BANOT PRESS

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Banot Press was established to publish books in English that encourage more women to study Talmud, as well as anyone who wants to understand the origins of today's Judaism. Our goal is to bring Talmud to those unable to access traditional yeshiva learning.

Featured Title

Fifty Shades of Talmud

by Maggie Anton

Amusing. Seductive. Stimulating. We're talking about the Talmud? That's right. Take fifty actual Talmudic discussions, mix in pithy sayings (appropriate and inappropriate) by luminaries from Mae West and Amy Schumer to George Washington and Gandhi, add a few cartoons, and voila! Delighted and enlightened readers will come away with a new perspective on what the ancient Jewish sages say about our most intimate relationships.

In this lighthearted, in-depth tour of sexuality within the Talmud, come eavesdrop at the first rabbis' locker-room door as they discuss every aspect of sexual relations -- how, when, where, with whom -- often in startlingly explicit fashion. Author Maggie Anton reveals how Jewish tradition is more progressive in many respects, and more bawdy, than one might think. The award-winning historical novelist's first foray into nonfiction is likely to leave her fans going OMG, WTF, and even LOL.

Available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble

ISBN 978-0-9763050-6-4

Tales of the Holy Mysticat

Available Oct 6, 2020

Tales of the Holy Mysticat

by Rachel Adler

Rabbi Rachel Adler, acclaimed feminist theologian, decided her new apartment needed a cat. She searched the local shelters. One gaunt feline caught her eye. Despite being caged, he radiated the spiritual beauty of face and dignity of bearing that mark a great soul. As he settled into his new home--purring at the Hebrew volumes in Adler's rabbinic library, nodding attentively to the mezzuzot on the doorposts, and engaging in soulful meditation three times each day--Adler discerned that he was no ordinary kitty. He was an old soul with many lifetimes of Jewish wisdom to impart, reincarnated to a higher level in the form of a gray tabby--The Holy Mysticat.

This whimsical and engaging book is a spirited guide to Jewish literacy, using the everyday adventures of Adler's most peculiar cat to lead readers on a journey through thousands of years of Jewish thought, history, and practices--as seen through the eyes of one of our generation's most profoundly creative scholars. This collection of heartwarming and creative stories is interspersed with insightfully drawn black-and-white illustrations, and provides unique insights into Jewish mysticism, portrayed through the life of her extraordinary cat. Just as the Holy Mysticat became Adler's teacher, so too can the Holy Mysticat teach us all.

ISBN 978-0-9763050-1-9