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Download e-book for kindle: Jewish Babylonia between Persia and Roman Palestine: by Richard Kalmin

By Richard Kalmin

The Babylonian Talmud used to be compiled within the 3rd via 6th centuries CE, by way of rabbis residing less than Sasanian Persian rule within the sector among the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. what sort of society did those rabbis inhabit? What influence did that society have on vital rabbinic texts?
In this ebook Richard Kalmin bargains a radical reexamination of rabbinic tradition of past due vintage Babylonia. He indicates how this tradition was once formed partially via Persia at the one hand, and via Roman Palestine at the different. The mid fourth century CE in Jewish Babylonia used to be a interval of fairly severe "Palestinianization," while that the Mesopotamian and east Persian Christian groups have been present process a interval of excessive "Syrianization." Kalmin argues that those heavily comparable strategies have been speeded up by way of third-century Persian conquests deep into Roman territory, which ended in the resettlement of millions of Christian and Jewish population of the japanese Roman provinces in Persian Mesopotamia, japanese Syria, and western Persia, profoundly changing the cultural panorama for hundreds of years to come.
Kalmin additionally bargains new interpretations of a number of interesting rabbinic texts of past due antiquity. He indicates how they've got frequently been misunderstood by means of historians who lack attentiveness to the function of nameless editors in glossing or emending prior texts and who insist on attributing those texts to 6th century editors instead of to storytellers and editors of past centuries who brought alterations into the texts they realized and transmitted. He additionally demonstrates how Babylonian rabbis interacted with the non-rabbinic Jewish international, frequently within the kind of the incorporation of centuries-old non-rabbinic Jewish texts into the constructing Talmud, instead of through the come upon with real non-rabbinic Jews within the streets and marketplaces of Babylonia. each one of these texts have been "domesticated" ahead of their inclusion within the Babylonian Talmud, which was once in most cases entire through the rabbinization of the non-rabbinic texts. Rabbis remodeled a story's protagonists into rabbis instead of kings or monks, or portrayed them learning Torah instead of undertaking different actions, seeing that Torah research used to be considered via them because the most vital, probably the single very important, human activity.
Kalmin's arguments shed new mild on rabbinic Judaism in overdue vintage society. This ebook could be necessary to any pupil or pupil of this period.

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"Endlösung": Das Schicksal der Juden 1933 bis 1948 (German - download pdf or read online

By David Cesarani,Klaus-Dieter Schmidt


Noch ein Buch zum Holocaust? Ja, unbedingt. Es hat in den vergangenen Jahren eine Fülle neuer Forschungen, Spezialstudien und Zeitzeugnisse gegeben, die kaum mehr zu überblicken sind und einer fachkundigen Zusammenführung und qualifizierten Gesamtdarstellung bedürfen. Diese legt der britische Historiker und weltweit renommierte Holocaust-Experte David Cesarani nun vor. Sie wird für viele Jahre das maßgebliche Standardwerk zum Thema sein.

Neben den neuen Erkenntnissen der Forschung erschließt Cesarani umfangreiche Qellen aus Osteuropa, die erst nach dem Untergang der Sowjetunion zugänglich wurden, sowie jüngst freigegebenes Geheimdienstmaterial aus Ost und West. Daraus ergeben sich neue Einblicke in das Ausmaß des Völkermords, das Wissen darüber seitens der Deutschen wie der Alliierten, die Befehls- und Entscheidungsprozesse der NS-Täter sowie die kriegsbedingten und ökonomischen Aspekte des Holocaust. Überzeugend legt Cesarani dar, dass die Ermordung der europäischen Juden nicht allein der NS-Rassenideologie geschuldet warfare, sondern vor allem als pervertiertes tool der Machtausübung, Kriegführung und Eroberung diente.

