Download E-books Judaism (DK Eyewitness Books) PDF

By Douglas Charing

Why is Abraham often called the 1st Jew? what's the distinction among the cultures of the Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews? What are the origins of Yom Kippur, Hanukkah and Pesach? a majority of these questions and extra are spoke back during this quantity. discover the historical past to 1 of the world's oldest religions, which lines its roots again 3500 years. Charting the unfold of the Jewish humans, from the time of the Hebrews within the center East to Jewish groups all over the world this present day, this quantity explores what it really is to reside and worship based on Jewish traditions. each element of the Jewish faith and tradition is featured. All very important fairs, the nutrition legislation and the which means of symbols are dropped at mild. It additionally uncovers a number of the beneficial contributions made by means of Jewish humans to the fields of technology, drugs and the arts.

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Download E-books In the Margins of Deconstruction: Jewish Conceptions of Ethics in Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida (Contributions To Phenomenology,Volume 33) PDF

By M.C. Srajek

Even if this e-book is a examine of the paintings of Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida, it'd be fallacious to consult it as a comparability. The publication develops a framework which would aide the reader of Levinas and Derrida in making a choice on the scope and value in their respective tasks so far as a discourse of the sacred is anxious. It does so through emphasizing their prestige as philosophers whose inspiration correlates yet doesn't examine. inside this correlation, with out obscuring both their adjustments or similarities, we will see a standard framework that comprises the next parts. First, it's transparent from what and the way Derrida and Levinas have written that the overall import in their paintings lies within the zone of ethics. even though, in lots of methods it might be justifiable to assert that their paintings isn't approximately ethics in any respect. Neither of them proposes an ethical thought; nor is drawn to discussing the query of values vs. social norms, accountability vs. advantage and different concerns that may pertain to the realm of ethics. to be certain, those concerns do arise of their paintings, but they're taken care of in a notably varied method. For Derrida and Levinas, ethics isn't quite a bit an inquiry into the issues of correct and improper yet an inquiry into the matter of the moral constitutedness of people.

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Download E-books Josephus: The Complete Works PDF

By Flavius Josephus

You haven't accomplished your biblical figuring out until eventually you've traveled again to the lands the place all of it happened. you can now pay attention the sounds and spot the points of interest, meet the folk who have been there while it occurred. This accomplished account from the mythical Jewish historian takes you correct into the motion, developing the historic relevance of first-century occasions, taking you all of the method from construction to Roman profession. within the strategy, Josephus offers mammoth first-hand corroboration of the biblical list. most significantly, you'll meet the historic Jesus in Josephus' writings, in addition to John the Baptist and different known faces. You'll have the capacity to comprehend the historical past of the Bible like by no means sooner than.

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Download E-books The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image PDF

By Daniel B. Schwartz

Pioneering biblical critic, theorist of democracy, and mythical conflater of God and nature, Jewish thinker Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) was once excommunicated by means of the Sephardic Jews of Amsterdam in 1656 for his "horrible heresies" and "monstrous deeds." but, during the last 3 centuries, Spinoza's rupture with conventional Jewish ideals and practices has increased him to a well known position in genealogies of Jewish modernity. The First smooth Jew presents a riveting examine how Spinoza went from being one in all Judaism's so much infamous outcasts to at least one of its such a lot celebrated, if nonetheless hugely arguable, cultural icons, and a strong and protean image of the 1st sleek secular Jew.

starting from Amsterdam to Palestine and again back to Europe, the ebook chronicles Spinoza's posthumous odyssey from marginalized heretic to hero, the exemplar of a complete host of Jewish identities, together with cosmopolitan, nationalist, reformist, and rejectionist. Daniel Schwartz exhibits that during fashioning Spinoza into "the first smooth Jew," generations of Jewish intellectuals--German liberals, East ecu maskilim, secular Zionists, and Yiddishists--have projected their very own dilemmas of id onto him, reshaping the Amsterdam philosopher of their personal snapshot. the numerous afterlives of Spinoza are a type of having a look glass into the struggles of Jewish writers over the place to attract the bounds of Jewishness and even if a mundane Jewish identification is certainly attainable. Cumulatively, those afterlives provide a kaleidoscopic view of recent Jewish cultureand a vibrant historical past of an obsession with Spinoza that maintains to this day.

