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Posted on July 26, 2021

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    1001 Yiddish proverbs

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    1001 Yiddish proverbs

    Kogos, Fred.

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    Bad rabbi

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    Bad rabbi : and other strange but true stories from the Yiddish press

    Portnoy, Eddy, author.

    Stories abound of immigrant Jews on the outside looking in, clambering up the ladder of social mobility and successfully assimilating into their new worlds. But this book is not about the success stories. It's a paean to the bunglers, the blockheads, and the just plain weird--Jews who were flung from small, impoverished eastern European towns into the urban shtetls of New York and Warsaw, where, as they say in Yiddish, their bread landed butter side down in the dirt. An underground history of downwardly mobile Jews, Bad Rabbi mines the Yiddish press to expose the seamy underbelly of pre-WWII New York and Warsaw, the two major centers of Yiddish culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. One part Isaac Bashevis Singer, one part Jerry Springer, this irreverent, unvarnished, and frequently hilarious compendium of stories provides a window into the unknown Yiddish world that was--back cover.

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    The Fabergé secret

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    The Fabergé secret

    Belfoure, Charles, 1954-, author.

    "St Petersburg, 1903. Prince Dimitri Markhov counts himself lucky to be a close friend of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra. Cocooned by the glittering wealth of the Imperial court, the talented architect lives a life of luxury and comfort, by the side of his beautiful but spiteful wife, Princess Lara. But when Dimitri is confronted by the death and destruction wrought by a pogrom, he is taken aback. What did these people do to deserve such brutality? The tsar tells him the Jews themselves were to blame, but Dimitri can't forget what he's seen. Educated and passionate, Doctor Katya Golitsyn is determined to help end Russian oppression. When she meets Dimitri at a royal ball, she immediately recognizes a kindred spirit, and an unlikely affair begins between them. As their relationship develops, Katya exposes Dimitri to the horrors of the Tsar's regime and the persecution of the Jewish people, and he grows determined to make a stand . . . whatever the cost."--Publisher.

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    Him with his foot in his mouth and other stories

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    Hope Valley

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    Hope Valley

    Ner-David, Haviva.

    Hope Valley is the story of two women, one Jewish-Israeli and one Palestinian-Israeli, who come together to form the unlikeliest of friendships. Tikvah and Ruby meet one summer day right before the outbreak of the 2nd intifada, in the Galilean valley that separates the segregated villages in which they live.

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    My wild garden

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    My wild garden : notes from a writer's eden

    Shalev, Meir, author.

    "A joyful round of the seasons in the garden of the best-selling novelist, memoirist, and champion putterer with a wheelbarrow. On the perimeter of Israel's Jezreel Valley, with the Carmel Mountains rising up to the west, Meir Shalev has a large garden, "neither neatly organized nor well-kept," as he cheerfully explains. Often covered in mud and scrapes, Shalev cultivates both nomadic plants and "house dwellers," using his own quirky techniques. He extolls the virtues of the lemon tree; rescues a precious variety of purple snapdragon from the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway; does battle with a saboteur mole rat. He even gives us his superior private recipe for curing olives. The book will attract gardeners and literary readers alike, with its appreciation for the joy of living, quite literally, on earth, and for our borrowed time on a particular patch of it--enhanced, the author continually reminds us, by our honest, respectful dealings with all manner of beings who inhabit it with us"-- Provided by publisher.

    Due 08/04/21

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    No rules for Michael

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    No rules for Michael

    Rouss, Sylvia A.

    While studying the Ten Commandments Michael says he would rather there were no rules, but when his teacher gives him a day without rules, Michael learns an important lesson.

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    The Paris library

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    The Paris library : a novel

    Skeslien Charles, Janet, author.

