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A very inspired and original compilation for this election year, "God Is in the House" is a collection of essays by members of Congress who reflect on their deep faith and how it guides them as legislators. The book was compiled by Representative Virginia Foxx who personally asked congressional colleagues who are devout in their faith to contribute, coworkers who are in Bible study with her, and colleagues she knows on a personal level. The book includes seventeen members of Congress, representing ten Christiandenominations from both political parties."
A Powerful, Life-Affirming New Perspective on the Holocaust Almost ninety children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors—theologians, scholars, spiritual leaders, authors, artists, political and community leaders and media personalities—from sixteen countries on six continents reflect on how the memories transmitted to them have affected their lives. Profoundly personal stories explore faith, identity and legacy in the aftermath of the Holocaust as well as our role in ensuring that future genocides and similar atrocities never happen again. There have been many books and studies about children of Holocaust survivors—the so-called second and third generations—with a psycho-social focus. This book is different. It is intended to reflect what they believe, who they are and how that informs what they have done and are doing with their lives. From major religious or intellectual explorations to shorter commentaries on experiences, quandaries and cultural, political and personal affirmations, almost ninety contributors from sixteen countries respond to this question: how have your parents’ and grandparents’ experiences and examples helped shape your identity and your attitudes toward God, faith, Judaism, the Jewish people and the world as a whole? For people of all faiths and backgrounds, these powerful and deeply moving statements will have a profound effect on the way our and future generations understand and shape their understanding of the Holocaust. Praise from Pope Francis for Menachem Rosensaft’s essay reconciling God’s presence with the horrors of the Holocaust: “When you, with humility, are telling us where God was in that moment, I felt within me that you had transcended all possible explanations and that, after a long pilgrimage—sometimes sad, tedious or dull—you came to discover a certain logic and it is from there that you were speaking to us; the logic of First Kings 19:12, the logic of that ‘gentle breeze’ (I know that it is a very poor translation of the rich Hebrew expression) that constitutes the only possible hermeneutic interpretation. “Thank you from my heart. And, please, do not forget to pray for me. May the Lord bless you.” —His Holiness Pope Francis Contributors include: Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada Historian Ilya Altman, cofounder and cochairman, Russian Research and Educational Holocaust Center, Moscow New York Times reporter and author Joseph Berger, New York Historian Eleonora Bergman, former director, Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw Vivian Glaser Bernstein, former cochief, Group Programmes Unit, United Nations Department of Public Information, New York Michael Brenner, professor of Jewish history and culture, Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich; chair in Israel studies, American University, Washington, DC Novelist and poet Lily Brett, winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Award, New York New York Times deputy national news editor and former Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner, New York Stephanie Butnick, associate editor, Tablet Magazine, New York Rabbi Chaim Zev Citron, Ahavas Yisroel Synagogue and Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad, Los Angeles Dr. Stephen L. Comite, assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York Elaine Culbertson, director of a program taking American high school teachers to study Holocaust sites, New York Former Israeli Minister of Internal Security and Shin Bet director Avi Dichter, Israel Lawrence S. Elbaum, attorney, New York Alexis Fishman, Australian actor and singer Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, Ottawa Dr. Eva Fogelman, psychologist and author, New York Associate Judge Karen “Chaya” Friedman of the Circuit Court of Maryland Natalie Friedman, dean of studies and senior class dean, Barnard College, New York Michael W. Grunberger, director of collections, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC David Harris, executive director, American Jewish Committee, New York Author Eva Hoffman, recipient of the Jean Stein Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, London Rabbi Abie Ingber, executive director, Center for Interfaith Community Engagement, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH