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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.

Chutzpah Imperative - Empowering Today's Jews for a Life That Matters (Hardcover): Rabbi Edward Feinstein Chutzpah Imperative - Empowering Today's Jews for a Life That Matters (Hardcover)
Rabbi Edward Feinstein; Foreword by Laura Geller
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Creates a new view of chutzpah as Jewish self-empowerment to be God's partner and repair the world and reveals Judaism's ancient message, its deepest purpose and most precious treasures.

Judaism assigns a uniquely important role to the human being, the role of partner with God in creating a world of oneness. This theme, the singular message of Judaism, runs throughout the Jewish tradition, but it has been largely lost to our modern day's leaning toward Jewish ethnic identity and culture.

In this clarion call for a new way to "do Judaism," award-winning spiritual leader Rabbi Edward Feinstein urges us to recover this message of Jewish self-empowerment or chutzpah to reshape the world. Feinstein begins with the early chapters of Genesis. He then describes how the idea was encoded into the Jewish national narrative through biblical law, and how the Rabbis of Talmud embraced that conviction as the center of Judaism, demonstrating the Rabbis' sense of their own self-empowerment to reshape their religious tradition in response to the destruction of the Temple. Turning to the mystics of medieval Spain and the European Hasidic tradition, Feinstein shows how chutzpah found its expression in the traditions of Kabbalah. Finally, he explores the theme of empowerment in modernity, as the centerpiece of Zionism and post-Holocaust thought. Inspiring Jews of all denominations, Feinstein presents a bold reminder of the Jewish responsibility to repair the world and a new way to conceive of Jewish community life, Jewish education, prayer and religious activism."

Purim is Coming! (Hardcover): Tracy Newman Purim is Coming! (Hardcover)
Tracy Newman
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Wondrous Wisdom - Everyones Guide to the Study of Authentic Kabbalah (Paperback): Michael R. Kellogg Wondrous Wisdom - Everyones Guide to the Study of Authentic Kabbalah (Paperback)
Michael R. Kellogg
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To Take Place - Toward Theory in Ritual (Paperback, New edition): Jonathan Z. Smith To Take Place - Toward Theory in Ritual (Paperback, New edition)
Jonathan Z. Smith
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In this broad-ranging inquiry into ritual and its relation to place, Jonathan Z. Smith prepares the way for a new approach to the comparative study of religion.
Smith stresses the importance of place--in particular, constructed ritual environments--to a proper understanding of the ways in which "empty" actions become rituals. He structures his argument around the territories of the Tjilpa aborigines in Australia and two sites in Jerusalem--the temple envisioned by Ezekiel and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The first of these locales--the focus of one of the more important contemporary theories of religious ritual--allows Smith to raise questions concerning the enterprise of comparison. His close examination of Eliade's influential interpretation of the Tjilpa tradition leads to a powerful critique of the approach to religion, myth, and ritual that begins with cosmology and the category of "The Sacred."
In substance and in method, "To Take Place" represents a significant advance toward a theory of ritual. It is of great value not only to historians of religion and students of ritual, but to all, whether social scientists or humanists, who are concerned with the nature of place.
"This book is extraordinarily stimulating in prompting one to think about the ways in which space, or place, is perceived, marked, and utilized religiously. . . . A provocative example of the application of humanistic geography to our understanding of what "takes place" in religion."--Dale Goldsmith," Interpretation
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Ruth - From Alienation to Monarchy (Hardcover): Yael Ziegler Ruth - From Alienation to Monarchy (Hardcover)
Yael Ziegler
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The Synagogues of Britain and Ireland - An Architectural and Social History (Hardcover): Sharman Kadish The Synagogues of Britain and Ireland - An Architectural and Social History (Hardcover)
Sharman Kadish
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The religious buildings of the Jewish community in Britain have never been explored in print. Lavishly illustrated with previously unpublished images and photographs taken specially by English Heritage, this book traces the architecture of the synagogue in Britain and Ireland from its discreet Georgian- and Regency-era beginnings to the golden age of the grand "cathedral synagogues" of the High Victorian period. Sharman Kadish sheds light on obscure and sometimes underappreciated architects who designed synagogues for all types of worshipers--from Orthodox and Reform congregations to Yiddish-speaking immigrants in the 1900s. She examines the relationship between architectural style and minority identity in British society and looks at design issues in the contemporary synagogue.

The Stakes of History - On the Use and Abuse of Jewish History for Life (Hardcover): David N. Myers The Stakes of History - On the Use and Abuse of Jewish History for Life (Hardcover)
David N. Myers
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A leading scholar of Jewish history's bracing and challenging case for the role of the historian today Why do we study history? What is the role of the historian in the contemporary world? These questions prompted David N. Myers's illuminating and poignant call for the relevance of historical research and writing. His inquiry identifies a number of key themes around which modern Jewish historians have wrapped their labors: liberation, consolation, and witnessing. Through these portraits, Myers revisits the chasm between history and memory, revealing the middle space occupied by modern Jewish historians as they work between the poles of empathic storytelling and the critical sifting of sources. History, properly applied, can both destroy ideologically rooted myths that breed group hatred and create new memories that are sustaining of life. Alive in these investigations is Myers's belief that the historian today can and should attend to questions of political and moral urgency. Historical knowledge is not a luxury to society but an essential requirement for informed civic engagement, as well as a vital tool in policy making, conflict resolution, and restorative justice.

