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Leaves from the Garden of Eden

By Howard Schwartz
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Isbn : 0199779473
  • Pages : 544
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In Leaves from the Garden of Eden, Howard Schwartz, a three-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award, has gathered together one hundred of the most astonishing and luminous stories from Jewish folk tradition. Just as Schwartz's award-winning book Tree of Souls collected the essential myths of Jewish tradition, Leaves from the Garden of Eden collects one hundred essential Jewish tales. As imaginative as the Arabian Nights, these stories invoke enchanted worlds, demonic realms, and mystical experiences. The four most popular types of Jewish tales are gathered here--fairy tales, folktales, supernatural tales, and mystical tales--taking readers on heavenly journeys, lifelong quests, and descents to the underworld. There is a dybbuk lurking in a well, a book that comes to life, and a world where Lilith, the Queen of Demons, seduces the unsuspecting. Here too are Jewish versions of many of the best-known tales, including "Cinderella," "Snow White," and "Rapunzel." Schwartz's retelling of one of these stories, "The Finger," inspired Tim Burton's film Corpse Bride.

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Enlightenment writers, revolutionaries, and even Napoleon discussed and wrote about France's tiny Jewish population at great length. Why was there so much thinking about Jews when they were a minority of less than one percent and had little economic and virtually no political power? In this unusually wide-ranging study of representations of Jews in eighteenth-century France—both by Gentiles and Jews themselves—Ronald Schechteroffers fresh perspectives on the Enlightenment and French Revolution, on Jewish history, and on the nature of racism and intolerance. Informed by the latest historical scholarship and by the insights of cultural theory, Obstinate Hebrews is a fascinating tale of cultural appropriation cast in the light of modern society's preoccupation with the "other." Schechter argues that the French paid attention to the Jews because thinking about the Jews helped them reflect on general issues of the day. These included the role of tradition in religion, the perfectibility of human nature, national identity, and the nature of citizenship. In a conclusion comparing and contrasting the "Jewish question" in France with discourses about women, blacks, and Native Americans, Schechter provocatively widens his inquiry, calling for a more historically precise approach to these important questions of difference.

Jewish Identity in Early Modern Germany

By Dean Phillip Bell
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 9781317111047
  • Pages : 200
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 750
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Although Jews in early modern Germany produced little in the way of formal historiography, Jews nevertheless engaged the past for many reasons and in various and surprising ways. They narrated the past in order to enforce order, empower authority, and record the traditions of their communities. In this way, Jews created community structure and projected that structure into the future. But Jews also used the past as a means to contest the marginalization threatened by broader developments in the Christian society in which they lived. As the Reformation threw into relief serious questions about authority and tradition and as Jews continued to suffer from anti-Jewish mentality and politics, narration of the past allowed Jews to re-inscribe themselves in history and contemporary society. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including chronicles, liturgical works, books of customs, memorybooks, biblical commentaries, rabbinic responsa and community ledgers, this study offers a timely reassessment of Jewish community and identity during a frequently turbulent era. It engages, but then redirects, important discussions by historians regarding the nature of time and the construction and role of history and memory in pre-modern Europe and pre-modern Jewish civilization. This book will be of significant value, not only to scholars of Jewish history, but anyone with an interest in the social and cultural aspects of religious history.

Sabbatai Ṣevi

By Gershom Gerhard Scholem
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  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Isbn : 9781400883158
  • Pages : 1096
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 418
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Gershom Scholem stands out among modern thinkers for the richness and power of his historical imagination. A work widely esteemed as his magnum opus, Sabbatai Ṣevi offers a vividly detailed account of the only messianic movement ever to engulf the entire Jewish world. Sabbatai Ṣevi was an obscure kabbalist rabbi of seventeenth-century Turkey who aroused a fervent following that spread over the Jewish world after he declared himself to be the Messiah. The movement suffered a severe blow when Ṣevi was forced to convert to Islam, but a clandestine sect survived. A monumental and revisionary work of Jewish historiography, Sabbatai Ṣevi details Ṣevi's rise to prominence and stands out for its combination of philological and empirical authority and passion. This edition contains a new introduction by Yaacob Dweck that explains the scholarly importance of Scholem's work to a new generation of readers.

The Bible Reader's Commentary. The New Testament

By J. Glentworth Butler
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  • Publisher : Рипол Классик
  • Isbn : 9785873825240
  • Pages :
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 562
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The Bible Reader's Commentary. The New Testament. In Two Volumes. Volume 1.

All the King's Falcons

By John Renard
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  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Isbn : 9781438417073
  • Pages : 238
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 370
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This book looks at Rumi’s insights into the meaning of the second half of the basic Muslim creed, namely, the nature and function of revelation through prophets.

