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Books > Religion & Spirituality > Non-Christian religions > Judaism > General

The Jews of Moscow, Kiev, and Minsk - Identity, Antisemitism, Emigration (Paperback): Robert J. Brym, Rozalina Ryvkina The Jews of Moscow, Kiev, and Minsk - Identity, Antisemitism, Emigration (Paperback)
Robert J. Brym, Rozalina Ryvkina
R700 Discovery Miles 7 000 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Jews of the former Soviet Union have always been the subject of intense controversy. In the past 25 years, however, they have become more puzzling. How many of them are there? How strongly so they identify themselves as Jews? How do they perceive antisemetism in their countries? Will they leave, where will they go? Theses ate among the questions that have enlivened the discussions of Jews in republics known as the Commonwealth of Independent States. they have sparked debate because they have deep policy implications for Russia, Israel, the United States, and other countries. They are the questions which this book seeks to examine. Too little fact has informed this debate, and even less theory. Until very recently, surveys of the actual intentions, perceptions, motivations, and fears of Jews in the region were out of the question. This is now beginning to change. Here is the first book based on an on site survey of a representative sample of Jews in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). In addition to providing data in the Jews of Moscow, Kiev, and Minsk- who collectively account for 28% of all Jews residing in the three Slavic republics of the CIS- the author places the survey results in their social and historical context. He explains why ethnic distinctiveness persisted and even became accentuated in the Soviet era and also describes the position of Jews in Soviet and post-Soviet society and some of the dilemmas they face. This book will be crucial reading for anyone interested not only in the general situation of the Jews of the former Soviet Union but also in their perceptions, worldviews, and plans for the future.

The State of Israel in Jewish Public Thought - The Quest for Collective Identity (Hardcover): Yosef Gorny The State of Israel in Jewish Public Thought - The Quest for Collective Identity (Hardcover)
Yosef Gorny
R2,147 Discovery Miles 21 470 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

During the past two generations, Jewish public thought and discourse has differed dramatically from that of the era between the Emancipation and the Second World War. The chasm of the Holocaust and the watershed establishment of a Jewish state has radically changed the Jewish intellectual landscape. With their two largest concentrations in Israel and the United States, the Jews are no longer a European nation. Above all, the Jews, for the first time since they went into exile, have become free individuals, with the right to choose between the land of their birth and their ancestral homeland in Israel.

Are the Jews then a religious community dispersed among other nations? A community of equal citizens of various countries with their own cultural and historical identity? Or are the Jewish people a nation with its own homeland? However one answers this question, the political, socio-economic and cultural ramifications are enormous. Moreover, since world Jewry is now crisscrossed by divisions between religious and secular Jews, between groups of different cultural backgrounds, and between those living in a sovereign Jewish state and those who are citizens of other countries, it is the link between Israel and the Diaspora which confers a collective identity on this multiform entity. Yosef Gorny's central theme is Jewish public thought concerning the identity and essence of the Jewish people from the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel up to the present day. Chapters address such topics as The Zionist Movement in Search of a National Role, The Zionist Movement in Quest of its Ideological Essence, The Intellectuals in Search of a Jewish Identity, The Diminishing Status of Israel as a Jewish State, Revolutionary RadicalismThe Left-Wing Jewish Student Movement, 1967-1973, Neo-Conservative Radicalism, The Alternative Zionism of Gush-Emunim, The Conservative Liberalism, and In Defense of Perpetual Zionist Revolt. Reflecting the collective thinking of Jewish intellectuals, this is a volume of interest to anyone concerned with issues of Jewish identity.

Letters and Homilies for Jewish Christians - A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Hebrews, James and Jude (Paperback): Ben... Letters and Homilies for Jewish Christians - A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Hebrews, James and Jude (Paperback)
Ben Witherington III
R911 R824 Discovery Miles 8 240 Save R87 (10%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Genius & Anxiety - How Jews Changed the World, 1847-1947 (Paperback): Norman Lebrecht Genius & Anxiety - How Jews Changed the World, 1847-1947 (Paperback)
Norman Lebrecht
R474 R402 Discovery Miles 4 020 Save R72 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Perspectives on Jewish Though (Hardcover): Ivry Perspectives on Jewish Though (Hardcover)
Ivry
R1,754 Discovery Miles 17 540 Out of stock

This superb collection of writings comes as a tribute to one of the leading scholars of Judaic Studies in our century, Alexander Altmann, and to the Institute of Jewish Studies, which he founded. His former students and colleagues present essays which touch upon the many areas of Professor Altmann's interests. The studies range from early rabbinic mystical texts to contemporary theological investigations. The majority of the articles explore leading figures and issues in medieval and early modern Jewish philosophy and mysticism.
Among the important persons whose writings are examined are Maimonides, Gersonides, Abraham Abulafia, Mendelssohn, Leo Strauss, and Altmann himself. The contributors to this volume are at the forefront of contemporary scholarship in the field.

