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da in Tampa. "The encounter dish poet who began writing
takes place in song, when holy Is- when she was 12.
Born in Poland, Ms. Teitelboim
rael sings the words of the Torah,
affirming, This is the Torah that published nine volumes of poet-
Moses presented to the children ry from 1944 to 1991, with much
of Israel upon the instruction of of it translated into English,
the Lord.' The moment of the al- Russian, French, Vietnamese,
ways-sung proclamation frames Chinese and Hebrew.
She grew up poor, the daugh-
the occasion of the meeting,
knowing God ter of a house painter, and at 18
she left for the United States. Ms.
UJA OPERATION EXODUS PHOTO/ROBERT A. CUMINS as God wishes
to be known... Teitelboim became active in the
In the words labor movement, and in 1940
and music, ges- took a job writing for such pro-
ture and move- gressive papers as Morning Frei-
ment, dance heit and Yiddishe Kultur. Her
and drama and first volume of poems, In the
sentiment, at- Heart of the World, was published
titude, and in 1947. She died in Tel Aviv in
emotion of that 1992.
The book is edited and trans-
is made mani- lated by Aaron Kramer, profes-
fest in the con- sor of English at Dowling College
gregation of in Long Island.
An Anthology of Modern
Israel. That is
where God has Yiddish Poetry (Wayne State
chosen to be- University Press) is a bilingual
come known to edition selected and translated
by Ruth Whitman. Included are
In Modern 20 new poems by Rachel Korn,
Poems on the Celia Dropkin and others, along
Bible: An An- with newly translated versions
thology (Jew- of works by Itzik Manger, Abra-
ish Publication ham Sutzkever, Aaron Zietlin,
Society of Jacob Glatstein, M.L. Halpern,
America) Moyshe Kulbak, Zisha Landau,
David Curzon H. Levick, Melech Ravitch and
has compiled a Leyb Naydus.
New works of fiction include
works from Circling Eden: A Novel of Is-
such diverse rael (Academy Chicago Publish-
A Soviet-Jewish mother and her son prepare for
authors as ers) by Carol Magun, the story of
Shabbat in Israel.
Yehuda Am i-
ing today — from something as cai, Czeslaw Milosz and Rainer
simple as affixing a mezuzah to Maria Rilke. All 170 poems are
reflections on biblical writings,
teaching at a religious school.
Rabbi Artson is head of Con- from the creation of the world
gregation Eilat in Mission Viejo, to the story of Solomon and She-
Calif. He said he wrote the book ba.
Among those works inspired
after hearing numerous congre-
gants say they care about being by the Psalms and included in
Jewish, but are intimidated by the collection are Louis Mac-
the commitments Judaism re- Niece's "Whit Monday," Natan
Zach's "Song of a Womanizer,"
Each chapter of the book pre- Denise Levertov's "0 Taste and
sents a mitzvah, from feeding the See" and Anna Kamienska's
hungry to observing Shabbat. It "Psalm," which reads, in part,
Cast us not off in the time of
also explains the mitzvah's sig-
nificance and lists concrete ways old age
when photos of the dead are
of putting it into action.
Judaism's Theological fading
when we are no longer able to
Voice (Chicago Press) by Jacob
Neusner considers Judaism from rem ember
Marcie Hershman: Safety and love.
the perspective that Torah is
trains pursue 11S On th e' street
"sung theology," that those truly
Rebecca Harrison. Set to leave for
canes and eyeglasses get lost
interested in the religion should
junior year in Paris, Rebecca
learn to listen to the melody of
instead heads off for Jerusalem,
David Curzon, a native of Aus- where each experience is a new
"Holy Israel meets God in the
Torah, which is God's self-man- tralia, is chief of the central eval- step on a path of self-discovery.
ifestation to Israel and humani- uation unit of the United Nations. Safe in America (Harper-
All My Yesterdays Were Collins), by Marcie Hershman, is
ty," writes Professor Neusner, of
(Ktav) is a selection of the story of Evan and Vera
the religious studies department
at the University of South Flori- works by Dora Teitelboim, a Yid- Eichenbaum, American Jews
abbi Bradley Shavit Art-
son hopes to make Jewish
observance "more - man-
His It's a Mitzvah! Step-by-
Step to Jewish Living
(Behrman House) is a guide that
identifies hundreds of Jewish
practices everyone can begin do-