♥ Book Title : The People and the Books
☯ Full Synopsis : "Jews have long embraced their identity as "the people of the book." But outside of the Bible, much of the Jewish literary tradition remains little known to nonspecialist readers. The People and the Books shows how central questions and themes of our history and culture are reflected in the Jewish literary canon: the nature of God, the right way to understand the Bible, the relationship of the Jews to their Promised Land, and the challenges of living as a minority in Diaspora. Adam Kirsch explores eighteen classic texts, including the biblical books of Deuteronomy and Esther, the philosophy of Maimonides, the autobiography of the medieval businesswoman Gluckel of Hameln, and the Zionist manifestoes of Theodor Herzl. From the Jews of Roman Egypt to the mystical devotees of Hasidism in Eastern Europe, The People and the Books brings the treasures of Jewish literature to life and offers new ways to think about their enduring power and influence."Article| Adam Kirsch| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : The Classics of Judaism
☯ Full Synopsis : "Neusner introduces the reader to selections from all the documents of the Torah and Scripture that define the canon of Judaism in its formative stage"Article| Jacob Neusner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Making the Classics in Judaism
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♥ Book Title : Translating the Classics of Judaism
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♥ Book Title : Studying Classical Judaism
☯ Full Synopsis : "What do we know about the history, literature, and religion of Judaism in its formative age? How do we know it, and why does it matter? In Studying Classical Judaism, renowned scholar and author Jacob Neusner addresses these and other important questions. Applying many of the same methods Christian scholars use to study Christianity, Neusner outlines what we now know about ancient Judaism. He points out the core-belief of normative Judaism and reveals the methodological underpinnings of the most cogent and up-to-date interpretations of the texts that determined classical Judaism."Article| no defined| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Jews
☯ Full Synopsis : "This defining work on Jews, Jewish ethnicity, behavior, impact, and the causes of anti-Semitism, remains one of the most ground-breaking and incisive such studies ever produced in the English language. The book-dedicated to Hilaire Belloc's Jewish friends-laid the blame for anti-Semitism squarely on Jewish behavior, that is, Gentile reaction to what he called the "inevitability of friction" caused by the presence of Jews in non-Jewish society. Belloc believed that if friction between Jews and Gentiles was not resolved, it would lead to a catastrophe. Starting with the thesis that "Jews are an alien body within the society they inhabit-hence irritation and friction," and are a clearly identifiable and definable race, Belloc argued that the only solution was a "recognition on both sides of a separate Jewish nationality." He said that "denial of the problem" was a "fiction" which had broken down because of the obviousness of the "great increase of [Jewish] power" in Western nations. He explains his thesis through a historical survey of Jewish behavior, including a review of what he called "the Jewish revolution in Russia" (the 1917 Bolshevist uprising which created the Soviet Union), and Jewish activities in Central Europe and the United States-where he highlights the work of Henry Ford as having "great effect." He also provides a detailed description of Jewish influence in England. Belloc's conclusion is that Zionism, or the creation of a Jewish homeland, offered the only hope for a realistic solution to the problem of the "endless tragic cycle of anti-Semitism"-but not in Palestine, where he predicted it would cause conflict with the Arab world."Article| Hilaire Belloc| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Kabbalah
☯ Full Synopsis : "Unraveling the web of ancient traditions hidden in such texts as the Sefer Yetzirah and the Zohar, this book traces history and offers an accessible introduction to understanding Kabbalah and its practices. Jewish mysticism has flourished—sometimes brilliantly, sometimes darkly—over five thousand years. This pioneering, popular text on Jewish mysticism was the first written for a general audience, and in it, Perle Besserman offers a lively and accessible introduction to the methods, schools, and practitioners of this intriguing world. She traces the history of Kabbalah through the lives of its illustrious scholars and saints and unravels the web of ancient traditions hidden in such texts as Sefer Yetzirah and the Zohar. Running through these pages are the words of the outstanding Kabbalists and mystics—including Simeon bar Yohai, Isaac Luria, Abraham Abulafia, and the Baal Shem Tov—giving instructions on practices ranging from contemplation of the Bible’s secret teachings to ritual, ecstatic prayer, and intensive meditation."Article| Perle Epstein| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Judaism: The Classical Statement
