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Sundays at Sinai: A Jewish Congregation in Chicago by Tobias Brinkmann

By Tobias Brinkmann

First verified one hundred fifty years in the past, Chicago Sinai is one in every of America’s oldest Reform Jewish congregations. Its founders have been upwardly cellular and civically dedicated women and men, founders and companions of banks and landmark companies like Hart Schaffner & Marx, Sears & Roebuck, and the large meatpacking enterprise Morris & Co. As explicitly sleek Jews, Sinai’s individuals supported and led civic associations and took part actively in Chicago politics. maybe so much extensively, their Sunday providers, brought in 1874 and nonetheless celebrated at the present time, turned an indicator of the congregation.

In Sundays at Sinai, Tobias Brinkmann brings sleek Jewish heritage, immigration, city background, and spiritual background jointly to track the roots of radical Reform Judaism from around the Atlantic to this swiftly transforming into American city.  Brinkmann shines a gentle at the improvement of an city reform congregation, illuminating Chicago Sinai’s practices and background, and its contribution to Christian-Jewish discussion within the usa. Chronicling Chicago Sinai’s radical beginnings in antebellum Chicago to the current, Sundays at Sinai is the extreme tale of a number one Jewish Reform congregation in a single of America’s nice cities.

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Judaism: History, Belief and Practice by Dan Cohn-Sherbok

By Dan Cohn-Sherbok

This newly revised all-encompassing textbook is a consultant to the heritage, ideals and perform of Judaism. starting with the traditional close to japanese historical past, it covers early Israelite background, the emergence of classical rabbinic literature and the increase of medieval Judaism in Islamic and Christian lands. it's also the early sleek interval and the improvement of Jewry within the 19th and 20th centuries. Extracts from basic assets are used all through to liven up the narrative and supply concrete examples of the wealthy number of Jewish civilization.

Specially designed to help studying, Judaism:

Introduces texts and commentaries, together with the Hebrew Bible, rabbinic texts, mystical literature, Jewish philosophy and Jewish theology

presents the talents essential to comprehend those step by step with the aid of a better half website

Explains how to interpret the main occasions in approximately 4 thousand years of Jewish history

helps study with dialogue questions about the principal old and non secular matters, and comprises key interpreting for every bankruptcy, an intensive word list and index

Illustrates the improvement of Judaism, its recommendations, observances and tradition, with maps, photographs, work and engravings

Links each bankruptcy to a loose significant other site at www.routledge.com/cw/cohnsherbok which supplies issues to contemplate, activities and guidance for lecturers in addition to different on-line resources

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Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow by Dr. Arthur Green

By Dr. Arthur Green

What can Kabbalah educate us approximately our lives at the present time?
What can it educate us approximately our destiny?

in line with the Jewish mystical culture of Kabbalah, Ehyeh,or “I shall be,” is the private, so much hidden identify of God. Arthur eco-friendly, some of the most revered academics of Jewish mysticism of his iteration, makes use of this straightforward Hebrew notice to liberate the religious that means of Kabbalah for our lives.

whilst Moses skilled his nice second of name on the Burning Bush, he requested God, “When humans ask me, ‘What is His name?’ what should still I say to them?” God solutions with this mysterious word, “I might be what I shall be,” and says to Moses, “Tell them that ‘I might be’ despatched you.”

God’s complicated solution makes the dialog sound like a koan-dialogue among a Zen grasp and disciple…. just like the koan, the textual content here's achieving to a few position past phrases, trying to create a leap forward in our awareness. what's it attempting to let us know?
—from the advent

mixing Jewish theology and mysticism, Arthur eco-friendly invitations us on a latest exploration of Kabbalah, displaying how the traditional Jewish mystical culture can be retooled to deal with the desires of our new release.

Drawing at the Zohar and different kabbalistic texts, eco-friendly examines the elemental rules and religious teachings of Kabbalah, encouraging today’s smooth seeker to stretch to new methods of pondering with either middle and brain, environment us on a profitable route to the knowledge Kabbalah has to offer.

