I missed seeing Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner Penina Moed Kass when she was there, but I spotted her Berele the Snail books:
I also enjoyed seeing the Hebrew versions of the Minions from Despicable Me and, of course, Captain Underpants:
From First Station, it was on to the Old City for dinner and a dose of bad grammar:
As the sun began to set, the lights came on and the crowds teemed. Although I did not get to see all the installations and displays, I really enjoyed "The Large Pendulum Wave" and "Tower of David Ramparts:"
This month's reading did not include any standouts, but my book club read The Aleppo Codex by Matti Friedman. We had a lively discussion about the sadness of this story and what an amazing job Friedman did in laying out the saga with its cast of characters and cultural nuances. I had read the book when it first came out in 2012, and one of the first things I did was go see (what's left of) the Codex in the Israel Museum:
This manuscript was beautifully "written out" in 925 and was used by the Rambam as a reference. Although "stranger than fiction" and "non-fiction that reads like fiction" are quite trite and overused, the book is both of these and more.
More pictures than words this month, but looking ahead:
A book about challah
Beating the Elul Rush