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Lebendiges Judentum: Texte aus den Jahren 1943 bis 2010 by Gunda Trepp

By Gunda Trepp

Diese Texte des Rabbiners, Religionsphilosophen und Humanisten Leo Trepp sind für Juden und Nichtjuden gleichermaßen von Interesse. Sie zeugen davon, wie engagiert Trepp zu jeder Zeit auf zwei zentrale Fragen eingegangen ist: Wie kann das Judentum für die Juden aktuell und bedeutungsvoll bleiben? Und: used to be kann es den anderen Kulturen geben? So setzt sich Trepp mit dem Religionsbild der Christen ebenso auseinander wie mit dem jüdischen Staat Israel, der Judentum, Christentum und Islam Schutz geben kann und soll. Besonderes Anliegen ist für ihn die Frage, wie die Juden ihr Verhältnis zu Deutschland nach der Schoa neu gestalten können und welche foundation für einen sinnvollen conversation zwischen Juden und Christen erforderlich ist. Eingehend beschäftigt sich Trepp mit Samson Raphael Hirsch, Franz Rosenzweig und Hermann Cohen, mit Mordechai Kaplan, der ihn und den er stark beeinflusst hat, aber auch mit der Frage, welche Bedeutung das Land Israel für das Judentum und welchen Einfluss jüdisches Denken auf das heutige Leben hat - sei es im conversation mit dem Islam oder in der Auseinandersetzung mit dem Antisemitismus.

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Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul by Naomi Levy

By Naomi Levy

A bestselling writer and rabbi’s profoundly affecting exploration of the that means and objective of the soul, encouraged via the well-known correspondence among Albert Einstein and a grieving rabbi.

“A individual is a part of the full, known as by means of us ‘Universe,’ an element constrained in time and area. He reviews himself, his innovations, and emotions as anything break free the rest—a form of optical myth of his consciousness...” —Albert Einstein

When Rabbi Naomi Levy came upon this poignant letter through Einstein it shook her to her middle. His phrases completely captured what she has come to think concerning the human situation: That we're in detail attached, and that we're ignorant of this fact. Levy questioned what had elicited such religious knowledge from a guy of technology? hence begun a three-year seek into the secret of Einstein’s letter, and into the secret of the human soul. What emerges is an inspiring, deeply affecting booklet for individuals of all faiths jam-packed with common truths that might support us reclaim our personal souls and glimpse the harmony that has been evading us. all of us lengthy to work out extra expansively, to stay as much as our presents, to appreciate why we're right here. Levy leads us on a panoramic trip choked with knowledge, empathy and humor, difficult us to get up and heed the voice calling from within—a voice beckoning us to develop into who we have been born be.

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Jew (Key Words in Jewish Studies) by Cynthia M. Baker

By Cynthia M. Baker

Jew.  The observe possesses an uncanny energy to impress and unsettle. For millennia, Jew has signified the consummate Other, a chronic fly within the ointment of Western civilization’s grand narratives and cultural initiatives. in basic terms very lately, in spite of the fact that, has Jew been reclaimed as a time period of self-identification and satisfaction.  
With those insights as some degree of departure, this publication deals a wide-ranging exploration of the main be aware Jew—a time period that lies not just on the center of Jewish adventure, yet certainly on the center of Western civilization. studying scholarly debates in regards to the origins and early meanings of Jew, Cynthia M. Baker interrogates different types like “ethnicity,” “race,” and “religion” that unavoidably characteristic in makes an attempt to outline the observe. Tracing the term’s evolution, she additionally illuminates its many contradictions, revealing how Jew has served as a marker of materialism and intellectualism, socialism and capitalism, worldly cosmopolitanism and clannish parochialism, selected prestige, and accursed stigma.
Baker proceeds to discover the complicated demanding situations that attend the trendy appropriation of Jew as a time period of self-identification, with forays into Yiddish language and tradition, in addition to meditations on Jew-as-identity through modern public intellectuals. ultimately, by way of tracing the word new Jews via a number contexts—including the early Zionist stream, present debates approximately Muslim immigration to Europe, and up to date sociological reports within the United States—the publication presents a glimpse of what the be aware Jew is coming to intend in an period of web cultures, genetic sequencing, precarious nationalisms, and proliferating identities.

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All These Vows—Kol Nidre (Prayers of Awe) by Lawrence A. Hoffman,Catherine Madsen,Annette M.

