Yehuda Halevi Jewish Encounters Series

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Schocken #ad - Part of the jewish encounter seriesa masterly biography of Yehuda Halevi, one of the greatest of Hebrew poets and a shining example of the synthesis of religion and culture that defined the golden age of medieval Spanish Jewry. Like maimonides, with whom he contrasts sharply, Yehuda Halevi spanned multiple worlds.

Poet, he is known today for both his religious and secular verse, ” and for The Kuzari, and physician, philosopher, including his famed “songs of Zion, an elucidation of Judaism in dialogue form. Hillel halkin brilliantly evokes the fascinating world of eleventh- and twelfth-century Andalusian Spain in which Halevi lived and discusses the influences that formed him.

Yehuda Halevi Jewish Encounters Series #ad - Relying on the astonishing discoveries of the Cairo Geniza, with its fateful voyage to Palestine, he pieces together the mystery of Halevi’s last days, which became a haunting legend. An acclaimed writer and translator, Halkin builds his account of Halevi’s life and death on his magnificent translations of Halevi’s poems.

He places the kuzari within the wider context of Jewish thought and explains why, more perhaps than any other medieval Jewish figure, Halevi has become an inspirational yet highly controversial figure in modern Jewish and Israeli intellectual life.

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The Kuzari: Arguments in Defense of Judaism

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#ad - Their misery has left them nothing commendable. How will the rabbi present his religion and defend the principles of his faith? The Kuzari is a classic work of Jewish philosophy, written in 1140 by celebrated Jewish poet and philosopher Rabbi Yehudah HaLevi. I had already decided not to question a Jew, because I am aware of the Jews' reduced condition and deficient beliefs.

His goal was to defend Judaism against attacks from philosophers, Christian and Muslim theologians, and Karaites. The book takes the form of a dialogue between the pagan king of the Khazars and a Jewish scholar who was invited to instruct him in the tenets of the Jewish religion. Spurred by the dreams, he decides to examine the various philosophical options available to him.

The Kuzari: Arguments in Defense of Judaism #ad - It is based on the true story of the conversion of the Khazar royalty and aristocracy to Judaism in the 8th century. Rabbi yehudah halevi wrote his magnum opus in Judeo-Arabic, the Arabic dialect spoken by Jews living in the Arab world. He is devoted to the pagan religion of the Khazars, but in his dreams, an angel tells him that his actions are not pleasing to God.

From here you will build your world of faith. Rabbi tzvi Yehudah Kook. Although close to a thousand years have passed since its composition, it is still very relevant. Rabbi itamar EldarThe king of Khazaria is deeply troubled.

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The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

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Back Bay Books #ad - The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain #ad - A brilliant and fascinating portrait of medieval Spain explores the golden age when Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived together in an atmosphere of tolerance. Of photos. 3 maps.

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#IsraeliJudaism: Portrait of a Cultural Revolution

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The Jewish People Policy Institute #ad - In this book, a tel aviv university profes- sor of statistics and pollster, and Camil Fuchs, Shmuel Rosner, a senior fellow at the Jerusalem based Jewish People Policy Institute, make the first serious attempt to explain this revolutionary process. This transformation is rooted in a unique and vibrant culture, which is different from all other Jewish cultures, past and present.

Israelis have forged a new way of being Jewish, assimilation, by confronting and over- coming the great challenges of modernity, secularism, and apathy. Using stories, numbers, and insights, the authors sketch the outlines of a culture in which Israeliness and Jewishness are becoming one and the same.

#IsraeliJudaism: Portrait of a Cultural Revolution #ad - Israelijudaism is a book about a fascinating phenomenon. It introduces israeli culture to the non-Israeli reader in a fresh way, while shedding light on why Israel and the Diaspora face a great divide. Israelijudaism is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand Israel, Judaism, and the Jewish people. A new kind of Judaism is emerging in the 21st century.

In israel, the state of the Jewish people, Judaism is undergoing one of its greatest transformations since biblical times.

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After One-Hundred-and-Twenty: Reflecting on Death, Mourning, and the Afterlife in the Jewish Tradition Library of Jewish Ideas Book 9

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Princeton University Press #ad - Taking its title from the hebrew and yiddish blessing to live to a ripe old age—Moses is said to have been 120 years old when he died—the book explores how the Bible's original reticence about an afterlife gave way to views about personal judgment and reward after death, the resurrection of the body, and even reincarnation.

A deeply personal look at death, mourning, mourning, and the afterlife in Jewish traditionAfter One-Hundred-and-Twenty provides a richly nuanced and deeply personal look at Jewish attitudes and practices regarding death, and the afterlife as they have existed and evolved from biblical times to today.

After One-Hundred-and-Twenty: Reflecting on Death, Mourning, and the Afterlife in the Jewish Tradition Library of Jewish Ideas Book 9 #ad - It examines talmudic perspectives on grief, burial, shows how jewish approaches to death changed in the Middle Ages with thinkers like Maimonides and in the mystical writings of the Zohar, and the afterlife, and delves into such things as the origins of the custom of reciting Kaddish for the deceased and beliefs about encountering the dead in visions and dreams.

