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Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Non-Christian religions > Judaism > General

Amending the Past - Europe's Holocaust Commissions and the Right to History (Hardcover): Alexander Karn Amending the Past - Europe's Holocaust Commissions and the Right to History (Hardcover)
Alexander Karn
R1,800 Discovery Miles 18 000 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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.

Koren Aviv Weekday Siddur, Ashkenaz (Hardcover): Koren Publishers Koren Aviv Weekday Siddur, Ashkenaz (Hardcover)
Koren Publishers
R625 R523 Discovery Miles 5 230 Save R102 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Annotated and Illustrated Masekhet Yoma (Hardcover): Moshe Gross The Annotated and Illustrated Masekhet Yoma (Hardcover)
Moshe Gross; Illustrated by Hananel Turgeman
R420 R363 Discovery Miles 3 630 Save R57 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Antisemitism - What It Is. What It Isn't. Why It Matters (Paperback): Julia Neuberger Antisemitism - What It Is. What It Isn't. Why It Matters (Paperback)
Julia Neuberger 1
R215 R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Save R45 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Antisemitism has been on the rise in recent years, with violent attacks, increased verbal insults, and an acceptability in some circles of what would hitherto have been condemned as outrageous antisemitic discourse. Yet despite the dramatic increase in debate and discussion around antisemitism, many of us remain confused. In this urgent and timely book, Rabbi Julia Neuberger uses contemporary examples, along with historical context, to unpack what constitutes antisemitism, building a powerful argument for why it is so crucial that we come to a shared understanding now.

Creating Judaism - History, Tradition, Practice (Paperback): Michael L. Satlow Creating Judaism - History, Tradition, Practice (Paperback)
Michael L. Satlow
R831 R650 Discovery Miles 6 500 Save R181 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How can we define "Judaism," and what are the common threads uniting ancient rabbis, Maimonides, the authors of the Zohar, and modern secular Jews in Israel? Michael L. Satlow offers a fresh perspective on Judaism that recognizes both its similarities and its immense diversity. Presenting snapshots of Judaism from around the globe and throughout history, Satlow explores the links between vastly different communities and their Jewish traditions. He studies the geonim, rabbinical scholars who lived in Iraq from the ninth to twelfth centuries; the intellectual flourishing of Jews in medieval Spain; how the Hasidim of nineteenth-century Eastern Europe confronted modernity; and the post-World War II development of distinct American and Israeli Jewish identities. Satlow pays close attention to how communities define themselves, their relationship to biblical and rabbinic texts, and their ritual practices. His fascinating portraits reveal the amazingly creative ways Jews have adapted over time to social and political challenges and continue to remain a "Jewish family."

How Theology Shaped Twentieth-Century Philosophy (Hardcover): Frank B. Farrell How Theology Shaped Twentieth-Century Philosophy (Hardcover)
Frank B. Farrell
R2,021 R1,878 Discovery Miles 18 780 Save R143 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Medieval theology had an important influence on later philosophy which is visible in the empiricisms of Russell, Carnap, and Quine. Other thinkers, including McDowell, Kripke, and Dennett, show how we can overcome the distorting effects of that theological ecosystem on our accounts of the nature of reality and our relationship to it. In a different philosophical tradition, Hegel uses a secularized version of Christianity to argue for a kind of human knowledge that overcomes the influences of late-medieval voluntarism, and some twentieth-century thinkers, including Benjamin and Derrida, instead defend a Jewish-influenced notion of the religious sublime. Frank B. Farrell analyzes and connects philosophers of different eras and traditions to show that modern philosophy has developed its practices on a terrain marked out by earlier theological and religious ideas, and considers how different philosophers have both embraced, and tried to escape from, those deep-seated patterns of thought.

