By William M. Schniedewind
By Eliezer Schweid
This e-book presents a customary reference of the most important medieval Jewish philosophers, in addition to an eminently readable narrative of the process medieval Jewish philosophical inspiration, awarded as a reaction to the spiritual-intellectual demanding situations.
By Joseph Dan
Writer of greater than fifty books, winner of the 1997 Israel Prize, Joseph Dan is without doubt one of the world's top professionals on Jewish mysticism. during this magnificent anthology, Dan not just provides illuminating excerpts from an important mystical texts, but in addition delves into the very that means of mysticism itself. Dan takes readers during the ancient improvement of Jewish mysticism, from overdue antiquity to the fashionable interval. He explores the Kabbalah, the esoteric culture that delves into the secrets and techniques brought via God to Moses on Mount Sinai, and the emergence of Hasidism, and lots more and plenty extra. He offers the good texts, from Hekhalot Rabbati, "The higher booklet of Divine Palaces," set within the temple in Jerusalem; to the apocalyptic imaginative and prescient of Abraham Abulafia within the 13th century; to the Zohar, probably the best-known quantity of all. for every piece, he bargains a longer creation that deftly locations the paintings within the context of its time and its antecedents. both vital, in his commencing essay, he addresses the paradoxes inherent in Jewish mysticism, noting for example that "mystical" is a Christian suggestion, person who poorly describes the correct traces of Judaism, and mystical method of spiritual fact springs from a deep doubt that language can speak divine fact. "Mysticism is that which can't be expressed in phrases, period," Dan writes. during this amazing quantity, he courses us via that likely impenetrable barrier to teach how the inexpressible has been expressed in probably the most profound and not easy writing in lifestyles.
By Gianfranco Miletto, Giuseppe Veltri
Judah ben Joseph Moscato (c.1533-1590) used to be probably the most distinctive rabbis, authors, and preachers of the Italian-Jewish Renaissance. His selection of sermons, Sefer Nefuṣot Yehudah, belongs to the very centre of his very important homiletic and philosophical oeuvre. Composed in Mantua and released in Venice in 1589, the gathering of fifty two sermons addresses the topic of the Jewish fairs, targeting philosophy, mysticism, sciences, and rites. This quantity concludes the interpretation of the sermons and contains monographic reports approximately Moscato's library, philosophical importance with an further Appendix containing his poetical compositions.
By Hana Wirth-Nesher
What's Jewish Literature? is a richly considerate research and entire evaluate of what defines Jewish literature. it's a world assortment, that includes authors and students who write in numerous languages from varied literary, non secular, and private views. The booklet explores long-standing questions: What are the standards for choosing Jewish literature? Are they language, spiritual association of the writer, non secular sensibility, a particular Jewish mind's eye, or literary culture? If the author is the criterion, do Sholem Aleichem and Nathanael West quite inhabit a shared universe? Is a textual content through S.Y. Agnon a part of an identical literary culture as a play through Arthur Miller? Is Yiddish or Hebrew or Ladino the defining point? if that is so, the place can we position Franz Kafka, Primo Levi, Elie Weisel, Saul Bellow, Nellie Sachs? Is culture the yardstick? will we then classify Saul Bellow's Mr. Sammler's Planet as a Jewish novel... as Holocaust literature... as American fiction? what's Jewish Literature? debates these kind of percentages. it's a landmark assortment that encourages the reader to take part within the quest for solutions that defy basic responses. The participants replicate the multilingual and multicultural nature of any dialogue of Jewish literature. Their voices diversity from polemical to speculative, from medical to lyrical. what's Jewish Literature? is an everlasting contribution to the literary source for the coed, the trainer, and the coed and for any person who strives to understand, assessment, and comprehend the various riches of Jewish writing.
By Cameron Boyd-Taylor, Julia Krivoruchko, Nicholas de Lange
The authors of the essays gathered during this quantity are all all in favour of the Jewish transmission and use of Greek translations of the biblical books from past due Antiquity to the early sleek interval. it's only in recent times that the belief of this sort of Jewish transmission has received reputation, and the current quantity represents the 1st try and assemble contributions from experts in a couple of parts, together with not just biblical and Jewish reports but in addition such disciplines as epigraphy and Byzantine heritage and literature, to enquire a variety of facets of the topic. The authors not just discover a number of the ways that Greek-speaking Jews saved alive a convention of Greek biblical scholarship going again to precedent days, but in addition how this practice impinged on Christian biblical studies. They open a window on a forgotten bankruptcy in biblical scholarship, and even as shed vital mild on features of Jewish existence within the center a while.
