The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements

By Kevin MacDonald

MacDonald offers a theoretical research and assessment of knowledge at the frequent tendency between hugely influential, Jewish-dominated highbrow events to advance radical opinions of gentile tradition which are appropriate with the continuity of Jewish id. those pursuits are seen because the consequence of the truth that Jews and gentiles have diverse pursuits within the building of tradition and in a variety of public coverage matters (e.g. immigration coverage, Israel). numerous of those hobbies try and wrestle anti-Semitism by means of advocating social categorization techniques within which the Jew/gentile contrast is minimized in value. there's additionally a bent to enhance theories of anti-Semitism within which ethnic changes and source pageant are of minimum significance. From the point of view of the highbrow constructions built via those pursuits, anti-Semitism is analyzed as a sign of psychopathology between gentiles. now and again, those hobbies seem to be makes an attempt to strengthen a basic restructuring of the highbrow foundation of gentile society in methods conducive to the ongoing life of Judaism.

Particular consciousness is paid to Boasian anthropology, psychoanalysis, leftist political ideology and behaviour, and the Frankfurt tuition of Social learn. each one of those pursuits may be characterised as an authoritarian political move based round a charismatic chief who strongly pointed out as a Jew and who was once idolized by way of his disciples who have been additionally predominantly Jewish. concerning immigration coverage, Jewish political and highbrow job used to be prompted much less via a hope for better degrees of Jewish immigration than by means of competition to the implicit idea that the USA could be ruled by means of people with northern and western ecu ancestry. Jewish coverage was once aimed toward constructing an the US charcterized through cultural pluralism and populated through teams of individuals from all elements of the area instead of through a homogeneous Christian tradition and populated mostly by way of humans of ecu descent. it is a arguable research of specific curiosity to these excited about evolutionary methods to human habit, with Judaica, and with an evolutionary point of view on historical past and psychology.

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Essential Judaism: A Complete Guide to Beliefs, Customs & Rituals

By George Robinson

What occurs at a synagogue provider? What are the foundations for maintaining kosher? How do I mild the Hanukah candles? what's within the Hebrew Bible? What do the Jewish vacation trips represent? What should still I be educating my youngsters approximately being Jewish?

A landmark reference, here's an fundamental one-volume consultant to the non secular traditions, daily practices, philosophical ideals, and historic foundations of Judaism -- every thing you must learn about being Jewish. In crucial Judaism, George Robinson has created the obtainable compendium that he sought while he rediscovered his Jewish roots as an grownup. Robinson illuminates the Jewish lifestyles cycle at each degree, and lays out many desirable elements of Judaism -- the Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism, the evolution of Hasidism, and lots more and plenty extra -- whereas conserving an organization specialize in different paths to dwelling an exceptional Jewish existence in today's global.

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People of the Body: Jews and Judaism from an Embodied Perspective (Suny Series, the Body in Culture, History, and Religion)

By Howard Eilberg-Schwartz

Via moving cognizance from clone of Jews as a textual group to the methods Jews comprehend and deal with their our bodies for instance, to their issues with copy and sexuality, menstruation and childbirth this quantity contributes to a revisioning of what Jews and Judaism are and feature been. The undertaking of re-membering the Jewish physique has either old and confident motivations. As a confident undertaking, this booklet describes, renews, and participates within the complicated and ongoing glossy dialogue concerning the nature of Jewish our bodies and where of our bodies in Judaism."

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Saying Kaddish: How to Comfort the Dying, Bury the Dead, and Mourn as a Jew

By Anita Diamant

Anita Diamant's wisdom, sensitivity, and readability have made her some of the most revered writers of publications to Jewish existence. In Saying Kaddish, she exhibits tips to make Judaism's typical rituals into own, significant resources of convenience. Diamant publications the reader via Jewish practices that attend the top of lifestyles, from the sickroom to the funeral to the week, month, and yr that keep on with. There are chapters describing the conventional Jewish funeral and the customs of Shiva, the 1st week after dying whilst mourners are comforted and cared for by means of group, neighbors, and family members. She additionally explains the secure prestige of Jewish mourners, who're exempt from tasks of social, company, and non secular existence in the course of Shloshim, the 1st thirty days. and he or she presents distinctive directions for the rituals of Yizkor and Yahrzeit, in addition to chapters approximately taking good care of grieving little ones, mourning the dying of a kid, neonatal loss, suicide, and the demise of non-Jewish family.

