Thursday, April 30, 2009

Jewish Literature Challenge 2008-2009

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NOTE: Changes from last year are in red.

What: Reading at least 4 books by Jewish Authors or about Judaism
When: December 21, 2008 (Beginning of Hanukkah) to April 27, 2009 (End of Passover)
Who: Anyone who wants to participate! Bloggers or Non-Bloggers alike
Where: Right here of course! You can also post your picks and reviews to your own blog if you have one of course.
How: Sign the comments on THIS post to join the challenge. Tell me if you want to be added to the blog. If so, include your email address. (put it like this to prevent spam: yourname AT yourdomain DOT com) Once I've added you, you can post your picks here and when the time comes, post your reviews here too.

NOTE: Also please post on your blog your intention to do this challenge. You can add a list of possible books now or at a later date. Put the url to your specific post about the challenge in the comments.

Are you wondering more about what books are okay?
Fiction, Non-fiction, memoirs, Adult books, Teen books, Children's books, books about the Holocaust, books about anti-semitism, books about Jewish Life, Jewish Culture, Jewish Customs. Books by Jewish Authors no matter what the subject.

69 comments:

  1. I'm in for a second year. This was great fun last year.

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  2. Count me in for year 2 also! This was a good one for me - I learned a lot about Jewish customs.

    Here's my e-mail: pistilli2004 AT yahoo DOT com.

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  3. I'd like to stay with this blog and challenge, please :-)

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  4. I'd love to give this one a whirl. My email is mmfbooks AT gmail DOT com. :)

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  5. I am so doing this challenge again! I LOVED it!

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  6. Sign me up. This sounds like a good way for me to learn more about Judaism and Jewish life.

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  7. This sounds great!! I hadn't heard of it, but I'm excited to join in. I'd like to join the blog too :) My email is sheelysmom AT gmail DOT com My book review blog is called The Book Nest. I'll put up my list of books shorts :)

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  8. Sign me up, I'm sure I'll read a lot more than four but it will be nice to have others who appreciate what I'm reading too. My email is sfuhringer AT sympatico DOT ca
    Thank you.

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  9. I am interested. Also right now I have a Jewish book giveaway with the help of book club girl. The book is Who by Fire by Diana Spechler. If you are interested or anyone else on the Jewish Challenge. Come Visit me there at my Jewish Blog, Jewish Rantings. My email is bookmark60@hotmail.com. My blog is http://38thavedivareaders.blogspot.com. I am new to this challenge and any challenge.

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  11. Add me in please...here's my email for the blog:
    holisticknitter(at)uk2(dot)net

    my book blog is here with my choices:
    http://lyndasbookblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/jewish-literature-challenge.html

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  12. I'd like to participate in this one for 2008-09 please!

    Thanks

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  13. Sorry, forgot my email.

    thesleepyreader AT gmail DOT com

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  14. Hi, count me in! My email is lauren.m.delacruz at gmail dot com.

    My post for this is here.

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  15. I would like to join these challenge. I have about half-a-dozen fiction authored by Jewish writers and might as well have fun with it.

    My blog: This Book Free Free
    URL: http://thisbookforfree.com
    e-mail: thisbookforfree at gmail dot

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  16. I am having a hard time copying and pasting the challenge icon. Can you post a link for the image?

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  17. I'm committing to 3, but I'm hoping to do more like 5.

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  18. This sounds like an interesting challenge. I'm in for four. Please see my blog for the list.

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  19. My reading list can be seen here: http://themysterybookshelf.blogspot.com/2008/11/jewish-lit-book-selections.html. I can't wait to get started. Thanks for organizing this challenge.

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  20. Do you ever put a list of recommended Jewish-subject/interest books to go with this challenge?

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  21. I'm a dope... never listed my email address.

    kylee DOT challenge2009 AT gmail DOT com

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  22. I'll stay for year #2; here is my blog post:
    http://freshbrewedwriter.blogspot.com/2008/11/jewish-literature-challenge.html

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  23. I have looked for books, and find this one will be easy. Lindy

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  24. I recently read your post about Irène Némirovsky and wanted to let you know about an exciting new exhibition about her life, work, and legacy that opened on September 24, 2008 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage —A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City. Woman of Letters: Irène Némirovsky and Suite Française, which will run through the middle of March, will include powerful rare artifacts — the actual handwritten manuscript for Suite Française, the valise in which it was found, and many personal papers and family photos. The majority of these documents and artifacts have never been outside of France. For fans of her work, this exhibition is an opportunity to really “get to know” Irene. And for those who can’t visit, there will be a special website that will live on the Museum’s site www.mjhnyc.org.

