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Who Made Early Christianity? - The Jewish Lives of the Apostle Paul (Paperback): John Gager Who Made Early Christianity? - The Jewish Lives of the Apostle Paul (Paperback)
John Gager
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In this historical and theological study, John G. Gager undermines the myth of the Apostle Paul's rejection of Judaism, conversion to Christianity, and founding of Christian anti-Judaism. He finds that the rise of Christianity occurred well after Paul's death and attributes the distortion of the Apostle's views to early and later Christians. Though Christian clerical elites ascribed a rejection-replacement theology to Paul's legend, Gager shows that the Apostle was considered a loyal Jew by many of his Jesus-believing contemporaries and that later Jewish and Muslim thinkers held the same view. He holds that one of the earliest misinterpretations of Paul was to name him the founder of Christianity, and in recent times numerous Jewish and Christian readers of Paul have moved beyond this understanding. Gager also finds that Judaism did not fade away after Paul's death but continued to appeal to both Christians and pagans for centuries. Jewish synagogues remained important religious and social institutions throughout the Mediterranean world. Making use of all possible literary and archaeological sources, including Muslim texts, Gager helps recover the long pre-history of a Jewish Paul, obscured by recent, negative portrayals of the Apostle, and recognizes the enduring bond between Jews and Christians that has influenced all aspects of Christianity.

Confronting Hate - The Untold Story of the Rabbi Who Stood Up for Human Rights, Racial Justice, and Religious Reconciliation... Confronting Hate - The Untold Story of the Rabbi Who Stood Up for Human Rights, Racial Justice, and Religious Reconciliation (Hardcover)
Deborah Hart Strober, Gerald S. Strober
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In this biography, Gerald and Deborah Strober draw from original source materials and numerous interviews to detail the life and career of the esteemed Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum, a seminal 20th century figure in interfaith relations in the US and around the world. From his position as Director of Interreligious Affairs at the American Jewish Committee, Rabbi Tanenbaum was deeply involved in the historic Vatican II Council, which promulgated a landmark encyclical on Catholic-Jewish relations. Rabbi Tanenbaum also was one of the few Jewish leaders who worked closely with Reverend Billy Graham and other evangelicals. He worked tirelessly as a civil rights activist and was active in the cause of Soviet Jewry, as well. Confronting Hate details this esteemed career and his interactions with the likes of television legends Norman Lear, Don Hewitt, and Franco Zeffirelli; Jesse Jackson; Martin Luther King, Jr.; and several US presidents, from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George H.W. Bush. This book leaves no stone unturned in covering the public and private aspects of the life of "the human rights rabbi." The authors bring to light the immense international influence that Rabbi Tanenbaum has even today, more than twenty-five years after his passing.

A Systemic Harpoon Into Family Games - Preventive Interventions in Therapy (Hardcover): Giuliana Prata A Systemic Harpoon Into Family Games - Preventive Interventions in Therapy (Hardcover)
Giuliana Prata
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First published in 1991. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Reclaiming Judaism as a Spiritual Practice - Holy Days and Shabbat (Paperback): Goldie Milgram Reclaiming Judaism as a Spiritual Practice - Holy Days and Shabbat (Paperback)
Goldie Milgram
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Wake up your Jewish spiritual life and restore your soul.

Has your heart ever been broken by loss, divorce, disappointment, awe, fear, hope? Have you multitasked, worked past the level of your endurance, accumulated possessions, jumped the hurdles, and gotten the grades only to wonder, Is that all there is? Do you wish for a life that is physically grounded, emotionally satisfying, intellectually expansive, and profoundly connected? These are the qualities Judaism can provide when you understand how to practice it. from the Introduction

This inspiring guidebook is your wake-up call for understanding the powerful intellectual and emotional tools that are essential for a lively, relevant, and fulfilling Jewish spiritual practice.

Designed to become a lifelong resource for holy days and Shabbat, it presents Judaism as an evolving tradition in which you are the entrusted heir. The exercises and practices draw from the foundations of Judaism and empower you to create meaningful, satisfying, contemporary Jewish experiences for how you live today.

