Another’s week = another excellent post - the book about the womb of diamonds sounds so good as does A Daughter’s Kaddish - can I borrow them when you are done? Fun fact - Be Strong and of Good Courage is what is written in Hebrew on Edmund Wilson’s headstone.

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Sounds like a dangerous event. My book shelf is already struggle City

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Lovely post! I LOVE books. I’m currently rereading “The Healing IMAGINATION “ subtitled The Meeting of psyche and soul by Ann and Barry Ulanov. The concept of the departure of the soul upon death in Judaism has always fascinated me. The authors (Ann Ulanov is professor of Psychiatry and Religion at Union Theological Seminary in New York) describe how how imagination is vital in spiritual life: in preaching, prayer, teaching, counseling and politics.

The authors are brilliant. The book is wonderful.

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a puzzle that at one time I confronted: what makes a book Jewish? Because the author is Jewish?

Because the plot is about a Jew or a number of Jews? Because the content can be considered Jewish?

This issue applies to other ethnicities too. Ralph Ellison, in his book Invisible Man, has his narrator say at the book's ending: Perhaps you too might be like the central figure in this book even though you are not Black. And Norman Mailer, a Jew by birth, has a Jewish character from time to time in his novels but he is not considered a writer of Jewish fiction, the way, say, that Phillip Roth is.

I now assume it is Jewish concerns and not the background of the writer that makes a book Jewish. But if writers write from the experiences, background, concerns, in most instances we will find Jewish concerns as a great part of a writer''s work when the writer is Jewish.

Write what you know.

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