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Contemporary Israel - New Insights and Scholarship (Paperback): Frederick E. Greenspahn Contemporary Israel - New Insights and Scholarship (Paperback)
Frederick E. Greenspahn
R695 R588 Discovery Miles 5 880 Save R107 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For a country smaller than Vermont, with roughly the same population as Honduras, modern Israel receives a remarkable amount of attention. For supporters, it is a unique bastion of democracy in the Middle East, while detractors view it as a racist outpost of Western colonialism. The romanticization of Israel became particularly prominent in 1967, when its military prowess shocked a Jewish world still reeling from the sense of powerlessness dramatized by the Holocaust. That imagery has grown ever more visible, with Israel's supporters idealizing its technological achievements and its opponents attributing almost every problem in the region, if not beyond, to its imperialistic aspirations. The contradictions and competing views of modern Israel are the subject of this book. There is much to consider about modern Israel besides the Middle East conflict. Over the past generation, a substantial body of scholarship has explored numerous aspects of the country, including its approaches to citizenship and immigration, the arts, the women's movement, religious fundamentalism, and language; but much of that work has to date been confined within the walls of the academy. This book does not seek not to resolve either the country's internal debates or its struggle with the Arab world, but to present a sample of contemporary scholars' discoveries and discussions about modern Israel in an accessible way. In each of the areas discussed, competing narratives grapple for prominence, and it is these which are highlighted in this volume.

Contemporary Israel - New Insights and Scholarship (Hardcover): Frederick E. Greenspahn Contemporary Israel - New Insights and Scholarship (Hardcover)
Frederick E. Greenspahn
R2,079 R1,651 Discovery Miles 16 510 Save R428 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For a country smaller than Vermont, with roughly the same population as Honduras, modern Israel receives a remarkable amount of attention. For supporters, it is a unique bastion of democracy in the Middle East, while detractors view it as a racist outpost of Western colonialism. The romanticization of Israel became particularly prominent in 1967, when its military prowess shocked a Jewish world still reeling from the sense of powerlessness dramatized by the Holocaust. That imagery has grown ever more visible, with Israel's supporters idealizing its technological achievements and its opponents attributing almost every problem in the region, if not beyond, to its imperialistic aspirations. The contradictions and competing views of modern Israel are the subject of this book. There is much to consider about modern Israel besides the Middle East conflict. Over the past generation, a substantial body of scholarship has explored numerous aspects of the country, including its approaches to citizenship and immigration, the arts, the women's movement, religious fundamentalism, and language; but much of that work has to date been confined within the walls of the academy. This book does not seek not to resolve either the country's internal debates or its struggle with the Arab world, but to present a sample of contemporary scholars' discoveries and discussions about modern Israel in an accessible way. In each of the areas discussed, competing narratives grapple for prominence, and it is these which are highlighted in this volume.

The Jewish Question - A Marxist Interpretation (Paperback, 4th edition): Abram Leon The Jewish Question - A Marxist Interpretation (Paperback, 4th edition)
Abram Leon; Introduction by Dave Prince
R409 R336 Discovery Miles 3 360 Save R73 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Ars Judaica: The Bar-Ilan Journal of Jewish Art, Volume 1 (Paperback): Bracha Yaniv Ars Judaica: The Bar-Ilan Journal of Jewish Art, Volume 1 (Paperback)
Bracha Yaniv
R982 Discovery Miles 9 820 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Ars Judaica is an annual publication of the Department of Jewish Art at Bar-Ilan University. It showcases the Jewish contribution to the visual arts and architecture from antiquity to the present from a variety of perspectives, including history, iconography, semiotics, psychology, sociology, and folklore. As such it is a valuable resource for art historians, collectors, curators, and all those interested in the visual arts. Volumes of Ars Judaica are distributed by the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization throughout the world, except Israel. Orders and enquiries from Israeli customers should be directed to: Ars Judaica Department of Jewish Art Bar-Ilan University Ramat-Gan 52900 Telephone: 03 5318413 Fax: 03 6359241 Email: [[email protected]]

The Foundations of American Jewish Liberalism (Paperback): Kenneth D. Wald The Foundations of American Jewish Liberalism (Paperback)
Kenneth D. Wald
R693 R544 Discovery Miles 5 440 Save R149 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

American Jews have built a political culture based on the principle of equal citizenship in a secular state. This durable worldview has guided their political behavior from the founding to the present day. In The Foundations of American Jewish Liberalism, Kenneth D. Wald traces the development of this culture by examining the controversies and threats that stimulated political participation by American Jews. Wald shows that the American political environment, permeated by classic liberal values, produced a Jewish community that differs politically from non-Jews who resemble Jews socially and from Jewish communities abroad. Drawing on survey data and extensive archival research, the book examines the ups and downs of Jewish attachment to liberalism and the Democratic Party and the tensions between two distinct strains of liberalism.