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Yossi Katz's The Land Shall Not Be Sold in Perpetuity: The Jewish PDF

By Yossi Katz

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The country of Israel is the one Western country the place the vast majority of lands are nonetheless owned via the nation and via a public physique with regards to it (The Jewish nationwide Fund). on the root lies the divine command declaring that the Land of Israel belongs to God and for this reason shouldn't be traded in perpetuity (Leviticus 25). This precept has been utilized to just about the entire kingdom lands, and used to be proven in a uncomplicated legislation. because the Eighties there have been many pressures in Israel to denationalise at the least a part of the State’s and JNF’s lands, as a result of the normal privatization strategy of Israel’s economic system, the deepening globalization method, and the transformation of Israel to an individualistic society. in spite of the fact that, just a small part of the lands have been privatized, constituting four% of the world of Israel. The publication relies absolutely on fundamental assets. It describes and analyzes the historical past of the ideological, social and criminal procedures that came about and their improvement because the starting of the 20 th century until eventually today – techniques that led to the original phenomenon of the kingdom of Israel as a sophisticated capitalistic country whose lands are often state-owned.

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Download e-book for iPad: Movies and Midrash: Popular Film and Jewish Religious by Wendy I. Zierler,Eugene B. Borowitz

By Wendy I. Zierler,Eugene B. Borowitz

Brings well known cinema and Jewish non secular texts right into a significant dialogue.

Movies and Midrash makes use of cinema as a springboard to debate imperative Jewish texts and concerns of trust. a few books have drawn on motion pictures to explicate Christian theology and trust, yet Wendy I. Zierler is the 1st to take action from a Jewish viewpoint, exploring what Jewish culture, textual content, and theology need to say in regards to the classes and subject matters bobbing up from influential and compelling motion pictures. The e-book makes use of the strategy of “inverted midrash”: whereas classical rabbinical midrash starts off with exegesis of a verse after which introduces a mashal (parable) as a way of extra explication, Zierler turns that approach round, starting with the culturally regular cinematic parable after which examining similar Jewish texts. every one bankruptcy connects an earthly movie to another principal topic in classical Jewish assets or smooth Jewish inspiration. motion pictures lined contain The Truman Show (truth), Memento (memory), Crimes and Misdemeanors (sin), Magnolia (confession and redemption), The Descendants (birthright), Forrest Gump (cleverness and simplicity), and The starvation Games (creation of humanity in God’s image), between others.

Wendy I. Zierler is Sigmund Falk Professor of contemporary Jewish Literature and Feminist reviews at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of faith and the writer of And Rachel Stole the Idols: The Emergence of recent Hebrew Women’s Writing.

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Download e-book for iPad: Maimonides and the Shaping of the Jewish Canon by James A. Diamond

By James A. Diamond

Jewish suggestion because the heart a long time should be considered as a sustained discussion with Moses Maimonides, whatever the assorted social, cultural, and highbrow environments during which it was once performed. a lot of Jewish highbrow heritage could be considered as a chain of engagements with him, fueled via the type of 'Jewish' rabbinic and esoteric writing Maimonides practiced. This ebook examines quite a lot of theologians, philosophers, and exegetes who percentage a passionate engagement with Maimonides, assaulting, adopting, subverting, or adapting his philosophical and jurisprudential suggestion. This ongoing company is important to any appreciation of the wider scope of Jewish legislation, philosophy, biblical interpretation, and Kabbalah. Maimonides's criminal, philosophical, and exegetical corpus grew to become canonical within the feel that many next Jewish thinkers have been pressured to fight with it as a way to enhance their very own suggestion. As such, Maimonides joins primary Jewish canon along the Bible, the Talmud, and the Zohar.

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Download PDF by Stephen Hunt: Judaism and Islam (The Library of Essays on Sexuality and

By Stephen Hunt

This quantity on Judaism and Islam within the Library of Essays on Sexuality and faith sequence overviews perceptions of human sexuality via significant monotheistic faiths, particularly Judaism and Islam. half 1 offers formerly released articles on Judaism and sexuality from a old point of view, particularly, in the course of the writings of the Tanakh and standard Judaic attitudes. half 2 focuses extra cogently on modern subject matters together with either the contestation and defence of traditional Jewish standpoints on sexuality through orthodox and liberal renderings of the religion. half three contains articles studying Islamic perspectives of sexuality from a historic point of view. right here there's a unique specialize in the faith's building of sexual different types, in addition to the connection among sexuality, gender and patriarchy. half four takes a cross-cultural and worldwide viewpoint of the topic with a selected emphasis at the connection among sexuality and ethical law, along with scrutinising various and contrasting cultural attitudes in Islamic groups today.

