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Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots (Paperback): Deborah Feldman Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots (Paperback)
Deborah Feldman
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The instant "New York Times" bestselling memoir of a young Jewish woman's escape from a religious sect, in the tradition of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's "Infidel "and Carolyn Jessop's "Escape," featuring a new epilogue by the author.
As a member of the strictly religious Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism, Deborah Feldman grew up under a code of relentlessly enforced customs governing everything from what she could wear and to whom she could speak to what she was allowed to read. It was stolen moments spent with the empowered literary characters of Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott that helped her to imagine an alternative way of life. Trapped as a teenager in a sexually and emotionally dysfunctional marriage to a man she barely knew, the tension between Deborah's desires and her responsibilities as a good Satmar girl grew more explosive until she gave birth at nineteen and realized that, for the sake of herself and her son, she had to escape.

Beit Habehira on Tractate Avot (Hardcover): Menachem Meiri Beit Habehira on Tractate Avot (Hardcover)
Menachem Meiri
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Koren Talmud Bavli, v. 36 - Menahot Part 2, English (Hardcover, Noy ed): Adin Steinsaltz Koren Talmud Bavli, v. 36 - Menahot Part 2, English (Hardcover, Noy ed)
Adin Steinsaltz
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The Eternal Dissident - Rabbi Leonard I. Beerman and the Radical Imperative to Think and Act (Paperback): David N. Myers The Eternal Dissident - Rabbi Leonard I. Beerman and the Radical Imperative to Think and Act (Paperback)
David N. Myers
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A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press's Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. The Eternal Dissident offers rare insight into one of the most inspiring and controversial Reform rabbis of the twentieth century, Leonard Beerman, who was renowned both for his eloquent and challenging sermons and for his unrelenting commitment to social action. Beerman was a man of powerful word and action--a probing intellectual and stirring orator, as well as a nationally known opponent of McCarthyism, racial injustice, and Israeli policy in the occupied territories. The shared source of Beerman's thought and activism was the moral imperative of the Hebrew prophets, which he believed bestowed upon the Jewish people their role as the "eternal dissident." This volume brings Beerman to life through a selection of his most powerful writings, followed by commentaries from notable scholars, rabbis, and public personalities that speak to the quality and ongoing relevance of Beerman's work.

Koren Talpiot Siddur, Compact Size, Ashkenaz, English Instruction, Hc (Hardcover): Koren Publishers Koren Talpiot Siddur, Compact Size, Ashkenaz, English Instruction, Hc (Hardcover)
Koren Publishers
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Performing Israel's Faith - Narrative and Law in Rabbinic Theology (Paperback): Jacob Neusner Performing Israel's Faith - Narrative and Law in Rabbinic Theology (Paperback)
Jacob Neusner
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If law alone yields legalism, then religious belief, by itself, fails to create justice. In Performing Israel's Faith , Jacob Neusner shows how Jewish Halakhah (law) and Aggadah (narrative) fit together to form a robust and coherent covenant theologyaone directly concerned about this world. Neusner's careful and thorough examination of several key issues within rabbinic Judaismathe nations, idolatry, sin, repentance, and atonementademonstrates that neither Halakhah nor Aggadah can be fully and rightly understood when the two are isolated from each other. Performing Israel's Faith thus effectively reveals that rabbinic Judaism's true pattern of religion was constituted by a covenant theology comprised by both law and storyaa covenant theology whose aim was to restore the sanctification of God's original creation.

When God Wanted to Destroy the Chosen People - Biblical Traditions and Theology on the Move (Hardcover): Gili Kugler When God Wanted to Destroy the Chosen People - Biblical Traditions and Theology on the Move (Hardcover)
Gili Kugler
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The Holocaust's Jewish Calendars - Keeping Time Sacred, Making Time Holy (Paperback): Alan Rosen The Holocaust's Jewish Calendars - Keeping Time Sacred, Making Time Holy (Paperback)
Alan Rosen
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Calendars map time, shaping and delineating our experience of it. While the challenges to tracking Jewish conceptions of time during the Holocaust were substantial, Alan Rosen reveals that many took great risks to mark time within that vast upheaval. Rosen inventories and organizes Jewish calendars according to the wartime settings in which they were produced-from Jewish communities to ghettos and concentration camps. The calendars he considers reorient views of Jewish circumstances during the war and show how Jews were committed to fashioning traditional guides to daily life, even in the most extreme conditions. In a separate chapter, moreover, he elucidates how Holocaust-era diaries sometimes served as surrogate Jewish calendars. All in all, Rosen presents a revised idea of time, continuity, the sacred and the mundane, the ordinary and the extraordinary even when death and destruction were the order of the day. Rosen's focus on the Jewish calendar-the ultimate symbol of continuity, as weekday follows weekday and Sabbath follows Sabbath-sheds new light on how Jews maintained connections to their way of conceiving time even within the cauldron of the Holocaust.

