• Holocaust City: The Making of a Jewish Ghetto

    By Tim Cole

    Drawing from the guidelines of serious geography and in line with huge archival learn, Cole brilliantly reconstructs the formation of the Jewish ghetto in the course of the Holocaust, focusing totally on the ghetto in Budapest, Hungary--one of the most important created in the course of the struggle, yet not often tested. Cole maps town illustrating how spaces--cafes, theaters, bars, bathhouses--became divided in . in the course of the booklet, Cole discusses how the production of this Jewish ghetto, like the others being outfitted throughout occupied Europe, tells us greatly concerning the nature of Nazism, what existence used to be like less than Nazi-occupation, and the position the ghetto really performed within the ultimate answer.

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  • It's Easier to Reach Heaven Than the End of the Street: A Jerusalem Memoir

    By Emma Williams

    In August, 2000, Emma Williams arrived along with her 3 young children in Jerusalem to affix her husband and to paintings as a physician. A month later, the Palestinian intifada erupted. For the following 3 years, she was once to witness an wonderful sequence of occasions during which thousands of lives, together with her personal, have been became the other way up. Williams lived at the very border of East and West Jerusalem, operating with Palestinians in Ramallah in the course of the day and spending evenings with Israelis in Tel Aviv. Weaving own tales and conversations with acquaintances and associates into the lengthy and fraught political historical past, Williams' strong memoir brings to existence the realities of the Palestinian-Israeli clash. She vividly remembers giving beginning to her fourth baby throughout the siege of Bethlehem, and her horror whilst a suicide bomber blew his personal head into the schoolyard the place her teenagers performed on a daily basis. figuring out in her judgement, but unsparing in her honesty, Williams exposes the humanity, in addition to the hypocrisy on the middle of either side' studies. someone desirous to comprehend this intractable and complicated dispute will locate this precise account a fresh and an illuminating learn.

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  • Battle of the Two Talmuds: Judaism's Struggle with Power, Glory, & Guilt

    The authors reached again into heritage to appreciate the explanations and techniques very good rabbis and Talmudic students deserted the Holy Land, either bodily and spiritually, to settle in what got here to be referred to as the lands of the Diaspora. This dramatic exodus was once opposite to the biblical injunction that every one Jews needs to reside within the land of Israel. The conflict of the 2 Talmuds explains in nice aspect how the Babylonian students created their very own interpretation of the Torah that grew to take priority over that of the Jerusalem students. This ebook indicates that each one humans are topic in a variety of how you can strength, glory, and guilt. It was once strength, glory, and guilt that has effected the culture and scholarship of Judaism for the previous 2,000 years. The reader learns how those characteristics intertwined in a good approach to make Judaism a permanent and colourful faith.

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  • Maimonides in His World: Portrait of a Mediterranean Thinker (Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World)

    By Sarah Stroumsa

    While the nice medieval thinker, theologian, and health professional Maimonides is stated as a number one Jewish philosopher, his highbrow contacts along with his surrounding international are usually defined as similar basically to Islamic philosophy. Maimonides in His World demanding situations this view via revealing him to have wholeheartedly lived, breathed, and espoused the wealthy Mediterranean tradition of his time.

    Sarah Stroumsa argues that Maimonides is so much correctly seen as a Mediterranean philosopher who always interpreted his personal Jewish culture in modern multicultural phrases. Maimonides spent his whole lifestyles within the Mediterranean zone, and the spiritual and philosophical traditions that fed his notion have been these of the broader global during which he lived. Stroumsa demonstrates that he was once deeply inspired not just by way of Islamic philosophy yet through Islamic tradition as an entire, proof of which she unearths in his philosophy in addition to his correspondence and criminal and medical writings. She starts with a concise biography of Maimonides, then conscientiously examines key facets of his proposal, together with his method of faith and the complicated global of theology and spiritual rules he encountered between Jews, Christians, Muslims, or even heretics; his perspectives approximately technological know-how; the sizeable and unacknowledged impression of the Almohads on his inspiration; and his imaginative and prescient of human perfection.

