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8 Judaica

Adam waar ben je? De betekenis van het mensbeeld in de joodse traditie en in de psychoterapie
Artikelen bijeengebracht en ingeleid door Tom de Bruin
Folkertsma Stichting, 1992, pap, 257 pp, € 23.00, 9789023940012
Mitswot. Om te doen
Stichting Sja ar, 2005, pap, 32 pp, € 7.50, 9076935300 / 9789076935300
Aberbach, D.
Jewish Cultural Nationalism: Origins and Influences
Routledge, 2007, geb, 128 pp, € 73.90, 9780415773485
Aberbach, M. (ed.)
Jewish Education and History. Continuity, Crisis and Change
Routledge Jewish Studies Series, Routledge, 2009, geb, 206 pp, € 104.95, 9780415489966
Abramson, G. (ed.)
Encyclopedia of Modern Jewish Culture. 2 Volumes
Routledge, 2004, geb, 1200 pp, € 395.00, 041529813x
Abu El-Haj, N.
The Genealogical Science. The Search for Jewish Origins and the Politics of Epistemology
The Genealogical Science analyzes the scientific work and social implications of the flourishing field of genetic history. A biological discipline that relies on genetic data in order to reconstruct the geographic origins of contemporary populations - their histories of migration and genealogical connections to other present-day groups - this historical science is garnering ever more credibility and social reach, in large part due to a growing industry in ancestry testing.

In this book, Nadia Abu El-Haj examines genetic history's working assumptions about culture and nature, identity and biology, and the individual and the collective. Through the example of the study of Jewish origins, she explores novel cultural and political practices that are emerging as genetic history's claims and "facts" circulate in the public domain, going on to illustrate how this historical science is intrinsically entangled with cultural imaginations and political commitments.

Chronicling late nineteenth- to mid-twentieth-century understandings of race, nature, and culture, she identifies continuities and shifts in scientific claims, institutional contexts, and political worlds in order to show how the meanings of biological difference have changed over time. In doing so, she gives an account of how and why it is that genetic history is so socially felicitous today and elucidates the range of understandings of the self-individual and collective - that this scientific field is making possible. More specifically, through her focus on the history of projects of Jewish self-fashioning that have taken place on the terrain of the biological sciences, The Genealogical Science analyzes genetic history as the latest iteration of a cultural and political practice now over a century old.

Chicago UP, 2012, geb, 311 pp, € 33.00, 9780226201405
Adelman, J.
Blood Relations. Christian and Jew in The Merchant of Venice
Chicago UP, 2008, geb, 226 pp, € 26.95, 9780226006819
Ahituv, S. (ed)
Historical Atlas of the Jewish People
This work portrays every aspect of Jewish history that lends itself to cartographic interpretation, from biblical times to the present day. This is the fascinating story of how an ancient people, separated from their roots and dispersed throughout the world, survived in exile for 2000 years and eventually returned and recreated itself within the framework of a modern state. In one illustrated volume, the reader is presented with in-depth coverage of major themes in biblical, Mishnaic, Talmudic, Medieval, and modern Jewish history by the foremost authorities in their field.

Anson F. Rainey is Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Cultures and Semitic Linguistics at Tel Aviv University. Shmuel Safrai is Professor of the History of the Mishnaic and Talmudic periods at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Haim Beinart is Professor of Jewish History in the Middle Ages at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Evyatar Friesel is Professor of Modern Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Continuum, 2003, geb, 482 pp, € 44.50, 9780826414700
Alexander, P.S. e.a. (eds.)
Studia Semitica: The Journal of Semitic Studies Jubilee Volume
Journal of Semitic Studies Supplement, 16, Oxford UP, 2006, pap, 303 pp, € 42.00, 0198570929 / 9780198570929
Al, J.C.
Overzicht van het joods huwelijks- en echtscheidingsrecht
Willem Jan van der Wolf uitgevers, 2002, geb, 234 pp, € 29.50, 9058500276
Anne Frank Stichting
Vijftig vragen over antisemitisme
op bestelling
Boom, 2005, geb, 176 pp, € 25.00, 9085060958
Appel, G.
A Philosophy of Mitzvot. The Religious-Ethical Concepts of Judaism, Their Roots in Biblical Law and Oral Tradition
by order
Ktav, 1975, pap, 288 pp, € 22.50, 0870682504
Ariel , David S.
What Do Jews Believe. The Spiritual Foundations of Judaism
David Ariel is president of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford. He is the author of Kabbalah: The Mystic Quest in Judaism.
Schocken Books, 1996, pap, 290 pp, € 17.50, 9780805210590
Aschheim, S.E.
Scholem, Arendt, Klemperer. Intimate Chronicles in Turbulent Times
Indiana UP, 2001, geb, 135 pp, € 26.50, 9780253338914
Aschkenasy, Y. e.a.
Geliefd is de mens, artikelen rondom de joodse traditie
Boekencentrum, 2002, pap, 131 pp, € 13.00, 9789023940036
Avrutin, E.M. e.a.
Photographing the Jewish Nation. Pictures from S. An-Sky`s Ethnogrpahic Expeditions
Brandeis UP, 2009, geb, 212 pp, € 41.50, 9781584657927
Baeck, Rabbijn Leo
Het evangelie is joods!
Berlijn 1938, de jodenvervolging neemt enorm toe. In dat jaar betoogt Duitslands belangrijkste joodse woordvoerder, Rabbijn Leo Baeck (1873-1956), dat de evangelien door en door joodse verhalen zijn over een verlosser uit het jodendom. In Het evangelie is joods! uit 1938 onderbouwt hij die stelling. Vertaald door Pieter Oussoren, de vertaler van de Naardense Bijbel.

Het boek is een bedekte kritiek op het christendom dat het joodse karakter van het evangelie miskent. Maar Baecks hoop overstijgt de kritiek in het besef dat door het evangelie het geloof in Israels universele God aan alle volken bekend wordt.

Een lastig boekje in een moeilijke tijd. De joodse gemeenschap had grotere zorgen dan hoe je het evangelie moest lezen. En veel christenen wilden niet geassocieerd worden met het jodendom; integendeel. Voor de nazi's onder hen was Baeck een gevaarlijke intellectueel die de duidelijke posities ondergroef.

Deze eerste Nederlandse vertaling wordt uitgebreid ingeleid door dr. Hans Schravesande, kenner van de joodse godsdienstwijsbegeerte in het Duitsland van de twintigste eeuw. Hij plaatst leven en werk van Baeck in een historische en theologische context.

In de inleiding is Baecks veelaangehaalde Grote-Verzoendag-gebed uit 1935 integraal opgenomen. Dat gebed, bedoeld om voor te lezen in alle Duitse synagogen, leidde tot Baecks eerste arrestatie door de nazi's. Wonderwel overleeft deze rabbijn de concentratiekampen en blijft zich zijn verdere leven inzetten voor verdraagzaamheid tussen joden en christenen.
Skandalon, 2011, pap, 119 pp, € 16.50, 9789490708214
Bashkin, O.
New Babylonians. A History of Jews in Modern Iraq
Although Iraqi Jews saw themselves as Iraqi patriots, their community—which had existed in Iraq for more than 2500 years—was displaced following the establishment of the state of Israel. New Babylonians chronicles the lives of these Jews, their urban Arab culture, and their hopes for a democratic nation-state. It studies their ideas about Judaism, Islam, secularism, modernity, and reform, focusing on Iraqi Jews who internalized narratives of Arab and Iraqi nationalisms and on those who turned to communism in the 1940s.

As the book reveals, the ultimate displacement of this community was not the result of a perpetual persecution on the part of their Iraqi compatriots, but rather the outcome of misguided state policies during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Sadly, from a dominant mood of coexistence, friendship, and partnership, the impossibility of Arab-Jewish coexistence became the prevailing narrative in the region—and the dominant narrative we have come to know today.

Stanford UP, 2012, pap, 310 pp, € 31.00, 9780804778756
Ben-Amos, Dan
Folktales of the Jews. Vol. 3: Tales from Arab Lands
"Tales from Arab Lands" presents tales from North Africa, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq in the latest volume of the most important collection of Jewish folktales ever published. This is the third book in the multi-volume series in the tradition of Louis Ginzberg's timeless classic, Legends of the Jews. The tales here and the others in this series have been selected from the Israel Folktale Archives (IFA), named in Honor of Dov Noy, at The University of Haifa, a treasure house of Jewish lore that has remained largely unavailable to the entire world until now. Since the creation of the State of Israel, the IFA has collected more than 20,000 tales from newly arrived immigrants, long-lost stories shared by their families from around the world. The tales come from the major ethno-linguistic communities of the Jewish world and are representative of a wide variety of subjects and motifs, especially rich in Jewish content and context. Each of the tales is accompanied by in-depth commentary that explains the tale's cultural, historical, and literary background and its similarity to other tales in the IFA collection, and extensive scholarly notes. There is also an introduction that describes the culture and its folk narrative tradition, a world map of the areas covered, illustrations, biographies of the collectors and narrators, tale type and motif indexes, a subject index, and a comprehensive bibliography. Until the establishment of the IFA, we had had only limited access to the wide range of Jewish folk narratives. Even in Israel, the gathering place of the most wide-ranging cross-section of world Jewry, these folktales have remained largely unknown. Many of the communities no longer exist as cohesive societies in their representative lands; the Holocaust, migration, and changes in living styles have made the continuation of these tales impossible. This series is a monument to a rich but vanishing oral tradition.
JPS, 2011, geb, 844p, € 76.00, 9780827608719
Benbassa, E.
Suffering as Identity.The Jewish Paradigm
Verso, 2010, pap, 207 pp, € 20.90, 9781844674046
Benbassa, E. & J.-Ch. Attias
The Jew and the Other
Cornell UP, 2004, pap, 157 pp, € 16.00, 0801489466
Benima, Tamarah M.
Joodser dan dit krijgt u het niet. De levenskunst van de Joodse Beschaving
Iedereen heeft een mening over Joden, het Oude Testament, de Sjoa en Israel. Maar wat weten we echt over het Jodendom? Rabbijn en journalist Tamarah Benima slaagt erin vastgeroeste opvattingen zachtmoedig te ondermijnen in haar presentatie van het Jodendom. Zij spreekt trouwens liever over Joodse Beschaving, want de joodse godsdienst is belangrijk, maar er is zo veel meer in deze 3500 jaar oude cultuur.

Wat houdt een volk dat verspreid leeft over de wereld en is ingebed in andere nationale culturen al duizenden jaren bij elkaar? Wat is de oorsprong van de cultuur van vragen stellen? Wat is zo prettig aan de ogenschijnlijke chaos van sommige sjoeldiensten? Wat is het ideaalbeeld van de man? Hoe kunnen rouwrituelen ook gezellig zijn? En, is seks ook bevredigend voor de joodse vrouw?

Benima is geen filosoof, maar een beeldenstormer. In Joodser dan dit krijgt u het niet paart ze inzicht aan humor, kennis aan twijfel, en respect voor de traditie aan iconoclasme. Zo weet ze vragen te beantwoorden waarvan je niet wist dat je ze had.

Tamarah Benima (1950) begon haar carriere als journalist bij het Nieuw Israelietisch Weekblad, waarvan ze zeven jaar hoofdredacteur was. Ze werd bekend als columnist van Trouw en het Leidsch Dagblad en was te gast in Zomergasten. Bovendien werkte ze mee aan meer dan twintig boeken. Sinds 2008 is ze rabbijn. In die functie is ze verantwoordelijk voor drie joodse gemeenten, twee in Noord-Nederland, een in Amsterdam. Daarnaast is ze docent, geeft ze lezingen, en schrijft ze columns voor het Friesch Dagblad en het NIW.

Prometheus Bert Bakker, 2015, pap, 288 pp, € 19.95, 9789035143463
Benjamin, M.H.
Rosenzweigs Bible. Reinventing Scripture for Jewish Modernity
Cambridge UP, 2009, geb, 209 pp, € 62.50, 9780521895262
Ben-Sasson, H.H. (ed.)
A History of the Jewish People
A History of the Jewish People presents a total vision of Jewish experiences and achievements--religious, political, social, and economic--in both the land of Israel and the diaspora throughout the ages. It has been acclaimed as the most comprehensive and penetrating work yet to have appeared in its field.

Six distinguished scholars at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, have set forth here for the first time the authentic story of the Jewish past that is relevant to the Jewish present. Special attention is paid to the significant historical sources that have come to light in the past decades, to the findings of archaeological research, and to source materials in Jewish studies such as talmudic literature--sources that have too often been ignored by historians

Harvard UP, 1999, 11e druk, pap, 1170 pp, € 44.95, 9780674397316
Berkovitz, J.R.
Rites and Passages: The Beginnings of Modern Jewish Culture in France, 1650 – 1860
Pennsylvania UP, 2007, pap, 333 pp, € 25.50, 9780812220087
Berkowitz, B.A.
Defining Jewish Difference. From Antiquity to the Present
This book traces the interpretive career of Leviticus 18:3, a verse that forbids Israel from imitating its neighbors. Beth A. Berkowitz shows that ancient, medieval and modern exegesis of this verse provides an essential backdrop for today's conversations about Jewish assimilation and minority identity more generally. The story of Jewishness that this book tells may surprise many modern readers for whom religious identity revolves around ritual and worship. In Leviticus 18:3's story of Jewishness, sexual practice and cultural habits instead loom large. The readings in this book are on a micro-level, but their implications are far-ranging: Berkowitz transforms both our notion of Bible-reading and our sense of how Jews have defined Jewishness.
Cambridge UP, 2012, geb, 280 pp, € 77.50, 9781107013711
Berkvens-Stevelinck, Christiane
Marc-Alain Ouaknin. De joodse gids van deze tijd
Ik ben een atheistische rabbijn, God zij dank, zegt de Frans-joodse filosoof Marc-Alain Ouaknin (spreek uit: waknien), die wel de Spinoza van de 21e eeuw is genoemd. Hoewel zijn werk in dertig talen is vertaald, is Ouaknin in Nederland nog weinig bekend.

Dit boek presenteert in kort bestek het gedachtegoed van Ouaknin (1957). Hij is een groot kenner van de Talmoed, de kabbala en het chassidisme. Met eruditie vervlecht hij die uiteenlopende joodse tradities en filosofische scholen tot een dynamisch, poetisch geheel. Hij is een bruggenbouwer die niet schuwt heilige huisjes in te trappen. Hij spoort zijn publiek aan om vragen te blijven stellen en elk dogma overboord te gooien. 'Ontmoet de ander om het leven kleur te geven', zegt hij, 'heilig zijn kun je niet alleen', 'zonder humor valt er niet te leven' en besef vooral: 'het is verboden oud te worden'. Een joodse gids, die voor velen wereldwijd een leermeester werd.

Christiane Berkvens-Stevelinck (1946) is emeritus hoogleraar Europese cultuur en remonstrants predikante te Rotterdam. Ze publiceerde eerder bij Skandalon Catechismus van de compassie (2010, met A. Alblas) en Erfenis Europa (2012).

Skandalon, 2015, pap, 104 pp, € 13.95, 9789492183095
Berlin, A.
The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion. Second edition
Hailed by Library Journal as the "best ready-reference access point to the Jewish religion" and as "essential" by CHOICE in its First Edition,The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion has been the go-to resource for students, scholars, and researchers in Judaic Studies since its 1997 publication. Now,The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion, Second Edition focuses on recent and changing rituals in the Jewish community that have come to the fore since the 1997 publication of the First Edition, including the growing trend of baby-naming ceremonies and the founding of gay/lesbian synagogues Under the editorship of Adele Berlin, nearly 200 internationally renowned scholars have created a new edition that incorporates updated bibliographies, biographies of 20th-century individuals who have shaped the recent thought and history of Judaism, and an index with alternate spellings of Hebrew terms. Entries from the previous edition have been be revised, new entries commissioned, and cross-references added, all to increase ease of navigation research. The Dictionary covers more than three millennia of Jewish religious thought, custom, law, and practice, from traditional approaches to Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and post-denominational Judaism. Brief definitions and longer essays, all supplemented with bibliographies, enlighten readers about the major figures, folklore, and events in the history of Judaism throughout the world.
Oxford UP, 2011, geb, 934 pp, € 151.00, 9780199730049
Berlin, C.
American Jewish Ephemera. A Bicentennial Exhibition from the Judaica Collection of the Harvard College Library
Harvard University Library, 1977, pap, ;, € 28.90, 0674017935 / 9780674017931
Berlin, C. (ed.)
Documenting Israel. Proceedings of a conference held at Harvard University on May 10-12, 1993
Harvard College Library, 1995, pap, 238 pp, € 28.90, 9780674017948
Bernardini, P.L. & D. Lucci
The Jews, Instructions for Use. Four Eighteenth-century Projects for the Emancipation of European Jews
This book examines the four most important projects for Jewish emancipation in eighteenth-century Europe. The essays presented in this volume analyze the proposal advanced by the freethinker John Toland in 1714 and three projects of the 1780s, formulated by the state official Christian Wilhelm von Dohm in Frederick the Great`s Prussia, the economist Count D`Arco in Mantua under Habsburg rule, and the Abbe Henri Gregoire in France on the eve of the Revolution. Focusing on the combination of humanitarian and utilitarian arguments and objectives in the proces to redefine the legal and social status of the Jews, this book is a particularly useful resource for scholars and students interested in the history of Jewish-Gentile relations and the Age of Enlightenment.
Perspectives in Jewish Intellectual History, Academic Studies Press, 2012, geb, 214 pp, € 72.50, 9781936235742
Biale, D.
Not in the Heavens. The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought
Princeton UP, 2011, geb, 229p, € 32.90, 9780691147239
Bilsky, E.D. & E. Braun
Jewish Women and their Salons. The Power of Conversation
op bestelling / by order
The Jewish Museum / Harvard UP, 2005, geb, 266 pp, € 51.00, 0300103859
Blair, S.
Jewish in America
University of Michigan Press, 2004, pap, 278 pp, € 24.25, 0472068806
Blok, Hanna, Lou Evers, Henny van het Hoofd
Van matzes, mitswes en mezoezes. Leer- en lesboek over het jodendom
OJEC, 1998, ringband, 199 pp, € 19.50, 9789080376540
Bloom, H.
Kabbalah and Criticism
While Bloom is appreciated for his originality, range and clarity, less notice has been taken of the remarkable unity that is displayed in his writings from the earlier studies on Shelley, Blake and Romanticism, up to A Map of Misreading. That unity is brilliantly highlighted in Kabbalah and Criticism. Providing a study of the Kabbalah itself, its great commentators, the 'revisionary ratios' they employed and of its significance as a model for contemporary criticism, Kabbalah and Criticism is an indispensable book for all students of literature as well as for all those who are fascinated by this singularly rich body of mystical writings.
Continuum Impacts, Continuum, 2005, pap, 68 pp, € 15.75, 9780826417374
Blumberg, I. M.
Houses of Study. A Jewish Woman Among Books
University of Nebraska Press, 2009, pap, 181 pp, € 18.00, 9780803224490
Borowitz, Eugene B.
Studies in the Meaning of Judaism
Noted educator, author, and speaker Eugene Borowitz delivers the fruits of his scholarship with grace in this new addition to the JPS Scholar of Distinction series. Gathered in this single volume are 33 essays covering the themes of modern Jewish theology, education, the history of Reform Judaism in America, Jewish law, ethics, and religious dialogue. This collection will appeal to a wide audience, including rabbis; scholars; and readers of religion, modern Jewish thought, and liturgy.
JPS Scholar of Distingtion Series, Jewish Publication Society, 2002, geb, 473 pp, € 29.95, 9780827607217
Bouretz, P.
Witnesses for the Future. Philosophy and Messianism
Johns Hopkins UP, 2010, geb, 965p, € 67.50, 9780801894503
Boxel, P. & Arndt, S.
Crrossing Borders. Hebrew Manuscripts as a Meeting-place of Cultures
Bodleian Library, 2009, pap, 128 pp, € 34.65, 9781851243136
Boyarin, Daniel
Sparks of the Logos. Essays in Rabbinic Hermeneutics
There are two major themes running through the essays reprinted in this book: the first is the typological relation of rabbinic Judaism to Christianity, while the second is the re-animation, by going back to the roots, of a rabbinic Judaism that would not manifest some of the deleterious social ideologies and practices that modern orthodox Judaism generally does, a project that was thought of as 'radical orthodoxy', long before that term achieved its current-and almost diametrically opposing-sense among Christian theologians.

The book is divided into two parts. The first part consists of several essays on midrash, exploring various aspects of rabbinic culture and their relation to hermeneutic practices. These papers are essentially more detailed studies of particular issues that were raised in two of Boyarin's books, Intertextuality and the Reading of Midrash and Carnal Israel: Reading Sex in Talmudic Culture (California, 1993).

The second part of the book consists of reprints of four essays published in the journal Diacritics during that same decade. The material treated in the book should be of interest to historians of Judaism and Christianity, Talmudists, and scholars and readers interested in the cultural study of religion.

The Brill Reference Library of Judaism, Brill, 2003, geb, 302 pp, € 130.00, 9789004126282
Braun, J.
On Jewish Music. Past and Present
By Order
Peter Lang, 2008, pap, 433 pp, € 76.00, 9783631539057
Brenner, Michael
A Short History of the Jews
This is a sweeping and powerful narrative history of the Jewish people from biblical times to today. Based on the latest scholarship and richly illustrated, it is the most authoritative and accessible chronicle of the Jewish experience available.
Michael Brenner tells a dramatic story of change and migration deeply rooted in tradition, taking readers from the mythic wanderings of Moses to the unspeakable atrocities of the Holocaust; from the Babylonian exile to the founding of the modern state of Israel; and from the Sephardic communities under medieval Islam to the shtetls of eastern Europe and the Hasidic enclaves of modern-day Brooklyn. The book is full of fascinating personal stories of exodus and return, from that told about Abraham, who brought his newfound faith into Canaan, to that of Holocaust survivor Esther Barkai, who lived on a kibbutz established on a German estate seized from the Nazi Julius Streicher as she awaited resettlement in Israel.
Describing the events and people that have shaped Jewish history, and highlighting the important contributions Jews have made to the arts, politics, religion, and science, "A Short History of the Jews" is a compelling blend of storytelling and scholarship that brings the Jewish past marvelously to life.
Princeton UP, 2012, pap, 421 pp, € 26.95, 9780691154978
Brommer, Emile J.P.
De Bijbel voor denkers. Terug... naar de gaafheid van onze jeugd
Niemand schijnt eraan te twijfelen dat de bijbel de grondslag heeft gelegd voor het monotheisme. Ten onrechte, meent de schrijver van dit boek. Door aandachtige lezing van de Hebreeuwse Bijbel, de Tenach, zonder voorkennis en zonder vooroordelen, maar met een open, 'naieve' instelling, ontdekt de lezer de eigenlijke bedoeling van de opsteller van de leer, de Tora, waarop ook de gedachten van de Profeten en de Geschriften gegrond zijn. De mens staat - met zijn ongebreidelde vermogen tot ontwikkeling en aanpassing - in het middelpunt van die leer.

Het subtiele onderscheid tussen de Eeuwige ('de Heer' in gebruikelijke vertalingen) en Elohim ('God') is velen ontgaan. 'God' - de theos uit monotheisme - is een heidens relict: het woord is misbruikt en dekt niet de betekenis die Mozes gaf aan de bron van kracht waaruit de mens, ieder mens, ongeacht afkomst of situatie, kan putten om zichzelf en zijn wereld te vernieuwen. De nieuwe zienswijze noopt tot herlezen van de bekend geachte verhalen, vooral om de waarden te vinden voor de cultuur van morgen.

