Judaism

Download E-books The Jewish State PDF

By Theodor Herzl

Theodor Herzl's passionate advocacy of the founding of a Jewish country grew out of his conviction that Jews might by no means be assimilated into preexisting populations. His influential 1896 polemic discusses the political and ancient rationales for a Jewish place of birth. this wonderful translation contains an advent by means of Louis Lipsky and a biography of the author.

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Download E-books The Yiddish Policemen's Union: A Novel (P.S.) PDF

By Michael Chabon

For sixty years Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered within the Federal District of Sitka, a "temporary" shelter created within the wake of the Holocaust and the surprising 1948 cave in of the fledgling nation of Israel. The Jews of the Sitka District have created their very own little international within the Alaskan panhandle, a colourful and complicated frontier urban that strikes to the song of Yiddish. yet now the District is determined to revert to Alaskan regulate, and their dream is coming to an finish.

Homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has adequate difficulties with out caring in regards to the upcoming Reversion. His existence is a shambles, his marriage a break, his profession a catastrophe. And within the affordable resort the place Landsman has washed up, somebody has simply dedicated a murder—right below his nostril. whilst he starts off to enquire the killing of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy, be aware comes down from on excessive that the case is to be dropped instantly, and Landsman unearths himself contending with the entire strong forces of religion, obsession, evil, and salvation which are his heritage.

At as soon as a gripping whodunit, a love tale, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption, The Yiddish Policemen's Union is a singular basically Michael Chabon can have written.

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Download E-books Melnitz PDF

By Charles Lewinsky

1871. Cattle-dealer Solomon Meijer has made a name for himself as one of many few sincere Jews in Endingen, an extraordinary Swiss city within which Jews are allowed to dwell. He leads a principally untroubled existence, rewarded by way of his paintings and comforted at domestic by means of his spouse and daughters. yet all of this is often set to finish whilst he solutions a knock on the door in the midst of the evening. at the doorstep stands his younger far-off cousin, Janki, half-dead and begging for shelter. The pitiful determine is invited in and given a coveted position within the bosom of the kin, but if Janki recovers and regains his ambition and his fine-looks, he'll switch the Meijer family's lives for generations to return. within the culture of the good kinfolk romances of the nineteenth century, Melnitz is the saga of the Swiss-Jewish Meijer relations, spanning 5 generations from the Franco-Prussian conflict to global conflict II. it's a novel of destiny, fortune and nice falls; a homage to the sunken global of Yiddish tradition and a party of the long-lasting spirit of biting Jewish humor.

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Download E-books Anti-Judaism in Early Christianity, Volume 2: Separation and Polemic (Studies in Christianity and Judaism, Etudes sur le christianisme et le judaïsme, Volume 2) PDF

By Stephen G. Wilson

The interval because the shut of global conflict II has been agonizingly introspective—not least a result of discomfort of reassessing Christianity’s perspective to Judaism. The early Christian fabrics have usually been tested to evaluate their function within the long-standing unfavorable angle of Christians to Jews. the inducement for the early church’s occasionally harsh perspective was once partially theological—it had to outline itself over opposed to its parent—and in part sociological—it had to clarify the road that divided the fledgling staff of Christian believers fromt he crew with which it used to be probably to be harassed. This number of reports emphasizes the context and heritage of early Christianity in reconsidering some of the vintage passages that experience contributed to the advance of anti-Judaism in Christianity. the second one quantity during this two-volume paintings learning the preliminary advancements of anti-Judaism in the church examines the evolution of the Christian religion in its social context as printed via facts equivalent to early patristic and rabbinic writings and archaeological findings.

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Download E-books The Essential Talmud PDF

By Adin Steinsaltz

The crucial Talmud is a masterful advent to the ideals, attitudes, and strategies of the sacred textual content during which the Jewish humans have lived and survived throughout the ages-by the popular Israeli rabbi, student, and instructor. Rabbi Steinsaltz is the 1st to trap the flavour and spirit of the Talmud as a human rfile and to summarize its major rules as an expression of divine legislations. This elevated version includes a new preface by means of the rabbi, a old evaluation of lifestyles within the occasions of the Talmud, and an in-depth examine the content material and visual appeal of the unique Talmudic web page. This seminal quantity makes abundantly transparent the significance of the Talmud within the lives of contemporary Jews. "This booklet is necessary to these, Jews and Christians alike, who wish to achieve an perception into what it's that strikes the modern Jew." (Rabbi Solomon S. Bernards, B'Nai B'rith Anti-Defamation League)REVIEW: "Offers a desirable advent to the codified oral tradition." (Christianity Today)

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Download E-books A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry (Ballantine Reader's Circle) PDF

By Mark Kurlansky

A robust, DEEPLY relocating NARRATIVE OF wish REBORN
IN THE SHADOW OF DESPAIR

Fifty years after it was once bombed to rubble, Berlin is once more a urban within which Jews assemble for the Passover seder. Paris and Antwerp have lately emerged as very important new facilities of Jewish tradition. Small yet proud Jewish groups are revitalizing the traditional facilities of Budapest, Prague, and Amsterdam. those courageous, made up our minds Jewish women and men have selected to settle–or remain–in Europe after the devastation of the Holocaust, yet they've got paid a cost. one of the unforeseen risks, they've got needed to take care of an alarming resurgence of Nazism in Europe, the unfold of Arab terrorism, and the effect of the Jewish country on ecu life.

Delving into the intimate tales of ecu Jews from all walks of existence, Kurlansky weaves jointly a bright tapestry of people maintaining their traditions, and flourishing, within the shadow of heritage. An inspiring tale of a tenacious those who have rebuilt their lives within the face of incomprehensible horror, A selected Few is a testomony to cultural survival and a party of the deep bonds that suffer among Jews and ecu civilization.

“Consistently soaking up . . . A selected Few investigates the really uncharted territory of an encouraging phenomenon.”
–Los Angeles instances

“I can consider no ebook that portrays with such intelligence, old figuring out, and journalistic aptitude what existence has been like for Jews made up our minds to construct lives in Europe.”
–SUSAN MIRON
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Download E-books Art and Architecture of the Synagogue in Late Antique Palestine (Ancient Judaism & Early Christianity) PDF

This learn is a second look of the influence of Christian paintings and structure on synagogues in past due old Palestine, focussing on good points universal to either church buildings and synagogues. Why did radical alterations seem in Jewish paintings and structure in the course of a interval of pageant with Christians?

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Download E-books Tevye the Dairyman and The Railroad Stories (Library of Yiddish Classics) PDF

By Sholem Aleichem, Hillel Halkin

Of all of the characters in glossy Jewish fiction, the main loved is Tevye, the compassionate, irrepressible, Bible-quoting dairyman from Anatevka, who has been immortalized within the writings of Sholem Aleichem and in acclaimed and award-winning theatrical and picture adaptations.

And no Yiddish author was once extra liked than Tevye’s author, Sholem Rabinovich (1859–1916), the “Jewish Mark Twain,” who wrote less than the pen identify of Sholem Aleichem. fantastically translated via Hillel Halkin, here's Sholem Aleichem’s heartwarming and poignant account of Tevye and his daughters, including the “Railroad Stories,” twenty-one stories that research human nature and modernity as they're perceived by means of women and men using the trains from shtetl to shtetl.

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