Category: Judaism

  • Download E-books How to Get More Out of Being Jewish Even If:: A. You Are Not Sure You Believe in God, B. You Think Going to Synagogue Is a Waste of Time, C. You Think Keeping Kosher Is Stupid, D. You Hated Hebrew School, or E. All of the Above! PDF

    By Gil Mann

    Tackling essentially the most pertinent questions Jews ask themselves on a daily basis, this publication examines the relevance of the Jewish faith and its traditions within the smooth global. Culled from interviews with Jews from various backgrounds, it addresses the foremost matters that have an effect on all Jews, despite age, intercourse, or point of perform. From answering the query "What is Judaism anyway?" and addressing the relationships among Jews and their group to discussing the problems fascinated by retaining kosher and the country of Jewish schooling, this e-book deals tricks for reconciling historic spiritual customs with lifestyles within the twenty first century. feedback for individuals drawn to additional exploration of Judaism and a listing of references for extra study entire this source for Jews who're looking to enhance their religious lives.
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  • Download E-books Hellenistic Civilization and the Jews PDF

    By Victor Tcherikover

    The come across among Jews and Greeks marked essentially the most innovative conferences within the historic global, for in that come across politics, economics, tradition, and faith replaced dramatically. Victor Tcherikover, who dedicated his whole scholarly lifestyles to the research of the Hellenistic interval, deals the following a benchmark evaluate of that stumble upon. during this reprinted variation of his most renowned paintings, together with a brand new preface via college of Chicago Professor John J. Collins, Tcherikover uniquely combines "analyses of 2 of the main interesting episodes of Jewish heritage in antiquity: the occasions that ended in the Maccabean uprising and the fight for rights in Alexandria within the first century C.E." (from the preface).
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  • Download E-books Contested Rituals: Circumcision, Kosher Butchering, and Jewish Political Life in Germany, 1843-1933 PDF

    By Robin Judd

    In Contested Rituals, Robin Judd exhibits that circumcision and kosher butchering grew to become focal issues of political fight one of the German country, its municipal governments, Jews, and Gentiles. In 1843, a few German-Jewish fathers refused to circumcise their sons, prompting their Jewish groups to reassess their criteria for club. approximately a century later, in 1933, one other blood ritual, kosher butchering, served as a political and cultural touchstone while the Nazis outfitted upon a decades-old controversy in regards to the perform and prohibited it.

    In describing those occasions and similar controversies that raged throughout the intervening years, Judd explores the character and escalation of the ritual debates as they transcended the bounds of the neighborhood Jewish neighborhood to incorporate non-Jews who sought to guard, limit, or restrict those rites. Judd argues that the ritual debates grew out of huge shifts in German politics: the contest among neighborhood and local authority following unification, the potential of executive intervention in deepest affairs, where of spiritual distinction within the glossy age, and the connection of the German kingdom to its spiritual and ethnic minorities, together with Catholics. Anti-Semitism was once just one issue using the debates and it usually functioned in unforeseen methods. Judd provides us a brand new realizing of the formation of German political structures, the significance of spiritual practices to Jewish political management, the interplay of Jews with the German govt, and the response of Germans of all faiths to political change.

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  • Download E-books Visions of Jewish Education PDF

    Six top scholars--representing Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and secular perspectives--formulate their variation versions of an excellent Jewish schooling for the modern international. This ebook addresses the a number of demanding situations of the open society to Jewish continuity through contemplating varied types of Jewish schooling acceptable for our time. It emphasizes the continuity of conception and perform, translating thought into perform in addition to articulating concept embodied in perform. The publication indicates how all spiritual and ethnic groups could deepen the effect in their academic courses.
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  • Download E-books The Book of Lamentations: A Meditation and Translation PDF

    Distinguished poet and translator David R. Slavitt right here 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 similar day.) many of the Jewish inhabitants was once deported to Babylon, and the resultant interval got here to be referred to as the Babylonian Captivity. in line with culture, the booklet of Lamentations was once written in line with this political, social, and non secular challenge. The 5 poems composing the ebook convey Israel's sorrow, brokenness, and bewilderment sooner 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's forbidden on Tish'a b'Av even to review the Torah, with the exception of the ebook of activity and the ebook of Lamentations. this can be the day on which we grieve for each poor factor that occurs during this international. it's the worst day of the year."Slavitt's meditation presents a context for studying the scriptural textual content. forged within the comparable type because the Hebrew poetry, his meditation recounts how sorrow and disaster have characterised 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 booklet of the Bible try and reproduce in English, as Slavitt does right here, the Hebrew acrostics. within the unique, each one verse starts with a unique 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 severe statement that the language itself is conversing, that the speech is electrified, and that there's, past all of the catastrophe and soreness the ebook recounts, an intricacy and an orderly coherence."

