Category Archives: Books


Jerusalem has been thrust into the headlines once again.  It’s extremely important to understand the history and the people when we read the latest news articles.  To that end I’ve begun a list of resources for University of Minnesota students and researchers. This is by no means comprehensive, but gives a few starting points, places to do further research and learn more.

December 2017




Jewish Cooking!

The University of Minnesota Libraries recently received King Solomon’s Table for Magrath Library:

King Solomon’s table : a culinary exploration of Jewish cooking from around the world /Nathan, Joan.; Herman, Gabriela. / New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017                 Magrath Library General Collection TX724 .N375 2017

READ a review in this blog  entry from Jewish Book Council (JBC) “What is Jewish Food?” 

KSolomoncover             PBcover wb

and while we’re on the subject, JBC has launched a new print annual that we’re processing now for Wilson LibraryPaper Brigade.

Read JBC’s page on Holidays, Customs, and Observances.

Since it is Passover,  I’ve included a list of nine titles about Passover cooking, all held at the wonderful Kirschner Cookbooks collection in Magrath Library Reference on St. Paul campus. These don’t circulate, so if you need to consult them, they’ll be available!

We have additional resources that you can check out.  Here are some useful terms to search in the catalog. You can narrow down the search results by campus library location by using the settings in the left column.


I’ve given current totals for the locations with the most holdings. Keep in mind there may be a copy in multiple locations, and there are several additional locations that will display in search results.  We have many books on these subjects in various locations within our library system.  We have a wide range of titles from Feasting in the archaeology and texts of the Bible and the ancient Near East  all the way to Rabbi Benjamin’s buttons  at Andersen Library Children’s Literature collection!  Have fun exploring!

PASSOVER COOKING as a subject gets 17 results, primarily held in Magrath Library.

COOKBOOKS JEWISH in the subject heading will find over 20 titles in Magrath as well as titles in various other library locations on campus.

COOKING JEWISH retrieves over 130 in Magrath and 20 in Wilson.  Wilson titles will focus on history or cultural studies. There are also 16 in Andersen Library, where our non-circulating archives collections are held.

JEWISH DIETARY LAWS shows 11 in Wilson and seven in Magrath.

JEWISH FOOD in the subject heading shows that Wilson has 71 titles, Magrath 22. There are nine in Andersen.

FASTS AND FEASTS — JUDAISM  brings up a total of 119 books with 58 in Wilson and nine in Magrath.

And if you’re interested in delving deeper, we have two subject pages that recommend research resources in our Libraries and beyond:

Jewish Studies



The complete Passover cookbook
Frances R AvRutick
Middle Village, N.Y. : Jonathan David Publishers 1981
Magrath Library Reference (Kirschner Cookbooks) (TX724 .A97 1981 )

The Manischewitz Passover cookbook
Deborah Ross; B. Manischewitz Co.
New York : Walker 1969
Magrath Library Reference (Kirschner Cookbooks) (TX724 .R58 1969 )

Kosher-Passover cooking.
El Paso, Tex. : Chabad-Lubavitch between 1900 and 1999
Magrath Library Reference (Kirschner Cookbooks) (TX739.2.P37 K67 )

Matza 101 : an innovative cookbook containing “101” creative recipes simply made with matza!
Jenny Kdoshim; Debbie Bevans
2nd ed.. Alta Loma, Calif. 11785 Mont. Wilson Conn., Alta Loma 91737 : The Unique Cookbook 1995
Magrath Library Reference (Kirschner Cookbooks) (TX739.2.P37 K36 1995 )

A Pesach sampler : from appetizer to afikomen
Leah G Stern; Frances R AvRutick; Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America. Women’s Branch.
3rd ed.. New York, N.Y. : Women’s Branch UOJCA 1979
Magrath Library Reference (Kirschner Cookbooks) (TX724 .P45 1979 )

The Passover feast II
American Mizrachi Women. West Orange Chapter.
Rev. ed.. West Orange, N.J. : American Mizrachi Women, West Orange Chapter 1978
Magrath Library Reference (Kirschner Cookbooks) (TX739.2.P37 P37 1978 )

Passoverama : a collection of favorite recipes
Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El (Wynnewood, Montgomery County, Pa.)
[2d ed.].. Wynnewood, Pa. : Sisterhood of Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El 1978
Magrath Library Reference (Kirschner Cookbooks) (TX739.2.P37 P38 1978 )

The Song of Songs cookbook : Passover manna gathered for you
Miriam Field; Standard Brands Incorporated.
New York : Standard Brands, Inc. 1966
Magrath Library Reference (Kirschner Cookbooks) (TX739.2.P37 F54 1966 )

No cholesterol Passover recipes
Debra Wasserman; Charles Stahler
Baltimore, Md. : Vegetarians Resource Group 1986
Magrath Library Reference (Kirschner Cookbooks) (TX739.2.P37 W37 1986 )

Books Ordered 8-28-2015

My Dear Daughter: Rabbi Benjamin Slonik And The Education Of Jewish Women In Sixteenth-Century Poland.Fram, Edward Cloth 2007
Origins Of Organized Charity In Rabbinic Judaism. Gardner, Gregg, 1976- Cloth 2015
Religion And Female Body In Ancient Judaism And Its Environments Ebook 2015

