Visualizing and Exhibiting Jewish Space and History (Studies in Contemporary Jewry)

Carrying on with its uncommon culture of targeting crucial political, sociological, and cultural problems with Jewish existence within the final century, quantity XXVI of the yearly experiences in modern Jewry examines the visible revolution that has overtaken Jewish cultural existence within the 20th century onwards, with targeted realization given to the evolution of Jewish museums. Bringing jointly major curators and students, Visualizing and displaying Jewish area and History treats a number of kinds of Jewish illustration in museums in Europe and the USA earlier than the second one international struggle and inquires into the character and proliferation of Jewish museums following the Holocaust and the autumn of Communism in Western and jap Europe. furthermore, a couple of essays devoted to six exhibitions that came about in Israel in 2008 to mark six a long time of Israeli artwork increases major matters at the courting among artwork and gender, and paintings and politics. An introductory essay highlights the dramatic transformation within the appreciation of the visible in Jewish tradition. The scope of the symposium bargains one of many first scholarly makes an attempt to regard this topic in different international locations.

Also featured during this quantity are a provocative essay at the nature of antisemitism in twentieth-century English society; assessment essays on Jewish fundamentalism and up to date works near to the Holocaust in occupied Soviet territories; and studies of latest titles in Jewish Studies..

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The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes: A Translation with Commentary

First time in paperback: “One of the main formidable literary initiatives of this or any age.”―Adam Kirsch, New Republic

the following in Robert Alter's daring new translation are essentially the most incredible works in international literature. The striking poetry within the publication of task is restored to its strong historical meanings and rhythms. The construction account in its Voice from the Whirlwind is gorgeous and incendiary. in contrast, a serene fatalism suffuses Ecclesiastes with a quiet attractiveness, and the pithy maxims of Proverbs impart a cosmopolitan knowledge that's ironically wise. every one of those books addresses the common knowledge that the righteous thrive and the depraved endure in a rational ethical order; jointly they're necessary to the traditional canon that's the Hebrew Bible.

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Halakhic Positions of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Volume II

By Aharon Ziegler

In Halakhic Positions of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, insights into Jewish legislations from the preeminent determine of twentieth-century smooth Orthodoxy are provided in a transparent and concise demeanour. generally known as "the Rav," Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, zt"l, has encouraged and motivated the highbrow brain and touched the delicate hearts of hundreds of thousands of people.

While he used to be now not unavoidably often called a decisor, or poseik, of halakha, he was once widely known as anyone who had the uncanny skill to conceptualize the spirit of Jewish legislation on a common point. all through his lifetime, the Rav released few works, transmitting his Torah wisdom via periods and lectures as an alternative. As a pupil of Rabbi Soloveitchik for a few years, Rabbi Aharon Ziegler collected an unlimited library of notes and tapes at the Rav's halakhot. during this quantity he stocks the Rav's special and maybe lesser recognized halakhic positions on a variety of themes, together with:

*The process for lighting fixtures candles on Friday evening;
*Celebrating Thanksgiving and consuming turkey;
*Using grape juice for the 4 cups of wine at a Seder;
*Giving an aliyah on Mincha Yom Kippur to a person who can't quick;
*Covering one's head in the course of davening;
*Fast days and pregnant ladies;
*Bris Milah via a nonobservant Mohel;
*Discarding outdated, tired tzitzis; and
*Many different matters concerning the Sabbath, vacation trips, prayer, and lifestyles cycle occasions.

Whether studied within the synagogue, institution, or Jewish domestic, those phrases of knowledge from the Rav offer glimpses into the phenomenal brain of 1 of the best thinkers in Jewish historical past.

