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My Summer Reading List 2018- Rabbi Malkus

Rabbi Mitch Malkus

My Summer Reading List 2018

If your schedule is anything like mine, summer tends to be a slower time and affords me the opportunity to indulge in reading many more books than during the rest of the year. I also enjoy learning what others are reading and it has become my custom to share my reading list through this blog. With that in mind, here are the volumes on my summer reading list:

Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi. Klein is a senior fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute and veteran journalist and author. The book is an attempt to share with Palestinians the complex narrative that informs his identity as a Zionist and a Jew as it relates to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Through his letters, Halevi hopes his anonymous Palestinian neighbor will gain a better understanding of the painful choices facing Israelis and Palestinians alike as they try to achieve harmony in their region of the world.

The Road to Character by David Brooks. This work is Brooks' attempt to focus people on the priorities in life which he feels should emerge from moral depth and inner humility. He use the concepts of "resume virtues" (wealth, fame, status) versus "eulogy virtues" (kindness, bravery, honesty) to launch his discussion of how we can each build our own inner character. This will be the CESJDS school-wide read for 2018-19.

Wait, What? And Life's Other Essential Questions by James E. Ryan. Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean James Ryan expanded one of his graduation speeches that went viral into this slim volume about the value of significant questions. Ryan weaves into his essay stories and lessons from his personal and professional life as a law professor and now dean of Harvard's Graduate School of Education.

Dancing in the Rain; Leading with Compassion, Vitality and Mindfulness in Education by Jerome T. Murphy. This work by former Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean, Murphy, is aimed at helping educators thrive under pressure and flourish as leaders. He draws on his own experiences as well as both Eastern and Western contemplative practices and psychology.

Jewish Family; Identity and Self-Formation at Home by Alex Pomson and Randal F. Schnoor. My colleague Alex Pomson and his frequent collaborator Schnoor have teamed up to explore and share their recent research on the family unit as provider of identity formation. Using over ten years of research and grounded in theories of both family development and transmission of social and cultural capital, the authors provide a view into the complexity of being Jewish in North America today.

I would love to hear what you are reading and thinking about this summer too. Happy reading!

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