Magic and the Dignity of Man - Pico della Mirandola and His <i>Oration</i> in Modern Memory (Hardcover): Brian P. Copenhaver Magic and the Dignity of Man - Pico della Mirandola and His <i>Oration</i> in Modern Memory (Hardcover)
Brian P. Copenhaver
R1,278 R1,164 Discovery Miles 11 640 Save R114 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"This book is nothing less than the definitive study of a text long considered central to understanding the Renaissance and its place in Western culture." -James Hankins, Harvard University Pico della Mirandola died in 1494 at the age of thirty-one. During his brief and extraordinary life, he invented Christian Kabbalah in a book that was banned by the Catholic Church after he offered to debate his ideas on religion and philosophy with anyone who challenged him. Today he is best known for a short speech, the Oration on the Dignity of Man, written in 1486 but never delivered. Sometimes called a "Manifesto of the Renaissance," this text has been regarded as the foundation of humanism and a triumph of secular rationality over medieval mysticism. Brian Copenhaver upends our understanding of Pico's masterwork by re-examining this key document of modernity. An eminent historian of philosophy, Copenhaver shows that the Oration is not about human dignity. In fact, Pico never wrote an Oration on the Dignity of Man and never heard of that title. Instead he promoted ascetic mysticism, insisting that Christians need help from Jews to find the path to heaven-a journey whose final stages are magic and Kabbalah. Through a rigorous philological reading of this much-studied text, Copenhaver transforms the history of the idea of dignity and reveals how Pico came to be misunderstood over the course of five centuries. Magic and the Dignity of Man is a seismic shift in the study of one of the most remarkable thinkers of the Renaissance.

A Field Guide to the Jewish People - Who They Are, Where They Come From, What to Feed Them...and Much More. Maybe Too Much More... A Field Guide to the Jewish People - Who They Are, Where They Come From, What to Feed Them...and Much More. Maybe Too Much More (Hardcover)
Dave Barry, Adam Mansbach, Alan Zweibel 1
R616 R492 Discovery Miles 4 920 Save R124 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A Family Haggadah II (Paperback, Large type / large print edition): Shoshana Silberman A Family Haggadah II (Paperback, Large type / large print edition)
Shoshana Silberman
R198 R164 Discovery Miles 1 640 Save R34 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A Haggadah for families with preteen and older children, this title features updated commentary, and the full Birkat HaMazon (blessing after the meal), as well as full-color illustrations.

Deconstructing the Bible - Abraham ibn Ezra's Introduction to the Torah (Hardcover): Irene Lancaster Deconstructing the Bible - Abraham ibn Ezra's Introduction to the Torah (Hardcover)
Irene Lancaster
R3,082 Discovery Miles 30 820 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


This book represents the first attempt by a single author to place the great Spanish Jewish Hebrew bible exegete, philosopher, poet, astronomer, astrologer and scientist Abraham ibn Ezra (1089-1164) in his complete contextual environment. It charts his unusual travels and discusses changes and contradictions in his hermeneutic approach, analysing his vision of the future for the Jewish people in the Christian north of Europe rather than in Muslim Spain. It also examines his influence on subsequent Jewish thought, as well as his place in the wider hermeneutic debate. The book contains a new translation of ibn Ezra's Introduction to the Torah, written in Lucca, northern Italy, together with a full commentary. It will be of interest to a wide variety of scholars, ranging from philosophers and theologians to linguists and students of hermeneutics.

eBook available with sample pages: 0203221176

The Jewish Dietary Laws in the Ancient World (Hardcover): Jordan D. Rosenblum The Jewish Dietary Laws in the Ancient World (Hardcover)
Jordan D. Rosenblum
R2,147 R1,991 Discovery Miles 19 910 Save R156 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In The Jewish Dietary Laws in the Ancient World Jordan D. Rosenblum explores how cultures critique and defend their religious food practices. In particular he focuses on how ancient Jews defended the kosher laws, or kashrut, and how ancient Greeks, Romans, and early Christians critiqued these practices. As the kosher laws are first encountered in the Hebrew Bible, this study is rooted in ancient biblical interpretation. It explores how commentators in antiquity understood, applied, altered, innovated upon, and contemporized biblical dietary regulations. He shows that these differing interpretations do not exist within a vacuum; rather, they are informed by a variety of motives, including theological, moral, political, social, and financial considerations. In analyzing these ancient conversations about culture and cuisine, he dissects three rhetorical strategies deployed when justifying various interpretations of ancient Jewish dietary regulations: reason, revelation, and allegory. Finally, Rosenblum reflects upon wider, contemporary debates about food ethics.