☯ Full Synopsis : "Produced ca. A.D. 600, the Babylonian Talmud--or Bavli-- serves as the single authoritative statement of Jewish law and theology. In this fourth volume of his examination of major formative texts of Judaism, Jacob Neusner explains how and why the Bavli came to define the Jewish faith from its time to ours. Through an analysis of the text, its sources and editorial organization, he traces the history of the composition of the Babylonian Talmud, clarifies its relation to the earlier corpus of canonical literature, and clearly establishes its philosophical, religious, and cultural context. Because there is little objective, external evidence from which to interpret the Bavli's development, Neusner uses the signs of redactional layering within the literature to discover the motivations and techniques by which the Talmud was formed. His use of the critical, secular methods of modern literary and historical study is unique in Talmudic exegesis and provides an entirely new perspective for understanding the Bavli in relation to the Mishnah and Yershalmi, the Jerusalem Talmud. Much of Neusner's research compares the use of the various literary forms of the Mishnah by the editors of the two Talmuds. Offering detailed examples and statistical lists to buttress his analysis, he argues that only in the Bavli have the editors achieved a genuine redactional synthesis between the Mishnah and Hebrew Scriptures, the two major sources of the Jewish tradition. In conclusion, Neusner spells out the religious significance of Bavli's achievement and shows how this unique combination allows for the tradition's continual renewal."Article| Jacob Neusner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Genius of the Jewish Joke
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Genius of the Jewish Joke focuses on what is distinctive and unusual about Jewish jokes and Jewish humor. Jewish humor is humor by Jews and about Jews, in whatever medium this humor is found. Jokes are defined as short stories, meant to amuse, with a punch line, though Jewish humor exists in many other forms—riddles, comic definitions, parodies—as well. The book makes a "radical" suggestion about the origin of Jewish humor—namely, that Sarah and Abraham's relation to God, and the name of their son Isaac (which, in Hebrew, means laughter), recognizes a special affinity in Jews for humor. Abraham does not sacrifice Isaac (humor) and, thus, humor and the Jews are linked early in Jewish history. Berger discusses techniques of humor and how they can be used to analyze jokes. He also compares "Old World Jewish Humor"—the humor of the shtetl, with its fabulous schlemiels, schlimazels, schnorrers, and other characters—and "New World Humor"—the humor of Jewish doctors, lawyers, accountants, and other professional types living mostly in the suburbs nowadays. Jewish humor is contrasted with other forms of ethnic humor, such as Polish jokes and Italian American jokes. This humor, in addition to providing pleasure, reveals a great deal about Jewish character and culture and, in addition, the human condition. Now available with a new introduction by the author, The Genius of the Jewish Joke is an entertaining and informative inquiry into Jewish humor that explores its distinctiveness, its unique spirit, and its role in Jewish identity."Article| Arthur Asa Berger| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Early Kabbalah
☯ Full Synopsis : "Here are previously unavailable texts, including The Book Bahir and the writings of the Iyyum circle, that were written during the first one hundred years of this movement that was to become the most important current in Jewish mysticism. This movement began in the late 12th century among Rabbinic Judaism in southern Europe."Article| Yôsēf Dān| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Understanding Jewish Theology
☯ Full Synopsis : "Explores the religious experience of Judaism through the perceptions and teachings of ordinary Jews and the creative elite."Article| Jacob Neusner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Books of the People
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Jews have ever been a people molded by the written word. It is no coincidence, therefore, that certain texts have come to play key roles in the continuum of Jewish discourse. Books of the People: Revisiting Classic Works of Jewish Thought presents ten foundational books written between the tenth and the twentieth centuries that have dramatically influenced the development of Jewish thought, examined by contemporary scholars of Jewish studies. Each scholar revisits a particularly salient work and discusses its themes, its historical context, the circumstances and background of its author, and its relevance to contemporary society. A thousand years of Jewish thought, seen through the lens of modern thinkers, in one accessible volume."Article| Stuart W. Halpern| Statement ..."