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

One of many nice masterpieces of Western spiritual notion, the Zohar represents an try to discover hidden meanings at the back of the realm of appearances. it's the imperative paintings within the literature of the Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical culture.

This quantity of chosen passages from the Zohar, culled through the best authority on Jewish mysticism, bargains a sampling of its distinctive imaginative and prescient of the esoteric wonders of construction; the existence and future of the soul; the confluence of actual and divine love; ache and demise; exile and redemption.

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The Jewish State

By Theodor Herzl

Theodor Herzl's passionate advocacy of the founding of a Jewish kingdom grew out of his conviction that Jews might by no means be assimilated into preexisting populations. His influential 1896 polemic discusses the political and historical rationales for a Jewish place of birth. this wonderful translation contains an creation through Louis Lipsky and a biography of the author.

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The Jerusalem Syndrome: My Life as a Reluctant Messiah

By Marc Maron

By way of the writer of Attempting basic and host of the podcast WTF with Marc Maron, The Jerusalem Syndrome is The Gospel in line with Maron: a religious memoir of your common hyperintelligent, ultraneurotic, superhip Jewish standup comic and seeker. 

The Jerusalem Syndrome is a real mental phenomenon that regularly moves viewers to the Holy Land_the fantasy that they're unexpectedly direct vessels for the voice of God. Marc Maron turns out to have a highly American model of the Jerusalem Syndrome, which has led him on a lifelong quest for spiritual importance and revelation within the such a lot not going of locations.

Maron riffs on Beat phenomena with its sacred texts, validated rituals, and prescribed pilgrimages. He spends a while exploring the darkish facet of items, as his obsessions with cocaine (known to Maron as “magic powder”), conspiracy theories, and recognized self-destructive comedians persuade him that the gates of hell open underneath la. As his quest matures, he finds the non secular features of company the USA, pontificating at the undying great thing about the Coca-Cola brand or even taking a visit to the Philip Morris cigarette manufacturing unit, the place the staff puff their very own items with a zealot-like fervor. The fruits of Maron’s Jerusalem Syndrome comes in the course of his personal journey of the Holy Land, the place, with Sony camcorder glued to his eye socket, he comes face-to-face together with his personal ambiguous dating to Judaism and reaches the edge of non secular revelation_or is it fearful breakdown?

Marc Maron has significantly tailored and extended his praised one-man express to craft a real literary memoir. even if he’s a real prophet or a neurotic mess, he’ll make you snort as you query the which means of life.

“Marc Maron is blazingly clever, rapid-fire, and extremely humorous . . . a super and constant screed.” –David Rakoff, writer of Fraud

“Marc Maron is the 1st loopy individual I’ve ever envied. In his brainiac-memoir-meets-hilarious-travelogue, he demonstrates the facility to inform a narrative with a rare provocative intelligence that's unfortunately shared by way of few.” _ Janeane Garofolo, comedian

From the alternate Paperback edition.

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On Judaism

By Martin Buber

“The query I placed prior to you, in addition to earlier than myself, is the query of the which means of Judaism for the Jews. Why will we name ourselves Jews? i need to talk to you no longer of an abstraction yet of your personal existence . . . its authenticity and essence.” With those phrases, Martin Buber takes us on a trip into the guts of Judaism—its spirit, imaginative and prescient, and relevance to trendy lifestyles.

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Staying Sane in a Crazy World: A Guide to Rational Living

By Sherwin T. Wine

Existence is bigoted. It frequently doesn't supply us what we need. extra usually it doesn't supply us what we deserve. there's an excessive amount of loss of life, betrayal and frustration. there's not adequate love, happiness and wish. it's rather transparent that the universe doesn't agree to the human ethical agenda.

A simply universe is additionally a significant universe. it's also a sane universe. An unjust international is a meaningless global. it's also a loopy global. Staying sane in a loopy global isn't really effortless. It calls for a distinct form of human ingenuity and determination.

Sherwin Wine explores what it potential to manage effectively with an unfair global. The east step is to brush off illusions that conceal the truth we needs to face.

Being rational and life like aren't chilly responses to lifestyles. they're tied to the fervour for private energy and dignity.

