Reason and Revelation before Historicism: Strauss and by Sharon Jo Portnoff

By Sharon Jo Portnoff

Can modern faith, and especially Judaism, exist with out being trained by way of historical past? this question was once debated in Forties long island via German refugees who later rose to prominence — Leo Strauss, one of many 20th century's most important political philosophers, and Emil L. Fackenheim, an immense post-Holocaust Jewish theologian. there was little consensus, notwithstanding, at the definitive that means in their work.

Reason and Revelation sooner than Historicism, the 1st full-length comparability of Strauss and Fackenheim,places the casual instructor and scholar in dialog along sections in their analyses of striking thinkers. Sharon Portnoff means that either observed historicism because the nexus of the intersection and rigidity among philosophy and faith and raised the opportunity of the endurance of the everlasting within the glossy international. Portnoff illuminates our knowing of Strauss's courting with Judaism, Fackenheim's oft-overshadowed nice philosophical intensity, and the functionality and personality of Jewish suggestion in a secular, post-Holocaust global.

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One People, One Blood: Ethiopian-Israelis and the Return to by Professor Don Seeman

By Professor Don Seeman

The Feres Mura, Ethiopian Jews whose households switched over to Christianity throughout the 19th century after which reasserted their Jewish identification within the past due 20th century, nonetheless look forward to popularity through Israel. because the Eighties, they've got sought homecoming in the course of the state's correct of go back legislation. rather than a welcoming include, Israel's govt and society regard them with reticence and suspicion. utilizing extra over ten years of ethnographical study, One humans, One Blood expertly records this tenuous courting and the demanding situations dealing with the Feres Mura.

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The Origin of Ashkenazi Jewry: The Controversy Unraveled by Jits van Straten

By Jits van Straten

The place do East eu Jews - approximately ninety percentage of Ashkenazi Jewry - descend from? This publication conveys new insights right into a century-old controversy. Jits van Straten argues that there's no proof for the commonest assumption that German Jews fled en masse to japanese Europe to represent East ecu Jewry. facing one other a lot debated concept, van Straten issues to the truth that there is not any solution to establish the descendants of the Khazars within the Ashkenazi inhabitants. utilizing a multidisciplinary method, the writer attracts seriously on demographic findings that are very important to judge the conclusions of recent DNA examine. ultimately, it is strongly recommended that East ecu Jews are normally descendants of Ukrainians and Belarussians.

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Borders and Boundaries in and Around Dutch Jewish History by Judith Frishman, David J. Wertheim, Ido de Haan, Joël Cahen

By Judith Frishman, David J. Wertheim, Ido de Haan, Joël Cahen

This research explores the moving limitations and identities of ancient and modern Jewish groups. The members assert that, geographically conversing, Jewish humans hardly ever lived in ghettos and feature by no means been restrained in the borders of 1 country or kingdom. while their locations of place of abode can have remained a similar for hundreds of years, the international locations and regimes that governed over them have been hardly as consistent, and tool struggles usually ended in the production of latest and divisive nationwide borders. Taking a postmodern historic process, the participants search to reexamine Jewish heritage and Jewish reviews in the course of the lens of borders and limits.

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The Jews of Europe in the Modern Era: A Socio-Historical by Viktor Karady

By Viktor Karady

Discusses the socio-historical troublesome areas regarding the presence of Jews in significant ecu societies from the 18th century to our days; another way from such a lot different stories, covers the post-Shoah state of affairs additionally. The method is multi-disciplinary, mobilizing assets won from sociology, demography and political technological know-how, according to monstrous statistical details. offers and compares the several styles of Jewish regulations of the rising state states and tested empires. Discusses schooling and socio-professional stratification of Jews. offers with the demanding situations of emancipation and assimilation, the emergence of Jewish nationalism in a number of varieties, Zionism specially, in addition to antisemitic ideologies. The e-book ends with a scrutiny of post-Shoah state of affairs opposing during this regard Western Europe to the Sovietised East, discussing ultimately innovations of dissimulation or reconstruction of Jewish identification.