Creating Lively Passover Seders - A Sourcebook of Engaging Tales, Texts & Activities (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): David... Creating Lively Passover Seders - A Sourcebook of Engaging Tales, Texts & Activities (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
David Arnow
R614 R496 Discovery Miles 4 960 Save R118 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A guide to help you invigorate your Seder, create lively discussions, and make personal connections with the Exodus story today.

For many people, the act of simply reading the Haggadah no longer fulfills the Passover Seder's purpose: to help you feel as if you personally had gone out of Egypt. Too often, the ritual meal has become predictable, boring, and uninspiring.

Creating Lively Passover Seders, Second Edition, is an innovative, interactive guide to help encourage fresh perspectives and lively dialogue. With three new chapters, this intriguing Haggadah companion has been revised, updated, and expanded, and offers thematic discussion topics, text study ideas, activities, and readings that come alive in the traditional group setting of the Passover Seder. Each activity and discussion idea aims to: Deepen your understanding of the HaggadahProvide new opportunities for engaging the themes of the Passover festivalDevelop familiarity with the Exodus story, as well as the life and times of the people who shaped the development of the Haggadah

Reliving the Exodus is not about remembering an event long ago, but about participating in a conversation that provides hope and strength for the struggle to make tomorrow a brighter day. With this complete resource, you can create more meaningful encounters with Jewish values, traditions, and texts that lead well beyond the Seder itself.

The Cambridge Companion to Apocalyptic Literature (Paperback): Colin McAllister The Cambridge Companion to Apocalyptic Literature (Paperback)
Colin McAllister
R754 Discovery Miles 7 540 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Jewish and Christian apocalypses have captivated theologians, writers, artists, and the general public for centuries, and have had a profound influence on world history from their initial production by persecuted Jews during the second century BCE, to the birth of Christianity - through the demise of the Western Roman Empire and the medieval period, and continuing into modernity. Far from being an outlier concern, or an academic one that may be relegated to the dustbin of history, apocalyptic thinking is ubiquitous and continues to inform nearly all aspects of modern-day life. It addresses universal human concerns: the search for identity and belonging, speculation about the future, and (for some) a blueprint that provides meaning and structure to a seemingly chaotic world. The Cambridge Companion to Apocalyptic Literature brings together a field of leading experts to provide a comprehensive overview of the subject.

The Talmud of Relationships, Volume 2 - The Jewish Community and Beyond (Paperback): Amy Scheinerman The Talmud of Relationships, Volume 2 - The Jewish Community and Beyond (Paperback)
Amy Scheinerman
R478 R391 Discovery Miles 3 910 Save R87 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

How can I lead others with authority and kindness? How can I strengthen my self-control? How can I balance work and family? How can I get along with difficult coworkers? How can I best relate to people in need? Enter the Talmudic study house with innovative teacher Rabbi Amy Scheinerman and continue the Jewish values-based conversations that began two thousand years ago. The Talmud of Relationships, Volume 2 shows how the ancient Jewish texts of Talmud can facilitate modern relationship building-with family members, colleagues, strangers, the broader Jewish community, and ourselves. Scheinerman devotes each chapter to a different Talmud text exploring relationships-and many of the selections are fresh, largely unknown passages. Overcoming the roadblocks of language and style that can keep even the curious from diving into Talmud, she walks readers through the logic of each passage, offering full textual translations and expanding on these richly complex conversations, so that each of us can weigh multiple perspectives and draw our own conclusions. Scheinerman provides grounding in why the selected passage matters, its historical background, a gripping narrative of the rabbis' evolving commentary, insightful anecdotes and questions for thought and discussion, and a cogent synopsis. Through this firsthand encounter with the core text of Judaism, readers of all levels-Jews and non-Jews, newcomers and veterans, students and teachers, individuals and chevruta partners and families alike-will discover the treasure of the oral Torah.

