Reviews

Author: 
Norman J. W. Goda, Barbara McDonald Stewart, Severin Hochberg, Richard Breitman, eds.
Reviewer: 
Abraham Peck

Peck on Goda and Stewart and Hochberg and Breitman, 'To the Gates of Jerusalem: The Diaries and Papers of James G. McDonald, 1945-1947'

Norman J. W. Goda, Barbara McDonald Stewart, Severin Hochberg, Richard Breitman, eds. To the Gates of Jerusalem: The Diaries and Papers of James G. McDonald, 1945-1947. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014. 320 pp. $30.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-253-01509-9.

Reviewed by Abraham Peck (University of Southern Maine) Published on H-Judaic (September, 2015) Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

Author: 
Leonid Smilovitsky
Reviewer: 
Victoria Khiterer

Khiterer on Smilovitsky, 'Jewish Life in Belarus: The Final Decade of the Stalin Regime, 1944-1953'

Leonid Smilovitsky. Jewish Life in Belarus: The Final Decade of the Stalin Regime, 1944-1953. New York: Central European University Press, 2014. xvii + 327 pp. $60.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-963-386-025-0.

Reviewed by Victoria Khiterer (Millersville University) Published on H-Judaic (September, 2015) Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

Dark Years of Belarussian Jews: The Last Decade of Stalinism

Author: 
Shaul Magid
Reviewer: 
Adi Mahalel

Mahalel on Magid, 'Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism, Christianity, and the Construction of Modern Judaism'

Shaul Magid. Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism, Christianity, and the Construction of Modern Judaism. Encountering Traditions Series. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014. 288 pp. $65.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8047-9130-4.

Reviewed by Adi Mahalel (University of Maryland) Published on H-Judaic (September, 2015) Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

Crossovers: The Hasidic Master and the Jewish Jesus

Author: 
Ava Fran Kahn, Adam Mendelsohn, eds.
Reviewer: 
Riv-Ellen Prell

Prell on Kahn and Mendelsohn, 'Transnational Traditions: New Perspectives on American Jewish History'

Ava Fran Kahn, Adam Mendelsohn, eds. Transnational Traditions: New Perspectives on American Jewish History. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014. viii + 309 pp. $31.99 (paper), ISBN 978-0-8143-3861-2.

Reviewed by Riv-Ellen Prell (University of Minnesota) Published on H-Judaic (August, 2015) Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

Remapping American Jewish History as Transnational

Author: 
Lee I. Levine
Reviewer: 
Marc Bregman

Bregman on Levine, 'Visual Judaism in Late Antiquity: Historical Contexts of Jewish Art'

Lee I. Levine. Visual Judaism in Late Antiquity: Historical Contexts of Jewish Art. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013. Illustrations. x + 582 pp. $50.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-300-10089-1.

Reviewed by Marc Bregman (University of North Carolina at Greensboro) Published on H-Judaic (August, 2015) Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

Jewish History in Late Antiquity through the Prism of Visual Culture

Author: 
Susanne C. Knittel
Reviewer: 
Liora Gubkin

Gubkin on Knittel, 'The Historical Uncanny: Disability, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Holocaust Memory'

Susanne C. Knittel. The Historical Uncanny: Disability, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Holocaust Memory. New York: Fordham University Press, 2015. xii + 350 pp. $55.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8232-6278-6.

Reviewed by Liora Gubkin (California State University, Bakersfield) Published on H-Judaic (August, 2015) Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

Vicarious Witnessing at the Boundaries of Holocaust Memory

Author: 
Magdalena Waligórska
Reviewer: 
Tina Frühauf

Frühauf on Waligórska, 'Klezmer's Afterlife: An Ethnography of the Jewish Music Revival in Poland and Germany'

Magdalena Waligórska. Klezmer's Afterlife: An Ethnography of the Jewish Music Revival in Poland and Germany. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. ix + 302 pp. $35.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-19-931474-4.

Reviewed by Tina Frühauf (Columbia University and Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale) Published on H-Judaic (August, 2015) Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

Klezmer Tempest Post Revival

Author: 
Laura Hobson Faure
Reviewer: 
Meredith Scott-Weaver

Scott-Weaver on Hobson Faure, 'Un "plan Marshall juif": La présence juive américaine en France après la Shoah, 1944-1954'

Laura Hobson Faure. Un "plan Marshall juif": La présence juive américaine en France après la Shoah, 1944-1954. Paris: Armand Colin, 2013. 317 pp. $35.55 (paper), ISBN 978-2-200-27719-2.

