SUNY series in Judaica: Hermeneutics, Mysticism, and Religion

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Ishmael on the Border

Explores rabbinic views of Ishmael, the biblical figure seen as the first Arab.

Sod ha-Shabbat

The Sabbath has been one of the most significant and beloved institutions of Jewish life since late antiquity. Over a period of several centuries, the classical Kabbalists developed a rich body of ritual ...

God's Voice from the Void

New and classic explorations of the work of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav, a major Hasidic thinker, using a wide range of approaches.

An Episode of Jewish Romanticism

Assesses the impact of romanticism on the thought of Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig.

Hope for Our Time

Uncovers the underlying structures of Martin Buber's thought across his diverse writings.

An Introduction to the Kabbalah

Provides an introduction to the world of the Kabbalah, focusing on both the Kabbalist as a person and the major teachings of the Kabbalah.

Uniter of Heaven and Earth

A clear and penetrating account of the basis of Hasidic mysticism. Includes translations of many texts never before available in English.

Problems and Parables of Law

A rigorous analysis of Maimonides' and Nahmanides' explanations of the Mosaic commandments that challenges received notions of the relation between these two seminal thinkers.

Tradition and Fantasy in the Tales of Reb Nahman of Bratslav

Considers the tales of Reb Nahman of Bratslav within a broad cultural milieu, including the romanticism of Reb Nahman's time, contemporary feminist hermeneutics, and the fantastic in various contexts.

The Seductiveness of Jewish Myth

A collection of essays focusing on myth in Judaism from biblical to modern times, this book offers a sense of the great diversity of the Jewish religion.

Holiness in Words

A strategy for reading Heschel's major works, as well as a new route to understanding religious writing in general: a lucid study of modern religious and ethical thought using literary criticism.

A Rivalry of Genius

Compares Rabbinic midrash and Patristic exegesis in late antiquity and provides an introduction to the various forms of Patristic literature.

Philosopher and Prophet

This book relates the various strata of Halevi's Book of Kuzari to the different periods of Halevi's philosophical development.

Hasidism

Approaches Hasidism as an important stage in Jewish mysticism, rather than as a mere reaction to or result of historical and social forces.

How Do We Know This?

This book is a study of rabbinic legal interpretation (midrash) in Judaism's rabbinic, medieval, and modern periods. It shows how the rise of Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox Judaism in the modern period ...

Moses Mendelssohn and the Enlightenment

Moses Mendelssohn, the author of numerous works on natural theology and ethics, was also the first modern philosopher of Judaism. This book places Mendelssohn's thought within the context of the Leibnizian-Wolffian ...

Gershom Scholem

In the early part of the twentieth century, Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) founded the academic discipline of the study of Jewish Mysticism. In so doing, he not only broke new scholarly ground; but he also ...

Jew and Philosopher

The first book to deal with the Jewish thought of Leo Strauss.

The Enlightened Will Shine

This book analyzes the use of symbolism and theurgy in two sections of the Zohar, the central text of the kabbalah. These compositions, Tiqqunei ha-Zohar and Ra'aya Meheimna have been particularly loved ...

Esther in Medieval Garb

This comprehensive history, the first to appear in English, gives a vivid portrayal of the Book of Esther's role in the intellectual and cultural life of Jews in the Middle Ages. Much of the study is ...

Rav Avraham Itzhak Hacohen Kook

This is the first comprehensive philosophical-theological study of the mystical thought of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook (1865-1935), the Chief Rabbi of Palestine prior to the establishment of the state of ...

The Footprints of God

This book traces one exegetical, interpretative principal, divine accommodation, in Jewish and Christian thought from the first to the nineteenth century. The focus is upon major figures and the place ...

Studies in the Zohar

This book deals with the "Book of Splendor" (Sefer ha-Zohar), the greatest achievement of Kabbalah and one of the most influential sources of Western mysticism. This book offers a new interpretation of ...

Studies in Jewish Myth and Messianism

This book deals with the nature and development of Jewish myth from the Talmudic period through Kabbalah to Hasidism. It describes the changes in this myth in its various stages and the external influences ...

The Paradoxical Ascent to God

This book is a study of the Habad Hasidism movement, an influential part of the Hasidic Movement, which originated in the eigteenth century. Habad was founded by Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1813) ...