Josef Joffe, editor-publisher, Die Zeit, Germany Rabbi Lody B. van de Kamp, author; former member of the Chief Rabbinate of Holland and the Conference of European Rabbis, Holland Rabbi Lilly Kaufman, Torah Fund director, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York Filmmaker Aviva Kempner, Washington, DC Cardiologist Dr. David N. Kenigsberg, Plantation, FL Author and Shalom Hartman Institute fellow Yossi Klein Halevi, Israel Attorney Faina Kukliansky, chairperson, Jewish Community of Lithuania, Vilnius Rabbi Benny Lau, Ramban Synagogue, Jerusalem Amichai Lau-Lavie, founding director, Storahtelling, Israel/New York Philanthropist Jeanette Lerman- Neubauer, Philadelphia Hariete Levy, insurance actuary, Paris Annette Lévy-Willard, journalist and author, Paris Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Philadelphia Knesset member Rabbi Dov Lipman, Israel Rabbi Michael Marmur, provost, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, Jerusalem International banker Julius Meinl, president, Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, Prague Knesset member and former journalist Merav Michaeli, Israel The Right Honourable David Miliband, former foreign secretary, United Kingdom; president, International Rescue Committee, New York Tali Nates, director, Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre, South Africa Eric Nelson, professor of government, Harvard University Eddy Neumann, esq., Sydney, Australia Mathew S. Nosanchuk, Director for Outreach, National Security Council, the White House, Washington, DC Artist and author Aliza Olmert, Jerusalem Couples therapist Esther Perel, New York Sylvia Posner, administrative executive to the Board of Governors, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, New York Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, executive vice president, New York Board of Rabbis Dr. Richard Prasquier, past president, Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France (Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions), Paris Richard Primus, professor of law, University of Michigan Law School Professor Shulamit Reinharz, director, the Women’s Studies Research Center and the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University, MA Chaim Reiss, CFO, World Jewish Congress Jochi (Jochevet) Ritz-Olewski, former vice dean of academic studies, The Open University of Israel Moshe Ronen, vice president, World Jewish Congress; former president, Canadian Jewish Congress, Toronto Novelist and Fordham University law professor Thane Rosenbaum, New York Rabbi Dr. Bernhard H. Rosenberg, Congregation Beth-El, Edison, NJ Art historian and museum director Jean Bloch Rosensaft, New York Menachem Z. Rosensaft, general counsel, World Jewish Congress and professor of law, New York Hannah Rosenthal, former U.S. State Department special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, Wisconsin Rabbi Judith Schindler, Temple Beth El, Charlotte, NC Clarence Schwab, equity investor, New York Cantor Azi Schwartz, Park Avenue Synagogue, New York Ghita Schwarz, senior attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights, New York Psychologist Dr. David Senesh, Tel Aviv Florence Shapiro, former mayor, Plano, Texas, and former state senator, Texas Rabbi Kinneret Shiryon, Kehillat YOZMA, Modi’in, Israel David Silberklang, senior historian, Yad Vashem, Israel Documentary film maker and author André Singer, London Peter Singer, professor of bioethics, Princeton University Robert Singer, CEO and executive vice president, World Jewish Congress Psychologist Dr. Yaffa Singer, Tel Aviv Sam Sokol, reporter, The Jerusalem Post, Israel Philanthropist Alexander Soros, New York Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz, Congregation B’nai Israel, Tustin, CA Michael Ashley Stein, executive director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability Rabbi Kenneth A. Stern, Congregation Gesher Shalom, Fort Lee, NJ Maram Stern, associate CEO for diplomacy, World Jewish Congress, Brussels Carol Kahn Strauss, international director, Leo Baeck Institute, New York Aviva Tal, lecturer in Yiddish literature, Bar Ilan University, Israel Professor Katrin Tenenbaum, scholar on modern Jewish culture and philosophical thought, University of Rome Dr. Mark L. Tykocinski, dean, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia Rabbi Moshe Waldoks, Temple Beth Zion, Brookline, MA Psychologist Diana Wang, president, Generaciones de la Shoá en Argentina, Buenos Aires Author Ilana Weiser-Senesh, Tel Aviv Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld, former senior aide to New York Governor George Pataki and U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, Oregon Sociologist Tali Zelkowicz, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles
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