Reviewed by Meredith Scott-Weaver (University of Delaware) Published on H-Judaic (August, 2015) Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

American Jewish Philanthropy and Jewish Reconstruction in Postwar France

Author: 
Eva Johanna Holmberg
Reviewer: 
Jeffrey Shoulson

Shoulson on Holmberg, 'Jews in the Early Modern English Imagination: A Scattered Nation'

Eva Johanna Holmberg. Jews in the Early Modern English Imagination: A Scattered Nation. Transculturalisms, 1400-1700 Series. Burlington: Ashgate Publishing Company, 2011. 180 pp. $124.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-4094-1191-8.

Reviewed by Jeffrey Shoulson (University of Connecticut) Published on H-Judaic (August, 2015) Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

Far from Innocents Abroad: Jews through the Eyes of English Travel Writers

Author: 
Ṭovah Gamliel
Reviewer: 
Rachel S. Harris

Harris on Gamliel, 'Aesthetics of Sorrow: The Wailing Culture of Yemenite Jewish Women'

Ṭovah Gamliel. Aesthetics of Sorrow: The Wailing Culture of Yemenite Jewish Women. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014. x + 450 pp. $54.99 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8143-3476-8.

Reviewed by Rachel S. Harris (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Published on H-Judaic (July, 2015) Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

Wailing for a Dying Culture: The Loss of Yemenite Women’s Tradition

Author: 
Rachel S. Harris
Reviewer: 
Liora Halperin

Halperin on Harris, 'An Ideological Death: Suicide in Israeli Literature'

Rachel S. Harris. An Ideological Death: Suicide in Israeli Literature. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2014. xi + 268 pp. $79.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8101-2978-8.

Reviewed by Liora Halperin (University of Colorado Boulder) Published on H-Judaic (July, 2015) Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

Zionist Ideology and Its Limits: Accounting for the Suicide Trope in Late Twentieth-Century Israeli Literature

Author: 
Ephraim Shoham-Steiner
Reviewer: 
Rena Lauer

Lauer on Shoham-Steiner, 'On the Margins of a Minority: Leprosy, Madness, and Disability among the Jews of Medieval Europe'

Ephraim Shoham-Steiner. On the Margins of a Minority: Leprosy, Madness, and Disability among the Jews of Medieval Europe. Translated by Haim Waltzman. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014. xiii + 275 pp. $49.99 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8143-3931-2.

Reviewed by Rena Lauer (Oregon State University) Published on H-Judaic (July, 2015) Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

Medieval Rabbis and Disabled Jews between Halakhah and the Broader World

Author: 
Michael A. Meyer, David N. Myers, eds.
Reviewer: 
Alan T. Levenson

Levenson on Meyer and Myers, 'Between Jewish Tradition and Modernity: Rethinking an Old Opposition : Essays in Honor of David Ellenson'

Michael A. Meyer, David N. Myers, eds. Between Jewish Tradition and Modernity: Rethinking an Old Opposition : Essays in Honor of David Ellenson. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014. xiv + 360 pp. $39.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8143-3859-9.

Reviewed by Alan T. Levenson (University of Oklahoma) Published on H-Judaic (June, 2015) Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

The Virtues of Methodological Variety

Author: 
Laura Suzanne Lieber
Reviewer: 
Rivka B. Ulmer

Ulmer on Lieber, 'A Vocabulary of Desire: The Song of Songs in the Early Synagogue'

Laura Suzanne Lieber. A Vocabulary of Desire: The Song of Songs in the Early Synagogue. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2014. 450 pp. $210.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-90-04-23463-5.

Reviewed by Rivka B. Ulmer (Bucknell University) Published on H-Judaic (May, 2015) Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

"I am My Beloved's": The Mosaics of Love in Early Piyyut

Author: 
Tabea Alexa Linhard
Reviewer: 
Soledad C. Fox

Fox on Linhard, 'Jewish Spain: A Mediterranean Memory'

Tabea Alexa Linhard. Jewish Spain: A Mediterranean Memory. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014. 248 pp. $60.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8047-8739-0.

Reviewed by Soledad C. Fox (Williams College) Published on H-Judaic (May, 2015) Commissioned by Matthew A. Kraus

Spain’s Jewish Absence

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