Dr. Emile J.P Brommer (1933) heeft als internist/hematoloog in verschillende ziekenhuizen gewerkt en ruim twintig jaar medisch-wetenschappelijk onderzoek verricht. Na kennismaking met rabbijn Yehuda Aschkenasy verlegde hij zijn onderzoeksterrein naar religie en filosofie. Zijn inzichten, verrijkt door discussies met zijn vrouw, Judit Brommer-Forgaras, en met deelnemers van verschillende leerhuizen in ons land, worden uiteengezet in dit boek.

Amphora Books, 2003, pap, 445pp, € 35.00, 9789064460319
Brook, K.A.
The Jews of Khazaria
2nd revised edition By Order
Rowman & Littlefield, 2006, geb, 352 pp, € 44.00, 9780742549814
Broyde, M.J., M. Ausubel (eds)
Marriage, Sex, and Family in Judaism
Marriage, Sex and Family in Judaism explores Jewish marriage from historical and contemporary perspectives, focusing on the religious and legal concepts of marriage, and the social impact of family in the Jewish community. The book does not advocate one perspective or another; instead, the essays range from conservative to liberal viewpoints, offering readers a well-balanced mixture of perspectives on Jewish marriage.
Rowman & Littlefield, 2005, pap, 340 pp, € 33.00, 9780742545168
Bruder, E.
The Black Jews of Africa. History, Religion, Identity
The last several decades have seen the emergence of a remarkable phenomenon: a Jewish "rebirth" that is occurring throughout Africa. A variety of different ethnic groups proclaim that they are returning to long-forgotten Jewish roots, and African clans trace their lineage to the Lost Tribes of Israel. Africans have encountered Jewish myths and traditions in multiple forms and various ways. The context and circumstances of these encounters have gradually led, within some African societies, to the elaboration of a new Jewish identity connected with that of the Diaspora. This book presents, one by one, the different groups of Black Jews in western, central, eastern, and southern Africa and the ways in which they have used and imagined their oral history and traditional customs to construct a distinct Jewish identity. It explores the ways in which Africans have interacted with the ancient mythological sub-strata of both western and African ideas of Judaism. It particularly seeks to identify and to assess colonial influences and their internalization by African societies in the shaping of new African religious identities. The book also examines how, in the absence of recorded African history, the eminently malleable accounts of Jewish lineage developed by African groups co-exist with the possible historical traces of a Jewish presence in Africa. This elegant and well-researched book goes beyond the well-known case of the Falasha of Ethiopia, examining the trend towards Judaism in Africa at large, and exploring, too, the interdisciplinary concepts of "metaphorical Diaspora," global and transnational identities, and colonization.
Oxford UP, 2008/ 2012, pap, 283 pp, € 27.95, 9780199934553
Buber, Martin
A Land of Two Peoples. Martin Buber on Jews and Arabs
Theologian, philosopher, and political radical, Martin Buber (1878-1965) was actively committed to a fundamental economic and political reconstruction of society as well as the pursuit of international peace. In his voluminous writings on Arab-Jewish relations in Palestine, Buber united his religious and philosophical teachings with his politics, which he felt were essential to a life of public dialogue and service to God. Collected in A Land of Two Peoples are the private and open letters, addresses, and essays in which Buber advocated binationalism as a solution to the conflict in the Middle East.

A committed Zionist, Buber steadfastly articulated the moral necessity for reconciliation and accommodation between the Arabs and Jews. From the Balfour Declaration of November 1917 to his death in 1965, he campaigned passionately for a "one state solution." With the Middle East embroiled in religious and ethnic chaos, A Land of Two Peoples remains as relevant today as it was when it was first published more than twenty years ago.

Edited with commentary and a new preface by P. Mendes-Flohr

Chicago UP, 2005, pap, 322 pp, € 17.50, 9780226078021
Buber, Martin
Bilder von Gut und Bose
UITVERKOCHT, wij kunnen voor u naar een tweedehands exemplaar op zoek, prijs onder voorbehoud.

Buber beschaftigt sich hier mit dem alten menschlichen Problem von Gut und Bose. Ausgehend von urbiblischen Wahrheiten und Mythen tragen seine inhaltlich tiefgehenden und sprachlich meisterhaften Betrachtungen zur Klarung dieser Frage bei.

Koln und Olten, 1953 - 2003, pap, 113 pp, € 17.50, Bub-Bild
Buber, Martin
Chassidische vertellingen
Chassidische vertellingen is het bekendste werk van de joodse schrijver en filosoof Martin Buber (1878 - 1965). In al zijn geschriften over het chassidisme - de mystiek-religieuze beweging die omstreeks het midden van de 18e eeuw in het Oost-Europese jodendom begon - is hij mild, maar indringend. Hij is gespreksgenoot en nodigt zijn lezers uit. Na een tijdje merk je dat Bubers woorden je niet meer loslaten.

Dit geldt ook voor de verhalen in de Chassidische vertellingen. Ze gaan over de voorgangers van de chassidische gemeenten, die tsaddikim - 'rechtvaardigen' - worden genoemd. De verhalen werden veelal verteld door de chassidim - 'de vromen', die vol enthousiasme getuigden van het ontzag en de verwondering die in hen leefden.

Het zijn vertellingen vol wijsheid en sprankelende humor; een combinatie die typisch is voor joodse verhalen. Ze zijn ontstaan in een tijd waarin de joodse bevolkingsgroep gebukt ging onder zware vervolgingen en de door hen vurig verwachte verlossing uitbleef.

Uit een oprecht godsverlangen ontstond onder de mensen, in alle eenvoud en vertrouwen, een hernieuwd en verdiept zoeken naar waarheid en levensvreugde. Dit weerspiegelt zich in de vertellingen met een ongekende zeggingskracht.

Martin Buber heeft een rijk oeuvre nagelaten. Behalve een veelzijdig schrijver en filosoof was hij ook literator, dichter, Bijbelkenner en psycholoog, en hij bemoeide zich intensief met politiek. In 1938 vestigde hij zich in Jeruzalem, waar hij hoogleraar werd aan de Hebreeuwse universiteit. Buber heeft altijd geijverd voor een vreedzaam samenleven van de Joden en Arabieren. Hij ontving voor zijn verdiensten onder andere de Goethe- en Erasmus-prijs.

Juwelenschip, 2014, pap, 576 pp, € 29.95, 9789076681085
Buber, Martin
De geschiedenis van het moderne individu
Agora-reeks, Ten Have, 2005, geb, 110pp, € 19.95, 9789039108932
Buber, Martin
Der Glaube der Propheten
Bubers fundierte und gut verstandliche Deutungen des prophetische Glaubens vermitteln zugleich Einblicke in die Grundlagen judischen Glaubens uberhaupt und verweisen in der Darstellung des Dialogs zwischen Prophet und Gott zusatzlich auf entscheidende Impulse fur Bubers gesamtes Denken.
Lambert Schneider Verlag, 1984, pap, 311 pp, € 26.50, 9783795309114
Buber, Martin
Der Weg des Menschen. Nach der chassidischen Lehre
15. Auflage

Im Weg des Menschen, der auf einen Vortrag aus dem Jahre 1947 zuruckgeht, beschreibt Martin Buber, was in seiner Sicht fur das Leben der ostjudischen Chassidim wesentlich war. Bubers Uberlegungen sind nicht auf die chassidische Welt beschrankt, sie weisen daruber hinaus: Im Chassidismus findet er das Bewegtsein in den Grundfragen menschlicher Existenz und Sinngebung ihres Lebens uberhaupt. Buber will jeden Leser ansprechen, auch seine Selbstbesinnung und seinen Weg anstossen. In seinen Grundgedanken druckt Der Weg des Menschen das aus, was fur Bubers gesamtes Denken entscheidend war, und ist insofern ein idealer Einstieg in Bubers Werk.

Guterloher Verlaghaus, 2006, geb, 79 pp, € 15.50, 9783579025834
Buber, Martin
De vertellingen van Rabbi Nachman
Hij stond aan het einde van een ononderbroken overlevering die uitmondde in de chassidische traditie, de 'wonderbaarlijke bloem van een oeroude boom', zoals Martin Buber het uitdrukte. Toen het chassidisme ten onder ging, stond nog eenmaal een grote vernieuwer op om de 'de kroon haar oude luister terug te geven'. Dit was Rabbi Nachman ben Simcha, wellicht de zuiverste en de meest tragische van alle joodse denkers die de droom van extatisch mens-zijn in het aangezicht van God wilden verwerkelijken. Er zijn slechts enkele levenslessen, leringen en vertellingen van Rabbi Nachman bewaard gebleven, maar dankzij de klassieke en overal ter wereld vertaalde bundeling en bewerking door Martin Buber kunnen wij nog steeds kennismaken met zijn 'waarheden van het hart'. De geschiedenissen en sprookjes die Rabbi Nachman vertelt, hebben nog dezelfde poetische kracht en fundamentele innerlijke waarde als op de dag dat zij werden verteld.
Uitgeverij Bijleveld, 2010, pap, 207 pp, € 18.50, 9789061315988
Buber, Martin
De vraag naar de mens. Het antropologisch probleem historisch en dialogisch ontvouwd
Bijleveld, 1978, pap, 146 pp, € 19.90, 9789061316077
Buber, Martin
De weg van de mens
Een van de mooiste en boekjes van Martin Buber is De weg van de Mens. Dit uitzonderlijk fijnzinnige voorbeeld van wijsheidsliteratuur beleefde sinds 1952 vele herdrukken. Het boekje vindt zijn oorsprong in Nederland, het is gebaseerd op een lezing die Buber hield in Bentveld tijdens een Woodbrookers bijeenkomst in 1947.
Felix Uitgeverij, 2006, geb, 61 pp, € 14.95
Buber, Martin
Dialogisch Leven
Bijleveld, 2007, pap, 207 pp, € 18.50, 9789061316008
Buber, Martin
Extatische getuigenissen - Visioenen en openbaringen uit de mystieke wereldliteratuur
Bijleveld, Uitgeverij, 2013, pap, 277 pp, € 22.50, 9789061315964
Buber, Martin
Fruhe judische Schriften 1900 - 1922
Martin Buber Werkausgabe 3, Guetersloher, 2007, geb, 498 pp, € 114.50, 9783579026787
Buber, Martin
Fruhe kulturkritische und philosophische Schriften 1891-1924
Martin Buber Werkausgabe 1, Gueterloher Verlaghaus, 2003, geb, 399pp, € 90.00, 9783579026756
Buber, Martin
Godsverduistering, beschouwingen over de betrekking tussen religie en filosofie
Collectie Labyrinth, Bijleveld, 1990, pap, € 19.50, 9789061316053
Buber, Martin
Gog und Magog Eine Chronik
Kritische Textedition und umfassende Einfuhrung in Bubers Romanerzahlung Gog und Magog Die Romanerzahlung Gog und Magog (hebraisch 1943, deutsch 1949) basiert auf einer Kontroverse zwischen zwei chassidischen Schulen vor dem Hintergrund der Napoleonischen Kriege und den damit einhergehenden messianischen Hoffnungen unter den osteuropaischen Juden. Die Erzahlung kann als Aussage Bubers zur politischen Theologie gelesen werden, sowohl innerhalb des Judentums (und zwar im Zionismus) wie auch daruber hinaus.
Martin Buber Werkausgabe 19, Guetersloher Verlaghaus, 2009, geb, 302 pp, € 115.00, 9783579026954
Buber, Martin
I and Thou
'The publication of Martin Buber's I and Thou was a great event in the religious life of the West.'- Reinhold Niebuhr.

Martin Buber (1897-1965) was a prolific and influential teacher and writer, who taught philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem from 1939 to 1951. Having studied philosophy and art at the universities of Vienna, Zurich and Berlin, he became an active Zionist and was closely involved in the revival of Hasidism. Recognised as a landmark of twentieth century intellectual history, I and Thou is Buber's masterpiece. In this book, his enormous learning and wisdom are distilled into a simple, but compelling vision. It proposes nothing less than a new form of the Deity for today, a new form of human being and of a good life. In so doing, it addresses all religious and social dimensions of the human personality. Translated by Ronald Gregor Smith

Continuum Impacts, Changing Minds Series, Continuum, 2004, pap, 102 pp, € 22.50, 9780826476937
Buber, Martin
Ich und Du
Guetersloher Verlagshaus, 2005, geb, 163 pp, € 24.90, 9783579025728
Buber, Martin
Ik en jij
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Martin Buber publiceerde Ik en Jij ('Ich und Du') in 1923, en al snel werd deze intense meditatie over de verhouding tussen mens en wereld, en tussen mens en God herkend als de sleutel tot zijn gehele oeuvre. Sindsdien is de betekenis van dit werk steeds duidelijker geworden. Thans geldt Ik en Jij als een der mijlpalen in de intellectuele geschiedenis van de twintigste eeuw. Dit geschrift is wel omschreven als een mystieke tekst, en werd met recht meer dan eens een gedicht genoemd. Inderdaad sluit het aan bij Bubers liefde voor het chassidisme, maar tegelijkertijd markeert Ik en Jij ook zijn uitstijgen boven de mystiek, en heeft het een wijsgerige inslag die uitmondt in een nieuwe vorm van bezinning op de geheimnissen van het bestaan.

Met een profetische kracht toont Buber hoe de mens zijn levensweg zoekt tussen moreel nihilisme en sociaal engagement, tussen God en de ander, tussen 'Ik' en 'Jij'. Deze nieuwe Nederlandse vertaling komt voort uit de erkenning dat Ik en Jij als een der grondleggende geschriften van onze tijd voor elke generatie toegankelijk dient te zijn. Wie beseft welke rol de begrippen 'dialoog' en 'relatie' in de huidige wereld spelen, en hoezeer Bubers gedachtengoed hiervoor de achtergrond vormt, begrijpt welk blijvend belang dit boek heeft. De boodschap van Ik en Jij laat zich wellicht samenvatten met Bubers eigen woorden: 'Alle werkelijke leven is ontmoeting'.

Uitgeverij Bijleveld, 2016, pap, 175 pp, € 18.50, 9789061315933
Buber, Martin
Over het jodendom. Een volk, een land en de geschiedenis van een idee
Collectie Labyrint, Bijleveld, 1982, pap, 223 pp, € 19.50, 9789061316404
Buber, Martin
Schriften zu Jugend, Erziehung und Bildung
Martin Buber Werkausgabe 8, Guetersloher, 2005, geb, 460 pp, € 114.00, 9783579026848
Buber, Martin
Schriften zum Christentum
Martin Buber Werkausgabe 9, Gutersloher, 2011, geb, 504 pp, € 132.50, 9783579026855
Buber, Martin
Schriften zur Bibelubersetzung
Martin Buber Werkausgabe 14, Gutersloher Verlag, 2012, geb, 363 pp, € 133.00, 9783579026909
Buber, Martin
Schriften zur Psychologie und Psychotherapie
Martin Buber Werkausgabe 10, Gutersloher, 2008, geb, 316 pp, € 89.50, 9783579026862
Buber, Martin
Sprachphilosophische Schriften
Martin Buber Werkausgabe 6, Guetersloher Verlagshaus, 2003, geb, 229pp, € 72.50, 9783579026817
Buber, Martin
The Legend of Baal-Shem
Mythos Series, Princeton UP, 1995, pap, 223 pp, € 19.90, 9780691043890
Budnitskii, O.
Russian Jews Between The Reds and The Whites, 1917-1920
In the years following the Russian Revolution, a bitter civil war was waged between the Bolsheviks, with their Red Army of Workers and Peasants on the one side, and the various groups that constituted the anti-Bolshevik movement on the other. The major anti-Bolshevik force was the White Army, whose leadership consisted of former officers of the Russian imperial army. In the received-and simplified-version of this history, those Jews who were drawn into the political and military conflict were overwhelmingly affiliated with the Reds, while from the start, the Whites orchestrated campaigns of anti-Jewish violence, leading to the deaths of thousands of Jews in pogroms in the Ukraine and elsewhere. In Russian Jews Between the Reds and the Whites, 1917-1920, Oleg Budnitskii provides the first comprehensive historical account of the role of Jews in the Russian Civil War. According to Budnitskii, Jews were both victims and executioners, and while they were among the founders of the Soviet state, they also played an important role in the establishment of the anti-Bolshevik factions. He offers a far more nuanced picture of the policies of the White leadership toward the Jews than has been previously available, exploring such issues as the role of prominent Jewish politicians in the establishment of the White movement of southern Russia, the "Jewish Question" in the White ideology and its international aspects, and the attempts of the Russian Orthodox Church and White diplomacy to forestall the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine.
Jewish Culture and Contexts, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012, geb, 544 pp, € 70.50, 9780812243642
Burnier, Andreas
Ruiter in de wolken, Joodse essays 1990 - 2002
Na decennia van spirituele omzwervingen kwam Andreas Burnier in de laatste jaren van haar leven eindelijk thuis in het jodendom. Tussen 1989 en haar onverwachte dood in 2002 verkende zij het enorme terrein van Joodse literatuur vanaf de Oudheid tot nu. Dit leidde tot een stroom van artikelen, lezingen, cursussen en essays.

Ruiter in de wolken bevat een selectie uit deze essays en artikelen, waarin zij met haar geheel eigen stem en stijl haar ideeen uiteenzet over onder andere Joodse ethiek, de relatie tussen jodendom en christendom, Joodse mystiek, leven en dood, en - toch weer - het verleden dat nooit voorbij was.

Atlas ContactAtlas Contact, 2015, geb, 472 pp, € 34.99, 9789045029146
Bush, A.
Jewish Studies. A Theoretical Introduction
Key Words in Jewish Studies, Fordham UP, 2011, geb, 150 pp, € 47.50, 9780813549545
Caransa, Ab
Handwerkers Vriendenkring 1869-1942. Belangenbehartiging, Ziekenzorg, Volkswoningbouw
Handwerkers Vriendenkring heeft bijna driekwart eeuw bestaan. Opgericht in 1869 trof deze overwegend joodse belangenvereniging hetzelfde lot als alle andere joodse instellingen in Nederland: door de anti-joodse maatregelen van de bezetter is ze in 1942 opgeheven. Een jaar later waren de meeste joodse leden van Handwerkers Vriendenkring gedeporteerd en vermoord. Hoewel principieel niet socialistisch, heeft de vereniging aan de basis gestaan van tal van verbeteringen in het lot van de arbeiders en was ze op tal van terreinen haar tijd ver vooruit. Als belangenbehartigingsorganisatie voor (diamant)arbeiders en kleine zelfstandigen, stond ze in de schaduw van Henri Polak's 'Algemene Diamantbewerkers Bond'. De vereniging heeft verder naam gemaakt met de oprichting van het eerste Amsterdamse ziekenfonds 'Ziekenzorg' en de woningbouwvereniging 'Stichting Bouwfonds Handwerkersvriendenkring' waarvan de woningen nu nog in de Amsterdamse Transvaalbuurt te vinden zijn. Dit unieke boek maakt op schrijnende wijze duidelijk wat voor een gemis de verdwijning van het joodse volksdeel voor de Nederlandse en hoofdstedelijke cultuur vormt.
Rene de Milliano, 1998, pap, 80 pp, € 12.00, 9789072810212
Carmi, T. (ed.)
The Penguin book of Hebrew verse
An anthology of secular and sacred poetry from the Bible to modern Israeli writings includes the original Hebrew as well as the English translation of each work.
The Penguin Poets, Penguin, 1981, pap, 608pp, € 21.95, 9780140424676
Chaudhuri, S. et al
Conversations with Jacqueline Rose
Chicago UP, 2009, geb, 184 pp, € 26.50, 9781906497347
Cheyette, Bryan
Diasporas of the Mind. Jewish and Postcolonial Writing and the Nightmare of History
In this fascinating and erudite book, Bryan Cheyette throws new light on a wide range of modern and contemporary writers - some at the heart of the canon, others more marginal - to explore the power and limitations of the diasporic imagination after the Second World War. Moving from early responses to the death camps and decolonization, through internationally prominent literature after the Second World War, the book culminates in fresh engagements with contemporary Jewish, post-ethnic, and postcolonial writers.

Cheyette regards many of the twentieth- and twenty-first-century luminaries he examines - among them Hannah Arendt, Anita Desai, Frantz Fanon, Albert Memmi, Primo Levi, Caryl Phillips, Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, Edward Said, Zadie Smith, and Muriel Spark - as critical exemplars of the diasporic imagination. Against the discrete disciplinary thinking of the academy, he elaborates and argues for a new comparative approach across Jewish and postcolonial histories and literatures. And in so doing, Cheyette illuminates the ways in which histories and cultures can be imagined across national and communal boundaries.

Bryan Cheyette is professor of modern literature at the University of Reading. He lives in London.

Yale UP, 2013, geb, 306 pp, € 36.00, 9780300093186
Chotzinoff, R
Holy Unexpected. My New Life as a Jew
Public Affairs Books, 2006, geb, 218 pp, € 25.90, 1586483080 / 9781586483081
Chouraqui, A.
Histoire du Judaisme
Que sais-je? Serie, PUF, 2004, pap, 127 pp, € 9.40, 2130525741
Cohen, J. & R.I. Cohen (eds)
The Jewish Contribution to Civilization. Reassessing an Idea
The Litman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2008, geb, 245 pp, € 54.00, 9781904113522
Cohen, M.R.
The Birth of Conservative Judaism. Solomon Schechter's Disciples and the Creation of an American Religious Movement
Solomon Schechter (1847--1915), the charismatic leader of New York's Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), came to America in 1902 intent on revitalizing traditional Judaism. While he advocated a return to traditional practices, Schechter articulated no clear position on divisive issues, instead preferring to focus on similarities that could unite American Jewry under a broad message.

Michael R. Cohen demonstrates how Schechter, unable to implement his vision on his own, turned to his disciples, rabbinical students and alumni of JTS, to shape his movement. By midcentury, Conservative Judaism had become the largest American Jewish grouping in the United States, guided by Schechter's disciples and their continuing efforts to embrace diversity while eschewing divisive debates. Yet Conservative Judaism's fluid boundaries also proved problematic for the movement, frustrating many rabbis who wanted a single platform to define their beliefs. Cohen demonstrates how a legacy of tension between diversity and boundaries now lies at the heart of Conservative Judaism's modern struggle for relevance.

Columbia UP, 2012, geb, 210 pp, € 49.00, 9780231156356
Cohen, S.J.D.
Why Aren’t Jewish Women Circumcised? Gender and Covenant in Judaism
Why aren't Jewish women circumcised? This improbable question, first advanced by anti-Jewish Christian polemicists, is the point of departure for this wide-ranging exploration of gender and Jewishness in Jewish thought. With a lively command of a wide range of Jewish sources - from the Bible and the Talmud to the legal and philosophical writings of the Middle Ages to Enlightenment thinkers and modern scholars - Shaye J. D. Cohen considers the varied responses to this provocative question and in the process provides the fullest cultural history of Jewish circumcision available.
University of California Press, 2005, geb, 317 pp, € 51.00, 9780520212503
Cohen Stuart, dr. G.H.
Joodse feesten en vasten. Een reis over de zee van Talmoed naar de wereld van het Nieuwe Testament.
Voor een beter verstaan de het Nieuwe Testament is het noodzakelijk dat christenen zich vertrouwd maken met de rabbijnse geschriften.

Op grond van tientallen jaren studie en meevieren van de Joodse feesten in Jeruzalem geeft Cohen Stuart een verrassend inzicht in de invloed van die leef- en denkwereld op de schrijvers van het Nieuwe Testament.

Verschillende hoogtijdagen van de Joodse kalender worden belicht: Sjabbat, Pesach, Sjavoeot, Tisja be-Av, Rosj Hasjana, Jom Kippoer, Soekkot, Chanoeka en Poerim. Het boek bevat tevens onder andere een overzicht van het Joodse jaar, een verklarende woordenlijst van Joodse woorden, een lijst van Joodse geleerden.