Creative Haven Artful Jewish Designs Coloring Book (Paperback): Miryam Adatto Creative Haven Artful Jewish Designs Coloring Book (Paperback)
Miryam Adatto
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Jewish & Islamic Philosophy (Hardcover): Goodman Jewish & Islamic Philosophy (Hardcover)
Goodman
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The Rhetoric of Midwiferyoffers new insights into understanding these questions within the context of our present-day medical system.As a point of departure, Mary M. Lay analyzes the public discussion over non-academically trained-or direct-entry-midwives within Minnesota. From 1991-1995, that state held public hearings about the possible licensing of traditional midwives. Lay focuses on these debates to examine the complex relationships of power, knowledge, and gender within the medical profession. Lay examines the hearings and provides a framework for appreciating the significance of these debates. She also details the history of midwifery, highlighting ongoing concerns that have surfaced ever since the profession was created, centuries ago. In the remaining chapters, she focuses on the key testimonies offered during the debates. Capturing the actual testimony of midwives, home-birth parents, nurses, physicians, and attorneys, The Rhetoric of Midwifery reveals how the modern medical profession seeks to claim authority about birth. Lay bolsters her argument by culling from such sources such as historical documents, an internet discussion group, and conversations with modern midwives

When Oceans Merge - The Contemporary Sufi and Hasidic Teachings of Pir Vilayat Khan and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi... When Oceans Merge - The Contemporary Sufi and Hasidic Teachings of Pir Vilayat Khan and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (Paperback)
Gregory Blann; Foreword by Netanel Miles-Yepez
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The Origin of Satan (Paperback, 1st Vintage Books Ed): Elaine H Pagels The Origin of Satan (Paperback, 1st Vintage Books Ed)
Elaine H Pagels
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From the religious historian whose The Gnostic Gospels won both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award comes a dramatic interpretation of Satan and his role on the Christian tradition. With magisterial learning and the elan of a born storyteller, Pagels turns Satan's story into an audacious exploration of Christianity's shadow side, in which the gospel of love gives way to irrational hatreds that continue to haunt Christians and non-Christians alike.

History of the Jewish Faith (Paperback): Dan Cohn-Sherbok History of the Jewish Faith (Paperback)
Dan Cohn-Sherbok
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The development of Judaism from ancient times to the modern day, shown in over 190 pictures. It traces the history of Judaism across the centuries, from ancient, rabbinic and medieval times to the present day. It discusses the creation of a Temple in Jerusalem, the Samaritans, Sadducees, Pharisees and Essenes, the emergence of rabbinic Judaism, the Jewish faith in the modern world, and untraditional Judaism. It is meticulously researched, with over 190 photographs of paintings, manuscripts, statues, important historical sites and archaeological revelations. It is a concise and readable account for both students and general readers. Judaism is one of the world's oldest monotheistic religions. This book covers the history of the Jews from the biblical period to the fall of the Temple, as well as life in the medieval and modern world. It explores many different forms of Jewish existence from the period of the twelve tribes through to the medieval mystics, and continues to modern kabbalism and Jewish renewal. The abundance of the Jewish heritage and its influence on other religions and modes of thought are also covered, including gender issues, the environment and vegetarianism.With its magnificent illustrations and expert text, the book is a fascinating guide to a rich and complex religion.

The Hebrew Bible - A Critical Companion (Hardcover): John Barton The Hebrew Bible - A Critical Companion (Hardcover)
John Barton
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This book brings together some of the world's most exciting scholars from across a variety of disciplines to provide a concise and accessible guide to the Hebrew Bible. It covers every major genre of book in the Old Testament together with in-depth discussions of major themes such as human nature, covenant, creation, ethics, ritual and purity, sacred space, and monotheism. This authoritative overview sets each book within its historical and cultural context in the ancient Near East, paying special attention to its sociological setting. It provides new insights into the reception of the books and the different ways they have been studied, from historical-critical enquiry to modern advocacy approaches such as feminism and liberation theology. It also includes a guide to biblical translations and textual criticism and helpful suggestions for further reading. Featuring contributions from experts with backgrounds in the Jewish and Christian faith traditions as well as secular scholars in the humanities and social sciences, The Hebrew Bible is the perfect starting place for anyone seeking a user-friendly introduction to the Old Testament, and an invaluable reference book for students and teachers.

