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The Stream of Jewish Life [revised ed.], Alofsin, Dorothy
1 Alofsin, Dorothy The Stream of Jewish Life [revised ed.]
New York Union of American Hebrew Congregations 1947 4th printing Hardcover Near Fine 
(decorated cloth; no dust jacket) [nice solid copy, very clean, minimal shelfwear]. (B&W photographs) Published by the Union of American Hebrew Congregations; publication "made possible by the establishment of a fund for the publication of Jewish religious school literature by the National Federation of Temple Sisterhood." Very nice copy of the revised edition of this picaresque look at modern-day American Jewish life and institutions, as high-school sophomore Jerry accompanies his Uncle Saul (a successful author visiting from London) on a road trip along the Eastern Seaboard (with much time spent in New York City and environs). Post-war revision of a book originally published in 1943, this version containing much discussion of Zionism and of the vital Jewish issue of the day, namely the resettlement of Palestine. There is some passing discussion of anti-semitism, but only the most oblique references to the horrors of the Holocaust (and no index entries for Hitler, although his name pops up here and there in the text). 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Rise of the Goldbergs, Berg, Gertrude; introduction by Eddie Cantor
2 Berg, Gertrude; introduction by Eddie Cantor The Rise of the Goldbergs
New York/Newark Barse & Co. (c.1931) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Politzer 
(price-clipped) [a lightly-worn book, with a minor bump to the top rear corner and some slight dust-soiling to the top edge; jacket is bright and colorful, with some very minor paper loss at spine ends (no loss of text), some internal dampstaining to the rear panel with only negligible effect to the exterior]. (frontispiece photo of Gertrude Berg) "The Rise of the Goldbergs" (the title was eventually shortened to simply "The Goldbergs") debuted as a 15-minute weekly program on NBC radio in November of 1929, and was an immediate hit. The show became a daily broadcast in 1931, the same year this book appeared, and by which time (per the book's introduction) NBC had received "so many requests .... for copies of the episodes that it has been found advisable to publish the first volume with subsequent volumes to follow." (Essentially, then, these are radio scripts rendered into short-story form.) The radio series ran through 1946 and was subsequently adapted for both Broadway ("Molly and Me") and as an early TV series -- but interestingly, although the intro to this book even mentions "numerous offers...from moving picture producers," they didn't get around to making a "Goldbergs" movie until 1950. (One can easily imagine Samuel Goldwyn sagely declaring the property "too Jewish!") The colorful dustjacket, with a cartoon illustration of the Berg clan, is a genuine rarity. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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A History and Guide to Judaic Bibliography (Jewish Research Literature, Volume One), Brisman, Shimeon
3 Brisman, Shimeon A History and Guide to Judaic Bibliography (Jewish Research Literature, Volume One)
Cincinnati/New York Hebrew Union College Press/Ktav Publishing House Inc. 1977 0-87820-900-X / 9780878209002 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice tight clean copy, very light wear at spine ends; jacket has a tiny of bit of edgewear, small light stain on rear panel, and is folded off-center on the book]. (Bibliographica Judaica, 7) Series "This work describes in detail the major Judaic bibliographies from the time of Johannes Buxtorf to 1975. Each of the chapters deals with a specific type of bibliography -- general, catalogs, bio-bibliographies, subject bibliographies,Judaica, bibliographic periodicals, indexes, miscellanea -- and is accompanied by chronological lists of bibliographies and summaries of the discussion in the text. The narrative is written in non-technical style, but technical material is treated in footnotes. A detailed index concludes the book." . 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Geonica: Part II: Genizah Studies  [Volume 2 (of 2) only], Ginzberg, Louis
4 Ginzberg, Louis Geonica: Part II: Genizah Studies [Volume 2 (of 2) only]