    "Paris, 1939. Young, ambitious, and tempestuous, Odile Souchet has it all: Paul, her handsome police officer beau; Margaret, her best friend from England; her adored twin brother Remy; and a dream job at the American Library in Paris, working alongside the library's legendary director, Dorothy Reeder. But when World War II breaks out, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear - including her beloved library. After the invasion, as the Nazis declare a war on words and darkness falls over the City of Light, Odile and her fellow librarians join the Resistance with the best weapons they have: books. They risk their lives again and again to help their fellow Jewish readers. When the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal. Montana, 1983. Odile's solitary existence in gossipy small-town Montana is unexpectedly interrupted by Lily, her neighbor, a lonely teenager longing for adventure. As Lily uncovers more about Odile's mysterious past, they find they share a love of language, the same longings, the same lethal jealousy. Odile helps Lily navigate the troubled waters of adolescence by always recommending just the right book at the right time, never suspecting that Lily will be the one to help her reckon with her own terrible secret. Based on the true story of the American Library in Paris, The Paris Library explores the geography of resentment, the consequences of terrible choices made, and how extraordinary heroism can be found in the quietest of places"-- Provided by publisher.

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    Ravelstein

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    Ravelstein

    Bellow, Saul.

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    Saving Sophie

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    Saving Sophie : a novel

    Balson, Ronald H, author.

    "Jack Sommers was just an ordinary accountant from Chicago-that is, until his wife passed away, his young daughter was kidnapped, and he became the main suspect in an $88 million dollar embezzlement case. Now Jack is on the run, hoping to avoid the feds long enough to rescue his daughter, Sophie, from her maternal grandfather, a suspected terrorist in Palestine. With the help of investigative team Liam and Catherine, and a new CIA operative, a secret mission is launched to not only rescue Sophie but also to thwart a major terrorist attack in Hebron. But will being caught in the crossfires of the Palestine-Israeli conflict keep their team from accomplishing the task at hand, or can they overcome the odds and save countless lives, including their own?"--Provided by publisher.

    Due 08/09/21

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    Shmulik paints the town

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    Shmulik paints the town

    Rose, Lisa, author.

    "Shmulik, a town artist, is commissioned to paint a mural for Yom Ha'atzma'ut, Israel's Indepence Day, but can't think of what to paint. Luckily, he gets some help from an unlikely collaborator - his dog!"-- Provided by publisher.

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    spiritual Audacity

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    spiritual Audacity

    Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel was one of the most remarkable and inspiring figures of the American 20th Century. He was a mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr and the entire Civil Rights Movement, a leading critic of the Vietnam War, a champion for Soviet Jews and a pioneer in the work of interfaith dialogue. Born in Warsaw, Poland, Heschel was part of a dynastic royalty of Hasidic rabbis dating back centuries. He narrowly escaped the Holocaust and arrived in New York in 1940. Over the next thirty years he emerged as a one of the most influential voices in the world of religion. His many books, including The Prophets, The Sabbath, and God in Search of Man, are considered religious classics and are widely studied. Today his picture hangs in countless synagogues across America despite the fact that fifty years ago many disagreed with his public opinions. The film combines archival photographs and rarely seen footage, as well as interviews with: Civil Rights leaders Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Young, Pulitzer-prize winning historian Taylor Branch, public theologian Cornel West, Jewish Theological Seminary Chancellor Arnold Eisen, daughter Susannah Heschel and others. Also featured is the artwork of Marc Chagall and his depiction of the Hebrew prophets.

    Due 07/26/21

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    Too young for Yiddish

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    Too young for Yiddish

    Michelson, Richard.

    When Aaron was a boy his Grandpa, or Zayde, would not teach him Yiddish, but as an adult, Aaron longs to learn the language and history of the old country from Zayde and his many books.

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    Unto death

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    Unto death

    Oz, Amos.

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    Yiddish for pirates

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    Yiddish for pirates : a novel : being an account of Moishe the captain, his meshugeneh life & the astounding adventures, his Sarah, the horizon, books & treasure, as told by Aaron, his African grey

    Barwin, Gary, author.

    "Set in the years around 1492, 'Yiddish for Pirates' tells the story of Moishe, a young man who, enchanted by maps and seeking adventure, leaves the shtetl to join a ship's crews. There he meets Aaron, our ribald yet philosophical parrot narrator who becomes his near-constant companion. With a beakful of Yiddish jokes, this wisecracking bird guides us through a swashbuckling world of exploits on the high seas, from exploration and daring escapes to piracy, revenge and the ultimate search for the Fountain of Youth. A post-colonial satire filled with Kabbalistic hijinks, this is also a tender love story between Moishe and his true love, Sarah, and between Arron and his 'shoulder, ' Moishe."--Page 4 of cover.

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    Yiddish for Yankees

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    A Yiddish word book for English-speaking people

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