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Who Will Lament Her?: The Feminine and the Fantastic in the Book of Nahum (Library Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies)

By Laurel Lanner

It is no surprise that non-academic bible readers principally forget about Nahum. Comprising just a couple of pages, it really is simply ignored in the course of the twelve Minor Prophets. while a reader does cease in passing, the publication seems to be short, brutish, and uncomfortably violent. having a look extra heavily, notwithstanding, readers could realize echoes of alternative a lot larger prophets, comparable to Isaiah and Ezekiel, maybe even of the Psalms, and finish that the ebook is a slightly second-rate pastiche of different writings, even supposing a few particularly significant poetry is woven into it. Who Will Lament Her? takes a clean examine Nahum. It explores additional the presence of the female within the publication of Nahum, the level to which it truly is found in the textual content, how the constitution of the textual content makes the female either current and absent, and the potential explanation why this can be so. Lanner takes methodological methods. the 1st units out to teach that it truly is attainable female deity is found in the textual content of Nahum. the second one strategy engages 3 theories of the literary remarkable with the textual content, taking into account the findings of the old and exegetical paintings. utilizing those ways hand in hand ends up in a clean analyzing of Nahum. >

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Genesis: Translation and Commentary

"[Here is] ?the ?Genesis for our iteration and beyond."―Robert Fagles

Genesis starts with the making of heaven and earth and all lifestyles, and ends with just like a mummy―Joseph's―in a coffin. In among come some of the primal tales in Western tradition: Adam and Eve's expulsion from the backyard of Eden, Cain's homicide of Abel, Noah and the Flood, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham's binding of Isaac, the covenant of God and Abraham, Isaac's blessing of Jacob rather than Esau, the saga of Joseph and his brothers.

In Robert Alter's magnificent translation, those tales cohere in a robust narrative of the tortuous family among fathers and sons, husbands and better halves, eldest and more youthful brothers, God and his selected humans, the folk of Israel and their friends. Alter's translation honors the meanings and literary thoughts of the traditional Hebrew and conveys them in fluent English prose. It recovers a Genesis with the continuity of topic and motif of a totally conceived and completely discovered booklet. His insightful, totally proficient remark illuminates the ebook in all its dimensions.

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Zohar: The Book of Splendor: Basic Readings from the Kabbalah

One of many nice masterpieces of Western non secular idea, the Zohar represents an try to discover hidden meanings in the back of the area of appearances. it's the valuable paintings within the literature of the Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical culture.

This quantity of chosen passages from the Zohar, culled through the best authority on Jewish mysticism, deals a sampling of its distinctive imaginative and prescient of the esoteric wonders of production; the existence and future of the soul; the confluence of actual and divine love; anguish and dying; exile and redemption.

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The Last Jews in Berlin

By Leonard Gross

In February 1943, 4 thousand Jews went underground in Berlin. via the top of the warfare, all yet a number of hundred of them had died in bombing raids or, more often than not, in loss of life camps. this is often the real-life tale of a few of the few of them - a tender mom, a student and his countess lover, a black-market jeweler, a manner dressmaker, a Zionist, an opera-loving service provider, a teen-age orphan - who resourcefully, boldly, defiantly, fortunately survived. In hiding or in masquerade, by means of their wits and infrequently as a result of conscience-stricken German gentiles, they survived. They survived the consistent danger of discovery through the Nazi experts or by way of the sinister handful of turncoat Jewish "catchers" who could ship them to the fuel chambers. They survived to inform this story, which reads like a mystery and triumphs like a miracle. "The author's skillful collection of element and his narrative force have created the kind of footnote [to history] that illuminates a complete subject." - ny occasions ebook evaluate "A journey de strength . . . A consummately suspenseful narrative . . . remindful, in [its] beautiful element, of Capote's In chilly Blood" - la occasions "An historian's ebook, a storyteller's ebook, and - such a lot of all - a reader's e-book . . . the entire real-life stuff of a John le Carré novel" - l. a. usher in Examiner

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The Torah Ark in Renaissance Poland: A Jewish Revival of Classical Antiquity (Jewish and Christian Perspectives)

The amount explores the stone carved shrines for the scrolls of the Mosaic legislation from the mid-sixteenth to the mid-seventeenth century synagogues within the former Polish nation. Created at the margin of mainstream artwork and at a crossroad of numerous cultures, creative traditions, aesthetic attitudes and languages, those indoor architectural buildings have hitherto now not been the topic of a monographic research. Revisiting and integrating a number of assets, the writer re-evaluates the connection of the Jewish tradition in Renaissance Poland with the medieval Jewish historical past, sepulchral artwork of the Polish courtroom and nobles, and prior diversifications of the Christian revival of classical antiquity by way of Italian Jews. The booklet uncovers the evolution of inventive patronage, aesthetics, expressions of identities, and rising visions between a spiritual minority at the cusp of the fashionable age.

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