Jewish Studies

Jewish Book Week 2021

From 27th February to 24th March, it’s Jewish Book Week, organised by the Jewish Book Council. To celebrate the London festival, we’ve put together a reading list of recent Jewish studies books that might be of interest to those attending (or interested in) Jewish Book Week.

Keep reading to find out what the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization has published recently and learn how to receive a special discount on all their books to celebrate #JBW2021.

Challenge and Conformity: The Religious Lives of Orthodox Jewish Women
By Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz

In recent decades Orthodox Jewish women have sought new ways of participating in community life and in domestic and public rituals. This is a much-needed study of how new norms have emerged, influenced by both the rise of feminism and the backlash against it, and by new attitudes to women’s religious roles.

Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 33: Jewish Religious Life in Poland since 1750
Edited by François Guesnet, Antony Polonsky, Ada Rapoport-Albert and Marcin Wodziński

Reflecting tremendous recent advances in the study of religious belief, this volume adopts a fresh understanding of Jewish religious life in Poland. The new research emphases represented here suggest how our understanding of what it means to be Jewish is continuing to expand.

Maimonides the Universalist: The Ethical Horizons of the Mishneh Torah
By Menachem Kellner and David Gillis

Maimonides’ Mishneh torah presents not only a system of Jewish law, but also a system of values. This study focuses on the moral and philosophical meditations that close each volume of his code. The authors analyse these concluding passages to uncover the universalist outlook underlying Maimonides’ halakhic thought.

Collected Essays: Volume III
By Haym Soloveitchik

Continuing his major contribution to medieval Jewish intellectual history, Haym Soloveitchik focuses here on the radical German Pietists and their main literary work Sefer Ḥasidim, and on the writings and personality of the Provençal commentator Ravad of Posquières. In both areas he challenges reigning views and sets a new agenda for research.

A Frog Under the Tongue: Jewish Folk Medicine in Eastern Europe
By Marek Tuszewicki

Jews have been active participants in shaping the healing practices of eastern Europe. This wide-ranging survey of sources in Yiddish, Hebrew, and many other languages fills a gap in the study of folk medicine in eastern Europe while also shedding light on little-known aspects of Ashkenazi culture and on cross-cultural contacts between Jews and their neighbours.

Religious Truth: Towards a Jewish Theology of Religions
Edited by Alon Goshen-Gottstein

In this collection, essays by leading scholars explore the notion of truth in Jewish religious discourse and suggest ways in which upholding the idea of one’s own religion as true can be reconciled with an appreciation of other faiths and enable interfaith dialogue.

To celebrate Jewish Book Week and all things Jewish Studies, we are offering a 30% discount on all Littman Library books until 31st March – please use the code JBW2021 on our website to claim the discount.

For US and Canada orders, use code ADISTA5 at For Israel orders, email

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