The Book of Separation - A Memoir (Hardcover): Tova Mirvis The Book of Separation - A Memoir (Hardcover)
Tova Mirvis
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Yom Kippur Mahzor, Sacks (Hardcover, North American ed): Jonathan Sacks Yom Kippur Mahzor, Sacks (Hardcover, North American ed)
Jonathan Sacks
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The Koren Sacks Yom Kippur Mahzor, is a new Hebrew/English prayer book with translation and commentary by Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. It is a companion to the Koren Sacks Rosh Hashana Mahzor, and one volume among a growing body of work produced by the celebrated Koren Publishers-Chief Rabbi Sacks partnership. The Koren Sacks Yom Kippur Mahzor marries the sophisticated graphic approach for which Koren Publishers Jerusalem is renowned with the insight and eloquence of Chief Rabbi Sacks. The Koren Sacks Yom Kippur Mahzor brings out the inner meaning of the Yom Kippur prayers by aligning the Hebrew and English texts, highlighting key words, distinguishing poetry from prose, and using beautiful fonts designed by master typographer Eliyahu Koren. Chief Rabbi Sacks' translation brings readers closer to the authentic meaning of the Hebrew text, while his introduction and commentary provide new ways of understanding and experiencing the Yom Kippur service.

Koren Talmud Bavli, v. 12 - Ta'anit, Megilla English, Daf Yomi (Hardcover): Koren Talmud Bavli, v. 12 - Ta'anit, Megilla English, Daf Yomi (Hardcover)
R706 R558 Discovery Miles 5 580 Save R148 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Honey from the Rock - Sixteen Jews Find the Sweetness of Christ (Paperback): Roy H Schoeman Honey from the Rock - Sixteen Jews Find the Sweetness of Christ (Paperback)
Roy H Schoeman
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Schoeman, a Jewish convert to Catholicism, and best-selling author of Salvation Is From The Jews, once again shows the clear links between Judaism and Catholicism in these inspiring stories of sixteen Jews who became "fulfilled Jews," as Schoeman says, through their spritual journeys to the Catholic Church. Using the rich image in Psalm 81 for the book's title, the author shows how God gave the Jews at Meribah refreshing water from the rock struck by Moses, but He promised ever so much more when they turn their whole hearts to Him - he will give them honey, sweetness itself, from the rock . The sweetness of Christ.

Marcel Marceau - Master of Mime (Paperback): Gloria Speilman Marcel Marceau - Master of Mime (Paperback)
Gloria Speilman
R145 R118 Discovery Miles 1 180 Save R27 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

From the age of five, Marcel Marceau knew he wanted to be a silent actor, just like Charlie Chaplain. When World War II intervened, he joined the resistance, helping to get young Jews to safety during this dangerous time. But Marcel never forgot his dream of being a mime artist and entertaining the world.

Weekday Koren Sacks Siddur (Paperback, Hebrew/English ed.): Jonathan Sacks Weekday Koren Sacks Siddur (Paperback, Hebrew/English ed.)
Jonathan Sacks
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Inside Intermarriage - A Christian Partner's Journey Raising a Jewish Family (Paperback): Jim Keen Inside Intermarriage - A Christian Partner's Journey Raising a Jewish Family (Paperback)
Jim Keen
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Jewish Justice - The Contested Limits of Nature, Law, and Covenant (Hardcover): David Novak Jewish Justice - The Contested Limits of Nature, Law, and Covenant (Hardcover)
David Novak
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In Jewish Justice David Novak explores the continuing role of Judaism for crafting ethics, politics, and theology. Drawing on sources as diverse as the Bible, the Talmud, and ancient, medieval, and modern philosophy, Novak asserts Judaism's integral place incommunaldiscourse of the public square. According to Novak, biblical revelation has universal implicationsathat it is ultimately God's law to humanity because humans made in God's image are capable of making intelligent moral choices. The universality of this claim, however,stands in tension with the particularities of Jewish monotheism (one God, one people, one law). Novak'schallenge isforJudaism to capitalize on the way God's law transcends particularity without destroying difference. Thus it is as Jews that Jews arecalledto join communitiesacross the faithful denominations, as well assecular ones,to engage in debates about the common good. Jewish Justice follows a logical progression from grounded ethical quandaries to larger philosophicaldebates.Novak begins by considering the practical issues of capital punishment, mutilation and torture, corporate crime, the landed status of communities and nations, civil marriage,and religious marriage. He next moves to a consideration of theoretical concerns: God's universal justice, the universal aim of particular Jewish ethics, human rights andthe image of God, the relation of post-Enlightenment social contract theory to the recently enfranchised Jewish community, andthe voicesof Jewish citizens in secular politics andthe public sphere. Novak also explores the intersection of universality and particularity by examining the practice ofinterfaith dialogue among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