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  • Download E-books Shem in the Tents of Japhet: Essays on the Encounter of Judaism and Hellenism (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism) PDF

    Those essays, via a few of this present day s maximum students of Judaism and Hellenism in antiquity, discover a number of ways that those nice civilizations interacted. the typical concentration of those reviews is the transition from one tradition to the subsequent how phrases or recommendations or conventions from the single got here to be transplanted, and sometimes transformed within the strategy, within the different. Taken jointly, besides the fact that, they supply whatever broader: a wide, variegated photo of the cultural interplay that was once to turn out so an important for the later background of Judaism and Christianity."
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  • Download E-books Between Athens and Jerusalem: Jewish Identity in the Hellenistic Diaspora (The Biblical Resource Series) PDF

    One of the main inventive and consequential collisions in Western tradition concerned the stumble upon of Judaism with Hellenism. during this commonly acclaimed examine of the Jews who lived in Hellenistic Egypt, “between Athens and Jerusalem,” John J. Collins examines the literature of Hellenistic Judaism, treating not just the introductory questions of date, authorship, and provenance but additionally the bigger query of Jewish id within the Greco-Roman world.

    First released in 1984, this landmark research by way of one of many world's major specialists in Hellinistic Judaism is now totally revised and up-to-date take into consideration the easiest of modern scholarship.
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  • Download E-books Josiah's Reform and the Dynamics of Defilement: Israelite Rites of Violence and the Making of a Biblical Text PDF

    Chapters 22 and 23 of two Kings inform the tale of the non secular reforms of the Judean King Josiah, who systematically destroyed the cult areas and installations the place his personal humans worshipped which will purify Israelite faith and consolidate non secular authority within the palms of the Jerusalem temple clergymen. Josiah's Reform and the Dynamics of Defilement is the 1st research to explicitly tackle the ritual dimensions of the textual content. Lauren A.S. Monroe argues that using cultic and formality language within the account of the reform is vital to figuring out the background of the text's composition, and illuminates the fundamental, interrelated approaches of textual development and id development in historic Israel.

    By getting to the categorical acts of defilement attributed to Josiah as they resonate in the higher framework of Israelite ritual, Monroe's paintings illuminates points of the text's language and basic pursuits that experience their closest parallels within the priestly felony corpus referred to as the Holiness Code (Leviticus 17-26), in addition to in different priestly texts that describe equipment of putting off infection.

    The priestly composition was once then later reshaped within the arms of a post-Josianic, exilic or post-exilic Deuteronomistic historian who reworked his resource fabric to fit his personal ideological pursuits. The account of Josiah's reform is hence imprinted with the cultural and non secular attitudes of 2 diversified units of authors. Teasing those aside finds a discussion on sacred house, sanctified violence and the character of Israelite faith that used to be formative within the improvement not just of two Kings 23, yet extra widely of the old books of the Bible.
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  • Download E-books New Jews: The End of the Jewish Diaspora PDF

    By David Shneer

    For many modern Jews, Israel now not serves because the Promised Land, the guts of the Jewish universe and where of ultimate vacation spot. In New Jews, Caryn Aviv and David Shneer provocatively argue that there's a new new release of Jews who do not think about themselves to be endlessly wandering, without end outsiders inside of their groups and looking to someday locate their fatherland. in its place, those New Jews are at domestic, no matter if it's in Buenos Aires, San Francisco or Berlin, and are rooted inside of groups in their personal deciding on. Aviv and Shneer argue that Jews have come to the tip in their diaspora; wandering not more, modern Jews are settled.

    In this wide-ranging ebook, the authors take us around the globe, to Moscow, Jerusalem, long island and l. a., between different locations, and locate brilliant, dynamic Jewish groups the place Jewish id is more and more versatile and inclusive. New Jews bargains a compelling portrait of Jewish existence today.

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  • Download E-books Border Lines: The Partition of Judaeo-Christianity (Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion) PDF

    By Daniel Boyarin

    The old separation among Judaism and Christianity is usually figured as a truly outlined holiday of a unmarried entity into separate religions. Following this version, there might were one faith referred to as Judaism earlier than the beginning of Christ, which then took on a hybrid id. Even prior to its next department, definite ideals and practices of this composite may were identifiable as Christian or Jewish.In Border Lines, despite the fact that, Daniel Boyarin makes a amazing case for a truly assorted mind set concerning the ancient improvement that's the partition of Judaeo-Christianity.

    There have been no features or gains that may be defined as uniquely Jewish or Christian in past due antiquity, Boyarin argues. particularly, Jesus-following Jews and Jews who didn't keep on with Jesus lived on a cultural map within which ideals, reminiscent of that during a moment divine being, and practices, akin to holding kosher or holding the Sabbath, have been largely and variably allotted. the last word differences among Judaism and Christianity have been imposed from above by way of "border-makers," heresiologists frightened to build a discrete id for Christianity. by way of defining a few ideals and practices as Christian and others as Jewish or heretical, they moved principles, behaviors, and other people to 1 facet or one other of a man-made border—and, Boyarin considerably contends, invented the very thought of religion.

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