Unorthodox Kin - Portuguese Marranos and the Global Search for Belonging (Hardcover): Naomi Leite Unorthodox Kin - Portuguese Marranos and the Global Search for Belonging (Hardcover)
Naomi Leite
R1,897 R1,416 Discovery Miles 14 160 Save R481 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Unorthodox Kin is a groundbreaking exploration of identity, relatedness, and belonging in a global era. Naomi Leite paints an intimate portrait of Portugal's urban Marranos, who trace their ancestry to fifteenth-century Jews forcibly converted to Catholicism, as they seek to rejoin the Jewish people. Focusing on mutual imaginings and direct encounters between Marranos, Portuguese Jews, and foreign Jewish tourists and outreach workers, Leite tracks how visions of self and kin evolve over time and across social spaces, ending in a surprising path to belonging. A poignant evocation of how ideas of ancestry shape the present, how feelings of kinship arise among far-flung strangers, and how some find mystical connection in a world said to be disenchanted, this is a model study for anthropology today.

The Changing Face of Anti-Semitism - From Ancient Times to the Present Day (Paperback): Walter Laqueur The Changing Face of Anti-Semitism - From Ancient Times to the Present Day (Paperback)
Walter Laqueur
R366 R341 Discovery Miles 3 410 Save R25 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For thirty years the director of the Wiener Library in London--the leading institute for the study of anti-Semitism--Walter Laqueur here offers both a comprehensive history of anti-Semitism as well as an illuminating look at the newest wave of this phenomenon.
Laqueur begins with an invaluable historical account of this pernicious problem, tracing the evolution from a predominantly religious anti-Semitism--stretching back to the middle ages--to a racial anti-Semitism that developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The author then uses this historical account as backdrop to a brilliant analysis of the newest species of anti-Semitism, explaining its origins and rationale, how it manifests itself, in what ways and why it is different from anti-Semitism in past ages, and what forms it may take in the future. The book reveals that what was historically a preoccupation of Christian and right-wing movements has become in our time even more frequent among Muslims and left-wing groups. Moreover, Laqueur argues that we can't simply equate this new anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism and write it off as merely anti-Israel sentiments. If Israel alone is singled out for heated condemnation, is the root of this reaction simply anti-Zionism or is it anti-Semitism?
Here is both a summing up of the entire trajectory of anti-Semitism--the first comprehensive history of its kind--and an exploration of the new wave of anti-Semitism.
"Walter Laqueur provides us with powerful new insights into an age-old problem. Distinguished scholarship and an authoritative moral voice are the hallmarks of this important book. Anyone wanting to understand the history and persistence of anti-Jewishhatred should read it."
--Abraham H. Foxman, National Director, Anti-Defamation League

Escape Home - Rebuilding a Life After the Anschluss (Paperback): Charles Paterson Escape Home - Rebuilding a Life After the Anschluss (Paperback)
Charles Paterson; Edited by Carrie Paterson, Hensley Peterson, Paul Anderson
R494 R413 Discovery Miles 4 130 Save R81 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Intimate and scholarly...Patient readers will be rewarded. An encyclopedic and epistolary family history, a eulogy for pre-Reich Vienna and an ode to midcentury modernism." -- Kirkus Reviews "This jewel should not be called a book but a museum." -- Will Semler, author (Melbourne, Australia) "One of the more uplifting accounts of European emigre life that I have read in a long time...It will touch you to tears right away, regardless of how many accounts of similar fates you believe to have studied and understood...What a book!" -- Volker M. Welter, author and architectural historian "An invaluable addition to the literature on the birth of modern Aspen." --Stewart Oksenhorn, The Aspen Times Charles Paterson (born Karl Schanzer) was only nine years old when the Nazis invaded Austria and his father, Stefan, fled with his children to avoid persecution. To assure their continued safety, the children were baptized and adopted by the Paterson family in Australia while Stefan made a harrowing escape through occupied France. It would be eight years, after much sorrow and loss, before Charles and his sister would reunite with Stefan in the United States. After Charles and Stefan settle in Aspen, Colorado, amidst the snow-capped peaks that remind them of the Austrian Alps, Stefan becomes a high school teacher known for his humor and adventure stories while Charles teaches skiing, serves as a Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice, and then builds his thesis project, the The Boomerang ski lodge. Charles lives with Stefan at The Boomerang and, as Aspen grows into a world-class ski resort, spends fifty years welcoming thousands of people to the town with Austrian warmth and gemutlichkeit. Based on archival documents and letters, together with the authors' personal reflections, Escape Home is a family memoir and a meditation on the domestic qualities of architecture, where the bonds of culture and family prove to be the true foundation for rebuilding meaningful lives and finding both security and freedom.

