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Critical Essays on Israeli Social Issues and Scholarship
Critical Essays on Israeli Social Issues and Scholarship (July 1994)
Books on Israel, Volume III
Russell Stone - Editor
Walter P. Zenner - Editor

"The interdisciplinary nature of this book gives both breadth and depth to Israeli social issues and scholarship. The topics addressed are quite significant and central to local processes as well as global issues." --J. Black, Metropolitan State University

Critical Essays on Israeli Social Issues and Scholarship is part of a series of review volumes sponsored by the Association for Israel Studies and published by SUNY Press that provid...(Read More)
Gershom Scholem
Gershom Scholem (July 1994)
The Man and His Work
Paul Mendes-Flohr - Editor

In the early part of the twentieth century, Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) founded the academic discipline of the study of Jewish Mysticism. In so doing, he not only broke new scholarly ground; but he also revolutionized the field of Judaic Studies as a whole and left an indelible mark on the study of religion.

This book presents essays by several of Israel's eminent scholars, reflecting on Scholem's impact on the academic and Jewish worlds, an...(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)
Dual Allegiance
Dual Allegiance (June 1994)
Freud as a Modern Jew
Moshe Gresser - Author

"Gresser weaves an immense amount of specific, detailed information into a fascinating argument that is of great interest to anyone interested in Freud as a person and not just as a thinker. In doing so, the book adds another dimension to the understanding of Freud's connection with Judaism. It pulls together a number of contributory elements in Freud's experience of his own Jewishness and articulates them particularly in connection with his views...(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 Enlightened Will Shine
The Enlightened Will Shine (October 1993)
Symbolization and Theurgy in the Later Strata of the Zohar
Pinchas Giller - Author

"This is a fine piece of scholarship. It constitutes a pioneering study of a major figure in the medieval Jewish mystical tradition. The discussion of theurgy and the experiential element within the Jewish mystical tradition are particularly important contributions to this fledgling area of study." -- Mark Verman, St. John's University

This book analyzes the use of symbolism and theurgy in two sections of the Zohar, the centra...(Read More)
Esther in Medieval Garb
Esther in Medieval Garb (September 1993)
Jewish Interpretation of the Book of Esther in the Middle Ages
Barry Dov Walfish - Author

"There is nothing like this for the Book of Esther, and little like it for any body of medieval Jewish exegesis. The author's research enables the reader to see specific connections between individual exegetes and the medieval settings in which they lived. One gets a wonderful picture of various medieval Jewish (and gentile) communities from this book." -- Edward L. Greenstein, Jewish Theological Seminary of America

This comprehensive histo...(Read More)
New Horizons in Sephardic Studies
New Horizons in Sephardic Studies (July 1993)
Yedida K. Stillman - Editor
George K. Zucker - Editor

This book contains the most recent research in the intrinsically interdisciplinary field of Sephardic Studies. It provides new insights into Sephardic history, culture, folklore, languages, music, and literature from both new and established international scholars.

"New Horizons in Sephardic Studies reflects the breadth, diversity, and interdisciplinary character of Sephardic Studies. New material is presented in an accessible manner...(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)
Studies in the Zohar
Studies in the Zohar (March 1993)
Yehuda Liebes - Author
Arnold Schwartz - Translator
Stephanie Nakache - Translator
Penina Peli - Translator

This book deals with the "Book of Splendor" (Sefer ha-Zohar), the greatest achievement of Kabbalah and one of the most influential sources of Western mysticism. This book offers a new interpretation of the Zohar, analyzing both its theoretical content and its historical context; it also brings the theory and the history together by indicating the personal and autobiographical elements in the Zohar's teachings. The author delves into the issues of ...(Read More)
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