Harvest of Light (Hanukkah) by Allison Ofanansky

By Allison Ofanansky

The olive harvest in Israel is a different time. stick with the tiny spring plant life blossom into eco-friendly fruit, then ripen into glossy black olives. Watch because the olives are collected, looked after, and pressed into oil. Then have fun Hanukkah with an Israeli relations as they use the oil to gentle their Hanukkah menorah. Come and luxuriate in the harvest of sunshine.

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The Everything Jewish History and Heritage Book: From by Richard D Bank

By Richard D Bank

Organize your self for a rare experience! within the following pages, you’ll traverse a time continuum spanning greater than 4,000 years as you know about the historical past of the Jewish humans. We’ll start within the zone referred to as the Fertile Crescent, the cradle of civilization and the house of the early Hebrews. Then, we’ll circulation ahead in time and position to stick to the footsteps of Abraham and descend with Jacob’s extended family into Egypt, rising years later as a country looking for freedom and the Promised Land. we are going to witness the founding of the kingdoms of Judah and Israel, their destruction, the re-establishment of the second one Temple, and the way it, too, used to be destroyed. The every little thing Jewish historical past and background Book brings jointly all of the wealthy background that has united the Jewish humans for centuries—for everybody to get pleasure from.

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Out of the Ghetto: The Social Background of Jewish by Jacob Katz

By Jacob Katz

From either Jewish and non-Jewish viewpoints, this examine provides the constructing interrelationship among Jews and their Gentile atmosphere from 1770 to 1870. It covers the upheaval of the French Revolution, the loosening of bonds among church and kingdom, and the guidelines of the Enlightenment.

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Journeys in holy lands : the evolution of the Abraham by Reuven Firestone

By Reuven Firestone

Students have lengthy pointed to the nice affinity among tales present in the Bible and the Qur'an, but no rationalization has been proposed that satisfactorily explains the unusual blend of very good likeness and exact divergence. Firestone offers a clean, new method of scriptural problems with textuality, exegesis, and the origins and use of legend.
This publication truly provides the total diversity of Islamic legends from the Qur'an and early Islamic exegesis approximately Abraham's trips and adventures within the Land of Canaan and Arabia, a lot of them to be had for the 1st time in English translation. the writer examines this vast pattern of Islamic legends with regards to these present in Jewish, Christian, and pre-Islamic Arabian groups, and postulates an evolutionary trip of the literature. He provides an intensive textual research of the fabric and proposes a version for realizing early Islamic narrative dependent in literary conception, methods to comparative faith, and the historical past of the pre-Islamic and early Islamic center East.

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Jewish Daily Life in Germany, 1618-1945 by Marion A. Kaplan

By Marion A. Kaplan

From the 17th century until eventually the Holocaust, Germany's Jews lurched among development and setback, among fortune and negative misfortune. German society refrained from Jews within the eighteenth century and opened inconsistently to them within the 19th and early 20th centuries, in basic terms to show murderous within the Nazi period. via studying the typical lives of standard Jews, this e-book portrays the drama of German-Jewish heritage -- the sluggish ascent of Jews from impoverished outcasts to cozy bourgeois voters after which their dramatic descent into genocidal torment throughout the Nazi years. construction on social, financial, spiritual, and political background, it specializes in the qualitative points of normal existence -- feelings, subjective impressions, and quotidian perceptions. How did traditional Jews and their households make experience in their global? How did they construe alterations led to through industrialization? How did they make judgements to go into new professions or follow the outdated, juggle conventional mores with modern methods? The Jewish adoption of secular, sleek ecu tradition and the fight for felony equality exacted profound expenses, either fabric and mental. Even within the heady years of development, a simple lack of confidence educated German-Jewish existence. Jewish successes existed along an antisemitism that endured as a frightful leitmotif all through German-Jewish historical past. And but the heritage that emerges from those pages belies simplistic interpretations that German antisemitism a directly direction from Luther to Hitler. Neither Germans nor Jews should be typecast of their roles vis à vis each other. Non-Jews weren't uniformly antisemitic yet exhibited quite a lot of attitudes in the direction of Jews. Jewish way of life hence offers one other vantage element from which to review the social lifetime of Germany. targeting either inner Jewish lifestyles -- kinfolk, faith, tradition and Jewish group -- and the exterior global of German tradition and society presents a uniquely well-rounded portrait of a global outlined via the transferring sands of inclusion and exclusion.

