Tag: Jewish Studies

ASP Celebrates JAHM: ASP Abridged by Sara Reguer

ASP Celebrates JAHM: ASP Abridged by Sara Reguer

In celebration of Jewish American History Month, we’ll be highlighting some of our books that explore the Jewish American experience and celebrate the historical, cultural, and political achievements of Jewish Americans in American society. Below, we are pleased to present the latest in our ASP Abridged blog series, in which authors give readers a short and sweet introduction to their latest book. In this entry, Sara Reguer introduces us to her book Opinionated: The World View of a Jewish Woman, which was published in 2017 and comprises a collection of essays that provide a sweeping overview of Jewish life and culture as viewed through the eyes of an academic who is also a woman, equally at home in the real world and the ivory tower.

ASP Celebrates JAHM: Daniel Soyer on NYC & Jewish American culture

ASP Celebrates JAHM: Daniel Soyer on NYC & Jewish American culture

In celebration of Jewish American History month, we’ll be highlighting some of our books that explore the Jewish American experience and celebrate the historical, cultural, and political achievements of Jewish Americans in American society. Below, Daniel Soyer, editor of The Jewish Metropolis: New York City from the 17th to the 21st Century, provides a short introduction the book and its importance, in addition to explaining the way it sheds unique light on the Jewish American experience.

“Neither piece alone is enough”: Excerpt from “Death and Love in the Holocaust” and a personal introduction from Steve Hochstadt

“Neither piece alone is enough”: Excerpt from “Death and Love in the Holocaust” and a personal introduction from Steve Hochstadt

We are pleased to present here an excerpt of Death and Love in the Holocaust: The Story of Sonja and Kurt Messerschmidt, accompanied by a short personal introduction from author Steve Hochstadt. The book tells the story of Kurt and Sonja Messerschmidt, who met in Nazi Berlin, married in the Theresienstadt ghetto, and survived Auschwitz. They witnessed the death of Jews every day for two years, but never stopped building their own life together. The words of these survivors, which are contextualized with explanations of historical explanations from the author each chapter, create a direct relationship with the reader, as if they were telling the story in their living room.

Death and Love in the Holocaust is out March 1, 2022 and is available for preorder wherever books are sold. The excerpt published here is from the chapter “Slave Labor.”

Constructing a New Jewish Canon

Constructing a New Jewish Canon

In thinking about the eighty or so texts to include in The New Jewish Canon: Ideas and Debates, 1980-2015, my co-editor Yehuda Kurtzer and I sought the texts that had shaped the larger American Jewish community that we both call home. In some cases, this meant books or articles that for some period of time it seemed that everyone was reading and talking about. In other cases, we chose books and articles whose influence had been less direct—these were often texts that reflected or responded to collective shifts in ritual behavior, political affiliation, or knowledge. And some were texts that few would admit to having read because within the Jewish mainstream these materials were seen as belonging to the fringe; we included these because we believe that acknowledging and seeking to understand dangerous ideas and where they came from is much better than ignoring them.

A Reading List for the High Holidays

A Reading List for the High Holidays

As the High Holidays approach, we enter a season of reflection. What better time to browse books on Jewish learning? We present here a reading list on a variety of topics in Jewish education, identity, and religious and cultural practice, some of which are freely available as Open Access ebooks.