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    On foreign soil

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    On foreign soil. /Oyf Fremder Erd =

    Zolf, Falek, 1898-1961.

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    1185 Park Avenue

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    1185 Park Avenue : a memoir

    Roiphe, Anne Richardson, 1935-

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    700 Sundays

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    700 Sundays

    Crystal, Billy.

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    700 sundays

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    700 sundays

    Crystal, Billy.

    One of America's most beloved entertainers takes us home. Billy Crystal opens the front door to a time in his life when he shared joy, love, music, and laughter with an eccentric family headed by the hardworking father who left them all too soon. From the story of the Crystal family's proud connection to the New York jazz scene of the 40s and 50s, to the hilarious living room performances that would sow the seeds of Billy's career, to the times of tragedy, heartbreak, and his mother's unending courage, this book celebrates the memories, the love, and all the other wonderful gifts parents can give a child. This is a tribute to a family and the people who helped make him a man.--From publisher description.

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    Akiva

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    Akiva : life, legend, legacy

    Hammer, Reuven, author.

    "The legendary Akiva ben Yosef has fascinated Jews for centuries. One of and arguably the most important of the Tannaim, or early Jewish sages, he lived during a crucial era in the development of Judaism as we know it today, and his theology played a major part in the development of Rabbinic Judaism. Reuven Hammer details Akiva's life as it led to a martyr's death and delves into the rich legacy Akiva left us.That legacy played an extraordinarily important role in helping the Jewish people survive difficult challenges and forge a vibrant religious life anew and it continues to influence Jewish law, ethics, and theology even today. Akiva's contribution to the development of Oral Torah cannot be overestimated, and in this first book written in English about the sage since 1936, Hammer reassesses Akiva's role from the period before the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE until the Bar Kokhba Revolt in 135 CE. He also assesses new findings about the growth of early Judaism, the reasons why Akiva was so outspoken about "Christian Jews," the influence of Hellenism, the Septuagint, and the canonization of the Hebrew Bible. Ultimately, Hammer shows that Judaism without Akiva would be a very different religion"-- Provided by publisher

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    Al Jaffee's mad life

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    Al Jaffee's mad life

    Weisman, Mary-Lou.

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    Alexander Hamilton

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    Alexander Hamilton

    Chernow, Ron.

    Ron Chernow tells the story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Chernow's biography argues that the political and economic greatness of today's America is the result of Hamilton's countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. Chernow here recounts Hamilton's turbulent life: an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, he came out of nowhere to take America by storm, rising to become George Washington's aide-de-camp in the Continental Army, coauthoring The Federalist Papers, founding the Bank of New York, leading the Federalist Party, and becoming the first Treasury Secretary of the United States. Historians have long told the story of America's birth as the triumph of Jefferson's democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power. His is a Hamilton far more human than we've encountered before -- from his shame about his birth to his fiery aspirations, from his intimate relationships with childhood friends to his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Monroe, and Burr, and from his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds to his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza. And never before has there been a more vivid account of Hamilton's famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804.

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    All who go do not return

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    All who go do not return : a memoir

    Deen, Shulem, author.

    Shulem Deen was raised to believe that questions are dangerous. As a member of the Skverers, one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the US, he knows little about the outside world--only that it is to be shunned. His marriage at eighteen is arranged and several children soon follow. Deen's first transgression--turning on the radio--is small, but his curiosity leads him to the library, and later the Internet. Soon he begins a feverish inquiry into the tenets of his religious beliefs, until, several years later, his faith unravels entirely. Now a heretic, he fears being discovered and ostracized from the only world he knows. His relationship with his family at stake, he is forced into a life of deception, and begins a long struggle to hold on to those he loves most: his five children. In All Who Go Do Not Return, Deen bravely traces his harrowing loss of faith, while offering an illuminating look at a highly secretive world.

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    An American bride in Kabul

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    An American bride in Kabul : a memoir

    Chesler, Phyllis.

    A crusader for women's and human rights shares her experiences in 1961 as the wife of an Afghan college student, who, once back in Afghanistan, reverted to traditional and tribal customs, trapping her in a posh polygamous family.

