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Library News From Ze'ev Aviezer

There are many new books that have arrived in the Library waiting for you to check out and enjoy. 

Please click on the following link to see a list of our acquisitions:

Larchmont Temple Library Online Catalogue

This year Rabbi Sirkman will focus our covenantal journey on the way Jewish spirituality intersects with our lives. In line with this theme, the library created a special shelf highlighting some of the books in our collection that describe different kinds of Jewish spirituality. 

In addition, the following books have been highlighted for the month of January:

Sons and Soldiers by Bruce Henderson Joining the ranks of Unbroken, Band of Brothers, and Boys in the Boat, the little-known saga of young German Jews, dubbed The Ritchie Boys, who ?ed Nazi Germany in the 1930s, came of age in America, and returned to Europe at enormous personal risk as members of the U.S. Army to play a key role in the Allied victory. In 1942, the U.S. Army unleashed one of its greatest secret weapons in the battle to defeat Adolf Hitler: training nearly 2,000 German-born Jews in special interrogation techniques and making use of their mastery of the German language, history, and customs to help in the defeat of Hitler’s army. Bruce Henderson draws on personal interviews with many surviving veterans and extensive archival research to bring this never-before-told chapter of the Second World War to light.

The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish Winner of National Jewish Book Award. An intellectual and emotional jigsaw puzzle. The novel is set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-?rst century. It tells the story of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam, who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. Electrifying and ambitious, sweeping in scope and intimate in tone, The Weight of Ink is a sophisticated work of historical ?ction about women separated by centuries, and the choices and sacri?ces they must make in order to reconcile the life of the heart and mind.

Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel Hardcover by Francine Klagsbrun The de?nitive biography of the iron-willed leader, chain-smoking political operative, and tea-and-cake-serving grandmother who became the fourth prime minister of Israel. Born in tsarist Russia in 1898, she immigrated to America in 1906 and grew up in Milwaukee. Moving to mandatory Palestine in 1921 the passionate socialist joined a kibbutz but soon left to ?ll a series of public service jobs that brought her to the attention of David Ben-Gurion. In 1948 Ben Gurion sent her on a secret mission to Amman Jordan to meet with King Abdullah right before Israel's declaration of independence. As prime minister, Golda faced her greatest challenge when Israel was caught o? guard by Egypt and Syria's surprise attack on Yom Kippur in 1973. Francine Klagsbrun looks into whether Golda could have prevented that war and whether in its darkest days she contemplated using nuclear force.  


The Library at Larchmont Temple

Our Library endeavors to maintain a diverse, vibrant circulating collection that reflects the core values of Larchmont Temple. We acquire books that support our Congregation’s annual learning themes including works of the Scholar-in-Residence. Our collection also includes current fiction, non-fiction, DVDs and periodicals for adults, young adults and children plus scholarly volumes that focus on the study of Torah. Our responsibilities include maintaining the physical collection and preparing thematic displays in the library. Our monthly column in the Temple News keeps the Temple community aware of what is new in the Library. We welcome volunteers who would like to join us in maintaining the Library.

To get involved or for more information contact: library@larchmonttemple.org