09-13-2007 03:42 PM
I decided that I needed to broaden my range of different types of books so I picked up this one. So far I am finding it fascinating. I have never managed to get through all of the Bible so at times I am a little lost but I am enjoying the story of David.
09-13-2007 06:42 PM
09-13-2007 10:43 PM
The Community Conversation thread is a good place to discuss things like novels. What are you reading, Amanda?
09-16-2007 11:12 AM
Welcome to the book club. What part of the book are you up to? If you want to read the corresponding part of the bible, the David story basically runs from chapter 16 of the First book of Samuel, through all of Second Samuel, and into chapter 2 of Kings. But you should feel free to participate here without having read all that -- it certainly isn't required! And feel free to ask questions -- there are threads already started for several of the major characters, or you can post on the "Questions for Robert Pinsky" thread or start your own.
Enjoy your reading and we look forward to hearing from you.
09-16-2007 11:16 AM
Welcome to the book club. We look forward to hearing more from you as you get into the book. As Marcia suggested, the "Community Conversations" thread is a great place to discuss the novels you've been reading -- there are many wonderful Jewish books out there. What have you read so far?
Hope to hear from you soon!
10-17-2007 01:23 AM
This message has been moved to the more current Introduce Yourself thread for the Chagall book club. Thanks
11-23-2007 08:38 AM
11-23-2007 04:06 PM
11-25-2007 07:18 AM
I am very interested in the history of the Jewish people. I loved learning about the holocaust and want to read "The Diary of Anne Frank" really bad!
The diary of Anne Frank is an excellent learning tool. I personally don't have worry about these things because I'm named after two people who died in the concentration camps and ironically they both lived in Holland.
My name is Rosemary Shashoua. My first name on my birth certificate is rozette and my middle name is marie, when I emigrated to the US I changed my name to rosemary. I'm married to a man who's birth place is baghdad, iraq, he's a sephardic jew and i'm an ashkenazi jew.
so if you need any more history about jewish people i would like to help you,
11-26-2007 10:57 AM
01-09-2008 04:02 PM
I hope your New Year is off to a good start. I just wanted to remind everyone that we've just begun a discussion of Dr. Sherwin Nuland's fascinating biography of Maimonides. It's a great read, and very accessible, with lots to offer readers no matter your previous background in the topic. So do check it out!
Hope to hear from you soon
02-08-2008 10:27 AM
I've moved the most recent message to the current "Introduce Yourself" thread so we can all be in the conversation together!
10-29-2007 05:18 AM
10-29-2007 11:09 PM
We are "returnees" to Judaism, a very long story, but suffice to say we are co-founders of a new synagogue in LA. We have both become very interested and involved with Torah Study, and related matters of Jewish philosophy.
Along the way, I found and have read, "Betraying Spinoza." (I chose it over another then newly published book on him.) I don't suppose I could read much of the master in (translation) his original wording, so I relish secondary sources as I have for many years. (Try Maimonides sometime!)
I have become "stimulated" by the "Englightenment" and the power to reason. The study of Jewish modernity is exciting and revealing to me.
I come to Spinoza as a fountain of free rational thinking, not with the bias towards Judaic thought.
I look forward to the study with you.
11-14-2007 11:56 AM
I have read many of the new books about Spinoza. I haven't yet looked at Ms. Goldstein's book, but I plan to do so soon.
11-23-2007 05:03 PM
11-26-2007 10:59 AM
It's great to have new perspectives join the conversation, and I look forward to hearing from our readers, new and old, as our conversation continues. There's certainly a lot to discuss about Spinoza. Feel free to respond to any of the ongoing threads, or start your own.
02-15-2008 05:48 PM