The tragedy, says Aaron, is that today many of us are not even looking for God. For those who are, Aaron's book will provide sincere guidance toward uncovering a tender, untarnished meaning of the Jewish holidays.. Schreiber First published in , this one-volume source for everything-Jewish has delighted and instructed several generations in the English-speaking Jewish world. Fully updated through for example.. The inside covers include a timeline of Jewish and World history. Check page , which has a list of Jewish populations by Country in New Zealand ; Click the book cover to read more.
Roth, Touro College February University of South Carolina Press Roth, a graduate of Yeshiva University, Columbia, and Yale Law School, has written this legal history of the rabbinic profession from biblical to modern times. He traces the development of principles governing compensation and related benefits for rabbis, scholars, teachers, and judges under Jewish law.
Roth focuses on the disconnect that evolved as rabbis wished to serve God and their communities yet needed to provide for the material needs of their families. He charts the shift from the Talmudic ideal of uncompensated service and follows the development of four material advantages sought by the rabbinic profession-compensation, protection against competition, principles of tenure in office, and inheritance rights. Roth assesses how Jewish legal authorities dealt with seemingly conflicting material and spiritual requirements.
Analyzing two millennia of legal and intellectual history, he depicts the struggle of rabbinical authorities and scholars of the Torah to answer questions about their profession in a way that allowed the rabbinate to survive while limiting compromises with received standards. Through vivid historical vignettes, Roth tells a story of legal ingenuity and religious courage, of flexibility in Jewish law, and of a responsiveness to changing circumstances that ultimately, although often hesitantly, laid the foundation for the modern rabbinate. In one of the few studies of the rabbinate cutting across countries and movements, Roth places rabbis in the social and economic contexts of their times and depicts them not just as religious leaders but as wage earners, providers for their dependents, and competitors in the provision of fee-based services for the more lucrative and prestigious positions.
He also draws thoughtful parallels between rabbinic tenure and university academic tenure, noting that both protect the teacher and scholar from ever-changing political winds. Click to read more. This is the capstone of Alter's lifelong work to establish the literary identity to the Torah. Alter, a Comp Lit professor at Berkeley, has written this complete new translation with a probing insightful commentary which recovers the mesmerizing, literary effect that one who spoke biblical Hebrew would get.
As a poet, he gets the cadences of the Hebrew Bible and conveys the musical lyrical nature of the Torah. Through a distinguished career of critical scholarship, Robert Alter's masterly new translation and probing commentary combine to give contemporary readers the definitive edition of The Five Books. Alter's translation recovers the mesmerizing effect of these ancient stories - the profound and haunting enigmas, the ambiguities of motive and image, and the distinctive cadences and lovely precision of the Hebrew text.
Alter's translation conveys the music and the meaning of the Hebrew text in a lyrical, lucid English. His commentary illuminates it with learned insight and reflection on its literary and historical dimensions. The NYT wrote, "Robert Alter, who has come up with this remarkable translation of the Five Books after decades of writing some of the most convincing analyses ever produced of the Hebrew Bible, is a critic with the strength of mind to resist the urge to uplift.
Luckily for us, he is equally skeptical of what usually replaces homily in modern commentary, namely history. Scholars who study the Bible, of course, don't try to determine what ''really'' happened, as passionate amateurs do. Instead they attempt to reconstruct how the books must have been assembled. But Alter, along with critics like Frank Kermode, Harold Bloom, David Damrosch and Gabriel Josipovici, has spent the past quarter-century rejecting both the preacherly and the historicist approaches to the Bible and devising one that would allow us to grapple with it as literature.
Not that Alter overlooks the Bible's moral and spiritual dimensions; he could hardly do so, given that roughly half the Five Books is made up of laws, and the other half -- the narrative half -- is concerned with working out the covenants made by God with his chosen people. Nor does he ignore the work of scholars who valiantly attempt to isolate historical voices in this blended text. As a matter of principle, though, he declines to chop stories into pieces, reassigning parts to ''J'' or parts to ''P'' for the purpose of resolving apparent contradictions. What Alter does with the Bible instead is read it, with erudition and rigor and respect for the intelligence of the editor or editors who stitched it together, and -- most thrillingly -- with the keenest receptivity to its darker undertones.