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (Paperback, UK ed.): Thomas O. Lambdin Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (Paperback, UK ed.)
Thomas O. Lambdin
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This book is designed to cover one year's work in Hebrew leading up to a full understanding of the language. It has been used by the author with his students for many years and the published text is the result of testing and refining over these years. Every attempt has been made to make the grammar clear and simple. For example, all Hebrew words are transliterated, as well as being given in the original for the first three-quarters of the book. The grammatical discussion is made as unsophisticated as possible for it is the author's intention that this book should also be of use to those who study Hebrew without a teacher.

Koren Classic Rosh Hashana Mahzor, Ashkenaz (Hardcover): Koren Publishers Koren Classic Rosh Hashana Mahzor, Ashkenaz (Hardcover)
Koren Publishers
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God Dwells with His People (Paperback): Paul Zehr God Dwells with His People (Paperback)
Paul Zehr
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This carefully researched study on the tabernacle of the Old Testament draws from both Christian and Jewish sources. The author not only probes the nature of the construction of the tabernacle, but also explores its theological meaning in the Old and New Testaments.The unavoidable conclusion the author draws is that the divinely instructed building of the tabernacle was evidence of God's desire to dwell with his people and to lead them. 216 Pages.

Bioethics and Biopolitics in Israel - Socio-legal, Political, and Empirical Analysis (Hardcover): Yael Hashiloni-dolev, Nadav... Bioethics and Biopolitics in Israel - Socio-legal, Political, and Empirical Analysis (Hardcover)
Yael Hashiloni-dolev, Nadav Davidovitch, Dani Filc MD
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Although the 'Israeli case' of bioethics has been well documented, this book offers a novel understanding of Israeli bioethics that is a milestone in the comparative literature of bioethics. Bringing together a range of experts, the book's interdisciplinary structure employs a contemporary, sociopolitical-oriented approach to bioethics issues, with an emphasis on empirical analysis, that will appeal not only to scholars of bioethics, but also to students of law, medicine, humanities, and social sciences around the world. Its focus on the development of bioethics in Israel makes it especially relevant to scholars of Israeli society - both in and out of Israel - as well as medical practitioners and health policymakers in Israel.

All Religion Is Inter-Religion - Engaging the Work of Steven M. Wasserstrom (Hardcover): Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Paul Robertson All Religion Is Inter-Religion - Engaging the Work of Steven M. Wasserstrom (Hardcover)
Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Paul Robertson
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All Religion Is Inter-Religion analyses the ways inter-religious relations have contributed both historically and philosophically to the constructions of the category of "religion" as a distinct subject of study. Regarded as contemporary classics, Steven M. Wasserstrom's Religion after Religion (1999) and Between Muslim and Jew (1995), provided a theoretical reorientation for the study of religion away from hierophanies and ultimacy, and toward lived history and deep pluralism. This book distills and systematizes this reorientation into "nine theses on the study of religion". Drawing on these theses, as well as Wasserstrom's opus more generally, a distinguished group of colleagues and former students demonstrate that religions can and must be understood through encounters in real time and space and through the complex relations they create and maintain between people, as well as between people and their pasts. The book also features an afterword by Wasserstrom himself, which poses nine riddles to students of religion based on his personal experiences working on religion at the turn of the 21st century.

Shadows in Winter - A Memoir of Loss and Love (Hardcover): Eitan P. Fishbane Shadows in Winter - A Memoir of Loss and Love (Hardcover)
Eitan P. Fishbane; Foreword by Leon R. Kass
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In late February 2007, Leah Fishbane's life was flourishing. A promising young graduate student in Jewish history, she was an adoring mother to her nearly four-year-old daughter and two months into a new pregnancy. In an instant, all this was gone: Leah was struck down suddenly with a previously undiagnosed brain tumor--her life ended, her family in despair. In this deeply evocative memoir, written during the dark time of the first year following Leah's death, her husband Eitan gives voice to the overwhelming nature of mourning, and to the uplifting power of memory. He tells the story of his efforts to be a good father to his grieving child and of his self-discovery as a parent in ways he had not known before. Along this path, Fishbane asks fundamental questions about the meaning of death and life, about the place of God and faith in the experience of tragedy, about what it means to live with loss. The result is a poetic testament that will resonate with anyone who has known the depths of grief, anyone who seeks to console a loved one in pain. In giving honest expression to emotions that are at once particular and universal, Shadows in Winter offers a luminous window of comfort and hope to those battling the devastation of loss.

