By David Flusser
David Flusser was once a truly prolific pupil of the lifeless Sea Scrolls, and his contributions to Scrolls study, apocalypticism, and apocalyptic literature are inestimable. Now with this English translation of lots of his essays, Flusser's insights can be found to a much broader viewers than ever sooner than. the following Flusser examines the effect of apocalypticism on a variety of Jewish sects. He states that the lessons of Jesus, whereas reflecting firstly the perspectives of the sages, also are inspired via Jewish apocalypticism. reading the Essenes, their influence on Hebrew language, the break up of sects, and masses extra, Flusser's amassed essays provide a tremendous resource of research for any useless Sea Scrolls pupil.
By Hilary Putnam
Distinguished thinker Hilary Putnam, who's additionally a training Jew, questions the idea of 3 significant Jewish philosophers of the 20 th century―Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, and Emmanuel Levinas―to aid him reconcile the philosophical and spiritual facets of his lifestyles. an extra presence within the e-book is Ludwig Wittgenstein, who, even though no longer a practising Jew, considered faith in ways in which Putnam juxtaposes to the perspectives of Rosenzweig, Buber, and Levinas. Putnam explains the prime rules of every of those nice thinkers, bringing out what, in his opinion, constitutes the decisive highbrow and non secular contributions of every of them. even though the faith mentioned is Judaism, the intensity and originality of those philosophers, as incisively interpreted by means of Putnam, make their inspiration not anything below a consultant to life.
By Aryeh Kaplan
The 1st publication in any language ever to bare the technique of the traditional Kabbalists, this is often one of many oldest and most crucial of all historical Kabbalistic texts. All references, either to manuscripts and revealed fabric are rigorously stated, and the entire Hebrew textual content of The Bahir is incorporated.
This now-classic research is worried with the richly imagined international of kabbalistic fable about the sabbath because it built from the past due 12th century to the early 16th century and with its activation in non secular existence through ritual.ËœThe booklet opens with a ancient evaluate of classical kabbalah, an overview of its symbolic universe. unique cognizance is given to the main mythic motifs that underlie sabbath observance: the sabbath as resource of cosmic blessing; the sabbath as perfected time; the drama of divine recovery and sacred marriage; and the drama of human transformation through the sabbath as mirrored within the motif of the sabbath-soul). this can be by way of a theoretical dialogue of the functionality andËœmeaning of kabbalistic ritual and the issues of its interpretation. concept offers approach to perform with the shut examine of dramatic rituals situated at the margins of the sabbath: the ritual of practise - how one enters the sabbath - and the ritual of separation - how one leaves the sabbath and but takes it into the week. short appendices take care of the designated problems with Torah learn and sexuality concerning sabbath-observance. This now-classic learn combines the shut textual readings of conventional scholarly enquiry with extra leading edge techniques drawing on symbolic anthropology and so forth. The presentation is coherent, cohesive, and obtainable. It makes a contribution to the background of Jewish spirituality and, extra generally, to the certainty of fable and formality. (PRINT ON call for)
Jewish faith, Greek philosophy and Islamic suggestion mildew the philosophy and theology of Maimonides and represent his paintings as an exceptional instance of the fruitful move of tradition within the center a while. The authors express a number of facets of this cultural cross-fertilization, regardless of spiritual and ethnic ameliorations. The stories suggested recommendations on a question that's vital for the current and the longer term: How may well the several religions, cultures and ideas of information stay conveyed in synthesis? the quantity publishes the lectures given on the July 2004 overseas congress on the celebration of the 800th anniversary of Maimonides’ death.
By Norman G. Finkelstein
Now, in A state on Trial, major critics problem Goldhagen's findings and exhibit that his paintings isn't really scholarship in any respect. With compelling cumulative impression, Norman G. Finkelstein meticulously files Goldhagen's distortions of secondary literature and the inner contradictions of his argument. In a complementary essay, Ruth Bettina Birn juxtaposes Goldhagen's textual content opposed to the German information he consulted. the major foreign authority on those data, Birn conclusively demonstrates that Goldhagen systematically misrepresented their contents.
The definitive assertion at the Goldhagen phenomenon, this quantity is additionally a cautionary story at the corruption of scholarship via ideological zealotry.
The age of the Talmud is delivered to lifestyles in a wide ranging saga. This masterpiece of recent fiction tells the gripping story of renegade talmudic sage Elisha ben Abuyah's fight to reconcile his religion with the attract of Hellenistic tradition. Set in Roman Palestine, As a pushed Leaf attracts readers into the dramatic period of Rabbinic Judaism. Watch the good Talmudic sages at paintings within the Sanhedrin, eav...
By Michael Strassfeld
The coeditor of the drastically renowned Jewish Catalog "help[s] readers comprehend extra totally the that means of our vacations and thereby to monitor those gala's . . . with a better devotion and joy."--Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler
About the author
MICHAEL STRASSFELD is the rabbi of the Society for the development of Judaism, a synagogue. He lives in long island along with his spouse, Rabbi
Joy Levitt, and their 5 children.
Originally released in 1985.
E-published in 2011.