Kok, 2003/2009, pap, 383 pp, € 32.99, 9789043516044
Cohn-Sherbock, Dan and Lavinia
Oneworld Beginners Guides, Oneworld Publications, 2010, pap, 192 pp, € 15.00, 9781851687480
Cohn-Sherbok, Dan
Fifty Key Jewish Thinkers - Second Edition
Routledge, 2007, pap, 224 pp, € 24.50, 9780415771412
Cohn-Sherbok, Dan
Judaism: History, Belief and Practice
Van 50.95 voor 37.50

Written by an experienced university teacher, who is also a scholar and rabbi, this extensive textbook presents an unrivalled guide to the history, belief and practice of Judaism. Beginning with the ancient Near-Eastern background, it covers early Israelite history, the emergence of classical rabbinic literature and the rise of medieval Judaism in Islamic and Christian lands. It also explores the early modern period and the development of Jewry throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Extracts from primary sources are used to enliven the narrative and provide concrete examples of Jewish civilization. Judaism:
-introduces texts and commentaries, including the Hebrew Bible, rabbinic texts, mystical literature, Jewish philosophy and Jewish theology
-provides the skills necessary to understand these step-by-step
-explains how to interpret the major events in nearly 4,000 years of Jewish history
-supports study with discussion questions on the central historical and religious issues, includes key reading for each chapter and an extensive bibliography
-illustrates the development of Judaism, its concepts and observances, with nearly 200 maps and photographs.

A companion website links each chapter to other online resources, and gives guidance on activities and support for teachers.

Routledge, 2003, pap, 608 pp, € 37.50, 9780415236614
Coudert, A.P. & J.S. Shoulson (eds)
Hebraica Veritas? Christian Hebraists and the Study of Judaism in Early Modern Europe
by order / te bestellen
Jewish Culture and Contexts, Pennsylvania UP, 2004, geb, 316 pp, € 59.50, 0812237617
Cutler, I.
The Jews of Chicago. From Shtetl to Suburb
University of Illinois Press, 2009, pap, 344 pp, € 24.50, 9780252076442
Dachs, G.
Judischer Almanach. Liebe
Judischer Verlag, 2010, pap, 180 pp, € 19.95, 9783633542475
Danby, H. (transl.)
The Mishnah. Translated from the Hebrew with Introduction and Brief Explanatory Notes
With translation, introduction & explanatory notes by H. Danby
Hendrickson Publishers, 1933/2011, pap, 844 pp, € 81.95, 9781598569025
Davidson, H.A.
Moses Maimonides: The Man and His Works
By Order
Oxford UP, 2005, geb, 567 pp, € 50.00, 019517321x
Davies, Daniel
Method and Metaphysics in Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed
Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed is one of the most discussed books in Jewish history. Over 800 years after the author's death it remains disputed with readers seeking secret philosophical messages behind its explicit teaching, a quest fueled partly by Maimonides' own statement that certain parts of the Guide are based upon ideas that conflict with other parts. Many who adhere to an 'esoteric' reading of the Guide profess to find these contradictions in Maimonides' metaphysical beliefs. Through close readings of the Guide, this book addresses the major debates surrounding its secret doctrine. It argues that perceived contradictions in Maimonides' accounts of creation and divine attributes can be squared by paying attention to the various ways in which he presented his arguments. Furthermore, it shows how a coherent theological view can emerge from the many layers of the Guide. But Maimonides' clear declaration that certain matters must be hidden from the masses cannot be ignored and the kind of inconsistency that is peculiar to the Guide requires another explanation. It is found in the purpose Maimonides assigns to the Guide: scriptural exegesis. Ezekiel's Account of the Chariot, treated in one of the most laconic sections of the Guide, is the subject of the final chapters. They offer a detailed exposition of Maimonides' interpretation, the deepest "secret of the Torah," which, in Maimonides' works, shares its name with metaphysics. By connecting the vision with currents in the wider Islamic world, the chapters show how Maimonides devised a new method of presentation in order to imitate scripture's multi-layered manner of communication. He updated what he took to be the correct interpretation of scripture by writing it in a work appropriate for his own time and to do so he had to keep the Torah's most hidden secrets.
Reflection and Theology in the Study of Religion, Oxford UP, 2012, geb, 215 pp, € 54.90, 9780199768738
Davis, J.A.
The Jews of Nicandro
Yale UP, 2010, geb, 238p, € 27.90, 9780300114256
Deutsch, N.
The Jewish Dark Continent. Life and Death in the Russian Pale of Settlement
At the turn of the twentieth century, over forty per cent of the world's Jews lived within the Russian Empire, almost all in the Pale of Settlement. From the Baltic to the Black Sea, the Jews of the Pale created a distinctive way of life little known beyond its borders. This led the historian Simon Dubnow to label the territory a Jewish 'Dark Continent'. Just before World War I, a socialist revolutionary and aspiring ethnographer named An-sky pledged to explore the Pale. He dreamed of leading an ethnographic expedition that would produce an archive - what he called an Oral Torah of the common people rather than the rabbinic elite - which would preserve Jewish traditions and transform them into the seeds of a modern Jewish culture. Between 1912 and 1914, An-sky and his team collected jokes, recorded songs, took thousands of photographs, and created a massive ethnographic questionnaire. Consisting of 2,087 questions in Yiddish - exploring the gamut of Jewish folk beliefs and traditions, from everyday activities to spiritual exercises to marital intimacies - the Jewish Ethnographic Program constitutes an invaluable portrait of Eastern European Jewish life on the brink of destruction. Nathaniel Deutsch offers the first complete translation of the questionnaire, as well as the riveting story of An-sky's almost messianic efforts to create a Jewish ethnography in an era of revolutionary change. An-sky's project was halted by World War I, and within a few years the Pale of Settlement would no longer exist. These survey questions revive and reveal shtetl life in all its wonder and complexity. B3064
Harvard UP, 2011, geb, 374 pp, € 35.00, 9780674047280
Diamond, Eliezer
Holy Men and Hunger Artists. Fasting and Asceticism in Rabbinic Culture
The existence of ascetic elements within rabbinic Judaism has generally been either overlooked or actually denied. This is in part because asceticism is commonly identified with celibacy, whereas the rabbis emphasized sexuality as a positive good. In addition, argues Eliezer Diamond, it serves the theological agendas of both Jewish and Christian scholars to characterize Judaism as non- or anti-ascetic.

In fact, however, Diamond shows that rabbinic asceticism does indeed exist. This asceticism is mainly secondary, rather than primary, in that the rabbis place no value on self-denial in and of itself, but rather require of themselves the virtual abandonment of familial, social, and economic life in favor of an absolute commitment to the study of the Torah. It is an asceticism of neglect, rather than negation. He also notes that this asceticism of neglect dovetails with the rabbinic theology of sin and punishment, which encourages delaying gratification in this world in the hopes of a greater reward in the next. The rabbis believed, moreover, that every pleasure taken in this world detracts from what awaits one in the future.

The rabbis valued and occasionally engaged in primary asceticism as well. In fact, as Diamond shows, the vocabulary of holiness was often used by the rabbis in connection with voluntary self-denial. One form of primary asceticism--fasting--became increasingly popular in the wake of the destruction of the second temple. He traces this development to the need to mourn the temple's devastation but also to the cessation of three forms of temple-related rituals: the sacrificial cult, the Ma'amadot (groups that would fast, pray, and read from the Torah while daily sacrifices were offered), and naziritism. Fasting is linked by the rabbis to each of these practices and Diamond shows that fasting was seen as a substitute for them after the temple was destroyed. In a final chapter, Diamond shows that there is a greater tendency toward asceticism among the Palestinian rabbis than among the Babylonian. He contends that the divergent political histories of these communities as well as differing external cultural influences account for this disparity.

Oxford, 2004, geb, 228 pp, € 54.00, 9780195137507
Diamond, J.S.
Stringing the Pearls, How to read the Weekly Torah Portion
Jewish Publication Society, 2008, pap, 234 pp, € 19.00, 9780827608689
Dimont. M.
Jews, God and History.
By order te bestellen
New American Library, 1990/ 2003, pap, 572 pp, € 17.00, 0451207017
Ditzhuijzen, J. van
Een sjtetl in de tropen. De Asjkenazische gemeenschap op Curacao
In de jaren twintig van de vorige eeuw ontvluchtten veel Joden de armoede en het antisemitisme van Oost-Europa. Eigenlijk wilden ze naar Amerika, maar vanaf 1926 kwamen Asjkenazische Joden, vooral afkomstig uit Polen en Roemenie, ook aan op Curacao. Daar werden de arme Oost-Europese Joden aanvankelijk door hun welgestelde Sefardische geloofsgenoten afgewezen. Desondanks hadden ze zich binnen vijftien jaar stevig op het eiland verankerd. Vooral de naoorlogse jaren vormden de hoogtijdagen van de Asjkenazische gemeenschap op Curacao. Ze bezaten inmiddels de meerderheid van de winkels in Punda en hadden onderling een zeer hechte band. Het tropische Curacao leek in feite een kleine sjtetl: een Oos--Europese stad waar veel, soms zelfs uitsluitend Joden wonen. In de loop der jaren zijn veel Joden ook weer vertrokken. Tegenwoordig wonen nog maar iets meer dan honderd Asjkenaziem op het eiland. Maar allemaal herinneren ze zich nog het sjtetl-gevoel uit de tweede helft van de twintigste eeuw, dat Jeannette van Ditzhuijzen in Een sjtetl in de tropen heeft opgetekend.

Jeannette van Ditzhuijzen woonde van 1990 tot 1994 op Curacao waar ze bij de lokale krant de Amigoe werkte. Sindsdien komt zij regelmatig terug om voor Nederlandse kranten en tijdschriften over Curacao te schrijven. Ze schreef daarnaast diverse boeken over Curacao en de andere eilanden. Van Ditzhuijzen woont in Almelo en werkt als freelance journalist.

Kit Publishers, 2010, geb, 246 pp, € 24.50, 9789460220449
Djerassi, C.
Four Jews on Parnassus. A Conversation. Benjamin, Adorno, Scholem and Schönberg
Illustrations by G. Seethaler + CD
Columbia UP, 2008, geb, 203 pp, € 26.00, 9780231146548
Dohrmann, N.B. & D. Stern (eds)
Jewish Biblical Interpretation and Cultural Exchange: Comparative Exegesis in Context
Penn UP, 2008, geb, 340 pp, € 59.00, 9780812240740
Dolgopolski, S.
What Is Talmud? The Art of Disagreement
Fordham University Press, 2009, geb, 333 pp, € 67.50, 9780823229345
Dresner, S.H.
Heschel, Hasidism and Halakha.
Fordham UP, 2002, pap, 133 pp, € 32.00, 0823221164
Dundes, Alan
The Shabbat Elevator and other Sabbath Subterfuges. An unorthodox essay on circumventing custom and jewish character.
This book focuses on the topic of 'circumventing custom' with special emphasis on the ingenious ways Orthodox (and other) Jews have devised to avoid breaking the extensive list of activities forbidden on the Sabbath. After examining the sources of Sabbath observance as set forth in the Old Testament, the New Testament, and rabbinical writings, some of the most salient forms of circumvention are described. Then drawing on Freud's insights as to the obsessive nature of religious ritual and his persuasive delineation of anal erotic character, an attempt is made to analyze such facets of Jewish character (in addition to circumvention) as an undue concern with purity, and a long-established tradition of indulging in nit-picking and argumentation.
Rowman & Littlefield, 2002, pap, 199 pp, € 33.50, 9780742516717
Dynner, G.
Men of Silk The Hasidic Conquest of Polish Jewish Society
Oxford UP, 2009, pap, 384 pp, € 41.00, 9780195382655
Ehrlich, M. A.
Jews and Judaism in Modern China
Routledge, 2009, geb, 286 pp, € 97.90, 9780415457163
Eisen, R.
The Book of Job in Medieval Jewish Philosophy
Oxford UP, 2004, geb, 324 pp, € 55.50, 0195171535
Eisen, R.
The Peace and Violence of Judaism. From the Bible to Modern Zionism
Robert Eisen provides the first comprehensive analysis of Jewish views on peace and violence, examining five major sources of Jewish thought - the Bible, rabbinic Judaism, medieval Jewish philosophy, Kabbalah, and modern Zionism. He demonstrates that throughout its history Judaism has consistently exhibited ambiguity regarding peace and violence. To make his case, Eisen presents two separate analyses for each of the areas he examines: one that argues for a peaceful reading of Judaism, and another that argues for a violent reading. The aim is to show that both readings are valid and authentic interpretations of Judaism.
Oxford UP, 2011, geb, 304 pp, € 26.95, 9780199751471
Ellis , Marc H.
Encountering the Jewish Future: With Wiesel, Buber, Heschel, Arendt, Levinas
Marc Ellis maintains that the most vital questions about Judaism are prefigured in the work of Elie Wiesel, Martin Buber, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Hannah Arendt, and Emmanuel Levinas. Ellis's work is framed by encounters with each thinker's work, focusing on topics of God, the Holocaust, the prophetic legacy, philosophical and ethical standpoints, and Jewish empowerment and dissent.

Two generations after the Holocaust and Israel's founding, Ellis argues that the uncertain future of Judaism requires a deeply personal and intellectual exploration of Jewish tradition and identity, in conversation with the best philosophical and theological minds of recent years.

Fortress, 2010, pap, 288 pp, € 24.95, 9780800697938
Ellis, Marc H.
Unholy Alliance. Religion and Atrocity in Our Time
Tragically, religion has often been associated with violence, repression, war, and vengeance. Where was God during the Holocaust? The violence in Bosnia, Rwanda, or the Middle East? Theologian and author Marc Ellis takes a searing look at religious integrity in the face of evil. Ellis's uncompromising moral sensitivity poses a frank examination of conscience for Christians and Jews alike who seek honestly to engage their tradition and their God.
Fortress Press, 1997, pap, 214 pp, € 16.00, 9780800630805
Elon, M.
Jewish Law. Histories, Sources, Principles (Ha-Mishpat Ha-Ivri). 4 volumes
Translated from the Hebrew by Bernard Auerbach and Melvin Sykes, Justice Menachem Elon's classic text surveys the panorama of Jewish law from biblical times to contemporary Israel. The result is the most definitive record to date of a unique legal system that integrates criminal, civil, and religious law to form a unified whole of unprecedented range. This four-volume set is an essential resource for academic, legal, and personal libraries.

Vol 1. The History & Elements of Jewish Law (JL), The Legal Sources of JL, vol 2. The Legal Sources of JL (continued), vol 3. The Literary Sources of JL, vol IV. JL and the State of Israel.

The Jewish Publication Society, 1994, geb, 2231 pp, € 390.00, 9780827603899
Epstein, Lawrence J.
The Basic Beliefs of Judaism. A Twenty-first-Century Guide to a Timeless Tradition
One of the oldest monotheistic religions known to humankind, Judaism has withstood the tests of time. So what exactly are the tenets of this ancient faith that have been passed down over the millennia, and how do they apply to our lives in the 21st century? The Basic Beliefs of Judaism gives an updated overview of the belief system on which the Jewish faith is based. Epstein takes a contemporary point of view, looking at how the basic beliefs of Judaism fit into the lives of modern Jews. He does this with an eye toward helping the reader form his/her own understanding of Judaism. The book touches upon beliefs relating to creation, God, and the cosmos, as well as beliefs relating to day-to-day issues of family relations, social interactions, and ethics. Epstein draws from the Torah, the Talmud, Jewish folklore, and Jewish history to give the reader an understanding of how these beliefs were formed and have continued to evolve.
Jason Aronson, 2013, geb, 203 pp, € 31.00, 9780765709691
Evers-Emden, B.
Joods bloemlezen, schetsen uit een gewoon Joods leven
Bloeme Evers-Emden (1926) is een markante persoonlijkheid in Joods-Nederland. Als wetenschapper,traditioneel-Joodse feministe en actief deelneemster aan de Joods-Christelijke dialoog in Nederland staat zij moeiteloos in het volle leven van beide werelden: de Joodse en de niet-Joodse.

Als Auschwitz-overlevende committeerde ze zich na de oorlog op positieve wijze aan het levende Jodendom in Nederland.

Met haar eigen, karakteristieke manier van zelfspot, kritische blik, humor en emotie weet zij anderen te inspireren. In dit boek vindt U een verzameling columns over het Joodse leven van alledag, met zijn rituelen en symbolen, waar doorheen de persoonlijke ervaring van de auteur geweven is – van de spijswetten in de Joodse keuken tot de scheiding van de seksen in de synogoge. Over het bijzondere plaats die het land Israël inneemt in de Joodse traditie, kweekvlees en engelen.

Amphora Books, 2008, pap, 197 pp, € 15.00, 9789064460548
Evers-Emden, B.
Joodse Bloemstukjes. Columns over het leven
Bloeme Evers-Emden (1926) is een markante persoonlijkheid in Joods-Nederland. Als wetenschapper, traditioneel-Joodse feministe en actief deelneemster aan de Joods-Christelijke dialoog in Nederland schreef zij moeiteloos in het volle leven van beide werelden: de Joodse en de niet-Joodse. Als Auschwitz-overloevende committeeerde ze zich na de oorlog op positieve wijze aan het levende Jodendom in Nederland. Met haar eigen, karakteristieke manier van zelfspot, kritische blik, humor en emotie weet zij anderen te inspireren. Al jarenlang schrijft zij trouw elke week een column voor het Nieuw Israëlitisch Weekblad (NIW). In 2008 verscheen hiervan een bundel: Joods Bloemlezen.

In dit boek vindt u opnieuw een verzameling columns over het Joodse leven van alledag, met zijn rituelen en symbolen, waar doorheen de persoonlijke ervaring van de auteur geweven is. Over geleerde vrouwen in den Joodse traditie, de bijzondere plaats die het land Israël inneemt in de Joodse traditie en in het leven van de auteur, over Lilith – de demonische vrouw van Adam, over de Vrije wil, ‘de Leeuw van Juda’, breien, de tandarts, dansen, de damesbeurs, de kruimelneurose rond Pesach en de Sjoa.

Amphora Books, 2010, pap, 187 pp, € 16.00, 9789064460715
Evers, R.
Religies van de wereld I : Jodendom
Religies van de wereld, Reality Bites, 2010, geb, 328pp, € 14.95, 9789085106760
Evers, R.
Talmoedisch denken. De methodologie van de Talmoed en de dertien interpretatieregels van Rabbi Jisjmaeel
De Talmoed - het basiswerk van het traditionele jodendom dat 1500 jaar geleden werd afgesloten - interpreteert de Tora met verschillende uitlegregels: 'De dertien interpretatieregels van Rabbi Jismaeël' (2e eeuw). Deze uitlegtraditie vormt de basis voor de huidige praktijk van de traditionele jodendomsbeleving. Het is alleen mogelijk door te dringen tot de achtergronden van het hedendaagse jodendom via inzicht in de Talmoedische denkwereld. Dit traditionele joods denken volgt een organisch patroon. De Rabbijnse theologie kent een samenhangend complex van ideeën en begrippen: het ene concept volgt niet altijd uit het andere in een logische oorzaak-gevolg relatie. De onderlinge samenhang is veel belangrijker. De tekst van de Tora, de bron waaruit de Rabbijnen hun ideeën putten, vormt een geïntegreerd geheel, dat aan concepten hun betekenis verleent. Het organisch denken van de Talmoed is flexibel en staat verschillende interpretaties van dezelfde fenomenen toe, zonder afbreuk te doen aan de eenheid.

Talmoedisch denken is juridisch doordenken. De verschillende klassieke interpretatiemethoden van de Tora worden aan de hand van vele voorbeelden, tabellen en schema's geanalyseerd. De 'a fortiori' redenering, analogieën, generalisatie- en precedentdenken passeren de revue; principes die ook in het westerse denken een rol spelen.

Uitgeverij Amphora Books, 1999, pap, 227 pp, € 25.00, 9789064460371
Evers, R., S. Wagschal & E. S. Evers
Sjemita hier & daar. 2007-2014 / 5768-5775. Terugblik en vooruitzicht
Na het land in Israël zes jaar te hebben bewerkt en de gewassen en vruchten te hebben geoogst, moeten de boeren het elk zevende jaar laten rusten - het sjemita jaar. Een 'Sjabbat voor het land' noemt de Bijbel het. Wat er dat jaar toch groeit, heeft een gewijzigde status: Je mag het niet oogsten en niet gewoon verkopen.

Het systeem heeft naast een religieus doel, ook een duidelijke sociaal-economische functie. Gedurende dit 7e jaar is iedereen gelijk wat betreft de opbrengst van het land: zowel de landeigenaren als de landlozen. Bovendien laat het bijbelse systeem ook alle schulden vervallen in dit jaar.

In dit boek gaan de auteurs in op de praktische problemen van landbouw in Israël gedurende elk zevende rustjaar: over de traditionele landbouwwerkzaamheden, maar ook kassen, hydrocultuur, siertuinen, en de bloemenindustrie.

Amphora Books, 2008, pap, 101 pp, € 10.00, 9789064460562
Fackenheim, Emil L.
What is Judaism? An Interpretation for the Present Age
A presentation of both an introduction to Judaism and an analysis of its essence in the light of the Holocaust and the creation of the state of Israel, written by a contemporary American philosopher. It begins with the religious situation of the contemporary Jew, and covers topics such as anti-Semitism, Zionism, and the relationship between Judaism and other religions.
Syracuse UP, 1987, pap, 320pp, € 24.50, 9780815606239
Feld, M.
A Spiritual Life: Exploring the Heart and Jewish Tradition
SUNY, 2007, pap, 326 pp, € 21.50, 9780791471883
Feldman, Y.S.
Glory and Agony. Isaac's Sacrifice and National Narrative
Glory and Agony is the first history of the shifting attitudes toward national sacrifice in Hebrew culture over the last century. Its point of departure is Zionism's obsessive preoccupation with its haunting "primal scene" of sacrifice, the near-sacrifice of Isaac, as evidenced in wide-ranging sources from the domains of literature, art, psychology, philosophy, and politics. By placing these sources in conversation with twentieth-century thinking on human sacrifice, violence, and martyrdom, this study draws a complex picture that provides multiple, sometimes contradictory insights into the genesis and gender of national sacrifice.

Extending back over two millennia, this study unearths retellings of biblical and classical narratives of sacrifice, both enacted and aborted, voluntary and violent, male and female—Isaac, Ishmael, Jephthah's daughter, Iphigenia, Jesus. Glory and Agony traces the birth of national sacrifice out of the ruins of religious martyrdom, exposing the sacred underside of Western secularism in Israel as elsewhere.

Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture Series, Stanford UP, 2010, geb, 421 pp, € 76.00, 9780804759021
Finkelman, Y.
Strictly Kosher Reading. Popular Literature and the Condition of Contemporary Orthodoxy
Jewish Identity in Post Modern Society, Academic Studies Press, 2011, geb, 255 pp, € 53.00, 9781936235377
Firestone, Reuven
Holy War in Judaism. The Fall and Rise of a Controversial Idea
Holy War in Judaism is the first book to consider how the concept of holy war disappeared from Jewish thought for almost 2000 years, only to reemerge with renewed vigor in modern times. Holy war, sanctioned or even commanded by God, is a common and recurring theme in the Hebrew Bible, but Rabbinic Judaism largely avoided discussion of holy war in the Talmud and related literatures for the simple reason that it became extremely dangerous and self-destructive. The revival of the holy war idea occurred with the rise of Zionism, and as the need for organized Jewish engagement in military actions developed, Orthodox Jews faced a dilemma. There was great need for all to engage in combat for the survival of the infant state of Israel, but the Talmudic rabbis had virtually eliminated divine authorization for Jews to fight in Jewish armies. The first stage of the revival was sanction for Jews to fight in defense. The next stage emerged with the establishment of the state and allowed Orthodox Jews to enlist even when the community was not engaged in a war of survival. Once the notion of divinely sanctioned warring was revived, it became available to Jews who considered that the historical context justified more aggressive forms of warring. Among some Jews, divinely authorized war became associated not only with defense but also with a renewed kibbush or conquest, a term that became central to the discourse regarding war and peace and the lands conquered by the state of Israel in 1967. By the early 1980's, the rhetoric of holy war had entered the general political discourse of modern Israel. In this book Reuven Firestone identifies, analyzes, and explains the historical, conceptual, and intellectual processes that revived holy war ideas in modern Judaism.
Oxford UP, 2012, geb, 384 pp, € 40.50, 9780199860302
Fishbane, Michael
Sacred Attunement. A Jewish Theology
Contemporary theology, and Jewish theology in particular, Michael Fishbane asserts, now lies fallow, beset by strong critiques from within and without. For Jewish reality, a coherent and wide-ranging response in thoroughly modern terms is needed. Sacred Attunement is Fishbane's attempt to renew Jewish theology for our time, in the larger context of modern and postmodern challenges to theology and theological thought in the broadest sense. The first part of the book regrounds theology in this setting and opens up new pathways through nature, art, and the theological dimension as a whole. In the second section, Fishbane introduces his hermeneutical theology-one grounded in the interpretation of scripture as a distinctly Jewish practice. The third section focuses on modes of self-cultivation for awakening and sustaining a covenant theology. The final section takes up questions of scripture, authority, belief, despair, and obligation as theological topics in their own right.

