The Way Into the Varieties of Jewishness

Author: Sylvia Barack Fishman
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN: 1580233678
Format: PDF
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Takes readers era by era through Jewish history, revealing the fascinating range of historical conflicts that Jews have dealt with internally. Outlines the development of the Jewish faith, people and the major differences among Jewish movements today.

The Beginnings of Jewishness

Author: Shaye J. D. Cohen
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520226933
Format: PDF
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This is a study of the notion of Jewishness from c. 200 BCE to c. 200 CE. Reasonable and well-informed people disputed whether a given person was Jewish or not; Cohen opens by discussing just such an argument, about Herod the Great.

Die Inszenierung des J dischen

Author: Barbara Steiner
Publisher: Wallstein Verlag
ISBN: 3835328247
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Ein heikles Thema der deutsch-jüdischen Nachkriegsgeschichte. Weshalb wollten nicht-jüdische Deutsche zum Judentum konvertieren? Das Judentum ist eine Religions- und Volksgemeinschaft, die nicht missioniert und in der aufgenommene Nichtjuden deshalb religiös einen prekären Status haben. Dass ausgerechnet christliche Deutsche nach 1945 vermehrt zum Judentum konvertierten, irritierte die überlebenden Juden. Barbara Steiner untersucht die Aufnahmebedingungen für Nichtjuden, die Veränderungen der Motive und der biographischen Selbstpräsentation deutscher Konvertiten. Ihre Arbeit basiert neben umfangreichen Archivrecherchen auf der Auswertung von Interviews mit Konvertiten und den aufnehmenden Rabbinern. Die Akzeptanzprobleme deutscher Konvertiten innerhalb der jüdischen Gemeinschaft, die aus ihrem Sonderstatus und dem besonderen historischen Kontext resultierten, werden ebenso erörtert wie deren Reaktionen darauf. Die Autorin kann trotz des von allen Beteiligten gleichermaßen gepflegten Tabus der Konversion erklären, wie es nichtjüdischen Deutschen im Schatten der Schoa gelang, ins Judentum aufgenommen zu werden. Ausgezeichnet mit dem Potsdamer Nachwuchswissenschaftler-Preis 2014.

God s To do List

Author: Ron Wolfson
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN: 1580233015
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The author of Hanukkah offers inspiring suggestions on how individuals can make a difference in the lives of others and find meaning in their own lives, covering topics such as honoring your parents, visiting the sick, supporting the poor, and much more. Original.

Empowered Judaism

Author: Elie Kaunfer
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN: 1580234127
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Why have thousands of young Jews, otherwise unengaged with formal Jewish life, started more than sixty innovative prayer communities across the United States? What crucial insights can these grassroots communities provide for all of us?

The Jewish Approach to God

Author: Neil Gillman
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN: 158023190X
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Discusses various ways the Jewish people have understood God, and how to build on these lessons to explore and deepen personal spirituality.

The Way Into Judaism and the Environment

Author: Jeremy Benstein
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN:
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Explores the religious and historical meaning of being Jewish, how Judaism contributes to contemporary social-environmental issues, and the many ways Jews have interacted with, defended the identity of, and honored non-Jews from biblical times to contemporary Jewish-Christian interfaith dialogues.

After Pluralism

Author: Courtney Bender
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231527268
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The contributors to this volume treat pluralism as a concept that is historically and ideologically produced or, put another way, as a doctrine that is embedded within a range of political, civic, and cultural institutions. Their critique considers how religious difference is framed as a problem that only pluralism can solve. Working comparatively across nations and disciplines, the essays in After Pluralism explore pluralism as a "term of art" that sets the norms of identity and the parameters of exchange, encounter, and conflict. Contributors locate pluralism's ideals in diverse sites Broadway plays, Polish Holocaust memorials, Egyptian dream interpretations, German jails, and legal theories and demonstrate its shaping of political and social interaction in surprising and powerful ways. Throughout, they question assumptions underlying pluralism's discourse and its influence on the legal decisions that shape modern religious practice. Contributors do more than deconstruct this theory; they tackle what comes next. Having established the genealogy and effects of pluralism, they generate new questions for engaging the collective worlds and multiple registers in which religion operates.

The Way Into Torah

Author: Norman J. Cohen
Publisher: Jewish Lights Pub
ISBN:
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The first in a multi-volume series providing a comprehensive overview of the Jewish faith offers a close-up study of the origins and history of Torah and related sacred texts and discusses their relationship to Judaism how to read and study them, and more.