By Edward L. Goldberg
In the 17th century, Florence was once the luxurious capital of the Medici Grand Dukedom of Tuscany. in the meantime, the Jews in its tiny Ghetto struggled to earn money through any attainable capability, specially loan-sharking, rag-picking and second-hand dealing. They have been seen as an uncanny individuals with infrequent supernatural powers, and Benedetto Blanis—a businessman and aspiring pupil from a unusual Ghetto dynasty—sought to parlay his alleged mastery of astrology, alchemy and Kabbalah right into a grand place on the Medici courtroom. He gained the patronage of Don Giovanni dei Medici, a scion of the ruling kinfolk, and for 6 tumultuous years their lives have been inextricably linked.
Edward Goldberg unearths the dramas of way of life behind the curtain within the Pitti Palace and within the slender byways of the Florentine Ghetto, utilizing hundreds of thousands of recent files from the Medici Granducal Archive. He exhibits that truth—especially historic truth—can be stranger than fiction, while seen in the course of the eyes of the folks such a lot instantly involved.
By Rivka Ulmer
Rabbinic midrash integrated Egyptian spiritual innovations. those textual photos are in comparison to Egyptian tradition. Midrash is analyzed from a cross-cultural viewpoint using insights from the self-discipline of Egyptology. Egyptian textual icons in rabbinic texts are analyzed of their Egyptian context.Rabbinic wisdom relating Egypt integrated: Alexandrian lecturers are pointed out in rabbinic texts; Rabbis traveled to Alexandria; Alexandrian Jews traveled to Israel; exchange relatives existed; Egyptian, in addition to Roman and Byzantine, artifacts in relation to Egypt.Egyptian parts within the rabbinic discourse: the Nile inundation, the Greco-Roman Nile god, fairs, mummy photographs, funeral customs, language, Pharaohs, Cleopatra VII, magic, the gods Isis and Serapis. The hermeneutical function of Egyptian cultural icons in midrash is explored. equipment utilized: comparative literature; semiotics; notions of time and house; the dialectical version of Theodor Adorno; theories of cultural id through Jürgen Habermas; iconography (Mary Hamer); panorama conception; embodied fragments of reminiscence (Jan Assmann).
By Judith Z. Abrams
The Talmud is stuffed with wisdom, concept, and insights that increase all features of Jewish lifestyles. but many are intimidated by means of the concept of learning its textual content, and their hesitancy prevents them from experiencing the knowledge of its phrases. during this new quantity, Rabbi Judith Abrams takes readers along with her on a trip via one quantity of the Talmud, delivering reassuring advice and making it significant and obtainable to all.
The Talmud for Beginners–Volume 1: Prayer is the 1st ebook in a chain by means of Rabbi Abrams. For lay readers who're unexpected with Talmud, this paintings serves as an creation to talmudic inspiration. if you are conversant in talmudic method, this quantity will function a handy evaluation of 1 e-book of the Talmud, Berachot (literally, "blessings").
By Michael Fishbane
This can be a entire learn of delusion within the Hebrew Bible and fable and mythmaking in classical rabbinic literature (Midrash and Talmud) and within the classical paintings of medieval Jewish mysticism (the publication of Zohar). Michael Fishbane offers an in depth examine of the texts and theologies concerned and the primary position of exegesis within the improvement and transformation of the topic. Taken up are problems with delusion and monotheism, fable and culture, and fable and language. The presence and energy of delusion in successive cultural levels is taken care of, emphasizing definite paradigmatic acts of God and lines of the divine personality.
By Aharon Ziegler
In Halakhic Positions of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, insights into Jewish legislations from the preeminent determine of twentieth-century sleek Orthodoxy are provided in a transparent and concise demeanour. generally known as "the Rav," Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, zt"l, has inspired and prompted the highbrow brain and touched the delicate hearts of millions of people.
