Ascensions on High in Jewish Mysticism: Pillars, Lines, by Author Moshe Idel

By Author Moshe Idel

Ascensions on excessive took many types in Jewish mysticism they usually permeated such a lot of its historical past from its inception until eventually Hasidism. The e-book surveys a few of the different types, with an emphasis at the architectural pictures of the ascent, just like the lodge to pictures of pillars, strains, and ladders. After surveying the range of scholarly methods to faith, the writer additionally deals what he proposes as an eclectic technique, and a perspectivist one. The latter recommends to check non secular phenomena from a number of views. the writer investigates the explicit factor of the pillar in Jewish mysticism through evaluating it to the archaic hotel to pillars ordinary in rural societies. Given the truth that the ascent of the soul and pillars constituted the worries of 2 major Romanian students of faith, Ioan P. Culianu and Mircea Eliade, Idel motels to their perspectives, and within the Concluding feedback analyzes the emergence of Eliade's imaginative and prescient of Judaism at the foundation of overlooked resources.

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God Is a Verb: Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism by David A. Cooper

By David A. Cooper

Due to the fact that medieval occasions, the magical culture of Kabbalah was once constrained to certified males over forty—because it used to be believed that merely the main mature and pious may clutch its complexity and profound, life-changing implications. extra lately, Kabbalah approximately disappeared—as so much of its practitioners perished within the Holocaust. within the nationwide bestseller God Is a Verb, this strong religious culture, after centuries of secrecy and near-extinction, is defined basically via considered one of its so much sought after teachers.

Who are we? the place did we come from? the place are we going? How can we get there? those questions have fueled Kabbalists for almost a millennium. Rabbi David A. Cooper is the 1st to deliver this imprecise and tough culture to a mainstream viewers in a manner that delicately leads us to the center of the topic, displaying us tips on how to rework profound teachings right into a significant own experience—and savor absolutely this nice mystical technique we all know as God.

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Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the by Joseph Telushkin

By Joseph Telushkin

"One of the best non secular biographies ever written." – Dennis Prager

In this enlightening biography, Joseph Telushkin deals a charming portrait of the overdue Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, a towering determine who observed past traditional obstacles to show his stream, Chabad-Lubavitch, into probably the most dynamic and common agencies ever noticeable within the Jewish international. without delay an incisive paintings of background and a compendium of Rabbi Schneerson's teachings, Rebbe is the definitive consultant to realizing probably the most very important, interesting figures of the final centuries.

From his modest headquarters in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Rebbe suggested the various world's maximum leaders and formed concerns of nation and society. Statesmen and artists as varied as Ronald Reagan, Robert F. Kennedy, Yitzchak Rabin, Menachem start, Elie Wiesel, and Bob Dylan span the spectrum of these who sought his counsel. Rebbe explores Schneerson's overarching philosophies opposed to the backdrop of treacherous historical past, revealing his clandestine operations to rescue and maintain Jews within the Soviet Union, and his severe position within the enlargement of the nutrition stamp application through the usa. extra generally, it examines how he grew to become in impact an envoy for Jews globally, and the way he got here to be seen through many as not just a religious archetype yet a savior. Telushkin additionally delves deep into the extra debatable elements of the Rebbe's management, studying his perspectives on glossy technology and territorial compromise in Israel, and the way within the final years of his lifestyles, a lot of his fans believed that he may quickly be printed because the Messiah, a resource of rivalry until eventually at the present time.

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Perspectives in the Study of the Old Testament and Early by Florentino Garcia Martinez, Edward Noort

By Florentino Garcia Martinez, Edward Noort

FThis quantity includes the papers awarded to a symposium geared up via the Theological school of the college of Groningen at the party of the 70th birthday of Adam S. van der Woude, former Professor of outdated testomony and Early Judaism and previous head of the Qumran Institute on the comparable Faculty.
The essays, 8 in English and 4 in German, discover (through case reviews) the advancements during the last few years within the varied components of research of the outdated testomony and of Early Judaism, become aware of the recent views opened in those components and map the instructions during which the examine might be relocating within the 3rd millennium.
The quantity additionally incorporates a German model of the general public lecture at the value of the useless Sea Scrolls for the learn of previous testomony and of Early Judaism introduced in Dutch through Van der Woude in the course of the symposium.

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Jewish Thought and Scientific Discovery in Early Modern by David B. Ruderman

By David B. Ruderman

Jewish idea and clinical Discovery in Early smooth Europe is a huge contribution in realizing the cultural methods interested by the emergence and improvement of the patron section of technological know-how. It covers many Jewish authors and their writings from the center of the sixteenth till the past due 18th centuries in Europe. The book's mixed method of the heritage of technological know-how and Jewish concept strongly emphasises research of the mentalities that educated a few of the trendy figures of Jewish suggestion during this period of time. Jewish suggestion and medical Discovery in Early glossy Europe takes a entire examine the approaches happening within the minds of ecu Jewish intellectuals in Italy, Amsterdam, Prague, and London. the most goal of this booklet is the outline of the modalities of reception of the hot sciences, advanced through the normal reticence towards "alien sciences" present in many medieval Jewish writers nonetheless influential within the early smooth interval.

