From ghetto to emancipation: historical and contemporary by David N. Myers, William Rowe

By David N. Myers, William Rowe

The primary addressed the convention query via said on during this publication used to be posed via Salo Wittmayer Baron, then a tender Jewish historian, in his 1928 essay "Ghetto and Emancipation". In it he challenged what he referred to as "the lachrymose perception" of Jewish heritage within which the Jewish heart a while have been all evil and Jewish post-Emancipation was once all solid. In saying that medieval Jews possessed "more rights than the good bulk of the population...and loved complete inner autonomy" within the corporatist order of medieval civilization, he additionally came across a lot to criticize within the lack of communal autonomy and the recasting of Judaism right into a slim confessional mould within the wake of the Enlightenment. In different phrases, how can a gaggle trying to shield a degree of collective identification live on inside a liberal society that values person rights and duties principally else? This grew to become the foundation for a convention in 1995 on the college of Scranton attended by means of a unusual roster of students on a number of fields of Jewish stories from around the usa.

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On Judaism by Martin Buber

By Martin Buber

“The query I positioned prior to you, in addition to earlier than myself, is the query of the which means of Judaism for the Jews. Why can we name ourselves Jews? i need to talk to you now not of an abstraction yet of your individual lifestyles . . . its authenticity and essence.” With those phrases, Martin Buber takes us on a trip into the guts of Judaism—its spirit, imaginative and prescient, and relevance to fashionable lifestyles.

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Living a Jewish Life, Updated and Revised Edition: Jewish by Anita Diamant

By Anita Diamant

Living a Jewish Life describes Judaism as not only a contemplative or summary method of notion yet as a blueprint for dwelling totally and honorably. This re-creation builds at the vintage advisor, which has been a favourite between Jewish educators and scholars for years. Enriched with extra assets, together with on-line assets, this up to date consultant additionally references contemporary adjustments within the smooth Jewish neighborhood, and has served as a source and advisor for non–Jews in addition to Jews.

Addressing the alternatives posed through the trendy international, Living a Jewish Life explains the traditions and ideology of Judaism within the context of genuine lifestyles. It explores the spectrum of liberal Jewish notion, from Conservative to Reconstructionist to Reform, in addition to unaffiliated, new age, and secular. Celebrating the variety of Jewish ideals, this consultant offers details in ways in which readers can select how you can include Judaism into their lives.

Readers will find out how to decide upon the correct synagogue, and realize the which means and value of lights Sabbath candles. "Shabbat," "Torah," "kosher," "mitzvah" and different keywords are all outlined in all in their complicated and effective meanings.

at the most simple point, this e-book explains the basic Jewish vocabulary, yet extra importantly, LIVING A JEWISH LIFE is a delicate and complete advent that unearths the undying nature of Jewish culture, wealthy with heritage and suitable within the smooth world.

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Response to Modernity: A History of the Reform Movement in by Michael A. Meyer

By Michael A. Meyer

The stream for spiritual reform in smooth Judaism represents essentially the most major phenomena in Jewish heritage over the last 200 years. It brought new theological conceptions and techniques in liturgy and non secular perform that affected thousands of Jews, first in significant and Western Europe and later within the United States.

this present day Reform Judaism is without doubt one of the 3 significant branches of Jewish religion. Bringing to existence the guidelines, concerns, and personalities that experience helped to form smooth Jewry, reaction to Modernity bargains a finished and balanced historical past of the Reform flow, tracing its altering configuration and self-understanding from the beginnings of modernization in overdue 18th century Jewish inspiration and perform via Reform's American renewal within the 1970s.

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The Forgotten Millions: The Modern Jewish Exodus from Arab by Malka H. Shulewitz

By Malka H. Shulewitz

The tale of the trendy Jewish exodus from Arab lands, this publication investigates the Jewish presence in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen, which preceded the increase of Islam via greater than a thousand years. It indicates how, through 1976, this historical diaspora had almost disappeared: basically approximately 20,000 stay, more often than not in North Africa. of those refugees, a few 20,000 opted for the Americas and different western countiries; the vast majority of the remaining migrated to Israel the place their progeny at the present time contain forty in step with cent of the inhabitants.

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The Mystical Experience in Abraham Abulafia by Moshe Idel

By Moshe Idel

This e-book represents the 1st wide-scale presentation of a huge Jewish mystic, the founding father of the ecstatic Kabbalah. It contains a description of the recommendations hired through his grasp, together with the function of track. there's a dialogue of the features of his mystical event and the erotic imagery wherein it used to be expressed. according to the entire extant manuscript fabric of Abulafia, this e-book opens how one can a brand new knowing of Jewish mysticism. It issues to the significance of the ecstatic Kabbalah for the later advancements in mystical Judaism.

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Jewish and Christian Liturgy and Worship (Jewish and by Albert Gerhards & Clemens Leonhard

By Albert Gerhards & Clemens Leonhard

Jewish and Christian Liturgy and Worship provides the remodeled result of the discussions at an interdisciplinary symposium held in Aachen, Germany, on fresh developments within the research of Jewish and Christian liturgies. It introduces diversified topics concerning its subject an exhibits their interrelationship.

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Shi'ism in America by Liyakat Nathani Takim

By Liyakat Nathani Takim

Shi'ism in the US offers the 1st normal review of the Shi'i neighborhood in the USA, tracing its historical past, its present composition, and the way Shi'a have negotiated their identification within the American context.

There are over million Shi'is, who vary from Sunni Muslims of their understandings of the early line of succession after Muhammad, within the usa. With group roots going again occasionally with regards to 100 years, Shi'is are available in significant towns like manhattan, l. a., Chicago, Washington, and Dearborn, Michigan. Early within the century, Shi'is and Sunnis occasionally arrived whilst, worshipped jointly, shared comparable reviews, and faced an analogous demanding situations regardless of their sectarian differences.

Both tracing the early background and illuminating the more moderen earlier with surveys and interviews, Takim explores the reports of this neighborhood. Filling a huge scholarly hole, he additionally demonstrates how dwelling within the West has impelled the Shi'i neighborhood to grapple with the ways that Islamic legislation could reply to the demanding situations of modernity. Shi'ism in the USA offers a much-needed evaluation of the background of this usa spiritual neighborhood, from non secular, cultural, and political associations to inter-group family members, to the adventure of African American Shi'is.

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