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Uniter of Heaven and Earth
Uniter of Heaven and Earth (October 1998)
Rabbi Meshullam Feibush Heller of Zbarazh and the Rise of Hasidism in Eastern Galicia
Miles Krassen - Author

A clear and penetrating account of the basis of Hasidic mysticism. Includes translations of many texts never before available in English.

Uniter of Heaven and Earth
explores an important stage in the development of Hasidism, the eighteenth-century Jewish mystical movement. The author presents a clear and penetrating account of the basis of Hasidic mysticism, clarifying its basic beliefs and contemplative practices. The...(Read More)
 
 
Problems and Parables of Law
Problems and Parables of Law (July 1998)
Maimonides and Nahmanides on Reasons for the Commandments (Ta'amei Ha-Mitzvot)
Josef Stern - Author

A rigorous analysis of Maimonides' and Nahmanides' explanations of the Mosaic commandments that challenges received notions of the relation between these two seminal thinkers.

A central topic in medieval Jewish philosophy and thought was the explanation of the Mosaic commandments. From Philo and Saadiah on, thinkers sought to uncover "reasons for the commandments" (ta'amei ha-mitzvot) both to demonstra...(Read More)
 
 
Tradition and Fantasy in the Tales of Reb Nahman of Bratslav
Tradition and Fantasy in the Tales of Reb Nahman of Bratslav (July 1998)
Ora Wiskind-Elper - Author

Considers the tales of Reb Nahman of Bratslav within a broad cultural milieu, including the romanticism of Reb Nahman's time, contemporary feminist hermeneutics, and the fantastic in various contexts.

One of the most radically innovative of Hasidic masters, Reb Nahman of Bratslav transformed images and concepts basic to Jewish thought into new and compelling forms. Tradition and Fantasy in the Tales of Reb Nahman ...(Read More)
 
 
Jewish Philosophy and the Crisis of Modernity
Jewish Philosophy and the Crisis of Modernity (April 1997)
Essays and Lectures in Modern Jewish Thought
Leo Strauss - Author
Kenneth Hart Green - Edited and with an introduction by

Explores the impact on Jews and Judaism of the crisis of modernity, analyzing modern Jewish dilemmas and providing a prescription for their resolution.

This is the first book to bring together the major essays and lectures of Leo Strauss in the field of modern Jewish thought. It contains some of his most famous published writings, as well as significant writings which were previously unpublished. Spanning almost 30 years...(Read More)
 
 
The Critical Philosophy of Hermann Cohen
The Critical Philosophy of Hermann Cohen (January 1997)
Andrea Poma - Author
John Denton - Translator

This is a translation from the Italian of a study of the work of Hermann Cohen, a figure generally recognized as the most significant Jewish thinker of the past 100 years.
This is a translation of Andrea Poma's La filosofia critica di Hermann Cohen, which first appeared in 1988.
During the second half of the nineteenth century, the German philosophical scene had witnessed the extinction of absolute idealism and the predominance...(Read More)
 
 
An Ottoman Century
An Ottoman Century (August 1996)
The District of Jerusalem in the 1600s
Dror Ze'evi - Author

This sweeping look at the city and the District of Jerusalem in the 17th century paints a vivid picture of life in an Ottoman province.

"This is a truly outstanding book; it is very interesting, in fact, fascinating. The author effectively weaves theory with evidence from the District of Jerusalem into a smooth, convincing, and very readable narrative. The debate over the nature of the 'Islamic city' is innovative and b...(Read More)
 
 
I and Tao
I and Tao (July 1996)
Martin Buber's Encounter with Chuang Tzu
Jonathan R. Herman - Author

Jonathan Herman presents a new view of the Taoist classic through the lens of Buber's translation and his philosophy developed in I and Thou and later works.

"Through competent scholarship, insightful interpretation, and masterful understanding of the present dialogue on hermeneutics, it brings Buber's book on Chuang Tzu into sinology and sinology via this book into the understanding and interpretation of Buber. No one else has ever ta...(Read More)
 
 
Maimonides on the
Maimonides on the "Decline of the Generations" and the Nature of Rabbinic Authority (April 1996)
Menachem Kellner - Author

Shows to what extent and in what fashion Jews are bound to accept the opinions and the pronouncements of religious authorities.

Moses Maimonides, medieval Judaism's leading legist and philosopher, and a figure of central importance for contemporary Jewish self-understanding, held a view of Judaism which maintained the authority of the Talmudic rabbis in matters of Jewish law while allowing for free and open inquiry in matters of scienc...(Read More)
 
 
Holiness in Words
Holiness in Words (March 1996)
Abraham Joshua Heschel's Poetics of Piety
Edward K. Kaplan - Author

A strategy for reading Heschel's major works, as well as a new route to understanding religious writing in general: a lucid study of modern religious and ethical thought using literary criticism.

"A brilliant, and at the same time, moving, and deeply personal interpretation of the works of one of the greatest religious thinkers of this century. By skillfully analyzing Heschel's rhetoric and mastery of language--his 'po...(Read More)
 
 
The Non-Jewish Origins of the Sephardic Jews
The Non-Jewish Origins of the Sephardic Jews (February 1996)
Paul Wexler - Author

The author uses linguistic, ethnographic, and historical evidence to support his theory that the origins of Sephardic Jews are predominantly Berber and Arab.

"This is a fascinating book based upon a wealth of diverse sources not usually brought together by scholars of Sephardic history. It is based upon the premise that Jewish languages such as Judeo-Arabic, Ladino, and Yiddish offer invaluable clues to ethnic origins.
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