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Download E-books Essential Judaism: A Complete Guide to Beliefs, Customs & Rituals PDF

By George Robinson

What occurs at a synagogue carrier? What are the foundations for preserving kosher? How do I gentle the Hanukah candles? what's within the Hebrew Bible? What do the Jewish vacations symbolize? What should still I be educating my young children approximately being Jewish?

A landmark reference, this is an necessary one-volume consultant to the non secular traditions, daily practices, philosophical ideals, and old foundations of Judaism -- every thing you must learn about being Jewish. In crucial Judaism, George Robinson has created the available compendium that he sought whilst he rediscovered his Jewish roots as an grownup. Robinson illuminates the Jewish lifestyles cycle at each degree, and lays out many desirable elements of Judaism -- the Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism, the evolution of Hasidism, and masses extra -- whereas maintaining a company concentrate on the several paths to dwelling an excellent Jewish existence in today's global.

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Download E-books Diaspora: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) PDF

By Kevin Kenny

What does diaspora suggest? until eventually really lately, the be aware had a selected and limited that means, referring largely to the dispersal and exile of the Jews. yet because the Nineteen Sixties, the time period diaspora has proliferated to a notable volume, to the purpose the place it truly is now utilized to migrants of virtually all types.

This Very brief creation explains the place the idea that of diaspora got here from, how its that means replaced over the years, why its utilization has elevated so dramatically in recent times, and the way it could actually either make clear and warp the character of migration. Kevin Kenny highlights the energy of diaspora as a style of rationalization, targeting 3 key elements--movement, connectivity, and return--and illustrating his argument with examples drawn from Jewish, Armenian, African, Irish, and Asian diasporas. He indicates that diaspora isn't easily a synonym for the circulate of individuals. Its explanatory strength is maximum while humans think that their departure was once pressured instead of voluntary. hence diaspora wouldn't fairly clarify many of the Irish migration to the USA, however it does make clear the migration forced through the nice Famine. Kenny additionally describes how migrants and their descendants boost diasporic cultures abroad--regardless of the shape their migration takes--based on their connections with a place of birth, actual or imagined, and with humans of universal starting place in different components of the area. eventually, such a lot conceptions of diaspora characteristic the dream of a go back to a native land, even if this craving doesn't contain an exact actual relocation.

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Oxford's Very brief Introductions sequence bargains concise and unique introductions to a variety of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary conception to historical past, and Archaeology to the Bible. now not easily a textbook of definitions, each one quantity during this sequence presents trenchant and provocative--yet constantly balanced and complete--discussions of the crucial matters in a given self-discipline or box. each Very brief advent provides a readable evolution of the topic in query, demonstrating how the topic has built and the way it has stimulated society. finally, the sequence will surround each significant educational self-discipline, providing all scholars an available and plentiful reference library. regardless of the region of analysis that one deems vital or attractive, regardless of the subject that fascinates the final reader, the Very brief Introductions sequence has a convenient and cheap consultant that would most likely end up indispensable.

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Download E-books Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation PDF

By Aryeh Kaplan

Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan has translated Sefer Yetzirah, the oldest and such a lot mysterious of all kabbalistic texts, and now brings its theoretical, meditative, and magical implications to gentle. He expounds at the dynamics of the religious area, the worlds of the Sefirot, souls, and angels. while appropriately understood, Sefer Yetzirah turns into the guide for a really specified form of meditation intended to reinforce focus and to assist the advance of telekinetic and telepathic powers. --This textual content refers to an out of print or unavailable variation of this identify.

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Download E-books The Mapmaker's Daughter PDF

By Laurel Corona

How a ways may You visit remain actual to Yourself?

Spain, 1492. at the eve of the Jewish expulsion from Spain, Amalia Riba stands at a crossroads. In a rustic violently divided by way of faith, she needs to both convert to Christianity and remain secure, or stay a Jew and probability everything.