In the case of the binding of Isaac, for instance, Alter not only accepts a previous translator's substitution of ''cleaver'' for the ''knife'' of the King James version but also changes ''slay'' as in, ''Abraham took the knife to slay his son'' to ''slaughter. Alter's translation thus suggests a dimension of this eerie tale we would probably have overlooked: that of editorial comment. The biblical author, by using words more suited to butchery than ritual sacrifice, lets us know that he is as horrified as we are at the brutality of the act that God has asked Abraham to commit.
Biblical Hebrew has an unusually small vocabulary clustered around an even smaller number of three-letter roots, most of them denoting concrete actions or things, and the Bible achieves its mimetic effects partly through the skillful repetition of these few vivid words. The translators who gave us the King James version appear more or less to have understood this, but many 20th-century English-language translators have not.
In their desire to convey shades of meaning brought out by different contexts or, perhaps, to compensate for what they perceived as the primitiveness of the ancient language, they replaced biblical Hebrew's restricted, earthy lexicon with a broad and varied set of often abstract terms. As he explains in his introduction -- an essay that would be worth reading even if it didn't accompany this book -- the Hebrew of the Bible is, in his view, a closed system with a coherent literary logic, ''a conventionally delimited language, roughly analogous in this respect to the French of the neoclassical theater,'' though plain-spoken where neoclassical French is lofty.
Alter's translation puts into practice his belief that the rules of biblical style require it to reiterate, artfully, within scenes and from scene to scene, a set of ''key words,'' a term Alter derives from Buber and Franz Rosenzweig, who in an epic labor that took nearly 40 years to complete, rendered the Hebrew Bible into a beautifully Hebraicized German. Key words, as Alter has explained elsewhere, clue the reader in to what's at stake in a particular story, serving either as ''the chief means of thematic exposition'' within episodes or as connective tissue between them.
All this repetition would be merely repetitive if Alter didn't tie it to a precise notion of what's going on in nearly every passage. The art of the translator, like the art of the narrator, lies in knowing when to paraphrase and when not to. What makes Alter's ''Five Books'' more engrossing than most other modern translations is that he bases this decision on more than instinct.
Like Rashi and Abraham Ibn Ezra and the other great commentators whose insights fill his superb commentary, Alter has thought these stories through to their shocking ends. Often enough his choice to be literal stems from the rare resolve not to look away from the text, even when it dismays us, or ought to. Eisenberg November Jewish Publication Society. How much do you really know about Judaism? Did you know that: Dividing the Bible into chapters and verses was a Christian innovation; Although a recital of the Ten Commandments was once part of the daily service at the Temple in Jerusalem, Jews elsewhere were forbidden to recite them; The Kaddish, which now closes every Jewish service, as well as sections within the service, was originally not even part of the synagogue ritual; Ronald Eisenberg has distilled an immense amount of material from classic and contemporary sources into a single volume, which provides thousands of insights into the origins, history, and current interpretations of a wealth of Jewish traditions and customs.
Divided into four sections-Synagogue and Prayers, Sabbaths and Festivals, Life-Cycle Events, and Miscellaneous a large section that includes such diverse topics as Jewish literature, food, and plants and animals -this latest title in the JPS Desk Reference Series is an encyclopedic reference for anyone who wants easily accessible, accurate information about all things Jewish. Eisenberg writes for a wide, diversified audience, and is respectful of the range of practices and beliefs within today's American Jewish community-from Orthodox to liberal.
It is also an excellent gift for b'nai mitzvah, and other lifecycle events and holidays. Click the book cover above to read more. The ten studies in this book explore the phenomenon of public memory in societies of the Graeco-Roman period. Mendels begins with a concise discussion of the historical canon that emerged in Late Antiquity and brought with it the distorted memory of ancient history in Western culture.
The following nine chapters each focus on a different source of collective memory in order to demonstrate the patchy and incomplete associations ancient societies had with their past, including discussions of Plato's Politeia, a "site of memory" of the early church, and the dichotomy existing between the reality of the land of Israel in the Second Temple period and memories of it.
