Download E-books Converts to Judaism: Stories from Biblical Times to Today PDF

By Lawrence J. Epstein

From the biblical tale of Ruth to the superstar conversion of Elizabeth Taylor, Converts to Judaism tells the tales of people that have switched over to Judaism all through background. The e-book introduces readers to origins of Judaism and stocks the 1st conversion tales of the folk who helped the early Jewish religion develop. next chapters hint the trajectory of Judaism during the a while whereas highlighting the tales of converts—both famous and lesser-known—and how they formed the culture. The booklet contains not just the tale of Warder Cresson, who used to be wear trial for madness after changing to Judaism, but in addition well-known celebrities who turned Jewish corresponding to Marilyn Monroe and Sammy Davis, Jr.

Written by way of a famous specialist at the conversion approach, Converts to Judaism serves as a distinct source to humans contemplating the hard direction of conversion and an indication of the real, and occasionally spectacular, position Jewish converts have continually performed in Jewish life.

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Download E-books The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC - 1492 AD PDF

By Simon Schama

In this magnificently illustrated cultural history—the tie-in to the PBS and BBC sequence The tale of the Jews—Simon Schama info the tale of the Jewish adventure, tracing it throughout 3 millennia, from their beginnings as an historic tribal humans to the outlet of the hot international in 1492 to the fashionable day.

It is a narrative like no different: an epic of patience opposed to destruction, of creativity in oppression, pleasure amidst grief, the confirmation of lifestyles opposed to the steepest of odds.

It spans the millennia and the continents—from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes you to unimagined locations: to a Jewish nation within the mountains of southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue sparkling with radiant wall work; the palm groves of the Jewish lifeless within the Roman catacombs. And its voices ring loud and transparent, from the severities and ecstasies of the Bible writers to the affection poems of wine bibbers in a backyard in Muslim Spain.

In The tale of the Jews, the Talmud burns within the streets of Paris, massed gibbets grasp over the streets of medieval London, a Majorcan illuminator redraws the realm; candles are lit, chants are sung, mules are packed, ships loaded with spice and gemstones founder at sea.

And an outstanding tale unfolds. Not—as usually imagined—of a tradition aside, yet of a Jewish international immersed in and imprinted by means of the peoples between whom they've got dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians.

Which makes the tale of the Jews everyone's tale, too.

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Download E-books In God's Image: Myth, Theology, and Law in Classical Judaism PDF

By Yair Lorberbaum

The assumption of construction within the divine photograph has a protracted and complicated historical past. whereas its roots it appears lie within the royal myths of Mesopotamia and Egypt, this publication argues that it was once the biblical account of production provided within the first chapters of Genesis and its interpretation in early rabbinic literature that created the root for the perennial inquiry of the concept that within the Judeo-Christian culture. Yair Lorberbaum reconstructs the belief of the construction of guy within the photograph of God (tselem Elohim) attributed within the Midrash and the Talmud. He analyzes meanings attributed to tselem Elohim in early rabbinic proposal, as expressed in Aggadah, and explores its software within the normative, criminal, and formality geographical regions.

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Download E-books The Wisdom of the Talmud PDF


Discover the traditional knowledge and historic impression of a cornerstone of Judaism
The knowledge of the Talmud provides an intensive background and review of the Talmud, the rabbinical remark at the Torah that used to be constructed within the Jewish academies of Palestine and Babylonia. From the shut of the Biblical canon to the tip of the 5th century, Jewish students studied the scripture and labored to develop—and debate—supplementary understandings of the Torah’s instructions on quite a few issues. From man’s function and miracles, to marriage and wellbeing, to awareness and group, the Talmud considers what it skill to perform religion each day and during a altering world. This booklet is a necessary and approachable consultant for realizing how interpretation of the Torah has guided Jewish existence for millions of years.
This book encompasses a new foreword, photo gallery, and record of proverbs and sayings of the rabbis.


