Zohar: The Book of Splendor: Basic Readings from the Kabbalah

One of many nice masterpieces of Western non secular notion, the Zohar represents an try and discover hidden meanings at the back of the area of appearances. it's the crucial paintings within the literature of the Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical culture.

This quantity of chosen passages from the Zohar, culled by way of the best authority on Jewish mysticism, bargains a sampling of its specific imaginative and prescient of the esoteric wonders of production; the lifestyles and future of the soul; the confluence of actual and divine love; affliction and loss of life; exile and redemption.

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The Literature of the Sages : Second Part: Midrash and Targum Liturgy, Poetry, Mysticism Contracts, Inscriptions, Ancient Science and the Languages of Rabbinic Literature (Compendia Rerum Iudaicarum Ad Novum Testamentum,Section 2,Volume 3)

By Peter J. Tomson, Shmuel Safrai, Zeev Safrai, Joshua Schwartz

This long-awaited better half quantity to The Literature of the Sages, First half (Fortress Press, 1987) brings to final touch part II of the popular Compendia sequence, released cooperatively with Van Gorcum of Amsterdam.

The Literature of the Sages, moment half, explores the literary production of hundreds of thousands of historical Jewish academics, the customarily- nameless Sages of past due antiquity and the center a while. Essays through greatest students offer a cautious and succinct research of the content material and personality of assorted records, their textual and literary types, with specific cognizance to the continuing discovery and booklet of latest textual material.

Incorporating groundbreaking advancements in study, those essays supply a complete presentation released right here for the 1st time. This quantity will end up a tremendous reference paintings for all scholars of old Judaism, the origins of Jewish culture, and the Jewish historical past of Christianity.

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The Torah For Dummies

By Arthur Kurzweil

An easy-to-understand creation to Judaism's so much sacred text

The origin of Hebrew and Jewish faith, concept, legislations, and society is the Torah-the parchment scroll containing the textual content of the 5 Books of Moses that's positioned in each synagogue. This available advisor explains the Torah in transparent language, even to those that weren't raised within the Jewish non secular culture. Christians who need to know extra concerning the Jewish roots of Christianity have to comprehend the Torah, as do fans of Islamic culture and people attracted to the roots of Abrahamic faiths. The Torah For Dummies explains the historical past of the Torah, its constitution and significant rules, and the way the Torah impacts the day-by-day lives of people that stick with the Jewish method of life.

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The Last Jew: A Novel

Yoram Kaniuk has been hailed as “one of the main cutting edge, extraordinary novelists within the Western international” (The ny Times), and The final Jew is his exhilarating masterwork. Like Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, The final Jew is a sweeping saga that captures the heritage and tradition of a complete humans in the course of the prism of 1 relations. From the chilling establishing scene of a soldier returning domestic in a fog of conflict trauma, the unconventional strikes backward via time and throughout continents till Kaniuk has succeeded in bringing to lifestyles the 20th century’s such a lot unsettling legacy: the anxieties of contemporary Europe, which begat the Holocaust, and in flip the start of Israel and the swirling cauldron that's the heart East. With the unforgettable personality of Ebenezer Schneerson—the eponymous final Jew—at its middle, Kaniuk weaves an creative tapestry of Jewish id that's alternately tragic, absurd, enigmatic, and heartbreaking.

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A History of the Jews

By Paul Johnson

A countrywide bestseller, this fantastic 4000 yr survey covers not just Jewish background yet he effect of Jewish genius and mind's eye at the international. by means of the writer of Modern instances: the area From the Twenties to the Eighties.

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Hatred, Lies, and Violence in the World of Islam

By Raphael Israeli

Hatred, Lies, and Violence on the earth of Islam examines the torrential flood of anti-Israeli, anti-Jewish, and anti-Zionist propaganda that permeates many Muslim societies. Raphael Israeli locates the resource of this anti-Semitic sentiment within the inadequacies and insecurities of Muslim states. via demonizing and delegitimizing Israel and Jews, they search to do away with a winning counterexample in their personal disasters, therefore placing an finish to their very own "humiliation."

Beyond mapping the distribution of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish propaganda within the Arab and Islamic worlds, Israeli makes use of case-studies to demonstrate the premises of this research: the Palestinians, who've an immediate stake in struggling with Israel; Turkey, which now claims management of the Arab and Sunni Muslim worlds; and Shi’ite Iran, which supplies a extra severe instance of either hatred and disrespect for truth and historical past whereas threatening to break Israel.

Israeli files the global collaboration among Jew-haters of every kind, explaining the exponential development of Jew-hatred on the net, with millions of latest hate websites extra each year, outpacing Jew-hatred within the conventional media. He locations anti-Semitism in a broader culture of political lies and political deceit. within the ultimate bankruptcy, Israeli considers the potential for reversing anti-Jewish agitation in Muslim nations, which he reveals not likely simply because such a lot of of the region’s regimes are equipped on foundations of anti-Semitism.

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Searching for a Distant God: The Legacy of Maimonides

By Kenneth Seeskin

Monotheism is generally thought of Judaism's maximum contribution to global tradition, however it is much from transparent what monotheism is. This paintings examines the concept that monotheism isn't really loads a declare concerning the variety of God as a declare concerning the nature of God. Seeskin argues that the belief of a God who's cut loose his construction and special isn't just an abstraction yet an appropriate foundation for worship. He examines this end within the contexts of prayer, construction, sabbath observance, repentance, spiritual freedom, and love of God. Maimonides performs a primary function within the argument either as a result of his significance to Jewish self-understanding and since he offers with the query of ways philosophic principles are embodied in non secular ritual.

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Ancient Israel's History: An Introduction to Issues and Sources

By Bill T. Arnold

The background of Israel is a much-debated subject in outdated testomony stories. On one part are minimalists who locate little of old price within the Hebrew Bible. at the different aspect are those that imagine the biblical textual content is an actual historic checklist. Many critical scholars of the Bible locate themselves among those positions and would get advantages from a cautious exploration of concerns in Israelite history.

This great historical past of Israel textbook values the Bible's ancient contribution with out overlooking severe matters and demanding situations. that includes the newest scholarship, the e-book introduces scholars to the present kingdom of analysis on matters appropriate to the research of historical Israel. The editors and participants, all most sensible biblical students and historians, talk about ancient facts in a readable demeanour, utilizing either canonical and chronological lenses to discover Israelite history.

Illustrative goods, similar to maps and photographs, visually aid the book's content material. Tables and sidebars also are incorporated.

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The Jewish Mothers' Hall of Fame

Bernstein interviewed 25 moms of Jewish humans, together with Clara Sussman, mom of Rosalyn Yalow, a Nobel Medalist in drugs. Like different moms within the publication, Clara, who died lately, exemplified a lifetime of labor and sacrifice, in addition to fear approximately her baby while a instructor advised her Rosalyn was once a genius. ("I by no means met the guy Einstein yet I heard he used to be a bit peculiar.") the writer says Leah Adler, mom of movie director Steven Spielberg, used to be the funniest individual he'd ever met, and readers will agree. With seen love and delight, she kvetches approximately mentioning a unusual son ("I did not be aware of what the hell he was"). There are stories on rock stars, a attorney, playwright and different achievers and not less than humans extra infamous than recognized: porn movie superstar Harry Reems and yippie ex-convict Abbie Hoffman.

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