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Philosophy and Kabbalah

Reconciles the conflict between these two seemingly diverse traditions.

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.

Disciplining the Holocaust

Explores the relationship between disciplinarity and contemporary ethics of scholarship about the Holocaust.

Coming Home

Examines the social and cultural integration of Russian-speaking Jews and Germans who immigrated to their respective historic homelands.

Global Neighborhoods

Looks at how contemporary Jewish neighborhoods interact with both local and transnational influences.

Freedom, Faith, and Dogma

By V. S. Soloviev
Edited and translated by Vladimir Wozniuk
Introduction by Vladimir Wozniuk
Subjects: Religion And Spirituality

A collection of works by nineteenth-century Russian religious philosopher V. S. Soloviev, critic of secularization, anti-Semitism, and the religious life of his time.

With an Iron Pen

A groundbreaking collection of forty-two Israeli poetic voices protesting the occupation of the West Bank.

Where We Find Ourselves

Explores the universal longing for home, illuminated through the essays, poetry, and fiction of forty Jewish women writers from around the world.

The Philosopher as Witness

Responses to Fackenheim’s reflections on the centrality of the Holocaust to philosophy, Jewish thought, and contemporary experience.

Like Angels on Jacob's Ladder

Explores the career of Abraham Abulafia, thirteenth-century founder of the school of ecstatic Kabbalah.

Between Athens and Jerusalem

Examines the early works of German-Jewish philosopher Leo Strauss (1899-1973).

Poets on the Edge

Edited and translated by Tsipi Keller
Introduction by Aminadav Dykman
Subjects: General Interest
Series: SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture

Selections from twenty-seven Hebrew poets, many of whose poems appear here in English for the first time.

Zionism

Traces the dialectical connections between Zionism’s past and present.

Ishmael on the Border

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

The Talmud's Theological Language-Game

Analyzes the structure and logic of aggadic discourse in the Talmud.

Eye on Israel

Examines the image of Israel in American culture before 1960.

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 ...

Landmark Yiddish Plays

Introduces readers to comic and tragic masterpieces spanning 150 years of Yiddish drama.

Mocking the Age

Explores the comic devices Roth uses to satirize his times, the Jewish community, and himself.

Funny, It Doesn't Sound Jewish

Documents the influence of Jewish music on American popular song.

Beholders of Divine Secrets

A wide-ranging exploration of the Hekhalot and Merkavah literature, a mystical Jewish tradition from late antiquity, including a discussion of the possible cultural context of this material's creators.

Beyond Theodicy

Explores the work of post-Holocaust Jewish and Christian thinkers who reject theodicy—arguments explaining why a loving God can permit evil and suffering in the world.

On Meanings of Life

Explores the factors that make for a meaningful life.

Leo Strauss

Presents the early published writings of the distinguished political philosopher Leo Strauss, available here for the first time in English. “Zank places at the reader’s disposal the young Strauss’s passionate advocacy of political Zionism and his early confrontations with Spinoza, consideration of whom helped lead Strauss to formulate his teaching on ‘the quarrel between the ancients and the moderns.’” — National Review

Jewish Themes in Spinoza's Philosophy

Explores Jewish aspects of Spinoza's philosophy from a wide variety of perspectives.

Immagini E Rappresentazione

Edited by Francesca Calabi
Subjects: Jewish Studies

Essays on images and representation in the writings of Philo of Alexandria.

Rabbinic Judaism's Generative Logic, Volume One

First volume documenting Rabbinic Judaism in its formative age.

Rabbinic Judaism's Generative Logic, Volume Two

Second volume documenting Rabbinic Judaism in its formative age.

The Magic Worlds of Bernard Malamud

Offers personal recollections of and critical perspectives on this major American author.

Jewish Hearts

Compares the experiences of Soviet/Russian Jewish immigrants to the U.S. during two different time frames.

Memory and Mastery

Interdisciplinary explorations into the work of one of the premier writer-survivors of the Holocaust.

A Conceptual Approach to the Mekilta

Describes the actual mode of thought of the Rabbis of the Midrash and the Talmud, and indicates how they derived their own moral teachings from the Bible.

