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September 01, 1995 - Image 39

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-09-01

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navy before moving with her hus- er a "catcher," known as Der
band, an American attorney, to Shattenrnann, came face-to-
the United States. Today, she is face with a Jew he had turned
a psychotherapist who also teach- in?
es Bible to leading politicians in
This is the situation Sophie
Millstein faces in The Shadow
The Essential Kabbalah: Man. The mystery is what hap-
The Heart of Jewish Mysti- pens after the chance meeting —
cism (Harper Collins), by Daniel and after Sophie is found dead
Matt, offers an introduction to and Simon Winter, who mistak-
this enticing world, with glean- enly believes he has retired, is
ings on such topics as letters of drawn into the case.
the alphabet and their hidden
Spy novel fans also will want
meanings and 'The Aroma of In- to look into Firm Ambitions
(Signet-Onyx), Michael Kahn's
In one chapter, Mr. Matt, pro- story of attorney Rachel Gold,
fessor of Jewish mysticism at the who helps solve the seamy mur-
Center for Jewish Studies, Grad- der of a fitness trainer named
uate Theological
Union in Berkeley,
Calif., guides readers
to the way in which
Kabbalah advises
Jews to "Imitate your
"Your forehead
should not be tense at
all but rather always
resemble the forehead
of the Will, so that you
soothe everyone. Even This sad building in downtown Detroit once was home
if you come across an- to Congregation Shaarey Zedek.
gry people, soothe and calm them Andros. Along the way, she gets
with your goodwill ...
help from her mother, Sarah,
"Your ears should always be and Sarah's cat, Gitel; her side-
tuned to hear the good, while ru- kick, Benny; and a whole list of
mors and gossip should never be women eager to see Andros go to
let in, according to the secret of that great big gym in the sky.
sublime listening. There, no
harsh shouting enters, no tongue
ormer Detroiter Julian
of evil leaves a blemish."
Preisler has prepared a
Toward a Meaningful Life:
state-by-state guide to some
The Wisdom of the Rebbe
of the oldest and most in-
Menachem Mendel Schneer- teresting synagogues in the coun-
son (William Morrow) contains try.
writings of the late head of the
Pioneer American Syna-
Lubavitch movement, in a com- gogues features a brief intro-
pilation directed at individuals of duction to the history and
all faiths.
architecture of the oldest exist-
Edited by Rabbi Simon Jacob- ing Jewish congregation in each
son, for 14 years the Rebbe's chief of the 50 states and Washington,
scribe, Toward a Meaningful Life D.C. It has black-and-white il-
includes Rabbi Schneerson's writ- lustrations.
ings on such topics as childhood,
Copies cost $10 (including
work, charity, suffering and postage and handling) and may
be ordered through Mr. Preisler,
518 W. Fourth St., Wilmington,
ophie has just seen a ghost. DE 19801.
It is Der Schattenmann.
The American Synagogue
But to whom can she (University Press of New Eng-
turn? To whom can she tell land) is the first book to chart the
this terrible news? The answer, course of synagogue history in the
of course, is Simon Winter.
United States, from the Colonial
The Shadow Man (Ballan- era to the present.
tine) is the latest thriller from
Edited by Jack Wertheimer,
John Katzenbach, also the author the book has chapters on Ortho-
of Just Cause, The Traveler and dox and Conservative syna-
Day of Reckoning. In this new gogues and Reform temples, and
novel, he considers the dark souls considers congregations in the
of men and women known as cities and the suburbs.
"catchers" — Jews who, in ex-
The American Synagogue also
change for their own lives, turned has a chapter on Jewish women
in other Jews in hiding to the and their changing role in the
synagogue. A 1930 sisterhood
The idea for The Shadow Man event at Rodeph Sholom in New
came while Mr. Katzenbach was York had Hadassah president
researching a novel he planned "Mrs. Samuel Halperin" speak-
to set in Nazi Germany. After he ing on "The Jews of Europe," to
read a description of "catchers," be followed by a musical pro-
he began to wonder what kind of gram.
men and women they were, and
"Ladies!" the notice advises.
whether any survived the war.
"Come With Your Friends! Make
What, he asked, if 50 years lat- This an Historic Meeting!" Li



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