By Shaul Magid
Hasidism at the Margin explores probably the most provocative and radical traditions of Hasidic notion, the varsity of Izbica and Radzin that Rabbi Gershon Henokh originated in nineteenth-century Poland. Shaul Magid lines the highbrow heritage of this strand of Judaism from medieval Jewish philosophy via centuries of Kabbalistic texts to the 19th century and into the current. He contextualizes the Hasidism of Izbica-Radzin within the better philosophy and background of religions and offers a version for inquiry into different kinds of Hasidism.
By Shaul Magid
How do American Jews establish as either Jewish and American? American Post-Judaism argues that Zionism and the Holocaust, anchors of up to date American Jewish id, will now not be facilities of identification formation for destiny generations of yankee Jews. Shaul Magid articulates a brand new, post-ethnic American Jewishness. He discusses pragmatism and spirituality, monotheism and post-monotheism, Jesus, Jewish legislations, sainthood and self-realization, and the that means of the Holocaust should you have by no means identified survivors. Magid provides Jewish Renewal as a stream that takes this radical cultural transition heavily in its strivings for a brand new period in Jewish idea and practice.
By Dr James L Kugel PH.D.
Those essays, by means of a few of today’s maximum students of Judaism and Hellenism in antiquity, discover numerous ways that those nice civilizations interacted. the typical concentration of those stories is the transition from one tradition to the subsequent – how phrases or recommendations or conventions from the only got here to be transplanted, and sometimes changed within the strategy, within the different. Taken jointly, despite the fact that, they supply whatever broader: a wide, variegated photograph of the cultural interplay that was once to turn out so an important for the later background of Judaism and Christianity.
By Zuleika Rodgers
The come upon among interpretation and heritage within the writings of Josephus presents the conceptual framework for this assortment of essays. The contributions during this quantity, that have been offered at an foreign colloquium entitled "Josephus: Interpretation and background" held in Dublin in 2004, are united, now not by means of a unmarried view of Josephus, yet by way of the query of old process, either historical and sleek. those essays absorb features of an issue easy to all researchers who might use Josephus for old reasons, specifically: what's the dating among narratives and background? prepared thematically, the quantity displays a serious engagement with the texts of Josephus, different literary texts, case experiences of specific occasions, and fabric is still.
By Tim Cole
Drawing from the information of serious geography and in keeping with vast archival learn, Cole brilliantly reconstructs the formation of the Jewish ghetto in the course of the Holocaust, focusing totally on the ghetto in Budapest, Hungary--one of the biggest created in the course of the warfare, yet infrequently tested. Cole maps the town illustrating how spaces--cafes, theaters, bars, bathhouses--became divided in . in the course of the booklet, Cole discusses how the production of this Jewish ghetto, like the others being equipped throughout occupied Europe, tells us greatly concerning the nature of Nazism, what lifestyles used to be like lower than Nazi-occupation, and the position the ghetto truly performed within the ultimate resolution.
By Dan Cohn-Sherbok
From Abraham to Saul Bellow, from Moses Maimonides to Woody Allen, from the Baal Shem Tov to Albert Einstein, this finished dictionary of Jewish biographies presents a primary aspect of access into the interesting richness of the Jewish history. Modelled at the hugely acclaimed Dictionary of Christian Biography (Continuum 2001) and with the recommendation of top Jewish students, the Dictionary of Jewish Biography offers a quick connection with these Jewish women and men who've, during the last 4 thousand years, contributed to the lifetime of the Jewish humans and the heritage of the Jewish faith. This dictionary will turn out crucial for basic readers attracted to the evolution of Judaism from precedent days to the current day, an ideal learn reduction for college kids and academics. Designed as an available reference software, this quantity is an critical advisor for a person attracted to the historical past of the Jewish humans - the uninitiated becomes initiated; the curious becomes educated; the proficient will now have a convenient reference device.
By Zalman I. Posner
The eloquent, eye-opening essays in imagine Jewish - an rapid vintage considering its e-book in 1978 - were reprinted in a new version. fortunately, basically the font, typesetting, and canopy were altered; the phrases stay as on-target as ever. imagine Jewish slices during the niggling conflicts that block a Jew from residing Jewish.
