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Hearts and Minds
Hearts and Minds (April 2018)
Israel and the Battle for Public Opinion
Nachman Shai - Author

Uses Israel’s public diplomacy efforts during the second intifada (2000–2005) as a prime example of interactions between state security, diplomacy, and the media.

Small-scale wars, terrorism, and guerilla warfare, each characterized by low-intensity violence are the new global reality in the twenty-first century. States in general, and liberal democratic states in particular, are compelled to develop a new operat...(Read More)
 
 
The Vocation of Writing
The Vocation of Writing (April 2018)
Literature, Philosophy, and the Test of Violence
Marc Crépon - Author
D. J. S. Cross - Translator
Tyler M. Williams - Translator

Explores how violence structures language and the writing of literature and philosophy.

Within the violence our societies must confront today exists a dimension proper to language. Anyone who has been through the educational system, for example, recognizes how language not only shapes and models us, but also imposes itself upon us. During the twentieth century, this system revealed how language can condemn one to a certain death...(Read More)
 
 
The Tragedy of Optimism
The Tragedy of Optimism (February 2018)
Writings on Hermann Cohen
Steven S. Schwarzschild - Author
George Y. Kohler - Editor

Complete collection of Schwarzschild’s essays on the neo-Kantian Jewish philosopher Hermann Cohen.

Steven S. Schwarzschild (1924–1989) was arguably the leading expositor of German-Jewish philosopher Hermann Cohen (1842–1918), undertaking a lifelong effort to reintroduce Cohen’s thought into contemporary philosophical discourse. In The Tragedy of Optimism, George Y. Kohler brings together all of Sch...(Read More)
 
 
College Bound
College Bound (November 2017)
The Pursuit of Education in Jewish American Literature, 1896-1944
Dan Shiffman - Author

Argues that first- and second-generation Jewish American writers had an ambivalent relationship with educational success.

Jewish American immigrants and their children have been stereotyped as exceptional educational achievers, with attendance at prestigious universities leading directly to professional success. In College Bound, Dan Shiffman uses literary accounts to show that American Jews’ relationship wi...(Read More)
 
 
The Greatest Mirror
The Greatest Mirror (November 2017)
Heavenly Counterparts in the Jewish Pseudepigrapha
Andrei A. Orlov - Author

A wide-ranging analysis of heavenly twin imagery in early Jewish extrabiblical texts.

The idea of a heavenly double—an angelic twin of an earthbound human—can be found in Christian, Manichaean, Islamic, and Kabbalistic traditions. Scholars have long traced the lineage of these ideas to Greco-Roman and Iranian sources. In The Greatest Mirror, Andrei A. Orlov shows that heavenly twin imagery drew in large part ...(Read More)
 
 
Movies and Midrash
Movies and Midrash (September 2017)
Popular Film and Jewish Religious Conversation
Wendy I. Zierler - Author
Eugene B. Borowitz - Foreword by

Finalist – 2017 National Jewish Book Award in Modern Jewish Thought and Experience, presented by the Jewish Book Council

Brings popular cinema and Jewish religious texts into a meaningful dialogue.


Movies and Midrash uses cinema as a springboard to discuss central Jewish texts and matters of belief. A number of books have drawn on films to explicate Christian theology and be...(Read More)
 
 
The Politics of Unreason
The Politics of Unreason (September 2017)
The Frankfurt School and the Origins of Modern Antisemitism
Lars Rensmann - Author

The first systematic analysis of the Frankfurt School’s research and theorizing on modern antisemitism.

Although the Frankfurt School represents one of the most influential intellectual traditions of the twentieth century, its multifaceted work on modern antisemitism has so far largely been neglected. The Politics of Unreason fills this gap, providing the first systematic study of the Frankfurt School’s philosophical,...(Read More)
 
 
Educational Oases in the Desert
Educational Oases in the Desert (August 2017)
The Alliance Israelite Universelle's Girls' Schools in Ottoman Iraq, 1895-1915
Jonathan Sciarcon - Author

A history of the French schools that pioneered female education in Ottoman Iraq’s Jewish communities.

During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Alliance Israélite Universelle (AIU), a Paris-based Jewish organization, founded dozens of primary schools throughout the Middle East. Many were the first formal educational institutions for local Jewish children. In addition to providing secular educat...(Read More)
 
 
Sabina Spielrein
Sabina Spielrein (August 2017)
The Woman and the Myth
Angela M. Sells - Author

Explores the life and work of psychoanalyst Sabina Spielrein through a feminist and mytho-poetic lens.

Long stigmatized as Carl Jung’s hysterical mistress, Sabina Spielrein (1885–1942) was in fact a key figure in the history of psychoanalytic thought. Born into a Russian Jewish family, she was institutionalized at nineteen in Zurich and became Jung’s patient. Spielrein went on to earn a doctorate in psychiatry, prac...(Read More)
 
 
Sovereign Jews
Sovereign Jews (April 2017)
Israel, Zionism, and Judaism
Yaacov Yadgar - Author

Offers a novel exploration of the relationship between religion and the state in Israel.

The question of Jewish sovereignty shapes Jewish identity in Israel, the status of non-Jews, and relations between Israeli and Diaspora Jews, yet its consequences remain enigmatic. In Sovereign Jews, Yaacov Yadgar highlights the shortcomings of mainstream discourse and offers a novel explanation of Zionist ideology and the Isr...(Read More)
 
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