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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Someday Stories

Way back in October 2006, The Book of Life featured an interview with Leah Larson, the teenage founder of the magazine Yaldah, which is written, edited, and published by and for Jewish girls. I just got an email from Leah, and this is what she said:
I wanted to share some exciting news with you. YALDAH has been chosen as one of five finalists in Wells Fargo Bank's "Someday Stories" contest. The general public is voting on their favorite story on www.wellsfargo.com/somedaystories, and on November 10th the story with the most votes will be awarded $100,000!! I'm sure you can imagine how far $100,000 will get YALDAH!

We've been in first place since the contest opened, but others are catching up fast. If you could please let all your friends/family/contacts know how they can vote, that would be a huge help.

Please consider supporting Leah's publishing efforts! Visit Someday Stories and vote for "Evelyn from MA" - that's Leah's mom. You need to register to vote in the contest, but it's free. Voting ends November 10, 2008 and the grand prize winner will be announced on November 17, 2008.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Blog Action Day

Once again this year, The Book of Life will participate in Blog Action Day. On October 15, 2008, we'll join the worldwide discussion on the topic of poverty. We'll interview the creators of Blog Action Day, as well as some Jewish authors whose books deal with themes of poverty and tzedakah (charity).

If you have a blog, you can participate in Blog Action Day too! Sign up at

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Laughing with God


This is the Book of Life's 2008 High Holidays Special!

A Yiddish proverb says "What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul." In this episode, we lather up with books that show us how we can laugh with God! Then we get a little more serious as we have our handwriting analyzed to see what we can learn about ourselves. We meet:

> Jacqueline Jules, author of the picture book Sarah Laughs, as well as other great books like Abraham's Search for God, Once Upon a Shabbos, The Hardest Word and more

> Rabbi Sherre Hirsch, author of the self-help book We Plan, God Laughs: 10 Steps to Finding Your Divine Path When Life Is Not Turning Out Like You Wanted

> Arlyn Imberman, graphologist and executive coach, analyzes the handwriting of these two authors as well as Book of Life Host, Heidi Estrin, to help us get into a self-reflective mode for the Jewish New Year




Do you prefer the regular half-hour shows that includes multiple interviews? Or would you rather have shorter, single-interview episodes? Post a comment, e-mail bookoflifepodcast@gmail.com, or take the survey in the sidebar here at bookoflifepodcast.com. The survey lasts until the end of September.


Our background music is provided by
The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band. Additional background music in this episode includes "Alphabet Song" by Pitx from ccmixter.org and "Letter" by Daveski from podsafeaudio.com.

Books mentioned on the show may be borrowed from the
Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel. (Or if they're too new to be in the library now, they will be once they are published!)

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