By Irene E. Zwiep, Andrea Schatz, Resianne Smidt van Gelder-Fontaine
Medieval Sephardi literature was once a catalytic presence within the Jewish highbrow panorama of the eighteenth century. In Sepharad in Ashkenaz, a celebrated team of members presents the 1st, complete overview of the medieval Sephardi canon within the Ashkenazi world. These essays discover the creation of Sephardi texts into Jewish discourse, the Ashkenazi reception of the Sephardi masters, and the ensuing literary concepts that perpetually replaced Jewish scholarship. via a chain of case experiences and analyses of works via Maimonides, Spinoza, and Kant, between others, this quantity unravels an elaborate diasporic community that ended in Jewish modernity.
By Lawrence J. Epstein
From the biblical tale of Ruth to the megastar conversion of Elizabeth Taylor, Converts to Judaism tells the tales of people that have switched over to Judaism all through heritage. The ebook introduces readers to origins of Judaism and stocks the 1st conversion tales of the folks who helped the early Jewish religion develop.
Subsequent chapters hint the trajectory of Judaism throughout the a while whereas highlighting the tales of converts either recognized and lesser-known and the way they formed the culture. The ebook contains not just the tale of Warder Cresson, who used to be wear trial for madness after changing to Judaism, but in addition well-known celebrities who grew to become Jewish reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe and Sammy Davis, Jr.
Written by means of a famous specialist at the conversion approach, Converts to Judaism serves as a distinct source to humans contemplating the hard direction of conversion and a demonstration of the real, and infrequently amazing, function Jewish converts have continually performed in Jewish life."
By Elliot K. Ginsburg
This learn is anxious either with the richly imagined global of kabbalistic fantasy about the sabbath because it built from the past due 12th century to the early 16th century and with its activation in non secular existence through ritual. First released in 1989, it has now been up to date to mirror newer advancements within the knowing of the topic. The ebook opens with a historic evaluation of classical kabbalah, an summary of its symbolic universe. targeted awareness is given to the foremost mythic motifs that underlie sabbath observance: the sabbath as resource of cosmic blessing; the sabbath as perfected time; the drama of divine recovery and sacred marriage; and the drama of human transformation by means of the sabbath as mirrored within the motif of the sabbath-soul). this is often through a theoretical dialogue of the functionality and that means of kabbalistic ritual and the issues of its interpretation. conception provides option to perform with the shut research of dramatic rituals situated at the margins of the sabbath: the ritual of preparation-how one enters the sabbath-and the ritual of separation-how one leaves the sabbath and but takes it into the week. short appendices care for the specified problems with Torah learn and sexuality concerning sabbath-observance. This now-classic examine combines the shut textual readings of conventional scholarly enquiry with extra leading edge techniques drawing on symbolic anthropology etc. The presentation is coherent, cohesive, and available. It makes a contribution to the heritage of Jewish spirituality and, extra generally, to the certainty of fantasy and formality.
By Amos Oz, Fania Oz-Salzberger
Why are phrases so very important to such a lot of Jews? Novelist Amos ounces and historian Fania Oz-Salzberger roam the gamut of Jewish background to provide an explanation for the indispensable dating of Jews and phrases. via a mix of storytelling and scholarship, dialog and argument, father and daughter inform the stories in the back of Judaism’s such a lot enduring names, adages, disputes, texts, and quips. those phrases, they argue, compose the chain connecting Abraham with the Jews of each next generation.
Framing the dialogue inside of such issues as continuity, ladies, timelessness, and individualism, oz. and Oz-Salzberger deftly have interaction Jewish personalities around the a while, from the unnamed, very likely lady writer of the track of Songs via vague Talmudists to modern writers. They recommend that Jewish continuity, even Jewish distinctiveness, relies no longer on principal areas, monuments, heroic personalities, or rituals yet fairly on written phrases and an ongoing debate among the generations. packed with studying, lyricism, and humor, Jews and Words bargains a unprecedented travel of the phrases on the middle of Jewish tradition and extends a hand to the reader, any reader, to affix the dialog.
By Sara E Karesh
"Encyclopedia of Judaism" explores a convention that has a 2,000-year recorded background and has been part of the tradition of just about each nation and society around the world. Encapsulating all issues Jewish - language, legislation, literature, arts, theology, ritual, land, tradition, and personalities - this authoritative quantity deals readers entry to Judaism from either a historic and modern viewpoint.
By Stephen H. Norwood, Eunice G. Pollack
American Jews have profoundly formed, and been formed via, American tradition. but American background texts have principally neglected the Jewish adventure. The Encyclopedia of yankee Jewish historical past corrects that omission.In essays and brief entries written by way of one hundred twenty five of the world's best students of yankee Jewish background and tradition, this encyclopedia explores either non secular and secular points of yank Jewish existence. It examines the ecu historical past and immigration of yank Jews and their influence at the professions and educational disciplines, mass tradition and the humanities, literature and theater, and exertions and radical hobbies. It explores Zionism, antisemitism, responses to the Holocaust, the branches of Judaism, and Jews' kinfolk with different teams, together with Christians, Muslims, and African americans. The encyclopedia covers the Jewish press and schooling, Jewish firms, and Jews' participation in America's wars. In finished volumes, Encyclopedia of yank Jewish historical past makes 350 years of yank Jewish adventure available to students, all degrees of scholars, and the examining public.