Jewish Pregnancy Book - A Resource for the Soul Body & Mind During Pregnancy Birth & the First Three Months (Paperback, New):... Jewish Pregnancy Book - A Resource for the Soul Body & Mind During Pregnancy Birth & the First Three Months (Paperback, New)
Steven Rapp, Sandy Falk, Daniel Judson
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A first-of-its-kind guide to nourishing your pregnancy
with wisdom from Jewish tradition.

"B shah Tovah " You re pregnant With all the changes happening to your body right now, it would be easy to focus only on the physical aspects of this life-changing event. But pregnancy is also a spiritually meaningful period in life, a time to reflect and comfort the soul.

"The Jewish Pregnancy Book" is the first resource to nurture the body, mind and soul of the pregnant woman by combining up-to-date medical information with spiritual nourishment from Jewish tradition. For the soul Ancient and modern prayers and rituals for each stage of pregnancy, as well as traditional Jewish wisdom on pregnancy. For the body Pre-natal Aleph-Bet yoga, a unique blend of yoga and spirituality inspired by the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. For the mind Medical information on topics such as fetal development, pre-natal testing, and potential pregnancy problems, as well as discussions from a contemporary Jewish perspective on ethical issues such as selective reduction and home birth.

In clear, easy-to-follow, accessible language, this groundbreaking handbook guides you through the miraculous and challenging process of creation, engaging your whole being in a uniquely Jewish way.

Broken Tablets - Levinas, Derrida, and the Literary Afterlife of Religion (Paperback): Sarah Hammerschlag Broken Tablets - Levinas, Derrida, and the Literary Afterlife of Religion (Paperback)
Sarah Hammerschlag
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Over a span of thirty years, twentieth-century French philosophers Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida held a conversation across texts. Sharing a Jewish heritage and a background in phenomenology, both came to situate their work at the margins of philosophy, articulating this placement through religion and literature. Chronicling the interactions between these thinkers, Sarah Hammerschlag argues that the stakes in their respective positions were more than philosophical. They were also political. Levinas's investments were born out in his writings on Judaism and ultimately in an evolving conviction that the young state of Israel held the best possibility for achieving such an ideal. For Derrida, the Jewish question was literary. The stakes of Jewish survival could only be approached through reflections on modern literature's religious legacy, a line of thinking that provided him the means to reconceive democracy. Hammerschlag's reexamination of Derrida and Levinas's textual exchange not only produces a new account of this friendship but also has significant ramifications for debates within Continental philosophy, the study of religion, and political theology.

The JPS Bible Commentary: Song of Songs (Hardcover): Michael Fishbane The JPS Bible Commentary: Song of Songs (Hardcover)
Michael Fishbane
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Song of Songs is a wondrous collection of love lyrics nestled in the heart of the Hebrew Bible-songs of passion and praise between a young maiden and her beloved. It is religious lyric par excellence. But what is its true meaning? Is it an expression of human love and passion, pure and simple? A celebration of the covenant between God and Israel? Or something else? The latest volume in the Jewish Publication Society's highly acclaimed Bible Commentary series, Song of Songs provides a line-by-line commentary of the original Hebrew Bible text, complete with vocalization and cantillation marks, alongside the JPS English translation. Unique to this volume are four layers of commentary: the traditional PaRDeS of peshat (literal meaning), derash (midrashic and religious-traditional sense), remez (allegorical level), and sod (mystical and spiritual intimations). Michael Fishbane skillfully draws from them all to reveal the extraordinary range of interpretations and ideas perceived in this beloved biblical book. A comprehensive introduction, extensive endnotes, a full bibliography (traditional and modern), and additional explanatory materials are included to enhance the reader's appreciation of the work. This original, comprehensive commentary on the Song of Songs interprets historical, critical, and traditional sources drawn from the ancient Near East, the entire spectrum of Jewish sources and commentaries, and modern critical studies.

A Kid's Mensch Handbook - Step by Step to a Lifetime of Jewish Values (Paperback): Scott Blumenthal A Kid's Mensch Handbook - Step by Step to a Lifetime of Jewish Values (Paperback)
Scott Blumenthal
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Jewish Approach to God - A Brief Introduction for Christians (Paperback): Neil Gillman Jewish Approach to God - A Brief Introduction for Christians (Paperback)
Neil Gillman
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A window into the Jewish understanding of God throughout
history and today written especially for Christians.