It's a call she's been jogging towards her entire existence, from the times of her early life while her kinfolk lit the Shabbat candles in mystery. again then, she observed the large danger of the realm, defined within the appealing pen and ink maps her father created. however the global has shifted and reduced in size considering the fact that then.

The Mapmaker's Daughter is a stirring novel approximately identification, exile, and what it capability to be home.

"A shut examine the good expenditures and bigger rewards of being actual to who you actually are. A lyrical journey to the time while the Jews of Spain have been confronted with the wrenching number of identifying their destiny as Jews―a pivotal interval of background and suggestion today."―Margaret George, New York Times bestselling writer of Elizabeth I

"The many twists and turns within the lifetime of the mapmaker's daughter, Amalia, reflect the tenuous and harrowing trip of the Jewish neighborhood in fifteenth-century Iberia, displaying how kin and religion overcame even the worst the Inquisition may inflict on them."―Anne Easter Smith, writer of Royal Mistress and A Rose for the Crown

"A strong love tale ignites those pages, making the reader yearn for extra as they arrive to grasp Amalia and Jamil, of the main compelling characters in fresh old fiction. An absolute must-read!"―Michelle Moran, writer of The moment Empress and Madam Tussaud

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Download E-books The Fate of King David: The Past and Present of a Biblical Icon (The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies) PDF

By Tod Linafelt, Timothy Beal

Celebrating the 500th quantity, this Festschrift honors David M. Gunn, one of many founders of the magazine of previous testomony stories, later the Library of Hebrew Bible/Old testomony experiences, and provides essays representing state of the art interpretations of the David fabric within the Hebrew Bible and later literary and pop culture. Essays partially One, Relating to David, current David in dating to different characters in Samuel. those essays exhibit the price of shut examining, research of literary constitution, and artistic, disciplined readerly mind's eye in reading biblical texts in most cases and figuring out the nature of David particularly. half , Reading David, expands the narrative horizon. those essays examine using the David personality in higher biblical narrative contexts. David is known as a literary icon that communicates and disrupts that means in several methods in several context. extra complicated modes of interpretation input in, together with theories of metaphor, reminiscence and historical past, psychoanalysis, and post-colonialism. half 3, Singing David, shifts the point of interest to the portrayal of David as singer and psalmist, interweaving in collectively informative methods either with visible proof from the traditional close to East depicting court docket musicians and with the titles and language of the biblical psalms. half 4, Receiving David, highlights moments within the lengthy background of interpretation of the king in pop culture, together with poetry, visible artwork, theatre, and kid's literature. eventually, the essays partially 5, Re-locating David, characterize the various intellectually and ethically very important interpretative paintings happening in contexts outdoors the U.S. and Europe.

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Download E-books Kabbalah: A Love Story PDF

Sometime, someplace, an individual is looking for solutions . . .
. . . in a thirteenth-century castle
. . . on a educate to a focus camp
. . . in a brand new York urban apartment

Hidden in the binding of an historical textual content that has been handed down in the course of the a while lies the reply to 1 of the heart’s everlasting questions. whilst the textual content falls into the fingers of Rabbi Kalman Stern, he has no concept that his lonely lifetime of highbrow ambitions is set to alter as soon as he opens the booklet. quickly in a while, he meets astronomer Isabel Benveniste, a lady of technology who stirs his soul as no lady has for a few years. yet Kalman has a lot to profit earlier than he can release his center and allow real love into his existence. the main lies within the mysterious record he reveals contained in the Zohar, the grasp textual content of the Kabbalah.

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Download E-books Dora Bruder PDF

In 1988 Patrick Modiano stumbles throughout an advert within the own columns of the hot Year's Eve 1941 variation of Paris Soir: “Missing, a tender woman, Dora Bruder, age 15, top 1 m fifty five, oval-shaped face, gray-brown eyes, grey activities jacket, maroon pullover, military blue skirt and hat, brown health club shoes.”

put by means of the oldsters of Dora, who had run clear of her Catholic boarding tuition, the advert units Modiano off on a quest to determine every thing he can approximately her and why, on the top of German reprisals, she ran clear of the folks hiding her. there's just one different authentic point out of her identify: on an inventory of Jews deported from Paris to Auschwitz in September 1942.