    The Museum will host several public programs over the course of the exhibition’s run that will put Némirovsky’s work and life into historical and literary context. Book clubs and groups are invited to the Museum for tours and discussions in the exhibition’s adjacent Salon (by appointment). It is the Museum’s hope that the exhibit will engage visitors and promote dialogue about this extraordinary writer and the complex time in which she lived and died. To book a group tour, please contact Tracy Bradshaw at 646.437.4304 or tbradshaw@mjhnyc.org. Please visit our website at www.mjhnyc.org for up-to-date information about upcoming public programs or to join our e-bulletin list.

    Thanks for sharing this info with your readers. If you need any more, please do not hesitate to contact me at hfurst@mjhnyc.org

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  25. Yes, please count me in as well :-) I haven't made up a list yet, but I think I have a few on my Mount TBR (200 unread books qualify as a mountain, IMHO).
    My mail address is kathrin.p AT gmail DOT com

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  26. I'm in, its my first time doing this challenge.

    zaser_jam AT yahoo DOT com

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  27. Hi Callista,
    I'm in for this Challenge! My choices are posted here:
    http://fondnessforreading.blogspot.com/2008/12/callistas-jewish-literature-challenge.html. I'm really looking forward to it.
    Thanks!
    Robin

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  28. I'm participating. I posted my tentative list here and will do so on my blog as well.

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  29. Count me in. I went for Jewish authors as I had some in my tbr pile. I hope it is okay that 3 of my four are in my native German:

    http://kucki68.blogspot.com/2008/12/jewish-challenge.html

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  30. I would love to be a part of this. Thanks for doing it!
    bubbins11 AT gmail dot com

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  32. Count me in on this. I already have my books picked out. My blog is Bookish and my email is knitstory AT gmail DOT com. Thanks!

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  33. I'd like to participate in this challenge and contribute to the blog as well. I am in the process of deciding books I want to read for the challenge.
    ramyasbookshelf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. I loved this challenge last year. I've posted about the challenge here:

    http://challenges.mawbooks.com/2009-challenges/jewish-literature-challenge/

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  35. Count me in. I am exploring Jewish literature. Already read two in recent past. If I had known about this challenge, I would have waited!

    Not that it matters. I will find more books. I will put my list eventually.

    gautami.tripathy[at]gmail.com

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  36. I am going to do this. It will be easy to incorporate into my triple 9 reading challenge since one of my categories is Jewish Award Winners and one of my children's books is All-Of-A-Kind Family.

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  37. Sounds great! My email is erintolman AT yahoo DOT com to join the blog. My blog, off the shelf, is erinsbookreviews.blogspot.com

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  38. My list is up and I've included a list of highly recommended books in the category that I've previously read, for anyone who may be interested.

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  39. Oh, I'd love to join your challenge! My post with reading list is here.

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  40. I wasn't aware of it last year; but then I joined A Novel Challenge in August, I think. Sign me up!

    Judy/Intergalacticbookworm

    http://intergalacticbookworm.blogspot.com

    rainbowmagicstarwho5atyahoodotcom

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  41. Sign my up for this challenge also. I am looking forward to learning some things about the Jewish customs and such. I am very excited as this is my first challenge that I am officially signing up for. Yeah :-)

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  42. Ooops, I forgot to leave you my email address so I can add my posts to this blog. Here's my address:
    robinsblog AT gmail DOT com.
    THANKS!
    Robin
    (A Fondness For Reading)

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  43. I'm in again! Here's my link:
    http://1330v.blogspot.com/2008/12/jewish-literature.html

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  44. Count me in too please!
    http://lostinagoodstory.blogspot.com/2008/12/jewish-literature-challenge.html

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  45. Sign me up, sounds like fun!
    Rachel
    AmericanBibliophile.com
    rachelwp AT americanbibliophile.com

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  46. Oops, here's my link!
    http://americanbibliophile.com/?p=310
    Rachel

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  47. finally, I think I am in. I have several books in mind. thanks for doing this.

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  48. I would like to take part in this challenge. I would put up the link in my blog soon :)

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  49. This sounds perfect for me, please sign me up.
    I've already posted on my log and my email address cgraves14 AT cox DOT net.

