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Philosophy as Stranger Wisdom

The first complete intellectual biography of one of the most influential and controversial philosophers of the twentieth century, Leo Strauss.

Jewish Women and the Defense of Palestine

By Meir Chazan
Translated by Meir Chazan
Subjects: Area Studies

Examines the struggle of Jewish women to join defense and military activities during the decades leading up to the Israeli War of Independence.

A Double Burden

Explores the delicate interplay between emigration of Jews from Israel to Germany and the construction of a new identity in the shadow of antisemitism both past and present in their new home.

Saying Peace

Offers an immanent critique of Levinas’s core philosophical proposals by reference to his allegedly eurocentric statements.

Holocaust Consciousness and Cold War Violence in Latin America

Examines how community leaders, writers, and political activists facing state repression in Latin America have drawn on and debated the validity of Holocaust terms to describe human rights atrocities in their own countries.

The Jews of Long Island

The first comprehensive history of the development of early Jewish life on Long Island.

Ida Rubinstein

The critical biography of a dynamic and under-represented figure who produced and starred in some of the most innovative works of her day.

Shadows in the City of Light

Examines the place of Paris in French Jewish literary memory, a memory that, of necessity, grapples with the aftermath of the Holocaust.

Portraits

Explores Elie Wiesel’s portraits of the sages of Judaism and elaborates on the Hasidic legacy from his life and his teaching.

Leo Strauss and Contemporary Thought

Broadens the horizons of Strauss’s thought by initiating dialogues between him and figures with whom little or no dialogue has yet occurred.

The Other/Argentina

Argues that Jewishness is an essential element of Argentina’s self-fashioning as a modern nation.

Hasidism, Suffering, and Renewal

Reconsiders the legacy of an important Hasidic mystic, leader, and educator who confronted the dilemmas of modernity after World War I and whose writing constitutes a unique testimony to religious experience and its rupture in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Kabbalah in Print

Demonstrates the impact of print culture on the spread of Jewish mysticism, focusing on Kabbalistic study guides by R. Yissakhar Baer of seventeenth-century Prague.

Michael Gold

An authoritative biography of the dean of American proletarian writers during the interwar years.

Holidays of the Revolution

Shows how Israeli Communists developed a distinctive national identity outside the boundaries of Zionism.

Since 1948

A portrait of Israeli literature in its full transnational and multilingual complexity.

Yiddish Plays for Reading and Performance

Three stageworthy plays and nine individual scenes that offer an introduction to Yiddish theater at its liveliest.

Demons of Change

Demonstrates how conflict between a human adept as the divine warrior and an otherworldly antagonist plays a key role in early Jewish and Christian apocalyptic accounts.

The Hebrew Orient

Examines the role that images of Palestine played in the construction of prewar Jewish American identity.

Jews Out of the Question

A provocative study of opposition to anti-Semitism in contemporary political philosophy.

Qorbanot

A dynamic dialogue of poetry and art that reimagines the ancient, biblical concept of sacrifice.

A Permanent Beginning

Situates a Hasidic master in the context of his time, demonstrating his formative influence on Jewish literary modernity.

Leo Strauss and the Theopolitics of Culture

This archive-based study of the philosophy of Leo Strauss provides in-depth interpretations of key texts and their larger theoretical contexts.

Off the Derech

Combines powerful first-person accounts with incisive scholarly analysis to understand the phenomenon of ultra-Orthodox Jews who leave their insular communities and venture into the wider world.

Levinas and the Torah

A Levinasian commentary on the Torah.

Blows to the Head

A provocative tale of an unlikely contender and her midlife transformation through boxing.

The Struggle for Understanding

An in-depth look at Elie Wiesel’s writings, from his earliest works to his final novels.

Power and Progress

Study of a fascinating medieval Jewish philosopher, focusing on his twin conceptions of history.

Waste Not

Traces the development of bal tashḥit, the Jewish prohibition against wastefulness and destruction, from its biblical origins to the contemporary environmental movement.

Eternity Now

Demonstrates that Rabbi Shneur Zalman's teachings regarding time and history enabled Habad's growth into a mass Jewish movement.

What Remains

Text by Ilan Stavans
Photographs by Jon Crispin
Subjects: New York/regional
Series: Excelsior Editions

Combining photography and essay, presents a speculative portrait of a Jewish immigrant living out the end of his days in New York's midcentury mental health system.

