Category: Judaism

  • Unchosen: The Hidden Lives of Hasidic Rebels

    By Hella Winston

    Honorable point out within the 2012 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism

    When Hella Winston started speaking with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn for her doctoral dissertation in sociology, she was once stunned to be covertly brought to Hasidim unsatisfied with their hugely restrictive lifestyle and infrequently desperately suffering to flee it. Unchosen tells the tales of those "rebel" Hasidim, severe questioners who lengthy for larger own and highbrow freedom than their groups permit. In her new Preface, Winston discusses the passionate reactions the ebook has elicited between Hasidim and non-Hasidim alike.

    Named one in every of Publishers Weekly's Ten most sensible faith Books of 2005.
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  • The Bridling of the Tongue and the Opening of the Mouth in Biblical Prophecy (The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies)

    Glazov demonstrates that the interlinked topics of bridling the tongue and commencing the mouth, recognized elements of knowledge instructing, also are an important to figuring out a lot within the prophets, in addition to later Jewish and Christian writings, in particular liturgical texts. His finished survey and research of the subject matter give a contribution to either a literary and a old standpoint at the prophetic literature of the Bible.

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  • Future Tense: Jews, Judaism, and Israel in the Twenty-first Century

    By Jonathan Sacks

    We are at risk, says Rabbi Sacks, of forgetting what Judaism’s position is in the international venture of humankind. The Jewish humans exist for a cause, and it isn't for themselves by myself. they need to recommit themselves to their foundational objective: to the duty of constructing a simply global during which the divine presence can stay between us all. with out compromising one iota of Jewish religion, Rabbi Sacks pronounces, Jews needs to stand along their friends—Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, and secular humanist—in security of freedom opposed to those that desecrate lifestyles. and so they may still do that to not win neighbors or the admiration of others yet since it is what a humans of God is meant to do. Rabbi Sacks’s robust message of tikkum olam—using Judaism as a blueprint for repairing a less than excellent world—will resonate with humans of all faiths.

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  • Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel: New Introduction by Norton Mezvinsky (2nd Edition)

    By Israel Shahak, Norton Mezvinsky

    It is a new version of a vintage and hugely debatable booklet that examines the background and results of Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel. absolutely up-to-date, with new chapters and a brand new advent via Norton Mezvinsky, it really is crucial examining for an individual who desires an entire knowing of how non secular extremism has affected the political improvement of the trendy Israeli kingdom. Acclaimed author and human rights campaigner Israel Shahak used to be, up util his loss of life in 2001, some of the most revered of Israel’s peace activists – he was once, within the phrases of Gore Vidal, ‘the most recent – if now not the final – of the good prophets.’ Written by way of Shahak including American student Norton Mezvinsky, this books exhibits how Jewish fundamentalism in Israel, as proven within the actions of non secular settlers, is of serious political significance. The authors hint the historical past and improvement of Jewish fundamentalism. They position the assassination of major Minister Rabin within the context of what they see as a convention of punishments and killings of these Jews appeared to be heretics. They finish that Jewish fundamentalism is basically antagonistic to democracy.
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  • The Formation of the Hebrew Bible: A New Reconstruction

    In The Formation of the Hebrew Bible David Carr rethinks either the equipment and historic orientation issues for learn into the expansion of the Hebrew Bible into its current shape. construction on his earlier paintings, Writing at the pill of the center (Oxford, 2005), he explores either the probabilities and bounds of reconstruction of pre-stages of the Bible. the strategy he advocates is a ''methodologically modest'' research of these pre-stages, using standards and versions derived from his survey of documented examples of textual revision within the old close to East. the result's a brand new photograph of the formation of the Hebrew Bible, with insights at the preliminary emergence of Hebrew literary textuality, the improvement of the 1st Hexateuch, and the ultimate formation of the Hebrew Bible.