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Isaiah 40-66: A Commentary (The Eerdmans Critical by Shalom M. Paul

By Shalom M. Paul

This Eerdmans severe statement quantity is Shalom Paul's entire, all-inclusive examine of the oracles of an nameless prophet identified in simple terms as moment Isaiah who prophesied within the moment 1/2 the 6th century B.C.E. Paul examines Isaiah 40–66 via an in depth analyzing of the biblical textual content, supplying thorough exegesis of the ancient, linguistic, literary, and theological elements of the prophet's writings. He additionally seems to be rigorously at intertextual impacts of past biblical and extrabiblical books, attracts at the contributions of medieval Jewish commentators, and helps the competition that moment Isaiah should still comprise chapters 55–66, therefore doing away with the necessity to demarcate a 3rd Isaiah.

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Faith and Freedom: Moses Mendelssohn's Theological-Political by Michah Gottlieb

By Michah Gottlieb

the hot renewal of the faith-reason debate has centred cognizance on past episodes in its heritage. certainly one of its memorable highlights happened through the Enlightenment, with the outbreak of the "Pantheism Controversy" among the eighteenth century Jewish thinker Moses Mendelssohn and the Christian Counter-Enlightenment philosopher Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi. whereas Mendelssohn argued that cause proven trust in a providential God and in an immortal soul, Jacobi claimed that its constant program led ineluctably to atheism and fatalism. at this time, there are top interpretations of Moses Mendelssohn's idea. One casts him as a Jewish traditionalist who attracts on German philosophy to help his premodern Jewish ideals, whereas the opposite portrays him as a mystery Deist who seeks to motivate his fellow Jews to combine into German society and so disingenuously defends Judaism to prevent arousing their competition. through exploring the Pantheism Controversy and Mendelssohn's relation to his maximum Jewish philosophical predecessors, the medieval Rabbi Moses Maimonides and the 17th century heretic Baruch Spinoza, Michah Gottlieb offers a brand new analyzing of Mendelssohn arguing that he defends Jewish spiritual innovations clearly, yet provides them a humanistic interpretation applicable to existence in a unfastened, assorted sleek society. Gottlieb argues that the faith-reason debate is better understood no longer basically as a controversy approximately metaphysical questions, corresponding to even if God exists, yet really as a competition among competing conceptions of human dignity and freedom. Mendelssohn, Gottlieb contends, supplies expression to a humanistic non secular viewpoint useful of renewed attention today.

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Why Study Talmud in the Twenty-First Century?: The Relevance by Paul Socken,Elizabeth Shanks Alexander,Tsvi Blanchard,Judith

By Paul Socken,Elizabeth Shanks Alexander,Tsvi Blanchard,Judith R. Baskin,Michael Chernick,Shaye J.D. Cohen,Yaakov Elman,Pinchas Zuriel Hayman,Richard Kalmin,Jane Kanarek,Ephraim Kanarfogel,David Novak,Jeffrey L. Rubenstein,Devora Steinmetz,Barry Wimpfheimer

The Talmud is the repository of millions of years of Jewish knowledge. it's a conglomerate of legislation, legend, and philosophy, a mix of targeted good judgment and smart pragmatism, of historical past and technological know-how, of anecdotes and humor. regrettably, its occasionally complicated subject material frequently turns out inappropriate in state-of-the-art global. during this edited quantity, 16 eminent North American and Israeli students from a number of faculties of Jewish notion grapple with the textual content and culture of Talmud, speaking individually approximately their very own purposes for learning it. every one of those students and lecturers believes that Talmud is indispensible to any severe research of recent Judaism and so each one essay demanding situations the reader to interact in his or her personal person trip of discovery. the various feminist, rabbinic, academic, and philosophical ways during this assortment are as assorted because the individuals' studies. Their essays are available, own bills in their person discovery of the Talmud, reflecting the energy and profundity of contemporary non secular concept and experience.

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Jewish Studies: A Theoretical Introduction (Key Words in by Andrew Bush

By Andrew Bush

Jewish Studies, the 1st quantity in a groundbreaking new sequence, keyword phrases in Jewish reports, introduces the elemental procedure of the sequence via organizing dialogue round key thoughts within the box that experience emerged over the past centuries: background and technology, race and faith, self and neighborhood, identification and reminiscence. The e-book is orientated by way of modern serious thought, specifically feminist and postcolonial reports, and the multidisciplinary techniques of cultural studies.