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Germans into Jews: Remaking the Jewish Social Body in the by Sharon Gillerman

By Sharon Gillerman

Germans into Jews turns to a frequently forgotten and misunderstood interval of German and Jewish history—the years among the area wars. it's been assumed that the Jewish group in Germany was once in decline throughout the Weimar Republic. yet, Sharon Gillerman demonstrates that Weimar Jews sought to rejuvenate and reconfigure their neighborhood as a method either one of strengthening the German state and of constructing a extra expansive and independent Jewish entity in the German nation. those formidable initiatives to extend fertility, extend welfare, and develop the relations transcended the ideological and spiritual divisions that experience usually characterised Jewish communal lifestyles. Integrating Jewish heritage, German background, gender heritage, and social background, this publication highlights the experimental and contingent nature of efforts through Weimar Jews to reassert a brand new Jewish particularism whereas at the same time reinforcing their dedication to Germanness.

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Ladino Rabbinic Literature and Ottoman Sephardic Culture by Matthias B. Lehmann

By Matthias B. Lehmann

During this pathbreaking booklet, Matthias B. Lehmann explores Ottoman Sephardic tradition in an period of swap via an in depth learn of popularized rabbinic texts written in Ladino, the vernacular language of the Ottoman Jews. This vernacular literature, status on the crossroads of rabbinic elite and renowned cultures and of Hebrew and Ladino discourses, sheds priceless gentle at the modernization of Sephardic Jewry within the jap Mediterranean within the nineteenth century. by way of assisting to shape a Ladino examining public and offering form to its values, the authors of this literature negotiated among perpetuating rabbinic culture and addressing the demanding situations of modernity. The e-book bargains shut readings of works that study concerns similar to social inequality, exile and diaspora, gender, secularization, and the conflict among medical and rabbinic wisdom. Ladino Rabbinic Literature and Ottoman Sephardic tradition may be welcomed by means of students of Sephardic in addition to ecu Jewish background, tradition, and faith.

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Diasporas of the Mind: Jewish and Postcolonial Writing and by Bryan Cheyette

By Bryan Cheyette

In this attention-grabbing and erudite booklet, Bryan Cheyette throws new gentle on a variety of smooth and modern writers—some on the middle of the canon, others extra marginal—to discover the ability and obstacles of the diasporic mind's eye after the second one international conflict. relocating from early responses to the dying camps and decolonization, via the world over well-liked literature after the second one global battle, the booklet culminates in clean engagements with modern Jewish, post-ethnic, and postcolonial writers.
Cheyette regards a number of the 20th- and twenty-first-century luminaries he examines—among them Hannah Arendt, Anita Desai, Frantz Fanon, Albert Memmi, Primo Levi, Caryl Phillips, Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, Edward acknowledged, Zadie Smith, and Muriel Spark—as severe exemplars of the diasporic mind's eye. opposed to the discrete disciplinary contemplating the academy, he elaborates and argues for a brand new comparative technique throughout Jewish and postcolonial histories and literatures. And in so doing, Cheyette illuminates the ways that histories and cultures might be imagined throughout nationwide and communal boundaries.

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Speaking of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of by Lila Corwin Berman

By Lila Corwin Berman

Lila Corwin Berman asks why, over the process the 20th century, American Jews turned more and more involved, even obsessed, with explaining themselves to their non-Jewish buddies. What she discovers is that language itself grew to become a vital device for Jewish team survival and integration into American lifestyles. Berman investigates a variety of sources—radio and tv proclaims, bestselling books, sociological reports, debates approximately Jewish marriage and intermarriage, Jewish missionary paintings, and more—to show how rabbis, intellectuals, and others created a probably unending array of causes approximately why Jews have been critical to American existence. while the content material of those causes constructed and shifted over the years, the very venture of self-explanation might turn into a center part of Jewishness within the 20th century.

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