Holy War in Judaism: The Fall and Rise of a Controversial by Reuven Firestone

By Reuven Firestone

Holy warfare, sanctioned or maybe commanded via God, is a typical and habitual subject within the Hebrew Bible. Rabbinic Judaism, although, principally refrained from dialogue of holy conflict within the Talmud and comparable literatures for the easy cause that it grew to become risky and self-destructive. Reuven Firestone's Holy struggle in Judaism is the 1st e-book to contemplate how the idea that of ''holy war'' disappeared from Jewish inspiration for nearly 2000 years, in basic terms to reemerge with renewed energy in smooth times.

The revival of the holy conflict notion happened with the increase of Zionism. because the necessity of geared up Jewish engagement in army activities built, Orthodox Jews confronted a challenge. there has been nice want for all to interact in wrestle for the survival of the newborn nation of Israel, however the Talmudic rabbis had nearly eradicated divine authorization for Jews to struggle in Jewish armies. as soon as the suggestion of divinely sanctioned warring used to be revived, it grew to become to be had to Jews who thought of that the ancient context justified extra competitive different types of warring.

Among a few Jews, divinely licensed warfare grew to become linked not just with safeguard but in addition with a renewed kibbush or conquest, a time period that turned critical to the discourse relating to battle and peace and the lands conquered by means of the country of Israel in 1967. by way of the early 1980's, the rhetoric of holy conflict had entered the overall political discourse of contemporary Israel. In Holy warfare in Judaism, Firestone identifies, analyzes, and explains the ancient, conceptual, and highbrow approaches that revived holy struggle rules in glossy Judaism.

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Chaos Uncreated: A Reassessment of the Theme of "Chaos" in by Rebecca S. Watson

By Rebecca S. Watson

This monograph provides a problem to the view that the Hebrew Bible includes allusions to Yahweh’s conflict with chaos, displaying how the time period has been inappropriately utilized in a variety of contexts the place way more assorted spheres of images may still as an alternative be recognized. in the course of the development of a cautious diachronic version (developed with specific connection with the Psalter), the writer provides a persuasive case for reversing universal assumptions concerning the improvement of Israelite faith, discovering as a substitute that the strive against motif was once absent within the earliest interval, while the slaying of a dragon used to be attributed to Yahweh in simple terms in a particular monotheistic version, which arose from round 587 B.C.

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New Babylonians: A History of Jews in Modern Iraq by Orit Bashkin

By Orit Bashkin

Even if Iraqi Jews observed themselves as Iraqi patriots, their community—which had existed in Iraq for greater than 2,500 years—was displaced following the institution of the nation of Israel. New Babylonians chronicles the lives of those Jews, their city Arab tradition, and their hopes for a democratic geographical region. It reports their principles approximately Judaism, Islam, secularism, modernity, and reform, concentrating on Iraqi Jews who internalized narratives of Arab and Iraqi nationalisms and on those that grew to become to communism within the 1940s.

As the publication unearths, the last word displacement of this group was once no longer the results of a perpetual persecution at the a part of their Iraqi compatriots, yet fairly the end result of erroneous kingdom guidelines through the overdue Nineteen Forties and early Nineteen Fifties. unfortunately, from a dominant temper of coexistence, friendship, and partnership, the impossibility of Arab-Jewish coexistence turned the present narrative within the region—and the dominant narrative we've got come to grasp today.

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The Invention of the Jewish People by Shlomo Sand

By Shlomo Sand

A historic travel de strength, the discovery of the Jewish humans deals a groundbreaking account of Jewish and Israeli heritage. Exploding the parable that there has been a pressured Jewish exile within the first century by the hands of the Romans, Israeli historian Shlomo Sand argues that the majority glossy Jews descend from converts, whose local lands have been scattered around the heart East and jap Europe.

In this iconoclastic paintings, which spent nineteen weeks at the Israeli bestseller checklist and received the coveted Aujourd’hui Award in France, Sand presents the highbrow foundations for a brand new imaginative and prescient of Israel’s destiny.

