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Hillel Halkin is an author, translator, critic, and journalist. His books include Jabotinsky: A Life and Yehuda Halevi, which won the National Jewish Book Award.
In this important new book, Hillel Halkin explores Jewish attitudes towards death and the world to come. . . . A highly readable book which provokes reflection on an often uncomfortable subject. It would prove a valuable resource for all those involved in the field of pastoral care. ---Randall C. Belinfante, Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews Charming, frankly vulnerable, and deceptively deep. ---Abraham Socher, Jewish Review of Books Deeply moving. ---Ray Olson, Booklist Hillel Halkin displays an impressive mastery of source material and writes with his customary flair and grace. -Allan Nadler, Drew University, author of The Faith of the Mithnagdim: Rabbinic Responses to Hasidic Rapture Long-listed for the 2017 Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize Hillel Halkin, an American-born Israeli scholar and novelist, poignantly explores his own experiences while providing a history of Jewish thought. ---Amy Frykholm, Christian Century Hillel Halkin is an uncommon and essential figure in Jewish intellectual life-a man at home in the entirety of the tradition and its languages, a secularist fascinated by religion, a scholar in the thick of the world, a critic with an insatiable appetite for exploration. All his writing is informed by a princely pride, wholly justified, in the resources of Jewish literature for the understanding of human existence. After One-Hundred-and-Twenty-this lively, even scintillating book about the passing of life-generously displays all of Halkin's virtues. It will enlighten its mortal readers, and even help them. -Leon Wieseltier Halkin combines an accessible and trenchant exploration of Judaism's evolving concepts of death with his own struggle with understanding it. He leavens what could be a depressing read with humor. . . . Halkin's frankness about his own difficulties . . . help make this nuanced quest for meaning personal and affecting. * Publishers Weekly * Well-rounded and thoroughly readable. ---Jeff Fleischer, ForeWord At once scholarly and passionate, secular and religious, detached and autobiographical. ---Edward Alexander, Chicago Jewish Star A very user-friendly historical account of Jewish ideas about death . . . and how those ideas change. . . . [Halkin] is a master at 'popularisation' in the best sense of that term, bringing to a non-academic audience what are, in essence, some very complicated ideas. ---David Hillel-Ruben, Jewish Chronicle It's refreshing to read a Jewish book on death that does not presume to offer guidance, either through that dark portal, or around it. Instead, Hillel Halkin . . . has written a brief, pellucid account of the role death has played in Jewish texts, law, thought and lives--including his own. ---Esther Schor, Wall Street Journal Learned and beautifully written. * Choice * Instructive and thought-provoking. . . . One would be hard-pressed to find a more knowledgeable or astute guide through the vast literature of Jewish thanatology than Hillel Halkin. . . . The Biggest of Mysteries being tackled by one of our best and brightest. ---Matt Nesvisky, Jerusalem Post This is a most remarkable and beautifully written book. Halkin elegantly weaves together illuminating scholarly examinations of various Jewish ideas about death, mourning, and the afterlife with his own wonderfully honest, humane, and deeply moving personal reflections on these subjects and on his own mortality. After One-Hundred-and-Twenty is in a class by itself. -Leon R. Kass, author of The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis