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And from There You Shall Seek (Meotzar Horav)

And from There You Shall Seek - Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Naomi Goldblum Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik's And From There You Shall Seek was originally published in Hebrew in 1978 and appears in English here for the first time. Soloveitchik uses The Song of Songs as the starting point for an extended argument on the necessity of following Jewish law, or halakah, in order to build a meaningful relationship with God. Soloveitchik was a seminal voice in the Modern Orthodox movement and his writings reflect many aspects of Modern Orthodox theology and worldview- the importance of education, of engagement with society at large and of combining studying and living halakah with the performance of good deeds and righteous acts. Soloveitchik begins his treatise with an analysis of the Song of Songs as the longing of man for God- man constantly cleaves to God, constantly longs for God, but God is elusive and slips away just as man believes he will finally unite with Him. So how then to join with God? Soloveitchik argues that man joins with God through engagement with the world, studying Torah, living Torah through obedience to halakah and studying Torah through recitation and study of the works of other Torah scholars. He ends by suggesting that man stays close to God by being part of a larger community and identifying with the fate of the Jewish people. Soloveitchik's purpose is not to explain or justify individual aspects of halakah but to present an argument which advocates for its adoption as a whole and connects halakah to a deeper relationship with God; this he does persuasively and passionately. His work here is intellectually rigorous and challenging but still accessible and it is highly recommended for academic collections of Judaica and for those seeking a greater understanding of Modern Orthodox theology and principles.

The Pages In Between: A Holocaust Legacy of Two Families, One Home

The Pages In Between: A Holocaust Legacy of Two Families, One Home - Erin Einhorn

Make Room for Christmas Quilts

Make Room for Christmas Quilts - Nancy J. Martin I love this book. It's beautiful to look at and the patterns are varied and attractive. I've made two quilts from this book and they both turned out great. I would highly recommend this book to any traditional patchwork quilter.

Earth and Ashes

Earth and Ashes - Atiq Rahimi

Maybe Later

Maybe Later - Charles Berberian;Philippe Dupuy

Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of The Dalai Lama

Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama - Dalai Lama XIV

Manga: The Complete Guide

Manga: The Complete Guide - Jason Thompson

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Frenemies - Megan Crane

Wolf Hall: A Novel (Man Booker Prize)

Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1) - Hilary Mantel

The Lost Daughter

The Lost Daughter - Elena Ferrante

Snowflake Follies: Quilts to Make in a Winter Weekend

Snowflake Follies: Quilts to Make in a Winter Weekend - Terry Martin Pretty, interesting wintery patterns. Mostly traditional piecing but a variety of techniques on offer. Fun!

Leaving the Atocha Station

Leaving the Atocha Station - Ben Lerner Moody, style-driven novel about a student living on a fellowship in Spain, writing poetry, doing drugs and negotiating relationships with women. It's told in the first person by Adam, the student, and covers his adventures and his thoughts about literature, politics and life. The 2004 Madrid bombings occur during his stay; he's a witness, though the events don't seem to shake him up very much. I enjoyed the book as the self-consciously literary prose poem it is but it's short on plot and is more a series of reflections and moods and less a narrative, although the character does narrate a certain period in his life. Lerner does a nice job capturing the experience of being an American living abroad, the sense of alienation, the sense of detachment and foreign-ness that comes with living on the periphery of a place and a group of people. Adam tries to ingratiate himself into the local literary scene, something that only happens by chance as he attaches himself to a group of strangers at a bar who turn out to be artists, writers and gallery people. Through it all he never loses his sense of separateness and it's this that's communicated so beautifully to the reader.

The White Mary: A Novel

The White Mary - Kira Salak I LOVED this book. Read more at


Absolution - Patrick Flanery Wow, this might be the best book I'll read this year. The story of Clare Wald and Sam Leroux and the secrets, lies and truths that bind them and tear at them is riveting and beautifully written; Patrick Flanery may be a debut author but he writes like Margaret Atwood and tackles tough social, historical and personal issues. A biographer faces off against a seemingly unwilling writer; it's not so much a battle of wits as a slow unraveling. The perspective shifts between the two and the book that Clare is writing about her dead daughter Laura, a disappeared activist who was taking care of the child Sam just before she vanished. It's a staggering, wonderful and accomplished book. I hope his subsequent books live up to the promise of his astonishing debut. My full review is on my blog here:

The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress

The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress - Beryl Bainbridge Wow, the first Europa I didn't like. I just couldn't connect with this story about two people on a road trip to California to find the mysterious Mr. Wheeler. Who are these people? Why are they making the trip? Bainbridge tells the story with less than the minimum exposition; you have to feel your way through. Their motivations and personalities are revealed slowly and somehow it all connects up with the RFK assassination, too. Weird.

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Clair de Lune: A Novel
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