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  • Yehuda Haleviby Hillel Halkin

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 25.00

    Part of the Jewish Encounter series A masterly biography of Yehuda Halevi, one of the greatest of Hebrew poets and a shining example of the synthesis of religion and culture that defined the golden age of medieval Spanish Jewry.   Like Maimonides, with whom he contrasts sharply, Yehuda Halevi spanned multiple worlds. Poet, philosopher, and physician,... more...

  • Melisande!by Hillel Halkin

    Granta Publications 2012; US$ 10.65

    An inspiring novel; a philosophical love story; a moving ode to a woman, as joyful and celebratory as it is elegiac. The narrator of Melisande! What Are Dreams? is a man in his forties, a scholar of ancient Greek philosophy known as Hoo. He has been given the nickname by Mellie, the woman he addresses in this book while exploring his memories of their... more...

  • Grand Things to Write a Poem Onby Hillel Halkin

    Gefen Publishing House 1999; US$ 9.99

    Shmuel Hanagid, poet, rabbi, Talmudic scholar, statesman, general and bon vivant was born in Cordoba, Spain, in 993 C.E. Settling in the city-state of Granada, he rose through its court life to become Grand Vizier and chief military commander. For years he led Granada's army into the field against its foes. Hanagid was the first major medieval Hebrew... more...

  • Letters to an American Jewish Friendby Hillel Halkin

    Gefen Publishing House 2013; US$ 9.99

    This passionate polemic addresses itself to the ultimate questions of Jewish destiny and proclaims the primacy of Israel as the locus of the Jewish future. Hillel Halkin is an American-born Jew who has cast his personal and historical lot with Israel. Corresponding with an imaginary American Jewish friend who upholds the possibility of a viable Jewish... more...

  • Luck and Chutzpahby Hillel Halkin

    Gefen Publishing House 1997; US$ 9.99

    Hans Kahn spent his life looking towards the sea. And it was no easy task as he escaped from the Nazis through the least-used route from Amsterdam through Belgium, France and across the Pyrenees to Spain, Portugal and England. There he volunteered and spent the rest of the war with the Navy of the Dutch Government-in-exile. The story takes us up to... more...

  • After One-Hundred-and-Twentyby Hillel Halkin

    Princeton University Press 2016; US$ 27.95

    After One-Hundred-and-Twenty provides a richly nuanced and deeply personal look at Jewish attitudes and practices regarding death, mourning, and the afterlife as they have existed and evolved from biblical times to today. Taking its title from the Hebrew and Yiddish blessing to live to a ripe old age?Moses is said to have been 120 years old when... more...

  • The Dove Flyerby Eli Amir; Hillel Halkin

    Halban 2011; US$ 11.65

    When his Uncle Hizkel is arrested, Kabi and his family face an uncertain future as do all Jews living in 1950s' Baghdad. Each member of Kabi's circle has a different dream: his mother wants to return to the Moslem quarter where she felt safer; his father wants to emigrate to Israel and grow rice there while Salim, his headmaster, wants Arabs and Jews... more...

  • A Woman in Jerusalemby A. B. Yehoshua; Hillel Halkin

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2007; US$ 14.00

    A woman in her forties is a victim of a suicide bombing at a Jerusalem market. Her body lies nameless in a hospital morgue. She had apparently worked as a cleaning woman at a bakery, but there is no record of her employment. When a Jerusalem daily accuses the bakery of "gross negligence and inhumanity toward an employee," the bakery?s owner, overwhelmed... more...

  • The Liberated Brideby A. B. Yehoshua; Hillel Halkin

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2004; US$ 14.99

    In this comedy of manners, at once deeply serious and highly entertaining, Yehoshua brilliantly portrays characters from disparate sectors of Israeli life, united above all by a very human desire for, and fear of, the truth in politics and life. more...

  • The Letters of Menakhem-Mendl and Sheyne-Sheyndl and Motl, the Cantor's Sonby Sholem Aleichem; Hillel Halkin

    Yale University Press 2013; US$ 14.99

    This volume presents an outstanding new translation of two favorite comic novels by the preeminent Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem (1859?1916). The Letters of Menakhem Mendl and Sheyne Sheyndl portrays a tumultuous marriage through letters exchanged between the title character, an itinerant bumbler seeking his fortune in the cities of Russia before... more...