By Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz
Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz exposes and demanding situations the typical assumptions approximately whom and what Jews are, by way of featuring of their personal voices, Jews of colour from the Iberian Peninsula, Asia, Africa, and India. Drawing from her previous paintings on Jews and whiteness, Kaye/Kantrowitz delves into the mostly uncharted territory of Jews of colour and argues that Jews are an more and more multiracial humans -- a truth that, if stated and embraced, may foster cross-race unity to aid strive against racism. This enticing and eye-opening booklet examines the old and modern perspectives on Jews and whiteness in addition to the complexities of African/Jewish family, the racial combine and disparate voices of the Jewish group, modern Jewish anti-racist and multicultural types, and the diasporic country of Jewish existence within the usa.
By Nils H. Roemer
German Jews have been absolutely assimilated and secularized within the 19th century—or so it's ordinarily assumed. In Jewish Scholarship and tradition within the 19th Century, Nils Roemer demanding situations this assumption, discovering that non secular sentiments, techniques, and rhetoric stumbled on expression via a newly rising theological historicism on the heart of contemporary German Jewish tradition. Modern German Jewish id constructed in the course of the fight for emancipation, debates approximately non secular and cultural renewal, and battles opposed to anti-Semitism. A key section of this id was once old reminiscence, which Jewish students had all started to infuse with theological views starting within the 1850s. After German reunification within the early 1870s, Jewish intellectuals reevaluated their enthusiastic embody of liberalism and secularism. with out forsaking the correct of tolerance, they asserted a correct to cultural non secular distinction for themselves--an excellent they held to much more tightly within the face of growing to be anti-Semitism. This newly re-theologized Jewish historical past, Roemer argues, helped German Jews fend off anti-Semitic assaults through strengthening their very own experience in their tradition and culture.
By Olaf Glockner , Anja Kreienbrink Julius H. Schoeps
Europe is in the course of a quick political and financial unification. What does this suggest for the Jewish minority - numbering below 2 million humans and nonetheless being affected by the aftermath of the Shoah? Will the Jewish groups perform Europe's daring enterprise with no risking overall assimilation? Are they vivid adequate to shape a brand new Jewish middle along Israel and the yankee Jewish neighborhood, or are they hopelessly divided and on a "Road to Nowhere"? assorted views are expected, with regards to demographical, cultural and sociological points. This quantity presents interesting, thorough and debatable solutions by means of well known students from Europe, Israel, North- and Latin the US - a lot of them additionally dedicated to neighborhood Jewish neighborhood development. This booklet can also be on hand in paperback.
By Natalie M. Rosinsky
Discusses the historical past and customs linked to the Jewish vacation, Passover.
By Resianne Fontaine, Ruth Glasner, Reimund Leicht, Giuseppe Veltri
An hommage to Gad Freudenthal, this quantity deals twenty-two chapters at the heritage of technological know-how and the function of technology in Jewish cultures. Written via notable students from world wide it's a token of appreciation for Freudenthal's accomplishments during this self-discipline. The chapters during this quantity contain variations and translations of resource texts in numerous languages and concentrate on issues that mirror the problematiques Gad Freudenthal usually tackled in his personal examine: points of data move, translation approaches and the appropriation of data from one tradition to a different. they're contributions to a greater figuring out of the cross-cultural contacts within the box of technology among Jews, Muslim and Christians within the center a long time and early sleek instances.
By Sacha Stern
Sects and sectarianism are renowned topics in Jewish background, however the that means of those phrases is elusive, frequently elevating extra difficulties than options. This quantity, drawing at the services of quite a lot of students, examines a number of Jewish teams from Antiquity to the current day which were regularly pointed out as sects or as sectarian, together with such a lot famously the Qumran group and the Qaraites. It questions even if sect and sectarianism are applicable or potent as historic different types for the translation of social and non secular hobbies in Jewish background
By Elliot N. Dorff
This booklet examines biblical and rabbinic legislation as a coherent, carrying on with felony culture. It explains the connection among faith and legislation and the interplay among legislation and morality. ample choices from fundamental Jewish assets, many newly translated, allow the reader to deal with the culture without delay as a dwelling physique of legislation with emphasis at the issues which are fundamental for attorneys, legislators, and judges. via an in-depth exam of private damage legislation and marriage and divorce legislations, the booklet explores jurisprudential concerns very important for any felony approach and screens the first features of Jewish law.