New York Hermon Press [1968] NO First Edition Thus Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[nice tight copy, small stain and mild soiling on top edge, light browning to fore-edge; jacket browned at spine and edges, small snag at front hinge, a couple of tears at edges of rear panel]. (Texts and Studies of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Vol. II) Series NOTE that this is the second volume (of two): Volume II only. The first volume was a survey of the literary activity of the Geonim in the field of Halakah. "The second volume consists of 47 halakic fragments from the Cairo Genizah, mainly Geonic responsa containing many interesting Halakic views. All are copiously annotated and critically examined by the author." Text in Hebrew and English. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Rabbi and Priest: A Story, Goldsmith, Milton
5 Goldsmith, Milton Rabbi and Priest: A Story
Philadelphia Jewish Publication Society of America 1936 (c.1891) Reprint Hardcover Very Good 
(brown cloth, no dust jacket) [moderately worn copy, light bumping at a couple of corners, a few very slightly scrunched lower page corners, gilt spine lettering rubbed but still readable; attractive custom vintage bookplate on front pastedown, previous owner's name/address on ffep]. Reprint of a novel first published in 1891, and, according to the author's original introduction, based on the story told to him by a Russian refugee named Joseph Kierson of "the terrible persecution which compelled such large numbers of his countrymen to flee from their once happy homes." The author acknowledges that his novel is based on Kierson's experiences, but disavows strict historical accuracy. Rather, he says, "in following the fortunes of Mendel Winenki, from boyhood to old age, [the book] endeavors to present a series of pictures portraying the character, life, and sufferings of the misunderstood and much-maligned Russian Jew." In addition, "in the description of Russia's customs and characteristics, the barbarous cruelty of her criminal code and the nihilistic tendencies of the times, the author has followed such eminent writers as Wallace, Foulke, Stepniak, Tolstoi and Herzberg-Fraenkel. The accounts of the riots of 1882 will be found to agree in historic details with the reports which were published at the time." 
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The Bostoner Rebbetzin Remembers: Rebbetzin Raichel Horowitz of Boston/Har Nof recalls Jewish Life in Poland, America and Israel, Horowitz, Raichel
6 Horowitz, Raichel The Bostoner Rebbetzin Remembers: Rebbetzin Raichel Horowitz of Boston/Har Nof recalls Jewish Life in Poland, America and Israel
Brooklyn NY Mesorah Publications Inc. 1996 0-89906-592-9 / 9780899065922 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[minor shelfwear, library name stamp on ffep but NO other library marks of any sort, also a previous owner's last name in ink on ffep; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear]. (B&W photographs) (In the "ArtScroll History Series"). "The word 'Boston' conjures many images in the minds of Americans. To Jews, it has its own flavor. It means chassidic fervor, unbounded love for fellow Jews, and an inability to say no to a Jew in pain or need. The Bostoner Rebbe, Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Horowitz, is revered in America and Israel for all these characteristics. The community he created in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem is recreating all the holiness and love that he and his family still maintain in New England. His Boston spans the world. But Boston has a Rebbetzin as well as a Rebbe. This great lady, who prefers the trenches of service to the spotlight of honor, has now told her own personal story." 
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Memories of the Kirschner Family, Kirschner, Isadore L.
7 Kirschner, Isadore L. Memories of the Kirschner Family
(n.p.) (Privately Published) [1984] First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [moderate soiling and external wear]. (B&W photographs) Nicely-done, well-illustrated history of the author's immediate family -- primarily his father and mother and his four brothers. His father emigrated from Russia to the United States in 1906, settling first in Philadelphia; later the family lived in Wildwood, New Jersey. (There was also a Chicago branch of the family, that of his father's brother.) Although inescapably anecdotal, the book is well put-together and is rich with detail about of the life of this American Jewish family. It's not just a nostalgia-fest, however, as the author appears to be reasonably forthright about various matters such as sibling rivalries, the difficult deaths of some family members, the lack of success of one brother, etc. Above all, though, it radiates the author's love of his family, and of his country, and of his faith. Every family should be so lucky as to have someone who takes the trouble to assemble this kind of chronicle. 