The first full-scale Jewish theology in America since Abraham J. Heschel's God in Search of Man and the first comprehensive Jewish philosophical theology since Franz Rosenzweig's Star of Redemption, Sacred Attunement is a work of uncommon personal integrity and originality from one of the most distinguished scholars of Judaica in our time.

Chicago UP, 2010, pap, 238 pp, € 32.50, 9780226251721
Fox, S, E. Scheffler & D. Marom (eds)
Visions of Jewish Education
Cambridge UP, 2003, pap, 352 pp, € 37.50, 9780521528993
Frank, A.:
Bert Bakker, 2004, pap, 117 pp, € 10.00, 9035126475
Frankfort-Nachmias, Ch en E. Shadmi (eds.)
Sappho in the Holy Land? Lesbian Existence and Dilemmas in Contemporary Israel
SUNY Series in Israeli Studies, SUNY Press, 2005, pap, 281 pp, € 29.50, 0791463184 / 9780791463185
Freudenthal, G. (ed.)
Science in Medieval Jewish Cultures
Science in Medieval Jewish Cultures provides the first comprehensive overview by world-renowned experts of what we know today of medieval Jews' engagement with the sciences. Many medieval Jews, whether living in Islamic or Christian civilizations, joined Maimonides in accepting the rationalist philosophical-scientific tradition and appropriated extensive bodies of scientific knowledge in various disciplines: astronomy, astrology, mathematics, logic, physics, meteorology, biology, psychology, science of language and medicine.

The appropriated texts - in the original or in Hebrew translation - were the starting points for Jews' own contributions to medieval science and also informed other literary genres: religious-philosophical works, biblical commentaries and even Halakhic (legal) discussions.

This volume's essays will provide readers with background knowledge of medieval scientific thought necessary to properly understand canonical Jewish scientific texts. Its breadth reflects the number and diversity of Jewish cultures in the Middle Ages and the necessity of considering the fortunes of science in each within its specific context.

Cambridge UP, 2011, geb, 547 pp, € 115.00, 9781107001459
Friedman, M.S.
Martin Buber: the life of dialogue
Routledge, 2002, pap, 404 pp, € 36.00, 0415284759 / 9780415284752
Frieze, Donna-Lee (ed)
Totally Unofficial: The Autobiography of Raphael Lemkin
Among the greatest intellectual heroes of modern times, Raphael Lemkin lived an extraordinary life of struggle and hardship, yet altered international law and redefined the world's understanding of group rights. He invented the concept and word "genocide" and propelled the idea into international legal status. An uncommonly creative pioneer in ethical thought, he was nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize. Although Lemkin died alone and in poverty, he left behind a model for a life of activism, a legacy of major contributions to international law, and - not least - an unpublished autobiography. Presented here for the first time is his own account of his life, from his boyhood on a small farm in Poland with his Jewish parents, to his perilous escape from Nazi Europe, through his arrival in the United States and rise to influence as an academic, thinker, and revered lawyer of international criminal law.
Yale University Press, 2013, geb, 293 pp, € 44.95, 9780300186963
Geaves, Ron
Wereldgodsdiensten van A tot Z is een reeks woordenboekjes op het gebied van de grote wereldgodsdiensten: boeddhisme, christendom, hindoeisme, islam en jodendom. Deze reeks biedt een lexicon met heldere en toegankelijke basisinformatie en uitleg over religie, met alle sleuteltermen en concepten, evenals de belangrijkste personen en stromingen. De afzonderlijke boekjes zijn uitermate geschikt als studiemateriaal.
Wereldgodsdiensten van A tot Z, Boom, 2009, pap, 94 pp, € 13.50, 9789085067733
Gelernter, D.
Judaism: A Way of Being
Yale UP, 2009, geb, 225 pp, € 26.50, 9780300151923
Gelernter, D.
Judaism. A Way of Being
by order
Yale UP, 2011, pap, 248 pp, € 18.95, 9780300168150
Gilbert, M.
In Ishmaels House. A History of Jews in Muslim Lands
Yale UP, 2010, geb, 424 pp, € 35.00, 9780300167153
Gilbert, M.
In Ishmaels House. A History of Jews in Muslim Lands
The relationship between Jews and Muslims has been a flashpoint that affects stability in the Middle East and has consequences around the globe. In this absorbing and eloquent book, Martin Gilbert challenges the standard media portrayal and presents a fascinating account of hope, opportunity, fear, and terror that have characterized these two people through the 1,400 years of their intertwined history. Harking back to the Biblical story of Ishmael and Isaac, Gilbert takes the reader from the origins of the fraught relationship - the refusal of Medina's Jews to accept Mohammed as a prophet - through the ages of the Crusader reconquest of the Holy Land and the great Muslim sultanates to the present day. He explores the impact of Zionism in the first half of the twentieth century, the clash of nationalisms during the Second World War, the mass expulsions and exodus of 800,000 Jews from Muslim lands following the birth of Israel, the Six-Day War and its aftermath, and the political sensitivities of the current Middle East. "In Ishmael's House" sheds light on a time of prosperity and opportunity for Jews in Muslim lands stretching from Morocco to Afghanistan, with many instances of Muslim openness, support, and courage. Drawing on Jewish, Christian, and Muslim sources, Gilbert uses archived material, poems, letters, memoirs, and personal testimony to uncover the human voice of this centuries-old conflict. Ultimately Gilbert's moving account of mutual tolerance between Muslims and Jews provides a perspective on current events and a template for the future.
Yale UP, 2010/2011, pap, 424 pp, € 21.00, 9780300177985
Gilbert, Martin
The Routledge Atlas of Jewish History
This newly revised and updated edition of Martin Gilbert's Atlas of Jewish History spans over four thousand years of history in 154 maps, presenting a vivid picture of a fascinating people and the trials and tribulations which have haunted their story. The themes covered include: Prejudice and Violence- from the destruction of Jewish independence between 722 and 586 BC to the flight from German persecution in the 1930s. Also covers the incidence of anti-semitic attacks in the Americas and Europe. Migrations and Movements- from the entry into the promised land to Jewish migration in the twenty- first century, including new maps on recent emigration to Israel from Europe and worldwide. Society, Trade and Culture- from Jewish trade routes between 800 and 900 to the situation of world Jewry in the opening years of the twenty- first century. Politics, Government and War- from the Court Jews of the fifteenth century to the founding and growth of the modern State of Israel.

This new edition is also updated to include maps showing Jewish museums in the United States and Canada, and Europe, as well as American conservation efforts abroad. Other topics covered in this revised edition include Jewish educational outreach projects in various parts of the world, and Jews living under Muslim rule. Forty years on from its first publication, this book is still an indispensible guide to Jewish history.

Routledge, 2010 (8th edition), pap, 161 pp, € 28.95, 9780415558112
Gilboa, V. (ed)
Catalog of the Bernice and Henry Tuman Collection of Jewish Ceremonial Objects in the Harvard College Library and the Harvard Semitic Museum
This volume features photographic reproductions of 166 Jewish ceremonial objects including wine cups, beakers, Sabbath lamps, candlesticks, spice boxes, Hanukkah lamps, Torah pointers, crowns, shields, and finials, plates for the Passover Seder and other occasions, charity boxes, Esther scrolls, containers for the etrog fruit used on Sukkot, marriage rings, amulets, and others.
Harvard University Library, 1993, pap, 172 pp, € 28.90, 9780674017955
Ginzberg, Louis
Legends of the Jews, 2 vol reissue
This is the JPS classic reissue of a Jewish masterpiece, reset in two volumes with all new indexes. To this day Legends of the Jews remains a most remarkable and comprehensive compilation of stories connected to the Hebrew Bible. It is an indispensable reference on that body of literature known as Midrash, the imaginative retelling and elaboration on Bible stories in which mythological tales about demons and magic co-exist with moralistic stories about the piety of the patriarchs.

Launched in 1901 by The Jewish Publication Society, the original project began as a single volume of 1,000 pages but grew much larger by 1938, when the seventh volume containing the indexes was finally published.

As the scion of two distinguished rabbinical families, Ginzberg studied in the great Lithuanian yeshivot of Telz and Slobodka. Later he received his secular education at Strassburg and Heidelberg universities. This combination of religious and secular learning enabled him to pursue with great passion the wide-ranging roots of Jewish legend. Ginzberg believed that Jewish legend was both earlier and greater than what was represented in the Talmud and midrashic collections - the primary Rabbinic sources. And so he scoured Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and Oriental sources to rediscover the fine threads of Jewish legend. The result was a masterpiece: a single, coherent collection of legends that follows the biblical narrative, accompanied by detailed notes that reveal a complex subtext of often intersecting and multi-layered levels of influence, borrowed notions, and interpretive commentaries.

Four new indexes and a new introduction by David Stern, Professor of Postbiblical and Medieval Hebrew Literature, and Director of the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, complete the reissue of one of the greatest classics of modern Jewish literature.

JPS Classic Reissues, JPS, 2003, geb, 1482 pp, € 126.95, 9780827607095
Glazer, A. L.
A New Physiognomy of Jewish Thinking. Critical Theory After Adorno as Applied to Jewish Thought
A New Jewish Thinking is a search for authenticity that combines critical thinking with a yearning for heartfelt poetics, because returning to religion with the hope of achieving some kind of redemption still needs to remain possible. This book explores how Adorno's ruminations on the essence of music can lead to an understanding of how the metaphysics of music temporality can redeem thinking and thus religion. The author demonstrates that the return to authenticity can inform an integrated praxis of Critical Judaism. Increasingly, there is a growing sentiment that Judaism is in the midst of a theological crisis. By turning to Adorno, Aubrey L. Glazer seeks to reinvigorate and revitalize Jewish thought for the 21st century. By scrutinizing one of the most important critical junctures in modern intellectual history, with Adorno and the Frankfurt School, Glazer formulates new spiritual and intellectual guidelines for the a new Jewish thinking.
Continuum Studies in Jewish Thought, Continuum, 2011, geb, 208 pp, € 87.95, 9781441133984
Goldberg, H. E.
Jewish Passages: Cycles of Jewish Life
American or Middle Eastern, Ashkenazi or Sephardi, insular or immersed in modern life - however diverse their situations or circumstances, Jews draw on common traditions and texts when they mark life's momentous events and rites of passage. The interplay of past and present, of individual practice and collective identity, emerges as a central fact of contemporary Jewish experience in Harvey E. Goldberg's multifaceted account of how Jews celebrate and observe the cycles of life. A leading anthropologist of Jewish culture, Goldberg draws on his own experience as well as classic sources and the latest research to create a nuanced portrait of Jewish rituals and customs that balances the reality of 'ordinary Jews' with the authority of tradition. Looking at classic rites of passage such as circumcision and marriage, along with emerging life-milestone practices like pilgrimage and identity-seeking tourism, Jewish Passages aptly reflects the remarkable cultural and religious diversity within Judaism. This work offers a new view of Jewish culture and history with the individual firmly situated at their center by blending anecdote and historical vignettes with rabbinic, midrashic, and anthropological insights; by exploring Sephardi and Ashkenazi traditions as well as modern ideologies; and by bringing into sharp relief the activities of women and relations with Gentile neighbors. As such, this book provides a unique window on the particulars - and the significance - of personal and communal acts of identification among Jews past, present, and future.
University of California Press, 2003, geb, 392 pp, € 42.50, 9780520206939
Goldberg, H.E.
The Life of Judaism
The Life of Religion Series, California UP, 2001, pap, 258 pp, € 26.25, 0520227530
Goldish, J.C.
Once Jews. Stories of Caribbean Sephardim
Markus Wiener Publishers, 2009, pap, 334 pp, € 38.00, 9781558764941
Goldman, S.
Gods Sacred Tongue. Hebrew & the American Imagination
North Carolina UP, 2004, geb, 349 pp, € 42.50, 9780807828359
Goldstein, A., C. Middleburgh
High & Holy Days. A Book of Jewish Wisdom
Canterbury Press, 2010, geb, 212 pp, € 19.50, 9781853119941
Goldstein, D.B.
Jacobs Legacy : A Genetic View of Jewish History
Yale UP, 2009, pap, 148pp, € 16.00, 9780300151282
Goldstein, E.L.
The Price of Whiteness. Jews, Race, and American Identity
What has it meant to be Jewish in a nation preoccupied with the categories of black and white? "The Price of Whiteness" documents the uneasy place Jews have held in America's racial culture since the late nineteenth century. The book traces Jews' often tumultuous encounter with race from the 1870s through World War II, when they became vested as part of America's white mainstream and abandoned the practice of describing themselves in racial terms. American Jewish history is often told as a story of quick and successful adaptation, but Goldstein demonstrates how the process of identifying as white Americans was an ambivalent one, filled with hard choices and conflicting emotions for Jewish immigrants and their children.Jews enjoyed a much greater level of social inclusion than African Americans, but their membership in white America was frequently made contingent on their conformity to prevailing racial mores and on the eradication of their perceived racial distinctiveness. While Jews consistently sought acceptance as whites, their tendency to express their own group bonds through the language of "race" led to deep misgivings about what was required of them. Today, despite the great success Jews enjoy in the United States, they still struggle with the constraints of America's black-white dichotomy. "The Price of Whiteness" concludes that while Jews' status as white has opened many doors for them, it has also placed limits on their ability to assert themselves as a group apart.
Princeton UP, 2006/2007, pap, 307 pp, € 26.75, 9780691136318
Goodman, L.E.
Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself
Oxford UP, 2008, geb, 235 pp, € 43.00, 9780195328820
Goodman, Lenn E.
On Justice: An Essay in Jewish Philosophy
What is fair? How and when can punishment be legitimate? Is there recompense for human suffering? How can we understand ideas about immortality or an afterlife in the context of critical thinking on the human condition? In this book L. E. Goodman presents the first general theory of justice in this century to make systematic use of the Jewish sources and to bring them into a philosophical dialogue with the leading ethical and political texts of the Western tradition. Goodman takes an ontological approach to questions of natural and human justice, developing a theory of community and of nonvindictive yet retributive punishment that is grounded in careful analysis of various Jewish sources-biblical, rabbinic, and philosophical, His exegesis of these sources allow Plato, Kant, and Rawls to join in a discourse with Spinoza and medieval rationalists, such as Saasidah and Maimonides, who speak in a very different idiom but address many of the same themes. Drawing on sources old and new, Jewish and non-Jewish, Goodman offers fresh perspectives on important moral and theological issues that will be of interest to both Jewish and secular philosophers.
The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, Littman, 2008, pap, 285 pp, € 27.50, 9781904113706
Goodman, M., J. Cohen & D. Sorkin (eds)
The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies
Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology, Oxford UP, 2005, pap, 1037 pp, € 54.90, 0199280320 / 9780199280322
Goshen-Gottstein, Alon, Eugene Korn
Jewish Theology and World Religions
Two of the most pervasive aspects of modern Jewish life are interaction with people of other faiths and exposure to their beliefs to a degree unknown in the past. Jewish thinking regarding other religions has not succeeded in keeping pace with the contemporary realities that regularly confront most Jews, nor has it adequately assimilated the ways in which other religions have changed their teachings about Jews and Judaism. Many Jews who grapple with Jewish tradition in the contemporary world want to know how Judaism sees today's non-Jewish other in order to affirm itself. Re-examining Jewish tradition, they seek guidance in understanding their interfaith relationships in the light of a Jewish religious mission. Jewish Theology and World Religions advances this conversation, exploring critical issues that Jews and Jewish thought face when relating to Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. It also analyses the philosophical issues raised by pluralism, non-exclusive approaches to religious truth, and appreciating the religious other.

The contributors to this volume represent a range of disciplines and denominations within Judaism and share the conviction that articulating contemporary Jewish views of other world religions is an urgent objective for Judaism. Their essays show why formulating a Jewish theology of world religions is a priority for Jewish thinkers and educators concerned with reinvigorating Judaism's contribution to the contemporary world, and how it coheres with maintaining Jewish identity and continuity.

Littman Library, 2012, geb, 360 pp, € 56.00, 9781906764098
Green, A.
A Guide to the Zohar
Stanford UP, 2004, pap, 191 pp, € 21.00, 9780804749084
Green, Arthur
Radical Judaism : Rethinking God & Tradition
How do we articulate a religious vision that embraces evolution and human authorship of Scripture? Drawing on the Jewish mystical traditions of Kabbalah and Hasidism, path-breaking Jewish scholar Arthur Green argues that a neomystical perspective can help us to reframe these realities, so they may yet be viewed as dwelling places of the sacred. In doing so, he rethinks such concepts as God, the origins and meaning of existence, human nature, and revelation to construct a new Judaism for the twenty-first century.
Franz Rosenzweig Lecture Series, Yale, 2010, pap, 197pp, € 27.00, 9780300152326
Greenspahn, F. E. (ed.)
Women and Judaism. New Insights and Scholarship
Jewish Studies in the Twenty-First Century, NYU Press, 2009, pap, 268 pp, € 18.95, 9780814732199
Greenspoon, L.J., R.A. Simkins and B.J. Horowitz (eds.)
The Jews of Eastern Europe
Most American Jews have roots in Eastern Europe. The experiences of our nineteenth- and twentieth-century ancestors continue to influence, in one way or another, thinking about Jewish art, literature, theater, education, religious observance, and political activities. The Eastern European experience was far from monolithic for these Jews, however, and wide gaps separate the realities of their lives from the often idealized, sometimes romanticized views still popular today.

This volume contains a series of lucidly written, well-argued essays that identify key features of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, provide insight into its abiding relevance, and comment on the history of related scholarship. In the process, these authors bring to life many little-known as well as prominent individuals and the communities they inhabited and influenced. With its solid scholarly foundations, full annotations, and graceful narratives, this collection should appeal to general readers as well as specialists.

Studies in Jewish Civilization, 16, University of Nebraska Press, 2006, pap, 351 pp, € 34.00, 9781881871477
Haberman, Bonna Dvevora
Israeli Feminism Liberating Judaism. Blood and Ink
This engaging feminist approach to Judaism blends the interpretation of primary Jewish sources with contemporary social change. Bonna Devora Haberman shares her first-hand account of the "Women of the Wall" and a feminist approach to traditional Judaism, while interacting with ancient Jewish texts.

In a rich network of sources, seaming together scholarship with activism, Haberman analyzes the sacred with attention to power and gender. While much religious and national culture focuses on death and sacrifice, Haberman proposes an alternative model for a Jewish theology of liberation: birth - no less universal than death. Life-giving rather than life-taking is the nucleus of this work, reformulating performances of gender in a realm of exaggerated sexual difference. Using her experiences with the "Women of the Wall" movement interwoven in scripture, Haberman contributes toward liberating religious culture from its gender oppressions, and rendering religion a liberating force in society.

'Religious Judaism, Western modernity, Israel, and feminism are among my homelands. As both a native and a foreigner in each, otherness enriches my perspective. As a modern woman, many traditional Jewish structures of power and authority render me other; as an observant Jew and Israeli, many feminist contexts delegitimize and render me other. I am other within male-dominated traditions of interpretation, Jewish and Western, an academic among social activists, and a social activist among academics. Decades of study, teaching, and activism, prayer, study, and ritual, birth and nurture inform this work..Fervent desire for liberation - to alleviate suffering and oppression -....motivates my writing'.-from the Introduction

Lexington Books, 2012, geb, 251 pp, € 61.50, 9780739167854
Habib, J.
Israel, Diaspora, and the Routes of National Belonging
Toronto UP, 2004, pap, 317 pp, € 31.00, 0802085105
Hahn, B.
The Jewess Pallas Athena. This too a Theory of Modernity
Princeton UP, 2005, geb, 233 pp, € 39.25, 0691116148
Halbertal, M.
Concealment and Revelation: Esotericism in Jewish Thought and its Philosophical Implications
translated by J. Feldman By Order
Princeton UP, 2007, geb, 220 pp, € 31.00, 9780691125718
Harris, J.M. (ed.)
Be`erot Yitzhak: Studies In Memory of Isadore Twersky
met Hebreeuwse sectie, 93 pp by order / te bestellen
Harvard UP, 2005, geb, 546 pp, € 57.50, 0674018079
Hartman, D.
The Boundaries of Judaism
The Kogod Library of Judaic Studies, Continuum, 2007, pap, 193 pp, € 28.75, 9780826496645
Hart, M. (ed.)
Jewish Blood. Reality and Metaphor in History, Religion and Culture
Routledge Jewish Studies Series, Routledge, 2009, geb, 214 pp, € 91.00, 9780415477499
Hart, Mitchell B.
The Healthy Jew. The Symbiosis of Judaism and Modern Medicine
The Healthy Jew traces the culturally revealing story of how Moses, the rabbis, and other Jewish thinkers came to be understood as medical authorities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Such a radically different interpretation, by scholars and popular writers alike, resulted in new, widespread views on the salubrious effects of, for example, circumcision, Jewish sexual purity laws, and kosher foods.

The Healthy Jew explores this interpretative tradition in the light of a number of broader debates over 'civilization' and 'culture', Orientalism, religion and science (in the wake of Darwin), anti-Semitism and Jewish apologetics, and the scientific and medical discoveries and debates that revolutionized the fields of bacteriology, preventive medicine, and genetics/eugenics.

Cambridge UP, 2007, geb, 264 pp, € 61.00, 9780521877183
Hayoun, Maurice-Ruben
L’exégèse juive: exégèse et philosophie dans le judaïsme
Que sais-je?, PUF, 2000, pap, 127pg, € 8.90
Heide, A. van der
Het jodendom
Op een toegankelijke wijze wordt een beschrijving gegeven van de joodse godsdienst, zoals die zich in een lange geschiedenis heeft ontwikkeld en in de huidige tijd wordt beleefd en geleefd.

Na de geschiedenis van het joodse volk volgt een overzicht van de belangrijkste joodse geschriften (Bijbel, Talmud, Midrash, Zohar) en de belangrijkste godsdienstige voorstellingen (Halacha, Kabbala, Messianisme). Een apart hoofdstuk is gewijd aan joodse feesten, rituelen en gebruiken.

Serie Wegwijs Wereldreligies, Kok, pap, 190 pp, € 17.50, 9789043503624
Heilman, Samuel C.
When a Jew Dies. The Ethnography of a Bereaved Son
Samuel Heilman's eloquent account of the traditional customs that are put into practice when a Jewish person dies provides both an informative anthropological perspective on Jewish rites of mourning and a moving chronicle of the loss of his own father. This unique narrative crosses and recrosses the boundary between the academic and the religious, the personal and the general, reflecting Heilman's changing roles as social scientist, bereaved son, and observant Jew. Not only describing but explaining the cultural meaning behind Jewish practices and traditions, this extraordinary book shows what is particular and what is universal about Jewish experiences of death, bereavement, mourning, and their aftermath.