The Road to September 1939 - Polish Jews, Zionists, and the Yishuv on the Eve of World War II (Hardcover): Jehuda Reinharz,... The Road to September 1939 - Polish Jews, Zionists, and the Yishuv on the Eve of World War II (Hardcover)
Jehuda Reinharz, Yaacov Shavit
R1,298 R1,028 Discovery Miles 10 280 Save R270 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In European and Holocaust historiography, it is generally believed that neither the Zionist movement nor the Yishuv, acting primarily out of self-interest, energetically attempted to help European Jews escape the Nazi threat. Drawing on the memoirs, letters, and institutional reports of Chaim Weizmann, Ze'ev Jabotinsky, David Ben-Gurion, and many others, this volume sheds new light on a troubled period in Jewish history. Reinharz and Shavit trace Jewish responses to developments in Eastern and Central Europe to show that-contrary to recent scholarship and popular belief-Zionists in the Yishuv worked tirelessly on the international stage on behalf of their co-religionists in Europe. Focusing particularly on Poland, while explicating conditions in Germany and Czechoslovakia as well, the authors examine the complicated political issues that arose not just among Jews themselves, but within national governments in Britain, Europe, and America. Piercing to the heart of conversations about how or whether to save Jews in an increasingly hostile Europe, this volume provides a nuanced and thoughtful assessment of what could and could not be achieved in the years just prior to World War II and the Holocaust.

Inside the Antisemitic Mind - The Language of Jew-Hatred in Contemporary Germany (Paperback): Monika Schwarz-Friesel, Jehuda... Inside the Antisemitic Mind - The Language of Jew-Hatred in Contemporary Germany (Paperback)
Monika Schwarz-Friesel, Jehuda Reinharz
R842 R790 Discovery Miles 7 900 Save R52 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Antisemitism never disappeared in Europe. In fact, there is substantial evidence that it is again on the rise, manifest in violent acts against Jews in some quarters, but more commonly noticeable in everyday discourse in mainstream European society. This innovative empirical study examines written examples of antisemitism in contemporary Germany. It demonstrates that hostility against Jews is not just a right-wing phenomenon or a phenomenon among the uneducated, but is manifest among all social classes, including intellectuals. Drawing on 14,000 letters and e-mails sent between 2002 and 2012 to the Central Council of Jews in Germany and to the Israeli embassy in Berlin, as well as communications sent between 2010 and 2011 to Israeli embassies in in Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, England, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Spain, this volume shows how language plays a crucial role in activating and re-activating antisemitism. In addition, the authors investigate the role of emotions in antisemitic argumentation patterns and analyze "anti-Israelism" as the dominant form of contemporary hatred of Jews.

The Passover Haggadah - A Biography (Hardcover): Vanessa L. Ochs The Passover Haggadah - A Biography (Hardcover)
Vanessa L. Ochs
R618 R488 Discovery Miles 4 880 Save R130 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The life and times of a treasured book read by generations of Jewish families at the seder table Every year at Passover, Jews around the world gather for the seder, a festive meal where family and friends come together to sing, pray, and enjoy traditional food while retelling the biblical story of the Exodus. The Passover Haggadah provides the script for the meal and is a religious text unlike any other. It is the only sacred book available in so many varieties-from the Maxwell House edition of the 1930s to the countercultural Freedom Seder-and it is the rare liturgical work that allows people with limited knowledge to conduct a complex religious service. The Haggadah is also the only religious book given away for free at grocery stores as a promotion. Vanessa Ochs tells the story of this beloved book, from its emergence in antiquity as an oral practice to its vibrant proliferation today. Ochs provides a lively and incisive account of how the foundational Jewish narrative of liberation is remembered in the Haggadah. She discusses the book's origins in biblical and rabbinical literature, its flourishing in illuminated manuscripts in the medieval period, and its mass production with the advent of the printing press. She looks at Haggadot created on the kibbutz, those reflecting the Holocaust, feminist and LGBTQ-themed Haggadot, and even one featuring a popular television show, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Ochs shows how this enduring work of liturgy that once served to transmit Jewish identity in Jewish settings continues to be reinterpreted and reimagined to share the message of freedom for all.

