Historical Atlas of Hasidism

Princeton University Press - Featuring seventy-four large-format maps and a wealth of illustrations, and tables, this one-of-a-kind atlas charts Hasidism's emergence and expansion; its dynasties, charts, courts, and prayer houses; its spread to the New World; the crisis of the two world wars and the Holocaust; and Hasidism's remarkable postwar rebirth.

Historical atlas of hasidism demonstrates how geography has influenced not only the social organization of Hasidism but also its spiritual life, types of religious leadership, and cultural articulation. The first cartographic reference book on one of today’s most important religious movementsHistorical Atlas of Hasidism is the very first cartographic reference book on one of the modern era's most vibrant and important mystical movements.

It examines hasidism in its historical entirety, from its beginnings in the eighteenth century until today, and draws on extensive GIS-processed databases of historical and contemporary records to present the most complete picture yet of this thriving and diverse religious movement. Historical atlas of hasidism is visually stunning and easy to use, a magnificent resource for anyone seeking to understand Hasidism's spatial and spiritual dimensions, or indeed anybody interested in geographies of religious movements past and present.

Historical Atlas of Hasidism - Provides the first cartographic interpretation of hasidismfeatures seventy-four maps and numerous illustrationsCovers Hasidism in its historical entirety, from its eighteenth-century origins to todayCharts Hasidism's emergence and expansion, courts and prayer houses, modern resurgence, and much moreOffers the first in-depth analysis of Hasidism's egalitarian―not elitist―dimensionsDraws on extensive GIS-processed databases of historical and contemporary records .

It focuses not only on Hasidic leaders but also on their thousands of followers living far from Hasidic centers.





Hasidism: A New History

Princeton University Press - Challenging the notion that hasidism ceased to be a creative movement after the eighteenth century, won a mass following, this book argues that its first golden age was in the nineteenth century, when it conquered new territory, and became a mainstay of Jewish Orthodoxy. World war i, the russian Revolution, and the Holocaust decimated eastern European Hasidism.

Today, the united states, it is witnessing a remarkable renaissance in Israel, and other countries around the world. Written by an international team of scholars, Hasidism is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand this vibrant and influential modern Jewish movement. The first comprehensive history of the pietistic movement that shaped modern JudaismThis is the first comprehensive history of the pietistic movement that shaped modern Judaism.

Hasidism: A New History - The book’s unique blend of intellectual, and demonstrates that, religious, far from being a throwback to the Middle Ages, and social history offers perspectives on the movement’s leaders as well as its followers, Hasidism is a product of modernity that forged its identity as a radical alternative to the secular world.

Hasidism originated in southeastern poland, in mystical circles centered on the figure of Israel Ba'al Shem Tov, but it was only after his death in 1760 that a movement began to spread. But following world War II, the movement enjoyed a second golden age, growing exponentially.





Hasidism: Key Questions

Oxford University Press - This is the first attempt to answer those central questions in a single volume. Innovative and multidisciplinary in its approach, economy, leadership, gender, demographic size, geography, Hasidism: Key Questions discusses the most central features of any social or religious movement: definition, and decline.

. Hasidism is one of the most important religious and social movements to have developed in Eastern Europe, and the most significant phenomenon in the religious, social and cultural life of the Jewish population in Eastern Europe from the eighteenth century up to the present day.





Passover Haggadah Graphic Novel English and Hebrew Edition

Koren Publishers Jerusalem - The result of extensive historical and linguistic research, every gorgeous panel imbues the classic narrative with renewed relevance and excitement. The passover haggadah graphic Novel integrates a brand-new, modern translation into sophisticated and super-fun sequential art that brings the epic story to life.

Koren publishers is proud to announce the publication of the world's first Passover Haggadah Graphic Novel, conceived and written by acclaimed Batman comics creator and Jewish cartoonist Jordan B. The graphic novel pages are presented alongside the unabridged, in Hebrew and transliteration, traditional Seder service text, and accompanied by how to instructional cartoons depicting all of the rituals, as celebrated every year for the last 4000 years in Jewish homes around the world.

Passover Haggadah Graphic Novel English and Hebrew Edition - And there s no more universal medium for telling heroic stories, faiths and languages, one that bridges all cultures, than the sequential art form of the graphic novel itself a Jewish innovation! . This historic publication will appeal to family members and guests of multiple generations and diverse backgrounds.

After all, aspirational stories of heroes, liberation and hope are universal. Gorf gorfinkel, and illustrated in gorgeous color by Israeli artist Erez Zadok.





Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law Library of Jewish Ideas

Princeton University Press - How the rabbis of the talmud transformed everything into a legal question―and Jewish law into a way of thinking and talking about everythingThough typically translated as “Jewish law, ” the term halakhah is not an easy match for what is usually thought of as law. This is because the rabbinic legal system has rarely wielded the political power to enforce its many detailed rules, nor has it ever been the law of any state.

. In the multifaceted world of halakhah where everything is law, law is also everything, and even laws that serve no practical purpose can, when properly studied, provide surprising insights into timeless questions about the very nature of human existence. What does it mean for legal analysis to connect humans to god? can spiritual teachings remain meaningful and at the same time rigidly codified? Can a modern state be governed by such law? Guiding readers across two millennia of richly illuminating perspectives, this book shows how halakhah is not just “law” but an entire way of thinking, being, and knowing.

Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law Library of Jewish Ideas - Even more idiosyncratically, the talmudic rabbis claim that the study of halakhah is a holy endeavor that brings a person closer to God―a claim no country makes of its law. In this panoramic book, and ethics but also to art, Chaim Saiman traces how generations of rabbis have used concepts forged in talmudic disputation to do the work that other societies assign not only to philosophy, drama, political theory, theology, and literature.





The Talmud: A Biography Lives of Great Religious Books

Princeton University Press - Barry scott wimpfheimer tells the remarkable story of this ancient Jewish book and explains why it has endured for almost two millennia. Providing a concise biography of this quintessential work of rabbinic Judaism, Wimpfheimer takes readers from the Talmud's prehistory in biblical and second-temple Judaism to its present-day use as a source of religious ideology, a model of different modes of rationality, and a totem of cultural identity.

He describes the book's origins and structure, its mixed reception history, its centrality to Jewish law, and its golden renaissance in modernity. Written in a hybrid of hebrew and aramaic, it is often ambiguous to the point of incomprehension, and its subject matter reflects a narrow scholasticism that should hardly have broad appeal.

The Talmud: A Biography Lives of Great Religious Books - He explains why reading the talmud can feel like being swept up in a river or lost in a maze, and why the Talmud has come to be venerated--but also excoriated and maligned―in the centuries since it first appeared. An incomparable introduction to a work of literature that has lived a full and varied life, this accessible book shows why the Talmud is at once a received source of traditional teachings, a touchstone of cultural authority, and a powerful symbol of Jewishness for both supporters and critics.

Yet the talmud has remained in print for centuries and is more popular today than ever. The life and times of an enduring work of Jewish spiritualityThe Babylonian Talmud, a postbiblical Jewish text that is part scripture and part commentary, is an unlikely bestseller.





The New American Judaism: How Jews Practice Their Religion Today

Princeton University Press - Which observances still resonate, including survey data, and which ones have been given new meaning? What options are available for seekers or those dissatisfied with conventional forms of Judaism? And how are synagogues responding?Wertheimer provides new and often-surprising answers to these questions by drawing on a wide range of sources, visits to countless synagogues, and revealing interviews with more than two hundred rabbis and other informed observers.

What emerges is a quintessentially American story of rash disruption and creative reinvention, religious illiteracy and dynamic experimentation. Taking a fresh look at american judaism today, Jack Wertheimer, a leading authority on the subject, sets out to discover how Jews of various orientations practice their religion in this radically altered landscape.

Other recent developments include “start-ups” led by charismatic young rabbis, the explosive growth of Orthodox “outreach, ” and unconventional worship experiences often geared toward millennials. Wertheimer captures the remarkable, if at times jarring, tableaux on display when American Jews practice their religion, while also revealing possibilities for significant renewal in American Judaism.

The New American Judaism: How Jews Practice Their Religion Today - He finds that the majority of American Jews still identify with their faith but often practice it on their own terms. Meanwhile, gender barriers are loosening within religiously traditional communities, while some of the most progressive sectors are reappropriating long-discarded practices. Like other religions in the united states, it has witnessed a decline in the number of participants over the past forty years, and many who remain active struggle to reconcile their hallowed traditions with new perspectives―from feminism and the LGBTQ movement to “do-it-yourself religion” and personally defined spirituality.

A leading expert provides an engaging firsthand portrait of American Judaism todayAmerican Judaism has been buffeted by massive social upheavals in recent decades.





The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary Vol. Three-Volume Set

W. W. Norton & Company - A masterpiece of deep learning and fine sensibility, Robert Alter’s translation of the Hebrew Bible, now complete, reanimates one of the formative works of our culture. Capturing its brilliantly compact poetry and finely wrought, purposeful prose, Alter renews the Old Testament as a source of literary power and spiritual inspiration.

