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Deconstructing the Talmud: The Absolute Book

Deconstructing the Talmud: The Absolute Book

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Federico Dal Bo
July 22, 2019

This monograph uses deconstruction—a philosophical movement originated by Jacques Derrida—to read the most authoritative book in Judaism: the Talmud. Examining deconstruction in comparison with Kant’s and Hegel’s philosophies, the volume argues that the movement opens an innovative debate on Jewish...

Charity in Rabbinic Judaism: Atonement, Rewards, and Righteousness

Charity in Rabbinic Judaism: Atonement, Rewards, and Righteousness

1st Edition

Alyssa M. Gray
May 31, 2019

Studying the many ideas about how giving charity atones for sin and other rewards in late antique rabbinic literature, this volume contains many, varied, and even conflicting ideas, as the multiplicity must be recognized and allowed expression. Topics include the significance of the rabbis’ use of...

The Making of Modern Jewish Identity: Ideological Change and Religious Conversion

The Making of Modern Jewish Identity: Ideological Change and Religious Conversion

1st Edition

Motti Inbari
May 31, 2019

This volume explores the processes that led several modern Jewish leaders – rabbis, politicians, and intellectuals – to make radical changes to their ideology regarding Zionism, Socialism, and Orthodoxy. Comparing their ideological change to acts of conversion, the study examines the philosophical,...

On Liberty: Jewish Philosophical Perspectives

On Liberty: Jewish Philosophical Perspectives

1st Edition

Daniel H. Frank
March 05, 2019

The communitarian critic of liberalism argues that the socio-political context is fundamental to any understanding of the individual as such. This debate is advanced by particularising it to the experience of Jews in the modern world. Essays focus on the variety of views of the relationships...

Jews of Turkey: Migration, Culture and Memory

Jews of Turkey: Migration, Culture and Memory

1st Edition

Süleyman Şanlı
December 13, 2018

Jews of Turkey: Migration, Culture and Memory explores the culture of Jews who immigrated from East Turkey to Israel. The study reveals the cultural values of their communities, way of life, beliefs and traditions in the multicultural and multi-religious environment that was the East of Turkey....

Religious Zionism and the Six Day War: From Realism to Messianism

Religious Zionism and the Six Day War: From Realism to Messianism

1st Edition

Avi Sagi, Dov Schwartz
December 04, 2018

This book offers a new insight into the political, social, and religious conduct of religious-Zionism, whose consequences are evident in Israeli society today. Before the Six-Day War, religious-Zionism had limited its concern to the protection of specific religious interests, with its...

Nationalism, War and Jewish Education: From the Roman Empire to Modern Times

Nationalism, War and Jewish Education: From the Roman Empire to Modern Times

1st Edition

David Aberbach
November 12, 2018

Nationalism, War and Jewish Education explores historical circumstances leading to the emergence of a Jewish religious school system lasting to modern times and the process by which this system was broken down and adapted in secular form as Jewish nationalism grew in the 19th and early 20th...

Nietzsche and Jewish Political Theology

Nietzsche and Jewish Political Theology

1st Edition

David Ohana
November 02, 2018

Nietzsche and Jewish Political Theology is the first book to explore the impact of Friedrich Nietzsche’s work on the formation of Jewish political theology during the first half of the twentieth century. It maps the many ways in which early Jewish thinkers grappled with Nietzsche’s powerful ideas...

The Ugliness of Moses Mendelssohn: Aesthetics, Religion & Morality in the Eighteenth Century

The Ugliness of Moses Mendelssohn: Aesthetics, Religion & Morality in the Eighteenth Century

1st Edition

Leah Hochman
October 18, 2018

The Ugliness of Moses Mendelssohn examines the idea of ugliness through four angles: philosophical aesthetics, early anthropology, physiognomy and portraiture in the eighteenth-century. Highlighting a theory that describes the benefit of encountering ugly objects in art and nature,...

The Global Impact of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion: A Century-Old Myth

The Global Impact of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion: A Century-Old Myth

1st Edition

Esther Webman
August 10, 2018

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion has attracted the interest of politicians and academicians, and generated extensive research, since the tract first appeared in the early twentieth century. Despite having repeatedly been discredited as a historical document, and in spite of the fact that it...

The European Jews, Patriotism and the Liberal State 1789-1939: A Study of Literature and Social Psychology

The European Jews, Patriotism and the Liberal State 1789-1939: A Study of Literature and Social Psychology

1st Edition

David Aberbach
August 09, 2018

The fragility of the liberal democratic state after 1789 is illustrated in the history of the European Jews from the French Revolution to the Holocaust. Emancipation and hope of emancipation amongst the European Jewish population created a plethora of Jewish identities and forms of patriotism....

Boundaries, Identity and belonging in Modern Judaism

Boundaries, Identity and belonging in Modern Judaism

1st Edition

Maria Diemling, Larry Ray
June 28, 2018

The drawing of boundaries has always been a key part of the Jewish tradition and has served to maintain a distinctive Jewish identity. At the same time, these boundaries have consistently been subject to negotiation, transgression and contestation. The increasing fragmentation of Judaism into...

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