In Jewish Scripture Christianity's foundation God's presence is everywhere: in nature, in history, and in the range of human experience. Yet the Torah, Maimonides, and 4,000 years of Jewish tradition all agree on one thing: that God is beyond any form of human comprehension. How, then can Judaism be so crowded with descriptions and images of God? And what can they mean to the ways Christians understand their own faith?

In this special book, Rabbi Neil Gillman guides you through these questions and the countless different ways the Jewish people have related to God, how each originated and what each may mean for you. Whether you are Christian, Muslim, or even Jewish, this nuts-and-bolts introduction will both answer your questions and stimulate new ones.

A theologian who writes as a great teacher, Gillman addresses the key concepts at the heart of Judaism s approach to God. From Ein Sof (Infinity) to Shekhinah (Presence), Gillman helps you understand what the search for knowing God itself says about Jewish tradition and how you can use the fundamentals of Judaism to strengthen, explore, and deepen your own spiritual foundations. God Is Echad (Unique) God Is Power God Is Person God Is Nice Sometimes God Is Not Nice Sometimes God Can Change God Creates God Reveals God Redeems

Kabbalah For Dummies (Paperback): Arthur Kurzweil Kabbalah For Dummies (Paperback)
Arthur Kurzweil
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"Kabbalah For Dummies" presents a balanced perspective of Kabbalah as an "umbrella" for a complex assemblage of mystical Jewish teachings and codification techniques. "Kabbalah For Dummies" also shows how Kabbalah simultaneously presents an approach to the study of text, the performance of ritual and the experience of worship, as well as how the reader can apply its teaching to everyday life.

Finding a Spiritual Home - How a New Generation of Jews Can Transform the American Synagogue (Paperback, 1st Jewish Lights... Finding a Spiritual Home - How a New Generation of Jews Can Transform the American Synagogue (Paperback, 1st Jewish Lights Quality Paperback ed)
Sidney Schwarz
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The Jewish community has lost some of the most sensitive spiritual souls of this generation. They are Jews who were looking for God and found spiritual homes outside of Judaism. Their journeys traversed the Jewish community, but nothing there beckoned them. The creation of synagogue-communities in which the voices of seekers can be heard and their questions can be asked will challenge many loyalist Jews. It will upset and enrage them. But it would also enrich them. from Chapter 18

In this fresh look at the spiritual possibilities of American Jewish life, Rabbi Sidney Schwarz presents the framework for a new synagogue model the synagogue community and its promise to transform our understanding of the synagogue and its potential for modern Judaism.

Schwarz profiles four innovative synagogues one from each of the major movements of Judaism that have had extraordinary success with their approach to congregational life and presents practical ways to replicate their success.

Includes a discussion guide for study groups and book clubs as well as a new afterword by the author describing developments in synagogue change projects since the book was first published.

Dear Zealots - Letters from a Divided Land (Hardcover): Amos Oz Dear Zealots - Letters from a Divided Land (Hardcover)
Amos Oz; Translated by Jessica Cohen 1
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Servants of Allah - African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas, 15th Anniversary Edition (Paperback, 2 Ed): Sylviane A Diouf Servants of Allah - African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas, 15th Anniversary Edition (Paperback, 2 Ed)
Sylviane A Diouf
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'Servants of Allah' presents a history of African Muslims, following them from West Africa to the Americas. Although many assume that what Muslim faith they brought with them to the Americas was quickly absorbed into the new Christian milieu, as Sylviane A. Diouf demonstrates in this volume, Islam flourished during slavery on a large scale.

