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How to Be a Mentsh (and Not a Shmuck)

December 5, 2016 | Judaism | By admin | 0 Comments

By Michael Wex

Sure to resonate with Jewish and Gentile readers alike, How to Be a Mentsh (and no longer a Shmuck) is a sensible and witty self-help handbook for pursuing happiness whereas nonetheless performing with integrity, honor, and compassion. Michael Wex, New York instances bestselling writer of Born to Kvetch and Just Say Nu, attracts on assets that variety from the Talmud and Yiddish proverbs to modern track and films during this insightful advisor that explores not just human nature and psychology but our tasks to ourselves and each other.

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The Languages of the Jews: A Sociolinguistic History

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By Bernard Spolsky

Historic sociolinguistics is a relatively new zone of study, investigating tricky questions about language types and offerings in speech and writing. Jewish ancient sociolinguistics is wealthy in unanswered questions: whilst does a language turn into 'Jewish'? What was once the foundation of Yiddish? How a lot Hebrew did the common Jew be aware of over the centuries? How was once Hebrew re-established as a vernacular and a dominant language? This booklet explores those and different questions, and indicates the level of scholarly war of words over the solutions. It indicates the price of including a sociolinguistic point of view to matters as a rule missed in usual histories. A bright remark on Jewish survival and Jewish speech groups that would be loved through the final reader, and is vital studying for college students and researchers attracted to the learn of heart japanese languages, Jewish reviews, and sociolinguistics.

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Hatred, Lies, and Violence in the World of Islam

December 5, 2016 | Judaism | By admin | 0 Comments

By Raphael Israeli

Hatred, Lies, and Violence on the earth of Islam examines the torrential flood of anti-Israeli, anti-Jewish, and anti-Zionist propaganda that permeates many Muslim societies. Raphael Israeli locates the resource of this anti-Semitic sentiment within the inadequacies and insecurities of Muslim states. by way of demonizing and delegitimizing Israel and Jews, they search to get rid of a winning counterexample in their personal mess ups, therefore placing an finish to their very own "humiliation."

Beyond mapping the distribution of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish propaganda within the Arab and Islamic worlds, Israeli makes use of case-studies to demonstrate the premises of this research: the Palestinians, who've an immediate stake in fighting Israel; Turkey, which now claims management of the Arab and Sunni Muslim worlds; and Shi’ite Iran, which gives a extra severe instance of either hatred and disrespect for truth and heritage whereas threatening to damage Israel.

Israeli records the global collaboration among Jew-haters of every type, explaining the exponential development of Jew-hatred on the net, with hundreds of thousands of latest hate websites further each year, outpacing Jew-hatred within the conventional media. He locations anti-Semitism in a broader culture of political lies and political deceit. within the ultimate bankruptcy, Israeli considers the potential of reversing anti-Jewish agitation in Muslim nations, which he unearths not likely simply because such a lot of of the region’s regimes are outfitted on foundations of anti-Semitism.

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Los judíos y las palabras (El Ojo del Tiempo)

December 5, 2016 | Judaism | By admin | 0 Comments

By Amos Oz, Fania Oz-Salzberger

«Los judíos y las palabras es apasionante y divertido y desafía clichés y estereotipos en cada una de sus páginas. Su tono es en parte serio y en parte jocoso, mezclando un gran dominio del tema con un toque casual. Promete ser muy controvertido y ampliamente leído.» Mario Vargas Llosa ¿Por qué las palabras son tan importantes para los judíos? El novelista Amos ounces y los angeles historiadora Fania Oz-Salzberger engranan hábilmente personalidades de todos los tiempos, desde el autor anónimo y probablemente femenino del Cantar de los Cantares hasta los oscuros talmudistas o los escritores contemporáneos, para explicar los angeles relación esencial que existe entre los judíos y las palabras. Mezclando l. a. narración y los angeles exertions de investigación, l. a. conversación y l. a. argumentación, padre e hija cuentan las historias que se ocultan tras los nombres, adagios, disputas, textos y chistes más perdurables del judaísmo. Ambos argumentan que estas palabras componen los angeles cadena que conecta a Abraham con los judíos de todas las generaciones posteriores. Con una prosa llena de conocimiento, de lírica y de sentido del humor, Los judíos y las palabras propone una visita extraordinaria a las palabras que conforman el corazón de los angeles cultura judía y tiende una mano al lector para que se una a los angeles conversación.

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The Scandal of Kabbalah: Leon Modena, Jewish Mysticism, Early Modern Venice (Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World)

December 5, 2016 | Judaism | By admin | 0 Comments

By Yaacob Dweck

The Scandal of Kabbalah is the 1st booklet concerning the origins of a tradition battle that all started in early smooth Europe and maintains to today: the talk among kabbalists and their critics at the nature of Judaism and the that means of spiritual culture. From its medieval beginnings as an esoteric kind of Jewish mysticism, Kabbalah unfold during the early glossy global and have become a valuable characteristic of Jewish existence. students have lengthy studied the progressive impression of Kabbalah, yet, as Yaacob Dweck argues, they've got misunderstood the nature and timing of competition to it.

Drawing on quite a number formerly unexamined assets, this publication tells the tale of the 1st feedback of Kabbalah, Ari Nohem, written by way of Leon Modena in Venice in 1639. during this scathing indictment of Venetian Jews who had embraced Kabbalah as an genuine type of old esotericism, Modena proved the hot origins of Kabbalah and sought to persuade his readers to come to the spiritualized rationalism of Maimonides.

