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June 9, 2008

Lilith -- a Jewish book club for women

BC%20Lilith%20edited.jpg One of the area's newest book clubs is Lilith, which started this spring at Beth El Congregation in the Pikesville area. It was organized by Lindsay Kleiman, who had a similar club at the University of Maryland, College Park. The theme: literature by Jewish women or about Jewish women. "I'd like people to be able to develop their perspective on Jewish women outside the religious ideal ..." she says. "It's not that people have narrow views [of women], they don't have views at all. ... Women are under-represented in Jewish literature." 
Now reading. The Nazi Officer's Wife by Edith Hahn Beer 

The club is open to women of all ages, but RSVPs are requested. 
For information, contact: Micah Kleid at 410.484.0411 or, or Kleiman at 

Posted by Dave Rosenthal at 2:00 PM | | Comments (6)
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perhaps you will consider reading Full Circle, a novel recently published and available online through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Briefly: Recently divorced and trying to adjust to a new community, Diane finds herself torn between love for her sons and love for something she had never imagined. (I am author of two non-fiction works of Jewish interest: Between the Lines and In Other Words.

Your readers might be interested in my newest novel "Loving Rabbi Thalia Kleinman," a romantic triangle about a divorced Baby Boomer who falls in love with a beautiful woman rabbi. As said, Loving a rabbi is a complicated thing as Joss quickly learns in this witty novel by Gary Morgenstein. But loving a neurotic, divorced, but still charming, divorced man is a very complicated thing too, as the rabbi herself learns. Of course, their love story is all the more complicated by Joss' unresolved feelings for his ex-wife. How it all gets resolved, as well as quirky and highly unusual involvement of Joss' best friend, makes this a thoroughly post-modern love story.
Here is the link

Hello All,
Just completed a new novel entitled
"The Gospel According to Lilith"
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Arms Wide Open: A Midwife's Journey by Beacon Press, Boston is a memoir your readers might like. This one goes back to the hippie, home steading, home birth days, then fast forwards to now. A book about innocence, change, survival and hope, dedicated to all who love Mother Earth.

"Religion on Reason" -- a new book by founder Rabbi Moshe Ben-Chaim is now available:

Judaism has become tainted by man-made religions, mysticism, and pop-kabbalistic beliefs. Relying on the Sages' writings -- and 10 years in the making -- Rabbi Moshe Ben-Chaim addresses these false notions, also deciphering cryptic areas in Talmud and Torah to reveal beautiful insights, when analyzed intelligently. Judaism: the one religion based on proof and reason, not blind faith and superstitions. Intelligence is the sole key that unlocks God's wisdom. Readers will quickly distinguish authentic Judaism from popular beliefs, and be astonished at the brilliance of Torah's true lessons.

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Read my book, "Raputin and The Jews: A Reversal of History."

As summarized on Amazon, "This book is a well-documented account of Rasputin as a healer, equal rights activist and man of God, and why he was so vilified by the aristocracy that their vicious rumors became accepted as history. For nearly a century, Grigory Rasputin, spiritual advisor to Russia's last Tsar and Tsarina, has been unjustly maligned simply because history is written by the politically powerful and not by the common man. A wealth of evidence shows that Rasputin was discredited by a fanatically anti-Semitic Russian society, for advocating equal rights for the severely oppressed Jewish population, as well as for promoting peace in a pro-war era. Testimony by his friends and enemies, from all social strata, provides a picture of a spiritual man who hated bigotry, inequity and violence. The author is the great-great niece of Aron Simanovitch, Rasputin's Jewish secretary."

There is much discussion on The Pale of Settlement, the pogroms and the legal restrictions on the Jews of Tsarist Russia.

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Dave Rosenthal came to The Baltimore Sun as a business reporter in 1987 and now is the Maryland Editor. He reads a wide range of books (but never as many as he'd like), usually alternating between non-fiction and fiction. Some all-time favorites: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; and anything by Calvin Trillin or John McPhee. He belongs to a book club with a Jewish theme.
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