Contemporary Sephardic Identity in the Americas - An Interdisciplinary Approach (Hardcover, New): Margalit Bejarano Contemporary Sephardic Identity in the Americas - An Interdisciplinary Approach (Hardcover, New)
Margalit Bejarano
R936 R860 Discovery Miles 8 600 Save R76 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Sephardic population in the Americas is formed by a large number of small groups, divided according to the communities of origin in the Iberian Peninsula, the Middle East, and North Africa, and dispersed among English-, Spanish-, Portuguese-, and French-speaking societies. While the emigration from the Ottoman Empire that began one hundred years ago resulted in the fragmentation of Sephardic communities, their dynamism allowed them to adapt and survive, striving to retain the old yet gesturing continually to the new. On the threshold of the twenty-first century, these communities became subject to transnational migrations and globalization that called for a new definition of the boundaries between the different Sephardic groups and new interpretations of their culture. In this pioneering collection, Bejarano and Aizenberg provide a vital contribution to the long-neglected study of the Sephardic experience in the Americas. Spanning from the 1908 revolution of the young Turks that motivated migration from the Ottoman Empire to the establishment of new Sephardic centres in South Florida, the editors draw from the fields of history, literature, musicology, and linguistics. Focusing on recent developments such as the growing participation of Sephardim in Jewish politics and the emergence of orthodox trends that challenge separate Sephardic identities, contributors highlight the growing influence of Sephardim on the culture of their respective countries.

The Archive Thief - The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust (Hardcover): Lisa Moses Leff The Archive Thief - The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust (Hardcover)
Lisa Moses Leff
R691 Discovery Miles 6 910 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Born into poverty in Russian Poland in 1911, Zosa Szajkowski (Shy-KOV-ski) was a self-made man who managed to make a life for himself as an intellectual, first as a journalist in 1930s Paris, and then, after a harrowing escape to New York in 1941, as a scholar. Although he never taught at a university or even earned a PhD, Szajkowski became one of the world's foremost experts on the history of the Jews in modern France, publishing in Yiddish, English, and Hebrew. His work opened up new ways of thinking about Jewish emancipation, economic and social modernization, and the rise of modern anti-Semitism. But beneath Szajkowski's scholarly success lay a shameful secret. In the aftermath of the Holocaust, the scholar stole tens of thousands of archival documents related to French Jewish history from public archives and private synagogue collections in France and moved them, illicitly, to New York. There, he used them as the basis for his pathbreaking articles. Eventually, he sold them, piecemeal, to American and Israeli research libraries, where they still remain today. Why did this respectable historian become an archive thief? And why did librarians in the United States and Israel buy these materials from him, turning a blind eye to the signs of ownership they bore? These are the questions that motivate this gripping tale. Throughout, it is clear that all involved-perpetrator, victims, and buyers-saw what Szajkowski was doing through the prism of the Holocaust. The buyers shared a desire to save these precious remnants of the European Jewish past, left behind on a continent where six million Jews had just been killed by the Nazis and their collaborators. The scholars who read Szajkowski's studies, based largely on the documents he had stolen, saw the treasures as offering an unparalleled window into the history that led to that catastrophe. And the Jewish caretakers of many of the institutions Szajkowski robbed in France saw the losses as a sign of their difficulties reconstructing their community after the Holocaust, when the balance of power in the Jewish world was shifting away from Europe to new centers in America and Israel. Based on painstaking research, Lisa Leff reconstructs Szajkowski's story in all its ambiguity by taking us backstage at the archives, revealing the powerful ideological, economic and scientific forces that made Holocaust-era Jewish scholars care more deeply than ever before about preserving the remnants of their past.