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    Barbra Streisand

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    Barbra Streisand : redefining beauty, femininity, and power

    Gabler, Neal, author.

    Barbra Streisand has been called the "most successful ... talented performer of her generation" by Vanity Fair, and her voice, said pianist Glenn Gould, is "one of the natural wonders of the age." Streisand scaled the heights of entertainment-from a popular vocalist to a first-rank Broadway star in Funny Girl to an Oscar-winning actress to a producer and director. But she has also become a cultural icon who has transcended show business. To achieve her success, Brooklyn-born Streisand had to overcome tremendous odds, not the least of which was her Jewishness. Dismissed, insulted, even reviled when she embarked on a show business career for acting too Jewish and looking too Jewish, she brilliantly converted her Jewishness into a metaphor for outsiderness that would eventually make her the avenger for anyone who felt marginalized and powerless. Neal Gabler examines Streisand's life and career through this prism of otherness-a Jew in a gentile world, a self-proclaimed homely girl in a world of glamour, a kooky girl in a world of convention-and shows how central it was to Streisand's triumph as one of the voices of her age.

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    Battling for peace

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    Becoming Eve

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    Becoming Eve : my journey from ultra-Orthodox rabbi to transgender woman

    Stein, Abby, 1991-, author.

    "Abby Stein was raised in a Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn, profoundly isolated in a culture that lives according to the laws and practices of an eighteenth-century Eastern European enclave, speaking only Yiddish and Hebrew and shunning modern life. Stein was born as the first son in a rabbinical dynastic family, poised to become a leader of the next generation of Hasidic Jews. But Stein felt certain at a young age that she was a girl. Without access to TV or the internet, and never taught English, she suppressed her desire for a new body while looking for answers wherever she could find them, from forbidden religious texts to smuggled secular examinations of faith. Finally, she orchestrated a personal exodus from ultra-Orthodox manhood into mainstream femininity--a radical choice that forced her to leave her home, her family, and her way of life"-- Provided by publisher.

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    Ben-Gurion

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    Ben-Gurion : a political life

    Peres, Shimon, 1923-

    A portrait of Israel's first prime minister covers his support of the United Nations 1947 Partition Plan for Palestine, his granting of first exemptions to Orthodox military servicepeople, and his peaceful overtures toward post-Holocaust Germany.

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    Ben-Gurion

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    Ben-Gurion : builder of Israel

    St. John, Robert, 1902-

    A biography of the first prime minister of Israel, with a section that presents Ben-Gurion in his own words.

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    Ben-Gurion

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    Berlin in lights

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    Between you and me

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    Between you and me : a memoir

    Wallace, Mike, 1918-

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    Bibi

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    Bibi : the turbulent life and times of Benjamin Netanyahu

    Pfeffer, Anshel, author.

    Presents a candid account of the prime minister's rise to power, focusing on his consolidation of Zionist fringe politics to gain a long-lasting foothold in Israeli government and examining his enduring influence on the region. -- Publisher's description.

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    The big book of Jewish baseball

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    Black elephants

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    Black elephants : a memoir

    Nielsen, Karol.

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    Blessed is the daughter

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    Blessed is the daughter

    Relates the stories of heroic Jewish women who helped their people and all people, from Biblical times to today.

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    Blessed is the match

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    Blessed is the match the life and death of Hannah Senesh

    Tells the life story of Hungarian-born poet and Holocaust heroine Hannah Senesh, who was only 22 when she parachuted into Nazi-occupied Europe as part of a rescue mission to save the Jews of Hungary. Dramatizations, interviews, photographs, newsreel footage, letters, and diary entries are used to illuminate Senesh's early years, her immigration to Palestine, her involvement in the perilous rescue mission, and her capture and eventual execution in Hungary.