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Only One Life: A Story of Missionary Resilience: Biography of Lena Rosenberg, Kuschnir, Vera
8 Kuschnir, Vera Only One Life: A Story of Missionary Resilience: Biography of Lena Rosenberg
Broken Arrow OK Slavic Christian Publishing USA 1996 1-885024-04-5 / 9781885024046 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[nice clean copy, minor edgewear, a couple of lines of information on copyright page lined through (but still readable)]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) "A compilation from archives and memory," by one of her granddaughters, telling the life story of the founder and director of the American-European Bethel Mission. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Royal Reach: Discourses on the Jewish Tradition and the World Today, Lamm, Norman
9 Lamm, Norman The Royal Reach: Discourses on the Jewish Tradition and the World Today
New York Philipp Feldheim Inc. (c.1970) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice copy, very light spotting on top edge but no significant wear; jacket shows a bit of soiling here and there]. "Rabbi Lamm, one of the most eloquent expositors of modern Orthodox Judaism, offers insights from the Jewish tradition on a wide array of subjects from the Quest for the Supernatural to the Ethics of Protest, the conquest of the moon to the problems of the Six Day War, Jewish Mothers to the Pursuit of Fun." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Playing with Fire: One Woman's Remarkable Odyssey, Mordechai, Tova; edited by Fayge Silverman
10 Mordechai, Tova; edited by Fayge Silverman Playing with Fire: One Woman's Remarkable Odyssey
Brooklyn NY Bp 1991 0-932351-30-1 / 9780932351302 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice tight copy, bottom corners bumped but otherwise no significant wear, previous owner's bookplate on ffep; jacket shows just mild handling wear]. (B&W photographs) The author "was born Tonica Marlow to a British evangelist father and an Egyptian Jewish mother. At the time of her birth, her father was already a full-fledged Protestant minister with an established congregation, and their household revolved exclusively around the church. At the age of sixteen, Tova was accepted as the youngest student at a noted Christian theological college, and within four years she had become an ordained minister. Her influence as a preacher, artist, and composer of Christian literature extended to all corners of the earth. And yet with all of her successful activity, she could not explain the deep pain she felt inside. She began to wonder about the incomplete logic behind many of the church teachings and practices; about the administration's questionable treatment of her family; about her mother's Jewish heritage. She asked questions, but the answers she received did not satisfy her. And so she began to search. This is the story of her remarkable quest for her true heritage." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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A Vase for a Flower: Tales of an Antique Dealer [*SIGNED*], Pinkus, Denny
11 Pinkus, Denny A Vase for a Flower: Tales of an Antique Dealer [*SIGNED*]
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1989) 0-312-04258-2 / 9780312042585 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by Shlomo Zafrir Signed by Author
[nice clean copy, very light bumping at a couple of corners; jacket shows a bit of soiling, a few tiny edge-tears, nothing significant]. INSCRIBED ("To _______ / My very best wishes / and a big Shalom / from Israel") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep, dated Oct. 1992. "In the tradition of Sholom Aleichem and Isaac Bashevis Singer, [this book] makes a fresh and engaging contribution to the rich treasury of modern Jewish writing. Set in modern Israel, these fifty tales capture emotions and experiences as old as time itself. [The author], an antique dealer in Old Jaffa, explores the humor, the sadness, and the traditions of life as he observes the people who buy, sell, and search for objects from the past." Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Code of Maimonides, Book Thirteen: The Book of Civil Laws, Rabinowitz, Jacob J., translator
12 Rabinowitz, Jacob J., translator The Code of Maimonides, Book Thirteen: The Book of Civil Laws
New Haven Yale University Press 1949 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj 
[solid clean copy, light browning to page edges but otherwise virtually unworn; jacket very browned at spine and along edges, minor paper loss at top of spine, otherwise clean and intact]. (Yale Judaica Series, Vol. II) Series "This volume offers the first translation ever made of Book Thirteen of The Code of Maimonides. Compiled in the latter part of the twelfh century, this monumental work of Maimonides is the most authoritative and complete restatement of Jewish Law after the close of the Talmud. It represents the culmination of over fifteen centuries of uninterrupted legal development among a people for whom the study of law not only served intensely practical purposes but was also a mode of worship. The present book consists of the following five Treatises: The Laws of Hiring; The Laws of Borrowing and Depositing; The Laws of Creditor and Debtor; The Laws of Pleading; The Laws of Inheritance." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Kashrus Manual: A Compendium of Laws and Customs, Rubenstein, Shmuel
13 Rubenstein, Shmuel The Kashrus Manual: A Compendium of Laws and Customs
Toronto University of Toronto Press Incorporated 2000 NO Unstated edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[book is clean and flawless; jacket shows only light surface rubbing]. (pen and ink drawings) This book "takes you on a journey of discovery into the fascinating world of the Jewish dietary laws and their implementation in modern times. It explains in every detail everything you have ever wanted to know about kashrus and it opens your eyes to many issues and kashrus practices that most people are unaware of." (Most of the text is in English, with selected passages in Hebrew.) 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Awake & Singing: 7 Classic Plays from the American Jewish Repertoire, Schiff, Ellen, ed.