A dwelling Tree can be of targeted curiosity to scholars of legislation and to Jews focused on the criminal dimensions in their culture. The authors offer enough factors of the assets and their value to make it pointless for the reader to have a historical past in both Jewish experiences or legislations.
"This e-book is fantastic. It presents the suitable criminal resources for comprehending Jewish legislations and extra info (historical, sociological, etc.) for figuring out the evolution of Jewish legislations. The authors' reviews are normally transparent and worthy and often insightful. The manuscript is not just fascinating however it is fascinating. the subject is critical to Judaic reviews and to historic reports commonly. it's the most sensible choice of fabric on Jewish legislation to be had within the United States." -- Martin Edelman, kingdom collage of recent York at Albany
"What i love such a lot approximately this e-book is the breadth of therapy with out sacrifice of intensity or sophistication. it is a fantastic English language creation to Jewish law." -- David Goodblatt , collage of Maryland in school Park
"A residing Tree is, in our opinion, from either a pedagogical and a scholarly standpoint, the best ebook of its type on hand this present day. the original positive factors of this publication make it a priceless contribution to the scholarship of the sector. certainly, in lots of methods, we might count on that this publication turns into the traditional English paintings on Jewish law." -- Rabbi David Saperstein and Sherman L. Cohn, Georgetown college legislations middle
By Sharon Jo Portnoff
Can modern faith, and especially Judaism, exist with out being knowledgeable through heritage? this question was once debated in Nineteen Forties ny through German refugees who later rose to prominence — Leo Strauss, one of many 20th century's most vital political philosophers, and Emil L. Fackenheim, an enormous post-Holocaust Jewish theologian. there was little consensus, notwithstanding, at the definitive which means in their work.
Reason and Revelation sooner than Historicism, the 1st full-length comparability of Strauss and Fackenheim,places the casual instructor and pupil in dialog along sections in their analyses of remarkable thinkers. Sharon Portnoff means that either observed historicism because the nexus of the intersection and stress among philosophy and faith and raised the potential of the patience of the everlasting within the sleek international. Portnoff illuminates our figuring out of Strauss's dating with Judaism, Fackenheim's oft-overshadowed nice philosophical intensity, and the functionality and personality of Jewish inspiration in a secular, post-Holocaust global.
By Allison Amend
Oklahoma is a forgotten territory of "Indians, outlaws, and immigrants" while its first Jewish settler, Boggy Haurowitz, arrives in 1859. choked with expectancies, he reveals the untamed quarter a powerful foe, its panorama rugged, its assets strained. In Stations West, 4 generations of Haurowitzes, intertwined with a relatives of Swedish immigrants, fight opposed to the Territory's "insatiable appetite." The demanding situations of making a house amid betrayals, nature's vagaries, and burgeoning statehood turn out too nice. every one new release in flip succumbs to the overpowering trap of the transcontinental railroad, and every returns domestic to discover the panorama in their formative years, like themselves, replaced past acceptance, their relatives totally remodeled. Dramatic and lyrical, Allison Amend's first novel, steeped within the background and lore of the Oklahoma Territory, tells an unforgettable multigenerational--and very American--story of Jewish pioneers, their followed relatives, and the demanding situations they face. Amid the founding of the West, Stations West's generations fight to forge and continue their identities as Jews, as immigrants, and as americans.
By Dr. Joseph Reimer
Joseph Reimer makes use of his adventure and ability as an ethnographer to carry to lifestyles the drama of 1 synagogue's fight to fulfill this problem and make Jewish schooling paintings. Reimer spent greater than years as an observer in the synagogue, learning the afternoon non secular teaching programs for kids, households, and adults. due to his lecture room observations, and his conversations with rabbis, academics, and oldsters, Reimer comes away with very important insights into what makes Jewish schooling be successful.