The Incarnation of God

Examines the notion of divine incarnations as a central element of the portrait of God that came into focus through the Judaism of the dual Torah.

The Rabbinic Mind

Explores the wider aspects of the rabbinic mind.

Marvin Fox: Collected Essays on Philosophy and on Judaism, Vol. 1

Edited by Jacob Neusner
Subjects: Jewish Studies

A selection of his more important writings.

Understanding Jewish Theology

Edited by Jacob Neusner
Subjects: Jewish Studies

Explores the religious experience of Judaism through the perceptions and teachings of ordinary Jews and the creative elite.

The Book of Jewish Wisdom

Presents parts of the Judaic tradition of wisdom, concentrating on the oral part of the Torah, represented by the documents of law and scriptural exegesis.

Worship and Ethics

Describes how Halakah, or Jewish Law, enables the individual to achieve religious experience.

His Brother's Keeper

By Paul Milkman
Foreword by Jacob Neusner
Subjects: Jewish Studies

Tells the story of young people’s volunteer efforts as part of the American Jewish Society for Service.

Marvin Fox: Collected Essays on Philosophy and on Judaism, Vol. 2

Edited by Jacob Neusner
Subjects: Jewish Studies

A selection of his more important writings.

Organic Thinking

Thorough analysis of rabbinic thought.

The Theology of Seder Eliahu

Attempts to discover a coherent unity in rabbinic theology.

The 2001 Mathers Lecture 2001 Rosen Lecture, and Other Queen's University Essays in the Study of Judaism

Edited by Jacob Neusner
Contributions by Donald H. Akenson, Herbert Basser, and Reena Basser
Subjects: Jewish Studies

A collection of lectures given at Queen’s University by academics in Judaic Studies.

Marvin Fox: Collected Essays on Philosophy and on Judaism, Vol. 3

Edited by Jacob Neusner
Subjects: Jewish Studies

A selection of his more important writings.

Particularism and Universalism in Modern Jewish Thought

Explores how modern Judaism has balanced between universalism and particularism.

A Conceptual Commentary on Midrash Leviticus Rabbah

Examines each rabbinic text or sequence of homilies in order to uncover specific value concepts which are reflected in them either explicitly or implicitly.

Contemporary Views of Ancient Judaism

Compiles some longer review essays and somewhat briefer reviews of single titles from his collected work of the 1990s.

The Fence and the Neighbor

Reviews the potentially complementary albeit sharp differences between two important contemporary Jewish philosophers.

Suffering Witness

Conceptualizes the question of witness and responsibility, following the Holocaust, using continental philosophy, theology, and literary theory.

The Conservative Movement in Judaism

Illustrates how the American Conservative Movement in Judaism can continue to prosper amidst ideological and institutional challenges.

Between Mysticism and Philosophy

A revealing study of this important medieval Jewish poet and his relation to Islamic thought.

Ninety-Two Poems and Hymns of Yehuda Halevi

Through translation and commentary, this book presents the final visionary statements of the German-Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig.

Jewish Life and American Culture

Illustrates how some Jews have created a new, hybrid form of Judaism, merging American values and behaviors with those from historical Jewish traditions.

Reviewing the Covenant

This major intellectual response to the leading theologian of liberal Judaism provides a significant indication of future directions in Jewish religious thought.

Kibbutzniks in the Diaspora

Explores the search for identity under changing conditions by examining the lives of kibbutz-born young people living in L.A.

Time Matters

Traces the development of the concepts of time, cosmology, and creation in medieval Jewish philosophy.

Comparative Hermeneutics of Rabbinic Judaism, The, Volume Five

Systematic account of the hermeneutics of comparison and contrast of Rabbinic Judaism.

Comparative Hermeneutics of Rabbinic Judaism, The, Volume One

Systematic account of the hermeneutics of comparison and contrast of Rabbinic Judaism.

Comparative Hermeneutics of Rabbinic Judaism, The, Volume Four

Systematic account of the hermeneutics of comparison and contrast of Rabbinic Judaism.

Comparative Hermeneutics of Rabbinic Judaism, The, Volume Three

Systematic account of the hermeneutics of comparison and contrast of Rabbinic Judaism.

