first user-friendly guide to the Kabbalah,
“this religious self-help manual...taps the great
mystical power of the Kabbalah to offer
insights into living everyday life with love and
power.” (Publishers Weekly). 176 pp.
Berkley 0-425-16629-5 $12.00
Rabbi Bradley Bleefeld and Robert L. Shook
f SAVING THE WORLD ENTIRE
And 100 Other Beloved Parables
from the Talmud
Bleefeld, rabbi of the Reform Congregation
Keneseth Israel in Philadelphia, and Shook
(Mary Kay's You Can Have It All) collect timeless wisdom from the Talmud in an anthology
designed to incorporate Talmudic teachings
into everyday life. Each story from the Talmud
is accompanied by Bleefeld's brief interpretation for modern readers. The universal
spiritual messages of these Talmudic gems
will appeal to Jew and non-Jews alike. 256 pp.
Plume 0-452-27988-7 $11.95
Rabbi Terry Bookman
f THE BUS Y SOUL
Ten-Minute Spiritual Workouts
Drawn from Jewish Tradition
For busy souls who yearn to bring spirituality
into their daily routine, this unique book offers
10-minute guided prayers and meditations to
make every day count. 246 pp.
Perigee 0-399-52486-X $14.00
David A. Cooper
f GOD IS A VERB
Kabbalah and the Practice
of Mystical Judaism
“Rabbi Cooper, who directs the Heart of
Stillness Hermitage in Boulder, Colorado,
offers insight into the everyday practice of
mystical Judaism. Using tales of the Hasidic
masters as well as stories from the Torah,
Talmud and Mishnah, Cooper delves into the
mysteries of life and death. Cooper's lively
prose and his syncretist attitude toward religion make this a rewarding book.”—Publishers
Weekly. 302 pp.
Berkley 1-57322-694-7 $14.00
Rabbi Tirzah Firestone
WITH ROOTS IN HEAVEN
One Woman’s Passionate Journey
Into the Heart of Her Faith
A memoir about the rejection and rediscovery
of Judaism authored by a psychotherapist and
rabbi of the Jewish Renewal community of
Boulder, Colorado. “Rabbi Tirzah Firestone
has a compelling story. Her spiritual journey
is riveting.”—Rabbi Joseph Telushkin. 368 pp.
Plume 0-452-27885-6 $13.95
SEASONS FOR CELEBRATION
“This simplified, straightforward guide to
major Jewish holidays is intended for use in
the religious school classroom as well as in the
home by parents, newlyweds, converts, and
anyone faced with the task of creating a traditional Jewish home. Descriptions focus on the
origin and traditional purpose of the day.
Greetings, home traditions, explanations of
crucial parts of the religious services, synagogue traditions, appropriate foods and
blessings are covered for each holiday. A brief
explanation of the Jewish calendar and mention of other minor holidays complete the
book.”—Library Journal. 159 pp.
Perigee 0-399-51764-2 $15.95
HOW TO FORGIVE
WHEN YOU CAN’T FORGET
Healing Our Personal Relationships
This book, written by a rabbi, teaches readers
how to shift their perception and move
beyond pain and mistrust. “A beautiful book
that every person on this planet needs to
read.”—Bernie S. Siegel, M.D. 128 pp.
Berkley 0-425-16004-1 $12.00
Neil A. Silberman
Unraveling the Secret History
of the Kabbalah
“Silberman does something that has long been
needed. He offers a historical review of
Kabbalah's complex history, tracing its origins
....He manages to put this very complicated
topic into a readable framework that encom-passes time, place, and ideology.”—Booklist.
Putnam 272 pp. 0-399-14448-X $25.95
Also in Riverhead: Hidden Scrolls: Christianity,
Judaism, and the War for the Dead Sea Scrolls