Heilman describes the many phases of death: the moment between life and death, the transitional period when the dead have not yet been laid to rest, the preparation of the body(tahara), the Jewish funeral, the early seven-day period of mourning (shivah), the nearly twelve months during which the kaddish is recited, and the annual commemorations of bereavement. The richly informative ethnography that surrounds Heilman's personal account deepens our understanding of the customs and traditions that inform the Jewish cultural response to death.

When a Jew Dies concludes by revealing the rhythm that lies beneath the Jewish experience with death. It finds that however much death has thrown life into disequilibrium, the Jewish response is to follow a precisely timed series of steps during which the dead are sent on their way and the living are reintegrated into the group and into life. Filled with absorbing detail and insightful interpretations that draw from social science as well as Jewish sources, this book offers new insight into one of the most profound and often difficult situations that almost everyone must face.

Chicago UP, 2001, geb, 271 pp, € 36.50, 9780520219656
Heinze, A.R.
Jews and the American Soul. Human Nature in the 20th Century
What do Joyce Brothers and Sigmund Freud, Rabbi Harold Kushner and philosopher Martin Buber have in common? They belong to a group of pivotal and highly influential Jewish thinkers who altered the face of modern America in ways few people recognize. So argues Andrew Heinze, who reveals in rich and unprecedented detail the extent to which Jewish values, often in tense interaction with an established Christian consensus, shaped the country's psychological and spiritual vocabulary. Jews and the American Soul is the first book to recognize the central role Jews and Jewish values have played in shaping American ideas of the inner life. It overturns the widely shared assumption that modern ideas of human nature derived simply from the nation's Protestant heritage. Heinze marshals a rich array of evidence to show how individuals ranging from Erich Fromm to Ann Landers changed the way Americans think about mind and soul. The book shows us the many ways that Jewish thinkers influenced everything from the human potential movement and pop psychology to secular spirituality. It also provides fascinating new interpretations of Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler, and Western views of the psyche; the clash among Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish moral sensibilities in America; the origins and evolution of America's psychological and therapeutic culture; the role of Jewish women as American public moralists, and more. A must-read for anyone interested in the contribution of Jews and Jewish culture to modern America.
Princeton UP, 2004, geb, 438 pp, € 53.50, 9780691117553
Heschel, Abraham Joshua
De mens is niet alleen . De ervaring van Gods aanwezigheid
Puttend uit Bijbelse en Joodse bronnen beschrijft Abraham Joshue Heschel een ervaring die de grenzen van de geinstitutionaliseerde religies verre overstijgt. Hij weet de grenzen van het menselijk denken te traceren en schetst een magnifiek uitzicht op Gods wereld, het mysterie van zijn liefde en zijn behoefte aan de mens.
Kok, 2011, pap, 271 pp, € 29.99, 9789043518932
Heschel, Abraham Joshua
De Profeten
The Prophets van Abraham Joshua Heschel sloeg bij verschijning in 1962 in als een bom. Meteen werd dit boek herkend als een meesterwerk, een boek vol bijbelse geleerdheid. Het is een briljant onderzoek naar de oudtestamentische profeet als uniek mens, en in die gedaante als boodschapper van God. Het boek toont de ongelofelijke betrokkenheid van de Eeuwige bij de geschiedenis van de mensheid. De profeten kijken naar de samenleving vanuit de optiek van God, die schreeuwt over onrecht en hartstochtelijk ijvert voor gerechtigheid.

Dit door velen gewaardeerde boek biedt lezers van het Oude Testament - joden, christenen en andere geinteresserden - de mogelijkheid om op een intiem en diep niveau inzicht te krijgen in Israels profetische beweging.

Deze eerste vertaling in het Nederlands kwam tot stand op verzoek van rabbijn prof. Yehuda Aschkenasy (1924-2011) en in samenwerking met de stichting 'De profeten NU'.

Skandalon, 2013, geb, 654 pp, € 50.00, 9789490708740
Heschel, Abraham Joshua
De Profeten
The Prophets van Abraham Joshua Heschel sloeg bij verschijning in 1962 in als een bom. Meteen werd dit boek herkend als een meesterwerk, een boek vol bijbelse geleerdheid. Het is een briljant onderzoek naar de oudtestamentische profeet als uniek mens, en in die gedaante als boodschapper van God. Het boek toont de ongelofelijke betrokkenheid van de Eeuwige bij de geschiedenis van de mensheid. De profeten kijken naar de samenleving vanuit de optiek van God, die schreeuwt over onrecht en hartstochtelijk ijvert voor gerechtigheid.

Dit door velen gewaardeerde boek biedt lezers van het Oude Testament - joden, christenen en andere geinteresserden - de mogelijkheid om op een intiem en diep niveau inzicht te krijgen in Israels profetische beweging.

Deze eerste vertaling in het Nederlands kwam tot stand op verzoek van rabbijn prof. Yehuda Aschkenasy (1924-2011) en in samenwerking met de stichting 'De profeten NU'.

Skandalon, 2015, pap, 656 pp, € 40.00, 9789492183156
Heschel, Abraham Joshua
De Sabbat & Vernieuwing vanuit de traditie.Een joodse visie op verbondenheid
Elegant en op meeslepende wijze schetst Heschel de betekenis van de sabbat in onze huidige cultuur. Hij geeft antwoord op vragen als: Waarom bestaat er een rustdag? Hoe werd deze een heilige dag? Waarom is de sabbat in de gehele wereld geaccepteerd?

De Sabbat, inmiddels een klassiek werk uit de joodse spiritualiteit, is gelezen door duizenden mensen met verschillende levensvisies op zoek naar een orieatiepunt binnen de moderne samenleving. In deze korte, diepzinnige beschouwing over de betekenis van de zevende dag ontvouwt Heschel zijn indrukwekkende en invloedrijke idee over een heilige bouwkunst die niet in de ruimte verschijnt maar in de tijd. Het jodendom, betoogt hij, is een religie van tijd: de echte betekenis ligt niet in de ruimte en de dingen daarin, maar in de tijd en de eeuwigheid die de ruimte bezielen, zodat de sabbatsdagen onze grootste kathedralen zijn.

In de overige zes essays bespreekt Heschel de waarde van onze inspanningen, de reikwijdte van onze verwachtingen en de betekenis van onze daden. Hij benadrukt dat het heilige een universele aanwezigheid is en geen enkele religie de waarheid kan claimen. Heschel erkent het nut van dogmas maar het gaat hem niet om vorm, inhoud of strijdvragen. Het gaat om de realisering van waarden waarvan de geest van alle tijden zich spottend, verbitterd of onverschillig lijkt af te keren, maar die zich ook door de eeuwen heen onverwoestbaar hebben getoond.

Fenomenologische klassieken 7, Uitgeverij Abraxas, 2006, pap, 221 pp, € 19.90, 9789080730076
Heschel, Abraham Joshua
God in Search of Man. A Philosophy of Judaism
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1983, pap, 437 pp, € 17.50, 9780374513313
Heschel, Abraham Joshua
God zoekt de mens: een filosofie van het jodendom
4e druk, geheel herziene uitgave,
Abraham Joshua Heschel is een van de belangrijkste joodse denkers van de 20ste eeuw. God zoekt de mens is het kernboek van Heschels oeuvre.
De godsdienst, zegt Heschel, raakte niet in verval omdat hij weerlegd werd, maar omdat hij saai, benauwend, zouteloos werd. Wanneer geloof vervangen wordt door leer, aanbidding door regels, liefde door gewoonte, wanneer geloof alleen spreekt namens het gezag en niet met de stem van het mededogen, dan wordt zijn boodschap zinloos. Heschel herschept het joodse geloof in een spirituele zienswijze.
Fenomenologische klassieken deel 4, Abraxas, 2005/2011, pap, 479 pp, € 32.50, 9789080730052
Heschel, Abraham Joshua
Heavenly Torah, As Refracted Through the Generations
Known most widely for his role in the civil rights and peace movements of the 1960s, Abraham Joshua Heschel made major scholarly contributions to the fields of biblical studies, rabbinics, medieval Jewish philosophy, Hasidism, and mysticism. Yet, his most ambitious scholarly achievement, his three-volume study of Rabbinic Judaism, is only now appearing in English. Heschel's great insight is that the world of rabbinic thought can be divided into two types or schools, those of Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Ishmael, and that the historic disputes between the two are based on fundamental differences over the nature of revelation and religion. Furthermore, this disagreement constitutes a basic and necessary ongoing polarity within Judaism between immanence and transcendence, mysticism and rationalism, neo-Platonism and Aristotelianism. Heschel then goes on to show how these two fundamental theologies of revelation may be used to interpret a great number of topics central to Judaism.
Continuum, 2005, pap, 814 pp, € 42.95, 9780826418920
Heschel, Abraham Joshua
In het licht van zijn aangezicht. De betekenis van het gebed in de joodse gedachtenwereld
Bijleveld, 2000, pap, 160 pp, € 18.50, 9789061316824
Heschel, Abraham Joshua
Man is not alone. A Philosophy of Religion
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1951/1997, pap, 305 pp, € 16.95, 9780374513283
Heschel, Abraham Joshua
The Ineffable Name of God: Man. Poems in Yiddish and English
Continuum, 2007, pap, 205 pp, € 12.50, 9780826418937
Heschel, Abraham Joshua
The Prophets
Perennial Classics, 2001, pap, 672 pp, € 21.50, 9780060936990
Heschel, Abraham Joshua
The Sabbath
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005, pap, 118 pp, € 13.95, 9780374529758
Heschel, Abraham Joshua
Who is Man?
Stanford UP, 1965, pap, 119 pp, € 25.90, 9780804702669
Heschel, S.
Abraham Heschel. Essential Writings
Modern Spiritual Masters Series, Orbis, 2011, pap, 189 pp, € 18.90, 9781570759192
Heyl, Benjamin
Kan van Joodse zijde, Christenen, het Christendom naderbij gebracht worden?
GM Gast-huis magazine special, Gasthuis, 2006, pap, 167 pp, € 15.00, heyl
Hillebrand, K.
"Nicht mit uns". Das Leben van Leonie und Walter Frankenstein.
te bestellen
Judischer Verlag, 2008, geb, ca 280 pp, € 24.50, 9783633542321
Hokken, Ton
Huis van de levenden. De Joodse begraafplaats aan de Oostzeedijk te Rotterdam
Aan de Rotterdamse Oostzeedijk ligt, verscholen achter een muur, een ruim drie eeuwen oude joodse begraafplaats. Al bijna tweehonderd jaar wordt er niet meer begraven. De zerken staan verstild tussen de oude muur en de hoge moderne bebouwing. Het is een van de weinige oude monumenten van Rotterdam en waarschijnlijk de minst bekende. Het Rotterdams Gemeentearchief heeft in 1976 fotos van de zerken laten maken. Dankzij dit initiatief was het mogelijk alle grafstenen in dit boek af te beelden en de Hebreeuwse teksten erop te laten vertalen; ten gevolge van erosie is de leesbaarheid van de inscripties inmiddels aanzienlijk teruggelopen. Met behulp van de op deze wijze verkregen gegevens kon in het archief vervolgens van vele begravenen worden achterhaald wie zij waren. Dit bijzondere onderzoek geeft een menselijk gezicht aan wat in de geschiedenisboeken enigszins abstract wordt aangeduid als 'de Rotterdamse joodse gemeenschap tussen ca. 1770 en 1820'. Het boek bevat een rijk geillustreerde inleiding en diverse bijlagen, waaronder een met alle grafteksten in het Hebreeuws met een Engelse vertaling
Primavera Pers, 2009, geb, 320 pp, € 39.50, 9789059970854
Holtz, B.W.
Finding our Way: Jewish Texts and the Lives We Live Today
JPS, 2005, 2nd ed., pap, 271 pp, € 21.90, 0827608187
Homolka, W. (Herausgeber) Mitarb.: Jacob, W. & Ben-Chorin, T.
Die Lehren des Judentums nach den Quellen. 3 Bnd.
Jüdische Verlaganstalt Berlin, 1999, geb, 462, 360, 502 pp, € 57.50
Hoofd, H. van, L. van Coeverden, rabbijn R. Evers (red)
Van Jom tot Jom, Joods leven van dag tot dag
voor 10-14 jarigen, gebaseerd op D, Hausdorf: Jom Jom, geheel herschreven en bewerkt door M. Samama
NIK, 2011, geb, 281 pp, € 23.50, 9789071727368
Horn, L.
Else Berg en Mommie Schwarz. Kunstenaarspaar in Amsterdam 1910-1942
Deze dubbelmonografie over het kunstenaarspaar Else Berg en Mommie (Samuel) Schwarz geeft een bijzonder tijdsbeeld van de periode waarin zij samenwerkten. Van 1910 tot 1942 maakten ze deel uit van de Amsterdams-Bergense avant-garde. Ze reisden samen door Europa en lieten zich inspireren door bevriende kunstenaars als Leo Gestel en Charley Toorop.

Dit boek geeft voor het eerst een prachtig overzicht van het leven en werk van beide kunstenaars, aangevuld met vele niet eerder gepubliceerde foto's.
De Kunst, 2012, pap, 192 pp, € 35.00, 9789491196188
Horst, P. van der
Joodse Miniatuurtjes. Vijftig korte schetsen van joods leven & denken
Dit boek beschrijft het jodendom in zeer gevarieerde gedaantes. Het accent ligt op het vroege jodendom, dat wil zeggen op het jodendom uit de Oudheid en de vroege nabijbelse periode. Toch komen hier ook thema's uit de Middeleeuwen en - in mindere mate - de moderne tijd aan de orde. Over de rabbijnse visie waarom engelen niet eten, omgekeerde toverschalen die als bescherming tegen boze geesten onder de vloeren in de huizen werden begraven, en de Dömneh, de nazaten van de volgelingen van Sabbatai Tzvi, waarover nog steeds veel onbevestigde en controversiele zaken worden rondverteld. We komen Choni de regenmaker tegen, en Chiwi al-Balkhi - een middeleeuwse vrijdenker. Ook de Dode Zee Rollen passeren de revue, geschriften die rabbijnen en geleerden met het gegeven confronteerde dat 2000 jaar geleden de bijbeltekst klaarblijkelijk nog niet helemaal was vastgelegd.

Wie dit boek leest, komt tot de conclusie dat joodse cultuurgeschiedenis in de breedste zin van het woord veel verrassende en fascinerende zaken biedt. En dat grasduinen in die geschiedenis altijd iets oplevert dat de moeite loont om ermee kennis te maken.

Amphora Books, 2009, pap, 179 pp, € 16.50, 9789064460647
Hughes, Aaron W.
The Study of Judaism. Authenticity, Identity, Scholarship
The relationship between Jewish studies and religious studies is a long and complicated one, full of tensions and possibilities. Whereas the majority of scholars working within Jewish studies contend that the discipline is in a very healthy state, many who work in theory and method in religious studies disagree. For them, Jewish studies represents all that is wrong with the modern academic study of religion: too introspective, too ethnic, too navel-gazing, and too willing to reify or essentialize data that it constructs in its own image. In this book, Aaron W. Hughes explores the unique situation of Jewish studies and how it intersects with religious studies, noting particular areas of concern for those interested in the field's intellectual health and future flourishing. Hughes provides a detailed study of origins, principles, and assumptions, documenting the rise of Jewish studies in Germany and its migration to Israel and the United States. Current issues facing the academic study of Judaism are discussed, including the role of private foundations that seek inroads into the academy.

Aaron W. Hughes is Philip S. Bernstein Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Rochester.

SUNY Press, 2013, geb, 172 pp, € 67.00, 9781438448619
Hughes, Aaron W. (ed.)
Defining Judaism. A Reader
Defining Judaism illustrates the range of theoretical and practical issues involved in defining Judaism for the purposes of comparative and historical studies. The book is divided into four overlapping sections that all deal, in various ways, with the configuration of 'Judaism' and how this configuration relates to other historical and/or disciplinary contexts. Texts range from historical attempts to define individual 'Jews' to imagining Judaism as a religion like other religions to modern and post-modern attempts to decenter these earlier definitions. The texts anthologized here are put into context by a comprehensive general introduction, as well as individual introductions to each of the four parts. Although all of the texts collected here are interested in defining Judaism, the theories underpinning their definitions are relevant to anyone interested in the academic study of religion.
Critical Categories in the Study of Religon, Equinox, 2010, pap, 294p, € 37.50, 9781845536091
Hughes, A.W.
Jewish Philosophy A-Z
Van 85,- voor 35,-

In an accessible style and format, Jewish Philosophy A-Z covers everything from Philo to Levinas and explores non-Jewish thinkers, such as Plotinus and Heidegger, who have had an important influence on Jewish philosophy.

Philosophy A-Z Series, Edinburgh UP, 2005, geb, 180 pp, € 35.00, 9780748622184
Hughes, A.W.
The Art of Dialogue in Jewish Philosophy
Indiana UP, 2008, pap, 234 pp, € 21.50, 9780253219442
Hughes, A.W. & E.R. Wolfson (eds)
New Directions in Jewish Philosophy
Indiana UP, 2010, pap, 362 pp, € 25.00, 9780253221643
Idel, Moshe
Ascensions on High in Jewish Mysticism: Pillars, Lines, Ladders
Central European UP, 2005, pap, 249 pp, € 27.50, 9789637326035
Isaacs, R.H.
Amazing Jewish Facts and Curiosities: Can You Believe it?
This book presents an array of strange facts and curiosities about Jewish customs and rituals. In the great body of Jewish literature there are a plethora of fascinating (but relatively unknown), strange, and unusual statements, curiosities, oddities, and other bits of information that have accumulated over the centuries. This book gathers these curiosities and presents them thematically for the reader's pleasure.
Rowman & Littlefield, 2004, pap, 165 pp, € 35.20, 9780742543546
Isaacs, R.H.
Mitzvot. A Sourcebook for the 613 Commandments
Jason Aronson, 1996, geb, 265 pp, € 37.50, 1568219008 / 9781568219004
Israel,Y.(ed )
In the light of the Menorah: Story of a Symbol
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The Israel Museum, 1998, geb, 212 pp, € 52.00, 965278237
Jabes, E.
The Book of Questions. Volume 1 The Book of Questions, The Book of Yukel & Return to the Book
Wesleyan UP, 1991, pap, 403 pp, € 41.00, 0819562475
Jabes, E.
The Book of Questions. Volume 2 Yael, Elya, Aely, El or the Last Book
Wesleyan UP, 1991, pap, 444 pp, € 41.00, 0819562483
Jacobs, J. A. (ed.)
Judaic Sources and Western Thought. Jerusalem`s Enduring Presence
Judaic Sources and Western Thought: Jerusalem's Enduring Presence explores the significance and enduring relevance of Judaic roots and sources of important European and Western moral and political ideas and ideals. The volume focuses on the distinct character of Judaic thought concerning moral value, the individual human being, the nature of political order, relations between human beings, and between human beings and God. In doing so, it shows how Judaic thought contains crucial resources for engaging some of the most important issues of moral and political life. The currents of thought that have shaped the so-called 'Judeo-Christian' tradition involve diverse perspectives and emphases. The essays in this volume bring into relief the distinctly Judaic origins of many of them and explicate how they remain valuable resources for moral and political thought. These are not essays in Jewish intellectual history; rather, their purpose is to clarify the conceptual resources, insights, and perspectives grounded in Judaic texts and thought. To realize that purpose the essays address important topics in philosophical anthropology, exploring the normative dimensions of human nature and fundamental features of the human condition. The essays speak to scholars and students in several disciplines and areas of study. These include moral philosophy, religion, philosophy of religion, ethics, Jewish intellectual history, comparative religion, theology, and other areas.The volume draws the work of ten scholars into a coherent whole, reflecting the connections between fundamental insights and commitments of Judaic thought and ideals.
Oxford UP, 2011, geb, 284 pp, € 68.95, 9780199583157
Jacobson, E.
Metaphysics of the Profane. The political Theology of Walter Benjamin and Gershom Sholem
Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem are regarded as two of the most influential Jewish thinkers of the twentieth century. Together they produced a dynamic body of ideas that has had a lasting impact on the study of religion, philosophy, and literary criticism. Drawing from Benjamin's and Scholem's ideas on messianism, language, and divine justice, this book traces the intellectual exchange through the early decades of the twentieth century -- from Berlin, Bern, and Munich in the throws of war and revolution to Scholem's departure for Palestine in 1923. It begins with a close reading of Benjamin's early writings and a study of Scholem's theological politics, followed by an examination of Benjamin's proposals on language and the influence these ideas had on Scholem's scholarship on Jewish mysticism. From there the book turns to their ideas on divine justice -- from Benjamin's critique of original sin and violence to Scholem's application of the categories to the prophets and Bolshevism
Columbia UP, 2003, pap, 337 pp, € 32.00, 9780231126571
Jacobs, S. L.
The Jewish Experience. An Introduction to Jewish History and Jewish Life
Explores the richness and meaning of Jewish life through history, introducing the basics of Jewish history, the tradition of texts, key philosophical and theological issues and thinkers, the Judaic calendar, contemporary global concerns and what the future may portend for Judaism
Fortress Press, 2010, pap, 228 pp, € 31.00, 9780800696634
Jelen, S. E., M.P. Kramer & L.S. Lerner
Modern Jewish Literatures. Intersections and Boundaries
Pennsylvania UP, 2011, geb, 360 pp, € 53.95, 9780812242720
Johnson, Paul
A History of the Jews
A classic study of the Jews by a best selling author.In this critically acclaimed book, Paul Johnson delves deep into the 4,000-year history of the Jews: a race of awe-inspiring endurance, steadfast homogeneity and loyalty and, above all, the belief that history has a purpose and humanity a destiny.With exacting precision and enthusiasm, Paul Johnson has mapped the lives of these people from their early ancestors in the House of David, through great periods of creativity and enterprise, alienation in the ghettos, Adolf Hitler's obsession to obliterate the race, up until the present day.This book is a powerful argument about the nature of Jewish genius, its strengths and contradictions, which brilliantly presents the entire Jewish phenomenon. It makes incisive though-provoking sense of the whole.
Harper Perennial, 1988, pap, 644 pp, € 16.25, 9780060915339
Joos, E.
One foot in America. De joodse migranten van de Red Star Line en Eugeen van Mieghem
Bai Publishers, 2009, pap, 160 pp, € 24.95, 9789085865308
Joos, E.
The Missing Images. Eugeen van Mieghem and the Jewish Emigrants of the Red Star Line
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Bai Publishers / Ef & Ef Media, 2011, pap, 160 pp, € 24.95, 9789085866145
Judd, R.
Contested Rituals. Circumcision, Kosher Butchering, and Jewish Political Life in Germany
Cornell UP, 2007, geb, 296 pp, € 37.95, 9780801445453
Kadish, S.
The Synagogues of Britain and Ireland. An Architectural and Social History
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Yale UP, 2011, geb, 320 pp, € 59.50, 9780300170511
Kajon, I.
Contemporary Jewish Philosophy: An Introduction
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Routledge Jewish Studies Series, Routledge, 2005, geb, 173 pp, € 120.00, 0415341639
Karesh, S.E. & Mitchell M. Hurvitz
Encyclopedia of Judaism
Diagrams,Maps, 80 B&w Photos

Jewish people have settled around the world, adapted to their host nations, and produced cultural variances within Judaism. In doing so, they have experienced both prosperity and tragedy. In about 800 A-to-Z entries, Encyclopedia of Judaism explores a religion that has a 2,000-year recorded history and has been a part of the culture of almost every country and society around the globe. Encapsulating all things Jewish - language, laws, literature, arts, theology, ritual, land, culture, and personalities - this authoritative volume offers readers access to Judaism from both a historical and contemporary perspective. Entries include: Ancient synagogues, Arab-Israeli conflict, Bar/bat mitzvah, Camp David, Albert Einstein, Ellis Island, Anne Frank, Guggenheim family, Hasidism, Holocaust, Kibbutz, Knesset, Golda Meir, Modern Orthodox movement, Rabbinic law, Seder, Yitzhak Shamir, Tel Aviv, United Nations, Yeshiva, Yom Kippur War, Leopold Zunz, and more.