Comparative Hermeneutics of Rabbinic Judaism, The, Volume Two

Systematic account of the hermeneutics of comparison and contrast of Rabbinic Judaism.

Formative Judaism

Examines the history, philosophy and hermeneutics, and law and literature of formative Judaism.

Comparative Hermeneutics of Rabbinic Judaism, The, Volume Eight

Systematic account of the hermeneutics of comparison and contrast of Rabbinic Judaism.

Comparative Hermeneutics of Rabbinic Judaism, The, Volume Seven

Systematic account of the hermeneutics of comparison and contrast of Rabbinic Judaism.

Rewinding the Tape

Marianne Wallenberg’s life story.

Comparative Hermeneutics of Rabbinic Judaism, The, Volume Six

Systematic account of the hermeneutics of comparison and contrast of Rabbinic Judaism.

Jesus' Teaching on Repentance

Based on a close reading of New Testament passages, Choi counters the theses on repentance and restitution proposed by New Testament scholar E. P. Sanders.

Biblical Parables and Their Modern Re-creations

Offers a penetrating cross-cultural analysis of the enduring genre of parables, revealing a dramatic social, cultural, and political shift in the way we view the divine.

Maimonides' Political Thought

Examines Maimonides' political thought in light of his medieval Aristotelian and Jewish sources.

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.

Voices of Yugoslav Jewry

Emphasizes the role of history in shaping Yugoslav Jewish identity.

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.

Past Imperatives

Explores central questions in the history and theory of Jewish ethics, namely, the relationship between ethics and law, the relationship between ethics and theology, and the problems and prospects for constructing a contemporary Jewish ethic.

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.

Lubavitcher Women in America

Offers a rare look at the world of Hasidic women activists in the years since World War II, and how they have challenged the rise of American feminism.

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.

Alchemy of the Word

Explores the literary, philosophical, and cultural implications of Cabala during the Renaissance.

Jewish Choices

Illustrates how and why Jewish denominational preferences are more a matter of individual choice than family heritage.

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.

Speaking/Writing of God

Identifies and examines the central insights of Franz Rosenzweig and Emmanuel Levinas concerning the religious dimensions of the relationships between persons and extends these insights in order to explore the relevance of religious language to speak of post-Holocaust Jewish life, the critique of the tradition by feminist Jewish philosophers and theologians, and the challenges of religious pluralism.

Jewish Philosophy and the Crisis of Modernity

Explores the impact on Jews and Judaism of the crisis of modernity, analyzing modern Jewish dilemmas and providing a prescription for their resolution.

The Critical Philosophy of Hermann Cohen

This is a translation from the Italian of a study of the work of Hermann Cohen, a figure generally recognized as the most significant Jewish thinker of the past 100 years.

The Organization of Hope

Analyzes the future of urban communities and presents models for community planning, taking into account different classes, ethnicities, and cultures.

Maimonides on the "Decline of the Generations" and the Nature of Rabbinic Authority

Shows to what extent and in what fashion Jews are bound to accept the opinions and the pronouncements of religious authorities.

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.

The Non-Jewish Origins of the Sephardic Jews

The author uses linguistic, ethnographic, and historical evidence to support his theory that the origins of Sephardic Jews are predominantly Berber and Arab.

Worship of the Heart

Shows that for Maimonides (medieval Jewish philosopher) prayer as a pure act of worship is essential.

Circle in the Square

This book deals with the issue of gender in Jewish mysticism showing the thematic correlation of eroticism and esotericism that is central to the kabbalah.

Commandment and Community

This book includes contemporary Jewish political practice, and both systematic and historical treatments of issues in Jewish political theory and legal thought.

Along the Path

This book explores the fundamental issues in Jewish mysticism and provides a taxonomy of the deep structures of thought that emerge from the texts.

Philosopher and Prophet

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

Gersonides on Providence, Covenant, and the Chosen People

This is a careful examination of the doctrine of Jewish chosenness in the light of Gersonides's thought on providential suffering and on inherited providence. Gersonides is one of the most interesting and important philosophers of the later Jewish Middle Ages.

Philosophy and Law

A groundbreaking study of the political philosophy of Maimonides and his Islamic predecessors.

Hasidism

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