Qumran in and around the Bible - A new perspective on the Dead Sea Scrolls (Paperback, Reissue): Joan Annandale-Potgieter Qumran in and around the Bible - A new perspective on the Dead Sea Scrolls (Paperback, Reissue)
Joan Annandale-Potgieter
R145 R129 Discovery Miles 1 290 Save R16 (11%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

In this publication new light is shed on the Qumran community, its organisational structure, its ultra conservative way of life, and how its leaders interpreted the books of the Old Testament by compiling their own commentaries. Emphasis is also placed on facilitating an understanding of references in the Gospels whilst providing an insight into a community that existed parallel to the New Testament community, and to which some of Jesus' followers could have belonged.

Qumran in en om die Bybel - 'n Nuwe blik op die Dooieseerolle (Paperback, Reissue): Joan Annandale-Potgieter Qumran in en om die Bybel - 'n Nuwe blik op die Dooieseerolle (Paperback, Reissue)
Joan Annandale-Potgieter
R145 R129 Discovery Miles 1 290 Save R16 (11%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

In hierdie publikasie word nuwe lig gewerp op die Qumran-gemeenskap, die struktuur waarin hulle georganiseer was en hul ultrakonserwatiewe leefwyse. Die wyse waarop hul leiers die boeke van die Ou Testament geinterpreteer het, blyk uit die kommentare wat hulle geskryf het. Hierdie publikasie help die leser om verwysings in die evangelies beter te begryp en bied insig in 'n gemeenskap wat in dieselfde tyd as die Nuwe-Testamentiese gemeenskap geleef het en waaraan sommige van Jesus se volgelinge moontlik behoort het.

The Virgin of Guadalupe and the Conversos - Uncovering Hidden Influences from Spain to Mexico (Paperback): Marie Theresa... The Virgin of Guadalupe and the Conversos - Uncovering Hidden Influences from Spain to Mexico (Paperback)
Marie Theresa Hernandez
R760 Discovery Miles 7 600 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Hidden lives, hidden history, and hidden manuscripts. In The Virgin of Guadalupe and the Conversos, Marie-Theresa Hernandez unmasks the secret lives of conversos and judaizantes and their likely influence on the Catholic Church in the New World. The terms converso and juidaizante are often used for descendants of Spanish Jews (the Sephardi, or Sefarditas as they are sometimes called), who converted under duress to Christianity in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. There are few, if any, archival documents that prove the existence of judaizantes after the Spanish expulsion of the Jews in 1492 and the Portuguese expulsion in 1497, as it is unlikely that a secret Jew in sixteenth-century Spain would have documented his allegiance to the Law of Moses, thereby providing evidence for the Inquisition. On a Da Vinci Code-style quest, Hernandez persisted in hunting for a trove of forgotten manuscripts at the New York Public Library. These documents, once unearthed, describe the Jewish/Christian religious beliefs of an early nineteenth-century Catholic priest in Mexico City, focusing on the relationship between the Virgin of Guadalupe and Judaism. With this discovery in hand, the author traces the cult of Guadalupe backwards to its fourteenth-century Spanish origins. The trail from that point forward can then be followed to its interface with early modern conversos and their descendants at the highest levels of the Church and the monarchy in Spain and Colonial Mexico. She describes key players who were somehow immune to the dangers of the Inquisition and who were allowed the freedom to display, albeit in a camouflaged manner, vestiges of their family's Jewish identity. By exploring the narratives produced by these individuals, Hernandez reveals the existence of those conversos and judaizantes who did not return to the "covenantal bond of rabbinic law," who did not publicly identify themselves as Jews, and who continued to exhibit in their influential writings a covert allegiance and longing for a Jewish past. This is a spellbinding and controversial story that offers a fresh perspective on the origins and history of conversos."