Koren Talmud Bavli Noe Edition - Volume 34: Zevahim Part 2, Hebrew/English, B&w Edition (Hardcover): Adin Steinsaltz Koren Talmud Bavli Noe Edition - Volume 34: Zevahim Part 2, Hebrew/English, B&w Edition (Hardcover)
Adin Steinsaltz
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Saying Kaddish (Paperback, New edition): Anita Diamant Saying Kaddish (Paperback, New edition)
Anita Diamant
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Anita Diamant's knowledge, sensitivity, and clarity have made her one of the most respected writers of guides to Jewish life. In Saying Kaddish, she shows how to make Judaism's time-honored rituals into personal, meaningful sources of comfort. Diamant guides the reader through Jewish practices that attend the end of life, from the sickroom to the funeral to the week, month, and year that follow. There are chapters describing the traditional Jewish funeral and the customs of Shiva, the first week after death when mourners are comforted and cared for by community, friends, and family. She also explains the protected status of Jewish mourners, who are exempt from responsibilities of social, business, and religious life during Shloshim, the first thirty days. And she provides detailed instructions for the rituals of Yizkor and Yahrzeit, as well as chapters about caring for grieving children, mourning the death of a child, neonatal loss, suicide, and the death of non-Jewish loved ones.

The JPS Bible Commentary: Ruth (Hardcover, New): Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Tikva Frymer-Kensky The JPS Bible Commentary: Ruth (Hardcover, New)
Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Tikva Frymer-Kensky
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Thanks to these generous donors for making the publication of this book possible: Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Deutsch.

The latest in the JPS Bible Commentary series, 2011 National Jewish Book Award Winner, Barbara Dobkin Award in Women's Studies

The moving story of Ruth, with its themes of loyalty, loving kindness ("hesed"), and redemption, is one of the great narratives of the Bible.

Socially, the Israelites were aware of their responsibility to protect the weak and unprotected among them. Redemption secures the life of the people as a community, not just as individuals. In this story, Boaz fills the familial obligation to marry the widow of a deceased relative who never was able to father children, both to continue the family line and protect an otherwise vulnerable woman.

The authors provide a critical, line-by-line commentary of the biblical text, presented in its original Hebrew, complete with vocalization and cantillation marks, as well as the 1985 JPS English translation. The extensive introduction places the book within its historical, literary, and critical context, discusses contemporary interpretations of the story of Ruth, and examines its major motifs and themes, among them: family, marriage and levirate marriage in biblical and ancient Israel, redemption and inheritance, hesed, and the book's connection with the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

The Essenes, the Scrolls, and the Dead Sea (Paperback): Joan E. Taylor The Essenes, the Scrolls, and the Dead Sea (Paperback)
Joan E. Taylor
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Ever since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in caves near the site of Qumran in 1947, this mysterious cache of manuscripts has been associated with the Essenes, a 'sect' configured as marginal and isolated. Scholarly consensus has held that an Essene library was hidden ahead of the Roman advance in 68 CE, when Qumran was partly destroyed. With much doubt now expressed about aspects of this view, the Essenes, the Scrolls and the Dead Sea systematically reviews the surviving historical sources, and supports an understanding of the Essenes as an influential legal society, at the centre of Judaean religious life, held in much esteem by many and protected by the Herodian dynasty, thus appearing as 'Herodians' in the Gospels.
Opposed to the Hasmoneans, the Essenes combined sophisticated legal expertise and autonomy with an austere regimen of practical work, including a specialisation in medicine and pharmacology. Their presence along the north-western Dead Sea is strongly indicated by two independent sources, Dio Chrysostom and Pliny the Elder, and coheres with the archaeology. The Dead Sea Scrolls represent not an isolated library, quickly hidden, but burials of manuscripts from numerous Essene collections, placed in jars in caves for long-term preservation. The historical context of the Dead Sea area itself, and its extraordinary natural resources, as well as the archaeology of Qumran, confirm the Essenes' patronage by Herod, and indicate that they harnessed the medicinal material the Dead Sea zone provides to this day.

Christian Martyrdom and Political Violence - A Comparative Theology with Judaism and Islam (Hardcover): Ruben Rosario Rodriguez Christian Martyrdom and Political Violence - A Comparative Theology with Judaism and Islam (Hardcover)
Ruben Rosario Rodriguez
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In recent years, martyrdom and political violence have been conflated in the public imagination. Ruben Rosario Rodriguez argues that martyr narratives deserve consideration as resources for resisting political violence in contemporary theological reflection. Underlying the three Abrahamic monotheistic traditions is a shared belief that God requires liberation for the oppressed, justice for the victims and, most demanding of all, love for the political enemy. Christian, Jewish and Muslim martyr narratives that condone political violence - whether terrorist or state-sponsored - are examined alongside each religion's canon, in order to evaluate how central or marginalized these discourses are within their respective traditions. Primarily a work of Christian theology in conversation with Judaism and Islam, this book aims to model religious pluralism and cooperation by retrieving distinctly Christian sources that nurture tolerance and facilitate coexistence, while respecting religious difference.

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