3 maps. Featuring alter’s generous commentary, which quietly alerts readers to the literary and historical dimensions of the text, this is the definitive edition of the Hebrew Bible. From the family frictions of genesis and king david’s flawed humanity to the serene wisdom of Psalms and Job’s incendiary questioning of God’s ways, these magnificent works of world literature resonate with a startling immediacy.

The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary Vol. Three-Volume Set - A landmark event: the complete Hebrew Bible in the award-winning translation that delivers the stunning literary power of the original.





Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor

Harper - In lyrical, anger and anguish he feels as a Jew living in Israel, he unravels the complex strands of faith, evocative language, pride, using history and personal experience as his guide. Halevi’s letters speak not only to his palestinian neighbor, but to all concerned global citizens, helping us understand the painful choices confronting Israelis and Palestinians that will ultimately help determine the fate of the region.

Attempting to break the agonizing impasse between israelis and Palestinians, the Israeli commentator and award-winning author of Like Dreamers directly addresses his Palestinian neighbors in this taut and provocative book, empathizing with Palestinian suffering and longing for reconciliation as he explores how the conflict looks through Israeli eyes.

Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor - I call you "neighbor" because i don't know your name, or anything personal about you. Halevi untangles the ideological and emotional knot that has defined the conflict for nearly a century. Neighbors? Given our circumstances, "neighbor" might be too casual a word to describe our relationship. We are intruders into each other's dream, violators of each other's sense of home.

We are incarnations of each other's worst historical nightmares. New york times bestseller "A profound and original book, the work of a gifted thinker. Daphne merkin, the israeli commentator and award-winning author of like dreamers directly addresses his Palestinian neighbors in this taut and provocative book, The Wall Street JournalAttempting to break the agonizing impasse between Israelis and Palestinians, empathizing with Palestinian suffering and longing for reconciliation as he explores how the conflict looks through Israeli eyes.





Gershom Scholem: Master of the Kabbalah Jewish Lives

Yale University Press - Mining a rich trove of diaries, letters, and other writings, Biale shows that his subject’s inner life illuminates his most important writings. Pioneering the study of jewish mysticism as a legitimate academic discipline, he overturned the rationalist bias of his predecessors and revealed an extraordinary world of myth and messianism.

Given our circumstances, "neighbor" might be too casual a word to describe our relationship. We are intruders into each other's dream, violators of each other's sense of home. A new biography of the seminal twentieth-century historian and thinker who pioneered the study of Jewish mysticism and profoundly influenced the Zionist movement Gershom Scholem 1897–1982 was perhaps the foremost Jewish intellectual of the twentieth century.

Attempting to break the agonizing impasse between israelis and Palestinians, the Israeli commentator and award-winning author of Like Dreamers directly addresses his Palestinian neighbors in this taut and provocative book, empathizing with Palestinian suffering and longing for reconciliation as he explores how the conflict looks through Israeli eyes.

Gershom Scholem: Master of the Kabbalah Jewish Lives - I call you "neighbor" because i don't know your name, or anything personal about you. We are incarnations of each other's worst historical nightmares. Scholem emerges as a passionately engaged man of his times—a period that encompassed two world wars, the rise of Nazism, and the Holocaust. Neighbors? In his youth, he rebelled against the assimilationist culture of his parents and embraced Zionism as the vehicle for the renewal of Judaism in a secular age.





Faith and Freedom Passover Haggadah with Commentary from the Writings of Rabbi Eliezer Berkovits

Urim Publications 9781602803336 - Given our circumstances, "neighbor" might be too casual a word to describe our relationship. We are intruders into each other's dream, violators of each other's sense of home. Faith and freedom passover haggadah presents selections of the writings of Rabbi Eliezer Berkovits, one of the major Jewish philosophers of the twentieth century, as a new and meaningful commentary for the Passover Haggadah.

Attempting to break the agonizing impasse between israelis and Palestinians, the Israeli commentator and award-winning author of Like Dreamers directly addresses his Palestinian neighbors in this taut and provocative book, empathizing with Palestinian suffering and longing for reconciliation as he explores how the conflict looks through Israeli eyes.

Faith and Freedom Passover Haggadah with Commentary from the Writings of Rabbi Eliezer Berkovits - I call you "neighbor" because i don't know your name, or anything personal about you. We are incarnations of each other's worst historical nightmares. The seder night experience will be enriched with the reading of the traditional telling of the Exodus along with Rabbi Berkovits' insightful and refreshing ideas that address crucial topics for the modern era.

Neighbors? .