Category: Judaism

  • The Sixteenth Century Hebrew Book: An Abridged Thesaurus (Brill’s series in Jewish studies, Volume 33)

    By Marvin J. Heller

    "The 16th Century Hebrew Book" is a bibliographic paintings describing books revealed with Hebrew letters in that century, masking the gamut of Hebrew literature, encompassing liturgical works, Bibles, commentaries, Talmud, Mishnah, halakhic codes, kabbalistic works, fables and "belles-lettres". all of the 455 entries has a descriptive textual content web page made out of historical past at the writer, an outline of the book's contents and actual makeup and is followed by way of a replica of the name or a pattern web page. there's an in depth creation with an summary of Hebrew printing and a dialogue of points of the Hebrew publication within the sixteenth century, in addition to certain again topic. this can be a necessary paintings for bibliographers, historians and scholars of Jewish literature.
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  • Cannabis Chassidis: The Ancient and Emerging Torah of Drugs (A Memoir)


    “In early 2001, I got here to Jerusalem,
    just out of excessive school,
    looking for an genuine spiritual tradition
    for the best way to smoke marijuana
    rightly, helpfully, extra effectively
    and extra meaningfully.

    What i discovered also and instead
    was a residing tradition, wrestling with the mystery
    of easy methods to comprise the exctatic; and the
    mystery of the motives for it truly is repression,
    along with alot of extraordinary information and poor truths in regards to the nature of faith, legislation, idealism and drugs.”

    Cannabis Chassidis: the traditional and rising Torah of gear (A memoir) info the query and it is exploration: How may perhaps or not it's that anything as inherent to fashionable existence as Marijuana, anything with a wealthy heritage of human utilization, has no culture in Torah, a assistance procedure that i used to be raised to appreciate as encompassing every thing strong that one should still recognize? there are solutions for what's there within the culture, wealthy allusions to herbs and smokes utilized in diversified capacitities, and the extra fascinating solutions and questions are approximately what there is not within the culture, and why.

    And alongside the best way, the spectrum of an adventure of residing mystical way of life is explored, and the romantic idealization and redemptive strength of either Psychedelia and faith are touched and felt deeply, within the context of remarkable groups and people who have skilled the glories and the mess ups of both.

    Join Yoseph Leib on his travels and experiences all through Jerusalem, manhattan, and Rainbow nation U.S.A, looking for information approximately how hashish and psychedelics have and feature now not been utilized in either historical and rising Hassidic traditions, and what the way in which we've concerning our wants for medicinal drugs, gods, and intoxicants can educate us approximately how we relate to ourselves, our group, and our G-d. the wonderful challenge of the way what we will be able to study can set us loose, in every kind of how.
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  • Sephardi Religious Responses to Modernity (The Sherman Lecture Series, Vol. 1)

    By Norman A. Stillman

    Original yr of publication: 1995

    Excerpt from the Introduction

    Most reports of Jewish modernity have handled the responses of Western Jewry — essentially Ashkenazi Jewry — to the fashionable . certainly, so much books of any kind at the Jews within the sleek global deal by and large with Ashkenazim. This e-book is meant, like every of my reports, to right in a few degree this imbalance. it really is approximately many of the diverse responses of Sephardi and Oriental Jewry to modernity, particularly a few of their spiritual responses. The issues of comparability and distinction to the bigger and extra intensively tested Ashkenazi international are, i feel, no longer basically attention-grabbing, yet hugely instructive. For what they convey are various types of recent non secular improvement as a result of diversified ancient stories. in most cases, Sephardi and Oriental Jewry made the transition into sleek occasions whereas keeping its equilibrium way more extra effectively than had eu Jewish society upon its emergence from the ghetto, they usually have been higher capable of defend a few of their existential moorings. the whole modernizing strategy used to be total extra sluggish and not more stressful for jap Jews than it was once for his or her Ashkenazi brethren or certainly for his or her Muslim acquaintances. even though the Westernizing forces of modernity got here to the Sephardi and Oriental Jews basically from with out, the spiritual evolution of those groups constructed from inside. Their coming to phrases with the trendy global didn't regularly bring about a stark and invidious selection among conventional faith and growth as was once the case for therefore a lot of Ashkenazi Jewry.

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  • Two Scholars Who Were in our Town and other Novellas

    New and Revised Translations from the Hebrew together with the Novellas students Who have been in Our city · within the middle of the Seas · within the best of Her lifestyles · Tehilla. The volume's identify tale students Who have been in Our city tells of the epic conflict among Torah students who in keeping with the Talmudic word can't abide one another in issues of halakhah . First released in Hebrew 1956, the tale is determined over a interval of approximately thirty years throughout the mid-nineteenth century in an unnamed Our city, essentially intended to be Agnon's local Buczacz (in latest western Ukraine). Narrating from some degree 3 or 4 generations after the motion, the narrator waxes nostalgic even elegiac for a time whilst Torah used to be loved by way of Israel and the whole glory of a guy used to be Torah, [when] our city used to be privileged to remember one of the such a lot remarkable cities within the land because of its students. And but, because the plot unwinds and insults are traded within the learn residence, the traditional Talmudic curse starts to paintings its darkish strength, resulting in the tragic denouement. And right here we see Agnon's strength as a tragedian on a virtually Greek scale. together with his ordinary irony at paintings, the narrator pines for an past, extra excellent time which seems to were rife with flaws and tragic personalities of its personal. This attracts the reader to question used to be it usually ever therefore? this is often Agnon at his top distilling the classical texts of Jewish examine right into a glossy midrashic matrix on which he composed his Nobel-winning literature. contains new Foreword by means of Jeffery Saks and a bibliographic essay reviewing the literary feedback.
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  • God Interrupted: Heresy and the European Imagination between the World Wars