    the place a few have recommended relationship the majority of the Hebrew Bible in one interval, even if particularly early (Neo-Assyrian) or past due (Persian or Hellenistic), Carr uncovers particular facts that the Hebrew Bible comprises texts relationship throughout Israelite background, even the early pre-exilic interval (10th-9th centuries). He lines the impression of Neo-Assyrian imperialism on 8th and 7th century Israelite textuality. He makes use of reviews of collective trauma to spot marks of the reshaping and number of traditions according to the destruction of Jerusalem and Babylonian exile. He develops an image of assorted Priestly reshaping of narrative and prophetic traditions within the moment Temple interval, together with the circulation towards eschatological and apocalyptic topics and genres. And he makes use of manuscript proof from Qumran and the Septuagint to discover clues to the ultimate literary shaping of the proto-Masoretic textual content, most probably lower than the Hasmonean monarchy.
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  • Jewish Interpretation of the Bible: Ancient and Contemporary

    Even though Jewish culture supplies large value to the Hebrew Bible, from the start Jewish interpretation of these scriptures has been practiced with striking freedom. Karin Hedner Zetterholm deals a transparent and concise advent to the criminal, theological, and old presuppositions that formed the dominant circulate of rabbinic interpretation, together with Mishnah, Talmud, and Midrashim, discussing particular examples of alternative interpretive equipment. She then explores the contours of Jewish biblical interpretation obvious within the New testomony and the legacy of historic traditions within the manner diverse Jewish pursuits learn the Bible at the present time.
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  • New Babylonians: A History of Jews in Modern Iraq

    By Orit Bashkin

    Although Iraqi Jews observed themselves as Iraqi patriots, their community—which had existed in Iraq for greater than 2,500 years—was displaced following the institution of the country of Israel. New Babylonians chronicles the lives of those Jews, their city Arab tradition, and their hopes for a democratic countryside. It stories their principles approximately Judaism, Islam, secularism, modernity, and reform, concentrating on Iraqi Jews who internalized narratives of Arab and Iraqi nationalisms and on those that became to communism within the 1940s.

    As the e-book unearths, the final word displacement of this neighborhood used to be no longer the results of a perpetual persecution at the a part of their Iraqi compatriots, yet relatively the end result of faulty country rules throughout the overdue Nineteen Forties and early Nineteen Fifties. unfortunately, from a dominant temper of coexistence, friendship, and partnership, the impossibility of Arab-Jewish coexistence turned the existing narrative within the region—and the dominant narrative we have now come to grasp today.
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  • A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

    By Mark Kurlansky

    A robust, DEEPLY relocating NARRATIVE OF desire REBORN
    IN THE SHADOW OF DESPAIR

    Fifty years after it used to be bombed to rubble, Berlin is once more a urban during which Jews assemble for the Passover seder. Paris and Antwerp have lately emerged as vital new facilities of Jewish tradition. Small yet proud Jewish groups are revitalizing the traditional facilities of Budapest, Prague, and Amsterdam. those courageous, made up our minds Jewish women and men have selected to settle–or remain–in Europe after the devastation of the Holocaust, yet they've got paid a value. one of the unforeseen hazards, they've got needed to take care of an alarming resurgence of Nazism in Europe, the unfold of Arab terrorism, and the influence of the Jewish country on ecu life.

    Delving into the intimate tales of eu Jews from all walks of lifestyles, Kurlansky weaves jointly a vibrant tapestry of people maintaining their traditions, and flourishing, within the shadow of heritage. An inspiring tale of a tenacious those that have rebuilt their lives within the face of incomprehensible horror, A selected Few is a testomony to cultural survival and a party of the deep bonds that suffer among Jews and ecu civilization.

    “Consistently soaking up . . . A selected Few investigates the fairly uncharted territory of an encouraging phenomenon.”
    –Los Angeles occasions

    “I can reflect on no publication that portrays with such intelligence, historic knowing, and journalistic aptitude what existence has been like for Jews decided to construct lives in Europe.”
    –SUSAN MIRON
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  • Meditacion de un kabbalista

    The Kabbalist prayer of Ana Becho’ach, or 42-Letter identify of God, is likely to be the main strong prayer within the universe. Kabbalists think that utilizing this identify as a device actually faucets into the strength of production and enables the relationship to optimistic power. during this booklet, trendy Kabbalah pupil Yehuda Berg explains how an individual can use the prayer to begin over, heal psychic wounds, and fix to the resource of pleasure and fulfillment.
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