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Qorbanot
Qorbanot (April 2021)
Offerings
Alisha Kaplan - Author
Tobi Kahn - Artist

A dynamic dialogue of poetry and art that reimagines the ancient, biblical concept of sacrifice.

A collaboration between poet Alisha Kaplan and artist Tobi Aaron Kahn, Qorbanot—the Hebrew word for “sacrificial offerings”—explores the concept of sacrifice, offering a new vision of an ancient practice. A dynamic dialogue of text and image, the book is a poetic and visual exege...(Read More)
 
 
Demons of Change
Demons of Change (December 2020)
Antagonism and Apotheosis in Jewish and Christian Apocalypticism
Andrei A. Orlov - Author

Demonstrates how conflict between a human adept as the divine warrior and an otherworldly antagonist plays a key role in early Jewish and Christian apocalyptic accounts.

Antagonistic imagery has a striking presence in apocalyptic writings of Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity. In these visionary accounts, the role of the divine warrior fighting against demonic forces is ...(Read More)
 
 
Kabbalah in Print
Kabbalah in Print (October 2020)
The Study and Popularization of Jewish Mysticism in Early Modernity
Andrea Gondos - Author

Demonstrates the impact of print culture on the spread of Jewish mysticism, focusing on Kabbalistic study guides by R. Yissakhar Baer of seventeenth-century Prague.

How did Jewish mysticism go from arcane knowledge to popular spirituality? Kabbalah in Print examines the cultural impact of printing on the popularization, circulation, and transmission of Kabbalah in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The ...(Read More)
 
 
A Permanent Beginning
A Permanent Beginning (March 2020)
R. Nachman of Braslav and Jewish Literary Modernity
Yitzhak Lewis - Author

Situates a Hasidic master in the context of his time, demonstrating his formative influence on Jewish literary modernity.

The Hasidic leader R. Nachman of Braslav (1772–1810) has held a place in the Jewish popular imagination for more than two centuries. Some see him as the (self-proclaimed) Messiah, others as the forerunner of modern Jewish literature. Existing studies struggle between these dueling readings, largely ign...(Read More)
 
 
Waste Not
Waste Not (December 2019)
A Jewish Environmental Ethic
Tanhum S. Yoreh - Author

Traces the development of bal tashḥit, the Jewish prohibition against wastefulness and destruction, from its biblical origins to the contemporary environmental movement.

Winner of the 2020 Canadian Jewish Literary Award in the category of Jewish Thought and Culture

Bal tashḥit, the Jewish prohibition against wastefulness and destruction, is considered ...(Read More)
 
 
Levinas and the Torah
Levinas and the Torah (September 2019)
A Phenomenological Approach
Richard I. Sugarman - Author

A Levinasian commentary on the Torah.

The French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas (1906–95) was one of the most original Jewish thinkers of the twentieth century. This book interprets the Hebrew Bible through the lens of Levinas’s religious philosophy. Richard I. Sugarman examines the Pentateuch using a phenomenological approach, drawing on both Levinas’s philosophical and Jewish writ...(Read More)
 
 
Power and Progress
Power and Progress (September 2019)
Joseph Ibn Kaspi and the Meaning of History
Alexander Green - Author

Study of a fascinating medieval Jewish philosopher, focusing on his twin conceptions of history.

The philosopher and biblical commentator Joseph Ibn Kaspi (1280–1345) was a provocative Jewish thinker of the medieval era whose works have generally been overlooked by modern scholars. Power and Progress is the first book in English to focus on a central aspect of his work: Ibn Kaspi’s philosophy of history. Alex...(Read More)
 
 
Eternity Now
Eternity Now (August 2019)
Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady and Temporality
Wojciech Tworek - Author

Demonstrates that Rabbi Shneur Zalman’s teachings regarding time and history enabled Habad’s growth into a mass Jewish movement.

The Habad movement, formed in eighteenth-century Belarus, has developed into one of the most influential streams of Hasidic Judaism. Drawing on both mystical sermons and legal writings of its founder, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady (1745–1812), Eternity Now provides the first acc...(Read More)
 
 
The Spiritual Transformation of Jews Who Become Orthodox
The Spiritual Transformation of Jews Who Become Orthodox (May 2019)
Roberta G. Sands - Author

A psychological study, based on extensive interview data, of Jewish adults who take on a devout lifestyle.

Spiritual transformation is the process of changing one’s beliefs, values, attitudes, and everyday behaviors related to a transcendent experience or higher power. Jewish adults who adopt Orthodoxy provide a clear example of spiritual transformation within a religious context. With little prior exposure to traditional pract...(Read More)
 
 
Jewish Veganism and Vegetarianism
Jewish Veganism and Vegetarianism (April 2019)
Studies and New Directions
Jacob Ari Labendz - Editor
Shmuly Yanklowitz - Editor

A multidisciplinary approach to the study of veganism, vegetarianism, and meat avoidance among Jews, both historical and contemporary.

In recent decades, as more Jews have adopted plant-based lifestyles, Jewish vegan and vegetarian movements have become increasingly prominent. This book explores the intellectual, religious, and historical roots of veganism and vegetarianism among Jews and presents compelling new directions in J...(Read More)
 
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