While he used to be no longer unavoidably referred to as a decisor, or poseik, of halakha, he was once well known as somebody who had the uncanny skill to conceptualize the spirit of Jewish legislation on a common point. all through his lifetime, the Rav released few works, transmitting his Torah wisdom via sessions and lectures as an alternative. As a pupil of Rabbi Soloveitchik for a few years, Rabbi Aharon Ziegler amassed an unlimited library of notes and tapes at the Rav's halakhot. during this quantity he stocks the Rav's certain and maybe lesser identified halakhic positions on quite a lot of themes, together with:
*The method for lights candles on Friday evening;
*Celebrating Thanksgiving and consuming turkey;
*Using grape juice for the 4 cups of wine at a Seder;
*Giving an aliyah on Mincha Yom Kippur to an individual who can't quick;
*Covering one's head in the course of davening;
*Fast days and pregnant ladies;
*Bris Milah via a nonobservant Mohel;
*Discarding previous, tired tzitzis; and
*Many different matters concerning the Sabbath, vacation trips, prayer, and existence cycle occasions.
Whether studied within the synagogue, institution, or Jewish domestic, those phrases of knowledge from the Rav offer glimpses into the phenomenal brain of 1 of the best thinkers in Jewish background.
By Zachary Lazar
"Lazar is familiar with tips to paint the short vibrant photograph, and attracts the reader right into a beguiling air of misplaced connections...." -James wooden, The New Yorker
In 1972, American gangster Meyer Lansky petitions the Israeli govt for citizenship. His request is denied, and he's back to the U.S. to face trial. He leaves in the back of a mistress in Tel Aviv, a Holocaust survivor named Gila Konig.
In 2009, American journalist Hannah Groff travels to Israel to enquire the killing of an Israeli author. She quickly starts to attach the dots among Lansky, Gila, the murdered author, and her personal father, discovering herself inside of an internet of violence that takes within the American and Israeli Mafias, the biblical determine of King David, and the trendy kingdom of Israel. half crime tale, half religious quest, I PITY THE terrible IMMIGRANT is "a novel that does the paintings of 100 background books."*
By Sean Freyne
The geography of Galilee and its human settlement
Galilee, the increase of Hellenism and the Jewish response
Galilee less than the Romans, sixty three B.C.E. - a hundred thirty five C.E.
The towns and the Hellenistic ethos of Galilee
Economic realities and social stratification
How progressive was once Galilee?
The Galileans and the temple
Galilee and the halakhah
Christianity in Galilee.
"This e-book may be on the middle of next discussions approximately Galilee and will end up to be a precious source for the research of Judaism and Christianity of this era The writing is apparent and the arguments well-presented ..."
---David Rhoads, magazine of Biblical Literature
WITH greater than a hundred BLACK-AND-WHITE ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
Who are “the Jews”? Scattered over a lot of the area all through so much in their three-thousand-year-old heritage, are they one humans or many? How do they resemble and the way do they fluctuate from Jews elsewhere and instances? What have their relationships been to the cultures in their neighbors?
To deal with those and comparable questions, twenty-three of the best students of our day—archaeologists, cultural historians, literary critics, artwork historians , folklorists, and historians of relation, all affiliated with significant educational associations within the usa, Israel, and France—have contributed their perception to Cultures of the Jews. the idea in their pastime is that even if Jews have continuously had their very own self sustaining traditions, Jewish identification can't be thought of immutable, the fastened made from both historical ethnic or spiritual origins. relatively, it has shifted and assumed new kinds in keeping with the cultural setting within which the Jews have lived.
Building their essays on particular cultural artifacts—a poem, a letter, a traveler’s account, a actual item of daily or ritual use—that have been made within the interval and locale they learn, the individuals describe the cultural interactions between diversified Jews—from rabbis and students to non-elite teams, together with women—as good as among Jews and the encompassing non-Jewish world.
Part One, “Mediterranean Origins,” describes the idea that of the “People” or “Nation” of Israel that emerges within the Hebrew Bible and the tradition of the Israelites with regards to that of the Canaanite teams. It is going directly to speak about Jewish cultures within the Greco-Roman global, Palestine through the Byzantine interval, Babylonia, and Arabia through the early life of Islam.