Britain, Israel and Anglo-Jewry 1949-57 (Hardcover): Natan Aridan Britain, Israel and Anglo-Jewry 1949-57 (Hardcover)
Natan Aridan
R2,973 Discovery Miles 29 730 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book focuses on the bilateral and multilateral relations between Britain, the "former proprietor" and Israel, the "successor state," during the period following their armed clash in January 1949, to Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza and the Sinai in March 1957. It highlights: the formulation of foreign policy decisions in Britain and Israel; Britain's special responsibility and influence, which affected Israel's relations with neighboring Arab states; Israel's complex policy towards Britain; Anglo-Jewry's attitude towards Israel; and the distinctive relationship between Israel's embassy in London and the Jewish community.

Nazi Germany and the Jews - 1933-1945 (Paperback): Saul Friedlander Nazi Germany and the Jews - 1933-1945 (Paperback)
Saul Friedlander 1
R422 R363 Discovery Miles 3 630 Save R59 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An abridged edition of Saul Friedlander's definitive two-volume history of the Holocaust: THE YEARS OF PERSECUTION and THE YEARS OF EXTERMINATION. Saul Friedlander's historical masterpiece is perhaps the richest examination of the Holocaust yet written, and, crucially, one that never loses sight of the experiences of individuals in its discussion of Nazi politics and the terrible statistics and technological and administrative sophistication of the Final Solution. The book's first part, dealing with the National Socialist campaign of oppression, restores the voices of Jews who were engulfed in an increasingly horrifying reality following the Nazi accession to power. Friedlander also provides the accounts of the persecutors themselves - and, perhaps most telling of all, the testimonies of ordinary German citizens. The second part covers the German extermination policies that resulted in the murder of six million European Jews.

Self as Nation - Contemporary Hebrew Autobiography (Paperback): Tamar S Hess Self as Nation - Contemporary Hebrew Autobiography (Paperback)
Tamar S Hess
R817 R764 Discovery Miles 7 640 Save R53 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Theorists of autobiography tend to emphasize the centrality of the individual against the community. By contrast, in her reading of Hebrew autobiography, Tamar Hess identifies the textual presence and function of the collective and its interplay with the Israeli self. What characterizes the ten writers she examines is the idea of a national self, an individual whose life story takes on meaning from his or her relation to the collective history and ethos of the nation. Her second and related argument is that this self-individually and collectively-must be understood in the context of waves of immigration to Israel's shores. Hess convincingly shows that autobiography is a transnational genre deeply influenced by the nation's literary as well as cultural history. This book makes an additional contribution to the history of autobiography and contemporary autobiography theory by analyzing the strategies of fragmentation that many of the writers Hess studies have adopted as ways of dealing with the conflicts between the self and the nation, between who they feel they are and what they are expected to be. Hess contrasts the predominantly masculine tradition of Hebrew autobiography with writings by women, and offers a fresh understanding of the Israeli soul and the Hebrew literary canon. A systematic review of contemporary Hebrew autobiography, this study raises fundamental questions essential to the debates about identity at the heart of Israeli culture today. It will interest scholars and students of contemporary Israeli culture, as well as those intrigued by the literary genre of autobiography.

Collected Works, v. 4 - The Hidden Life (Paperback, illustrated edition): Edith Stein Collected Works, v. 4 - The Hidden Life (Paperback, illustrated edition)
Edith Stein; Volume editing by L. Gelber, Michael Linssen; Translated by Waltraut Stein
R304 R247 Discovery Miles 2 470 Save R57 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Neither With Them Nor Without Them - The Russian Writer and the Jew in the Age of Realism (Hardcover): Elena Katz Neither With Them Nor Without Them - The Russian Writer and the Jew in the Age of Realism (Hardcover)
Elena Katz
R722 R684 Discovery Miles 6 840 Save R38 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Debate over the representation of Jews in Russian literature has long been dominated by the dichotomy of anti- and philo-Semitic discourses. Rather than analyzing ""the image of the Jew"" in terms of negative or positive characteristics, and branding the authors respectively as anti- or philo-Semitic, Elena M. Katz explores the complex and the ambiguous construction of Jewishness as ""Otherness"" in the works of three of Russia's greatest nineteenth-century authors. Katz identifies Gogol, Dostoevsky, and Turgenev as creators of special modes of Jewish discourse in Russian literature. She tackles traditional tropes of Jews in light of the sociohistoric and cultural contexts of the time and of the writers' own politics and aesthetics.