By Lawrence A. Hoffman,Catherine Madsen,Annette M. Boeckler,Eliezer Diamond,Ellen M. Umansky,Erica Brown,Marc Zvi Brettler,Mark Kligman,Reuven Kimelman,Ron Wolfson,Wendy Zierler,Liz Lerman,Aaron Panken,Andrew Goldstein,Charles H. Middleburgh,Dalia Marx,Danie

The such a lot memorable prayer of the Jewish New Year—what it skill, why we sing it, and the key of its magical appeal.

Through a chain of full of life commentaries, over thirty contributors—men and ladies, students and rabbis, artists and poets, spanning 3 continents and all significant Jewish denominations—examine Kol Nidre's theology, utilization, and deeply own impression. They hint the particular historical past of the prayer and makes an attempt during the a long time to emend it, downplay it or even eliminate it—all in useless. They discover why Kol Nidre is still an annual liturgical spotlight that's frequently attended even by way of Jews who disbelieve every thing the prayer says.

Prayers of Awe
An intriguing new sequence that examines the excessive Holy Day liturgy to counterpoint the praying event of everyone—whether skilled worshipers or site visitors who come upon Jewish prayer for the first actual time.

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TAMAR, First Author of the Bible, 2nd edition by Walter Lamp

By Walter Lamp

Tamar was once the 1st individual to list in writing the ideals of the Jewish people who have been orally transmitted from new release to iteration for a thousand years. In so doing, she wrote the 1st Bible, which was once additional to over the centuries and have become tody’s previous testomony or Hebrew Bible/Torah just like the one you ensue to have at home.
Mr. Lamp tells of the clues he present in today’s Bible and the biblical “who-done-it” path that led him to spot Tamar because the first writer. He is going directly to clarify what the faith was once like whilst Tamar wrote, which was once for the duration of King David (her father) whilst his state used to be on the zenith of energy and impression within the historic global. It was once a faith that had no restraints on own freedom: no legislation of Moses, no circumcision, no nutritional regulations, no exclusivity, and no sacrifices, tithes or rituals. It was once a faith the place the non-violent God lovingly watched over His humans and requested for not anything in go back, made no calls for and issued no instructions.
In one other e-book, “THE TAMAR BIBLE, the 1st Judeo-Christian Scripture,” Mr. Lamp defined how he was once in a position to separate Tamar’s writings from the voluminous additions made through the later biblical authors; that e-book comprise the total textual content of Tamar's Bible.
In this publication, as well as describing the unique Judaism and the id of Tamar, Mr. Lamp conveys Tamar’s own tale of her rape by way of her half-brother, the Crown Prince, and the way she turned desolate in the home of her complete brother - unmarriageable, it was once no ask yourself that she dedicated herself to writing the 1st Bible. And Mr. Lamp is going off on a tangent to handle no matter if we will justifiably name Tamar the world’s first identified feminist a result of means she wrote that Bible.”

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The Jewish Time Line Encyclopedia: A Year-by-Year History by Mattis Kantor

By Mattis Kantor

Kantor writes from the point of view of a standard Jew, overlaying occasions similar to the Flood, giving of the Torah, and the autumn of the Tower of Babel, putting those in the chronology of background besides the Spanish Inquisition, the Holocaust, and the founding of the kingdom of Israel.

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Judaea-Palaestina, Babylon and Rome: Jews in Antiquity by Benjamin Isaac,Yuval Shahar

By Benjamin Isaac,Yuval Shahar

the current quantity brings jointly papers through the world over popular experts in Jewish background within the Roman interval. so much of them have been learn at a convention at Tel Aviv college in 2009 in honour of Aharon Oppenheimer. the amount specializes in a few well-defined key subject matters within the background of the Jews either in Judea and within the diaspora: to start with identical to Jews between non-Jews and of non-Jews between Jews; questions of social and highbrow historical past, in most cases these facing the transformation that happened due to the failed Jewish revolts opposed to Rome and pressing matters in sleek scholarship.
experiences to be pointed out listed here are: the connection and cultural transformations among Palestinian and Babylonian Jews; the connection among Jews and early Christians; the evolving photo of first century Judaism as projected within the early Christian resources and smooth scholarship; the function of the sages during this interval, conversion to Judaism, and Jewish resistance and martyrdom below Roman rule.
the various papers offer a brand new review of the correct matters within the gentle of fixing perspectives of social and non secular historical past. important to some of the papers is a spotlight on attitudes towards others and collective photograph: the Jews as noticeable by means of others; Jews taking a look at others and at inner teams. one other class of articles are chapters in social and highbrow historical past with a delicate and arguable ideology within the historical past, a few of them delivering provocative re-assessments.