Writing and Rewriting the Story of Solomon in Ancient Israel (Hardcover): Isaac Kalimi Writing and Rewriting the Story of Solomon in Ancient Israel (Hardcover)
Isaac Kalimi
R2,432 R2,251 Discovery Miles 22 510 Save R181 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Solomon's image as a wise king and the founder of Jerusalem Temple has become a fixture of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic literature. Yet, there are essential differences between the portraits of Solomon that are presented in the Hebrew Bible. In this volume, Isaac Kalimi explores these differences, which reflect divergent historical contexts, theological and didactic concepts, stylistic and literary techniques, and compositional methods among the biblical historians. He highlights the uniqueness of each portrayal of Solomon - his character, birth, early life, ascension, and temple-building - through a close comparison of the early and late biblical historiographies. Whereas the authors of Samuel-Kings stay closely to their sources and offer an apology for Solomon's kingship, including its more questionable aspects, the Chronicler freely rewrites his sources in order to present the life of Solomon as he wished it to be. The volume will serve scholars and students seeking to understand biblical texts within their ancient Near Eastern contexts.

Paul Was Not a Christian - The Original Message of a Misunderstood Apostle (Paperback): Paul Eisenbaum Paul Was Not a Christian - The Original Message of a Misunderstood Apostle (Paperback)
Paul Eisenbaum
R397 R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Save R75 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The True Identity of the Bible's Most Divisive Apostle

Paul is not the founder of Christianity or a zealous convert from Judaism, as is often claimed. Nor did he contend that Jesus superseded the Torah. Paul, Eisenbaum persuasively argues, remained a devout Jew who believed Jesus would unite Jews and Gentiles and fulfill God's universal plan for humanity. Meticulously researched and far-reaching in its implications, this is a much-needed corrective to misconceptions held by Christians and Jews, liberals and conservatives, alike.

The Cambridge Companion to Apocalyptic Literature (Hardcover): Colin McAllister The Cambridge Companion to Apocalyptic Literature (Hardcover)
Colin McAllister
R2,323 Discovery Miles 23 230 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Jewish and Christian apocalypses have captivated theologians, writers, artists, and the general public for centuries, and have had a profound influence on world history from their initial production by persecuted Jews during the second century BCE, to the birth of Christianity - through the demise of the Western Roman Empire and the medieval period, and continuing into modernity. Far from being an outlier concern, or an academic one that may be relegated to the dustbin of history, apocalyptic thinking is ubiquitous and continues to inform nearly all aspects of modern-day life. It addresses universal human concerns: the search for identity and belonging, speculation about the future, and (for some) a blueprint that provides meaning and structure to a seemingly chaotic world. The Cambridge Companion to Apocalyptic Literature brings together a field of leading experts to provide a comprehensive overview of the subject.

The Jewish Philosophy Reader (Hardcover): Daniel H. Frank, Oliver Leaman, Charles H. Manekin The Jewish Philosophy Reader (Hardcover)
Daniel H. Frank, Oliver Leaman, Charles H. Manekin
R1,628 Discovery Miles 16 280 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


The Jewish Philosophy Reader is the first comprehensive anthology of classic writings on Jewish philosophy from the Bible to the present. Complementing the History of Jewish Philosophy, the Reader is divided into four parts:
* Foundations and First Principles
* Medieval and Renaissance Jewish Philosophy
* Modern Jewish Thought
* Contemporary Jewish philosophy

eBook available with sample pages: PB:0415168600

Josephus's The Jewish War - A Biography (Hardcover): Martin Goodman Josephus's The Jewish War - A Biography (Hardcover)
Martin Goodman
R572 R454 Discovery Miles 4 540 Save R118 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

An essential introduction to Josephus's momentous war narrative The Jewish War is Josephus's superbly evocative account of the Jewish revolt against Rome, which was crushed in 70 CE with the siege of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple. Martin Goodman describes the life of this book, from its composition in Greek for a Roman readership to the myriad ways it touched the lives of Jews and Christians over the span of two millennia. The scion of a priestly Jewish family, Josephus became a rebel general at the start of the war. Captured by the enemy general Vespasian, Josephus predicted correctly that Vespasian would be the future emperor of Rome and thus witnessed the final stages of the siege of Jerusalem from the safety of the Roman camp and wrote his history of these cataclysmic events from a comfortable exile in Rome. His history enjoyed enormous popularity among Christians, who saw it as a testimony to the world that gave rise to their faith and a record of the suffering of the Jews due to their rejection of Christ. Jews were hardly aware of the book until the Renaissance. In the nineteenth century, Josephus's history became an important source for recovering Jewish history, yet Jewish enthusiasm for his stories of heroism-such as the doomed defense of Masada-has been tempered by suspicion of a writer who betrayed his own people. Goodman provides a concise biography of one of the greatest war narratives ever written, explaining why Josephus's book continues to hold such fascination today.

