Description : In Israel, the High Holiday cycle marks the transition from summer to the rainy season. In Waiting for Rain, the acclaimed teacher Bryna Levy offers a compelling collection of meditations that examine the biblical and liturgical readings associated with the High Holidays, from Rosh Hashanah to Simhat Torah. Based on a series of lectures given in Jerusalem at Matan – the Women's Institute for Torah Studies, and known as "The Hoshana Rabbah Lectures," Levy's readings of the traditional texts echo the natural and spiritual tenor of this season. Waiting for Rain joins the field of biblical interpretation known as parshanut ha-mikrah. It offers fresh insights into traditional rabbinic interpretation, together with the author's perspective as a modern Orthodox woman bible scholar. Levy explores the psyches of the biblical characters and addresses issues such as our connectedness to others, the tragedy of wasted opportunity, confronting evil, the denial of death, faith and doubt, personal and communal responsibility, universalism versus particularism, the challenge of leadership, sin and atonement, and the efficacy of prayer. The result is a highly personal approach to the meaning of the High Holidays that resonates with our own modern lives. Stories about heroes and heroines, love, faith, hope, and dreams make this book a moving and engaging source for study and reflection as well as an excellent companion to the traditional High Holiday prayer services.
Description : "Drawing on interviews with artists and poets and on his own experiences in the Brazilian Northeast, Arons has written an account of how drought has impacted the region's culture. He intertwines ecological, social, and political issues with the words of some of Brazil's most prominent authors and folk poets to show how themes surrounding drought - hunger, migration, endurance, nostalgia for the land - have become deeply embedded in Nordeste identity. Through this tapestry of sources, Arons shows that what is often thought of as a natural phenomenon is actually the result of centuries of social inequality, political corruption, and unsustainable land use."--BOOK JACKET.
Description : This study of Cape Verde tackles critical development issues. It considers the struggle for self-sufficient food security, the tension between agricultural production and natural resource sustainability, and the role of government policy in food production and natural resource management.
Description : Somsundar And Manju Wait For Life To Fall Into Place, As Kolkata Waits For Rain Kolkata In The Early Seventies. The City Is Besieged By The Naxalite Movement, Which Holds Its Genteel Middle Class In A Thrall Of Terror. Caught In The Crossfire Between The Destructive Power Of The Naxalite Insurgency And The Brutal Backlash Of The Police Force S Counter-Attacks, Peace-Loving Citizens Don T Know Which Way To Turn. The First Post-Independence Generation Of Bengalis Has Barely Come Of Age, Only To Face Crippling Poverty, Unemployment, Disillusionment And Despair. As This Lost Generation Hurtles Headlong On A Sure Course To Self-Destruction, The City Is Caught In The Throes Of A Torrid, Parched, Disabling, Seemingly Endless Summer. Nerves Are On Edge As Kolkata Waits For Rain And Relief & Waiting For Rain Is Sahitya Akademi-Winner Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay S Finely Etched And Evocative Novel About Kolkata As It Was Before It Changed Forever. It Is A Kolkata Seen Through The Eyes Of Somsundar, Young, Unemployed And Despondent, A Past-His-Prime Boxer Who Must Wrestle With Reality When His Elder Brother, Suspected Of Being A Naxalite, Disappears. It Is Also The Kolkata Of Manju, Who Must Break Out Of The Cocoon Of Her Wealthy Family Background And Her Engagement To The Handsome And Successful Adri When The Tumult Of The Times Catches Up With Her. Like Thousands Of Other Kolkatans, Somsundar And Manju Must Make Sense Of Their Own Lives Before They Can Come To Terms With The Strange Times They Live In. Available For The First Time In English In A Superb Translation, This Is A Book That Is Sure To Grip The Reader With Its Riveting Narrative, Its Sharply Observed Cast Of Characters, And Its Compelling Portrayal Of A Great City In Shambles.
Description : The village of Stamford, the quintessential chocolate box English scene, seemed an impossible dream for foster kid Toby Prentiss. Now he s found a home among the haystacks and village fairs as the general manager for the Duck and Drake Hotel. With the fears and demons from his youth hidden away in this bucolic oasis, he s very protective of who he lets in. Until he stumbles across shirtless carpenter Rain Engel building the hotel s new custom-designed bar. Working in the countryside, Rain prepared to face his biggest fear: sheep. He didn t expect to deal with his second biggest fear: commitment. Toby s controlled tough guy facade coupled with his find happiness where you can optimism calls to Rain like nothing before. While Rain may be an exhibitionist, his romantic history forces him to hold his emotions close. As their relationship develops, secrets from their pasts drive a wedge between them: the ex-boyfriend who tore apart Rain s trust and Toby's history with the law. But can the secrets hiding among the quirky villagers bring them together? With missing sheep, pole dancing at the winter festival, and a crippling drought, everyone is waiting for Rain. "
Description : One young man desperate to make things right for the monks who raised him. Another looking to escape the limelight. The two best friends stuck in time because of promises. A couple looking to make a bigger unconventional family—one young woman who wants to help the world become a more beautiful place, one transwoman looking to put down roots for the both of them. Love isn't always easy, but the good kind is worth fighting for, even when others don't understand it. The story of what becomes of their love is what will be passed down into legend. Because stories like this, people remember. When Jira, Boon, Areeya and Fon come together to celebrate Yee Peng and Loi Krathong, sparks fly and dreams coalesce. But that's only the beginning…
Description : This is a book about the effect of prostitution, whether physical or spiritual in nature, on the human spirit. It is also a story about the hope we have in Christ and the difference God makes in lives. Love can be sought after in both a right and a wrong way. One way it produces death to our beings while the other, it brings a new vibrancy to life. But its all a delicate balance and if were not careful, we can fall away from the life bringing love to the destructive kind. The Bible warns that when we think were standing, weve already fallen. Its when we feel were above people lost in worlds we deem as dirty and less than acceptable that were on the edge of the cliff. In truth, we all sin and make mistakes. Come share in Rain and Lances life journey dealing with the heartache and fallout of choosing a path away from God and His love for a life of self and gods of this world.
Description : The award-winning writer Charles Mungoshi is recognised in Africa, and internationally, as one of the continent's most powerful writers today. This early novel deals with the pain and dislocation of the clash of the old and new ways - the educated young man determined to go overseas, and the elders of the family believing his duty is to stay and head the family.
Description : It's about an imaginary girl not from this materialistic world. Pure love and heavenly gifted beauties of her that made me write these few poetries. Her memories are recorded in mind like an epic of glories. Apart from this few philosophies of nature, theories of life and sense of spiritualties. In short it's a book of love which shows all the different shades of it and guides in the laws of love.