Part , “Diversities of Diaspora,” illuminates Judeo-Arabic tradition within the Golden Age of Islam, Sephardic tradition because it bloomed first if the Iberian Peninsula and later in Amsterdam, the Jewish-Christian symbiosis in Ashkenazic Europe and within the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the tradition of the Italian Jews of the Renaissance interval, and the numerous strands of folklore, magic, and fabric tradition that run via diaspora Jewish history.
Part 3, “Modern Encounters,” examines groups, methods of lifestyles, and either excessive and fold tradition in Western, relevant, and japanese Europe, the Ladino Diaspora, North Africa and the center East, Ethiopia, Zionist Palestine and the country of Israel, and, eventually, the United States.
Cultures of the Jews is a landmark, representing the end result of the current new release of students in Jewish experiences and providing a brand new starting place upon which all destiny study into Jewish historical past can be dependent. Its exceptional interdisciplinary procedure will resonate largely between normal readers and the scholarly neighborhood, either Jewish and non-Jewish, and it'll swap the phrases of the unending debate over what constitutes Jewish id.
By Bernard Spolsky
Ancient sociolinguistics is a relatively new quarter of analysis, investigating tough questions on language types and offerings in speech and writing. Jewish historic sociolinguistics is wealthy in unanswered questions: while does a language develop into 'Jewish'? What used to be the foundation of Yiddish? How a lot Hebrew did the typical Jew be aware of over the centuries? How used to be Hebrew re-established as a vernacular and a dominant language? This booklet explores those and different questions, and indicates the level of scholarly war of words over the solutions. It exhibits the worth of including a sociolinguistic viewpoint to matters usually overlooked in common histories. A brilliant remark on Jewish survival and Jewish speech groups that may be loved via the final reader, and is key examining for college students and researchers drawn to the learn of center japanese languages, Jewish reviews, and sociolinguistics.
By Gabriele Boccaccini, Giovanni Ibba, Jason Von Ehrenkrook
The early Enoch literature doesn't discuss with the Mosaic Torah or emphasize the distinctively Mosaic legislation designed for Israel. however the booklet of Jubilees supplies room to either Mosaic and Enochic traditions in the Sinaitic revelatory framework. What, then, should still we make of such differences?
This query and comparable speculations have been at the minds of students accrued from around the globe on the fourth Enoch Seminar at Camaldoli, Italy, in July 2007. 4 trends emerged from the dialogue on the seminar. a few students claimed that Jubilees used to be an instantaneous made of Enochic Judaism with subordinated Mosaic positive aspects. a few steered that Jubilees was once a awake synthesis of Enochic and Mosaic culture, but closing self reliant from either. a few asserted that Jubilees used to be primarily a Mosaic textual content with a few Enochic impact. And others puzzled the very life of a gulf among Enochic and Mosaic traditions as competing different types of Judaism on the time of Jubilees.
Gabriele Boccaccini and Giovanni Ibba have rigorously gathered the countervailing perspectives into this quantity. What readers will locate here's a energetic debate one of the so much uncommon foreign experts, jointly striving for a greater realizing of a perplexing historic document.
Contributors: Veronika Bachmann, Kelley Coblentz Bautch, Jonathan Ben-Dov, John Bergsma, Gabriele Boccaccini, Lutz Doering, John C. Endres, Esther Eshel, William ok. Gilders, Lester L. Grabbe, Betsy Halpern-Amaru, Matthias Henze, Martha Himmelfarb, David Jackson, Helge S. Kvanvig, Erik Larson, Hindy Najman, Isaac W. Oliver, Andrei Orlov, Annette Yoshiko Reed, Michael Segal, Lawrence Schiffman, James Scott, Michael Segal, Aharon Shemesh, Loren T. Stuckenbruck, David Suter, James VanderKam, Jacques van Ruiten, Benjamin Wright.