Throughout the book, Mendels shows that since the societies of Antiquity had associations with only bits and pieces of their past, these associations could be slippery and problematic, constantly changing, multiplying and submerging. Memories, true and false, oral and inscribed, provide good evidence for this fluidity. Mohr P. Siebeck December 30, A analysis of the literary and conceptual relationships between the rabbinic martyrological tradition and the early Jewish mystical writings known as Heikhalot literature.
The Baal Shem Tov, or the Besht, as he is commonly called, led a revival in Judaism that put love and joy at the center of religious life and championed the piety of the common folk against the rabbinic establishment. He has been recognized as one of the greatest teachers in Jewish history, and much of what is alive and vibrant in Judaism today, in all denominations, derives from his inspiration. Abraham Joshua Heschel, who was descended from several illustrious Hasidic dynasties, wrote: "The Baal Shem Tov brought heaven to earth.
He and his disciples, the Hasidim, banished melancholy from the soul and uncovered the ineffable delight of being a Jew. No one who wants to draw from the wellsprings of Hasidism should be without this book.
Hidden Truths Hebraic Scrolls Tanak with commentary: Old Testament - Kindle edition by Rabbi Simon Altaf Hakohen. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks. The Hidden Truths Hebraic Scrolls Tanak: With Commentary is a Life Changer. With so many translations that have so many mistranslations, mis-applications.
If you don't have enough money to buy it, pawn your shoes and run to the bookstore barefoot. Did God Have A Wife? Dever Eerdmans Following up on his two recent, widely acclaimed studies of the history and social life of ancient Israel, William Dever here uses archaeological and biblical evidence to reconstruct the folk religion of ancient Israel.
Did God Have a Wife? The first book by an archaeologist on ancient Israelite religion, this fascinating study critically reviews virtually all of the archaeological literature of the past generation, and it brings fresh evidence to the table as well. While Dever digs deep into the past - revealing insights are found, for example, in the form of local and family shrines where sacrifices and other rituals were performed - his discussion is extensively illustrated and communicated in non-technical language accessible to everyone.
Dever calls his book "a feminist manifesto - by a man," and his work gives a new prominence to women as the custodians of Israel's folk religion. Though the monotheistic faith and practice recounted in the Bible likely held sway among educated, elite men in Jerusalem, the heart and soul of Israelite religion was polytheistic, concerned with meeting practical needs, and centered in the homes of common, illiterate people.
Shapiro Skylight The first of God's creations and God's endless delight, Wisdom also known as Chochma and Sophia is the Mother of all life and the guide to right living.
Who were the original Hebrews? Scholars, especially in Germany, designated four distinct sources in Israelite history who contributed major parts of the first five books of the Bible. But a phrase with that letter turned up in a Dead Sea scroll and is tacked onto in most recent translations:p. Was Isaac his only begotten son another error? Tactically, Nehemiah realized that the first task was to fill in the gaps and create one continuous wall Nehemiah And, for scholars and laypeople alike, the idea of Moses having written all of the Pentateuch was fairly widespread, although initially readers were able to see flaws in this idea.
The voice of the Divine Feminine in the Holy Scriptures of Jews and Christians, Wisdom's teachings are passionate, powerful and rarely heard. That is about to change. Rami Shapiro's contemporary translations and powerful commentaries clarify who Wisdom is, what She teaches, and how her words can help you live justly, wisely and with compassion.
This is not a book about Wisdom but the voice of Wisdom herself, freed to speak her mind in a manner that is liberating, uplifting and intrinsically compelling. Now you can experience the Divine Feminine and understand her teachings with no previous knowledge of Wisdom literature. This SkyLight Illuminations edition presents insightful yet unobtrusive commentary that explains the selections' meanings and messages and makes plain the Divine Feminine's call to find her, Wisdom, in all things.
The three matriarchs? The first three kings of Israel? The place where the law was given to Israelites? Name The city of David? Who was Nahum? Was Joel a prophet? Who was he? Why are Ezekiel, Isaiah and Jeremiah considered "literary" prophets? Why did Judah last longer than Israel?
In 1 Samuel, why didn't the ark of the covenant protect Israel's army? Was the brass erpent of Moses magical? Why is Psalm 18, a war psalm, included in the peaceful Book of Psalms?
