The Talmud for Beginners, Volume 1: Prayer

By Judith Z. Abrams

The Talmud is stuffed with wisdom, thought, and insights that increase all points of Jewish lifestyles. but many are intimidated through the concept of learning its textual content, and their hesitancy prevents them from experiencing the knowledge of its phrases. during this new quantity, Rabbi Judith Abrams takes readers together with her on a trip via one quantity of the Talmud, providing reassuring counsel and making it significant and obtainable to all.

The Talmud for Beginners–Volume 1: Prayer is the 1st booklet in a chain through Rabbi Abrams. For lay readers who're unusual with Talmud, this paintings serves as an advent to talmudic inspiration. in case you are accustomed to talmudic technique, this quantity will function a handy assessment of 1 booklet of the Talmud, Berachot (literally, "blessings").

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The False Prophets of Peace: Liberal Zionism and the Struggle for Palestine

By Tikva Honig-Parnass

The Israeli Left has lengthy held the view that the ancient Zionist exertions circulation stands firmly within the humanistic, democratic, or even socialist traditions. those innovative credentials are frequently referred to as forth as reason to brush aside any of Israel’s leftwing critics and their fees of injustice. but, a better exam of those claims finds a delicately developed mythology used to imprecise a extra sordid reality.

False Prophets of Peace finds the critical position performed by means of the Israeli Left in laying the basis for the colonial settler venture and its crusade of dispossession. faraway from its professed radicalism, Honig-Parnass deftly exposes Left Zionism’s contributions to Israel’s exclusivist ideology and its participation in makes an attempt to legitimize the apartheid therapy of Palestinians. Its fervent help of a Jewish-only country not just undermined the “peace strategy” from the very begin yet maintains to function a barrier to attaining a simply peace that acknowledges the nationwide and human rights of the Palestinian people.

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The Brothers Ashkenazi

Within the Polish urban of Lodz, the brothers Ashkenazi grew up very another way in expertise and in temperament. Max, the firstborn, is fiercely clever and conniving, decided to prevail financially whatsoever precious. Slower-witted Jacob is robust, good-looking, and fascinating yet with no nice objective in existence. whereas Max is pushed through ambition and greed to be extra winning than his brother, Jacob is interested in effortless dwelling and decadence. As waves of industrialism and capitalism flood the town, the brothers and their households are torn aside by means of the clashing impulses of previous piety and new skepticism, conventional methods and burgeoning appetites, and the hatred that grows among faiths, electorate, and periods. regardless of all makes an attempt to manage their destinies, the brothers are stuck up via forces of historical past, love, and destiny, which form and, finally, holiday them.
   First released in 1936, The Brothers Ashkenazi quickly grew to become a top vendor as a sprawling relations saga. Breaking clear of the introspective shtetl tales of vintage nineteenth-century writers, I. J. Singer delivered to Yiddish literature the multilayered plots, huge casts of characters, and narrative sweep of the normal ecu novel. jogging along such masters as Zola, Flaubert, and Tolstoy, I . J. Singer’s premodernist social novel stands as a masterpiece of storytelling.

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The Jewish State

By Theodor Herzl

Theodor Herzl's passionate advocacy of the founding of a Jewish nation grew out of his conviction that Jews may by no means be assimilated into preexisting populations. His influential 1896 polemic discusses the political and historical rationales for a Jewish place of birth. this wonderful translation contains an advent by way of Louis Lipsky and a biography of the author.

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The Trias of Maimonides: Die Trias des Maimonides: Jewish, Arabic, And Ancient Culture of Knowledge: Jüdische, Arabische und Antike Wissenschaft (Studia Judaica, Forschungen zur Wissenschaft des Judentums, Volume 30)

Jewish faith, Greek philosophy and Islamic inspiration mildew the philosophy and theology of Maimonides and represent his paintings as a superb instance of the fruitful move of tradition within the center a long time. The authors express a variety of features of this cultural cross-fertilization, regardless of non secular and ethnic adjustments. The reports steered options on a query that's very important for the current and the long run: How may well different religions, cultures and ideas of data stay conveyed in synthesis? the quantity publishes the lectures given on the July 2004 overseas congress on the party of the 800th anniversary of Maimonides’ death.

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Yiddish Folktales (The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library)

By Beatrice Weinreich

Jam-packed with princesses and witches, dybbuks and wonder-working rebbes, the 2 hundred fantastic stories that make up this pleasant compendium have been amassed in the course of the Twenties and Nineteen Thirties through ethnographers within the small cities and villages of japanese Europe. accumulated from humans of all walks of lifestyles, they comprise parables and allegories approximately existence, success, and knowledge; stories of magic and sweetness; tales approximately rebbes and their disciples; and stories whose simply function is to entertain. lengthy after the tradition that produced them has disappeared, those mesmerizing Yiddish folktales proceed to paintings their magic today.

Part of the Pantheon Fairy story and Folklore Library

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"Non-canonical" Religious Texts in Early Judaism and Early Christianity (Jewish and Christian Text)

This quantity attracts consciousness to old spiritual texts, in particular the so-called 'non-canonical' texts, by means of targeting how they have been used or functioned in Early Judaism and Early Christianity. The members are biblical students who've selected a number of Jewish or Christian apocryphal or pseudepigraphical texts, with the purpose of describing their historic capabilities of their rising social settings. those convey the fluidity of the proposal of scripture within the early centuries of the Church and in Judaism of past due antiquity, yet additionally they convey the worth of analyzing the traditional non secular texts that weren't incorporated within the Jewish or Christian biblical canons. those chapters express that there's a lot that may be discovered from interpreting and evaluating those texts with canonical literature and comparing them of their social context. No historic textual content was once created in a vacuum, and the non-canonical writings relief in our interpretation not just of many canonical writings, but additionally shed substantial mild at the context of either early Judaism and early Christianity.

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