    This insightful cultural biography restores Maimonides to his rightful position between medieval philosophers and affirms his valuable relevance to the research of medieval Islam.

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  • Judaism For Dummies (2nd Edition)

    By David Blatner, Rabbi Ted Falcon

    Your plain-English consultant to Judaism

    Whether you're attracted to the faith or the spirituality, the tradition or the ethnic traditions, Judaism For Dummies explores the complete spectrum of Judaism, dipping into the paranormal, meditative, and non secular intensity of the religion and the practice.

    In this hot and alluring booklet, you'll locate insurance of: Orthodox Jews and breakaway denominations; Judaism as an everyday perform; the nutrition and upholstery of Judaism; Jewish marriage ceremony ceremonies; celebrations and holy days; 4,000 years of ache, unhappiness, triumph, and pleasure; nice Jewish thinkers and ancient celebrities; and lots more and plenty more.

    • Updates to the "recent history" part with discussions of what has occurred within the first decade of the twenty-first century together with: the growth of orthodox political strength in Israel; enlargement of interfaith paintings; unlucky fresh anti-Semitic occasions; and different news
    • increased assurance of Jewish mysticism and meditation, which has turn into more and more renowned in contemporary years
    • New insurance on Jewish perspectives of morality, together with contraception, homosexuality, and environmental concerns
    • Revised recipes for normal Jewish cooking, up-to-date key vocabulary, and Yiddish words every body should still know

    Jews have lengthy unfolded to the corners of the realm, so there are major Jewish groups on many continents. Judaism For Dummies bargains a glimpse into the rituals, rules, and phrases which are woven into the historical past and daily lives of Jewish humans as close to as our personal neighborhoods and as far-reaching as the world over.

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  • The Talmud - A Biography: Banned, censored and burned. The book they couldn't suppress

    By Harry Freedman

    Containing approximately million phrases in thirty-seven volumes, the Talmud covers subject matters as various as legislations, religion, medication, magic, ethics, intercourse, humor, and prayer. it's a hugely complicated, profoundly logical, and often impenetrable paintings with a heritage like no different. In its fifteen-hundred-year historical past, the Talmud has been banned, censored, and burned; dissected through students and rabbis; probed through philosophers, poets, politicians, and kings.

    In The Talmud, Jewish pupil Harry Freedman tells the engrossing tale of an historic vintage, the felony and mystical pillar of Judaism, and recounts the tale of a chronicle that, in lots of methods, parallels the background of the Jewish humans. From its origins as a checklist of discussions between students in cities and villages with regards to modern day Baghdad, Freedman strains the spiraling paths of the Jewish diaspora and explores the tale of the Talmud, its position in the course of the Enlightenment, and its effect over conventional Judaism. A compelling fusion of legislation, storytelling, and spirituality, the Talmud's tale offers attention-grabbing perception into the heritage of Judaism, and Harry Freedman's The Talmud A Biography is a notable account of 1 of crucial cultural, historic, and spiritual works of our time.

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  • Galilee: From Alexander the Great to Hadrian 323 BCE to 135 CE : A Study of Second Temple Judaism

    By Sean Freyne

    Contents :

    The geography of Galilee and its human settlement
    Galilee, the increase of Hellenism and the Jewish response
    Galilee below the Romans, sixty three B.C.E. - one hundred thirty five C.E.
    The towns and the Hellenistic ethos of Galilee
    Economic realities and social stratification
    How progressive used to be Galilee?
    The Galileans and the temple
    Galilee and the halakhah
    Christianity in Galilee.

    "This publication could be on the middle of next discussions approximately Galilee and may end up to be a worthy source for the examine of Judaism and Christianity of this era The writing is apparent and the arguments well-presented ..."
    ---David Rhoads, magazine of Biblical Literature

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