Encyclopedia of world Religions, Facts on File, 2006, geb, 602 pp, € 87.90, 9780816054572
Karp, J. & A. Sutcliffe (eds)
Philosemitism in History
Too often philosemitism, the idealization of Jews and Judaism, has been simplistically misunderstood as merely antisemitism in sheep's clothing. This book takes a different approach, surveying the phenomenon from antiquity to the present day, and highlighting its rich complexity and broad impact on Western culture. Philosemitism in History includes fourteen essays by specialist historians, anthropologists, literary scholars and scholars of religion, ranging from medieval philosemitism, to such modern and contemporary topics as the African American depiction of Jews as ethnic role models, the Zionism of Christian evangelicals, pro-Jewish educational television in West Germany, and the current fashion for Jewish kitsch memorabilia in contemporary East-Central Europe. An extensive introductory chapter offers a thorough and original overview of the topic. The book underscores both the endurance and the malleability of philosemitism, drawing attention to this important, yet widely neglected, facet of Jewish - non-Jewish relations.
Cambridge UP, 2011, pap, 348 pp, € 25.25, 9780521695473
Katz, Dovid
Words on Fire. The Unfinished Story of Yiddish
Words on Fire offers a rich, engaging account of the history and evolution of the Yiddish language. Drawing on almost thirty years of scholarship, prominent Yiddish scholar Dovid Katz traces the origins of Yiddish back to the Europe of a thousand years ago, and shows how those origins are themselves an uninterrupted continuation of the previous three millennia of Jewish history and culture in the Near East. Words on Fire narrates the history of the language from medieval times onward, through its development as written literature, particularly for and by Jewish women. In the wake of secularizing and modernizing movements of the nineteenth century, Yiddish rose spectacularly in a few short years from a mass folk idiom to the language of sophisticated modern literature, theater, and journalism. Although a secular Yiddish culture no longer exists, Katz argues that its resurgence among religious Jewish communities ensures that Yiddish will still be a thriving language in the twenty-first century. For anyone interested in Jewish history and tradition, Words on Fire will be a definitive account of this remarkable language and the culture that created and sustained it.
Basic Books, 2004, geb, 430 pp, € 29.50, 9780465037285
Kavka, Martin
Jewish Messianism and the History of Philosophy
Jewish Messianism and the History of Philosophy contests the ancient opposition between Athens and Jerusalem by retrieving the concept of meontology - the doctrine of nonbeing - from the Jewish philosophical and theological tradition. For Emmanuel Levinas, as well as for Franz Rosenzweig, Hermann Cohen and Moses Maimonides, the Greek concept of nonbeing (understood as both lack and possibility) clarifies the meaning of Jewish life. These thinkers of 'Jerusalem' use 'Athens' for Jewish ends, justifying Jewish anticipation of a future messianic era as well as portraying the subjects intellectual and ethical acts as central in accomplishing redemption. This book envisions Jewish thought as an expression of the intimate relationship between Athens and Jerusalem. It also offers new readings of important figures in contemporary Continental philosophy, critiquing previous arguments about the role of lived religion in the thought of Jacques Derrida, the role of Plato in the thought of Emmanuel Levinas and the centrality of ethics in the thought of Franz Rosenzweig.
Cambridge UP, 2004, geb, 241 pp, € 74.50, 9780521831031
Kavka, Martin, David Novak, Zachary Braiterman (eds)
The Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy Vol. 2: The Modern Era
The second volume of The Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy provides a comprehensive overview of Jewish philosophy from the seventeenth century to the present day. Written by a distinguished group of experts in the field, its essays examine how Jewish thinking was modified in its encounter with modern Europe and America and challenge longstanding assumptions about the nature and purpose of modern Jewish philosophy. The volume also treats modern Jewish philosophy's continuities with premodern texts and thinkers, the relationship between philosophy and theology, the ritual and political life of the people of Israel and the ways in which classic modern philosophical categories help or hinder Jewish self-articulation. These essays offer readers a multi-faceted understanding of the Jewish philosophical enterprise in the modern period.
Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy, Cambridge UP, 2012, geb, 883 pp, € 167.00, 9780521852432
Keen, R.
Exile and Restoration in Jewish Thought. An Essay in Interpretation
Continuum Studies in Jewish Thought, Continuum, 2009, geb, 171 pp, € 83.90, 9780826453082
Kepnes, S.
The Future of Jewish Theology
This engaging argument for the future of Jewish theology, written by a renowned Jewish scholar, provides a rounded introduction to the faith, its history, and its place in the modern world. The author explores foundational Jewish structures and concepts through the discussion and interpretation of Jewish texts Kepnes argues that we must acknowledge holiness as a ritual and ethical reality in order to heal the rift between different forms of Jewish practice and theology. The Future of Jewish Theolgoy covers historical context as well as the relations between Judaism, Israel and the wider world today.
Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, pap, 282 pp, € 27.95, 9780470659601
Klawans, J.
Impurity and Sin in Ancient Judaism
Oxford UP, 2004, pap, 242 pp, € 55.00, 9780195177657
Klein-Braslavy, S.
Maimonides as Biblical Interpreter
Emunot: Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah, Academic Studies Press, 2011, 304 pp, geb, € 68.50, 9781936235285
Klug, B.
Offence. The Jewish Case
Manifestos for the 21st Century, Seagull Books, 2009, geb, 101 pp, € 22.50, 9781906497392
Koren , I.
The Mystery of the Earth: Mysticism and Hasidism in the Thought of Martin Buber
Supplements to the Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 10, Brill, 2010, geb, 398 pp, € 131.00, 9789004181236
Krupp, M.
Einfuhrung in die Mischna
Verlag der Weltreligionen, 2010, geb, 223 pp, € 21.45, 9783458710028
Landau, M.
Tradition and Equality in Jewish Marriage. Beyond the Sanctification of Subordination
This title provides an exploration of Jewish marriage and its alternatives in traditional Jewish texts from a feminist perspective.

Often when people have become alienated from their religious backgrounds, they access their traditions through lifecycle events such as marriage. At times, modern values such as gender equality may be at odds with some of the traditions; many of which have always been in a state of flux in relationship to changing social, economic and political realities.

Traditional Jewish marriage is based on the man acquiring the woman, which has symbolic and actual ramifications. Grounded in the traditional texts yet accessible, this book shows how the marriage is an acquisition and contextualises the gender hierarchy of marriage within the rabbinic exclusion of women from Torah study, the highest cultural practice and women's exemption from positive commandments.

Melanie Landau offers two alternative models of partnership that partially or fully bypass the non-reciprocity of traditional Jewish marriage and that have their basis in the ancient rabbinic texts.

Continuum Studies in Jewish Thought, Continuum, 2012, geb, 203 pp, € 88.50, 9781441138064
Landsman, S.
Crimes of the Holocaust. The Law Confronts the Hard Cases
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Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005, geb, 304 pp, € 54.00, 0812238478
Lange, Nicholas de
An Introduction to Judaism, second edition
In this new edition contemporary Judaism is presented in all its rich diversity, including both traditional and modern theologies as well as secular forms of Jewish identity. While the focus of the book is on developments that have taken place in the past two hundred years, they are set against a historical background, going back to the Bible. Beginning with a description of the Jewish people as it exists in today's world, it studies the unique concept of Jewish peoplehood and its survival over the centuries in the face of many challenges. An account of the key texts is followed by studies of the different interpretations of the religion, and the ways that life is lived out both in the home and in the community. Jewish theology is described both historically and in terms of contemporary issues. An important and distinctive section considers the goals of Jewish life and faith.
Cambridge UP, 2009, pap, 272 pp, € 38.95, 9780521735049
Lange, Nicholas de
In this book, Nicholas de Lange examines the basic elements of Judaism, both as a religion and a way of life. Assuming no prior knowledge, the book opens with an account of the Jewish people and the main lines of its history. The following eight chapters are structured around this historical framework and focus on the different strands that make up the fabric of Judaism. The Torah and tradition, worship, the Bible, law, ethics, mysticism, theology and eschatology are all discussed, with a final chapter exploring the problems facing Judaism today, helping to illustrate that Judaism is a living and important religion.
Oxford UP, 2003, pap, 161 pp, € 27.50, 9780199252978
Lange, Nicholas de (ed.)
Ignaz Maybaum. A Reader
Ignaz Maybaum (1897-1976) is widely recognized as one of the foremost Jewish theologians of the post-Holocaust era. Although he is mentioned in most treatments of post-Holocaust Jewish theology, his works are out of print and are only accessible to a small readership. Nicholas de Lange (who worked closely with Maybaum in his lifetime), has made a representative selection from his writings, under various headings: Judaism in the Modern Age, Trialogue between Jew, Christian, and Muslim, the Holocaust, and Zion. In an Introduction, he sets Maybaum's thoughts against the background of their time, indicates their main lines, and assesses how much of them is still of value today.
European Judaism Series vol 3, Berghahn Books, 2001, pap, 224 pp, € 24.50, 9781571813220
Lange, Nicholas de en M. Freud-Kandel (eds.)
Modern Judaism: An Oxford Guide
This is a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, multi-authored guide to contemporary Jewish life and thought, focusing on social, cultural and historical aspects of Judaism alongside theological issues. This volume includes 38 newly-commissioned essays, including contributions from leading specialists in their fields. It covers the major areas of thought in contemporary Jewish Studies, including considerations of religious differences, sociological, philosophical and gender issues, geographical diversity, inter-faith relations, and the impact of the Shoah (the Holocaust) and the modern state of Israel.
Oxford UP, 2005, pap, 459 pp, € 49.50, 9780199262878
Leaman, O.
Jewish Thought. An Introduction
This fresh and contemporary introduction to the Jewish faith, its philosophies and worldviews, explores debates which have preoccupied Jewish thinkers over the centuries and examines their continuing influence in contemporary Judaism. Written by Oliver Leaman, a leading figure in the field, the book surveys the central controversies in Judaism, including the protracted arguments within the religion itself. Topics range from the relations between Judaism and other religions, such as Islam and Christianity, to contemporary issues such as sex, gender and modernity. Central themes such as authority and obedience, the relations between Jewish and Greek thought, and the position and status of the State of Israel are also considered. The debates are further illustrated by reference to the Bible, as a profoundly realistic text in describing the long interaction between the Jews, their ancestors and God, as well as discussions about major thinkers, and passages from the ancient texts: "The Mishnah", "Talmud" and "Midrash". Oliver Leaman's lively approach and light touch makes "Jewish Thought" ideal reading for anyone who wants to understand more about the Jewish faith and its outlook, past and present.
Routledge, 2006, pap, 177 pp, € 29.00, 9780415374262
Leaman, O.
Judaism. An Introduction
The story of Judaism is a story of paradox. It is the story of how a small cluster of desert tribes gave birth to a monotheistic doctrine that profoundly shaped the history of human civilization. It is the story of how that initially obscure desert doctrine came to be codified into the Hebrew Bible, one of the world's greatest works of literature. It is the story of how a small minority came to be viewed by the majority as disproportionately powerful and, following pogrom and Holocaust, were driven to the edge of extinction. And it is the story of how a displaced people, globally dispersed throughout other nations for two-and-a-half millennia, came to forge a modern, secular Israeli state which many Jews believe to have been granted an explicitly divine mandate. Oliver Leaman carefully and creatively explores the nature of these apparent contradictions. He discusses the origins of the Jewish Bible; recounts the history of the Jewish people from the era of Patriarchs and Prophets through the Middle Ages up to the contemporary era; outlines the Jewish liturgical calendar and its major rites and modes of worship; and, considers the great variety of Jewish literatures (including modern post-Holocaust writers like Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel), art, food and culture. Further chapters examine such topics as mysticism and kabbalah; modern Hebrew; interfaith relations; and, the highly contested question, 'Who is a Jew?'
I.B. Tauris Introductions to Religion, I.B.Tauris, 2011, pap, 254 pp, € 22.50, 9781848853959
Levenson, A.T
An Introduction to Modern Jewish Thinkers. From Spinoza to Soloveitchik. Second Edition
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006, pap, 237 pp, € 28.50, 0742546071 / 9780742546073
Levenson, A.T. (ed.)
The Wiley-Blackwell History of Jews and Judaism
In The Wiley-Blackwell History of Jews and Judaism, a team of internationally-renowned scholars offer a comprehensive and authoritative overview of Jewish life and culture, from the biblical period to contemporary times.

The volume provides a comprehensive and authoritative overview of the main periods and themes of Jewish history, from Biblical Israel, through medieval and early modern periods, to Judaism since the Holocaust, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and Judaism today* Brings together an international team of established and emerging scholars across a range of disciplines. The title discusses how to present Judaism - to both non-Jews and Jews - as a religious system on its own terms and with its own unique vocabulary. In a wide variety of texts the book explores the latest scholarship on a range of issues, including folk practices, politics, economic structure, the relationship of Judaism to Christianity, and the nature of Zionism diaspora and its implications for contemporary Israel. Jewish historiography is also considdered and the lives of ordinary people, the achievements of Jewish women, and the sustained interaction of Jews within the environments they inhabited.

Edited by a leading scholar in Jewish studies and history

The Wiley-Blackwell Histories of Religion, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, geb, 690 pp, € 132.50, 9781405196376
Levy, Gabriel
Judaic Technologies of the Word: A Cognitive Analysis of Jewish Cultural Formation
Judaic Technologies of the Word argues that Judaism does not exist in an abstract space of reflection. Rather, it exists both in artifacts of the material world - such as texts - and in the bodies, brains, hearts, and minds of individual people. More than this, Judaic bodies and texts, both oral and written, connect and feed back on one another. Judaic Technologies of the Word examines how technologies of literacy interact with bodies and minds over time. The emergence of literacy is now understood to be a decisive factor in religious history, and is central to the transformations that took place in the ancient Near East in the first millennium BCE. This study employs insights from the cognitive sciences to pursue a deep history of Judaism, one in which the distinctions between biology and culture begin to disappear.
Equinox, 2012, geb, 218 pp, € 81.00, 9781908049841
Linett, M.T.
Modernism, Feminism , and Jewishness
Cambridge UP, 2007, geb, 229 pp, € 86.50, 9780521880978
Liska, V.
When Kafka Says We. Uncommon Communities in German Jewish Literature
Indiana University Press, 2009, geb, 240 pp, € 28.50, 9780253353085
Lorberbaum, Y.
Disempowered King. Monarchy in Classical Jewish Literature
This is an absorbing and original study of the concept of kingship in classical Jewish literature, as well as three approaches to it found in the Bible. "Subordinated King" studies the conception of kingship, and its status, powers and authority in Talmudic literature. The book deals with the conception of kingship against the background of the different approaches to kingship both in biblical literature and in the political views prevalent in the Roman Empire. In the Bible one finds three (exclusive) approaches to kingship: rejection of the king as a legitimate political institution - since God is the (political) king
Continuum, 2011, pap, 240 pp, € 34.95, 9781441140883
Lupovitch, H. N.
Jews and Judaism in World History
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Themes in World History, Routledge, 2009, pap, 258 pp, € 22.90, 9780415462051
Mark, P.
The Forgotten Diaspora. Jewish Communities in West Africa and the Making of the Atlantic World
Cambridge UP, 2011, geb, 278 pp, € 66.95, 9780521192866
Maroney, E.
The Other Zions. The Lost Histories of Jewish Nations
Rowman & Littlefield, 2010, geb, 208 pp, € 33.50, 9781442200456
Martel, S.
Sterk als de dood. Sterven en rouw in joods perspectief
Eburon, 2004, pap, 368 pp, € 39.90, 9059720407
Medding, P.Y.
Jews and Violence. Images, Ideologies, Realities.
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Studies in Contemporary Jewry, Vol XVIII, Oxford UP, 2003, geb, 328 pg, € 57.50, 0195160096
Meir, E.
Jij zeggen met Martin Buber
Martin Bubers 'Ik en jij', gepubliceerd in 1923, is een meesterstuk van dialogisch denken. In zijn commentaar op dit werk vergelijkt Ephraim Meir Bubers denken met dat van andere dialogische denkers: Cohen, Rosenzweig, Heschel en Levinas. Hij volgt verder Bubers eigen latere preciseringen op de voet. Op deze wijze wordt 'Ik en jij' gesitueerd binnen Bubers breder levenswerk en binnen een ruimere denkbeweging die nog lang niet tot voltooiing gekomen is.

Meirs exegese kan de specialist aanspreken, maar is ook voor een breder publiek bestemd. Het toont de actualiteit aan van Bubers filosofie en vormt een bijdrage tot het dialogisch denken en de dialogische existentie.

Ephraim Meir is Professor in moderne joodse filosofie aan de Bar Ilan Universiteit in Ramat Gan, Israel. Hij is auteur van o.m. 'Voor een actieve herinnering. Mens, maatschappij en God na Auschwitz' (Amsterdam: Amphora Books, 2003) en 'Letters of Love. Franz Rosenzweig's Spiritual Biography and Oeuvre in Light of the Gritli Letters' (New York: Peter Lang, 2006).

Amphora Books, 2006, pap, 176 pp., € 18.50, 9789064460396
Meir, E.
Joods denken & danken
Dit boek bevat circa 30 korte essays met portretten van joodse denkers, joodse schrijvers en thema's uit de joodse geschiedenis en cultuur. Over Lévinas, Buber, Rosenzweig, Heschel, Fackenheim en Leibowitz, het land Israël, identiteit, waarheid en geschiedenis. In het tweede gedeelte van het boek geeft de auteur zijn aan de Hebreeuwse tekst getrouwe vertaling van een aantal psalmen met daarbijhorende commentaar. Hij schenkt veel aandacht aan het literaire aspect van de psalmen en situeert hen binnen de eeuwenlange joodse geloofservaring.

"... Je moet weten dat de eenheid van God een eenheid van de mens impliceert, de eenheid van de mensheid en van elk mens afzonderlijk. Als je echter slechts de eenheid van God bevestigt, zonder deze ook te realiseren, zet je de onenigheid van de goddelijke Naam door vereniging van de wereld."

Ephraim Meir is professor in moderne joodse filosofie aan de universiteit van Bar Ilan in Ramat Gan, Israël. Hij schreef verschillende boeken over de belangrijkste joodse denkers uit de twintigste eeuw: Lévinas, Buber en Rosenzweig.

Amphora Books, 2008, pap, 230 pp, € 19.50, 9789064460555
Mendelssohn, M.
Vorrede zu Manasseh Ben Israels Rettung der Juden & Jerusalem oder uber die religiose Macht und Judentum
Aisthesis Archiv Band 1, Aisthesis Verlag, 2000, pap, 172 pp, € 17.40, 3895282863
Merkle, J.C.
Approaching God. The Way of Abraham Joshua Heschel
Michael Glazier, 2009, pap, 121 pp, € 19.90, 9780814654569
Meyer, M.A. (ed.)
Joachim Prinz: Rebellious Rabbi: An Autobiography. The German and Early American Years
Indiana UP, 2008, geb, 270 pp, € 32.50, 9780253349392
Meyerson, M.D.
A Jewish Renaissance in Fifteenth-Century Spain
This book significantly revises the conventional view that the Jewish experience in medieval Spain - over the century before the expulsion of 1492 - was one of despair, persecution, and decline. Focusing on the town of Morvedre in the kingdom of Valencia, Mark Meyerson shows how and why Morvedre's Jewish community revived and flourished in the wake of the horrible violence of 1391.

Drawing on a wide array of archival documentation, including Spanish Inquisition records, he argues that Morvedre saw a Jewish 'renaissance.' Meyerson shows how the favorable policies of kings and of town government yielded the Jewish community's demographic expansion and prosperity. Of crucial importance were new measures that ceased the oppressive taxation of the Jews and minimized their role as moneylenders. The results included a reversal of the credit relationship between Jews and Christians, a marked amelioration of Christian attitudes toward Jews, and greater economic diversification on the part of Jews.

Representing a major contribution to debates over the Inquisition's origins and the expulsion of the Jews, the book also offers the first extended analysis of Jewish-converso relations at the local level, showing that Morvedre's Jews expressed their piety by assisting Valencia's conversos. Comparing Valencia with other regions of Spain and with the city-states of Renaissance Italy, it makes clear why this kingdom and the town of Morvedre were so ripe for a Jewish revival in the fifteenth century.

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Jews, Christians and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World Series, Princeton UP, 2004 / 2010, pap, 272 pp, € 26.00, 9780691146591
Mock, Leo, Marcel Poorthuis
Spreuken over de fundamenten. Joodse wijsheid voor de mensheid
Wijsheid is van allen en van niemand. Ze ontstijgt de categorien van volk, religie, sekse of cultuur. Vrouwen, mannen, en ook kinderen hebben deel aan de wijsheid en delen ervan uit. Zo bezien lijkt wijsheid wel het tegendeel te zijn van een waarheid die het exclusieve bezit is van maar een groep mensen, een volk, een superieure cultuur of een bevoorrechte klasse. Wijsheid is eigen aan de mens als denkend wezen.

Echte wijsheid is ook meer dan het pure denken. Wijsheid bloeit op in het echte leven zelf en draagt de sporen van levenservaring, zoals de rimpels en groeven in een menselijk gelaat dat vele zomers en winters heeft gezien. Het leven zelf reikt de mens deze wijsheid aan. Want iemand die levenswijsheid bezit heeft die niet alleen uit boeken, maar leert ook van zijn medemens en de hele Schepping - dieren, bomen en planten, ja zelfs van de mineralen en de sterren.

Dit boek is 'Spreuken over de fundamenten' genoemd, hoewel de meer gangbare vertaling 'Spreuken der Vaderen' luidt. Of in het Hebreeuws Pirke Avot, het beroemde tractaat met Joodse spreuken dat tot de misjna, de verzameling teksten van de rabbijnse overleveringen behoort.

Amphora Books, 2009, pap, 112 pp, € 15.00, 9789064460586
Montefiore, Simon Sebag
Jeruzalem, de biografie
Jeruzalem is het centrum van de wereld, de hoofdstad van drie religies, de prijs van vele veroveraars, het oog van de storm van botsende beschavingen. Gek genoeg was er nog geen complete geschiedenis van deze stad. Simon Sebag Montefiore, de alom bejubelde historicus en schrijver van internationale bestsellers als Stalins jeugdjaren en Stalin. Het hof van de rode tsaar, komt sinds zijn jonge jaren in Jeruzalem en wist als kind al dat hij er een boek over wilde schrijven.

Jeruzalem is een grootse geschiedenis van de Eeuwige Stad aan de hand van de levens van koningen, veroveraars, soldaten en bouwers, van koning David, Nebukadnezar, Caesar, Jezus tot Ariel Sharon; een stad bewoond door Macedoniers en Perzen, Grieken en Romeinen, Palestijnen en Israeliers. De stad is zo vaak in andere handen geweest dat dit standaardwerk ook een geschiedenis is van het woelige Midden-Oosten, van het verre verleden tot het heden. Jeruzalem is een bijzonder levendig verhaal over macht, liefde, geloof, luxe, ijdelheid en dood.

