Teachings: Book Reviews

Book review, Adirondack Mendel's Aufruf: Welcome to Chelm's Pond

This review by Rabbi Goldie Milgram was first published in the Philadelphia Jewish Voice.

Adirondack Mendel's Aufruf: Welcome to Chelm's Pond is a delightful and successful new interpretation of the genre of Chelm stories, with an original tale by author Sandor Schuman.

Book Review: Jewish Men at the Crossroads

reviewed by Rabbi Goldie Milgram

Jewish Men at the Crossroads
takes a dip into the section of the gender pool some now call "masculinism". A publication of the Conservative Movement's Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs, the volume is a collection of essays by Jewish men offering intimate sharing from issues of their current lives.   

Book Review: Relational Judaism

Using the Power of Relationships to Transform the Jewish Community

Book Review by Rabbi Goldie Milgram

Mark Segal's New Book Highlights Mitzvah-Centered Activism

Book review by Rabbi Goldie Milgram

The Philadelphia book opening for activist Mark Segal’s new work Read more »

Review Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning

MITZVAH STORIES--2012 Jewish Book Award Finalist
Jewish Book World Review (pre-eminent Jewish book publication world-wide)
by Ellie Barbarash

Book Review: Broken Fragments: Jewish Experiences of Alzheimer's Disease through Diagnosis, Adaptation and Moving On

reviewed by Rabbi Goldie Milgram, this article was first published in the Philadelphia Jewish Voice

Book Review: Pazuzu's Girl

This review by Rabbi Goldie Milgram first appeared in the Philadelphia Jewish Voice

Book Review: OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy

This review by Rabbi Goldie Milgram was first published in the Philadelphia Jewish Voice

OyMG is a provocative, important read and discussion for contemporary Jewish parents and clergy - first. Then give it to your teens and students to read and discuss with you. Issues of intergroup dating, in this case Jewish Christian dating, are vibrantly and frankly portrayed in this compelling teen novel format. You will cringe and cry and sigh and wonder and wish you had it in your hands sooner. I couldn't put it down.

Book Review: Rav Hisda's Daughter: Book 1 The Apprentice

reviewed by Rabbi Goldie Milgram (this review first appeared in the Philadelphia Jewish Voice)

Book Review, Return: Daily Inspiration for the Days of Awe

This review by Rabbi Goldie Milgram was first published in the Philadelphia Jewish Voice.

Book Review: Bringing Zayde Home

This review by Rabbi Goldie Milgram of Sheri Sinykin's Zeyde Comes to Live was first published in the Philadelphia Jewish Voice.

Book Review: Crossing Cairo

Reviewed by Rabbi Goldie Milgram, this review first appeared in the Philadelphia Jewish Voice

Crossing Cairo is a fascinating and useful read for potential travelers to the region, armchair adventurers and also for those who contemplate the lessons of personal experience and history.

Review: Looking for Me...in This Great Big Family

This review by Rabbi Goldie Milgram first appeared in the Philadelphia Jewish Voice.

Looking for Me…in This Great Big Family
by Betsy R. Rosenthal is a powerful free-verse lament about the burdens of growing up in a large family. Laments are an important part of mobilizing oneself toward healing. This novel offers numerous worthwhile teachable moments for parents and educators who gift or assign it. The rising rates of

Book Review: The Rabbi Rami Guides

This review by Rabbi Goldie Milgram first appeared in the Philadelphia Jewish Voice

Book Review: Rashi's Daughters and Torah Queeries

This review by Rabbi Goldie Milgram was first published in the Philadelphia Jewish Voice

New ideas and ideals in Jewish and secular life tend to develop on a creative periphery and move into mainstream acceptance over time. Usually, this ideological shift occurs in response to real or perceived oppression or inequities. We have seen this with regard to labor laws, kashrut, women and children, as well as the ordination and growing acceptance of female, gay and lesbian clergy. All along the remarkably diverse spectrum of gender we are seeing new books and social action initiatives in Jewish life.

These trends are underscored by two recent sets of work, t

Book Review & Video Interview: Converso by Mario X. Martinez

This review by Rabbi Goldie Milgram was first published in the Philadelphia Jewish Voice

Converso: A Historical Novel from Gaon Press is based in the period of the Spanish Inquisition's manifestation in America's Wild West, Mario X. Martinez's short murder mystery provides a really good read that introduces a little-taught period of American Jewish history. Converso is also a valuable creative stimulant for creating effective discussion of difficult ethical questions.

Book Review: THE NEW 60: Outliving Yourself and Reinventing a Future

This review by Rabbi Goldie Milgram was first published in the Philadelphia Jewish Voice

THE NEW 60: Outliving Yourself and Reinventing a Future, by Robert Levithan seems to have been compiled at age 59. Gay, AIDS positive and "in the 1990s the 'designated die-er' in my circle", the author exudes the profound joy of one

Book Review: God's Prayer: The Sacred Task of Living by Michael L. Kagan

This review by Rabbi Goldie Milgram was first published in the Philadelphia Jewish Voice