The Holocaust and Masculinities

Edited by Björn Krondorfer & Ovidiu Creangă
Subjects: History

Critically assesses the experiences of men in the Holocaust.

A Survivor Named Trauma

By Myra Sklarew
Subjects: History

Combines personal accounts with insights from psychology to understand the continuing impact of Holocaust trauma in Lithuania.

Possessed Voices

Analyzes audio recordings of interwar Hebrew plays, providing a new model for the use of sound in theater studies.

The Spiritual Transformation of Jews Who Become Orthodox

A psychological study, based on extensive interview data, of Jewish adults who take on a devout lifestyle.

Jewish Veganism and Vegetarianism

A multidisciplinary approach to the study of veganism, vegetarianism, and meat avoidance among Jews, both historical and contemporary.

The First Zionist Congress

Translated by Michael J. Reimer
Introduction by Michael J. Reimer
Subjects: Jewish Studies

An indispensable primary source in the history of Zionism.

The Infrahuman

Argues that Jewish writers used depictions of Jews as animals to question prevalent notions of Jewish identity.

Signatures of Struggle

A Marxist history of Israeli literature, tracing the relations between economic, social, and aesthetic transformations.

New Directions in Jewish American and Holocaust Literatures

Surveys the current state of Jewish American and Holocaust literatures as well as approaches to teaching them.

Queer Expectations

Examines how Jewish women have used poetry to challenge their historical limitations while rewriting their potential futures.

An Archive of the Catastrophe

Comprehensive analysis of 220 hours of outtakes that impels us to reexamine our assumptions about a crucial Holocaust documentary.

A Queer Way Out

Argues that queer Israeli emigrants engage in a deliberately unheroic form of resistance to Zionism.

The Tragedy of Optimism

Complete collection of Schwarzschild’s essays on the neo-Kantian Jewish philosopher Hermann Cohen.

The Holocaust and the Nonrepresentable

Argues that Holocaust representation has ethical implications fundamentally linked to questions of good and evil.

Cities of Refuge

Contrasts the experiences of German Jewish refugees from the Holocaust who fled to London and New York City.

Hearts and Minds

By Nachman Shai
Subjects: Area Studies

Uses Israel’s public diplomacy efforts during the second intifada (2000–2005) as a prime example of interactions between state security, diplomacy, and the media.

Religious Zionism and the Settlement Project

An in-depth account of the ideology driving Israel's religious Zionist settler movements since the 1970s.

The Full Pomegranate

Translations of selected poems by the Yiddish writer, covering the entire breadth of his career.

Years I Walked at Your Side

The first book-length collection in English of this major Israeli poet.

Educational Oases in the Desert

By Jonathan Sciarcon
Subjects: History

A history of the French schools that pioneered female education in Ottoman Iraq's Jewish communities.

Shimmering Mirrors

A study of comparative metaphysics that explores the concepts of Reality and Appearance and their relevance to contemporary religious consciousness.

The Greatest Mirror

A wide-ranging analysis of heavenly twin imagery in early Jewish extrabiblical texts.

College Bound

Argues that first- and second-generation Jewish American writers had an ambivalent relationship with educational success.

Sabina Spielrein

Explores the life and work of psychoanalyst Sabina Spielrein through a feminist and mytho-poetic lens.

Writing in Witness

A comprehensive survey of the most important writing to come out of the Holocaust.

Sovereign Jews

Offers a novel exploration of the relationship between religion and the state in Israel.

Movies and Midrash

Brings popular cinema and Jewish religious texts into a meaningful dialogue.

Herbert H. Lehman

The definitive biography of New York State's four-term Governor, US Senator, humanitarian, and Jewish liberal political reformer.

A Vanished Ideology

First comprehensive examination of the rise and decline of the Jewish communist movement in the English-speaking world.

Philosophy, History, and Tyranny

The first comprehensive examination of the debate between Leo Strauss and Alexandre Kojève on the subject of philosophy and tyranny.

The Divine Quest, East and West

Looks at the concept of Ultimate Reality in Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity.

Tongue of Fire

Examines the influence of the notorious American anarchist “Red Emma” on the shifting social geography of sex and gender at the turn of the twentieth century.

Jewish Feminism and Intersectionality

Addresses the absence of Jewish subjects in intersectionality studies and demonstrates how to do intersectionality work inclusive of Jewish perspectives.

Out of Control

Explores the fundamental confrontations between Spinoza and Levinas in ethics, politics, science, and religion.