The Modern Jewish Experience

By Jack Wertheimer
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  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Isbn : 9780814794944
  • Pages : 410
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 652
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The pace of scholarly research and academic publication in fields of Judaica has quickened dramatically in the second half of the twentieth century. The major consumers and producers of this new scholarship are found in Jewish Studies programs that have proliferated at institutions of higher learning around the world since the 1960s. From the vantage point of the nineties, it is difficult to fathom that until thirty years ago, Jewish studies courses were mainly limited to a few elite universities, rabbinical seminaries, and Hebrew teachers' colleges. Today there are few colleges at public or private insitutions of higher learning that do not sponsor at least some courses on aspects of Jewish study. In light of this explosion of research on Jewish topics, non-specialists and educators can benefit from guidance through the thicket of new monographs, source anthologies, textbooks and scholarly essays. The Modern Jewish Experience, the result of a multi-year collaboration between the International Center for the University Teaching of Jewish Civilization and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, offers just such guidance on a range of issues pertaining to modern Jewish history, culture, religion, and society. With contributions from two dozen leading scholars, The Modern Jewish Experience presents practical information and guidelines intended to expand the teaching repertoire for undergraduate courses on modern Jewish life, as well as a means for college professors to enrich and diversify their courses with discussions on otherwise neglected Jewish communities, social and political issues, religious and ideological movements, and interdisciplinary perspectives. Sample syllabi are also included for survey courses set in diverse linguistic settings. An indispensible resource for undergraduate instruction, this volume may also be used to great profit by educators of adults in synagogue and Jewish communal settings, as well as by individual students engaged in private study.

Wanderings

By Chaim Potok
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  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Isbn : 9780593359297
  • Pages : 464
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 895
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A fascinating history of the Jews, told by a master novelist, here is Chaim Potok's fascinating, moving four thousand-year history. Recreating great historical events, exporing Jewish life in its infinite variety and in many eras and places, here is a unique work by a singular Jewish voice.

Memoirs of a Jewish Vampire

By Russell Andresen
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  • Publisher : Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency
  • Isbn : 9781681816654
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  • Reads : 495
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Imagine being an immortal and knowing that you had to share your 6,000-year existence with your mother and grandmother. Imagine if you were forced to watch the follies of humanity while causing problems of your own with famous figures from history. Welcome to the world of Isidore Glassman, Izzy to his friends, in this politically incorrect romp through history, as seen from the perspective of a Jewish vampire. Yes, a Jewish vampire. Sometimes intellectual, often irreverent, and constantly hilarious, this story will make you rethink the way you look at vampires. Memoirs of a Jewish Vampire: 6,000 Years of Kvetching projects a full-frontal assault on political correctness. Meet Izzy’s best friends, Jerry and Shlomo, his mother who is frequently drunk and always embarrassing, and his beloved grandmother, Bubbe.

A Trip to the Palace

By Ivorn Summingpeglerpegler
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  • Publisher : Chipmunkapublishing ltd
  • Isbn : 9781849914857
  • Pages : 70
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  • Reads : 209
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DescriptionThe story is based on true events and as such, it is not simply fictional, though the writing style may appear to indicate otherwise as names and certain places have been altered. I see this short novel as more than a piece of literature; it is at one and the same time a work that deals with religion, psychiatry and psychology. The story is told of a young man in Cape Town living an observant Jewish life who is enamored with a young religious woman, who is also Jewish. The difference is she has always been religious, while the young man is a Ba'al Teshuvah (master of repentance) or one who has returned to an observant Jewish life later in life. When he asks the young woman whom he hardly knows to marry him, she expresses that she is not interested. Eventually she leaves Cape Town to return to her hometown, Toronto, Canada. But the young man, Vladamir so named, continues to read signs that he is meant to be married to Yana Goldenberg, his perfect young Jewish woman. So he travels overseas with the express purpose of declaring his love for her and eventually marrying her. But things go wrong: his actions are interpreted as dangerous, the Jewish community rejects his desire for Yana and when Yana lies about his following her, he is incarcerated. There, in jail, Vladamir believes he is on a mission to save the Jews of North America and South Africa (and possibly the world) if only he and Yana were to be married. He believes that Yana is aware of this Messianic vision and that eventually, through his travails in prison, the truth will be revealed and the world set right. As it happens, we learn that Yana did not think that way. We learn, in fact that Vladamir suffers from bi-polar and this illness would explain his delusions and warped perceptions. The book thus makes for compelling reading for sufferers of bi-polar and those who are close to such sufferers. The work also exposes the dangers of religion, the psychological and philosophical dimension of religion and the personal battle for wholeness and peace. About the AuthorIvorn Summing was born in Witbank, South Africa on the 13th July 1974. One of his primary areas of interest is art, both theoretical (academic) and practical (painting). He is currently reading for a doctorate in Art History through the University of South Africa and has exhibited his paintings at various galleries in Cape Town, South Africa. "A Trip to the Palace" is Summing's first literary work, but its images and experiences inform both his art-making and his desire to individuate as a husband and father as well.