The Blessing and the Curse - The Jewish People and Their Books in the Twentieth Century (Hardcover): Adam Kirsch The Blessing and the Curse - The Jewish People and Their Books in the Twentieth Century (Hardcover)
Adam Kirsch
R668 R544 Discovery Miles 5 440 Save R124 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Following The People and the Books, which "covers more than 2,500 years of highly variegated Jewish cultural expression" (Robert Alter, New York Times Book Review), poet and literary critic Adam Kirsch now turns to the story of modern Jewish literature. From the vast emigration of Jews out of Eastern Europe to the Holocaust to the creation of Israel, the twentieth century transformed Jewish life. The same was true of Jewish writing: the novels, plays, poems, and memoirs of Jewish writers provided intimate access to new worlds of experience. Kirsch surveys four themes that shaped the twentieth century in Jewish literature and culture: Europe, America, Israel, and the endeavor to reimagine Judaism as a modern faith. With discussions of major books by over thirty writers-ranging from Franz Kafka to Philip Roth, Elie Wiesel to Tony Kushner, Hannah Arendt to Judith Plaskow-he argues that literature offers a new way to think about what it means to be Jewish in the modern world. With a wide scope and diverse, original observations, Kirsch draws fascinating parallels between familiar writers and their less familiar counterparts. While everyone knows the diary of Anne Frank, for example, few outside of Israel have read the diary of Hannah Senesh. Kirsch sheds new light on the literature of the Holocaust through the work of Primo Levi, explores the emergence of America as a Jewish home through the stories of Bernard Malamud, and shows how Yehuda Amichai captured the paradoxes of Israeli identity. An insightful and engaging work from "one of America's finest literary critics" (Wall Street Journal), The Blessing and the Curse brings the Jewish experience vividly to life.

A Rabbi Looks at Jesus of Nazareth (Paperback): Jonathan Bernis A Rabbi Looks at Jesus of Nazareth (Paperback)
Jonathan Bernis
R413 Discovery Miles 4 130 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Raised in a traditional Jewish family, international television host Jonathan Bernis was taught from a young age that "Jews don't--and can't --believe in Jesus." Yet in his study of the Bible, including the Torah, he found overwhelming evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really was the Jewish Messiah.
With warmth and transparency, Bernis talks about discovering Jesus in history, too, and how it was that the Jewish Yeshua became the Gentile Jesus. By presenting historic evidence that Jesus is Messiah and refuting common Jewish objections, Bernis gives Christians the knowledge and tools they need to share their Lord with their Jewish friends in a loving, effective way.

Family, Faith and Love - Beyond Immigration (Paperback): Elizabeth McClure Family, Faith and Love - Beyond Immigration (Paperback)
Elizabeth McClure; Ralph Bartel; Edited by Alan G Bartel
R512 Discovery Miles 5 120 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
King of the Jews - The Greatest Mob Story Never Told (Paperback): Nick Tosches King of the Jews - The Greatest Mob Story Never Told (Paperback)
Nick Tosches
R372 R352 Discovery Miles 3 520 Save R20 (5%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Flamboyant mobster Arnold Rothstein was gambling and money. He was the inspiration for Meyer Wolfsheim in "The Great Gatsby" and Nathan Detroit in "Guys and Dolls." It was rumored he masterminded the 1919 World Series fix. He was Mr. Broadway, a king of corruption holding court from his private booth at Lindy's Restaurant.

In this lively, sprawling biography, the inimitable Nick Tosches -- "one of the greatest living American writers" ("Dallas Observer") -- examines the myth and extraordinary legacy of Arnold Rothstein. It is an elegy to old New York that places an iconic, larger-than-life criminal kingpin firmly at the center of nothing less than the history of the entire Western world.

