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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.

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.

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.

Suffering Witness

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Voices of Yugoslav Jewry

Emphasizes the role of history in shaping Yugoslav Jewish identity.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Summoning

This book explores the variety of ways that the Jewish understanding of the Covenant relates to the notion of a contract or a shared grammar as developed in recent structural and post-structural theory. ...

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 ...

New Horizons in Sephardic Studies

This book contains the most recent research in the intrinsically interdisciplinary field of Sephardic Studies. It provides new insights into Sephardic history, culture, folklore, languages, music, and ...

Society and Settlement

This book scrutinizes the interrelationships between Jewish spatial organization and social structure and change in Palestine/Israel. Kellerman analyzes the development of nationwide and regional settlements, ...

Imagining the Jewish Future

Edited by David A. Teutsch
Subjects: Jewish Studies

During a time of rapid change in the American Jewish community, an outstanding group of Jewish scholars and professionals address the critical problems and future prospects of American Jewry. They discuss ...

The Hidden and Manifest God

This book represents the first wide-scale presentation and interpretation of pre-kabbalistic, Jewish mysticism. This is the Hekhalot or Merkavah mysticism. The emphasis is on the conceptions of God, the ...

Autonomy and Judaism

This volume brings together leading philosophers of Judaism on the issue of autonomy in the Jewish tradition. Addressing themselves to the relationship of the individual Jew to the Jewish community and ...

The Ritual of New Creation

Finkelstein examines a wide range of recent Jewish writing, including poetry, fiction, and literary criticism, in order to determine the changes such writing has undergone in its exposure to modern and ...

In the Shadow of History

By Jose Faur
Subjects: Jewish Studies

This book focuses on the Iberian Jews and conversos, Jews who converted to Christianity. It explores the idea of the "other" in both Jewish and Christian traditions, the differences between the perspectives ...

The Books of Contemplation

The earliest medieval Jewish mystical writings, or kabbalah, date from the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries. This is the first book to focus on the most prodigious group active at that time—the ...

Maimonides on Judaism and the Jewish People

Maimonides on Judaism and the Jewish People explores Maimonides' philosophical psychology, his ethics, his views on prophecy, providence, and immortality, his understanding of the place of gentiles in ...

Between Exile and Return

This innovative study of the modern Hebrew writer, S. Y. Agnon, offers new insight into his literary transformations of Jewish themes and sources. With particular attention to Kafka, Hoffman situates ...

Critical Essays on Israeli Society, Politics, and Culture

Critical Essays on Israeli Society, Politics, and Culture is the second volume in a series devoted to imaginative and critical consideration of recent books on Israel. It is a forum allowing some of the ...

From Tradition to Commentary

This book examines Torah and its interpretation both as a recurring theme in the early rabbinic commentary and as the very practice of the commentary. It studies the phenomenon of ancient rabbinic scriptural ...

Between Worlds

It is a work of sound scholarship dealing with an interesting historical figure and his unique cultural world. The author focuses correctly on the transition from Italian to Ottoman Jewish culture in ...

Journeys in Holy Lands

Scholars have long pointed to the great affinity between stories found in the Bible and the Qur'an, yet no explanation has been proposed that satisfactorily explains the odd combination of incredible ...

Voices of Israel

Cohen takes an in-depth critical look at three novelists and two poets who stand at the forefront of contemporary Israeli literature, and whose works have been widely read, studied, and admired in the ...

They Made Their Souls Anew

This is an original, philosophical discussion in which Andreå Neher relates the lives of prominent nineteenth- and twentieth-century Jews to traditional Jewish thought on issues of assimilation, the ...

Bearing the Unbearable

This book is a pioneering study of Yiddish and Polish-Jewish concentration camp and ghetto poetry. It reveals the impact of the immediacy of experience as a formative influence on perception, response, ...

Between Kant and Kabbalah

This is the first full-length, systematic study in English of Isaac Breuer, a founder of Agudat Israel, whose intellectual achievements reflected the world of Franz Rosenzweig and Martin Buber in an Orthodox ...