    By Benjamin Lazier


    Could the easiest factor approximately faith be the heresies it spawns? best intellectuals in interwar Europe proposal so. They believed that they lived in a global made derelict by way of God's absence and the interruption of his name. In reaction, they helped resurrect gnosticism and pantheism, the 2 so much effective demanding situations to the monotheistic culture. In God Interrupted, Benjamin Lazier tracks the resultant debates concerning the divine throughout confessions and disciplines. He additionally strains the awesome afterlives of those debates in postwar arguments concerning the atmosphere, neoconservative politics, and heretical kinds of Jewish id. In energetic, dependent prose, the publication reorients the highbrow historical past of the era.



    God Interrupted additionally offers novel bills of 3 German-Jewish thinkers whose rules, seminal to fields in most cases considered as wildly unrelated, had universal origins in debates approximately heresy among the wars. Hans Jonas constructed a philosophy of biology that encouraged ecu vegetables and bioethicists across the world. Leo Strauss grew to become essentially the most very important and debatable political theorists of the 20th century. Gershom Scholem, the eminent student of faith, significantly recast what it capacity to be a Jew. jointly they assist us see how speak about God used to be tailored for discuss nature, politics, know-how, and paintings. They alert us to the abiding salience of the divine to Europeans among the wars and beyond--even between these for whom God was once lengthy lacking or dead.


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  • Seed of Avraham: The 4000 Year History of the Jewish Family

    The miracle of the Jewish family's survival was once expected - assured.

    The written historical past of the home of Avraham has been born out by way of the choose and shovel of 20th century archeology. To doubt its validity within the face of all of the facts is foolishness. yet might be i am fallacious for probably the family members of fools is even older than the home of Avraham.

    Like each relatives, the home of Avraham is a combined lot. There have continually been a couple of who observed little worth within the birthright - attempted denying it - -gave it up - yet seldom with luck or to their very own gain. Others confronted affliction, torture, demise - instead of provide it up. those that survived with a bit of luck came upon their present; those that perished - who is aware what prize awaited them for his or her sufferings. Such are the issues religion is made from. It was once anticipated.

    It has come to go.

    Preview this Jewish historical past Novel via clicking at the disguise of Seed of Avraham

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  • The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image

    By Daniel B. Schwartz

    Pioneering biblical critic, theorist of democracy, and mythical conflater of God and nature, Jewish thinker Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) used to be excommunicated by way of the Sephardic Jews of Amsterdam in 1656 for his "horrible heresies" and "monstrous deeds." but, over the last 3 centuries, Spinoza's rupture with conventional Jewish ideals and practices has increased him to a sought after position in genealogies of Jewish modernity. The First smooth Jew presents a riveting examine how Spinoza went from being certainly one of Judaism's so much infamous outcasts to 1 of its so much celebrated, if nonetheless hugely debatable, cultural icons, and a strong and protean image of the 1st sleek secular Jew.

    starting from Amsterdam to Palestine and again back to Europe, the booklet chronicles Spinoza's posthumous odyssey from marginalized heretic to hero, the exemplar of an entire host of Jewish identities, together with cosmopolitan, nationalist, reformist, and rejectionist. Daniel Schwartz exhibits that during fashioning Spinoza into "the first smooth Jew," generations of Jewish intellectuals--German liberals, East eu maskilim, secular Zionists, and Yiddishists--have projected their very own dilemmas of id onto him, reshaping the Amsterdam philosopher of their personal photograph. the numerous afterlives of Spinoza are a type of taking a look glass into the struggles of Jewish writers over the place to attract the bounds of Jewishness and no matter if a mundane Jewish identification is certainly attainable. Cumulatively, those afterlives supply a kaleidoscopic view of contemporary Jewish cultureand a shiny historical past of an obsession with Spinoza that keeps to this day.

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  • Halakhic Positions of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik

    By Aharon Ziegler

    In Halakhic Positions of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, insights into Jewish legislations from the preeminent determine of twentieth-century glossy Orthodoxy are offered in a transparent and concise demeanour. generally called "the Rav," Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, zt" l, has motivated and motivated the highbrow brain and touched the delicate hearts of millions of individuals. whereas he used to be now not inevitably often called a decisor, or poseik, of halakha, he was once well known as anyone who had the uncanny skill to conceptualize the spirit of Jewish legislation on a common point. all through his lifetime, the Rav released few works, transmitting his Torah wisdom via periods and lectures in its place. As a pupil of Rabbi Soloveitchik for a few years, Rabbi Aharon Ziegler amassed an enormous library of notes and tapes at the Rav's halakhot. during this quantity he stocks the Rav's distinctive and maybe lesser recognized halakhic positions on a variety of issues, together with: *The strategy for lights candles on Friday evening; *Celebrating Thanksgiving and consuming turkey; *Using grape juice for the 4 cups of wine at a Seder; *Giving an aliyah on Mincha Yom Kippur to somebody who can't quick; *Covering one's head in the course of davening; *Fast days and pregnant girls; *Bris Milah via a nonobservant Mohel; *Discarding previous, tired tzitzis; and *Many different matters regarding the Sabbath, vacation trips, prayer, and existence cycle occasions. no matter if studied within the synagogue, university, or Jewish domestic, those phrases of knowledge from the Rav offer glimpses into the outstanding brain of 1 of the best thinkers in Jewish heritage.
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