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

The Jewish Approach to Repairing the World (Tikkun Olam) - A Brief Introduction for Christians (Paperback): Rabbi Elliot N... The Jewish Approach to Repairing the World (Tikkun Olam) - A Brief Introduction for Christians (Paperback)
Rabbi Elliot N Dorff, Cory Willson
R381 R319 Discovery Miles 3 190 Save R62 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A window into the Jewish idea of responsibility to care for the world
written especially for Christians.

The concept of repairing the world ("tikkun olam") is an integral part of Jewish life. It helps shape Jewish social and family relationships, and even mandates how Jews should speak to others. But why is it important for Christians to understand this Jewish approach to life? And what kind of impact can understanding this fundamental aspect of Judaism have on Christians seeking to develop a deeper understanding of their own faith? With insight and wisdom, award-winning author Rabbi Elliot Dorff provides an accessible, honest and thorough exploration of this important Jewish concept. With easy-to-understand explanations of Jewish terms, practices and history, each chapter explores a different facet touched by the tradition of "tikkun loam." Rabbi Dorff also addresses parallel themes and practices in the Christian tradition, helping you better understand the roots of Christianity and how the fundamentals of Judaism relate and reflect your own aspirations to repair the world. Caring for the Poor The Power of Words The Ministry of Presence Duties of Spouses to Each Other Children s Duties to Their Parents Parent s Duties to Their Children The Traditional Jewish Vision of the Ideal World

The Torah - The Five Books Of Moses - The New JPS Translation Of The Holy Scriptures (Paperback, Pocket edition): Jewish... The Torah - The Five Books Of Moses - The New JPS Translation Of The Holy Scriptures (Paperback, Pocket edition)
Jewish Publication Society Inc
R484 R402 Discovery Miles 4 020 Save R82 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Read our customer guide The Torah is the essence of Jewish tradition; it inspires each successive generation. The current JPS translation, based on classical and modern sources, is acclaimed for its fidelity to the ancient Hebrew.

Conflicting Attitudes to Conversion in Judaism, Past and Present (Hardcover): Isaac Sassoon Conflicting Attitudes to Conversion in Judaism, Past and Present (Hardcover)
Isaac Sassoon
R1,993 Discovery Miles 19 930 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Evidence suggests that conversion originated during the Babylonian Exile. Around the same time, biological genealogy was gaining popularity, especially among priests whose legitimacy was becoming increasingly defined by 'pure' pedigree. When the biological, or ethnic, criterion is extended to the definition of Jewishness, as it seems to have been by Ezra, the possibility of conversion is all but precluded. The Rabbis did not reject the primacy of genealogy, yet were also heirs to a strong pro-conversion tradition. In this book, Isaac Sassoon confronts the tensions and paradoxes apparent in rabbinic discussions of conversion, and argues that they resulted from irresolution between the two conflicting traditions. He also contends that attitudes to conversion can impact not only one's conception of Judaism but also on one's faith, as seems to be demonstrated by authors cited in the book whose espousal of a narrowly ethnic view of Judaism allows for a nepotistic theology.

The Book of Esther: Word for Word Bible Comic - World English Bible Translation (Paperback): Simon Amadeus Pillario The Book of Esther: Word for Word Bible Comic - World English Bible Translation (Paperback)
Simon Amadeus Pillario
R263 R243 Discovery Miles 2 430 Save R20 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Thinking about God - Jewish Views (Paperback): Kari H. Tuling Thinking about God - Jewish Views (Paperback)
Kari H. Tuling
R728 R588 Discovery Miles 5 880 Save R140 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Who-or what-is God? Is God like a person? Does God have a gender? Does God have a special relationship with the Jewish people? Does God intervene in our lives? Is God good-and, if yes, why does evil persist in the world? In investigating how Jewish thinkers have approached these and other questions, Rabbi Kari H. Tuling elucidates many compelling-and contrasting-ways of thinking about God in Jewish tradition. Thinking about God addresses the genuinely intertextual nature of evolving Jewish God concepts. Just as in Jewish thought the Bible and other historical texts are living documents, still present and relevant to the conversation unfolding now, and just as a Jewish theologian examining a core concept responds to the full tapestry of Jewish thought on the subject all at once, this book is organized topically, covers Jewish sources (including liturgy) from the biblical to the postmodern era, and highlights the interplay between texts over time, up through our own era. A highly accessible resource for introductory students, Thinking about God also makes important yet challenging theological texts understandable. By breaking down each selected text into its core components, Tuling helps the reader absorb it both on its own terms and in the context of essential theological questions of the ages. Readers of all backgrounds will discover new ways to contemplate God. Access a study guide.