Folktales of the Jews, Volume 2 - Tales from Eastern Europe (Hardcover): Dan Ben-Amos Folktales of the Jews, Volume 2 - Tales from Eastern Europe (Hardcover)
Dan Ben-Amos
R1,736 R1,312 Discovery Miles 13 120 Save R424 (24%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Thanks to these generous donors for making the publication of the books in this series possible: Lloyd E. Cotsen; the Maurice Amado Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. The second volume in a literary landmark Folktales from Eastern Europe presents 71 tales from Ashkenazic culture in the most important collection of Jewish folktales ever published. It is the second volume in Folktales of the Jews, the five-volume series to be released over the next several years, in the tradition of Louis Ginzberg's classic, Legends of the Jews. The tales here and the others in this series have been selected from the Israel Folktale Archives at The University of Haifa, Israel (IFA), a treasure house of Jewish lore that has remained largely unavailable to the entire world until now. Since the creation of the State of Israel, the IFA has collected more than 20,000 tales from newly arrived immigrants, long-lost stories shared by their families from around the world. The tales come from the major ethno-linguistic communities of the Jewish world and are representative of a wide variety of subjects and motifs, especially rich in Jewish content and context. Each of the tales is accompanied by in-depth commentary that explains the tale's cultural, historical, and literary background and its similarity to other tales in the IFA collection, and extensive scholarly notes. There is also an introduction that describes the Ashkenazic culture and its folk narrative tradition, a world map of the areas covered, illustrations, biographies of the collectors and narrators, tale type and motif indexes, a subject index, and a comprehensive bibliography. Until the establishment of the IFA, we had had only limited access to the wide range of Jewish folk narratives. Even in Israel, the gathering place of the most wide-ranging cross-section of world Jewry, these folktales have remained largely unknown. Many of the communities no longer exist as cohesive societies in their representative lands; the Holocaust, migration, and changes in living styles have made the continuation of these tales impossible. This series is a monument to a rich but vanishing oral tradition.

Landscapes of Holocaust Postmemory (Paperback): Brett Ashley Kaplan Landscapes of Holocaust Postmemory (Paperback)
Brett Ashley Kaplan
R1,128 Discovery Miles 11 280 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How do the spaces of the past stay with us through representations-whether literary or photographic? How has the Holocaust registered in our increasingly globally connected consciousness? What does it mean that this European event is often used as an interpretive or representational touchstone for genocides and traumas globally? In this interdisciplinary study, Kaplan asks and attempts to answer these questions by looking at historically and geographically diverse spaces, photographs, and texts concerned with the physical and/or mental landscape of the Holocaust and its transformations from the postwar period to the early twenty-first century. Examining the intersections of landscape, postmemory, and trauma, Kaplan's text offers a significant contribution to our understanding of the spatial, visual, and literary reach of the Holocaust.

The Impossible Jew - Identity and the Reconstruction of Jewish American Literary History (Paperback): Benjamin Schreier The Impossible Jew - Identity and the Reconstruction of Jewish American Literary History (Paperback)
Benjamin Schreier
R614 R522 Discovery Miles 5 220 Save R92 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

He destroys in order to create. In a sweeping critique of the field, Benjamin Schreier resituates Jewish Studies in order to make room for a critical study of identity and identification. Displacing the assumption that Jewish Studies is necessarily the study of Jews, this book aims to break down the walls of the academic ghetto in which the study of Jewish American literature often seems to be contained: alienated from fields like comparative ethnicity studies, American studies, and multicultural studies; suffering from the unwillingness of Jewish Studies to accept critical literary studies as a legitimate part of its project; and so often refusing itself to engage in self-critique. The Impossible Jew interrogates how the concept of identity is critically put to work by identity-based literary study. Through readings of key authors from across the canon of Jewish American literature and culture-including Abraham Cahan, the New York Intellectuals, Philip Roth, and Jonathan Safran Foer-Benjamin Schreier shows how texts resist the historicist expectation that self-evident Jewish populations are represented in and recoverable from them. Through ornate, scabrous, funny polemics, Schreier draws the lines of relation between Jewish American literary study and American studies, multiethnic studies, critical theory, and Jewish Studies formations. He maintains that a Jewish Studies beyond ethnicity is essential for a viable future of Jewish literary study.

