Between the Lines: Author Conversations from the Library of JTS

Between the Lines: Author Conversations from the Library of JTS

Latest Episodes

The Art of Mystical Narrative
December 13, 2018

Watch the event video at In The Art of Mystical Narrative: A Poetics of the Zohar (Oxford University Press, 2018), Dr. Eitan Fishbane reveals the Zohar as an extraordinary...

The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective
November 20, 2018

Reading some of the best-known Torah stories through the lens of transgender experience, Joy Ladin explores fundamental questions about how religious texts, traditions, and the understanding of God can be enriched by transgender perspectives, and how...

Waking Lions
April 30, 2018

Important next-generation Israeli author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen’s gripping novel narrates the aftermath of an Israeli neurosurgeon’s accidental killing of an Eritrean migrant. Newly translated from Hebrew, this tightly crafted story is as timely as it i

If All the Seas Were Ink: A Memoir
April 18, 2018

At the age of 27, alone in Jerusalem in the wake of a painful divorce, Ilana Kurshan decided to begin learning daf yomi, the “daily page” of the Talmud. By the time she completed the Talmud after seven and a half years, Kurshan was remarried with thre

The Ruined House: A Novel
February 01, 2018

Ruby Namdar’s The Ruined House received the Sapir Prize, Israel’s most prestigious literary award. Now newly translated into English, Namdar’s tale of a man whose comfortable secular life begins to unravel in the face of haunting religious visions c

Maimonides and the Merchants: Jewish Law and Society in the Medieval Islamic World
December 04, 2017

The advent of Islam in the seventh century brought profound economic changes to the Middle East and to the Jews living there. The Talmud, written in and for an agrarian society, was in many ways ill-equipped for the new economy. In the early Islamic perio

Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel
November 01, 2017

Francine Klagsbrun's definitive new biography of Golda Meir brings to life a world figure unlike any other. An iron-willed leader, chain-smoking political operative, and tea-and-cake-serving grandmother who became the fourth prime minister of Israel, Meir

The Other Peace Process
October 23, 2017

A discussion with Rabbi Ron Kronish on his new book, The Other Peace Process: Interreligious Dialogue, A View from Jerusalem.Drawing on personal experiences from his 25-year career as founding director of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in...

The Arabic Translation and Commentary of Yefet ben Eli on the Book of Proverbs
May 09, 2017

Ilana Sasson, instructor at Sacred Heart University and JTS alumna, discusses her new critical edition of a key Arabic translation and commentary on the book of Proverbs. Working in the 10th century, Yefet ben Ò…li ha-LeviÓ³ commentary attests to his

Nathan Englander: Dinner at the Center of the Earth
April 03, 2017

Dinner at the Center of the Earth, a new political thriller from Pulitzer finalist and best-selling author Nathan Englander, unfolds in the highly charged territory of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A prisoner in a secret cell. The guard who has watche