The Art of Bible Translation (Hardcover): Robert Alter The Art of Bible Translation (Hardcover)
Robert Alter
R529 R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Save R98 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From the recipient of the National Jewish Book Award for Lifetime Achievement, a "hugely entertaining and irreverent" (Adam Gopnik, New Yorker) account of the art of translating the Hebrew Bible into English In this brief book, award-winning biblical translator and acclaimed literary critic Robert Alter offers a personal and passionate account of what he learned about the art of Bible translation over the two decades he spent completing his own English version of the Hebrew Bible. Alter's literary training gave him the advantage of seeing that a translation of the Bible can convey the text's meaning only by trying to capture the powerful and subtle literary style of the biblical Hebrew, something the modern English versions don't do justice to. The Bible's style, Alter writes, "is not some sort of aesthetic embellishment of the 'message' of Scripture but the vital medium through which the biblical vision of God, human nature, history, politics, society, and moral value is conveyed." And, as the translators of the King James Version knew, the authority of the Bible is inseparable from its literary authority. For these reasons, the Bible can be brought to life in English only by re-creating its literary virtuosity, and Alter discusses the principal aspects of style in the Hebrew Bible that any translator should try to reproduce: word choice, syntax, word play and sound play, rhythm, and dialogue. In the process, he provides an illuminating and accessible introduction to biblical style that also offers insights about the art of translation far beyond the Bible.

Jacob & Esau - Jewish European History Between Nation and Empire (Paperback): Malachi Haim Hacohen Jacob & Esau - Jewish European History Between Nation and Empire (Paperback)
Malachi Haim Hacohen
R716 Discovery Miles 7 160 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Jacob and Esau is a profound new account of two millennia of Jewish European history that, for the first time, integrates the cosmopolitan narrative of the Jewish diaspora with that of traditional Jews and Jewish culture. Malachi Haim Hacohen uses the biblical story of the rival twins, Jacob and Esau, and its subsequent retelling by Christians and Jews throughout the ages as a lens through which to illuminate changing Jewish-Christian relations and the opening and closing of opportunities for Jewish life in Europe. Jacob and Esau tells a new history of a people accustomed for over two-and-a-half millennia to forming relationships, real and imagined, with successive empires but eagerly adapting, in modernity, to the nation-state, and experimenting with both assimilation and Jewish nationalism. In rewriting this history via Jacob and Esau, the book charts two divergent but intersecting Jewish histories that together represent the plurality of Jewish European cultures.

Living in Happiness - The Call to Return (Paperback): Lori A. Steiner Living in Happiness - The Call to Return (Paperback)
Lori A. Steiner
R281 R233 Discovery Miles 2 330 Save R48 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Who Will Lead Us? - The Story of Five Hasidic Dynasties in America (Hardcover): Samuel C. Heilman Who Will Lead Us? - The Story of Five Hasidic Dynasties in America (Hardcover)
Samuel C. Heilman
R663 R558 Discovery Miles 5 580 Save R105 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Hasidism, a movement many believed had passed its golden age, has had an extraordinary revival since it was nearly decimated in the Holocaust and repressed in the Soviet Union. Hasidic communities, now settled primarily in North America and Israel, have reversed the losses they suffered and are growing exponentially. With powerful attachments to the past, mysticism, community, tradition, and charismatic leadership, Hasidism seems the opposite of contemporary Western culture, yet it has thrived in the democratic countries and culture of the West. How? Who Will Lead Us? finds the answers to this question in the fascinating story of five contemporary Hasidic dynasties and their handling of the delicate issue of leadership and succession. Revolving around the central figure of the rebbe, the book explores two dynasties with too few successors, two with too many successors, and one that believes their last rebbe continues to lead them even after his death. Samuel C. Heilman, recognized as a foremost expert on modern Jewish Orthodoxy, here provides outsiders with the essential guide to continuity in the Hasidic world.

Jewish Ethics for the Twenty-First Century - Living in the Image of God (Hardcover, 1st ed): Byron L. Sherwin Jewish Ethics for the Twenty-First Century - Living in the Image of God (Hardcover, 1st ed)
Byron L. Sherwin
R1,250 Discovery Miles 12 500 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this highly provocative and informed work, Byron L. Sherwin, one of the leading Jewish ethicists of our time, demonstrates how the wisdom of the past -- found in classical texts that form Jewish religious tradition -- can forcefully address the moral perplexities of the present.

