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Philosophy and Law
Philosophy and Law (March 1995)
Contributions to the Understanding of Maimonides and His Predecessors
Leo Strauss - Author
Eve Adler - Translation and introduction by

Leo Strauss's Philosophy and Law contains a groundbreaking study of the political philosophy of Maimonides and his Islamic predecessors, and it offers an argument on behalf of that philosophy which is also a profound critique of modern philosophy. Here is an entirely new and complete English translation of Strauss's work, which takes as its ideal the exacting standards of accuracy that Strauss himself emphasized in his own work. It includes...(Read More)
New World Hasidim
New World Hasidim (February 1995)
Ethnographic Studies of Hasidic Jews in America
Janet S. Belcove-Shalin - Editor

A collection of essays that examines the culture, politics, and social structure of Hasidic Jewish life.

Hasidim has long been the subject of historical, philosophical, and literary accounts, but it is only in recent years that it has begun to attract the close attention of social scientists. This book highlights contemporary ethnographic perspectives that convey the richness and complexity of Hasidic life. Politic...(Read More)
Rethinking Jewish Faith
Rethinking Jewish Faith (July 1994)
The Child of a Survivor Responds
Steven L. Jacobs - Author

This book addresses the faith of a member of the "Second Generation"--the offspring of the original survivors of the Shoah . It is a re-examination of those categories of faith central to the Jewish Religious Experience in light of the Shoah: God, Covenant, Prayer, Halakhah and Mitzvot, Life-Cycle, Festival Cycle, Israel and Zionism, and Christianity from the perspective of a child of a survivor.

"Rabbi Jacobs' ...(Read More)
Jew and Philosopher
Jew and Philosopher (November 1993)
The Return to Maimonides in the Jewish Thought of Leo Strauss
Kenneth Hart Green - Author

This is the first book to deal with the Jewish thought of Leo Strauss. Known primarily as one of the leading contemporary political thinkers, this book reveals another side of Leo Strauss--as one of the most important Jewish thinkers of the present century. The author presents the Jewish thought of Leo Strauss as powerful, original, and provocative, but also as essential for grasping the true character of Strauss's thought. His Jewish thought may...(Read More)
A People Apart
A People Apart (October 1993)
Chosenness and Ritual in Jewish Philosophical Thought
Daniel H. Frank - Editor

"This book deals with two problems central to Jewish theology: the chosenness of the Jewish people and the rationale of the ritual commandments in Judaism. The two topics are naturally connected since the ritual commandments of Judaism most clearly demarcate Judaism from other religions and therefore contribute to the sense of chosenness so widespread among Jews." -- Michael Wyschogrod, Baruch College

"These philosophical refl...(Read More)
The Midrashic Imagination
The Midrashic Imagination (July 1993)
Jewish Exegesis, Thought, and History
Michael Fishbane - Editor

"Written by some of the most outstanding scholars of Jewish Studies, this book sheds light on the dominant cognitive mode of Judaism. Through the Midrashic process Jewish scholars molded Jewish consciousness, responded to historical crises, created legal and theological norms, and shaped Jewish culture. The book offers a sophisticated analysis of textuality in Judaism: the interpretation of sacred texts explains both the traditionalist nature of ...(Read More)
Autonomy and Judaism
Autonomy and Judaism (October 1992)
The Individual and Community in Jewish Philosophical Thought
Daniel H. Frank - Editor

"The book demonstrates the liveliness of modern Jewish philosophy, as well as its continuing engagement with a wide range of philosophical schools and methods: Kantian and neo-Kantian, Aristotelian and Maimonidean, Marx, Gadamer, and of course a wide range of biblical and classical rabbinic texts. The work is rich, suggestive and, on the whole, quite accessible." -- Louis E. Newman, Carleton College

This volume brings together leading philo...(Read More)
Neoplatonism and Jewish Thought
Neoplatonism and Jewish Thought (July 1992)
Lenn E. Goodman - Editor

This book deals primarily with the problem of the one and the many. The problems of creation, of evil, of revelation, and of ethics are all treated as special cases of the general problem of relating the finite to the infinite, the many to the one. The authors focus on the unifying theme of mediation, the means by which the Absolute relates to the here and now. The principal figures studied include Philo, Plotinus, Iamblichus, Isaac Israeli, Avic...(Read More)
Maimonides on Judaism and the Jewish People
Maimonides on Judaism and the Jewish People (September 1991)
Menachem Kellner - Author

"This book in not only a study of Maimonides, but an intellectual broadside against the apostles of Jewish particularism in Israel today. It is a timely contribution to the religious debate going on in Israel between those who believe that Jews possess a distinct metaphysical essence and those who view the distinctiveness of the Jewish people in its religious heritage. Thanks to Dr. Kellner's book, it is the latter group which can justifiably claim ...(Read More)
The Pursuit of the Ideal
The Pursuit of the Ideal (April 1990)
Jewish Writings of Steven Schwarzschild
Menachem Kellner - Editor

Steven Schwarzschild--rabbi, socialist, pacifist, theologian, and philosopher--is both the last of the major medieval Jewish philosophers and the most modern. He is in the tradition of the Jewish thinking that began with Sa'adia Gaon and reached its highest expression in Maimonides. These thinkers believed that Judaism must confront some systematic view of the universe. Sa'adia did this with Kalam, ibn Gabirol with Neo-Platonism, and Maimonides w...(Read More)
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