Each of the 26 chapters opens with a difficult query… "Can’t I be stable with no being religious?" "Wouldn’t mankind be with no labels that separate?" "Aren’t mitzvot restricting?" The solutions, which flip Western proposal inside of out, are down-to-earth and brought in deftly polished prose. imagine Jewish has the ability to alter minds… for the higher.
By Shaul Magid
Hasidism at the Margin explores some of the most provocative and radical traditions of Hasidic concept, the college of Izbica and Radzin that Rabbi Gershon Henokh originated in nineteenth-century Poland. Shaul Magid strains the highbrow historical past of this strand of Judaism from medieval Jewish philosophy via centuries of Kabbalistic texts to the 19th century and into the current. He contextualizes the Hasidism of Izbica-Radzin within the greater philosophy and background of religions and offers a version for inquiry into different kinds of Hasidism.
By Hannah Arendt, Gershom Scholem, Marie Luise Knott, David Heredia, Olivier Mannoni, Françoise Mancip-Renaudie
Liés d’amitié dès le milieu des années trente, mais fondamentalement opposés par leurs idées, Hannah Arendt et Gershom Scholem ne cessèrent, plus de vingt ans durant, d’échanger des lettres chargées de ardour entre long island et Jérusalem. Entre eux, Walter Benjamin, le très cher ami commun dont los angeles mort en 1940 hante cette correspondance de bout en bout.Celle-ci témoigne d’abord des débats qui enflammèrent les intellectuels juifs (et pas seulement eux) après le génocide : les Juifs doivent-ils former un État certain fondé sur l. a. judéité ? doivent-ils au contraire s’assimiler dans les will pay où ils résident ? Scholem soutient l. a. première alternative, Arendt los angeles seconde.C’est ainsi qu’entre 1939 et 1963, le cabbaliste et l. a. philosophe confrontent leurs evaluations sur los angeles judéité, le sionisme, l’actualité politique, leurs écrits respectifs, mais aussi le destin des Juifs, tandis qu’après l. a. guerre ils s’engagent l’un et l’autre dans le sauvetage des bibliothèques et des files pillées par les nazis. Jusqu’à quel aspect le deuil des morts et le wrestle pour l. a. survie du judaïsme fondait-il leurs kin ?Ce débat passionné s’achèvera sur une rupture, Scholem ayant les mots les plus durs pour l. a. façon dont son amie avait rendu compte en 1963, dans l. a. presse américaine, du procès Eichmann. Était-elle devenue à ses yeux une « mauvaise juive » ?Plutôt se taire que se déchirer.
By David R. Slavitt
Distinguished poet and translator David R. Slavitt the following presents a translation of and meditation upon the e-book 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 comparable day.) lots of the Jewish inhabitants used to be deported to Babylon, and the consequent interval got here to be often called the Babylonian Captivity. based on culture, the booklet of Lamentations was once written in keeping with this political, social, and spiritual quandary. The 5 poems composing the booklet convey Israel's sorrow, brokenness, and bewilderment ahead of God.
Tish'a b'Av is the day on which observant Jews speedy and pray. And mourn. As Slavitt observes in his meditation:" it truly is forbidden on Tish'a b'Av even to review the Torah, aside from the publication of task and the e-book of Lamentations. this is often the day on which we grieve for each poor factor that occurs during this global. it's the worst day of the year."Slavitt's meditation offers a context for studying the scriptural textual content. forged within the related variety because the Hebrew poetry, his meditation recounts how sorrow and disaster have characterised rather a lot of the background of the Jewish humans, from their enslavement in Egypt to the Holocaust of Nazi Germany.
Few translations of this impressive e-book of the Bible try to reproduce in English, as Slavitt does right here, the Hebrew acrostics. within the unique, every one verse starts with a distinct letter of the Hebrew alphabet in sequential order; Slavitt elegantly reproduces this influence utilizing the 1st 22 letters of the English alphabet. greater than a structural or mnemonic gadget, Slavitt argues, the acrostics are "a critical statement that the language itself is conversing, that the speech is galvanized, and that there's, past all of the catastrophe and soreness the publication recounts, an intricacy and an orderly coherence."