By Jack Gottlieb
In "Funny, It Doesn't Sound Jewish", Jack Gottlieb chronicles how Jewish songwriters and composers reworked the preferred tune of mid-twentieth-century the US. even though many critics, historians, and musicians have alluded to the Jewish impression on American renowned track, this can be the 1st e-book ever to aid such assertions with complete musical examples. Drawing on quite a few historic and archival assets, in addition to his personal reports as a composer of synagogue, renowned, and live performance tune, Gottlieb conscientiously and compellingly records how a minority tradition infused a majority tradition, enriched it, and nonetheless retained its personal id
By Elliot R. Wolfson
This hugely unique, provocative, and poetic paintings explores the nexus of time, fact, and loss of life within the symbolic global of medieval kabbalah. Demonstrating that the ancient and theoretical courting among kabbalah and western philosophy is way extra intimate and vast than any past student has ever recommended, Elliot R. Wolfson attracts a rare variety of thinkers similar to Frederic Jameson, Martin Heidegger, Franz Rosenzweig, William Blake, Julia Kristeva, Friedrich Schelling, and a number of kabbalistic figures into deep dialog with each other. Alef, Mem, Tau additionally discusses Islamic mysticism and Buddhist idea when it comes to the Jewish esoteric culture because it opens the opportunity of a temporal triumph of temporality and the conquering of time via time. The framework for Wolfson's exam is the rabbinic instructing that the note emet, "truth," contains the 1st, heart, and final letters of the Hebrew alphabet, alef, mem, and tau, which serve, in flip, as semiotic signposts for the 3 tenses of time--past, current, and destiny. by way of heeding the letters of emet we parent the reality of time glaringly hid for the time of fact, the start that can't start whether it is to be the start, the center that re/marks where of starting place and future, and the top that's the figuration of the most unlikely disclosing the impossibility of figuration, the finitude of loss of life that enables the potential of rebirth. The time of demise doesn't mark the loss of life of time, yet time immortal, the instant of fact that bestows at the fact of the instant an unending starting of a beginningless finish, the reality of demise encountered ceaselessly in retracing steps of time but to be taken--between, sooner than, past.
By Israel Shahak, Norton Mezvinsky
This can be a re-creation of a vintage and hugely arguable e-book that examines the background and results of Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel. totally up-to-date, with new chapters and a brand new advent via Norton Mezvinsky, it really is crucial studying for an individual who wishes an entire figuring out of ways non secular extremism has affected the political improvement of the trendy Israeli kingdom. Acclaimed author and human rights campaigner Israel Shahak used to be, up util his dying in 2001, some of the most revered of Israel’s peace activists – he was once, within the phrases of Gore Vidal, ‘the most recent – if no longer the final – of the good prophets.’ Written by means of Shahak including American pupil Norton Mezvinsky, this books exhibits how Jewish fundamentalism in Israel, as proven within the actions of spiritual settlers, is of serious political significance. The authors hint the heritage and improvement of Jewish fundamentalism. They position the assassination of top Minister Rabin within the context of what they see as a practice of punishments and killings of these Jews seemed to be heretics. They finish that Jewish fundamentalism is basically adverse to democracy.
By Jonathan Sacks
Essentially the most well known spiritual thinkers of our time matters a choice for international Jewry to reject the self-fulfilling photograph of “a humans on my own on this planet, surrounded via enemies” and to reclaim Judaism’s unique experience of goal: as a associate with God and with these of alternative faiths within the unending fight for freedom and social justice for all.
We are at risk, says Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, of forgetting what Judaism’s position is in the worldwide undertaking of humankind. over the last thousand years, Jews have lived via persecutions that may have spelled the top of so much international locations, yet they didn't see anti-Semitism written into the material of the universe. They knew they existed for a objective, and it was once no longer for themselves by myself. Rabbi Sacks believes that the Jewish humans have misplaced their manner, that they should recommit themselves to the duty of constructing a simply international during which the divine presence can reside between us.
Without compromising one iota of Jewish religion, Rabbi Sacks publicizes, Jews needs to stand along their friends—Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, and secular humanist—in security of freedom opposed to the enemies of freedom, in confirmation of lifestyles opposed to those that desecrate lifestyles. they usually may still do that to not win neighbors or the admiration of others yet since it is what a humans of God is meant to do.
Rabbi Sacks’s strong message of tikkun olam—using Judaism as a blueprint for repairing a less than perfect world—will resonate with humans of all faiths.
By Leo Strauss
Editor note: Edited with an advent via Kenneth Hart Green
This is the 1st ebook to compile the foremost essays and lectures of Leo Strauss within the box of contemporary Jewish suggestion.