Koren Talmud Bavli, v. 33 - Zevahim Part 1, English (Hardcover, Noy ed): Adin Steinsaltz Koren Talmud Bavli, v. 33 - Zevahim Part 1, English (Hardcover, Noy ed)
Adin Steinsaltz
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A Family Haggadah (Paperback, Revised ed.): Shoshana Silberman A Family Haggadah (Paperback, Revised ed.)
Shoshana Silberman
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With just the right blend of text and commentary, the popular "A Family Haggadah," with updated text and new full-color art, is the haggadah of choice for families with young children to use at their seders. Hebrew prayers and songs include English translation and transliteration.

Hamafteach (Hardcover): Daniel Retter Hamafteach (Hardcover)
Daniel Retter
R667 R541 Discovery Miles 5 410 Save R126 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Amending the Past - Europe's Holocaust Commissions and the Right to History (Paperback): Alexander Karn Amending the Past - Europe's Holocaust Commissions and the Right to History (Paperback)
Alexander Karn
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During the 1990s and early 2000s in Europe, more than fifty historical commissions were created to confront, discuss, and document the genocide of the Holocaust and to address some of its unresolved injustices. Amending the Past offers the first in-depth account of these commissions, examining the complexities of reckoning with past atrocities and large-scale human rights violations. Alexander Karn analyzes more than a dozen Holocaust commissions-in Germany, Switzerland, France, Poland, Austria, Latvia, Lithuania, and elsewhere-in a comparative framework, situating each in the context of past and present politics, to evaluate their potential for promoting justice and their capacity for bringing the perspectives of rival groups more closely together. Karn also evaluates the media coverage these commissions received and probes their public reception from multiple angles. Arguing that historical commissions have been underused as a tool for conflict management, Karn develops a program for historical mediation and moral reparation that can deepen democratic commitment and strengthen human rights in both transitional regimes and existing liberal states.

With All Your Possessions (Hardcover, Kupietzky ed.): Meir Tamari With All Your Possessions (Hardcover, Kupietzky ed.)
Meir Tamari
R540 R437 Discovery Miles 4 370 Save R103 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In face of the age-old slander against Jewish business ethics, noted economist and rabbinic scholar Meir Tamari puts forth a rigorous defense of Jewish economy as a highly ethical system combining free-market practices with social welfare, competition with compassion. From the biblical story of Ruth to modern taxation responsa, With All Your Possessions demonstrates how the Jew's economic life, attitude toward material assets, and mercantile conduct all reflect strict ethical principles. Detailing the history, laws, and customs of Jewish economic activity, Tamari presents an overview of the world's oldest system of economics still in use and the uncompromising moral code that underlies it.

Legacy of an Impassioned Plea - Franklin H. Littell's the Crucifixion of the Jews (Paperback): David Patterson Legacy of an Impassioned Plea - Franklin H. Littell's the Crucifixion of the Jews (Paperback)
David Patterson
R539 R483 Discovery Miles 4 830 Save R56 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The The Cambridge History of Judaism The Cambridge History of Judaism, Volume 6 - The Middle Ages: The Christian World... The The Cambridge History of Judaism The Cambridge History of Judaism, Volume 6 - The Middle Ages: The Christian World (Hardcover)
Robert Chazan
R3,777 Discovery Miles 37 770 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Volume 6 examines the history of Judaism during the second half of the Middle Ages. Through the first half of the Middle Ages, the Jewish communities of western Christendom lagged well behind those of eastern Christendom and the even more impressive Jewries of the Islamic world. As Western Christendom began its remarkable surge forward in the eleventh century, this progress had an impact on the Jewish minority as well. The older Jewries of southern Europe grew and became more productive in every sense. Even more strikingly, a new set of Jewries were created across northern Europe, when this undeveloped area was strengthened demographically, economically, militarily, and culturally. From the smallest and weakest of the world's Jewish centers in the year 1000, the Jewish communities of western Christendom emerged - despite considerable obstacles - as the world's dominant Jewish center by the end of the Middle Ages. This demographic, economic, cultural, and spiritual dominance was maintained down into modernity.

Inheriting Abraham - The Legacy of the Patriarch in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Paperback): Jon D. Levenson Inheriting Abraham - The Legacy of the Patriarch in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Paperback)
Jon D. Levenson
R352 R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Save R67 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Jews, Christians, and Muslims supposedly share a common religious heritage in the patriarch Abraham, and the idea that he should serve only as a source of unity among the three traditions has become widespread in both scholarly and popular circles. But in "Inheriting Abraham," Jon Levenson reveals how the increasingly conventional notion of the three equally "Abrahamic" religions derives from a dangerous misunderstanding of key biblical and Qur'anic texts, fails to do full justice to any of the traditions, and is often biased against Judaism in subtle and pernicious ways.

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