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    The bones of Berdichev

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    Breaking news

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    Breaking news : a stunning and memorable account of reporting from some of the most dangerous places in the world

    Fletcher, Martin, 1947-

    During three decades covering wars, revolutions, and natural disasters, Fletcher worked his way from news agency cameraman to top network correspondent, facing down his own fears while facing up to mass killers, warlords, and murderers. With humor and elegance, Fletcher describes his growth from clueless adventurer to grizzled veteran of the world's battlefields. His working philosophy of "Get in, get close, get out, get a drink," put him repeatedly in harm's way, but he never lost sight of why he did it. In a world obsessed with celebrities, leaders, and wealth, Fletcher took a different route: he focused on those left behind, those paying the price. He answers the question: Why should we care?--From publisher description.

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    Bronx boy

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    Bronx boy : a memoir

    Charyn, Jerome.

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    Burnt Bread And Chutney

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    Burnt Bread And Chutney

    Delman, Carmit

    A marriage between an Indian Jewish woman whose ancestors were a tribe of the Bene Israel and a Jewish man of Eastern Europe background and the interracial aspects of their lives together

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    Call me Phaedra

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    Catbird

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    The children of Willesden Lane

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    The children of Willesden Lane : beyond the kindertransport : a memoir of music, love, and survival

    Golabek, Mona.

    A renowned concert pianist presents an account of her mother's escape from pre-World War II Vienna to an orphanage in London, where she formed friendships, found love, and won a scholarship to study piano at the Royal Academy of London.

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    Chronicles

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    Chronicles

    Dylan, Bob, 1941-

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    Churchill and the Jews

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    Climbing the mountain

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    The color of love

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    Cut me loose

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    Cut me loose : sin and salvation after my ultra-Orthodox girlhood

    Vincent, Leah.

    Recounts the author's experiences after her fundamentalist Jewish family cut her off at the age of sixteen for exchanging letters with a male friend, tracing her downward spiral into promiscuity and self-destruction in New York City. She is now working to help other formerly ultra-Orthodox individuals.

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    Disraeli

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    Disraeli : the novel politician

    Cesarani, David, author.

    Lauded as a "great Jew," excoriated by antisemites, and one of Britain's most renowned prime ministers, Benjamin Disraeli has been widely celebrated for his role in Jewish history. But is the perception of him as a Jewish hero accurate? In what ways did he contribute to Jewish causes? In this groundbreaking, lucid investigation of Disraeli's life and accomplishments, David Cesarani draws a new portrait of one of Europe's leading nineteenth-century statesmen, a complicated, driven, opportunistic man. While acknowledging that Disraeli never denied his Jewish lineage, boasted of Jewish achievements, and argued for Jewish civil rights while serving as MP, Cesarani challenges the assumption that Disraeli truly cared about Jewish issues. Instead, his driving personal ambition required him to confront his Jewishness at the same time as he acted opportunistically. By creating a myth of aristocratic Jewish origins for himself, and by arguing that Jews were a superior race, Disraeli boosted his own career but also contributed to the consolidation of some of the most fundamental stereotypes of modern antisemitism.

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    The Eddie Cantor story

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    The Eddie Cantor story : a Jewish life in performance and politics

    Weinstein, David, 1967-, author.

    This absorbing biography chronicles the life and work of one of the most important entertainers of the twentieth century. Eddie Cantor (1892-1964) starred in theater, film, radio, and television. His immense popularity across a variety of media, his pride in his Jewish heritage, and his engagement with pressing political issues distinguished him from other headliners of his era. Paying equal attention to Cantor's humor and politics, Weinstein documents his significance as a performer, philanthropist, and activist. Many show business figures quietly shed their Jewish backgrounds or did not call attention to the fact that they were Jewish. Cantor was different. He addressed the vital issues of his times, including acculturation, national identity, and antisemitism. He was especially forceful in opposing Nazism and paid a price for this activism in 1939, when a sponsor cancelled the actor's radio program. In this carefully researched book, Weinstein uncovers sketches and routines filled with Jewish phrases, allusions, jokes, songs, and stories. Cantor frequently did not mark this material as "Jewish," relying instead on attentive audiences to interpret his coded performances. Illustrated with thirty photographs, The Eddie Cantor Story examines the evolution, impact, and legacy of Cantor's performance style. His music and comedy not only shaped the history of popular entertainment, but also provide a foundation for ongoing efforts to redefine Jewish culture and build community in contemporary America.

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    The education of a woman

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    Einstein

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