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Encyclopedia of Jewish Food by Gil Marks

By Gil Marks

A finished, A-to-Z consultant to Jewish meals, recipes, and culinary traditions
Food is greater than simply sustenance. It's a mirrored image of a community's historical past, tradition, and values. From India to Israel to the U.S. and far and wide in among, Jewish nutrition seems in lots of assorted kinds and diversifications, yet all comparable in its success of kosher legislation, Jewish rituals, and vacation traditions. The Encyclopedia of Jewish Food explores either distinctive cultural culinary traditions in addition to those who unite the Jewish people.

[#] Alphabetical entries—from Afikomen and Almond to Yom Kippur and Za'atar—cover components, dishes, vacation trips, and meals traditions which are major to Jewish groups round the world
[#] This easy-to-use reference comprises greater than 650 entries, three hundred recipes, plus illustrations and maps throughout
[#] either a entire source and interesting examining, this ebook is ideal for Jewish chefs, foodstuff lovers, historians, and an individual attracted to Jewish background or food

The Encyclopedia of Jewish Food is an informative and eye-opening advisor to the culinary center and soul of the Jewish humans.

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Shi'ism in America by Liyakat Nathani Takim

By Liyakat Nathani Takim

Shi'ism in the USA offers the 1st common review of the Shi'i neighborhood in the US, tracing its historical past, its present composition, and the way Shi'a have negotiated their identification within the American context.

There are over million Shi'is, who range from Sunni Muslims of their understandings of the early line of succession after Muhammad, within the usa. With neighborhood roots going again occasionally as regards to 100 years, Shi'is are available in significant towns like long island, l. a., Chicago, Washington, and Dearborn, Michigan. Early within the century, Shi'is and Sunnis occasionally arrived while, worshipped jointly, shared comparable reports, and faced an analogous demanding situations regardless of their sectarian differences.

Both tracing the early background and illuminating the newer previous with surveys and interviews, Takim explores the stories of this neighborhood. Filling an enormous scholarly hole, he additionally demonstrates how residing within the West has impelled the Shi'i group to grapple with the ways that Islamic legislation could reply to the demanding situations of modernity. Shi'ism in the USA offers a much-needed assessment of the heritage of this usa non secular group, from spiritual, cultural, and political associations to inter-group family, to the event of African American Shi'is.

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Converts to Judaism: Stories from Biblical Times to Today by Lawrence J. Epstein

By Lawrence J. Epstein

From the biblical tale of Ruth to the superstar conversion of Elizabeth Taylor, Converts to Judaism tells the tales of people that have switched over to Judaism all through heritage. The publication introduces readers to origins of Judaism and stocks the 1st conversion tales of the folks who helped the early Jewish religion develop.

Subsequent chapters hint the trajectory of Judaism throughout the a long time whereas highlighting the tales of converts either famous and lesser-known and the way they formed the culture. The booklet comprises not just the tale of Warder Cresson, who was once wear trial for madness after changing to Judaism, but additionally well-known celebrities who turned Jewish akin to Marilyn Monroe and Sammy Davis, Jr.

Written via a famous specialist at the conversion strategy, Converts to Judaism serves as a special source to humans contemplating the tough course of conversion and a demonstration of the real, and occasionally wonderful, function Jewish converts have continuously performed in Jewish life."

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Judaism For Dummies (2nd Edition) by David Blatner, Rabbi Ted Falcon

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 magical, meditative, and non secular intensity of the religion and the practice.

In this hot and inviting booklet, you'll locate assurance of: Orthodox Jews and breakaway denominations; Judaism as an everyday perform; the nutrients and upholstery of Judaism; Jewish marriage ceremony ceremonies; celebrations and holy days; 4,000 years of soreness, disappointment, triumph, and pleasure; nice Jewish thinkers and old 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 contemporary anti-Semitic occasions; and different news
• elevated insurance of Jewish mysticism and meditation, which has turn into more and more renowned in fresh years
• New assurance 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 may still know

Jews have lengthy opened up to the corners of the realm, so there are major Jewish groups on many continents. Judaism For Dummies deals a glimpse into the rituals, rules, and phrases which are woven into the background and daily lives of Jewish humans as close to as our personal neighborhoods and as far-reaching as internationally.

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