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Download E-books People of the Body: Jews and Judaism from an Embodied Perspective (Suny Series, the Body in Culture, History, and Religion) PDF

By Howard Eilberg-Schwartz

By way of moving cognizance from just like Jews as a textual neighborhood to the methods Jews comprehend and deal with their our bodies for instance, to their matters with copy and sexuality, menstruation and childbirth this quantity contributes to a revisioning of what Jews and Judaism are and feature been. The undertaking of re-membering the Jewish physique has either historic and optimistic motivations. As a optimistic venture, this ebook describes, renews, and participates within the advanced and ongoing sleek dialogue concerning the nature of Jewish our bodies and where of our bodies in Judaism."

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Download E-books The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion PDF

This finished dictionary of the Jewish faith comprises approximately 2,400 alphabetically prepared entries starting from brief definitions to long essays on significant subject matters. it's the so much available and whole one-volume source on hand for info at the strategies, ideals, and practices of ancient and modern Jewish spiritual practice.
The mixed attempt of Israeli, American, and eu students, this dictionary displays the good number of Jewish spiritual expression, from the normal ways to such fresh adaptations as Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist Judaism. It covers all features of Jewish perform, legislation, and theology as expressed within the Bible and the Talmud and via philosophers all through historical past. The paintings additionally comprises biographical sketches of vital personalities linked to the improvement of the Jewish faith over the centuries, articles at the mystical culture and folklore, and entries addressing the more moderen non secular matters posed via the lifestyles of the kingdom of Israel.
even if short definitions, ancient sketches, or explanatory essays, all entries within the dictionary are truly and concisely written. All Hebrew phrases and words are outlined for college students and normal readers. a number of pass- references in the textual content are designed to steer clients to entries on comparable topics, and worthy bibliographies are supplied as aids to additional studying and learn. providing entire assurance in an easy-to-use structure, The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion is definitely the right advent to the Jewish faith and an fundamental source for college kids, students, and common readers.

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Download E-books Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish PDF

By Abigail Pogrebin

Sixty-two of the main entire Jews in the USA converse intimately—most for the 1st time—about how they consider approximately being Jewish. In surprisingly candid interviews carried out via former 60 Minutes manufacturer Abigail Pogrebin, celebrities starting from Sarah Jessica Parker to superb court docket Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from Larry King to Mike Nichols, show how resonant, the most important or incidental being Jewish is of their lives. The connections they need to their Jewish history variety from hours in synagogue to bagels and lox; yet everyone speaks to the load and satisfaction in their Jewish heritage, the burdens and pleasures of observance, the moments they’ve felt so much Jewish (or not). This e-book of bright, own conversations uncovers how being Jewish matches right into a public existence, and in addition how the author’s evolving spiritual identification was once replaced by way of what she heard.

· Dustin Hoffman, Steven Spielberg, Gene Wilder, Joan Rivers, and Leonard Nimoy discuss their startling encounters with anti-Semitism.
· Kenneth Cole, Eliot Spitzer, and Ronald Perelman discover the demanding situations of intermarriage.
· Mike Wallace, Richard Dreyfuss, and Ruth Reichl convey attitudes towards Israel that adjust from unquestioning loyalty to advanced ambivalence.
· William Kristol name callings on the thought that Jewish values are incompatible with Conservative politics.
· Alan Dershowitz, raised Orthodox, talks approximately why he gave up morning prayer.
· Shawn eco-friendly describes the strain that incorporates being baseball’s Jewish star.
· Natalie Portman questions the ostentatious bat mitzvahs of her hometown.
· Tony Kushner explains how being Jewish ready him for being homosexual.
· Leon Wieseltier throws down the gauntlet to Jews who haven’t taken the difficulty to review Judaism.
These are only a couple of key moments from many poignant, frequently marvelous, conversations with public figures whom so much folks inspiration we already knew.