By having a look backward and forward—and throughout continents and disciplines—to unearth the evolution of the scholarly learn of Jews, Andrew Bush offers a finished advent to the improvement of Jewish reports from the flip of the 19th century to the current. during attractive scholarship on sessions from the classical to the modern and from the disciplines of background, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and literary reviews, Bush questions male-dominated and Ashkenazi-centric visions of the sector. He concludes with an experimental exposition of a brand new Jewish reviews for a time the place recognition to distinction has overtaken the safety of canons and commonalities.

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On the Margins of a Minority: Leprosy, Madness, and by Ephraim Shoham-Steiner,Haim Watzman

By Ephraim Shoham-Steiner,Haim Watzman

In medieval Europe, the a lot greater Christian inhabitants appeared Jews as their inferiors, yet how did either Christians and Jews think approximately those that have been marginalized in the Ashkenazi Jewish group? In On the Margins of a Minority: Leprosy, insanity, and incapacity one of the Jews of Medieval Europe, writer Ephraim Shoham-Steiner explores the lifestyles and plight of 3 of those teams. Shoham-Steiner attracts on a large choice of late-tenth- to fifteenth-century fabric from either inner (Jewish) in addition to exterior (non-Jewish) assets to reconstruct social attitudes towards those “others,” together with lepers, madmen, and the bodily impaired. Shoham-Steiner considers how the outsiders have been taken care of through their respective groups, whereas additionally retaining a fragile stability with the encircling non-Jewish community.

On the Margins of a Minority is dependent in 3 pairs of chapters addressing each one of those 3 marginal teams. the 1st pair offers with the ethical angle towards leprosy and its victims; the second one with the manifestations of insanity and its explanations as obvious by means of medieval women and men, and the influence those symptoms had at the remedy of the insane; the 3rd with impaired and disabled participants, together with people with restricted mobility, handbook disorder, deafness, and blindness. Shoham-Steiner additionally addresses questions of the spiritual that means of impairment in mild of non secular conceptions of the best physique. He concludes with a bibliography of assets and experiences that trained the examine, together with invaluable midrashic, exegetical, homiletic, moral, and tips literature, and texts from responsa and halakhic rulings.

knowing and exploring attitudes towards teams and participants thought of “other” via mainstream society offers us with information regarding marginalized teams, in addition to the internal social mechanisms at paintings in a bigger society. On the Margins of a Minority will entice students of Jewish medieval background in addition to readers drawn to the turning out to be box of incapacity studies.

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Frühjudentum und Urchristentum: Vorgeschichte - Verlauf - by Hubert Frankemölle

By Hubert Frankemölle

Die "Kohlhammer Studienbücher Theologie", konzipiert für das Studium an der Hochschule, für das Selbststudium wie auch für die Weiterbildung, führen in alle Bereiche der katholischen Theologie ein. Sie stellen in didaktisch überzeugend strukturierter shape das Grundwissen der einzelnen Disziplinen dar, informieren über den aktuellen Diskussionsstand und leisten einen originären Beitrag zur Weitergabe der christlichen culture in Kirche und Gesellschaft.

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Christianity and Judaism: Two Covenants by Yehezkel Kaufman

By Yehezkel Kaufman

This ebook includes 3 successive chapters from Yehezkel Kaufman's Golah ve-Nekhar which, notwithstanding intrinsically on the topic of the primary subject of that paintings, represent a unique unit of its own.

These 3 chapters characterize a huge test by way of the writer to reply to the query as to why, having unfold to just about all peoples worldwide, Christianity used to be no longer used to be capable of anchor itself one of the Jews? Why all these Jews that experience develop into Christians, have additionally ultimately disappeared from the rolls of the Jewish people?

The writings of Yehezkel Kaufmann (1889-1963), overdue Professor of Bible on the Hebrew collage of Jerusalem, fall into 3 major different types: Bible reports, of which the four-volume background of the faith of Israel is the magnum opus; socio-historical research of Jewry's destiny and lifestyles as a diaspora-nation neighborhood, with the two-volume Gold ve-Nekhar (Exile and Estrangement) being its most eminent scholarly project during this regard; ultimately topical articles facing rapid socio-political difficulties of Zionism and the rising country of Israel.

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