By Ken Koltun-Fromm
How Jews take into consideration and paintings with items is the topic of this attention-grabbing learn of the interaction among fabric tradition and Jewish proposal. Ken Koltun-Fromm attracts from philosophy, cultural reports, literature, psychology, movie, and images to painting the vibrancy and richness of Jewish perform in the USA. His analyses of Mordecai Kaplan's obsession with magazine writing, Joseph Soloveitchik's city faith, Abraham Joshua Heschel's fascination with gadgets in The Sabbath, and fabric id within the works of Anzia Yezierska, Cynthia Ozick, Bernard Malamud, and Philip Roth, in addition to Jewish pictures at the covers of Lilith journal and within the Jazz Singer motion pictures, supply a groundbreaking method of an figuring out of contemporary Jewish idea and its relation to American tradition.
By Zuleika Rodgers
The come upon among interpretation and historical past within the writings of Josephus offers the conceptual framework for this assortment of essays. The contributions during this quantity, that have been offered at an overseas colloquium entitled "Josephus: Interpretation and background" held in Dublin in 2004, are united, now not through a unmarried view of Josephus, yet by means of the query of old strategy, either old and glossy. those essays take in features of an issue uncomplicated to all researchers who could use Josephus for old reasons, specifically: what's the dating among narratives and historical past? prepared thematically, the quantity displays a severe engagement with the texts of Josephus, different literary texts, case reports of specific occasions, and fabric continues to be.
By Zuleika Rodgers
The stumble upon among interpretation and historical past within the writings of Josephus offers the conceptual framework for this assortment of essays. The contributions during this quantity, that have been provided at an overseas colloquium entitled ''Josephus: Interpretation and History'' held in Dublin in 2004, are united, now not by means of a unmarried view of Josephus, yet by means of the query of historic procedure, either old and glossy. those essays absorb facets of an issue simple to all researchers who might use Josephus for historic reasons, particularly: what's the dating among narratives and heritage? prepared thematically, the quantity displays a serious engagement with the texts of Josephus, different literary texts, case reviews of specific occasions, and fabric is still.
This re-creation of the prize-winning Encyclopaedia of Judaism is almost double the dimensions of the unique three-volume version. It positive aspects fifty two new entries and contains the 2 individually released supplementary volumes and bibliographic updates.
This moment variation bargains an authoritative, accomplished, and systematic presentation of the present kingdom of scholarship on primary problems with Judaism, either earlier and current. whereas heavy emphasis is put on the classical literature of Judaism and its heritage, this variation additionally contains relevant entries on circumcision, genetic engineering, homosexuality, intermarriage in American Judaism, and different acutely modern issues.
Articles are written in essay shape, and plenty of are illustrated for additional emphasis. the frilly index allows prepared entry to major humans, locations, and different real info. This useful reference paintings is written for an viewers from all backgrounds, students and normal readers alike.
‘The Encyclopaedia of Judaism is a vital source for these attracted to studying extra approximately Jewish life.’
Dr. Alfred Gottschalk, President of the Museum of Jewish background, long island, 2001
By Michael Clark
Lionel de Rothschild's hard-fought access into Parliament in 1858 marked the emancipation of Jews in Britain--the symbolic end of Jews' crusade for equivalent rights and their inclusion as electorate after centuries of discrimination. Jewish lifestyles entered a brand new part: the post-emancipation period. yet what did this suggest for the Jewish group and their interactions with wider society? and the way did Britain's kingdom and society react to its most recent citizens?
Emancipation used to be ambiguous. reputation carried expectancies, in addition to possibilities. Integrating into British society required adjustments to conventional Jewish identification, simply because it additionally widened conceptions of Britishness. Many Jews willingly embraced their atmosphere and formed a distinct Jewish life: blending in all degrees of society; experiencing fiscal luck; and setting up and translating its religion alongside Anglican grounds. notwithstanding, not like many different eu Jews, Anglo-Jews stayed dependable to their religion. Conversion and outmarriage remained infrequent, and connections have been maintained with international family. The group was once even keen from time to time to put its Jewish and English identification in clash, as occurred throughout the 1876-8 japanese Crisis--which provoked the 1st episode of contemporary antisemitism in Britain.