By David Biale
Contradictory stereotypes approximately Jewish sexuality pervade smooth tradition, from Lenny Bruce's hip eroticism to Woody Allen's little guy with the massive libido (and even greater sexual neurosis). Does Judaism in reality unlock or repress sexual hope? David Biale does even more than solution that question as he strains Judaism's evolving place on sexuality, from the Bible and Talmud to Zionism up via American attitudes at the present time. What he unearths is a chronic clash among asceticism and gratification, among procreation and pleasure.
From the interval of the Talmud onward, Biale says, Jewish tradition always struggled with sexual abstinence, trying to comprise the virtues of celibacy, because it absorbed them from Greco-Roman and Christian cultures, inside of a theology of procreation. He explores either the canonical writings of male specialists and the choice voices of ladies, drawing from a desirable diversity of assets that comes with the ebook of Ruth, Yiddish literature, the memoirs of the founders of Zionism, and the flicks of Woody Allen.
Biale's old reconstruction of Jewish sexuality sees the current throughout the earlier and the earlier in the course of the current. He discovers an erotic culture that's not dogmatic, yet a checklist of genuine humans being affected by questions that experience challenged each human tradition, and that experience relevance for the dilemmas of either Jews and non-Jews at the present time.
By Yair Zakovitch
EPUB eISBN: 9780300188974
a robust hero of the Bible, Jacob is usually one in every of its most complicated figures. Bible tales recounting his existence usually reveal his deception, lies, and greed—then, puzzlingly, try to justify them. during this ebook, eminent biblical pupil Yair Zakovitch offers an entire view of the patriarch, first interpreting Jacob and his lifestyles tale as provided within the Bible, then additionally reconstructing the tales that the Bible writers suppressed—tales that have been recognized, maybe, yet incompatible with similar to Jacob they desired to advertise. via a piece of notable "literary archaeology," Zakovitch explores the recesses of literary heritage, achieving again even to the level of oral storytelling, to spot resources of Jacob's tale that preceded the paintings of the Genesis writers.
The biblical writers have been expert mosaic-makers, Zakovitch indicates, and their fulfillment used to be to reshape various pre-biblical representations of Jacob in aid in their rising new faith and id. because the writer follows Jacob in his wanderings and revelations, his successes, disgraces, and disappointments, he additionally considers the non secular and political atmosphere during which the Bible used to be written, supplying a robust explication of early Judaism.
About the Author
Yair Zakovitch is Emeritus Father Takeji Otsuki Professor of Bible, The Hebrew collage of Jerusalem, and Professor of Jewish Peoplehood, Interdisciplinary middle, Herzliya. he's writer of various commentaries and monographs at the Hebrew Bible, and co-author (with Avigdor Shinan) of 2 Israeli bestsellers. He lives in Israel.
By Yonasson Gershom
Scattered all through many kabbalistic and hasidic texts are various instructing tales with reincarnation as their important subject matter. Now, for the 1st time, you could learn 70 of those attention-grabbing stories in one quantity, amassed and retold by means of grasp storyteller, Yonassan Gershom.
The writer starts with an over-view of easy issues in regards to the afterlife, reminiscent of the judgement of souls earlier than the Heavenly court docket, the magical value of the Covenant at Sinai, the method of tikkun olam (repairing the universe), and a few the reason why humans go back to earth in new our bodies. He then takes you on a thrilling trip via many centuries of Jewish stories, the place you'll meet dozens of saints and sinners, animals and people, angels and mortals–all trying to figure out their past-life karma via employing the lessons of the Torah in earthly lifestyles.
In order to make the classical tales comprehensible to the fashionable reader, each one story has been ex-panded to incorporate transparent causes of cultural and non secular info. So skillfully does Gershom weave this fabric into the narrative itself, that the reader scarcely notices how a gradual kind of schooling is happening. by the point you've got complete the e-book, you won't in simple terms were entertained, yet can have accomplished an outstanding creation to Jewish spirituality in addition.
Both classical and modern stories are integrated right here, from resources as broadly diversified as kabbalistic texts, folklore anthologies, and discussions on the net. Of specified curiosity are numerous new stories accrued by way of the writer himself, that have by no means prior to seemed in print.
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