New Babylonians: A History of Jews in Modern Iraq

By Orit Bashkin

Although Iraqi Jews observed themselves as Iraqi patriots, their community—which had existed in Iraq for greater than 2,500 years—was displaced following the institution of the nation of Israel. New Babylonians chronicles the lives of those Jews, their city Arab tradition, and their hopes for a democratic geographical region. It stories their principles approximately Judaism, Islam, secularism, modernity, and reform, concentrating on Iraqi Jews who internalized narratives of Arab and Iraqi nationalisms and on those that became to communism within the 1940s.

As the publication unearths, the final word displacement of this group was once now not the results of a perpetual persecution at the a part of their Iraqi compatriots, yet relatively the end result of erroneous nation guidelines throughout the past due Forties and early Fifties. unfortunately, from a dominant temper of coexistence, friendship, and partnership, the impossibility of Arab-Jewish coexistence turned the existing narrative within the region—and the dominant narrative we have now come to grasp today.

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Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel: New Introduction by Norton Mezvinsky (2nd Edition)

By Israel Shahak, Norton Mezvinsky

This can be a re-creation of a vintage and hugely debatable booklet that examines the historical past and outcomes of Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel. totally up-to-date, with new chapters and a brand new creation by means of Norton Mezvinsky, it really is crucial examining for somebody who desires a whole figuring out of ways non secular extremism has affected the political improvement of the trendy Israeli country. Acclaimed author and human rights campaigner Israel Shahak used to be, up util his loss of life in 2001, the most revered of Israel’s peace activists – he used to be, within the phrases of Gore Vidal, ‘the most up-to-date – if no longer the final – of the nice prophets.’ Written by way of Shahak including American pupil Norton Mezvinsky, this books exhibits how Jewish fundamentalism in Israel, as proven within the actions of non secular settlers, is of serious political value. The authors hint the background and improvement of Jewish fundamentalism. They position the assassination of top Minister Rabin within the context of what they see as a convention of punishments and killings of these Jews gave the impression to be heretics. They finish that Jewish fundamentalism is largely adversarial to democracy.

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The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image

By Daniel B. Schwartz

Pioneering biblical critic, theorist of democracy, and mythical conflater of God and nature, Jewish thinker Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) used to be excommunicated through the Sephardic Jews of Amsterdam in 1656 for his "horrible heresies" and "monstrous deeds." but, during the last 3 centuries, Spinoza's rupture with conventional Jewish ideals and practices has increased him to a famous position in genealogies of Jewish modernity. The First glossy Jew offers a riveting examine how Spinoza went from being one in all Judaism's so much infamous outcasts to at least one of its such a lot celebrated, if nonetheless hugely debatable, cultural icons, and a strong and protean image of the 1st smooth secular Jew.

starting from Amsterdam to Palestine and again back to Europe, the e-book chronicles Spinoza's posthumous odyssey from marginalized heretic to hero, the exemplar of an entire host of Jewish identities, together with cosmopolitan, nationalist, reformist, and rejectionist. Daniel Schwartz indicates that during fashioning Spinoza into "the first smooth Jew," generations of Jewish intellectuals--German liberals, East eu maskilim, secular Zionists, and Yiddishists--have projected their very own dilemmas of identification onto him, reshaping the Amsterdam philosopher of their personal picture. the various afterlives of Spinoza are a type of having a look glass into the struggles of Jewish writers over the place to attract the limits of Jewishness and no matter if a mundane Jewish identification is certainly attainable. Cumulatively, those afterlives supply a kaleidoscopic view of contemporary Jewish cultureand a bright background of an obsession with Spinoza that keeps to this day.

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The Encyclopaedia of Judaism, Volume 2 (2nd Edition)

This new version of the prize-winning Encyclopaedia of Judaism is sort of double the dimensions of the unique three-volume version. It gains fifty two new entries and comprises the 2 individually released supplementary volumes and bibliographic updates.
This moment version deals an authoritative, accomplished, and systematic presentation of the present kingdom of scholarship on basic problems with Judaism, either earlier and current. whereas heavy emphasis is put on the classical literature of Judaism and its background, this variation additionally contains imperative entries on circumcision, genetic engineering, homosexuality, intermarriage in American Judaism, and different acutely modern issues.

Articles are written in essay shape, and lots of are illustrated for extra emphasis. the flowery index allows prepared entry to major humans, locations, and different actual details. This important reference paintings is written for an viewers from all backgrounds, students and common readers alike.