The Scandal of Kabbalah examines the hallmarks of Jewish modernity displayed through Modena's attack--a severe research of sacred texts, skepticism approximately non secular truths, and self-consciousness concerning the past--and exhibits how those characteristics and the later heritage of his polemic problem traditional understandings of the connection among Kabbalah and modernity. Dweck argues that Kabbalah used to be the topic of severe inquiry within the very interval it got here to dominate Jewish lifestyles instead of centuries later as so much students have thought.

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Antisemitism: A History

December 5, 2016 | Judaism | By admin | 0 Comments

Antisemitism: A History deals a readable evaluation of a frightening subject, describing and interpreting the hatred that Jews have confronted from precedent days to the current. The essays contained during this quantity supply an amazing creation to the historical past and nature of antisemitism, stressing clarity, stability, and thematic coherence, whereas attempting to achieve a ways from the polemics and apologetics that so frequently cloud the topic. Chapters were written by means of major students within the box and consider crucial new advancements of their parts of workmanship. jointly, the chapters hide the total background of antisemitism, from the traditional Mediterranean and the pre-Christian period, throughout the Medieval and Early glossy classes, to the Enlightenment and past. The later chapters specialise in the historical past of antisemitism via zone, taking a look at France, the English-speaking international, Russia and the Soviet Union, jap Europe, and Nazi Germany, with contributions too at the phenomenon within the Arab international, either earlier than and after the root of Israel.

Contributors grapple with the use and abuse of the time period 'antisemitism', which used to be first coined within the mid-nineteenth century yet which has for the reason that amassed more than a few imprecise connotations and confusingly varied definitions, usually utilized retrospectively to traditionally far away sessions and greatly distinct phenomena. in fact, as this ebook indicates, hostility to Jews dates to biblical sessions, however the nature of that hostility and the various reasons to which it's been positioned have diversified through the years and infrequently been combined with admiration - a scenario which maintains within the twenty-first century.

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The Jewish People: Their History and Their Religion (Faber Finds)

December 5, 2016 | Judaism | By admin | 0 Comments

By David J. Goldberg

'This handsomely produced and curiously illustrated quantity is 2 works in a single. the 1st half deals a survey of Jewish historical past and literature. the second one half provides what the preface describes as 'a thematic research of the lessons and practices of Judaism.'' Israel Finestein, Jewish Chronicle

'Fluently written, with an admirable fair-mindedness in surveying either heritage and belief.' A.J. Shermann, Times Literary Supplement

'The clever non-expert will get a transparent photo of Jewish lifestyles, letters and background and it'll be an ceaselessly valuable reference book.' Julia Neuberger, Times academic Supplement

'A wide-ranging account of items Jewish that you'll really suggest to intellectually curious Gentiles, in addition to to nearly all of glossy secularized Jews who comprehend really little approximately their advanced tradition.' Louis Marcus, Irish instances

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Rosenzweig and Heidegger: Between Judaism and German Philosophy

December 5, 2016 | Judaism | By admin | 0 Comments

By Peter Eli Gordon

Franz Rosenzweig (1886-1929) is broadly looked this present day as the most unique and intellectually not easy figures in the so-called renaissance of German-Jewish idea within the Weimar interval. The architect of a special type of existential theology, and a massive impression upon such philosophers as Walter Benjamin, Martin Buber, Leo Strauss, and Emmanuel Levinas, Rosenzweig is remembered mainly as a "Jewish thinker," frequently to the overlook of his broader philosophical matters. slicing around the synthetic divide that the nerve-racking reminiscence of nationwide Socialism has drawn among German and Jewish philosophy, this publication seeks to revive Rosenzweig's suggestion to the German philosophical horizon during which it first took form. it's the first English-language research to discover Rosenzweig's enduring debt to Hegel's political conception, neo-Kantianism, and life-philosophy; the e-book additionally presents a brand new, systematic studying of Rosenzweig's significant paintings, The big name of Redemption.

Most of all, the booklet units out to discover a shocking yet deep affinity among Rosenzweig’s proposal and that of his modern, the German thinker Martin Heidegger. Resisting either apologetics and condemnation, Gordon means that Heidegger’s engagement with Nazism are usually not imprecise the profound and intellectually compelling bond within the once-shared culture of recent German and Jewish notion. A remarkably lucid dialogue of 2 significantly tricky thinkers, this booklet represents an eloquent try to bridge the compelled contrast among sleek Jewish concept and the heritage of recent German philosophy—and to teach that the sort of contrast can't be sustained with out doing violence to both.

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Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli

December 5, 2016 | Judaism | By admin | 0 Comments

By Ted Merwin

Winner, 2015 nationwide Jewish publication Award provided via the Jewish ebook Council

For a lot of the 20 th century, the recent York Jewish deli used to be an iconic establishment in either Jewish and American existence. As a social area it rivaled—and in many ways surpassed—the synagogue because the fundamental collecting position for the Jewish neighborhood. In pop culture it's been the environment for classics like When Harry Met Sally

. And this present day, after an extended interval languishing within the trenches of the hopelessly out of date, it's experiencing a nostalgic resurgence.

 
Pastrami on Rye is the 1st full-length historical past of the recent York Jewish deli. The deli, argues Ted Merwin, reached its complete flowering now not within the immigrant interval, as a few may possibly think, yet within the interwar period, while the kids of Jewish immigrants celebrated the 1st flush in their luck in the US through downing sandwiches and cheesecake in theater district delis. however it used to be the kosher deli that Jews as they settled within the outer boroughs of the town, and that turned the main tangible image in their carrying on with wish to keep a connection to their historical past. finally, upwardly cellular American Jews discarded the deli as they transitioned from outsider to insider prestige in the course of the century. Now modern Jews are returning the deli to cult prestige as they search to reclaim their cultural identities. 
 
Richly researched and compellingly advised, Pastrami on Rye gives us the magnificent tale of a vital big apple institution.

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