New Books Network

Evgeny Finkel, “Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival during the Holocaust” (Princeton UP, 2017)
Can there be a political science of the Holocaust? Evgeny Finkel, in his new book Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival during the Holocaust (Princeton University Press, 2017), answers Charles King’s question with a resounding yes. Finkel is interested in a very specific question: What made individual Jews choose from a... Read More
Shai Lavi, “Bioethics and Biopolitics in Israel: Socio-legal, Political and Empirical Analysis” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Once upon a time, or so we’ve been told, medical ethics were confined to the patient-doctor relationship. As long as doctors were true to their Hippocratic oaths, as long as they acted with compassion and wisdom, then all expectations were met. Life is more complicated today, and so is healthcare:... Read More
Lynn Kaye, “Time In The Babylonian Talmud: Natural and Imagined Times in Jewish Law and Narrative” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
The great writer Jorge Luis Borges said, “Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am... Read More
Markus Zehnder, “New Studies in the Book of Isaiah: Essays in Honor of Hallvard Hagelia” (Gorgias Press, 2014)
Who is the Suffering Servant? The book of Isaiah is one of the most beloved and well-known prophetic books among both Jews and Christians, but its references to the ‘Suffering Servant’ have been a source of controversy in scholarship. In today’s show, we speak with Dr. Markus Zehnder about the... Read More
David Slucki, “Sing This at My Funeral: A Memoir of Fathers and Sons” (Wayne State UP, 2019)
In Sing This at My Funeral: A Memoir of Fathers and Sons (Wayne State University Press, 2019), David Slucki, Assistant Professor in the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston, gives us a very different type of history book. Slucki’s memoir blends the scholarly and literary, grounding the story of... Read More
Naftali Rothenberg, “Rabbi Akiva’s Philosophy of Love” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
Is love between man and woman the source of wisdom and the cornerstone of moral life? Naftali Rothenberg says it is, based on the works and life of the first century Jewish scholar and sage, Rabbi Akiva. In Rabbi Akiva’s Philosophy of Love (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) Rothenberg explores the philosophy... Read More
Liat Steir-Livny, “Remaking Holocaust Memory: Documentary Cinema by Third Generation Survivors in Israel” (Syracuse UP, 2019)
The Holocaust was and remains a central trauma in Israel’s national consciousness. It has found ample expressions in Israeli documentary cinema from 1945 until the present. Third-generation Holocaust survivors were born between the late 1960s and the early 1980s. They grew up in a society which acts out the trauma... Read More