Books in Jewish Studies ordered 7/10/2014

Jewish Studies books Ordered July 10, 2014:

Children of Separation And Loss: A Memoir. Pollitt, Gertrude Paper 2014

Jewish Targum in A Christian World  Cloth 2014

Jews and The Renaissance Of Synagogue Architecture, 1450-1750.    Stiefel, Barry Cloth2014

Jews in Early Christian Law: Byzantium And The Latin West, 6th-11th Centuries               Paper 2014

Popularizing Anti-Semitism In Early Modern Spain And Its Empire: Francisco De Torrejoncillo And The Centinela Contra Judios (1674) Auth: Univ.                Soyer, Francois  Cloth 2014

Price Of Escape. Unger, David Paper     2011

Warburg In Rome.  (fiction) Carroll, James, 1943- Cloth 2014

Jewish Studies Ebooks Ordered July 10, 2014:

Alex’s Wake: A Voyage Of Betrayal And A Journey Of Remembrance. Goldsmith, Martin, 1952- Ebook 2014

Ancient Novel And Early Christian And Jewish Narrative: Fictional Intersections Ebook 2012

Around The Point: Studies In Jewish Literature And Culture In Multiple Languages Ebook 2014

Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery; Trans. By Jarek Garlinski. Pilecki, Witold Ebook 2012

Auschwitz, The Allies And Censorship Of The Holocaust. Fleming, Michael Ebook 2014

Bar Mitzvah: A History. Hilton, Michael Ebook 2014

Coming Of The Holocaust: From Antisemitism To Genocide.       Kenez, Peter         Ebook     2013

Quest For Jewish Belief And Identity In The Graphic Novel. Tabachnick, Stephen Ely Ebook 2014

True Herod. Vermes, Geza, 1924-2013 Ebook 2014

Books ordered April-May 2014

JUST ORDERED on the last of the budget until the new fiscal year – just a few more titles (CHECK MNCAT later for availability)

Ancient Jewish Sciences and the History Of Knowledge In Second Temple Literature Cloth 2014

Sennacherib at the Gates Of Jerusalem: Story, History And Historiography Cloth 2014

Studies in Classical Hebrew Bar-Asher, Mosheh Cloth 2014

Wicked Son: Anti-Semitism, Self-Hatred, and the Jews. Mamet, David Paper 2009


in addition to these previously listed titles.

Evidence Of Editing: Growth And Change Of Texts In The Hebrew Bible. Muller, Reinhard, 1972-     Paper     2013

How Could This Happen: Explaining The Holocaust.      Mcmillan, Dan       Cloth       2014

Language Environment Of First Century Judaea    Cloth       2014

Love, Sex And Marriage: Insights From Judaism, Christianity And Islam.   Cohn-Sherbok, Dan    Paper     2013

Mircea Eliade: From Magic To Myth.   Idel, Moshe, 1947-   Paper     2014 Mircea Eliade: Myth, Religion, And History     Cloth     2014

Munich Olympics Massacre Cloth     2014

Religion And Identity In Europe: The Makings Of Religious Enemies In Antiquity & Today.   Rasmussen, Susanne William Paper 2013

Religion, Theology, And Class: Fresh Engagements After Long Silence     Ebook   2013

Religion: Antiquity And Its Legacy.   Rupke, Jorg           Paper     2013

Religious Knowledge, Authority, And Charisma: Islamic And Jewish Perspectives                  Cloth       2014

Ten Commandments: A Short History Of An Ancient Text.          Coogan, Michael David       Ebook     2014

Torah Praxis After 70 Ce: Reading Matthew And Luke-Acts As Jewish Texts.        Oliver, Isaac W., 1980-,       Paper     2013

Tainted Glory In Handel’s Messiah

Ordered for the U of M Music Library:

Marissen, Michael . Tainted Glory In Handel’s Messiah: The Unsettling History Of The World’s Most Beloved Choral Work. Yale University Press, 2014.

You may recall a 2011 School of Music colloquium with Michael Marissen, an inter-faith dialogue, and a performance of the St. John Passion. In the inter-faith dialogue, Rabbi Joseph Edelheit, Rev. Marilyn Salmon, and Musicologist Michael Marissen discussed the relationship between the conflict of the two religions and Bach’s music. His book has recently been released. Check the Libraries Catalog for availability.  The University Libraries also own a copy of Marissen’s earlier book:

Lutheranism, anti-Judaism, and Bach’s St. John Passion : with an annotated literal translation of the libretto New York : Oxford University Press 1998 Music Library General Collection (ML410.B13 M26 1998 )

Yale University Press description of Tainted Glory

Interview with Publishers’ Weekly

MPR article New book raises question: Is Handel’s “Messiah” anti-Judaic? by Jay Gabler, Minnesota Public Radio April 22, 2014

Excerpt: “Writing this book was not fun,” says Michael Marissen at the end of the introduction to his new book, Tainted Glory in Handel’s Messiah (Yale University Press). Marissen is referring both to the arduous historical research the volume required and to the fact that being its author puts him in the role of splashing cold water on the world’s adoration for one of the most popular musical works of all time: Handel’s towering 1741 oratorio on the life of Christ.