Philosophy in the Islamic World - A history of philosophy without any gaps, Volume 3 (Paperback): Peter Adamson Philosophy in the Islamic World - A history of philosophy without any gaps, Volume 3 (Paperback)
Peter Adamson
R326 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R44 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The latest in the series based on the popular History of Philosophy podcast, this volume presents the first full history of philosophy in the Islamic world for a broad readership. It takes an approach unprecedented among introductions to this subject, by providing full coverage of Jewish and Christian thinkers as well as Muslims, and by taking the story of philosophy from its beginnings in the world of early Islam all the way through to the twentieth century. Major figures like Avicenna, Averroes, and Maimonides are covered in great detail, but the book also looks at less familiar thinkers, including women philosophers. Attention is also given to the philosophical relevance of Islamic theology (kalam) and mysticism-the Sufi tradition within Islam, and Kabbalah among Jews-and to science, with chapters on disciplines like optics and astronomy. The book is divided into three sections, with the first looking at the first blossoming of Islamic theology and responses to the Greek philosophical tradition in the world of Arabic learning. This 'formative period' culminates with the work of Avicenna, the pivotal figure to whom most later thinkers feel they must respond. The second part of the book discusses philosophy in Muslim Spain (Andalusia), where Jewish philosophers come to the fore, though this is also the setting for such thinkers as Averroes and Ibn Arabi. Finally, a third section looks in unusual detail at later developments, touching on philosophy in the Ottoman, Mughal, and Safavid empires and showing how thinkers in the nineteenth to the twentieth century were still concerned to respond to the ideas that had animated philosophy in the Islamic world for centuries, while also responding to political and intellectual challenges from the European colonial powers.

The Guide of the Perplexed (Paperback, Abridged edition): Moses Maimonides The Guide of the Perplexed (Paperback, Abridged edition)
Moses Maimonides; Translated by Chaim Rabin; Abridged by Julius Guttmann; Daniel H. Frank
R386 R347 Discovery Miles 3 470 Save R39 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This superb abridgement and annotated translation of Maimonides' monumental work includes discussions of divine language, the scope and limits of human knowledge, cosmological doctrines concerning the creation or eternity of the world, prophecy and providence, the nature and purpose of divine law, and moral and political philosophy.

Women and Water - Menstruation in Jewish Life and Law (Paperback): Rahel Wasserfall Women and Water - Menstruation in Jewish Life and Law (Paperback)
Rahel Wasserfall
R723 Discovery Miles 7 230 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The term Niddah means separation. During her menstrual flow and for several days thereafter, a Jewish woman is considered Niddah -- separate from her husband and unable to practice the sacred rituals of Judaism. Purification in a miqveh (a ritual bath) following her period restores full status as a wife and member of the Jewish community. In the contemporary world, debates about Niddah focus less on the literal exclusion of menstruating women from the synagogue, instead emphasizing relations between husband and wife and the general role of Jewish women in Judaism.
Although this has been the law since ancient times, the meaning and practice of Niddah has been widely contested. Women and Water explores how these purity rituals have affected Jewish women across time and place, and shows how their own interpretation of Niddah often conflicted with rabbinic views. These essays also speak to contemporary feminist issues such as shaping women's identity, power relations between women and men, and the role of women in the sacred.

The Dead Sea Scrolls - The Untold Story (Paperback): Kenneth O. Hanson The Dead Sea Scrolls - The Untold Story (Paperback)
Kenneth O. Hanson
R362 R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 Save R63 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Hebrew scholar Dr. Kenneth Hanson tells the of enthralling story the Dead Sea Scrolls for the first time. Hanson describes the astounding discovery itself, the half-century of intrigue that followed and the mysterious sect which wrote, preserved and died defending these treasured works, which for them and countless others contained the word of God.

God, Man, and the World - Lectures and Essays of Franz Rosenzweig (Paperback, 1st ed): Barbara Galli God, Man, and the World - Lectures and Essays of Franz Rosenzweig (Paperback, 1st ed)
Barbara Galli
R482 Discovery Miles 4 820 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Based on the author's lectures at the Judisches Freies Lehrhaus, these essays include notes for a group of lectures of 1920, Faith and Knowledge, followed by a three-part lecture series of 1922, The Science of God, The Science of Man, and The Science of World.