What little Modiano discovers approximately Dora in reputable files and during ultimate kin turns into a meditation at the big losses of the period—lost humans, misplaced tales, and misplaced historical past. Modiano gives you a relocating account of the ten-year research that took him again to the points of interest and sounds of Paris less than the Nazi career and the paranoia of the Pétain regime. In his efforts to exhume her from the earlier, Modiano realizes that he needs to come to phrases with the specters of his personal afflicted formative years. the end result, a montage of inventive and historic fabric, is Modiano's own rumination on loss, either memoir and memorial.

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Download E-books Scripture and Law in the Dead Sea Scrolls PDF

By Alex P. Jassen

This booklet is the 1st paintings of its type to ascertain criminal exegesis within the lifeless Sea Scrolls from the viewpoint of either the historical past of Jewish legislation and early Jewish scriptural interpretation. It indicates how the lifeless Sea Scrolls remodel the which means and alertness of biblical legislations to satisfy the desires of latest old and cultural settings. The lifeless Sea Scrolls felony texts are tested in the course of the comparative lens of legislations and criminal interpretation in moment Temple Judaism and rabbinic Judaism. The artistic interpretation of scriptural texts within the lifeless Sea Scrolls responds to the strain among doubtless inflexible authoritative scripture and the necessity for legislation and scripture to be forever evolving entities. the continuing felony interpretation of scriptural texts frames the improvement of Jewish legislation even as it shapes the character of the biblical canon.

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Download E-books Historical Dictionary of Ancient Israel (Historical Dictionaries of Ancient Civilizations and Historical Eras) PDF

By Niels Peter Lemche

Of the numerous historic civilizations we're conscious of, few are smaller than the traditional country of Israel. Small either in geographical region and inhabitants, it was once slightly spotted by way of the most important civilizations of the time in Egypt, Mesopotamia and in different places, which both neglected or overwhelmed it. but, numerous millennia later, Israel is the civilization we consider such a lot acutely, which we all know – or imagine we all know – the main approximately, and which has even been revised after a fashion. sadly, what we all know – or imagine we all know – approximately Israel comes partially from the outdated testomony and partially from fragmentary and infrequently distorted bits of old proof.

For those very purposes, simply because historic Israel capability rather a lot to us and since we really be aware of so little evidently, this Dictionary is very very important. It examines the standard assets within the outdated testomony and surveys the findings of newer archaeological study to aid us make sure simply what occurred and whilst, a much from walk in the park. It contains entries on lots of the folks, locations, and occasions that are mostly thought of, and indicates extra extensively what the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah have been like and what position they performed within the old international, however it additionally defines them as heavily as attainable in response to the newest information. whereas the consequences may possibly fluctuate from conventional perspectives, they're crucial correctives.

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Download E-books Genesis: Translation and Commentary PDF

"[Here is] ?the ?Genesis for our new release and beyond."―Robert Fagles

Genesis starts with the making of heaven and earth and all lifestyles, and ends with just like a mummy―Joseph's―in a coffin. In among come some of the primal tales in Western tradition: Adam and Eve's expulsion from the backyard of Eden, Cain's homicide of Abel, Noah and the Flood, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham's binding of Isaac, the covenant of God and Abraham, Isaac's blessing of Jacob in preference to Esau, the saga of Joseph and his brothers.

In Robert Alter's excellent translation, those tales cohere in a robust narrative of the tortuous relatives among fathers and sons, husbands and other halves, eldest and more youthful brothers, God and his selected humans, the folks of Israel and their friends. Alter's translation honors the meanings and literary suggestions of the traditional Hebrew and conveys them in fluent English prose. It recovers a Genesis with the continuity of topic and motif of a unconditionally conceived and completely discovered booklet. His insightful, absolutely expert remark illuminates the ebook in all its dimensions.

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