It comprises a few of his most famed released writings, in addition to major writings that have been formerly unpublished.
By Dani Shapiro
“Devotion’s greatest triumph is its voice: humorous and unpretentious, concrete and earthy—appealing to skeptics and believers alike. it is a gripping, appealing story.” —Jennifer Egan, writer of The Keep
“I used to be immensely moved via this stylish book.” —Elizabeth Gilbert, writer of Eat, Pray, Love
Dani Shapiro, the acclaimed writer of the unconventional Black and White and the bestselling memoir Slow Motion, is again with Devotion: a looking and undying new memoir that examines the basic questions that wake ladies in the course of the evening, and grapples with the methods religion, prayer, and devotion have an effect on daily life. Devotion is bound to entice all these facing the pains and tribulations of what Carl Jung referred to as “the afternoon of life.”
By Hilary Putnam
Distinguished thinker Hilary Putnam, who's additionally a training Jew, questions the idea of 3 significant Jewish philosophers of the 20 th century—Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, and Emmanuel Levinas—to aid him reconcile the philosophical and spiritual aspects of his existence. an extra presence within the e-book is Ludwig Wittgenstein, who, even if no longer a training Jew, thought of faith in ways in which Putnam juxtaposes to the perspectives of Rosenzweig, Buber, and Levinas. Putnam explains the best principles of every of those nice thinkers, bringing out what, in his opinion, constitutes the decisive highbrow and non secular contributions of every of them. even if the faith mentioned is Judaism, the intensity and originality of those philosophers, as incisively interpreted by means of Putnam, make their concept not anything below a consultant to life.
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By Jocelyn Cohen, Daniel Soyer
In 1942, YIVO held a competition for the easiest autobiography through a Jewish immigrant at the subject matter “Why I Left the previous state and What i've got finished in America.” selected from over 200 entries, and translated from Yiddish, the 9 lifestyles tales in My destiny Is in the US supply a compelling portrait of yankee Jewish lifestyles within the immigrant new release on the flip of the 20th century.The writers arrived in the US in each decade from the Nineties to the Twenties. They comprise guide staff, shopkeepers, housewives, communal activists, and pros who got here from all components of jap Europe and ushered in a brand new period in American Jewish heritage. of their personal phrases, the immigrant writers express the complexities of the transition among the previous and New Worlds.An advent locations the writings in historic and literary context, and annotations clarify old and cultural allusions made by way of the writers. This specific quantity introduces readers to the advanced global of Yiddish-speaking immigrants whereas even as elucidating very important issues and issues of curiosity to these in immigration experiences, ethnic stories, exertions historical past, and literary studies.Published along side the YIVO Institute for Jewish learn.
By Walter Homolka
"This ebook bargains a positive contribution to the debates at the theological importance of Jewish and Christian techniques to the old Jesus. The author's wisdom of Jewish and Christian discourses on either side of the Atlantic is impressive." · Werner G. Jeanrond, collage of Oxford
After centuries of persecution, oppression, pressured migrations, and exclusion within the identify of Christ, the improvement of a Jewish "Quest for the historic Jesus" may appear unforeseen. This e-book provides an outline and research of a number of the Jewish views at the Nazarene during the centuries, emphasizing the diversity of German voices in Anglo-American contexts. It explores the explanations for a gentle raise in Jewish curiosity in Jesus because the finish of the eighteenth century, arguing that this development had a strategic target: the justification of Judaism as a dwelling religion along Christianity.
Rabbi Walter Homolka is the rector of the Abraham Geiger collage, Germany's first rabbinical seminary after the Holocaust, and a professor of contemporary Jewish notion on the tuition of Jewish Theology of the collage of Potsdam in Germany. lively in Jewish-Christian discussion, he's writer of many books, together with The Gate to Perfection: the belief of Peace in Jewish concept (Berghahn 1995), Jewish id nowa days: Leo Baeck and German Protestantism (Berghahn 1995), and co-author with Hans Küng of ways to Do sturdy & stay away from Evil: a world Ethic from the resources of Judaism (Skylight Paths, 2009).
By Michael Mack
While many different post-Holocaust Jewish thinkers - together with Derrida - have targeting a refusal of totality and party of 'otherness', the poet and highbrow Franz Baermann Steiner (1909-1952) combines this emphasis with an equivalent tension at the 'need' for sure jointly said limits. subsequent to the broader value of this e-book for discussions of Holocaust reviews on the subject of present theoretical and social concerns, it's going to additionally provide a brand new interpretation of Elias Canetti's paintings. this can be the 1st distinctive exam of Steiner's anthropology and philosophy and its relation to the paintings of his shut highbrow good friend Canetti.