Judaism books

Review: Speaking Torah

By Simon Rocker, March 5, 2015

Arthur Green and others
Jewish Lights, 2 volumes, $34.99 each

In their streimels and spodiks and long white socks, the Chasidim can seem a world apart. But they have left their mark on the wider Jewish community.


Jewish Book Week's glaring gap

By Simon Rocker, February 5, 2015

This month's Jewish Book Week is not only one of the biggest events in the Anglo-Jewish calendar, it is also one of the country's major literary festivals.


Review: Where Moses Stood

December 4, 2014

Robert Feather
Copper Scroll £16.99

Moses will be hitting the big screen on Boxing Day, when Christian ("Batman") Bale swaps his crusading cape for a staff in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings.

For some scholars, the biblical hero is just a myth.


The Terrible Beauty of the Evil Man

By Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski, October 30, 2014

Finis Leavell Beauchamp,
Kodesh Press, £8.29pb

In this ambitious autobiography, the author documents his transition from fundamentalist Christianity to his conversion to Judaism, written as a combination of numbered passages and thoughtful poetry.


Taking liberties with Torah stories

By Simon Rocker, September 4, 2014

The rabbis of old made daring leaps of the imagination when commenting on the stories of the Torah, creating what we call midrash.


Booklog: Israel Mattuck

By Simon Rocker, July 6, 2014

Rabbi Danny Rich,
Liberal Judaism, £4.99

Israel Mattuck was one of the three "M"s who shaped Liberal Judaism in the UK (alongside Claude Montefiore and Lily Montagu). Arriving from the USA in 1912, he established himself over the next 40 years as one of the leading preachers of his generation.


The Archaeology of the Holy Land

January 16, 2013

What lies beneath the soil of Israel? An introduction to archaeological discovery from "the destruction of Solomon’s Temple to the Muslim conquest", from an American professor of religious studies.


The Men's Section

August 24, 2012

What impact has participation in egalitarian minyans made on Orthodox men? A look at a fascinating contemporary trend with implications for Jewish religious life.


The Lifestyle Five Books of Moses

July 6, 2012

A new commentary and translation of the Chumash, presenting the Torah as “a guide to your inner self which…can illuminate every possible human experience.” Its distillation of rabbinic teachings includes “Kabbalah Bites.”


The Arrow of Justice

By Simon Rocker, May 21, 2012

Rabbi Aryeh Leib(Lionel) Broder addresses the question of why does God allow cruelty in the world and other hot topics in his examination of biblical stories, from Joab’s conquest of Jerusalem to the tragic naivety of the last king of Judah, Zedekiah.