After one-hundred-and-twenty is also hillel halkin's eloquent and disarmingly candid reflection on his own mortality, the deaths of those he has known and loved, and the comfort he has and has not derived from Jewish tradition.

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The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in East Europe

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Princeton University Press #ad - Illustrated throughout with rare archival photographs and artwork, this nuanced history casts the shtetl in an altogether new light, revealing how its golden age continues to shape the collective memory of the Jewish people today. Challenging popular misconceptions of the shtetl as an isolated, ramshackle Jewish village stricken by poverty and pogroms, Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern argues that, in its heyday from the 1790s to the 1840s, the shtetl was a thriving Jewish community as vibrant as any in Europe.

The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in East Europe #ad - Petrovsky-shtern brings this golden age to life, looking at dozens of shtetls and drawing on a wealth of never-before-used archival material. A major history of the shtetl's golden agethe shtetl was home to two-thirds of East Europe's Jews in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, yet it has long been one of the most neglected and misunderstood chapters of the Jewish experience.

This book provides the first grassroots social, economic, and cultural history of the shtetl.

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The Jews of Spain

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Free Press #ad - Indeed, in defiance of all logic and expectation, the expulsion of the Jews from Spain became an occasion for renewed creativity. This book is intended to serve as an introduction and scholarly guide to that history. For more than a thousand years, Sepharad the Hebrew word for Spain was home to a large Jewish community noted for its richness and virtuosity.

The Jews of Spain #ad - Nor have five hundred years of wandering extinguished the identity of the Sephardic Jews, or diminished the proud memory of the dazzling civilization, which they created on Spanish soil. The history of the jews of Spain is a remarkable story that begins in the remote past and continues today. Summarily expelled in 1492 and forced into exile, their tragedy of expulsion marked the end of one critical phase of their history and the beginning of another.

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God and Politics in Esther

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Cambridge University Press #ad - God and politics in Esther explores politics and faith. Twenty years on, this revised edition brings the book to much wider attention. A political crisis erupts when the Persian government falls to fanatics, and a Jewish insider goes rogue, determined to save her people at all costs. It is about an era in which the prophets have been silenced and miracles have ceased, and Jewish politics has come to depend not on commands from on high, but on the boldness and belief of each woman and man.

Three controversial new chapters address the astonishingly radical theology that emerges from amid the political intrigues of the book. Esther takes radical action to win friends and allies, reverse terrifying decrees, and bring God's justice into the world with her own hands. Hazony's the dawn has long been a cult classic, read at Purim each year the world over.

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Leading a Worthy Life: Finding Meaning in Modern Times

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Encounter Books #ad - The old socratic question, “How to live?”, suddenly commands serious attention. Yet because the old orthodoxies have crumbled, our “interesting time” paradoxically offers genuine opportunities for renewal and growth. With a once confident culture no longer offering authoritative guidance, the young are now at sea—regarding work, family, religion, and civic identity.

Most american young people, like their ancestors, harbor desires for a worthy life: a life of meaning, a life that makes sense. The true, and the beautiful have few defenders, the good, and the higher cynicism mocks any innocent love of wisdom or love of country. All they and we need is encouragement. This book provides that necessary encouragement by illuminating crucial and still available aspects of a worthy life, and by defending them against their enemies.

We are super-competent regarding efficiency and convenience; we are at a loss regarding what it’s all for. Young americans, if liberated from the prevailing cynicism, will readily embrace weighty questions and undertake serious quests for a flourishing life. But they are increasingly confused about what such a life might look like, and how they might, in the present age, be able to live one.

Leading a Worthy Life: Finding Meaning in Modern Times #ad - With chapters on love, it offers people who are looking on their own for meaning, family, learning, and friendship; human excellence and human dignity; teaching, and truth; and the great human aspirations of Western civilization, and as well as to people who are looking to deepen what they have been taught or to square it with the spirit of our time.

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As a Driven Leaf: Revised Edition

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Behrman House #ad - Watch the great Talmudic sages at work in the Sanhedrin, eav. Set in roman palestine, as a Driven Leaf draws readers into the dramatic era of Rabbinic Judaism. This masterpiece of modern fiction tells the gripping tale of renegade talmudic sage Elisha ben Abuyah's struggle to reconcile his faith with the allure of Hellenistic culture.

The age of the Talmud is brought to life in a breathtaking saga.

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Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations

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Vintage #ad - At the same time, christians began to distance themselves from their origins, becoming increasingly hostile toward Jews as Christian influence spread within the empire. This is the authoritative work of how these two great civilizations collided and how the reverberations are felt to this day. He delineates the incompatibility between the cultural, political, and religious beliefs and practices of the two peoples and explains how Rome's interests were served by a policy of brutality against the Jews.

A magisterial history of the titanic struggle between the Roman and Jewish worlds that led to the destruction of Jerusalem. Martin goodman—equally renowned in Jewish and in Roman studies—examines this conflict, its causes, and its consequences with unprecedented authority and thoroughness.

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