Does David proclaim himself a son of God in Psalm 2? The answers respect all faiths. Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut has already praised this clear, well written book. Many questions reach deeply into human existence, ranging from the origins of the universe to the problem of good and evil.
The purpose of this book is to look at the questions that have been most often asked by all sorts of people, from biblical scholars to people with very little knowledge of the Bible, and through an honest discussion, based on general and unbiased knowledge and the opinions of many scholars throughout the ages, offer sensible answers which hopefully will help the reader form his or her own view, and thereby gain a better understanding of the Bible.
Many uplifting and ancient Jewish traditions are rooted in the home and celebrated with the family. This book of prayer and celebration is intended to serve as a guide for meaningful expressions of the Jewish experience at home. Inspiring stories and personal commentary by the author supplement the text throughout. Blessings and songs celebrating the entire year of Jewish festivals and Sabbaths, in Hebrew, with English instructions and translations, make this work of fundamental value for the Jewish home. From the blessings said on festivals and for Hannukah candle lighting to birth celebrations for boys as well as for girls, the marriage ceremony and blessings, prayers for inaugurating a new house, and other momentous life cycle occasions, all are marked with traditional praise and holy words.
Rabbi Riskin's sensitivity and unique imprint is present throughout this comprehensive and handy companion. Some of the special additions include the following: Blessings for the children on Yom Kippur eve; Symbolic foods and ceremony for Rosh Hashana; Ushpizin for sukkot meals welcoming patriarchs and matriarchs ; Songs for all festivals Hunnukah candle blessings; Eve of Israel Independence Day meal celebration; Tu b'shevat seder; Shalom Zakhar, Shalom Bat; Circumcision ceremony; Redemption of the firstborn; Simhat bat ceremony for baby girls; Dedication of a new home.
First and foremost, the Bible And although the different hues often appear to be contradictory, when you view the totality of the light emanating from the diamond, you begin to appreciate how complementary they really are. Thus the sages of the Talmud understood that there are many possible truths contained in each biblical statement, each adding its unique melody to the magnificent symphony of the whole, synthesizing not in conflicting dissonance but in holy dialectic Each chapter looks at a different foremother and at a different issue with which she must grapple in order to gain the wisdom to move into deeper relationship, with herself, those she loves, and the Divine.
Each chapter ties their struggles to those of contemporary women and men Mirkin has met in her year clinical practice and looks at what we can learn from their experiences. Our foremothers' stories offer profound lessons in living. Their legacies can guide us as we face similar challenges, and find similar hope and blessings on our paths to more intimate connection. Chapters include: Eve. Envisioning our Relationship; Leah and Rachel. Finding Sustenance I the House of Israel. The type, though small, is clearly readable, and the letters, Hebrew vowels, and cantillation marks are crisp and clear.
The sturdy, coated paperback cover embossed in black with gold lettering is made to endure heavy, constant use. Using Rashi, Ibn Ezra, and other classical and modern commentators, this is a line by line translation and commentary on Kohelet Goldstein Rabbi Goldstein addesses the issue of women and Judaism from a timely perspective. Divided into content areas, this book focuses on 3 main topics: The study of Torah, the observance of halachah, and the language of theology.
How does the portrayal of women in the texts and laws affect our view of women in Judaism. Peters Fall The world's three great monotheistic religions have spent most of their historical careers in conflict or competition with each other. And yet in fact they sprung from the same spiritual roots and have been nurtured in the same historical soil. This book--an extraordinarily comprehensive and approachable comparative introduction to these religions--seeks not so much to demonstrate the truth of this thesis as to illustrate it.
Frank Peters, one of the world's foremost experts on the monotheistic faiths, takes Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and after briefly tracing the roots of each, places them side by side to show both their similarities and their differences. Volume I, The Peoples of God, tells the story of the foundation and formation of the three monotheistic communities, of their visible, historical presence.
Peters takes us to where these religions live: their scriptures, laws, institutions, and intentions; how each seeks to worship God and achieve salvation; and how they deal with their own orthodox and heterodox and with others the goyim, the pagans, the infidels. Throughout, he measures--but never judges--one religion against the other. The prose is supple, the method rigorous. This is a remarkably cohesive, informative, and accessible narrative reflecting a lifetime of study by a single recognized authority in all three fields.
