Books, Books, Books

Hot Off the Presses

1)      The new BDD is out, with an interesting sounding article about Talmudic logic. I haven’t read it yet, but Rabbi Dr. Michael Avraham is one of the more original and interesting thinkers on this side of the pond, so it’s definitely worth a look-see.

2)      Prof. Avraham Melamed is out with a book on the history of the myth (and counter-myth) that all human knowledge ultimately stems from Jewish sources, from antiquity until the early Modern period.

3)      Yad Ben Zvi has lots of interesting new titles, from a book on the Hurva synagogue, a study of ancient Jewish magic and an anthology on Jewish and Palestinian civil society in the War of Independence. All highly recommended.

Off The Shelves

Speaking of books, I’m looking to sell some of mine to make way for other tomes. These include:

1)      Two of the latest academic studies on Jerusalem in 1948 – including the most comprehensive study of the fight for the Jewish quarter ever published. Also, a study of the Jordanian Arab Legion that contains a lot of interesting technical information on that feared army.

2)      Prof. Avraham Faust’s extensive analysis of social life in Israel and Judaea during the Split Monarchy (the Iron Age II for you archaeologists out there).

3)      A general overview of Israeli-British relations from 1948-1958, written by Dr.  Mordechai Bar-On.

If you’re interested, contact me at aiwac – at –

Over the Counter

I’d like to end this post with an endorsement of the closest thing we have to in Israel –

That’s all for now,



Hi, my name is Avi Woolf. I'm an American-Israeli MO Jew living in Israel. I have a background in Israeli (as in Land of Israel) and Jewish History and an insatiable need for knowledge. I also have professional experience as an editor, translator and indexer. Enjoy the ride! If you are interested in using my services or just want to drop me a line, contact me at:
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