In This Hour - Heschel's Writings in Nazi Germany and London Exile (Hardcover): Helen Plotkin In This Hour - Heschel's Writings in Nazi Germany and London Exile (Hardcover)
Helen Plotkin; Abraham Joshua Heschel; Translated by Stephen Lehmann, Marion Faber; Foreword by Susannah Heschel
R690 R542 Discovery Miles 5 420 Save R148 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In This Hour offers the first English translations of selected German writings by Abraham Joshua Heschel from his tumultuous years in Nazi-ruled Germany and months in London exile, before he found refuge in the United States. Moreover, several of the works have never been published in any language. Composed during a time of intense crisis for European Jewry, these writings both argue for and exemplify a powerful vision of spiritually rich Jewish learning and its redemptive role in the past and the future of the Jewish people. The collection opens with the text of a speech in which Heschel laid out with passion his vision for Jewish education. Then it goes on to present his teachings: a set of essays about the rabbis of the Mishnaic period, whose struggles paralleled those of his own time; the biography of the medieval Jewish scholar and leader Don Yitzhak Abravanel; reflections on the power and meaning of repentance, written for the High Holidays in 1936; and a short story on Jewish exile, written for Hanukkah 1937. The collection closes with a set of four recently discovered meditations-on suffering, prayer, spirituality, and God-in which Heschel grapples with the horrors unfolding around him. Taken together, these essays and story fill a significant void in Heschel's bibliography: his Nazi Germany and London exile years. These translations convey the spare elegance of Heschel's prose, and the introduction and detailed notes make the volume accessible to readers of all knowledge levels. As Heschel teaches history, his voice is more than that of a historian: the old becomes new, and the struggles of one era shed light on another. Even as Heschel quotes ancient sources, his words address the issues of his own time and speak urgently to ours.

The Story of the Jews - Finding the Words (1000 BCE - 1492) (Paperback): Simon Schama The Story of the Jews - Finding the Words (1000 BCE - 1492) (Paperback)
Simon Schama 1
R255 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R51 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against destruction, of creativity in oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life against the steepest of odds. It spans the millennia and the continents - from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes you to unimagined places: to a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings; the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman catacombs. And its voices ring loud and clear, from the severities and ecstasies of the Bible writers to the love poems of wine bibbers in a garden in Muslim Spain. Within these pages, the Talmud burns in the streets of Paris, massed gibbets hang over the streets of medieval London, a Majorcan illuminator redraws the world; candles are lit, chants are sung, mules are packed, ships loaded with spice and gems founder at sea. And a great story unfolds. Not - as often imagined - of a culture apart, but of a Jewish world immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians. Which makes the story of the Jews everyone's story, too.

The Woman Who Fought an Empire - Sarah Aaronsohn and Her Nili Spy Ring (Hardcover): Gregory J Wallance The Woman Who Fought an Empire - Sarah Aaronsohn and Her Nili Spy Ring (Hardcover)
Gregory J Wallance
R826 R556 Discovery Miles 5 560 Save R270 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Though she only lived to be twenty-seven, Sarah Aaronsohn led a remarkable life. The Woman Who Fought an Empire tells the improbable odyssey of a spirited young woman--the daughter of Romanian-born Jewish settlers in Palestine--and her journey from unhappy housewife to daring leader of a notorious Middle East spy ring. Author Gregory J. Wallance draws on archival records as well as the memoirs, diaries, and letters of Sarah, her brothers, and fellow spies. Following the outbreak of World War I, Sarah Aaronsohn learned that her brother Aaron had formed Nili, an anti-Turkish spy ring, to aid the British in their war against the Ottomans. Believing that only liberation from the Ottoman Empire could advance Jewish settlement in Palestine, Sarah joined, eventually rising to become the organization's leader. Operating behind enemy lines, she and her spies furnished vital information to British Intelligence in Cairo about Turkish military forces and fortifications until, in the fall of 1917, she was arrested by the Turks. To protect her secrets, Sarah shot herself. The Woman Spy Who Fought an Empire tells the incredible story of a remarkable woman who would become known as the Jewish Joan of Arc and the "hero of Nili."

Abraham's Search for God (Hardcover): Jacqueline Jules Abraham's Search for God (Hardcover)
Jacqueline Jules
R502 R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Save R144 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Who made the clouds?" Abraham asks. "Who made the flowers?" Even as a child, he knows there must be something greater than idols of clay and stone. As he observes and questions the world around him, Abraham comes to the conclusion that there is one God. A creative midrash about the father of the world's religions.

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