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Oracular Law and Priestly Historiography in the Torah by Simeon Chavel

By Simeon Chavel

during this examine, Simeon Chavel establishes the life of a special form of tale in the Torah, the 'oracular novella,' lines its contours and poetics, identifies its ancient heritage, and analyzes its use. The oracular novella is a really brief tale with a felony climax, within which divine adjudication and laws resolves human trouble. In a spartan type, the narrative recounts how an incident or set of conditions in Israel led via oracular inquiry of Moses to felony answer via Yahweh. The Torah comprises 4 oracular novellas, all within the Priestly heritage, motion tales and scenario tales: a guy curses Yahweh (Lev 24:10-23), a guy gathers wooden at the Sabbath (Num 15:32-36), impurity of sure Israelites on the time of the Pesa? threatens to chop them off eternally (Num 9:1-14), and the identify of a guy who died with out sons to own his component in Canaan stands to visit oblivion (Num 27:1-11). every one makes use of the criminal climax in a different way as an expressive ideological second; every one used to be composed, integrated, and revised individually and otherwise; and every had a unique impression on previous and next biblical literature. yet all functionality equally in the Priestly background to dramatize a suite of ideas and topics within the instantly previous divine legislative speeches and divinely directed actions. old courtroom documents and biblical fabrics convey the oracular novellas to evolve a kind of priestly job for historiographical reasons. As a bunch, they remove darkness from the Priestly heritage as a story based on a deep and large troping of divine will as legislation and laws, and spotlight how Judean clergymen adored oracular inquiry because the nexus of divine and human society.

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Righteousness in the Book of Proverbs (Forschungen zum Alten by Sun Myung Lyu

By Sun Myung Lyu

This learn brings insights from personality ethics as well as the a lot mentioned biblical scholarship on social justice in an effort to elucidate the concept that of righteousness found in the publication of Proverbs. The author's selection of Proverbs as a knowledge textual content with regards to the idea that of righteousness displays the belief that past scholarship has now not handled righteousness as an idea in its personal correct yet as a corollary to the problem of social justice. Like personality ethics, Proverbs use its depiction of the righteous individual as its renowned pedagogic equipment of ethical discourse. In different phrases, rather than delivering summary statements approximately morality, solar Myung Lyu portrays the lifetime of the righteous individual because the paradigm of ethical lifestyles, that is pregnant with a variety of realizations into particular activities befitting assorted existence occasions. What the righteous individual embodies is righteousness, the nature in toto , which encompasses but transcends particular virtues and activities. After providing a comparative learn of Proverbs with the Psalms and the traditional Egyptian knowledge texts, the writer concludes that regardless of many similarities and parallels, Proverbs nonetheless stands proud in its robust emphasis on personality formation and internalization of virtues as foundations of morality normally and righteousness in particular.

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A Myrtle Among Reeds by David Prashker

By David Prashker

“A Myrtle between Reeds” is a hugely own account of the character and heritage of Jewish prayer, rooted within the author's 25 years of expertise as a head of Jewish faculties, and as a standard prayer-leader. From getting off the bed till the top of Shacharit, Prashker takes the reader on a trip during the whys and hows and whats of each Jewish prayer: their origins, their practices and their various reasons. This scholarly observation is pushed by means of one guiding query: if the Judaism that has existed for the prior 2,000 years used to be consciously validated as a “substitute throughout the time of exile” via the Talmudic Rabbis, as the Jews had misplaced their sovereignty within the land of Israel and the Temple was once destroyed, why are Jews nonetheless “playing the bogus” whilst the exile has ended? Prashker bargains a problem to conventional Jews, and to people who count number themselves as liberal, smooth and innovative to boot, to re-think Jewish prayer and perform within the mild of the institution of the kingdom of Israel.

This e-book is vital analyzing for each Jew, and for all who're attracted to Judaism, or the act of prayer in any shape. No non secular institution lecture room might be with out it.

“The Day of Atonement”, exploring the prayers and rituals of Yom Kippur, offers a sister-volume to “A Myrtle between Reeds”.

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