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Yeshiva University Library Schedules Zoom Book Talks During Fall Semester

(Courtesy of YU) Rona Milch Novick, dean of Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University, spoke about her children’s book, “Mommy, Can You Stop the Rain?” (Behrman House, illustrated by Anna Kubaszewska) on Wednesday, October 28. The talk was the first in a series of Yeshiva University Library Zoom book talks being offered this fall.

Participants enjoyed a reading of this quietly powerful story, which shows parents how to comfort children and help them face their fears with the warmth and support they need. Novick then provided tips on providing reassurance to manage children’s anxiety, particularly during COVID and in times of personal challenges.

At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, Rabbi Allen Schwartz, Raymond J. Greenwald Chair in Jewish Studies, will discuss his new book, “Conflict & Resolution in the Early Prophets.” (Kodesh Press), in which he compiled, categorized and explained many violations of Biblical law. In each case, the book explains the parameters of the law and shows how Chazal addressed those violations. In many cases, multiple responses are presented side by side. Most interestingly for contemporary readers, Rabbi Schwartz’s book reveals the interplay between traditional and modern Bible interpretation, while providing a unique window into the minds of sages of the Talmud and Middle Ages.

Rabbi Shalom Carmy, assistant professor of Jewish Philosophy and Bible and former editor of Tradition, will discuss the book with Rabbi Schwartz. Reservations are required to receive a Zoom link at https://yu.libcal.com/event/7212593.

The series will conclude next month on Tuesday, Dec. 8th at 7:30PM, with children’s author Chana Stiefel, ’90 Stern College for Women (and Teaneck resident), will trace the trajectory of her career in her presentation, “From Stern to Scholastic: A Journey in Children’s Publishing.” The author of more than 25 books for children, Stiefel has written “My Name is Wakawakaloch!” with illustrations by Mary Sullivan (HMH), and “Daddy Depot,” illustrated by Andy Snair (Feiwel & Friends). Recent non-fiction titles include “Animal Zombies…& Other Real-Life Monsters” (National Geographic Kids), which was selected as a 2019 Top Ten YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant YA Readers. Her next picture book is “Let Liberty Rise” (Scholastic), the true story of how children helped build the Statue of Liberty. The program is co-sponsored by the Stern College for Women Education Program and Education Club. Reserve a space to receive the Zoom link at https://yu.libcal.com/event/7213764.

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