Sharing the Burden

Examines a fascinating and important figure in the history of modern Jewish ethics.

Borges, the Jew

Explores Borges’ infatuation with Jewish history and culture.

The Death of Fred Astaire

When, in the late eighties, the author chooses to raise a child with her lesbian partner, she embraces a life outside the lines—one full of curious adventures as well as the usual catastrophes and everyday pleasures.

Sweet Burdens

By Sveta Roberman
Subjects: Sociology

Examines the lives of recent Russian-Jewish immigrants in Germany.

Divine Scapegoats

Explores the paradoxical symmetry between the divine and demonic in early Jewish mystical texts.

Bringing Zion Home

Demonstrates how American Jews used culture—art, dance, music, fashion, literature—to win the hearts and minds of postwar Americans to the cause of Israel.

Beyond Post-Zionism

By Eran Kaplan
Subjects: Area Studies

Comprehensive and critical analysis of the post-Zionist debates and their impact on various aspects of Israeli culture.

Forgetting Fathers

An eloquent personal reflection on the fascination of family history and the desire to both discover and escape origins.

Reality Crumbs

By Raquel Chalfi
Translated by Tsipi Keller
Afterword by Dan Miron
Subjects: General Interest
Series: Excelsior Editions

First book-length collection of the work of the celebrated Israeli poet.

Leo Strauss and the Crisis of Rationalism

Examines the German and Jewish sources of Strauss's thought and the extent to which his philosophy can shed light on the crisis of liberal democracy.

Stop at the Red Apple

An entertaining inside story of how Reuben Freed's roadside eatery became the famous Red Apple Rest.

The Study of Judaism

Considers Jewish studies as an academic discipline from its origins to the present.

Progressive Minds, Conservative Politics

Compelling account of Strauss's mature Maimonidean writings.

Black Harlem and the Jewish Lower East Side

Comprehensive analysis of how Harlem and the Lower East Side have been depicted over the course of the twentieth century in African American and Jewish American literature.

A Vigilant Society

Uncovers a fundamental change that took place in Western thinking, especially its departure from the Sephardic philosophy found in the Iberian Peninsula during the 13th century.

Suckling at My Mother's Breasts

A fascinating discussion of the kabbalistic image of a nursing god, its historical context, and its theological implications.

From the Shahs to Los Angeles

A fascinating look at the lives, culture, and religious and ritual observance of three generations of Iranian Jewish women in the United States.

Utopia of Understanding

A hermeneutics of language after Auschwitz.

The Gambler's Daughter

In exploring her father's own gambling addiction, the author uncovers a hidden history of gambling in the Jewish community.

The Masorah to Targum Onqelos

A critical edition, with notes and commentary, of the ancient Aramaic translation of the Torah.

Identity Papers

Argues that debates about Jewish identity and assimilation are signs of creative potential rather than crisis.

Dark Mirrors

Discusses the two most important figures in early Jewish mythologies of evil, the fallen angels Azazel and Satanael.

Hiding Places

A daughter struggles to get her mother to talk about her Holocaust experiences, and tries to understand how those experiences have shaped her own life.

Ordinary Jews

By Yehoshue Perle
Translated by Shirley Kumove
Introduction by Shirley Kumove
Subjects: General Interest
Series: Excelsior Editions

A new translation of a modern Yiddish masterpiece.

When Boxing Was a Jewish Sport

A vivid portrayal of the important role of Jews in American boxing history, and vice versa.

Other Others

Looks at literary works from outside the Judeo-Christian tradition to test Levinas's notion of "the Other. "

Maimonides' Cure of Souls

Explores the unacknowledged psychological element in Maimonides’ work, one which prefigures the latter insights of Freud.

A Journey into the Zohar

An introduction to the Zohar, the crowning work of medieval Kabbalah. Includes original translations and analysis.

Cinema and the Shoah

Examines the variety of cinematic responses to the Holocaust as well as the Shoah’s impact on cinematic expression itself.

Maimonides and His Heritage

Examines the Jewish philosopher’s influence on theology, philosophy, medicine, and law, and his impact on later thinkers.

The Democratic Ideal and the Shoah

An original and revolutionary interpretation of the Jews’ destiny in modern politics.

Belonging Too Well

Shows how Ozick’s characters attempt to mediate a complex Jewish identity, one that bridges the differences between traditional Judaism and secular American culture.

Philosophy and Kabbalah

Reconciles the conflict between these two seemingly diverse traditions.