In setting out a contemporary agenda for Jewish ethics, Sherwin debunks common misconceptions about Jewish ethics and distinguishes between the ethics of Judaism and various forms of secular and religious ethics. He shows, for example, how the ethics of Judaism and the ethics of Jews often are at odds, how the Judeo-Christian ethic is an obsolete myth, and how Jewish and Christian ethics radically differ both in terms of their theological assumptions and in their applied methodologies.

Sherwin delineates a methodology for Jewish ethics, which he applies to a wide variety of issues such as health and healing, euthanasia, reproductive biotechnology, cloning, parent-child relationships, economic justice, repentance or "moral rehabilitation, " and the relationship between humans and machines.

Drawing on a wide range of biblical, rabbinical, Jewish philosophical and kabbalistic sources, Jewish Ethics for the Twenty-First Century links the biblical term "image of God" to moral freedom, human creativity and the challenge of becoming God's "partner in creation" and a coauthor of the Torah.

Kosher USA - How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food (Hardcover): Roger Horowitz Kosher USA - How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food (Hardcover)
Roger Horowitz
R780 R681 Discovery Miles 6 810 Save R99 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Kosher USA follows the fascinating journey of kosher food through the modern industrial food system. It recounts how iconic products such as Coca-Cola and Jell-O tried to become kosher; the contentious debates among rabbis over the incorporation of modern science into Jewish law; how Manischewitz wine became the first kosher product to win over non-Jewish consumers (principally African Americans); the techniques used by Orthodox rabbinical organizations to embed kosher requirements into food manufacturing; and the difficulties encountered by kosher meat and other kosher foods that fell outside the American culinary consensus. Kosher USA is filled with big personalities, rare archival finds, and surprising influences: the Atlanta rabbi Tobias Geffen, who made Coke kosher; the lay chemist and kosher-certification pioneer Abraham Goldstein; the kosher-meat magnate Harry Kassel; and the animal-rights advocate Temple Grandin, a strong supporter of shechita, or Jewish slaughtering practice. By exploring the complex encounter between ancient religious principles and modern industrial methods, Kosher USA adds a significant chapter to the story of Judaism's interaction with non-Jewish cultures and the history of modern Jewish American life as well as American foodways.

The First Buber - Youthful Zionist Writings of Martin Buber (Paperback): Gilya G. Schmidt The First Buber - Youthful Zionist Writings of Martin Buber (Paperback)
Gilya G. Schmidt
R439 R366 Discovery Miles 3 660 Save R73 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

As a college student Martin Buber was a leader in the early Zionist movement. During the period between 1898 and 1902 he published a series of Zionist writings that were clearly meant to be confrontational and challenge those who embraced traditional Judaism. These essays, poems and speeches have been translated and collected here in this text. For Buber Zionism was not primarily a political issue. it implied a reorientation of the entire being, on overcoming of a Diaspora mentality, a catharsis and a readiness to build in the land of Israel a new, just, free and creative community.

Reason to Believe - The Controversial Life of Rabbi Louis Jacobs (Hardcover): Harry Freedman Reason to Believe - The Controversial Life of Rabbi Louis Jacobs (Hardcover)
Harry Freedman
R651 R526 Discovery Miles 5 260 Save R125 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Louis Jacobs was Britain's most gifted Jewish scholar. A Talmudic genius, outstanding teacher and accomplished author, cultured and easy-going, he was widely expected to become Britain's next Chief Rabbi. Then controversy struck. The Chief Rabbi refused to appoint him as Principal of Jews' College, the country's premier rabbinic college. He further forbade him from returning as rabbi to his former synagogue. All because of a book Jacobs had written some years earlier, challenging from a rational perspective the traditional belief in the origins of the Torah. The British Jewish community was torn apart. It was a scandal unlike anything they had ever previously endured. The national media loved it. Jacobs became a cause celebre, a beacon of reason, a humble man who wouldn't be compromised. His congregation resigned en masse and created a new synagogue for him in Abbey Road, the heart of fashionable 1960s London. It became the go-to venue for Jews seeking reasonable answers to questions of faith. A prolific author of over 50 books and hundreds of articles on every aspect of Judaism, from the basics of religious belief to the complexities of mysticism and law, Louis Jacobs won the heart and affection of the mainstream British Jewish community. When the Jewish Chronicle ran a poll to discover the Greatest British Jew, Jacobs won hands down. He said it made him feel daft. Reason To Believe tells the dramatic and touching story of Louis Jacobs's life, and of the human drama lived out by his family, deeply wounded by his rejection.