A Palace of Pearls - The Stories of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav (Hardcover): Howard Schwartz A Palace of Pearls - The Stories of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav (Hardcover)
Howard Schwartz; Foreword by Rami Shapiro; Illustrated by Zann Jacobrown
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Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav (1772-1810) is widely considered to be one of the foremost visionary storytellers of the Hasidic movement. The great-grandson of the Ba'al Shem Tov, founder of the movement, Rabbi Nachman came to be regarded as a great figure and leader in his own right, guiding his followers on a spiritual path inspired by Kabbalah. In the last four years of his life he turned to storytelling, crafting highly imaginative, allegorical tales for his Hasidim. Three-time National Jewish Book Award winner Howard Schwartz has masterfully compiled the most extensive collection of Nachman's stories available in English. In addition to the well-known Thirteen Tales, including "The Lost Princess" and "The Seven Beggars," Schwartz has included over one hundred narratives in the various genres of fairy tales, fables, parables, dreams, and folktales, many of them previously unknown or believed lost. One such story is the carefully guarded "Tale of the Bread," which was never intended to be written down and was only to be shared with those Bratslavers who could be trusted not to reveal it. Eventually recorded by Rabbi Nachman's scribe, the tale has maintained its mythical status as a "hidden story." With utmost reverence and unfettered delight, Schwartz has carefully curated A Palace of Pearls alongside masterful commentary that guides the reader through the Rabbi's spiritual mysticism and uniquely Kabbalistic approach, ultimately revealing Rabbi Nachman to be a literary heavyweight in the vein of Gogol and Kafka. Vibrant, wise, and provocative, this book is a must-read for any lover of fairy tales and fables.

Sefer Nishmat Habayit (Hardcover): Yehuda Henkin, Chana Henkin Sefer Nishmat Habayit (Hardcover)
Yehuda Henkin, Chana Henkin
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Engaging Torah - Modern Perspectives on the Hebrew Bible (Paperback): Walter Homolka, Aaron Panken Engaging Torah - Modern Perspectives on the Hebrew Bible (Paperback)
Walter Homolka, Aaron Panken
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In this volume of essays, eminent Jewish scholars from around the world present introductions to the different parts of the Bible for the wider public. The essays encompass a general introduction to the Torah in Jewish life, and include specific essays on each of the Five Books of Moses, as well as on the Haftarot, Neviim, and Ketuvim. The contributions provide an overview of the core content of each book as well as highlighting central themes and the reception and relevance of these themes in Jewish life and culture past and present. These essays, informed by and based on the profound academic research of their authors, together provide an invaluable bridge between high-level academic insight and the study of the Bible both in synagogues and in homes.

The Intellect and the Exodus (Hardcover): Jeremy Kagan The Intellect and the Exodus (Hardcover)
Jeremy Kagan
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Torah Mietzion - Bamidbar (Hardcover): Ezra Bick Torah Mietzion - Bamidbar (Hardcover)
Ezra Bick
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Torah MiEtzion presents original, insightful essays on the Bible by the rabbis and scholars of Yeshivat Har Etzion, one of today's most vibrant and influential schools of modern biblical interpretation. Since its founding in Israel in 1968, Yeshivat Har Etzion has emphasized Bible study alongside Talmud study in order to foster what its founder, Rabbi Yehuda Amital z"l, called an "organic understanding" of Torah and Torah philosophy. The result has been the development of a unique, analytically rigorous, creative, interpretive method that is infused with a profound quest for meaning.

This volume of Torah MiEtzion, which examines the Torah portions of the Book of Bemidbar, includes essays by Rabbis Amnon Bazak, Ezra Bick, Yonatan Grossman, Menachem Leibtag, Mosheh Lichtenstein, Elchanan Samet, Chanoch Waxman, Dr. Yael Ziegler, and other leading scholars.

Interpreting Maimonides - Critical Essays (Hardcover): Charles H. Manekin, Daniel Davies Interpreting Maimonides - Critical Essays (Hardcover)
Charles H. Manekin, Daniel Davies
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Moses Maimonides (1138-1204) was arguably the single most important Jewish thinker of the Middle Ages, with an impact on the later Jewish tradition that was unparalleled by any of his contemporaries. In this volume of new essays, world-leading scholars address themes relevant to his philosophical outlook, including his relationship with his Islamicate surroundings and the impact of his work on subsequent Jewish and Christian writings, as well as his reception in twentieth-century scholarship. The essays also address the nature and aim of Maimonides' philosophical writing, including its connection with biblical exegesis, and the philosophical and theological arguments that are central to his work, such as revelation, ritual, divine providence, and teleology. Wide-ranging and fully up-to-date, the volume will be highly valuable for those interested in Jewish history and thought, medieval philosophy, and religious studies.

