Contemporary American society must deal with the issues of violence, drug abuse, and sexual behavior. One only has to pick up a newspaper or turn on the television to confront them. Approaching these issues can be problematic, and become even more so if religion enters the picture. Daniel Kohn, a Conservative rabbi and Jewish educator, has compiled relevant Jewish texts from the Bible, the Talmud, and the rabbinic commentaries that address them. He begins with gossip and proceeds to anger, selfdefense, war and peace. He also examines substance abuse and sexuality. In all cases, he notes that Jewish tradition is not monolithic and that the texts are always open to interpretation. His discussions of drugs and sexuality are limited to wine and heterosexual relationships respectively. This is an excellent resource for beginning discussions on these important topics for both teens and adults. The book will be useful for parents, teachers, and young adults, and belongs in school and synagogue libraries. Gloss.
Barbara M. Bibel is a librarian at the Oakland Public Library in Oakland, CA; and at Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley, CA.