To Know Torah - The Book of Genesis - To Understand the Weekly Parasha. Modern Reading in the Peshat of the Torah and its Ideas... To Know Torah - The Book of Genesis - To Understand the Weekly Parasha. Modern Reading in the Peshat of the Torah and its Ideas (Paperback)
Ephraim Chamiel
R313 Discovery Miles 3 130 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
To Know Torah - The Book of Exodus - To Understand the Weekly Parasha Modern Reading in the Peshat of the Torah and Its Ideas... To Know Torah - The Book of Exodus - To Understand the Weekly Parasha Modern Reading in the Peshat of the Torah and Its Ideas (Paperback)
Ephraim Chamiel
R304 Discovery Miles 3 040 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
To Know Torah - The Book of Leviticus - To Understand the Weekly Parasha Modern Reading in the Peshat of the Torah and Its... To Know Torah - The Book of Leviticus - To Understand the Weekly Parasha Modern Reading in the Peshat of the Torah and Its Ideas (Paperback)
Ephraim Chamiel
R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
To Know Torah - The Book of Numbers - To Understand the Weekly Parasha. Modern Reading in the Peshat of the Torah and Its Ideas... To Know Torah - The Book of Numbers - To Understand the Weekly Parasha. Modern Reading in the Peshat of the Torah and Its Ideas (Paperback)
Ephraim Chamiel
R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
To Know Torah - The Book of Deuteronomy - To Understand the Weekly Parasha. Modern Reading in the Peshat of the Torah and Its... To Know Torah - The Book of Deuteronomy - To Understand the Weekly Parasha. Modern Reading in the Peshat of the Torah and Its Ideas (Paperback)
Ephraim Chamiel
R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Nations That Know Thee Not - Ancient Jewish Attitudes Toward Other Religions (Hardcover, New): Robert Goldenberg The Nations That Know Thee Not - Ancient Jewish Attitudes Toward Other Religions (Hardcover, New)
Robert Goldenberg
R2,139 Discovery Miles 21 390 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Bible is harshly opposed to participation by Israelites in the worship of other nations' gods. Was this strict command to the nation of Israel not to worship other deities extended to other nations? Or was it legitimate and acceptable for other nations to worship their own gods just as Israel worshipped the God of the Covenant?

In The Nations That Know Thee Not, Robert Goldenberg takes a historical look at attitudes towards foreign religions that are found in Israel's scriptures and in post-Biblical Judaism, and he traces an ambivalent attitude toward foreign religions as it developed through the history of Judaism. How did Jewish outlooks on gentile religions vary so much over time? As Jewish acceptance of paganism grew under rabbinic leadership, did Christianity become heir to other, harsher biblical attitudes toward other religions?

Systematically covering the entire range of Jewish literature of antiquity from the Bible through the rabbinic canons, Goldenberg sheds light on the ways in which ancient Jews understood the religious worlds in which they lived.

Beyond the Graven Image - A Jewish View (Hardcover, New): Lionel Kochan Beyond the Graven Image - A Jewish View (Hardcover, New)
Lionel Kochan
R2,132 Discovery Miles 21 320 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From the archetypical story of Abraham smashing his father's household idols to God's commandment at Mount Sinai that "You shall have no other gods before Me," the prohibition in Judaism against the worship of idols has been unyielding. Idolatry is conceived as the antithesis to the worship of the invisible, unnamed, and articulate God.

The proscription against using images in worship sets Judaism, together with Islam, apart from all other religious systems. In "Beyond the Graven Image, " Lionel Kochan sets out to explain the reasons for this prohibition and to demonstrate how influential this image-ban has been in determining key aspects of Jewish thinking. The Jewish conceptions of holiness and symbolism, our relationship with God, and the role of memory in religion, he argues, as well as the preference for non- material arts such as music over visual modes of artistic expression within Judaism, have all been profoundly shaped by the prohibition against physical representations of God.

Jewish Identity in American Art - A Golden Age since the 1970s (Paperback): Matthew Baigell Jewish Identity in American Art - A Golden Age since the 1970s (Paperback)
Matthew Baigell
R772 Discovery Miles 7 720 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Unlike earlier generations, Jewish American artists born between the 1930s and the early 1960s were among the first to overtly embrace and challenge religious themes in their work. These Jewish artists felt comfortable as assimilated Americans yet developed an overwhelming desire to explore their cultural and religious heritage. They became the first generation willing to take risks with their material and to discover new ways to create art with Jewish religious content. In his most recent book, Baigell explores the art and influences of eleven artists who enlarged the parameters of Jewish American art through their varied approaches to subject matter, to feminist concerns, and to finding contemporary relevance in the ancient texts. Along with detailed essays on each artist, the book includes nearly one hundred stunning illustrations that testify to the beauty, depth, and importance of the paintings and sculptures produced by this groundbreaking generation of artists.

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