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People of the Book: Canon, Meaning, and Authority: Canon, - download pdf or read online

By Moshe Halbertal

While Scripture is on the heart of many faiths, between them Islam and Christianity, this publication inquires into the functionality, improvement, and implications of the centrality of textual content upon the Jewish group, and through extension at the greater query of canonization and the text-centered neighborhood. it's a normal to notice how the landless and scattered Jewish groups have, from the time of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D. till the founding of contemporary Israel in 1948, cleaved to the textual content and derived their id from it. however the tale is much extra advanced. The shift from the Bible to the Torah, from biblical faith to rabbinic Judaism mediated by way of the Sages, and the sealing of the canon including its carrying on with interpretive paintings demanded from the neighborhood, volume to what will be known as an exceptional obsession with textuality. Halbertal supplies us insights into the heritage of this obsession, in a philosophically refined but common narrative.

People of the Book deals the easiest advent to be had to Jewish hermeneutics, a ebook able to conveying the significance of the culture to a large viewers of either educational and normal readers. Halbertal offers a wide ranging survey of Jewish attitudes towards Scripture, provocatively equipped round difficulties of normative and formative authority, with an emphasis at the altering prestige and features of Mishnah, Talmud, and Kabbalah. With a present for weaving complicated problems with interpretation into his personal plot, he animates historic texts by means of assigning them roles in his personal hugely persuasive narrative.

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Download e-book for iPad: The Awakening Ground: A Guide to Contemplative Mysticism by David Chaim Smith

By David Chaim Smith

writer David Chaim Smith deals a advisor to the perform of mystical contemplation from the viewpoint of a hugely strange kind of non-dual Kabbalah, unfettered via either spiritual mythology and mental reductionism. the trail articulates the final word quest for which means, which seeks to go through the muddle of the mind’s conceptual institutions to nakedly and without delay realize the innate essentiality of all issues referred to as the sunshine of En (no) Sof (end), or the countless. so much mainstream traditional faculties of Kabbalah carry this sort of radical aspiration to be inapproachable at top, and heretical at worst.

• The paintings introduces six levels that articulate how the brain breaks via its personal restrictive ordinary reflexes to rouse to the floor of En Sof, that is the mind’s crucial nature

• each one degree is illustrated through the author’s personal unique artworks and line diagrams

• attracts upon imprecise resources equivalent to the 13th-century Kabbalistic textual content Fountain of knowledge, quite a few alchemical and gnostic texts, and the writings of Isaac the Blind

The writer finds how which means by no means is still static--its nature is to maneuver, transmit, and display--yet its important capability turns into buried less than layers of psychological constructs. He explains how the mind’s conduct and reflexes impose buildings of containment that try and make feel out of phenomena, yet those very buildings truly vague their essence thoroughly. Smith’s experiential route to gnostic awakening finds how, within the wake of the lesser matters of the conceptual brain, primordial purity shines in resonances of giant poetic good looks, if a sensibility of ask yourself, awe, and enjoyment is cultivated.

Offering a step by step research to the ecstatic features of contemplative revelation, David Chaim Smith explores the way to trip the razor’s fringe of the anomaly to coax the brain from the sleep of habituation in the direction of the end result of gnosis. even though the method is defined in the conventional image approach of kabbalah, its import is a very radical exponent of maximum mysticism.

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John Barton's The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Companion PDF

By John Barton

This booklet brings jointly a few of the world's most enjoyable students from throughout quite a few disciplines to supply a concise and obtainable consultant to the Hebrew Bible. It covers each significant style of booklet within the outdated testomony including in-depth discussions of significant subject matters akin to human nature, covenant, construction, ethics, ritual and purity, sacred house, and monotheism. This authoritative review units each one publication inside its historic and cultural context within the historical close to East, paying specified awareness to its sociological environment. It offers new insights into the reception of the books and the several methods they've been studied, from historical-critical enquiry to fashionable advocacy methods similar to feminism and liberation theology. it is usually a advisor to biblical translations and textual feedback and invaluable feedback for extra reading.

Featuring contributions from specialists with backgrounds within the Jewish and Christian religion traditions in addition to secular students within the humanities and social sciences, The Hebrew Bible is the fitting origin for someone looking a easy creation to the previous testomony, and a useful reference e-book for college kids and teachers.

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