By David R. Slavitt
Distinguished poet and translator David R. Slavitt the following offers a translation of and meditation upon the ebook of Lamentations, the biblical account of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 587 B.C.,on the 9th day of the Jewish month of Av―Tish'a b'Av. (Six centuries later the Romans destroyed the second one Temple at the related day.) many of the Jewish inhabitants used to be deported to Babylon, and the resultant interval got here to be often called the Babylonian Captivity. in line with culture, the ebook of Lamentations used to be written in line with this political, social, and non secular predicament. The 5 poems composing the booklet show Israel's sorrow, brokenness, and bewilderment earlier than God.
Tish'a b'Av is the day on which observant Jews quick and pray. And mourn. As Slavitt observes in his meditation:" it truly is forbidden on Tish'a b'Av even to check the Torah, apart from the ebook of task and the ebook of Lamentations. this is often the day on which we grieve for each negative factor that occurs during this global. it's the worst day of the year."Slavitt's meditation presents a context for analyzing the scriptural textual content. solid within the similar sort because the Hebrew poetry, his meditation recounts how sorrow and disaster have characterised lots of the heritage of the Jewish humans, from their enslavement in Egypt to the Holocaust of Nazi Germany.
Few translations of this awesome ebook of the Bible try and reproduce in English, as Slavitt does right here, the Hebrew acrostics. within the unique, each one verse starts off with a distinct letter of the Hebrew alphabet in sequential order; Slavitt elegantly reproduces this impact utilizing the 1st 22 letters of the English alphabet. greater than a structural or mnemonic equipment, Slavitt argues, the acrostics are "a severe statement that the language itself is talking, that the speech is galvanized, and that there's, past the entire catastrophe and soreness the publication recounts, an intricacy and an orderly coherence."
By Robert J. Sagerman
Abraham Abulafia (1240 - c. 1291) based an drastically influential department of Jewish mysticism, known as the prophetic or ecstatic kabbalah. This e-book, from numerous views, explores the influence of Christianity upon Abulafia. His copious writings evince an severe fascination with Christian issues, but Abulafia's common diatribes opposed to Jesus and Christianity display him to be deeply conflicted in his courting to his southern eu spiritual pals. This e-book undertakes a cautious research of Abulafia's writings, suggesting that the popularity of an internal dynamic of charm and revulsion towards the forbidden different presents an important key to realizing Abulafia's mystical hermeneutic and his meditative perform. It additionally demonstrates that Abulafia's uneasy dating to Christianity formed the very center of his mystical doctrine.
By Michael L. Morgan
This booklet offers a transparent and useful evaluation of the concept of Emmanuel Levinas, the most major and fascinating philosophers of the past due 20th century. Michael L. Morgan provides an total interpretation of Levinas's primary precept that human life is essentially moral and that its moral personality is grounded in our face-to-face relationships with folks. He explores the spiritual, cultural, and political implications of this perception for contemporary Western tradition and the way it pertains to our notion of selfhood and what it's to be someone, our knowing of the floor of ethical values, our event of time and the that means of heritage, and our event of spiritual strategies and discourse. The booklet contains an annotated checklist of advised readings and a particular bibliography of books by way of and approximately Levinas. it will likely be a very good creation to Levinas for readers surprising along with his paintings, or even for these and not using a history in philosophy.
By Tova Gamliel
The time period "wailing culture" contains an array of women’s behaviors and ideology following the loss of life of a member in their ethnic crew and is normal of Jewish lifestyles in Yemeni tradition. relevant to the perform is wailing itself—a detailed creative style that mixes speech with sobbing into relocating lyrical poetry that explores the which means of loss of life and loss. In Aesthetics of Sorrow: The Wailing tradition of Yemenite Jewish ladies, Tova Gamliel decodes the cultural and mental meanings of this tradition in an ethnography according to her anthropological study between Yemenite Jewish groups in Israel in 2001–2003.
Based on participant-observervation in houses of the bereaved and on twenty-four in-depth interviews with wailing men and women, Gamliel illuminates wailing tradition point by means of point: via the circles during which the task happens; the specific parts of pastime that belong to girls; and the extensive social, historic, and non secular context that surrounds those internal circles. She discusses the most issues that outline the wailing tradition (including the historic origins of women’s wailing normally and of Yemenite Jewish wailing in particular), the qualities of wailing as a creative style, and the wailer as a symbolic variety. She additionally explores the position of wailing in dying rituals, as a healing services endowed with specified affective mechanisms, as an erotic functionality, as a livelihood, and as a hallmark of the Jewish exile. in any case, she considers wailing on the intersection of culture and modernity and examines the examine of wailing as a real methodological challenge.
Gamliel brings a delicate eye to the vanishing perform of wailing, which has been mostly unexamined through students and will be unusual to many open air of the center East. Her interdisciplinary point of view and her specialize in a uniquely lady immigrant cultural perform will make this examine attention-grabbing analyzing for students of anthropology, gender, folklore, psychology, functionality, philosophy, and sociology.