Yeshiva University Libraries present a series of book talks by two distinguished faculty members and an accomplished alumna this fall semester 2020.

Rona Milch Novick, Dean of Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, will speak on her children’s book, Mommy, Can You Stop the Rain? via Zoom at 7:30PM on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. Dean Novick will provide tips on providing comfort and reassurance to manage children’s anxiety, particularly during the current pandemic and in times of personal challenges. Illustrated by Anna Kubaszewska, this quiet and powerful story shows parents how to comfort children and help them face their fears with the warmth and support they need. Reserve a space to receive the Zoom link.

On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, Rabbi Allen Schwartz, Raymond J. Greenwald Chair in Jewish Studies, will discuss his new book at 7:30PM via Zoom. In Conflict & Resolution in the Early Prophets, Rabbi Schwartz compiles, categorizes, and explains over 100 violations in the Bible, focusing on the books of Joshua, Judges, and Samuel. In each case, he explains the parameters of the biblical law, and shows how the rabbis addressed those violations. In many cases, multiple responses, some favorable and some condemnatory, are presented side by side. Rabbi Schwartz’s style reveals the interplay between traditional and modern Bible interpretation, while providing a unique window into the minds of the rabbis of the Talmud and Middle Ages. Reserve a space to receive a Zoom link.

Concluding the series on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 7:30PM via Zoom will be children’s book author Chana Stiefel, ’90SCW, who will trace the trajectory of her career in the presentation From Stern to Scholastic: A Journey in Children’s Publishing. The author of more than 25 books for children, Chana Stiefel has written My Name is Wakawakaloch!, with illustrations by Mary Sullivan (HMH, 2019) and Daddy Depot, illustrated by Andy Snair (Feiwel & Friends, 2017). Recent non-fiction titles include Animal Zombies…& Other Real-Life Monsters (National Geographic Kids, 2018), which was selected as a Top Ten YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant YA Readers in 2019. Her next picture book is Let Liberty Rise (Scholastic, 2021), the true story of how children helped build the Statue of Liberty. Co-sponsored by the Stern College for Women Education Program and Education Club. Reserve a space to receive the Zoom link.


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