Rainbow, 2014, pap, 732 pp, € 12.00, 9789041709752
Moore, D.F.
Jesus, an Emerging Jewish Mosaic, Jewish Perspectives, Post-Holocaust
Jewish and Christian texts Series, T&T Clark, 2008, geb., 326 pp, € 105.00, 9780567027382
Morgan, M.L.
Interim Judaism. Jewish Thought in a Century of Crisis
Indiana UP, 2001, pap, 146 pp, € 21.00, 0253214416 / 9780253214416
Morgan, M.L., B. Pollock
The Philosopher as Witness, Fackenheim and Responses to the Holocaust
SUNY Press, 2009, pap, 238 pp, € 19.00, 9780791474563
Morgan, M.L. & P.E. Gordon (eds)
The Cambridge Companion to Modern Jewish Philosophy
Cambridge UP, 2007, pap, 382 pp, € 31.95, 9780521012553
Morrison, M.A. & S.F. Brown
World Religions Series, Facts on File, 2006, geb, 144 pp, € 36.00, 0816066132 / 9780816066131
Nadler, Steven, T.M. Rudavsky (eds)
The Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy, Vol. 1, From Antiquity Through the Seventeenth Century
The first volume in this comprehensive work is an exploration of the history of Jewish philosophy from its beginnings in antiquity to the early modern period, with a particular emphasis on medieval Jewish thought. Unlike most histories, encyclopedias, guides, or companions of Jewish philosophy, this volume is organized by philosophical topic rather than by chronology or individual figures. There are sections on logic and language; natural philosophy; epistemology, philosophy of mind, and psychology; metaphysics and philosophical theology; and practical philosophy. There are also chapters on the intellectual background of Jewish philosophy, including Islamic and Greek thought and the Jewish philosophical textual traditions. With essays by leading scholars in the field, this volume provides the reader with a wonderful overview of the richness and sophistication of Jewish philosophy in its golden age.
Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy, Cambridge UP, 2009, geb, 916 pp, € 221.95, 9780521843232
Neusner, J.
Chapters in the Formative History of Judaism. Form-Historical Studies and the Documentary Hypothesis. Fourth Series
The collection Chapters in the Formative History of Judaism: Fourth Series commences with two historical theological essays, one on the apologetics of Judaism, the other on its soteriology. Both were written in response to invitations to contribute to collections of historical theology. Dr. Arvind Sharma of McGill University asked for the first chapter, posing a set of penetrating questions. It was to frame an essay of criticism of Judaism. The essay then responds to his program and problem with an apologetic composed out of the history of Judaism. The second is written for a forthcoming volume on soteriology in ancient Judaism and Christianity. It deals with the resurrection of the dead and the Messiah in Rabbinic documents. The second set of two essays deals with the canon of Rabbinic Judaism. Chapter Three responds to the request of Professor Bruce D. Chilton for a brief introduction to the Rabbinic canon. The fourth systematically compares two Midrash-compilations devoted to the same book of Scripture. It applies the documentary hypothesis of the Rabbinic canon to a particular problem. Chapter Five is an effort at constructive theology. It is the Jack Chester Memorial Lecture for the Tenth Anniversary Celebration of the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies at the University of Miami. Two brief reviews complete the collection of six months of work.
Studies in Judaism, UP of America, 2010, pap, 155 pp, € 26.50, 9780761848806
Neusner, J.
Chapters in the Formative History of Judaism. Some Current Essays on the History, Literature, and Theology of Judaism. Fifth Series
Studies in Judaism, UP of America, 2010, pap, 122 pp, € 19.95, 9780761852391
Neusner, J.
Comparative Midrash. Sifre to Numbers and Sifre Zutta to Numbers. Two Rabbinic Readings of the Book of Numbers. Volume One: Forms
The documentary hypothesis of the Rabbinic canon of late antiquity maintains that complete documents form the smallest whole building blocks of the Rabbinic system. These two volumes undertake a concrete exercise in the realization of the documentary hypothesis. It compares the rhetorical/formal and exegetical traits of two entire, kindred documents. Then, through a side by side chart, it compares each component of the two documents' treatment of the same extended segment of Scripture, Numbers 19. Whole documents are to be described and analyzed through a process of systematic description, comparison, and contrast. What makes the study fresh is that the author compares the two documents of the rabbinic canon that are most alike-the two Sifres on Numbers. What makes it surprising is the result: they have nothing in common. Each is autonomous, and except for the scriptural foundation systematically shared by both, neither intersects in an appreciable measure with the other. Volume One (Chapters One and Two) deals with forms. In Chapter One, the author surveys the forms of Sifre to Numbers and identifies and classifies the formal patterns that govern throughout. Then, with the formal and propositional program of Sifre to Numbers as a base, in Chapter Two he does the same with Sifre Zutta to Numbers. Volume Two (Chapters Three through Five) deals with exegesis and systematic comparison of whole segments of documents. Chapters Three and Four describe and compare the exegetical patterns of the base-documents, with special reference to the utilization of the verses of Scripture as foci of coherent discourse. In Chapter Five, the author compares the treatment of Huqqat, that is, a single passage of Scripture read by the two commentaries respectively.
Studies in Judaism, University Press of America, 2009, pap, 188 pp, € 28.50, 9780761845218
Neusner, J.
Comparative Midrash. Sifre to Numbers and Sifre Zutta to Numbers. Two Rabbinic Readings of the Book of Numbers. Volume Two: Exegesis
The documentary hypothesis of the Rabbinic canon of late antiquity maintains that complete documents form the smallest whole building blocks of the Rabbinic system. These two volumes undertake a concrete exercise in the realization of the documentary hypothesis. It compares the rhetorical/formal and exegetical traits of two entire, kindred documents. Then, through a side by side chart, it compares each component of the two documents' treatment of the same extended segment of Scripture, Numbers 19. Whole documents are to be described and analyzed through a process of systematic description, comparison, and contrast. What makes the study fresh is that the author compares the two documents of the rabbinic canon that are most alike-the two Sifres on Numbers. What makes it surprising is the result: they have nothing in common. Each is autonomous, and except for the scriptural foundation systematically shared by both, neither intersects in an appreciable measure with the other. Volume One (Chapters One and Two) deals with forms. In Chapter One, the author surveys the forms of Sifre to Numbers and identifies and classifies the formal patterns that govern throughout. Then, with the formal and propositional program of Sifre to Numbers as a base, in Chapter Two he does the same with Sifre Zutta to Numbers. Volume Two (Chapters Three through Five) deals with exegesis and systematic comparison of whole segments of documents. Chapters Three and Four describe and compare the exegetical patterns of the base-documents, with special reference to the utilization of the verses of Scripture as foci of coherent discourse. In Chapter Five, the author compares the treatment of Huqqat, that is, a single passage of Scripture read by the two commentaries respectively.
Studies in Judaism, University Press of America, 2009, pap, 188 pp, € 34.95, 9780761845232
Neusner, J.
In the Aftermath of Catastrophe. Founding Judaism 70-640
McGill-Queens Studies in the History of Religion, McGill-Queens University Press, 2009, geb, 212 pp, € 59.50, 9780773535206
Neusner, J.
Judaism, the Basics
Basics Series, Routledge, 2006, pap, 198 pp, € 18.00, 0415401763 / 9780415401760
Neusner, J.
Questions and Answers. Intellectual Foundations of Judaism
Hendrickson, 2005, pap, 254 pp, € 20.90, 1565638654 / 9781565638654
Neusner, J.
The Idea of History in Rabbinic Judaism
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The Brill Refernece Library of Judaism, Brill, 2004, geb, 340 pp, € 96.00, 9004135839
Neusner, J. (ed.)
The Documentary History of Judaism and Its Recent Interpreters
The result for the history of Judaism of a documentary reading of the Rabbinic canonical sources illustrates the working of that hypothesis. It is the first major outcome of that hypothesis, but there are other implications, and a variety of new problems emerge for time to time as the work proceeds. In the recent past, Neusner has continued to explore special problems of the documentary hypothesis of the Rabbinic canon. At the same time, Neusner notes, others join in the in the discussion that have produced important and ambitious analyses of the thesis and its Implications. Here, Neuser has collected some of the more ambitious ventures into the hypothesis and its current recapitulations.

Neusner begins with the article written by Professor William Scott Free for the Encyclopaedia Judaica second edition, as Green places the documentary hypothesis into the context of Neusner's entire oeuvre. Neuser then reproduces what he regards as the single most successful venture of the documentary hypothesis, contrasting between the Mishnah's and the Talmuds' programs for the social order of Israel, the doctrines of economics, politics, and philosophy set forth in those documents, respectively. Then come the two foci of discourse: Halakhah or normative law and Aggadah or normative theology. Professors Bernard Jackson of the University of Manchester, England and Mayer Gruber of Ben Gurion University of the Negev treat the Halakhic program that Neusner has devised, and Kevin Edgecomb of the University of California, Berkeley, has produced a remarkable summary of the theological system. Neusner discerns in the Aggadic documents. Neusner concludes with a review of a book by a critic of the documentary hypothesis.

Studies in Judaism, University Press of America, 2010, pap, 241 pp, € 31.00, 9780761849780
Neusner, J.,W.S. Green & A.J.Avery-Peck (eds)
Judaism from Moses to Muhammad: An Interpretation. Turning Points and Focal Points
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Brill Reference Library of Judaism 23, Brill, 2005, geb, 354 pp, € 180.99, 9004145133
Noson, R. ( ed. by M. Schorr, transl. by Y. Gabel)
Abridged Likutey Moharan, 2 vols., Hebrew-English
by order
Breslov Reseachr Institute, 2009, geb, 1001 pp, € 42.50, 9781928822301
Novak, D.
The Jewish Social Contract. An Essay in Political Theology
Princeton UP, 2005, geb, 257 pp, € 44.00, 0691122105 / 9780691122106
Oelman, T. (ed.)
Marrano Poets of the Seventeenth Century: An Anthology of the Poetry of Joao Pinto Delgado Antonio Enriques Gomez and Miguel de Barrios
by order
The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, Littman, 2007, pap, 295 pp, € 29.00, 9781904113690
Opel, D.
Hiobs Anspruch und Widerspruch. Die Herausforderungsreden Hibos (Hiob 29-31) im Kontext fruhjudischer Ethik
Neukirchener, 2010, pap, 400 pp, € 64.50, 9783788724320
Oppenheim, M.
Jewish Philosophy and Psychoanalysis. Narrating the Interhuman
Lexington, 2006, geb, 261 pp, € 76.10, 9780739116975
Orenstein, W.
Teach me about God. The Meaning and Significance of the Name of God
Aronson, 2005, pap, 263 pp, € 37.90, 9780765700117
Ottenheijm, Eric
Disputen omwille van de Hemel. Rol en betekenis van intentie in de controverses over sjabbat en reinheid tussen de Huizen van Sjammai en Hillel
Rol en betekenis van intentie in de controverses over sjabbat en reinheid tussen de huizen van Sjammai en Hillel.

Fascinerend boek voor gevorderden over de disputen tussen de leerhuizen van Sjamai en Hillel. Het boek neemt je mee naar de joodse leerwereld van de eerste eeuw na de jaartelling in Israel. De auteur onderzoekt de rol die het begrip 'intentie' speelt in de interpretaties van beide leerhuizen ten aanzien van sjabbat en reinheidswetten.

Amphora Books, 2004, pap, 336 pp, € 27.50, 9789064460364
Ouaknin, Marc-Alain
God en de kunst van het vissen
De bekende joodse filosoof Marc-Alain Ouaknin gaat de uitdaging aan om te antwoorden op de vraag 'En dus, wie is God?'. Hij doet dat in de tradities van de meesters van de Talmoed door een verzameling van citaten, verhalen en gedachten te bundelen waarin je op het eerste gezicht lijkt te verdwalen. Waarom speelt God drum? Waarom oefen je best om lang op een been te staan en wat heeft jeuk met wijsheid en wijsheid met een visser te maken? God is een vraag, een 'peut-etre', een kan-zijn. Dit boek is een uitnodiging om op zoek te gaan.
Lannoo, 2017, pap, 144 pp, € 17.99, 9789401438537
Oz, Amos, Fania Oz-Salzberger
Jews and Words
Why are words so important to Jews? Novelist Amos Oz and historian Fania Oz-Salzberger roam the gamut of Jewish history to explain the integral relationship of Jews and words. Through a blend of storytelling and scholarship, conversation and argument, father and daughter tell the tales behind Judaism's most enduring names, adages, disputes, texts, and quips. These words, they argue, comprise the chain connecting Abraham with the Jews of every subsequent generation. Framing the discussion within such topics as continuity, women, timelessness, and individualism, Oz and Oz-Salzberger deftly engage Jewish personalities across the ages, from the unnamed, possibly-female author of the "Song of Songs" through obscure Talmudists to contemporary writers. They suggest that Jewish continuity, even Jewish uniqueness, depends not on central places, monuments, heroic personalities, or rituals, but rather on written words and an ongoing conversation between the generations. Full of learning, lyricism, and humour, "Jews and Words" offers an extraordinary tour of the words at the heart of Jewish culture and extends a hand to the reader, any reader, to join the dialogue.
Yale University Press, 2012, geb, 232 pp, € 26.50, 9780300156478
Oz, Amos, Fania Oz-Salzberger
Jews and Words
Why are words so important to Jews? Novelist Amos Oz and historian Fania Oz-Salzberger roam the gamut of Jewish history to explain the integral relationship of Jews and words. Through a blend of storytelling and scholarship, conversation and argument, father and daughter tell the tales behind Judaism's most enduring names, adages, disputes, texts, and quips. These words, they argue, comprise the chain connecting Abraham with the Jews of every subsequent generation. Framing the discussion within such topics as continuity, women, timelessness, and individualism, Oz and Oz-Salzberger deftly engage Jewish personalities across the ages, from the unnamed, possibly-female author of the "Song of Songs" through obscure Talmudists to contemporary writers. They suggest that Jewish continuity, even Jewish uniqueness, depends not on central places, monuments, heroic personalities, or rituals, but rather on written words and an ongoing conversation between the generations. Full of learning, lyricism, and humour, "Jews and Words" offers an extraordinary tour of the words at the heart of Jewish culture and extends a hand to the reader, any reader, to join the dialogue.
Yale UP, 2014, pap, 232 pp, € 14.00, 9780300205848
Oz, Amos, Fania Oz-Salzberger
Joden en woorden
'Joden hebben een 'draagbare' geschiedenis en een 'draagbare' identiteit: te weten hun woorden en boeken', aldus Simon Schama. Amos Oz en zijn dochter Fania Oz-Salzberger zwerven langs het hele panorama van de Joodse geschiedenis om de nauwe betrekking tussen Joden en woorden te verklaren. Vader en dochter Oz vertellen verhalen over steeds terugkerende spreuken, discussies, teksten en grappen. Ze vertellen over Joodse persoonlijkheden uit alle eeuwen. Van de naamloze - mogelijk vrouwelijke - auteur van het Hooglied, via obscure Talmoedisten tot en met hedendaagse schrijvers. De Joodse continuiteit en de Joodse uniciteit is niet afhankelijk zijn van centrale plaatsen, monumenten, heroische figuren of rituelen maar van geschreven woorden en een permanent debat tussen de generaties. Joden en woorden is een erudiete en humoristische rondgang langs de woorden die het hart van de Joodse cultuur vormen en het nodigt elke lezer uit om deel te nemen aan het gesprek.
Bezige Bij, 2014, geb, 272 pp, € 24.90, 9789023483663
Patterson, D.
Hebrew Language and Jewish Thought
RoutledgeCurzon Jewish Studies Series, RoutlegdeCurzon, 2005, geb, 242 pp, € 103.00, 0415346975
Pearl, C. & R.S. Brookes
Wegwijs in het jodendom
NIK, 2003, pap, 154 pp, € 11.00, 9789071727122
Peleg, Yaron
Orientalism and the Hebrew Imagination
Calling into question prevailing notions about Orientalism, Yaron Peleg shows how the paradoxical mixture of exoticism and familiarity with which Jews related to Palestine at the beginning of the twentieth century shaped the legacy of Zionism. In Peleg's view, the tension between romancing the East and colonizing it inspired a revolutionary reform that radically changed Jewish thought during the Hebrew Revival that took place between 1900 and 1930.

Orientalism and the Hebrew Imagination introduces a fresh voice to the contentious debate over the concept of Orientalism. Zionism has often been labeled a Western colonial movement that sought to displace and silence Palestinian Arabs. Based on his readings of key texts, Peleg asserts that early Zionists were inspired by Palestinian Arab culture, which in turn helped mold modern Jewish gender, identity, and culture.

Peleg begins with the new ways in which the lands of the Bible are formulated as a modern "Orient" in David Frishman's Bamidbar. He continues by showing how in The Sons of Arabia, Moshe Smilansky laid the basis for the literary construction of the "New Jew," modeled after Palestinian Arabs. Peleg concludes with a discussion of L. A. Arielli's 1913 play Allah Karim! in which both the promise and the problems of the Land of Israel as "Orient" marked the end of Hebrew Orientalism as a viable cultural option.

Cornell UP, 2005, geb, 153 pp, € 52.95, 9780801443763
Perle, Y.
Ordinary Jews
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Excelsior Editions, SUNY Press, 2011, pap, 272 pp, € 25.95, 9781438435503
Pianko, N.
Zionism and the Roads Not Taken. Rawidowicz, Kaplan, Kohn
The Modern Jewish Experience Series, Indiana UP, 2010, pap, 277 pp, € 30.00, 9780253221841
Pinsky, D.
Jewish Feminists. Complex Identities and Activist Lives
Illinois UP, 2010, pap, 137 pp, € 18.95, 9780252076770
Praag, Herman M. van
Slecht zicht, een hommage aan de twijfel
Van Praag gaat in Slecht Zicht verder op de weg die hij is ingeslagen in zijn boeken God en Psyche, Het Verstand te Boven en Net Voorbij de Rede: de vrijmoedige, maar respectvolle interpretatie van en beschouwingen over het Godsbegrip, de Bijbel en daarin figurerende personen.

Hij voert in dit boek een jonge Judeeer ten tonele, Amos geheten, levend in de eerste helft van de eerste eeuw, die op zoek is naar zijn identiteit. Amos gaat hiervoor de discussie aan met vertegenwoordigers van de voornaamste religieuze en levensbeschouwelijke stromingen in zijn gemeenschap. Hij verneemt een stortvloed aan verschillende, vaak tegenstrijdige opvattingen en stelt zich zeer kritisch op. Hij komt tot de conclusie dat zijn zoektocht geen pasklaar dogmatisch eindpunt kent. Hij zal uit de overdaad zelf een spiritueel "menu" moeten samenstellen dat hem past, dat zijn leven diepgang en betekenis geeft. Dialectiek zal zijn leidster zijn en twijfel de grondslag vormen van zijn religieuze leven.

Damon, 2017, geb, 252 pp, € 24.90, 9789463400992
Rashkover, R.
Freedom and Law. A Jewish-Christian Apologetics
Fordham UP, 2011, pap, 334 pp, € 34.95, 9780823234530
Rashkover, Randi & Martin Kavka
Tradition in the Public Square: A David Novak Reader
David Novak ranks as one of the great American theologians of our time. Tradition in the Public Square: A David Novak Reader offers a representative selection of the philosophical theology and social ethics of David Novak, one of the foremost contemporary Jewish theologians in North America. Novak's work forges an unapologetic link between Judaism and non-Jewish societies in a multicultural environment. This grants Judaism an active role in public discourse, where it can contribute to the most pressing ethical issues of our day - abortion, war, capital punishment, sexual ethics, and health care ethics. In their introduction to the volume, Martin Kavka and Randi Rashkover present a systematic introduction to Novak's thought, focusing on the novelty of his method for overcoming the longstanding dichotomy between reason and tradition.
Radical Traditions, SCM Press, 2008, pap, 372 pp, € 64.50, 9780334040378
Reitter, P.
On the Origins of Jewish Self-Hatred
Today, the term "Jewish self-hatred" often denotes a treasonous brand of Jewish self-loathing, and is frequently used as a smear, such as when it is applied to politically moderate Jews who are critical of Israel.

In On the Origins of Jewish Self-Hatred, Paul Reitter demonstrates that the concept of Jewish self-hatred once had decidedly positive connotations. He traces the genesis of the term to Anton Kuh, a Viennese-Jewish journalist who coined it in the aftermath of World War I, and shows how the German-Jewish philosopher Theodor Lessing came, in 1930, to write a book that popularized "Jewish self-hatred". Reitter contends that, as Kuh and Lessing used it, the concept of Jewish self-hatred described a complex and possibly redemptive way of being Jewish.

Paradoxically, Jews could show the world how to get past the blight of self-hatred only by embracing their own, singularly advanced self-critical tendencies - their "Jewish self-hatred." Provocative and elegantly argued, On the Origins of Jewish Self-Hatred challenges widely held notions about the history and meaning of this idea, and explains why its history is so badly misrepresented today.

Princeton UP, 2012, pap, 166 pp, € 27.90, 9780691119229
Reuveni, F., S.Wobbick-Segev, and D. Penslar (eds)
The Economy in Jewish History. New Perspectives on the Interrelationship between Ethnicity and Economic Life
Berghahn Books, 2011, geb, 252 pp, € 71.50, 9781845457747
Rich, M. S.
Jews in Psychology and the Psychology of Judaism
Gorgias Press, 2009, pap, € 58.50, 9781593339692
Roelofs, Saar
Nog Altijd. Ronnie Goldstein-van Kleef over jeugd, verzet, concentratiekampen en het leven daarna
Nog altijd is een persoonlijk relaas over de Tweede Wereldoorlog en het leven erna. Terugblikkend vertelt Ronnie Goldstein-van Cleef hoe haar bestaan wordt beinvloed door de oorlog. Zij beschrijft hoe zij haar kampervaringen heeft kunnen verwerken en hoe deze zich verhouden tot andere ingrijpende gebeurtenissen in har leven, bijvoorbeeld in haar jeugd. Haar gedichten en tekeningen vullen het indrukwekkende levensverhaal aan.
Ten Have, 2005, pap, 160 pp, € 15.90, 9789025954727
Romain, J.A.
Gewoon, Joods. Een progressief joods perspectief
Gewoon Joods... geeft heldere en directe antwoorden op vragen die mensen stellen. Het laat zien dat de Liberaal Joodse beweging, twee honderd jaar oud en in Nederland meer dan 75 jaar actief, intend verbonden is met de Joodse tradities. Tegelijkertijd staat het Liberaal Jodendom open voor veranderingen die passenbij de moderne samenleving.
Stichting Sja ar (LJG), 2005, pap, 300 pp, € 25.50, 9789076935225
Rosenberg, Y
The Golem and the Wondrous Deeds of the Maharal of Prague
Edited and Translated by C. Leviant
Yale UP, 2008, pap, 220 pp, € 17.50, 9780300143201
Roth, J.I.
Inheriting the Crown in Jewish Law: The Struggle for Rabbinic Compensation, Tenure, and Inheritance Rights
Tracing the development of principles governing compensation and related benefits for rabbis, scholars, teachers, and judges under Jewish law, this comprehensive legal history focuses on the disconnect that evolved as rabbis wished to serve God and their communities yet needed to provide for the material needs of their families.
University of South Carolina Press, 2006, geb, 171 pp, € 47.50, 9781570036088
Ruttenberg, D.
The Passionate Torah. Sex and Judaism
In this unique collection of essays, some of today's smartest Jewish thinkers explore a broad range of fundamental questions in an effort to balance ancient tradition and modern sexuality.

In the last few decades a number of factors - post-modernism, feminism, queer liberation, and more - have brought discussion of sexuality to the fore, and with it a whole new set of questions that challenge time-honored traditions and ways of thinking. For Jews of all backgrounds, this has often led to an unhappy standoff between tradition and sexual empowerment.

Yet as The Passionate Torah illustrates, it is of critical importance to see beyond this apparent conflict if Jews are to embrace both their religious beliefs and their sexuality. With incisive essays from contemporary rabbis, scholars, thinkers, and writers, this collection not only surveys the challenges that sexuality poses to Jewish belief, but also offers fresh new perspectives and insights on the changing place of sexuality within Jewish theology - and Jewish lives. Covering topics such as monogamy, inter-faith relationships, reproductive technology, homosexuality, and a host of other hot-button issues, these writings consider how contemporary Jews can engage themselves, their loved ones, and their tradition in a way that's both sexy and sanctified.