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Download E-books The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning PDF

By Jonathan Sacks

Impassioned, erudite, completely researched, and wonderfully reasoned, The nice Partnership argues not just that technological know-how and faith fit, yet that they supplement every one other—and that the realm wishes either.
 
“Atheism merits higher than the recent atheists,” states Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, “whose technique contains criticizing faith with no figuring out it, quoting texts with no contexts, taking exceptions because the rule, complicated folks trust with reflective theology, abusing, ridiculing, and demonizing non secular religion and keeping it accountable for the good crimes opposed to humanity. faith has performed damage; I recognize that. however the treatment for undesirable faith is sweet faith, now not no faith, simply because the healing for undesirable technology is sweet technological know-how, no longer the abandonment of science.” Rabbi Sacks’s counterargument is that faith and technological know-how are the 2 crucial views that permit us to determine the universe in its three-d intensity. technology teaches us the place we come from. faith explains to us why we're right here. technological know-how is the quest for rationalization. faith is the quest for which means. there were instances while faith attempted to dominate technology. And there were occasions, together with our personal, while it truly is believed that we will be able to research all we have to learn about that means and relationships via biochemistry, neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology. during this attention-grabbing examine the interdependence of faith and technology, Rabbi Sacks explains why either perspectives are tragically wrong.

***National Jewish e-book Awards 2012, Finalist***
Dorot beginning Award for
Modern Jewish proposal and Experience

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Download E-books The Sixteenth Century Hebrew Book: An Abridged Thesaurus (Brill’s series in Jewish studies, Volume 33) PDF

By Marvin J. Heller

"The 16th Century Hebrew Book" is a bibliographic paintings describing books published with Hebrew letters in that century, protecting the gamut of Hebrew literature, encompassing liturgical works, Bibles, commentaries, Talmud, Mishnah, halakhic codes, kabbalistic works, fables and "belles-lettres". all the 455 entries has a descriptive textual content web page created from heritage at the writer, an outline of the book's contents and actual makeup and is observed through a duplicate of the identify or a pattern web page. there's an intensive advent with an outline of Hebrew printing and a dialogue of facets of the Hebrew ebook within the sixteenth century, in addition to specified again topic. this can be a helpful paintings for bibliographers, historians and scholars of Jewish literature.

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Download E-books Without Red Strings or Holy Water: Maimonides' Mishne Torah (Judaism and Jewish Life) PDF

By H. Norman Strickman

Maimonides was once one of many maximum Jewish personalities of the center a long time: a halakhist par excellence, a very good thinker, a political chief of his group, and a parent of Jewish rights. In 1180 CE, Maimonides composed his Halakhic magnum opus, the Mishneh Torah, that are defined with out exaggeration because the maximum code of Jewish legislation to be composed within the post-Talmudic period, particular in scope, originality, and language. as well as facing a huge number of Jewish legislation, from the legislation of Sabbath and competition observances, nutritional rules, and kin among the sexes, to the sacrifi cial process, the development of the Temple, and the making of priestly clothing, the Mishneh Torah represents Maimonides’ notion of Judaism. Maimonides held that the model of Judaism believed in and practiced via many pious Jews of his iteration were contaminated with pagan notions. within the Mishneh Torah, he aimed toward detoxing Judaism from those non-Jewish practices and ideology and impressing upon readers that Jewish legislation and formality are loose from irrational and superstitious practices. with no crimson Strings or Holy Water explores Maimonides’ perspectives concerning God, the commandments, astrology, drugs, the evil eye, amulets, magic, theurgic practices, omens, speaking with the lifeless, the messianic period, midrashic literature, and the oral legislation. with out crimson Strings or Holy Water could be of curiosity to all who're attracted to the highbrow background of Judaism.

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Download E-books The Jews: Story of a People PDF

By Howard Fast

A bright and eminently readable tale of Jewish heritage protecting 4,000 years, and together with vast illustrations and historic photographs

Howard quickly, the bestselling writer of Spartacus, tells the sweeping tale of the Jewish humans and Judaism over 4 millennia, from their nomadic beginnings and the increase of Moses, to the kings David and Solomon, in the course of the Diaspora and the unthinkable horror of the Holocaust, culminating within the founding of the nation of Israel. Fast’s reward for storytelling is on complete demonstrate during this eminently readable and well-researched history.
 
This e-book good points an illustrated biography of Howard quick together with infrequent pictures from the author’s estate.

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