The nature of Jewish life in Britain was once uncertain and constructing within the post-emancipation period. Focusing upon inter-linked case reports of Anglo-Jewry's political job, inner govt, and non secular improvement, Michael Clark explores the dilemmas of identification and inter-faith family that faced the minority in past due nineteenth-century Britain. This was once an important interval during which the Anglo-Jewish neighborhood formed the foundation of its sleek life, when the British nation explored the boundaries of its toleration.
By The Jewish Publication Society
(And my apologies at the dossier measurement; but it's the clearest test i've got stumbled on with the smallest dossier size... overdrive or retail trumping welcome!)
Regarded through the English-speaking international because the commonplace English translation of the Holy Scriptures, the JPS TANAKH has been acclaimed via students, rabbis, lay leaders, Jews, and Christians alike. The JPS TANAKH is a completely unique translation of the Holy Scriptures into modern English, in accordance with the Masoretic (the conventional Hebrew) textual content. it's the end result of 3 a long time of collaboration by means of educational students and rabbis, representing the 3 biggest branches of equipped Judaism within the usa. no longer because the 3rd century b.c.e., whilst seventy two elders of the tribes of Israel created the Greek translation of Scriptures referred to as the Septuagint has this type of broad-based committee of Jewish students produced a big Bible translation.
In executing this enormous activity, the translators made use of the full diversity of biblical interpretation, historical and glossy, Jewish and non-Jewish. They drew upon the most recent findings in linguistics and archaeology, in addition to the paintings of early rabbinic and medieval commentators, grammarians, and philologians. The ensuing textual content is a triumph of literary kind and biblical scholarship, unsurpassed in accuracy and readability.
By Michael Wex
Certain to resonate with Jewish and Gentile readers alike, the right way to Be a Mentsh (and now not a Shmuck) is a sensible and witty self-help guide for pursuing happiness whereas nonetheless performing with integrity, honor, and compassion. Michael Wex, ny instances bestselling writer of Born to Kvetch and simply Say Nu, attracts on resources that diversity from the Talmud and Yiddish proverbs to modern track and flicks during this insightful consultant that explores not just human nature and psychology but our tasks to ourselves and each other.
By Bernard Lewis
Publish yr note: First released in 1995
With splendor and erudition, Lewis explores that climactic yr of 1492 as a conflict of civilizations - a conflict not just of the hot global and the outdated but in addition of Christendom, Islam, and the Jews. within the similar 12 months that Columbus set sail around the Atlantic, he reminds us, the Spanish monarchs captured Granada, the final Muslim stronghold at the peninsula, and in addition expelled the Jews. Lewis makes use of those 3 epochal occasions to discover the character of the growth of Europe, putting the voyages of discovery in a outstanding new context. He lines Christian Europe's direction from primitive backwater at the edges of the significant cosmopolitan Caliphate, during the heightening competition of Christianity and Islam, to the triumph of the West, reading the standards in the back of their altering fortunes.
That contest lengthy remained extra very important in lots of Christians minds than the hot global: as past due as 1683, Vienna nearly fell to the Ottoman armies. Lewis additionally displays on altering features in ecu and Islamic cultures and where of the Jews in either. The Jews who fled Spain stumbled on a receptive surroundings in Turkey; however the stability of tolerance and openness to innovation gradually shifted west. The voyages of discovery have been themselves part of the Christian-Muslim clash, he writes, an try to outflank the Islamic international.
The ecu explorers sailed right into a international they scarcely understood; and but they imposed their very own perceptions of geography at the lands they conquered. Africa, Asia, the center and much East, the previous and New Worlds - as highbrow ideas, all are ecu creations, Lewis observes; mockingly, those related definitions were authorised by means of even the main anti-Western activists.
By Benjamin D. Sommer
By Richard Kalmin
The Sage in Jewish Society of past due Antiquity explores the social place of rabbis in Palestinian (Roman) and Babylonian (Persian) society from the interval of the autumn of the Temple to past due antiquity. the writer argues that historic rabbinic resources depict related adjustments among Palestinian and Babylonian rabbinic relationships with non-Rabbis.