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Patterns of Daily Prayer in Second Temple Period Judaism by Jeremy Penner

By Jeremy Penner

In styles of day-by-day Prayer in moment Temple interval Judaism, Jeremy Penner seeks to discover the ancient and social strategies that underlie the origins and improvement of Jewish day-by-day prayer practices, relatively the institution of set instances for day-by-day prayer. seeing that day-by-day prayer lacks specific biblical warrant, this e-book seeks to give an explanation for how this practice used to be legitimized as divinely encouraged. the significance of day-by-day prayer used to be understood and skilled inside a number of literary and social contexts, and hence diversified exegetical and etiological recommendations strengthen at present to legitimize its perform. at times day-by-day prayer used to be coordinated with, and made analogous to, day-by-day cultic sacrifice, in different situations, day-by-day prayer was once legitimized by way of selecting the origins of the perform in sacred scripture. finally, in a few contexts day-by-day prayer was once coordinated with the cycles of celestial our bodies within the heavens.

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In God's Image: Myth, Theology, and Law in Classical Judaism by Yair Lorberbaum

By Yair Lorberbaum

The assumption of production within the divine picture has an extended and intricate historical past. whereas its roots it sounds as if lie within the royal myths of Mesopotamia and Egypt, this e-book argues that it used to be the biblical account of production offered within the first chapters of Genesis and its interpretation in early rabbinic literature that created the root for the perennial inquiry of the concept that within the Judeo-Christian culture. Yair Lorberbaum reconstructs the belief of the production of guy within the photograph of God (tselem Elohim) attributed within the Midrash and the Talmud. He analyzes meanings attributed to tselem Elohim in early rabbinic suggestion, as expressed in Aggadah, and explores its software within the normative, criminal, and formality nation-states.

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Protocols of Justice: The Pinkas of the Metz Rabbinic Court by Jay R Berkovitz

By Jay R Berkovitz

Awarded the following to the general public for the 1st time, the Pinkas of the Metz Beit Din is the respectable sign in of civil instances that got here ahead of the Metz rabbinic courtroom within the twenty years ahead of the French Revolution. Brimming with info of industrial transactions, inheritance disputes, women's roles in fiscal lifestyles, and the interaction among French legislations and Jewish legislations, the Metz Pinkas bargains impressive facts of the engagement of Jews with the encompassing society and tradition. the 2 volumes of Protocols of Justice contain the full textual content of the Metz Pinkas Beit Din, that is absolutely annotated through the writer, and a radical research of its importance for background and legislations on the threshold of modernity.

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The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD by Simon Schama

By Simon Schama

During this magnificently illustrated cultural history—the tie-in to the PBS and BBC sequence the tale of the Jews—Simon Schama information the tale of the Jewish adventure, tracing it throughout 3 millennia, from their beginnings as an old tribal humans to the hole of the recent global in 1492 to the trendy day.

It is a narrative like no different: an epic of patience opposed to destruction, of creativity in oppression, pleasure amidst grief, the confirmation of lifestyles opposed to the steepest of odds.

It spans the millennia and the continents—from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes you to unimagined areas: to a Jewish state within the mountains of southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue gleaming with radiant wall work; the palm groves of the Jewish useless within the Roman catacombs. And its voices ring loud and transparent, from the severities and ecstasies of the Bible writers to the affection poems of wine bibbers in a backyard in Muslim Spain.

In the tale of the Jews, the Talmud burns within the streets of Paris, massed gibbets cling over the streets of medieval London, a Majorcan illuminator redraws the area; candles are lit, chants are sung, mules are packed, ships loaded with spice and gemstones founder at sea.

And an excellent tale unfolds. Not—as usually imagined—of a tradition aside, yet of a Jewish global immersed in and imprinted by means of the peoples between whom they've got dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians.

Which makes the tale of the Jews everyone's tale, too.

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Hate and the ''Jewish Science'': Anti-Semitism, Nazism, and by S. Frosh

By S. Frosh

Psychoanalysis has continually grappled with its Jewish origins, occasionally celebrating them and occasionally attempting to get away or deny them. via exploration of Freud's Jewish identification, the destiny of psychoanalysis in Germany less than the Nazis, and psychoanalytic theories of anti-Semitism, this publication examines the importance of the Jewish reference to psychoanalysis and what which may let us know approximately political and mental resistance, anti-Semitism and racism.

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