By Bill T. Arnold
The historical past of Israel is a much-debated subject in previous testomony stories. On one part are minimalists who locate little of historic worth within the Hebrew Bible. at the different aspect are those that think the biblical textual content is an exact old checklist. Many critical scholars of the Bible locate themselves among those positions and would receive advantages from a cautious exploration of concerns in Israelite history.
This great historical past of Israel textbook values the Bible's historic contribution with out overlooking severe concerns and demanding situations. that includes the most recent scholarship, the ebook introduces scholars to the present country of analysis on concerns appropriate to the examine of historical Israel. The editors and participants, all best biblical students and historians, talk about historic proof in a readable demeanour, utilizing either canonical and chronological lenses to discover Israelite history.
Illustrative goods, equivalent to maps and pictures, visually help the book's content material. Tables and sidebars also are integrated.
By Michael Wex
Sure to resonate with Jewish and Gentile readers alike, How to Be a Mentsh (and no longer a Shmuck) is a smart and witty self-help guide for pursuing happiness whereas nonetheless appearing with integrity, honor, and compassion. Michael Wex, New York occasions bestselling writer of Born to Kvetch and Just Say Nu, attracts on resources that diversity from the Talmud and Yiddish proverbs to modern tune and flicks during this insightful consultant that explores not just human nature and psychology but our tasks to ourselves and each other.
By Sholem Aleichem, Hillel Halkin
Of the entire characters in sleek Jewish fiction, the main liked is Tevye, the compassionate, irrepressible, Bible-quoting dairyman from Anatevka, who has been immortalized within the writings of Sholem Aleichem and in acclaimed and award-winning theatrical and movie adaptations.
And no Yiddish author was once extra cherished than Tevye’s writer, Sholem Rabinovich (1859–1916), the “Jewish Mark Twain,” who wrote below the pen identify of Sholem Aleichem. superbly translated by means of Hillel Halkin, here's Sholem Aleichem’s heartwarming and poignant account of Tevye and his daughters, including the “Railroad Stories,” twenty-one stories that study human nature and modernity as they're perceived by means of women and men driving the trains from shtetl to shtetl.
By Hayyim Schauss
Why is the Jewish New yr specific at the Jewish calendar because the first day of the seventh month, and never of the first month? Why do ladies disguise their eyes whilst reciting the blessing over the Sabbath candles? How did the Seder originate? Does the booklet of Esther, learn on Purim, reflect any actual ancient events?
Long thought of a vintage, The Jewish Festivals provides a wealthy and captivating account of the origins, improvement, and symbolism of the Jewish vacation trips, and of the various rituals, prayers, ceremonial items, and distinctive meals that experience been used all through history and world wide to have a good time them. Drawing upon a wealth of information of Jewish folkways and customs, Hayyim Schauss exhibits how those vacation trips advanced in which means and significance, looking on the modern wishes of these who saw them. Written with ardour and heat, this publication will infuse your individual adventure of the vacations with additional which means and pleasure.
By Raphael Israeli
Hatred, Lies, and Violence on the planet of Islam examines the torrential flood of anti-Israeli, anti-Jewish, and anti-Zionist propaganda that permeates many Muslim societies. Raphael Israeli locates the resource of this anti-Semitic sentiment within the inadequacies and insecurities of Muslim states. via demonizing and delegitimizing Israel and Jews, they search to put off a profitable counterexample in their personal disasters, therefore placing an finish to their very own "humiliation."
Beyond mapping the distribution of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish propaganda within the Arab and Islamic worlds, Israeli makes use of case-studies to demonstrate the premises of this learn: the Palestinians, who've a right away stake in fighting Israel; Turkey, which now claims management of the Arab and Sunni Muslim worlds; and Shi’ite Iran, which supplies a extra severe instance of either hatred and disrespect for truth and background whereas threatening to ruin Israel.
Israeli records the global collaboration among Jew-haters of every type, explaining the exponential development of Jew-hatred on the net, with hundreds of thousands of recent hate websites additional each year, outpacing Jew-hatred within the conventional media. He locations anti-Semitism in a broader culture of political lies and political deceit. within the ultimate bankruptcy, Israeli considers the potential for reversing anti-Jewish agitation in Muslim international locations, which he unearths not likely simply because such a lot of of the region’s regimes are outfitted on foundations of anti-Semitism.
By Theodor Herzl
By Howard Fast
By Flavius Josephus
You haven't accomplished your biblical realizing till you've traveled again to the lands the place all of it came about. you can now listen the sounds and spot the attractions, meet the folks who have been there while it occurred. This accomplished account from the mythical Jewish historian takes you correct into the motion, constructing the ancient relevance of first-century occasions, taking you the entire manner from construction to Roman career. within the procedure, Josephus offers monstrous first-hand corroboration of the biblical checklist. most significantly, you'll meet the historic Jesus in Josephus' writings, in addition to John the Baptist and different widespread faces. You'll be capable of comprehend the historical past of the Bible like by no means ahead of.
By Benjamin Lazier
Could the easiest factor approximately faith be the heresies it spawns? prime intellectuals in interwar Europe proposal so. They believed that they lived in an international made derelict via God's absence and the interruption of his name. In reaction, they helped resurrect gnosticism and pantheism, the 2 so much effective demanding situations to the monotheistic culture. In God Interrupted, Benjamin Lazier tracks the resultant debates concerning the divine throughout confessions and disciplines. He additionally lines the spectacular afterlives of those debates in postwar arguments in regards to the setting, neoconservative politics, and heretical varieties of Jewish id. In energetic, dependent prose, the publication reorients the highbrow heritage of the era.
God Interrupted additionally offers novel money owed of 3 German-Jewish thinkers whose principles, seminal to fields as a rule considered as wildly unrelated, had universal origins in debates approximately heresy among the wars. Hans Jonas constructed a philosophy of biology that encouraged eu vegetables and bioethicists across the world. Leo Strauss grew to become the most vital and debatable political theorists of the 20th century. Gershom Scholem, the eminent student of faith, substantially recast what it skill to be a Jew. jointly they assist us see how discuss God used to be tailored for speak about nature, politics, know-how, and artwork. They alert us to the abiding salience of the divine to Europeans among the wars and beyond--even between these for whom God used to be lengthy lacking or dead.