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Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land

By David K. Shipler

The extended and up to date version of David Shipler's Pulitzer Prize-winning booklet that examines the connection, earlier and current, among Arabs and Jews

In this enormous paintings, greatly researched and extra correct than ever, David Shipler delves into the origins of the prejudices that exist among Jews and Arabs which have been intensified by way of battle, terrorism, and nationalism.

Focusing at the assorted cultures that exist part by means of aspect in Israel and Israeli-controlled territories, Shipler examines the method of indoctrination that starts off in faculties; he discusses the far-ranging results of socioeconomic ameliorations, ancient conflicts among Islam and Judaism, attitudes in regards to the Holocaust, and lots more and plenty extra. And he writes of the folks: the Arab girl in love with a Jew, the retired Israeli army officer, the Palestinian guerrilla, the good-looking actor whose father is Arab and whose mom is Jewish.

For Shipler, and for all who learn this ebook, their tales and enormous quantities of others replicate not just the truth of "wounded spirits" but in addition a glimmer of wish for eventual coexistence within the Promised Land.

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History of Jewish Philosophy (Routledge History of World Philosophies)

By Daniel H. Frank

Jewish philosophy is frequently awarded as an addendum to Jewish faith instead of as a wealthy and sundry culture in its personal correct, however the History of Jewish Philosophy explores the full scope and diversity of Jewish philosophy from philosophical interpretations of the Bible correct as much as modern Jewish feminist and postmodernist inspiration. The hyperlinks among Jewish philosophy and its wider cultural context are under pressure, build up a finished and traditionally delicate view of Jewish philosophy and its position within the improvement of philosophy as an entire.

· particular discussions of an important Jewish philosophers and philosophical movements
· Descriptions of the social and cultural contexts within which Jewish philosophical suggestion constructed in the course of the centuries
· Contributions by way of 35 major students within the box, from Britain, Canada, Israel and the US
· unique and large bibliographies

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Time and Life Cycle in Talmud and Midrash: Socio-Anthropological Perspectives (Judaism and Jewish Life)

By Nissan Rubin

Targeting the innovations of time and the existence cycle, this choice of articles examines Jewish existence within the Talmudic interval during the lens of Jewish legislations and customized of the time. The essays are the paintings of Nissan Rubin (one of them written in collaboration with Admiel Kosman) and are available jointly to offer the cultural point of view of the sages and students who produced the stepping-stones of Jewish existence and customized. by utilizing a structural procedure, Rubin is ready to determine tactics of long term switch in a society that continues to be principally conventional and sturdy. Symbolic research provides an extra size to those experiences, allowing the reader to adventure the cultural subtexts.

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Plato and the Talmud

By Jacob Howland

This leading edge learn sees the connection among Athens and Jerusalem throughout the lens of the Platonic dialogues and the Talmud. Howland argues that those texts are lively via related conceptions of the right kind roles of inquiry and reasoned debate in non secular lifestyles, and through a profound wisdom of the boundaries of our knowing of items divine. Insightful readings of Plato's Apology, Euthyphro, and bankruptcy 3 of tractate Ta'anit discover the connection of prophets and philosophers, fathers and sons, and gods and males (among different themes), bringing to gentle the stress among rational inquiry and religion that's necessary to the speeches and deeds of either Socrates and the Talmudic sages. In reflecting at the pedagogy of those texts, Howland indicates intimately how Talmudic aggadah and Platonic drama and narrative communicate to different types of readers in looking mimetically to express the residing ethos of rabbinic Judaism and Socratic philosophizing.

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