Jewish Lights. An instant classic and must have. And now this, for the first time, women's unique perspectives and experiences are applied to the weekly portions and special readings. Includes feminist interpretations of the stories of Yael and Devorah, David and Goliath, David and Batsheva, Jonah and the fish and female fish , Jerusalem as female, the motif of the whore, and the Witch of Endor.
The author of "The Messiah Before Jesus," Knohl shares his understanding of how the Torah was edited into its final form. He bridges the gap between ancient Israel c. Univ of Wisconsin Press Hasidism on the Margin explores one of the most provocative and radical traditions of Hasidic thought, the school of Izbica and Radzin that Rabbi Gershon Henokh originated in nineteenth-century Poland.
Shaul Magid traces the intellectual history of this strand of Judaism from medieval Jewish philosophy through centuries of Kabbalistic texts to the nineteenth century and into the present. He contextualizes the Hasidism of Izbica-Radzin in the larger philosophy and history of religions and provides a model for inquiry into other forms of Hasidism.
Jesus in His Jewish Context. A Historians View Geza Vermes These studies develop further the investigation carried out in Geza Vermes' book Jesus and Jew and The Dead Sea Scrolls and shed light on many important and controversial issues from that period. Subjects include the relationship of Jewish studies to the interpretation of the New Testament; Jesus' understanding of himself; an updated account of Qumran research after fifty years; Josephus' notice on Jesus and his summary of the Law.
In particular, this volume contains the Riddell Memorial Lectures, 'The Gospel of Jesus the Jew', which represent a continuation of Jesus the Jew Click the book cover above to read more.
Sarah Laughed by Vanessa Ochs Summer Director of Jewish Studies at the University of Virginia, Ochs uses her own research with unobtrusive grace to shed light on gaps in the biblical stories. While focused on the narratives, she chooses to combine an inspirational self-help message with Jewish lore and the testimony of modern female friends. Most often, she is successful, as when she discusses well-known figures like Sarah, laughing in reaction to the news that she will bear a child in her old age. We can hear her laughter when we hold on to our dreams and when we decide it's time to relinquish them.
Divided thematically by topics such as friendship, parenting and healing, the chapters include translations from the Hebrew, a "midrash-like" commentary on the story and practical rituals designed to bring home the diverse lessons of this appealing book. From Eve's rebellious taste of wisdom to the righteous anger of Job's wife, each woman's story is retold in imaginative prose and accompanied by real-life rituals that you can perform at home, gaining insight into: Finding inner wisdom; Speaking the true self; Being a good friend; Maintaining romantic partnerships; Raising a family; Letting go of children; Feeling blessed with a life well lived; and much more.
Schocken Books. From Schocken Books or from Shocking Books? Time Out. I thought that Moses requested that six cities of refuge be created when the Israelites crossed the Jordan. But this book's title says five. Because the five areas of refuge for us today are the five books of Moses. This book grows from the tradition of kavannah, or intention, a short message of intentional focus at the beginning of prayer or study. For each of the weekly portions of Torah study in the Jewish calendar, they select a sentence or two from the portion, show it in Hebrew characters with an English translation, and provide a short kavannah.
Rabbi Kushner and Playwrite Mamet look at Torah in new ways, and they interpret the passages from their varied backgrounds, whether that be from law, history, Freud, Hasidism, mysticism, the theater, or life. In the words of Mamet, "The struggle with the angel, Judaism's struggle, is this: not that we will wrest more information from him - we will not - but that we learn to live with the information we possess- to cease seeking information and to pursue wisdom.
Creation is an ongoing process. One should celebrate that there is no completion to creation.
He was a tzaddik in a fur coat, who pulled his coat tighter to stay warm, rather than building a fire to help others. DM compares the story to Tolstoy. For Lech Lecha, LK discusses the idea of "going forth", while DM rails against anti-Semitism which may have its roots in Abraham's choice to "stand apart. Or that they "try to pass. For Ki Tisa, where God says, "You cannot see my face Rabbi Shlomo Aviner has written about 50 books, nearly all are in Hebrew. This book has translated many of Aviner's essays into English, especially drawing from his book, "Tal Herman.