The Pursuit of the Ideal

Steven Schwarzschild—rabbi, socialist, pacifist, theologian, and philosopher—is both the last of the major medieval Jewish philosophers and the most modern. He is in the tradition of the Jewish thinking ...

The Saint of Beersheba

Weingrod presents an anthropological study of the development of a new Jewish saint, or zaddikin Israel and of the annual pilgrimage to his enshrined grave by thousands of North African Jews. It is the ...

Freud's Dream of Interpretation

Frieden explores methods of dream interpretation in the Bible, the Talmud, and in the writings of Sigmund Freud, and brings to light Freud's troubled relationship to his Judaic forerunners. This book ...

Jewish Philosophy in a Secular Age

Clearly written, historically sophisticated, Jewish Philosophy in a Secular Age presents a running dialogue between a rationalist understanding of religion and its many critics, ranging from Descartes ...

Trouble in Utopia

This book provides a thorough and detailed examination of Israeli institutions and how they function. It explains the decline in effectiveness of the government and the spread of cultural malaise in the ...

Transition to Adulthood During Military Service

This is a developmental study of men in mandatory military service based on indepth interviews of young soldiers who had recently completed their service in Israel. The book deals with the central issues ...

The Writing of Yehuda Amichai

Yehuda Amichai is an Israeli poet of international distinction. Known as Israel's "master poet," Amichai conveys a portrait of life in modern Israel, summarizing and reflecting all the major preoccupations ...

Defending the Faith

This book deals with nineteenth century American-Jewish perceptions of Christianity and Jesus. While its concern is the centuries-old argument between Christians and Jews, it focuses on the American setting of that argument and shows how American condi

An Introduction to Modern Jewish Philosophy

The book is divided into three sections. The first provides a general historical overview for the Jewish thought that follows. The second summarizes the variety of basic kinds of popular, positive Jewish ...

The Politics of Interpretation

This study examines the critical ideologies that have shaped the perception, reception, and projection of Old Yiddish during the course of the past century. The first critical, historical survey of the ...

The Israeli State and Society

This book provides a unique mosaic of the most recent processes and phenomena which explains Israel factually as well as theoretically. It offers a new conceptual framework for analysing the relationships ...

The Binding of Isaac and Messiah

The author provides an interpretation of the words of Jews living during the intertestamental period and through the third century, including several hassidim. A hermeneutics grounded in the perception ...

The Politics of Provocation

Examines street demonstrations from 1980 through 1984.

Persistence and Flexibility

Using a variety of anthropological approaches, the authors illustrate how the Jewish identity has persisted in the United States despite great subcultural variation and a wide range of adaptations. Within ...

Studies in Ecstatic Kabbalah

This book presents important topics regarding the more mystical trend of Kabbalah—the ecstatic Kabbalah. It includes the mystical union, the world of imagination, and concentration as a spiritual technique. ...

The Poetics of Ascent

This book represents the first English translation of Maaseh Merkabah, which is part of a body of early Jewish mystical texts known as palace (hekhalot) or chariot (merkabah) texts. Through a complex ...

Order and Might

This is a systematic philosophy of politics and the state. As few contemporary books do, Order and Might provides a general theory, exploring the structure of socio-political experience. It not only addresses ...

When Jews and Christians Meet

Edited by Jakob J. Petuchowski
Subjects: Jewish Studies

When Jews and Christians Meet captures the present state of the Christian-Jewish Dialogue, in which it is taken for granted that good will has been established and that Christians and Jews have a great ...

Passionate Women, Passive Men

Suicide is always a controversial issue. Among Jews, it is often taboo. Stereotypically, Jews do not commit suicide; certainly, they do not discuss it. Passionate Women, Passive Men: Suicide in Yiddish ...

A Living Tree

This book examines biblical and rabbinic law as a coherent, continuing legal tradition. It explains the relationship between religion and law and the interaction between law and morality. Abundant selections ...