Jewish New Testament (Hardcover): David H Stein Jewish New Testament (Hardcover)
David H Stein
R586 R488 Discovery Miles 4 880 Save R98 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Translated by David H. Stern
The New Testament is a Jewish book, written by Jews, initially for Jews. Its central figure was a Jew. His followers were all Jews; yet no translation--except this one--really communicates its original, essential Jewishness. Uses neutral terms and Hebrew names
Highlights Jewish features and Jewish references
Corrects mistranslations from an anti-Jewish theological bias
Freshly rendered into English using the Greek texts, this is a must for learning about first-century faith. 436 pp.

The Closing of the Gates - N'ilah (Hardcover): Lawrence A. Hoffman The Closing of the Gates - N'ilah (Hardcover)
Lawrence A. Hoffman
R617 R503 Discovery Miles 5 030 Save R114 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Latin Kingdom Of Jerusalem (Hardcover): Conder Latin Kingdom Of Jerusalem (Hardcover)
Conder
R4,314 Discovery Miles 43 140 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This history of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem has been carefully constructed from hundreds of twelfth and thirteenth century documents, plans and photographs of the Norman buildings of Palestine and the chronicles of Foucher of Chartres, Raymond d'Agiles and Albert of Aix. The book is an excellent reference for anyone interested in the Crusades; it paints a fascinating picture of the unique social circumstances which resulted from the establishment of a feudal society in Jerusalem.

Days of Awe - Reimagining Jewishness in Solidarity with Palestinians (Paperback): Atalia Omer Days of Awe - Reimagining Jewishness in Solidarity with Palestinians (Paperback)
Atalia Omer
R699 Discovery Miles 6 990 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For many Jewish people in the mid-twentieth century, Zionism was an unquestionable tenet of what it meant to be Jewish. Seventy years later, a growing number of American Jews are instead expressing solidarity with Palestinians, questioning old allegiances to Israel. How did that transformation come about? What does it mean for the future of Judaism? In Days of Awe, Atalia Omer examines this shift through interviews with a new generation of Jewish activists, rigorous data analysis, and fieldwork within a progressive synagogue community. She highlights people politically inspired by social justice campaigns including the Black Lives Matter movement and protests against anti-immigration policies. These activists, she shows, discover that their ethical outrage at US policies extends to Israel's treatment of Palestinians. For these American Jews, the Jewish history of dispossession and diaspora compels a search for solidarity with liberation movements. This shift produces innovations within Jewish tradition, including multi-racial and intersectional conceptions of Jewishness and movements to reclaim prophetic Judaism. Charting the rise of such religious innovation, Omer points toward the possible futures of post-Zionist Judaism.

The Cambridge Companion to Judaism and Law (Paperback): Christine Hayes The Cambridge Companion to Judaism and Law (Paperback)
Christine Hayes
R736 Discovery Miles 7 360 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Cambridge Companion to Judaism and Law explores the Jewish conception of law as an essential component of the divine-human relationship from biblical to modern times, as well as resistance to this conceptualization. It also traces the political, social, intellectual, and cultural circumstances that spawned competing Jewish approaches to its own 'divine' law and the 'non-divine' law of others, including that of the modern, secular state of Israel. Part I focuses on the emergence and development of law as an essential element of religious expression in biblical Israel and classical Judaism through the medieval period. Part II considers the ramifications for the law arising from political emancipation and the invention of Judaism as a 'religion' in the modern period. Finally, Part III traces the historical and ideological processes leading to the current configuration of religion and state in modern Israel, analysing specific conflicts between religious law and state law.