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  50. I would love to join this challenge. I have already read my first book: The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal. Here is my review.

    http://www.xanga.com/ShowersofBlessings/688262187/jewish-literature-challenge.html

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  51. So the last comment I left did not go the challenge page. My apologies. Here is the new link for the challenge.

    http://luluslibrary.blogspot.com/2008/12/my-first-reading-challenge.html

    Thanks a bunch for hosting.

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  52. Here are my reviews:
    http://odetolunacy.blogspot.com/2009/01/zookeepers-wife-book-review.html

    http://odetolunacy.blogspot.com/2009/01/dumbfounded-review-of-sorts.html

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  53. I'm definitely in! I will be posting a short list, and will read at least four off that list. It will be posted on my Jew Wishes website, January 14th. My website link. http://www.jewwishes.wordpress.com

    I would like to be added to the blog! Here is my email address for the blog: lormills AT gmail DOT com

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  54. I am so down for this! I mean, I guess it should be easy for me being an academic and HAVING to read lots of Judaica ... hah. Anyhow, I'm Chaviva and my email is chaviva at kvetchingeditor dot com.

    I'll post something up on the personal blog right about NOW.

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  55. Count me in! Here's my link to my blog post:

    http://shavuatov.wordpress.com/2009/01/14/jewish-literature-challenge-2009/

    And here's my email address:

    shoshanarachel AT yahoo DOT co DOT uk

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  56. Sure, I'd love to jump in. My kids are forever bringing home books from Sefer Safari at Sunday school plus I have a few books I'd like to read on Judaism and birth/pregnancy. So I'd love to do this. :-) Count me in.
    offthespaceship AT myway DOT com

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  57. A quick question - does the author have to be Jewish? Or is it that the theme of the book must be Jewish?

    Thanks!
    Rachel

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  58. Hi

    For the first book, I read "A Journey to the End of the Millennium: A Novel of the Middle Ages" by A. B. Yehoshua. The review is at

    http://www.xanga.com/buffaloSavage/691431201/a-novel-of-the-middle-ages/

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  59. For the first book, I read "A Journey to the End of the Millennium: A Novel of the Middle Ages" by A. B. Yehoshua. The review is at

    http://www.xanga.com/buffaloSavage/691431201/a-novel-of-the-middle-ages/

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  60. I've finished my four books for the challenge.

    A Wild Faith, by Rabbi Mike Comins http://jewwishes.wordpress.com/2009/01/15/jew-wishes-on-a-wild-faith-by-rabbi-mike-comins/

    The Search Committee, by Rabbi Marc Angel http://jewwishes.wordpress.com/2009/01/15/jew-wishes-on-a-wild-faith-by-rabbi-mike-comins/


    A Book that was Lost, by S.Y. Agnon http://jewwishes.wordpress.com/2009/01/27/jew-wishes-on-sy-agnon-loving-leah-and-more/

    Peony, by Pearl S. Buck http://jewwishes.wordpress.com/2009/02/02/jew-wishes-on-peony-by-pearl-s-buck/

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  61. For the 2nd book I read Eva Hoffman's Lost in Translation and the review is at

    http://www.xanga.com/buffaloSavage/692064998/a-life-in-a-new-language/

    For the 3rd book I read Jennifer Beth Cohen's Lying Together and the review is at

    http://www.xanga.com/buffaloSavage/692967299/happy-ending/

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  62. For the 4th book I read Farewell Espana: The World of the Sephardim Remembered by Howard Sacher and the review is at

    http://www.xanga.com/buffaloSavage/693286804/history-of-spanish-jews/

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  63. Hi Callista-

    The books I chosen is from the Project Gutenberg website. We have been having internet connection problems for about 2 months now and I was wondering if I can have an extention. Judy (Intergalactic Bookworm) http://intergalacticbookworm.blogspot.com

    bookwormjudy9292 AT Yahoo. Com

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  64. I'm done! My post is here:

    http://lostinagoodstory.blogspot.com/2009/04/challenge-completed-and-challenge.html

    Thanks for hosting, this was great!

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  65. No blog, here are what i read:

    1. Stein, Saraa B. About Handicaps
    2. Krentz, Jayne Ann Running Hot
    3. Picoult, Jodi Vanishing Acts
    4. Krentz, Jayne Ann Smoke in Mirrors
    5. Weiss, Ellen Mother Teresa
    6. Stein, Richard The Nation Divide
    7. saul, John Second Chld

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  66. Great job everyone, hope you had fun!

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