Yet, putting that aside for a moment, Aviner reminds the reader that along the Jewish calendar, the Jewish holidays have a theme that one should study and act upon. Aviner criticizes those obsessive compulsive co-religionists who focus on stringently cleaning every bit of bread crumbs from their homes prior to Passover and forget the holiday's spiritual theme.
His Hanukkah theme is that of faith versus miracles, and miracles from god for those who act like the Macabees. His essays reinforce the idea of action and a strain of militarism can be read between the lines. When discussing the Purim story, he portrays Mordechai as strong, self-confident, and proud when he does not capitulate to Haman.
His discussion on Rosh Hashana discusses repentance and its centrality in the universe. A spiritual adventure. Includes the messiah who killed the Pope, the second Moses who tried to part a Sea, the Rabbi who made Cromwell change a law of England, the Baghdad Night of Flying, The Jew who was hid by a Pope in the Vatican, The Messiah who returned two years after being beheaded, the 17th Century orgies, the Jewish Messiah who partnered with the pope to reclaim Jerusalem, the Messiah who was certified by the King of Portugal, the Messiahs who lost their heads, the ones who died in bed, and the one who did both.
Maimonides and the Hermeneutics of Concealment demonstrates the type of hermeneutic that the medieval Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides engaged in throughout his treatise, The Guide of the Perplexed. By comprehensively analyzing Maimonides' use of rabbinic and scriptural sources, James Arthur Diamond argues that, far from being merely prooftexts, they are in fact essential components of Maimonides' esoteric stratagem.
Diamond's close reading of biblical and rabbinic citations in the Guide not only penetrates its multilayered structure to arrive at its core meaning, but also distinguishes Maimonides as a singular contributor to the Jewish exegetical tradition Women of the Wall: Claiming Sacred Ground at Judaism's Holy Site by Phyllis Chesler Editor , Rivka Haut Editor January Jewish Lights Publishing. Phyllis Chesler, a founder and board member of the International Committee for Women of the Wall, has been fighting for Jewish women's religious and human rights for more than thirty years.
She is a psychologist and the author of eleven books, including Women and Madness and Woman's Inhumanity to Woman. She is a specialist on the topics of patriarchy, psychiatric treatment of women, custody battles, child abuse, women and the criminal justice system, and Camp Sister Spirit. In Israel today, the Kotel is under the religious authority of the rabbinate. Women have only limited rights to practice Jewish ritual in its precincts. This passionate book documents the legendary grassroots and legal struggle of a determined group of Jewish women from Israel, the United States, and other parts of the world--known as the Women of the Wall--to win the right to pray out loud together as a group, according to Jewish law; wear ritual objects; and read from Torah scrolls at the Western Wall.
Eyewitness accounts of physical violence and intimidation, inspiring personal stories, and interpretations of legal and classical Jewish halakhic texts bring to life the historic and ongoing struggle that the Women of the Wall face in their everyday fight for religious and gender equality. Handelman Editor This interesting and important book brings together writings by 23 Orthodox Jewish women, Torah scholars all, but none of them rabbis or feminists, as in more liberal divisions of Judaism.
In certain ways, these essays do not differ much from other contemporary Torah commentaries here, as in similar works, are close readings of Torah and applications of its meaning to modern life. Yet these women are aware of the complexity and irony of their situation, as they reflect on themes such as the exile of the Shekhinah or the search for authentic identity. For example, Sarah Schneider writes: "If [the rabbis] are to imitate Moshe then they must find a place of deep and authentic compassion for the women who approach them with halakhic petitions.
Highly recommended. Burstein July Award-winning author-illustrator Chaya Burstein combines her talents as a storyteller and an artist to bring alive the Bible for young readers. Opening with the Five Books of Moses, her colorful and imaginative drawings vividly tell the story of the earth's creation, Moses' triumphs over Pharoah's magicians, God's blessing of Joshua before the deliverance to the Promised Land, and more.