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Succeeding At Jewish Education: How One Synagogue Made It by Dr. Joseph Reimer

By Dr. Joseph Reimer

Joseph Reimer makes use of his event and ability as an ethnographer to carry to lifestyles the drama of 1 synagogue's fight to satisfy this problem and make Jewish schooling paintings. Reimer spent greater than years as an observer in the synagogue, learning the afternoon non secular teaching programs for kids, households, and adults. because of his lecture room observations, and his conversations with rabbis, academics, and oldsters, Reimer comes away with vital insights into what makes Jewish schooling be triumphant.

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Alternatives in Jewish Bioethics by Noam J. Zohar

By Noam J. Zohar

This discussion among the Jewish normative culture and Western ethical philosophy addresses relevant modern matters in clinical ethics.

Alternatives in Jewish Bioethics comprises a discussion among modern, Western ethical philosophy and the Jewish culture of legal/moral discourse (Halakha). spotting that no unmarried culture has a monopoly on legitimate ethical teachings, it seeks to counterpoint our moral views via mutual trade.

This is facilitated by means of a non-authoritarian method of Judaism--a transparent substitute to the implicitly insular, "take-it-or-leave-it" procedure usually encountered during this box. Following within the footsteps of classical rabbinic discussions, normative pronouncements are grounded in purposes, open to severe exam. The "alternatives" are in the e-book as well--the presentation all through avoids one-sided conclusions, bringing up and reading or extra positions to make feel of the talk. those specific arguments also are associated with a bigger photo, contrasting simple topics: non secular naturalism as opposed to spiritual humanism.

Concretely, the ebook addresses the various primary modern concerns within the ethics of drugs. those contain assisted suicide and euthanasia, donor insemination and "surrogate" motherhood, using human cadavers for studying and learn, and allocation of scarce assets at either the person and social degrees.

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The Rise of Modern Yiddish Culture by David E. Fishman

By David E. Fishman

The upward thrust of recent Yiddish Culture explores the transformation of Yiddish from a low-status vernacular to the medium of a fancy glossy culture.  David Fishman examines the efforts of east eu Jews to set up their linguistic forte as a part of their fight for nationwide survival within the diaspora.  Fishman considers the roots of contemporary Yiddish tradition in social and political stipulations in Imperial Tsarist and inter-war Poland, and its courting to Zionism and Bundism. In so doing, Fishman argues that Yiddish tradition enveloped all socioeconomic sessions, not only the proletarian base, and considers the emergence, on the flip of the century, of a pro-Yiddish intelligentsia and a Yiddishist movement.

As Fishman issues out, the increase of Yiddishism was once no longer with no controversy. a few believed that the increase of Yiddish represented a shift clear of a religious-dominated tradition to a very secular, eu one; a Jewish state held jointly through language, instead of via land or spiritual content material. Others was hoping that Yiddish tradition may inherit the ethical and nationwide values of the Jewish non secular culture, and that to accomplish this end result, the Bible and Midrash would have to exist in glossy Yiddish translation. smooth Yiddish tradition constructed in the course of those opposing concepts.

Fishman follows the increase of the tradition to its apex, the founding of the Yiddish clinical Institute (YIVO) in Vilna in 1925, and concludes with the dramatic tale of the person efforts that preserved the books and papers of YIVO throughout the destruction and annihilation of global conflict II and in postwar Soviet Lithuania.  The upward thrust of recent Yiddish Culture, like these efforts, preserves the cultural background of east ecu Jews with thorough learn and clean insights.

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