‘The Encyclopaedia of Judaism is a necessary source for these drawn to studying extra approximately Jewish life.’
Dr. Alfred Gottschalk, President of the Museum of Jewish background, ny, 2001

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The Path of the Just (Mesilas Yesharim) (English Translation)

By Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, Yosef Liebler

A totally redone model of a valuable vintage. This newly translated quantity, entire with dealing with Hebrew-English textual content and shoulder captions for readability, revitalizes the learn of Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto's vintage moral paintings. the trail of the simply has lengthy been considered as the crown-jewel of mussar research. The Gaon of Vilna consistently saved a duplicate of Mesillas Yesharim at his facet, and but the piercing knowledge of the Ramchal is simply as suitable to our personal lives. the writer lightly courses the reader via numerous degrees of personality refinement, shining a beacon of existence at the route to perfection.

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You Shall Be As Gods: A Radical Interpretation of the Old Testament and Its Tradition

By Erich Fromm

Erich Fromm's cutting edge research of the outdated testomony as a remarkable early instance of radical humanism--The outdated testomony is among the such a lot rigorously studied books within the world's background. it's also some of the most misunderstood. This founding textual content of the world's 3 biggest religions is usually, Erich Fromm argues, a magnificent radical humanist textual content. He sees the tales of mankind's transition from divided clans to united brotherhood as a tribute to the human strength to beat. choked with hopeful symbolism, You might be As Gods indicates how the previous testomony and its culture is an inspiring ode to human power.

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Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations

By Martin Goodman

A magisterial historical past of the enormous fight among the Roman and Jewish worlds that resulted in the destruction of Jerusalem.

Martin Goodman—equally popular in Jewish and in Roman studies—examines this clash, its factors, and its results with unparalleled authority and thoroughness. He delineates the incompatibility among the cultural, political, and non secular ideals and practices of the 2 peoples and explains how Rome's pursuits have been served by means of a coverage of brutality opposed to the Jews. while, Christians started to distance themselves from their origins, changing into more and more adversarial towards Jews as Christian impact unfold in the empire. this can be the authoritative paintings of the way those nice civilizations collided and the way the reverberations are felt to today.

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The Sixteenth Century Hebrew Book: An Abridged Thesaurus (Brill’s series in Jewish studies, Volume 33)

By Marvin J. Heller

"The 16th Century Hebrew Book" is a bibliographic paintings describing books published with Hebrew letters in that century, protecting the gamut of Hebrew literature, encompassing liturgical works, Bibles, commentaries, Talmud, Mishnah, halakhic codes, kabbalistic works, fables and "belles-lettres". all of the 455 entries has a descriptive textual content web page produced from heritage at the writer, an outline of the book's contents and actual makeup and is followed through a replica of the identify or a pattern web page. there's an in depth advent with an summary of Hebrew printing and a dialogue of facets of the Hebrew ebook within the sixteenth century, in addition to unique again topic. it is a helpful paintings for bibliographers, historians and scholars of Jewish literature.

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Aesthetics of Sorrow: The Wailing Culture of Yemenite Jewish Women (Raphael Patai Series in Jewish Folklore and Anthropology)

The time period "wailing tradition" comprises an array of women's behaviors and ideology following the dying of a member in their ethnic workforce and is commonplace of Jewish lifestyles in Yemeni tradition. principal to the perform is wailing itself-a distinctive creative style that mixes speech with sobbing into relocating lyrical poetry that explores the which means of dying and loss. In Aesthetics of Sorrow: The Wailing tradition of Yemenite Jewish Women, Tova Gamliel decodes the cultural and mental meanings of this custom in an ethnography in line with her anthropological learn between Yemenite Jewish groups in Israel in 2001-2003.

in line with participant-observervation in houses of the bereaved and on twenty-four in-depth interviews with wailing men and women, Gamliel illuminates wailing tradition point via point: through the circles within which the task occurs; the unique parts of undertaking that belong to ladies; and the wide social, ancient, and spiritual context that surrounds those internal circles. She discusses the most subject matters that outline the wailing tradition (including the old origins of women's wailing normally and of Yemenite Jewish wailing in particular), the qualities of wailing as a creative style, and the wailer as a symbolic variety. She additionally explores the function of wailing in dying rituals, as a healing services endowed with detailed affective mechanisms, as an erotic functionality, as a livelihood, and as a hallmark of the Jewish exile. after all, she considers wailing on the intersection of culture and modernity and examines the research of wailing as a real methodological challenge.

Gamliel brings a delicate eye to the vanishing perform of wailing, which has been mostly unexamined by means of students and should be strange to many outdoor of the center East. Her interdisciplinary standpoint and her specialize in a uniquely girl immigrant cultural perform will make this research interesting examining for students of anthropology, gender, folklore, psychology, functionality, philosophy, and sociology.

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