Wine develops the 10 steps to sanity. those steps are solutions to yes primary questions of existence. what's happiness? What do i must do to feel free? How do my worry, anger, love and guilt healthy into my look for own dignity? What does it suggest to be moral in a global that's lower than moral? How am i able to locate the power i must focus on the issues of my lifestyles?

Staying Sane in a loopy international is a clean and a bit outrageous new method of the quest for that means in lifestyles. In an age while it truly is stylish to offer humans solutions that they wish to listen to yet can't use, Wine offers much less trendy - yet more desirable - solutions to the elemental problems with the human .

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The Forgotten Diaspora: Jewish Communities in West Africa and the Making of the Atlantic World

By Peter Mark

This publication lines the historical past of early seventeenth-century Portuguese Sephardic investors who settled in groups on Senegal's Petite Côte. There, they lived as public Jews, less than the non secular advice of a rabbi despatched to them by way of the newly demonstrated Portuguese Jewish neighborhood in Amsterdam. In Senegal, the Jews have been shielded from brokers of the Inquisition through neighborhood Muslim rulers. The Petite Côte groups incorporated a number of Jews of combined Portuguese-African background in addition to African other halves, offspring, and servants. The blade guns alternate was once an incredible a part of their advertisement actions. those retailers participated marginally within the slave alternate yet absolutely within the hands alternate, illegally delivering West African markets with swords. This blade guns exchange trusted artisans and retailers established in Morocco, Lisbon, and northern Europe and affected conflict within the Sahel and alongside the higher Guinea Coast. After participants of those groups moved to the United Provinces round 1620, they'd a profound impression on family members among black and white Jews in Amsterdam. The research not just discovers formerly unknown Jewish groups yet via doing so bargains a reinterpretation of the dynamics and methods of identification development in the course of the Atlantic international.

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Visual Culture and the Holocaust

By Barbie Zelizer

A e-book that appears at either the normal and the novel ways that the holocaust has been visually represented. the aim of this quantity is to augment our figuring out of the visible illustration of the Holocaust - in movies, tv, photos, paintings and museum installations and cultural artifacts - and to envision the ways that those have formed our cognizance. The parts coated comprise the Eichman Trial as lined on American tv, the effect of Schindler's record, the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Isreali history Museums, ladies and Holocaust images, web Holocaust websites and tattoos and shrunken heads, the our bodies of the useless and of the survivors.

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By Hannah Arendt, Gershom Scholem, Marie Luise Knott, David Heredia, Olivier Mannoni, Françoise Mancip-Renaudie

Liés d’amitié dès le milieu des années trente, mais fondamentalement opposés par leurs idées, Hannah Arendt et Gershom Scholem ne cessèrent, plus de vingt ans durant, d’échanger des lettres chargées de ardour entre long island et Jérusalem. Entre eux, Walter Benjamin, le très cher ami commun dont l. a. mort en 1940 hante cette correspondance de bout en bout.Celle-ci témoigne d’abord des débats qui enflammèrent les intellectuels juifs (et pas seulement eux) après le génocide : les Juifs doivent-ils former un État particular fondé sur l. a. judéité ? doivent-ils au contraire s’assimiler dans les can pay où ils résident ? Scholem soutient l. a. première alternative, Arendt los angeles seconde.C’est ainsi qu’entre 1939 et 1963, le cabbaliste et l. a. philosophe confrontent leurs evaluations sur l. a. judéité, le sionisme, l’actualité politique, leurs écrits respectifs, mais aussi le destin des Juifs, tandis qu’après l. a. guerre ils s’engagent l’un et l’autre dans le sauvetage des bibliothèques et des information pillées par les nazis. Jusqu’à quel element le deuil des morts et le wrestle pour l. a. survie du judaïsme fondait-il leurs kinfolk ?Ce débat passionné s’achèvera sur une rupture, Scholem ayant les mots les plus durs pour l. a. façon dont son amie avait rendu compte en 1963, dans l. a. presse américaine, du procès Eichmann. Était-elle devenue à ses yeux une « mauvaise juive » ?Plutôt se taire que se déchirer.

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