Burstein continues with artful depictions of the works of the Prophets and Writings, including the popular stories of Ruth, Esther, and Daniel. Children and adults will appreciate her Bible people-finder, an index locating dozens of personalities within the text. Heschel Edited by Rabbi Dr. An illustrated collection of Jewish prophecy. Wise, and Yohanan ben Zakkai. Friendly text makes the teaching of Torah accessible to everyone The Bedside Torah guides you into the dramatic and spiritually riveting world of Torah.
While weaving together ancient, medieval, and modern views, it offers three different and original commentaries on each of the 49 Torah portions. Written in a friendly and accessible tone, it includes a glossary of terms and a short introduction at the beginning of each portion, explaining its most salient characteristics Midrashic Women Formations of the Feminine in Rabbinic Literature Brandeis Series on Jewish Women by Judith R.
A unique look at how non-legal rabbinic writings imagine women and their lives. While most gender-based analyses of rabbinic Judaism concentrate on the status of women in the halakhah the rabbinic legal tradition , Judith R. Baskin turns her attention to the construction of women in the aggadic midrash, a collection of expansions of the biblical text, rabbinic ruminations, and homiletical discourses that constitutes the non-legal component of rabbinic literature.
Examining rabbinic convictions of female alterity, competing narratives of creation, and justifications of female disadvantages, as well as aggadic understandings of the ideal wife, the dilemma of infertility, and women among women and as individuals, she shows that rabbinic Judaism, a tradition formed by men for a male community, deeply valued the essential contributions of wives and mothers while also consciously constructing women as other and lesser than men.
Recent feminist scholarship has illuminated many aspects of the significance of gender in biblical and halakhic texts but there has been little previous study of how aggadic literature portrays females and the feminine. Such representations, Baskin argues, often offer a more nuanced and complex view of women and their actual lives than the rigorous proscriptions of legal discourse.. Library Journal wrote: "A professor of Hebrew Bible at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, Frymer-Kensky In the Wake of the Goddesses: Women, Culture and the Biblical Transformation of Pagan Myth investigates biblical stories about women to ascertain why "a clearly androcentric text from a patriarchal society" has "so many stories that revolve around women.
She finds that "[c]ontrary to all assumptions Lopes Cardozo Urim publications. A book on Jewish thought, its care for the stranger, its justice for the weak, its biblical promise, based on email exchanges, by one of the leading Jewish writers. Cardozo, a Dutch born graduate of Mir and Gateshead, is like a Moses, a leader and a spiritual ambassador, since he too was raised in a non-observant "Egyptian" household. Reading level: Ages Hardcover - 32 pages.
A springboard for talking to kids about anger and anger management. Rabbi Sasso the second woman to be ordained as a rabbi in served congregation Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis with her husband. Rabbi Sasso recasts the biblical tale of Cain and Abel in a way that invites adults and kids to a conversation about anger and our power to deal with it in positive ways. Cain and Abel, the first children, the first brothers, they were so much alike yet so different: Cain a shepherd, Abel a farmer. They lived side by side, surrounded by trees where wonderful, exotic fruits of many kinds grew: orapples, rasdew, and banangerines ripened all on a single branch.
The air was sweet with the smell of pinango, limeberry, and waterloupe. But jealousy, anger, and fear took all this away. Cain and Abel's happiness came to an end, and with it, the trees' ability to grow these special fruits. In a world often hurt by violence, this retold biblical story gives children and adults a starting point for discussing anger and its effects on those around us.
By harnessing the power we have to deal with our emotions in positive ways, we can once again cultivate the fruits of peace and change the world for the better. Urim Publications. The erudite Professor Liebowitz passed away in , but he has left us with fresh thoughts on the weekly Torah portion. He was a Professor of Science at Hebrew University, having immigrated to Palestine in at the age of His weekly commentaries on the parshat reveal his radical ideas on the nature of god and god's relationship to humans, he confronts the nature of prayer, and our concept of holiness in the world.
He promotes the idea of compliance with the law for its own sake, and not for reward or punishment. For example, take his commentary on Noach, and the Tower of Babel, is to forego the flood, but look at the world after the flood. Was it a world as evil as the pre-flood world? Was the dispersion of people after Babel a punishment?