A Hero of Jewish Freedom - A Modern Joseph's Journey from Hijacker to Rabbi (Paperback): Yosef Mendelevich A Hero of Jewish Freedom - A Modern Joseph's Journey from Hijacker to Rabbi (Paperback)
Yosef Mendelevich; Foreword by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis
R418 Discovery Miles 4 180 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Judaism and Islam in Practice - A Sourcebook (Paperback, New): Jonathan E. Brockopp, Jacob Neusner, Tamara Sonn Judaism and Islam in Practice - A Sourcebook (Paperback, New)
Jonathan E. Brockopp, Jacob Neusner, Tamara Sonn
R956 Discovery Miles 9 560 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


Judaism and Islam compare because they concur that God cares deeply not only about attitudes but actions, not only about what one says to God but how one conducts affairs at home and in the village.
In this sourcebook, the authors have selected key passages from the laws of Judaism and Islam which allow a close examination of their mode of expression and medium of thought as well as the substance of the laws themselves. The selected passages concentrate on areas critical to the life of piety and faith as actually practised within the two faith-communities - the relationship between the believer and God, between and among believers, at home in marriage, outside the home in the community and between the faithful and the infidels (for Islam) or idolaters (for Judaism).
Judaism and Islam in Practice presents an invaluable collection of sources of Jewish and Islamic law and provides a unique analysis of the similarities and contrasts between the two faiths.

Unlocking the Torah Text -- Devarim - An In-Depth Journey into the Weekly Parsha (Hardcover): Shmuel Goldin Unlocking the Torah Text -- Devarim - An In-Depth Journey into the Weekly Parsha (Hardcover)
Shmuel Goldin
R841 R562 Discovery Miles 5 620 Save R279 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book provides an in-depth journey into the Torah portion through a series of studies on each parsha. Each study opens with a brief summary of the narrative and then presents probing questions designed to strike to the core of the text. These questions are addressed through a review of traditional commentaries spanning the ages, combined with original approaches. Deep philosophical issues and perplexing textual questions are carefully examined and discussed in clear and incisive fashion. The actions and motivations of the patriarchs, matriarchs and other biblical figures are probed with an eye towards determining the lessons to be learned from the lives of these great personalities. Clear distinction is made between pshat (straightforward literal meaning) and Midrash (rabbinical exegesis) as both of these approaches to biblical text are carefully defined and applied. Finally, thought-provoking connections are raised between the eternal Torah narrative and critical issues of our time. Each study is thus constructed to encourage continued discussion and study of the Torah narrative. With the publication of this final volume, Devarim (Deuteronomy), the five-volume series is complete.

II Kings - In a Whirlwind (Hardcover): Alex Israel II Kings - In a Whirlwind (Hardcover)
Alex Israel
R647 R539 Discovery Miles 5 390 Save R108 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Miriam at the River (Paperback): Jane Yolen Miriam at the River (Paperback)
Jane Yolen
R193 R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Save R34 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Sage in Jewish Society of Late Antiquity (Hardcover): Richard Kalmin The Sage in Jewish Society of Late Antiquity (Hardcover)
Richard Kalmin
R2,581 Discovery Miles 25 810 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"The Sage in Jewish Society of Late Antiquity" explores the social position of rabbis in Palestinian (Roman) and Babylonian (Persian) society from the period of the fall of the Temple to late antiquity. Author Richard Kalmin argues that ancient rabbinic sources depict comparable differences between Palestinian and Babylonian rabbinic relationships with non-Rabbis." The Sage in Jewish Society of Late Antiquity" provides a cultured and stimulating analysis of the role of the sage in late antiquity and sheds new light on rabbinic comments on such diverse topics as biblical heroes and genealogy and lineage.

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