Reinventing Maimonides in Contemporary Jewish Thought (Hardcover): Menachem Kellner, A James Reinventing Maimonides in Contemporary Jewish Thought (Hardcover)
Menachem Kellner, A James
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Every work on Jewish thought and law since the twelfth century bears the imprint of Maimonides. A. N. Whitehead's famous dictum that the entire European philosophical tradition `consists of a series of footnotes to Plato' could equally characterize Maimonides' place in the Jewish tradition. The critical studies in this volume explore how Orthodox rabbis of different orientations-Shlomo Aviner, Naftali Zvi Yehudah Berlin (Netziv), Kalonymus Kalman Shapira, Joseph Kafih, Abraham Isaac Kook, Aaron Kotler, Joseph Soloveitchik, and Elhanan Wasserman-have read and provided footnotes to Maimonides in the long twentieth century. How well did they really understand Maimonides? And where do their arguments fit in the mainstream debates about him and his works? Each of the seven core chapters examines a particular approach. Some rabbis have tried to liberate themselves from the influence of his ideas. Others have sought to build on those ideas or expand them in ways which Maimonides himself did not pursue, and which he may well not have agreed with. Still others advance patently non-Maimonidean positions, while attributing them to none other than Maimonides. Above all, the essays published here demonstrate that his legacy remains vibrantly alive today.

The Invention of Judaism - Torah and Jewish Identity from Deuteronomy to Paul (Paperback): John J. Collins The Invention of Judaism - Torah and Jewish Identity from Deuteronomy to Paul (Paperback)
John J. Collins
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Most people understand Judaism to be the Torah and the Torah to be Judaism. However, in The Invention of Judaism, John J. Collins persuasively argues this was not always the case. The Torah became the touchstone for most of Judaism's adherents only in the hands of the rabbis of late antiquity. For 600 years prior, from the Babylonian Exile to the Roman destruction of the Second Temple, there was enormous variation in the way the Torah was understood. Collins provides a comprehensive account of the role of the Torah in ancient Judaism, exploring key moments in its history, beginning with the formation of Deuteronomy and continuing through the Maccabean revolt and the rise of Jewish sectarianism and early Christianity.

Children's Siddur - Ashkenaz (Hardcover, Magerman ed.): Rinat Gilboa Children's Siddur - Ashkenaz (Hardcover, Magerman ed.)
Rinat Gilboa; Created by Koren Publishers Jerusalem Ltd
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The first in the Magerman Educational Siddur Series, The Koren Children's Siddur created for the early elementary grades, combines stimulating and beautiful illustrations with thought-provoking educational components on each page to provide teachers and parents with an educational resource as much as a conventional siddur. The siddur, for kindergarten, first and second grades, is also accompanied by a comprehensive Teacher and Parents Guide to maximize the educational potential of this beginner's siddur.

Children's Siddur - Sephardim (Hardcover, Magerman ed.): Rinat Gilboa Children's Siddur - Sephardim (Hardcover, Magerman ed.)
Rinat Gilboa; Created by Koren Publishers Jerusalem Ltd
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The first in the Magerman Educational Siddur Series, The Koren Children's Siddur created for the early elementary grades, combines stimulating and beautiful illustrations with thought-provoking educational components on each page to provide teachers and parents with an educational resource as much as a conventional siddur. The siddur, for kindergarten, first and second grades, is also accompanied by a comprehensive Teacher and Parents Guide to maximize the educational potential of this beginner's siddur.

Koren Talmud Bavli, v. 38 - Hullin Part 2, English (Hardcover, Noy ed): Adin Steinsaltz Koren Talmud Bavli, v. 38 - Hullin Part 2, English (Hardcover, Noy ed)
Adin Steinsaltz
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The Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls - Volume 2, The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Quamran Community (Paperback, illustrated edition):... The Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls - Volume 2, The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Quamran Community (Paperback, illustrated edition)
James H Charlesworth
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The recovery of 800 documents in the eleven caves on the northwest shores of the Dead Sea is one of the most sensational archeological discoveries in the Holy Land to date. These three volumes, the very best of critical scholarship, demonstrate in detail how the scrolls have revolutionized our knowledge of the text of the Bible, the character of Second Temple Judaism, and the Jewish beginnings of Christianity.

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