Maybe it wasn't a punishment? Maybe is was a reward, allowing for a difference in thought and practice and a decentralization. Maybe Babel was a story of conformity, centralization and totalitarianism. Dispersion ended this. This is a very fresh thought, no? Is it actually a story of free will and determinism, a story of antinomies and paralogisms. Leibowitz focuses on midrash and writings that define the word "dealing and deeds" as "making a false accusation.
In his four page discussion of Korach, he ties this parshat to parasha of tzitzit, and the end of the Shema which is recited daily. Korach, Leibowitz writes, rebelled against Moses saying "for all the community, all of them are holy. The tzitzit concept of holiness is one to be strived for, it is a goal; while Korach believes it is something that is granted. Korach has absolved himself of responsibility, he boasts that he is a member of a holy nation, even though he is contemptible. Are the people holy or do they become holy through their actions and performance of certain tasks?
Guess what, the ideas from Korach did not end when he was swallowed up by the Earth. The continue today. If you enjoy these ideas, buy the book. Tzvi C. Marx answers the pressing need for insight into the position of Jewish law with respect to the rights and status of those with physical impairments, and the corresponding duties of the non-disabled By the Sweat of Your Brow : Reflections on Work and the Workplace in Jewish Thought by David J.
Schnall August Professor Schnall summarizes the primary attitudes and values of Jewish religious culture as it confronts and responds to the role of work and the workplace. He insists that the place of the worker and the mutual obligations that tie worker and employer to a vision of ethics and morality are "ordained by the word of God. Rabbi Blech of Yeshiva University creates a warm, accessible, conversational guide to Jewish practice, theology, and religion.
They tried to kill us, we survived, let's pray and let's eat. Not, Jewish culture and history are more than this.
Rabbi Blech of Yeshiva University creates this easy to understand guide to over 5, years of history of Hebrews, Jews, and Judaism. Or is she? According to a section of the Zohar, Rabbi Hammer relates, there is a split in Jacob's soul that effectively renders him two people: Jacob, married to Rachel, and Israel, married to Leah. Leah is her personal favorite, Rabbi Hammer continues, because "Leah is a namer; the way she names her children is very rich and reflects her inner life.
As author of Sisters at Sinai: New Tales of Biblical Women forthcoming from JPS, October , a collection of twenty-four original midrashim on biblical women, she offers her own interpretations of the biblical text. The book also contains notes about Rabbi Hammer's creative process for each of the stories, giving a clearer and more resonant voice to some of the Bible's female characters. Rabbi Hammer explains that she sees modern midrash as a weaving of the revelations of our contemporary lives into the revelations provided by Jewish tradition. In order for women, many of whom are voiceless or muted in classical texts, to claim a voice in the tradition, she maintains, they must first claim the process of interpreting Torah.
In addition to the more obvious women such as the four Matriarchs, she also added some "obscure" women to the mix, such as Huldah the prophetess; David's concubine Avishag the Shunamite; Esau's wife Mahalat, daughter of Ishmael; and Joseph's wife Asenat, daughter of Potiphar. Had there been enough room, she muses, she would have liked to have written midrashim for all of the Bible's women. Rabbi Hammer describes her book as "not quite fiction," meaning that "it is in the standard American tradition of fiction, but maintains a deep connection to its rabbinic roots.
It is scholarly, in the sense that it tries to analyze and use verses, but it is more artistic than scholarly. The choice of a woman as a role model in prayer is significant. It reflects the basic truth that women, like men, can reach the highest levels of dialogue with God. This profound statement as well as the title, is a clear indication of where the content of this book is heading, as Avi Weiss explores the complex and controversial topic of women's prayer groups.
He is quoted by many as the leading expert on the halakhic stance on this subject. The book is structured in such a way that a strong basis and a clear understanding of rudimentary yet vital concepts is created. He covers the subjects of the role of women in Judaism, private and communal prayer, Torah study, Torah readings, as well as other issues surrounding prayer.
As one explores these topics, one carries the fundamental ideas of the previous chapter through to the next, thus enabling the reader to develop a deeper understanding of the complex ideas. Each page provides a clear argument and is usually footnoted with essential details, either expounding on the main idea, citing sources or referring the reader to other literature to read on related topics.
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