“When my mom obtained her nostril activity, she sought after me to get one, too. She acknowledged i'd be happier.”—Dustin Hoffman

“It’s a historical past to be pleased with. after which, too, it’s whatever that you simply can’t get away as the international won’t allow you to; so it’s an excellent factor you may be pleased with it.”
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“My spouse [Kate Capshaw] selected to do a whole conversion before we have been married in 1991, and she or he married me as a Jew. i believe that, greater than anything, introduced me again to Judaism.”—Steven Spielberg

“As an individual who used to be born in Israel, you’re installed a place of protecting Israel since you know the way a lot is at stake.”—Natalie Portman

“Jewish introspection and Jewish humor is a manner of surviving . . . if you’re no longer good-looking and you’re no longer athletic and you’re now not wealthy, there’s nonetheless one final desire with ladies, that is being funny.”—Mike Nichols

“I felt not just this huge, immense satisfaction at being a Jew; I felt this huge, immense void at no longer being a better Jew.”—Ronald O. Perelman

“American Jews, like american citizens, have a truly consumerist perspective towards their id: they choose and select the bits of this and they like.”—Leon Wieseltier

“I concept if I had immediately hair and an ideal nostril, my complete profession will be different.”—Sarah Jessica Parker

“I’ve constantly rebelled a bit while humans say, ‘My Jewish values lead me to truly care in regards to the poor.’ i do know a few Christians who care in regards to the bad, too.”—William Kristol

“There have been time and again whilst I saved silent approximately being Jewish as I acquired older, while Jewish jokes have been told.”—William Shatner

“‘Jew bastard’ used to be whatever I heard a lot.”—Leonard Nimoy.

“I regularly beloved shiksas.”—Larry King

“It in particular says within the Torah so that you can devour shrimp and bacon in a chinese language restaurant.”—Jason Alexander

“Yom Kippur is whatever I do alone, with no one else, simply because i feel that my courting with God is mine and mine only.”—Diane von Furstenberg

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Download E-books The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements PDF

By Kevin MacDonald

MacDonald presents a theoretical research and assessment of knowledge at the common tendency between hugely influential, Jewish-dominated highbrow pursuits to enhance radical opinions of gentile tradition which are suitable with the continuity of Jewish identity. those events are considered because the end result of the truth that Jews and gentiles have diverse pursuits within the development of tradition and in a variety of public coverage matters (e.g. immigration coverage, Israel). a number of of those pursuits try and strive against anti-Semitism through advocating social categorization tactics within which the Jew/gentile contrast is minimized in value. there's additionally a bent to boost theories of anti-Semitism during which ethnic modifications and source festival are of minimum significance. From the viewpoint of the highbrow constructions built by way of those pursuits, anti-Semitism is analyzed as a sign of psychopathology between gentiles. now and again, those activities seem to be makes an attempt to improve a basic restructuring of the highbrow foundation of gentile society in methods conducive to the ongoing lifestyles of Judaism.

Particular awareness is paid to Boasian anthropology, psychoanalysis, leftist political ideology and behaviour, and the Frankfurt tuition of Social learn. each one of those hobbies could be characterised as an authoritarian political circulation established round a charismatic chief who strongly pointed out as a Jew and who used to be idolized by way of his disciples who have been additionally predominantly Jewish. concerning immigration coverage, Jewish political and highbrow job was once influenced much less via a hope for greater degrees of Jewish immigration than via competition to the implicit idea that the US might be ruled via people with northern and western ecu ancestry. Jewish coverage was once geared toward constructing an the US charcterized through cultural pluralism and populated by means of teams of individuals from all elements of the realm instead of through a homogeneous Christian tradition and populated principally through humans of eu descent. this can be a debatable research of specific curiosity to these keen on evolutionary techniques to human habit, with Judaica, and with an evolutionary viewpoint on historical past and psychology.

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Download E-books The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee PDF

By Sarah Silverman

From the outrageously filthy and oddly blameless comedienne and superstar of the strong 2015 movie I Smile Back Sarah Silverman comes a memoir—her first book—that is right away shockingly own, strangely poignant, and nonetheless pee-in-your-pants humorous. should you like Sarah’s tv express The Sarah Silverman Program, or memoirs similar to Chelsea Handler’s Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea and Artie Lange’s Too fats to Fish, you’ll love The Bedwetter.

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