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Stories by Meir Blinkin
Stories by Meir Blinkin (June 1984)
Meir Blinkin - Author

Now available for the first time to the English-speaking public, the captivating short stories of master storyteller Meir Blinkin are the charming prose equivalents of the film Hester Street. These delightful and touching stories also give an authentic account of the Jewish immigrant experience at the turn of the century.

This collection is introduced by the renowned Yiddish scholar, Ruth R. Wisse, professor of Yiddish lite...(Read More)
The Alliance Israelite Universelle and the Jewish Communities of Morocco, 1862-1962
The Alliance Israelite Universelle and the Jewish Communities of Morocco, 1862-1962 (June 1984)
Michael M. Laskier - Author

The Alliance Israélite Universelle—an international organization representing a community of over 240,000 Jews—was founded in France in 1860. Its goal was to achieve the intellectual regeneration and social and political elevation of the Jewish people. This book examines the impact of the AIU on Moroccan Jewry. It answers such questions as: How did the AIU establish itself in Morocco's communities? How did...(Read More)
The Jews of Vienna, 1867-1914
The Jews of Vienna, 1867-1914 (June 1984)
Assimilation and Identity
Marsha L. Rozenblit - Author

Ablaze with excitement, effervescent with creativity--late nineteenth-century Vienna was the ideal site for this analysis of the ways in which a sizable and significant group of Jews was assimilated into European society.

After leaving homes in the Austrian and Hungarian provinces and migrating to the Austrian capital, the Jews underwent a variety of profound changes. The Jews of Vienna shows how they successfully transformed old, ide...(Read More)
From Stereotype to Metaphor
From Stereotype to Metaphor (June 1983)
The Jew in Contemporary Drama
Ellen Schiff - Author

Who is a Jew? What is a Jew? In this all-encompassing study, Dr. Schiff probes these questions to help explain the prominence of Jewish characters in drama since World War II. The Jew has evolved into one of the most popular personages on the contemporary stage. Dramatists, both Jew and Gentile, in the United States and Europe, have been mining recently introduced concepts of the Jew to create a highly diversified and unfamiliar breed of ...(Read More)
Legacy of Night
Legacy of Night (June 1983)
The Literary Universe of Elie Wiesel
Ellen S. Fine - Author

"Ellen Fine's book is full of original insights, beautifully written and structured. I could not put it down. It is a very important study." -- Rosette Lamont, Queens College and Graduate School, City University of New York

"By treating Wiesel's novels as literary-spiritual stages in the development of Wiesel's larger experience, as a survivor-witness-writer, Dr. Fine's book takes on an inherently dramatic character which makes it alive and...(Read More)
Making of an Ethnic Middle Class
Making of an Ethnic Middle Class (June 1983)
Portland Jewry over Four Generations
William Toll - Author

The Making of an Ethnic Middle Class explains how European Jews of diverse cultural and social backgrounds coalesced over four generations into a middle-class community. By utilizing numerous oral histories to complement statistical data from public sources such as the federal manuscript censuses and public school enrollment cards, William Toll has succeeded in tracing in minute detail the contours of change. The study focuses particularly on...(Read More)
Midrash on American Jewish History
Midrash on American Jewish History (June 1983)
Henry L. Feingold - Author

Explores American Jewish history.

“American Jewry today is undergoing a crisis of confidence and identity. The concern over survival is so thick it is practically palpable. This book addresses itself to those issues right at the top of the American Jewish agenda, puts them into historical perspective, and interprets them with uncommonly good common sense.” — Melvin I. Urofsky, Chair, Department ...(Read More)
The Slayers of Moses
The Slayers of Moses (June 1983)
The Emergence of Rabbinic Interpretation in Modern Literary Theory
Susan A. Handelman - Author

In this groundbreaking study, Susan Handelman examines the theological roots of the modern science of interpretation. She defines current structures of thought and patterns of organizing reality, clearly distinguishes them from previously reigning Hellenic modes of abstract thought, and connects them with important elements of the Rabbinic interpretive tradition. Hers is the first comprehensive treatment of the undeniable, and undeniably significa...(Read More)
Versions of Survival
Versions of Survival (June 1982)
The Holocaust and the Human Spirit
Lawrence L. Langer - Author

Versions of Survival focuses on the efforts to rehabilitate the human image after it has been tempered in the crucible of the Holocaust. It examines the ways in which psychology,
language, and literary art distort or illuminate that effort. It insists on the importance of confronting the inhuman, to say nothing of the unthinkable, when probing survival during the Holocaust and the sources of man's moral being.

The ...(Read More)
A Voice That Spoke for Justice
A Voice That Spoke for Justice (June 1981)
The Life and Times of Stephen S. Wise
Melvin I. Urofsky - Author

In the first half of this century, a talented and charismatic leadership restructured the American Jewish community to meet the demands and opportunities of a pluralistic, secular society. The work of this generation of titans still guides the current modes of American Jewish life. The last of these giants was the influential reformer Stephen S. Wise--a progenitor of American Zionism, creator of the American and World Jewish Congresses, and founder ...(Read More)
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