Job - A New Translation (Paperback): Edward L. Greenstein Job - A New Translation (Paperback)
Edward L. Greenstein
R409 Discovery Miles 4 090 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This revelatory new translation of Job by one of the world's leading biblical scholars will reshape the way we read this canonical text The book of Job has often been called the greatest poem ever written. The book, in Edward Greenstein's characterization, is "a Wunderkind, a genius emerging out of the confluence of two literary streams" which "dazzles like Shakespeare with unrivaled vocabulary and a penchant for linguistic innovation." Despite the text's literary prestige and cultural prominence, no English translation has come close to conveying the proper sense of the original. The book has consequently been misunderstood in innumerable details and in its main themes. Edward Greenstein's new translation of Job is the culmination of decades of intensive research and painstaking philological and literary analysis, offering a major reinterpretation of this canonical text. Through his beautifully rendered translation and insightful introduction and commentary, Greenstein presents a new perspective: Job, he shows, was defiant of God until the end. The book is more about speaking truth to power than the problem of unjust suffering.

The Talmud - A Biography (Paperback): Barry Scott Wimpfheimer The Talmud - A Biography (Paperback)
Barry Scott Wimpfheimer; Contributions by Daren Magee
R413 R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Save R64 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The life and times of an enduring work of Jewish spirituality The Babylonian Talmud, a postbiblical Jewish text that is part scripture and part commentary, is an unlikely bestseller. Written in a hybrid of Hebrew and Aramaic, it is often ambiguous to the point of incomprehension, and its subject matter reflects a narrow scholasticism that should hardly have broad appeal. Yet the Talmud has remained in print for centuries and is more popular today than ever. Barry Scott Wimpfheimer tells the remarkable story of this ancient Jewish book, explaining why the Talmud is at once a received source of traditional teachings, a touchstone of cultural authority, and a powerful symbol of Jewishness for supporters and critics alike.

The Jewish Family - Between Family Law and Contract Law (Hardcover): Yehezkel Margalit The Jewish Family - Between Family Law and Contract Law (Hardcover)
Yehezkel Margalit
R2,085 Discovery Miles 20 850 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Traditional Jewish family law has persevered for hundreds of years and rules covering marriage, the raising of children, and divorce are well established; yet pressures from modern society are causing long held views to be re-examined. The Jewish Family: Between Family Law and Contract Law examines the tenets of Jewish family law in the light of new attitudes concerning the role of women, assisted reproduction technologies, and prenuptial agreements. Through interdisciplinary research combining the legal aspects of family law and contract law, it explores how the Jewish family can cope with both old and modern obstacles and challenges. Focusing on the nexus of Jewish family law and contract law to propose how 'freedom of contract' can be part of how family law can be interpreted, The Jewish Family will appeal to practitioners, activists, academic researchers, and laymen readers who are interested in the fields of law, theology, and social science.

The Steinsaltz Humash (Hardcover): Adin Steinsaltz The Steinsaltz Humash (Hardcover)
Adin Steinsaltz
R1,195 R882 Discovery Miles 8 820 Save R313 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
WJEC/Eduqas Religious Studies for A Level Year 2 & A2 - Judaism (Paperback): Helen Gwynne-Kinsey WJEC/Eduqas Religious Studies for A Level Year 2 & A2 - Judaism (Paperback)
Helen Gwynne-Kinsey; Edited by Richard Gray
R659 Discovery Miles 6 590 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Endorsed by WJEC/Eduqas, the Student Book offers high quality support you can trust. / Written by an experienced teacher and author with an in-depth understanding of teaching, learning and assessment at A Level and AS. / A skills-based approach to learning, covering content of the specification with examination preparation from the start. / Developing skills feature focuses on what to do with the content and the issues that are raised with a progressive range of AO1 examples and AO2 exam-focused activities. / Questions and Answers section provides practice questions with student answers and examiner commentaries. / It provides a range of specific activities that target each of the Assessment Objectives to build skills of knowledge, understanding and evaluation. / Includes a range of features to encourage you to consolidate and reinforce your learning.

Kabbalah in Print - The Study and Popularization of Jewish Mysticism in Early Modernity (Hardcover): Andrea Gondos Kabbalah in Print - The Study and Popularization of Jewish Mysticism in Early Modernity (Hardcover)
Andrea Gondos
R2,021 Discovery Miles 20 210 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Torah - The Five Books of Moses, the New Translation of the Holy Scriptures According to the Traditional Hebrew Text... The Torah - The Five Books of Moses, the New Translation of the Holy Scriptures According to the Traditional Hebrew Text (Hardcover, 3)
Jewish Publication Society Inc
R709 R574 Discovery Miles 5 740 Save R135 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Read our customer guide The Torah is the essence of Jewish tradition; it inspires each successive generation. The current JPS translation, based on classical and modern sources, is acclaimed for its fidelity to the ancient Hebrew.

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