Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn, by Daniel Gordis @ NYJB

“For those interested in an introductory volume about the Jewish people and Israeli history, this book is highly recommended.” Continue reading Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn, by Daniel Gordis @ NYJB

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On Being Human: Nekropolis, by Maureen McHugh

This week for my penultimate entry in the On Being Human series I examine “Nekropolis” by Maureen McHugh, a novel about an artificial being called a harni and Hariba, a woman who has been “jessed” into subservience. Continue reading On Being Human: Nekropolis, by Maureen McHugh

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Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice, by Kazim Ali

Food is one of the essential requirements for existence.  One cannot go about one’s daily business without caloric intake.  However, beyond the needs food fulfils, one takes pleasure in eating.  That is why people read restaurant reviews or watch No Reservations.  Food also represents a mirror of a specific place, culture, and personality.  Why a book entitled Fasting for Ramadan has recipes in the back also requires explanation. Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice by Kazim Ali is a stunning literary jewel.  An extended meditation on the Muslim practice of fasting during the month of Ramadan has appeal … Continue reading Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice, by Kazim Ali

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