14 Schiff, Ellen, ed. Awake & Singing: 7 Classic Plays from the American Jewish Repertoire
New York Mentor Books (c.1995) 0-451-62869-1 / 9780451628695 Book Club Edition? Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice square clean copy, appears unread, no discernible wear to book; jacket just a tiny bit crinkled at spine ends, very slight wear to bottom corners of spine panel]. Collects the following plays: "Welcome Stranger" (1920) by Aaron Hoffman; "Counsellor-at-Law" (1931) by Elmer Rice; "Awake and Sing!" (1935) by Clifford Odets; "Morning Star" (1940) by Sylvia Regan; "Home of the Brave" (1945) by Arthur Laurents; "The Cold Wind and the Warm" (1958) by S.N. Behrman; and "The Tenth Man" (1959) by Paddy Chayefsky. Introduction by Ellen Schiff. "Taken together, all seven plays tell the story of the Jew in America struggling to assimilate yet pondering what being Jewish means and working out this conflict in masterful theatre pieces of comedy and drama." (I've noted this as a possible book club edition due to the absence of a printed price on the jacket; on the other hand, it bears a bar-coded ISBN, which is not typical of book club issues. So take your pick -- but either way, it's a lovely copy of the book, virtually as new.) 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Rabbi Jonah ben Abraham of Gerona: His Life and Ethical Works, Shrock, (Rabbi Dr.) A.T.
15 Shrock, (Rabbi Dr.) A.T. Rabbi Jonah ben Abraham of Gerona: His Life and Ethical Works
London Edward Goldston 1948 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
(price-clipped) [nice copy, mild soiling to top edge, bottom corners bumped, private library stamp on ffep; jacket moderately soiled, worn at edges, minor paper loss here and there (notably at top of spine), discoloration to spine]. "Jonah ben Abraham of Gerona was a famous Spanish Rabbi of the Middle Ages. Thanks to his ethical works, which were reprinted again and again, his name has for centuries been a household word in pious Jewish circles. This book is an attempt, with the help of manuscripts in the British Museum and elsewhere, to deal comprehensively with his life and moralistic works. Of interest even to the layman are the chapters than describe the basic principles of his ethics and paint a picture of the religious, communal, cultural, social and political conditions of the Jews of Rabbi Jonah's day." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Adjustment of Law to Life in Rabbinic Literature, Zucrow, Solomon
16 Zucrow, Solomon Adjustment of Law to Life in Rabbinic Literature
Boston The Stratford Company 1928 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
[nice-looking book, gilt lettering on spine and front cover bright as new, slight bumping to bottom corners, shallow dent at edge of rear cover, light soiling to fore-edge; jacket a bit tattered, tears/chips at all corners, about one inch paper loss to base of spine]. The author undertakes in this book to address the "most serious maladjustment between life and religion" that he feels to be manifest in American Judaism. As the jacket blurb states: "Even the professing Orthodox Jew must admit that between the demands of religion and the call of modern American life the chasm is widening daily." However, by "following a proper historical perspective," he explains how to discover "the vital seed of self-preservation and ideal self-adjustment to prevailing conditions of life" that lies within Judaism itself. (This is a review copy, with the original publisher's slip laid in indicating that it was originally sent for review to the Literary Editor of the California Jewish Review in Los Angeles.) 
Price: 75.00 USD
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