Contributors: Rebecca Alpert, Wendy Love Anderson, Judith R. Baskin, Aryeh Cohen, Elliot Dorff, Esther Fuchs, Bonna Haberman, Elliot Kukla, Gail Labovitz, Malka Landau, Sarra Lev, Laura Levitt, Sara Meirowitz, Jay Michaelson, Haviva Ner-David, Danya Ruttenberg

New York UP, 2009, pap, 294pp, € 21.50, 9780814776056
Rynhold, D.
Two Models of Jewish Philosophy: Justifying One’s Practices
Oxford UP, 2005, geb, 262 pp, € 82.00, 019927486x
Sacks, Jonathan
Een gebroken wereld heel maken. Verantwoordelijk leven in tijden van crisis
De auteur pleit voor het nemen van verantwoordelijkheid, ieder in zijn eigen omgeving. 'Leven is: geroepen worden tot verantwoordelijkheid.' In Een gebroken wereld heel maken onderzoekt de invloedrijke Britse rabbijn Sacks de betekenis van verantwoordelijkheid in het leven van mensen. Het boek biedt een ethiek van verantwoordelijkheid die geworteld is in de joodse Bijbel, traditie en theologie, in dialoog met filosofen en ethici uit andere culturen.

Sacks plaatst zich midden in het leven. Levensverhalen van bijzondere 'gewone' mensen illustreren zijn betoog. Het oproepen tot verantwoordelijkheid is de kerntaak van de godsdienst, stelt hij in de hem kenmerkende openhartige en toegankelijke stijl. Volgens Sacks is het in het huidige religieuze en politieke klimaat van groot belang dat wij in geloof onze vrijheid gebruiken om verantwoordelijkheid te aanvaarden voor onze medemensen en de samenleving als geheel.

Jonathan Sacks was tot 2013 opperrabbijn van Groot-Brittannie en is lid van het Britse Hogerhuis. Dit jaar ontving hij de prestigieuze Templetonprijs voor zijn levensbeschouwelijke bijdrage aan het maatschappelijke debat en zijn rol in de interreligieuze dialoog. De prijs is eerder toegekend aan de Dalai Lama, Moeder Teresa en Tomas Halik.

Skandalon, 2016, pap, 352 pp, € 29.95, 9789492183347
Sacks, Jonathan
Future Tense. Jews, Judaism, and Israel in the Twenty-First Century
We are in danger, says Rabbi Sacks, of forgetting what Judaism's place is within the global project of humankind. The Jewish people exist for a reason, and it is not for themselves alone. They must recommit themselves to their foundational purpose: to the task of creating a just world in which the divine presence can dwell among us all. Without compromising one iota of Jewish faith, Rabbi Sacks declares, Jews must stand alongside their friends - Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, and secular humanist - in defense of freedom against those who desecrate life. And they should do this not to win friends or the admiration of others but because it is what a people of God is supposed to do. Rabbi Sacks's powerful message of tikkum olam - using Judaism as a blueprint for repairing an imperfect world - will resonate with people of all faiths.
Schocken, 2012, pap, 292 pp, € 17.95, 9780805212297
Sacks, Jonathan
Leven met verschil. Menswaardige verscheidenheid in een tijd van botsende culturen
Jonathan Sacks: Dit boek is een pleidooi, zo krachtig als in mijn vermogen lag, voor verdraagzaamheid in een tijd van extremisme. In het toenemende crescendo van etnische spanningen, culturele botsingen en religieuze rechtvaardiging van terreurdaden zie ik een concreet gevaar dat de mensheid bedreigt. Al te lang zijn de bladzijden van de geschiedenis besmeurd met bloed dat in de naam van God werd vergoten. Als een extremistische religieuze houding een verbond aangaat met massavernietigingswapens, wordt het leven op aarde rechtstreeks bedreigd. Nu onze wereld een groot netwerk is geworden, moeten we leren om ons door diversiteit niet bedreigd maar juist verrijkt te voelen. Dat is wat ik in dit boek heb betoogd.
Meinema / Pelckmans, 2005, pap, 278 pp, € 20.50, 9789021140810
Sacks, Jonathan
Niet in Gods naam. Een pleidooi tegen religieus extremisme en religieus geweld
Niet in Gods naam van Rabbi Jonathan Sacks is een aanklacht tegen het misbruik van Gods naam ter rechtvaardiging van geweld. Hij onderzoekt de wortels van geweld in relatie tot religie. Hij focust op de spanningen die er van oudsher zijn geweest tussen Jodendom, Christendom en Islam. Sacks pleit vurig voor de samenwerking tussen de wereldgodsdiensten in de strijd tegen geweld en terreur. De boodschap van liefde moet even krachtig worden verkondigd worden als de boodschap van de predikers van haat.
Kok, 2016, pap, 352 pp, € 22.50, 9789043527187
Sacks, Jonathan
Not in God's Name. Confronting Religious Violence
In this powerful and timely book, one of the most admired and authoritative religious leaders of our time tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism and violence committed in the name of God. If religion is perceived as being part of the problem, Rabbi Sacks argues, then it must also form part of the solution. When religion becomes a zero-sum conceit - that is, my religion is the only right path to God, therefore your religion is by definition wrong - and individuals are motivated by what Rabbi Sacks calls 'altruistic evil', violence between peoples of different beliefs appears to be the only natural outcome.

But through an exploration of the roots of violence and its relationship to religion, and employing groundbreaking biblical analysis and interpretation, Rabbi Sacks shows that religiously inspired violence has as its source misreadings of biblical texts at the heart of all three Abrahamic faiths. By looking anew at the book of Genesis, with its foundational stories of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Rabbi Sacks offers a radical rereading of many of the Bible's seminal stories of sibling rivalry: Cain and Abel, Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers, Rachel and Leah.

'Abraham himself', writes Rabbi Sacks, 'sought to be a blessing to others regardless of their faith. That idea, ignored for many of the intervening centuries, remains the simplest definition of Abrahamic faith. It is not our task to conquer or convert the world or enforce uniformity of belief. It is our task to be a blessing to the world. The use of religion for political ends is not righteousness but idolatry.. To invoke God to justify violence against the innocent is not an act of sanctity but of sacrilege'.

Here is an eloquent call for people of goodwill from all faiths and none to stand together, confront the religious extremism that threatens to destroy us, and declare: Not in God's Name.

Schocken, 2015, geb, 305 pp, € 30.95, 9780805243345
Sacks, Jonathan
Radical Then, Radical Now : The Legacy of the World's Oldest Religion. On being Jewish
The Jewish People in its very being constitutes a living protest against a world of hatred, violence and war. Radical Then, Radical Now is a popwerful testimony to the amazing resilience of the Jewish people who have, through their endurance of four thousand years of persecution and exile, earned a unique place in history. Without land or power, they created an identity for themaselves throguh their shared dreams of freedom, justice, dignity and human rights.

Yet far more than Jewish history is contained withoin the pages of this book. Jonathan Sacks reminds us all of the legacy of those dreams and of our responsibility to our fellow man. He challenegs us to build a better world.

Continuum, 2004, pap, 246 pp, € 17.95, 9780826473363
Sacks, Jonathan
The Great Partnership. Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning
Impassioned, erudite, thoroughly researched, and beautifully reasoned, The Great Partnership argues not only that science and religion are compatible, but that they complement each other - and that the world needs both.

'Atheism deserves better than the new atheists', states Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, 'whose methodology consists of criticizing religion without understanding it, quoting texts without contexts, taking exceptions as the rule, confusing folk belief with reflective theology, abusing, ridiculing, and demonizing religious faith and holding it responsible for the great crimes against humanity. Religion has done harm; I acknowledge that. But the cure for bad religion is good religion, not no religion, just as the cure for bad science is good science, not the abandonment of science'.

Rabbi Sacks's counterargument is that religion and science are the two essential perspectives that allow us to see the universe in its multi-dimensional depth. Science teaches us where we come from. Religion explains to us why we are here. Science is the search for explanation. Religion is the search for meaning. There have been times when religion tried to dominate science. And there have been times, including our own, when it is believed that we can learn all we need to know about meaning and relationships through biochemistry, neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology. In this fascinating look at the interdependence of religion and science, Rabbi Sacks explains why both views are tragically wrong.

Schocken, 2014, pap, 370 pp, € 18.95, 9780805212501
Sacks, Jonathan
The Home We Build Together: Recreating Society
'Multiculturalism has run its course, and it is time to move on'. So begins Jonathan Sacks' new book on the future of British society and the dangers facing liberal democracy.

Arguing that global communications have fragmented national cultures and that multiculturalism, intended to reduce social frictions, is today reinforcing them, Sacks argues for a new approach to national identity. We cannot stay with current policies that are producing a society of conflicting ghettoes and non-intersecting lives, turning religious bodies into pressure groups rather than society-building forces. Britain, he argues, will have to construct a national narrative as a basis for identity, reinvigorate the concept of the common good, and identify shared interests among currently conflicting groups. It must restore a culture of civility, protect "neutral spaces" from politicization, and find ways of moving beyond an adversarial culture in which the loudest voice wins.

He argues for a responsibility- rather than rights-based model of citizenship that connects the ideas of giving and belonging. Offering a new paradigm to replace previous models of assimilation on the one hand, multiculturalism on the other, he argues that we should see society as 'the home we build together', bringing the distinctive gifts of different groups to the common good. Sacks warns of the hazards free and open societies face in the twenty-first century, and offers an unusual religious defence of liberal democracy and the nation state.

Continuum, 2009, pap, 273 pp, € 23.95, 9780826423498
Sacks, Jonathan
To Heal a Fractured World. The Ethics of Responsibility
One of the most respected religious thinkers of our time makes an impassioned plea for the return of religion to its true purpose - as a partnership with God in the work of ethical and moral living.

What are our duties to others, to society, and to humanity? How do we live a meaningful life in an age of global uncertainty and instability? In To Heal a Fractured World, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks offers answers to these questions by looking at the ethics of responsibility. In his signature plainspoken, accessible style, Rabbi Sacks shares with us traditional interpretations of the Bible, Jewish law, and theology, as well as the works of philosophers and ethicists from other cultures, to examine what constitutes morality and moral behavior.

'We are here to make a difference', he writes, 'a day at a time, an act at a time, for as long as it takes to make the world a place of justice and compassion'. He argues that in today's religious and political climate, it is more important than ever to return to the essential understanding that 'it is by our deeds that we express our faith and make it real in the lives of others and the world'.

Schocken, pap, 2007, 280 pp, € 16.95, 9780805211962
Sagi, A.
To Be a Jew: Joseph Chayim Brenner as a Jewish Existentialist
This is an exploration of the existentialist Jewishness which is advocated, promoted and displayed in Brenner's writings. "To Be a Jew" deals with the question of the meaning and rationale that the writer Joseph Chayim Brenner attributes to Jewish existence. Many of Brenner's readers assumed that Brenner completely negated Jewish existence and sought to form a new way of life completely disconnected from the traditional Jewish existence. In contrast to this perception, Avi Sagi proves that not only did Brenner not reject the value of the Jewish existence, but the core of his creation was written out of a deep Jewish commitment. Brenner's greatest innovation is found in his new conception of Jewish existence. "To be a Jew", according to Brenner, involves the willingness to discover solidarity with actual Jews, to participate in a society in which Jews can live a free life and to fashion their culture as they wish. Sagi presents the idea that Brenner's is not a Utopian, but a realistic, conception of Jewish existence. Thus this unique conception of Jewish existence is founded on an infrastructure of existential thought. The Robert and Arlene Kogod Library of Judaic Studies publishes new research which provides new directions for modern Jewish thought and life and which serves to enhance the quality of dialogue between classical sources and the modern world. This book series reflects the mission of the Shalom Hartman Institute, a pluralistic research and leadership institute, at the forefront of Jewish thought and education. It empowers scholars, rabbis, educators and layleaders to develop new and diverse voices within the tradition, laying foundations for the future of Jewish life in Israel and around the world.
The Kogod Library of Judaic Studies, Continuum, 2011, pap, 219 pp, € 27.50, 9781441109736
Sagi, A.
Tradition vs Traditionalism. Contemporary Perspectives in Jewish Thought
This book is a first attempt to examine the thought of key contemporary Jewish thinkers on the meaning of tradition in the context of two models. The classic model assumes that tradition reflects lack of dynamism and reflectiveness, and the present's unqualified submission to the past. This view, however, is an image that the modernist ethos has ascribed to the tradition so as to remove it from modern existence. In the alternative model, a living tradition emerges as open and dynamic, developing through an ongoing dialogue between present and past.

The Jewish philosophers discussed in this work - Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Yeshayahu Leibowitz, David Hartman, and Eliezer Goldman - ascribe compelling canonic status to the tradition, and the analysis of their thought discloses the tension between these two models. The book carefully traces the course they have plotted along the various interpretations of tradition through their approach to Scripture and to Halakhah.

Value Inquiry Book Series, 197, Rodopi, 2008, pap, 219 pp, € 48.90, 9789042024786
Samuelson, N.M.
Jewish Philosophy. An Historical Introduction
"Jewish Philosophy: An Historical Introduction" surveys the history of Jewish philosophy, from the formation of the Hebrew Scriptures to the present time. The book is intended as a text for courses in Jewish philosophy, as well as for more general courses in religious thought, Judaism, and philosophy. The texts highlighted include the Hebrew Scriptures, the Midrash, medieval rabbinic commentaries, and modern works of Jewish theology. Among the Jewish philosophers discussed are Judah Ha-Nasi, Saadia Gaon, Judah Ha-Levi, Abraham ibn Daud, Moses Maimonides, Levi Gersonides, Hasdai Crescas, Baruch Spinoza, Hermann Cohen, Martin Buber, and Franz Rosenzweig.
Continuum, 2006, pap, 352 pp, € 49.95, 9780826492449
Samuelson, Norbert M.
Revelation and the God of Israel
Revelation and the God of Israel explores the concept of revelation as it emerges from the Hebrew Scriptures and is interpreted in Jewish philosophy and theology. The first part is a study in intellectual history that attempts to answer the question, what is the best possible understanding of revelation.

The second part is a study in constructive theology and attempts to answer the question, is it reasonable to affirm belief in revelation. Here Norbert M. Samuelson focuses on the challenges given from a variety of contemporary academic disciplines, including evolutionary psychology, political ethics, analytic philosophy of religion, and source critical studies of the Bible.

This important book offers a unique approach to theological questions and fresh solutions to them and will appeal to those interested in the history of philosophy, religious thought, and Judaism.

Cambridge UP, 2002, geb, 259 pp, € 85.00, 9780521812023
Sassoon, I.S.D.
The Status of Women in Jewish Tradition
Cambridge UP, 2011, geb, 200 pp, € 62.50, 9781107001749
Satlow, Michael L.
Creating Judaism. History, Tradition, Pratice
How can we define "Judaism," and what are the common threads uniting ancient rabbis, Maimonides, the authors of the Zohar, and modern secular Jews in Israel? Michael L. Satlow offers a fresh perspective on Judaism that recognizes both its similarities and its immense diversity. Presenting snapshots of Judaism from around the globe and throughout history, Satlow explores the links between vastly different communities and their Jewish traditions. He studies the geonim, rabbinical scholars who lived in Iraq from the ninth to twelfth centuries; the intellectual flourishing of Jews in medieval Spain; how the Hasidim of nineteenth-century Eastern Europe confronted modernity; and the post-World War II development of distinct American and Israeli Jewish identities. Satlow pays close attention to how communities define themselves, their relationship to biblical and rabbinic texts, and their ritual practices. His fascinating portraits reveal the amazingly creative ways Jews have adapted over time to social and political challenges and continue to remain a "Jewish family."
Columbia UP, 2006, pap, 384 pp, € 44.95, 9780231134897
Schafer, P. & B. Rebiger (hrsg.)
Sefer ha-Razim I und II - Das Buch der Geheimnisse I und II
Mohr Siebeck, 2009, € 175.00, 3161497813
Schechter, S.
Aspects of Rabbinic Theology. Major Concepts of the Talmud
Few writers have crafted such a classic statement of the nature of and concepts within rabbinic theology as did Solomon Schechter. Aspects of Rabbinic Theology distills for the uninitiated the basic principles, concepts, and ideas of Judaism, particularly as they are found in the Talmud and Midrash. Noted Jewish author Louis Ginzberg could say of Schechter, "He showed the . . . special Jewish conception of God and the universe, the special Jewish interpretation of the Bible."

Key aspects of Jewish theology, such as the election of Israel, God's relationship to Israel, and the place of the Law, receive careful examination and vivid explanation. The notion of sin as rebellion and the nature of forgiveness and reconciliation with God, under Schechter's steady hand, likewise are disclosed in fresh and thought-provoking ways. Moreover, since "There is hardly any miracle recorded in the Bible for which a parallel might not be found in the Rabbinic literature" (from the introduction), any student of Judaism or Christianity readily recognizes the tremendous potential for increased understanding. Though written nearly ninety years ago, "Aspects of Rabbinic Theology" remains a clear and useful distillation of the essence of rabbinic Judaism.

Baker Academic, 1998, pap, 384 pp, € 23.00, 9780801047633
Scholem, G.
Das Davidschild. Geschichte eines Symbols
1948 wird das Davidschild, der Davidstern zum Symbol des neugegrundeten Staates Israel, zum Emblem der israelischen Nationalflagge. Im selben Jahr zeichnet Gershom Scholem in einem auf hebraisch verfassten Essay die erstaunliche Karriere dieses Symbols in der judischen Uberlieferung nach. 1963 veroffentlicht er in dem Band Judaica eine uberarbeitete Fassung seines Essays auf deutsch. Noch kurz vor seinem Tod im Februar 1982 plante der grosse judische Gelehrte eine erweiterte hebraische Fassung.
Judischer Verlag im Suhrkamp Verlag, 2010, geb, 76 pp, € 33.75, 9783633542444
Schravesande, J. H.
Jichud. Eenheid in het werk van Martin Buber. De vraag naar de eenheid van zijn werk vanuit het perspectief van zijn zoektocht naar de eenheid van de werkelijkheid
Deze dissertatie onderzoekt de eenheid van het werk van de joodse religieuze denker en filosoof Martin Buber.
Zijn werk kan in vier rubrieken worden ingedeeld: over filosofie, de bijbel, het Chassidisme en het Jodendom. De eenheid van het werk wordt onderzocht aan de hand van het thema en het begrip 'eenheid'. Door deze benadering krijgt de lezer zicht op het geheel van het werk van Buber.
Boekencentrum, 2009, pap, 414 pp, € 27.50, 9789023924340
Schrijver, E.G.L., M. Schmeltzer
A Journey Through Jewish Worlds; Highlights from the Braginsky Collection of Hebrew Manuscripts and Printed Books
Aandacht wordt besteed aan middeleeuwse Hebreeuwse handschriften, uitbundig geillustreerde boeken, versierde joodse huwelijkscontracten en rijk geillustreerde boekrollen met het verhaal van het bijbelboek Esther
Waanders, 2009, geb, 295 pp, € 49.50, 9789040076541
Schwartz, H.
Leaves from the Garden of Eden. One Hundred Classic Jewish Tales
Oxford UP, 2008, geb, 525 pp, € 26.50, 9780195335651
Schwartz, H.
Tree of Souls: The Mythologies of Judaism
Oxford UP, 2007, pap, 618 pp, € 31.00, 9780195327137
Schwartz, H.
Tree of Souls. The Mythology of Judaism
By Order
Oxford UP, 2004, geb, 618 pp, € 50.00, 0195086791
Schwartz, S.
Were the Jews a Mediterranean Society? Reciprocity and Solidarity in Ancient Judaism
How well integrated were Jews in the Mediterranean society controlled by ancient Rome? The Torah's laws seem to constitute a rejection of the reciprocity-based social dependency and emphasis on honor that were customary in the ancient Mediterranean world. But were Jews really a people apart, and outside of this broadly shared culture?

Were the Jews a Mediterranean Society? argues that Jewish social relations in antiquity were animated by a core tension between biblical solidarity and exchange-based social values such as patronage, vassalage, formal friendship, and debt slavery. Seth Schwartz's examinations of the "Wisdom of Ben Sira", the writings of Josephus, and the Palestinian Talmud reveal that Jews were more deeply implicated in Roman and Mediterranean bonds of reciprocity and honor than is commonly assumed.

Schwartz demonstrates how Ben Sira juxtaposes exhortations to biblical piety with hard-headed and seemingly contradictory advice about coping with the dangers of social relations with non-Jews; how Josephus describes Jews as essentially countercultural; yet how the Talmudic rabbis assume Jews have completely internalized Roman norms at the same time as the rabbis seek to arouse resistance to those norms, even if it is only symbolic.

Were the Jews a Mediterranean Society? is the first comprehensive exploration of Jewish social integration in the Roman world, one that poses challenging new questions about the very nature of Mediterranean culture.

Princeton UP, 2009, geb, 212 pp, € 27.90, 9780691140544
Seeskin, K.
Jewish Messianic Thoughts in an Age of Despair
Belief in the coming of a Messiah poses a genuine dilemma. From a Jewish perspective, the historical record is overwhelmingly against it. If, despite all the tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people, no legitimate Messiah has come forward, has the belief not been shown to be groundless? Yet for all the problems associated with messianism, the historical record also shows it is an idea with enormous staying power. The prayer book mentions it on page after page. The great Jewish philosophers all wrote about it. Secular thinkers in the twentieth century returned to it and reformulated it. And victims of the Holocaust invoked it in the last few minutes of their life. This book examines the staying power of messianism and formulates it in a way that retains its redemptive force without succumbing to mythology.
Cambridge UP, 2012, geb, 222 pp, € 76.50, 9781107017924
Segal, Eliezer
Introducing Judaism
Introducing Judaism is the ideal starting point for students beginning their studies of this fascinating religion. Eliezer Segal takes an historical approach, focusing on religious aspects of Judaism, and introducing themes as they emerge from authentic Jewish documents. Students will gain an understanding of how Judaism is lived by its adherents and the historical and geographical diversity of Jewish beliefs and practices. The book has a clear and accessible structure. Part One presents the historical context of Judaism, from the Biblical era, through the Medieval period and on to modern Judaism. Part Two surveys the distinctive values and beliefs of Judaism, including attitudes to God, Covenant, Israel, exile and homeland, the Torah, and its commandments, while Part Three presents Jewish Practices and Institutions, engaging with topics such as daily life, worship, temple and synagogue, law, ethics and education, the afterlife, and resurrection.Throughout the book, Eliezer Segal stresses the diversity of interpretations that have been generated by historical circumstances, differing theological and ideological outlooks, and the spiritual creativity of the religious community. Attention is paid to various models of piety, mysticism, scholasticism and folk religion, including the impact of Judaism on the daily life of believers and the experiences of Jewish women.

Eliezer Segal is Professor of Western Religions at the University of Calgary, USA.

World Religions, vol 4, Routledge, 2009, pap, 345 pp, € 46.95, 9780415440097
Sfar, Joann
De kat van de rabbijn
Oog & Blik, 2013, pap, € 29.90, 9789054923862
Sfar, Joann
De kat van de rabbijn 2. De Malka van de leeuwen
Atlas, 2004, geb. stripboek, 46 pp, € 16.50, 9045007371
Sfar, Joann
De kat van de rabbijn 4. Het aards paradijs
Atlas, 2007, geb. stripboek, 48 pp, € 16.50, 9789045014272
Shabi, R.
Not the Enemy, Israels Jews from Arab Lands
Yale Up, 2009, geb, 265 pp, € 26.00, 9780300122756
Shapiro, M.B.
Saul Lieberman and the Orthodox
One of the foremost scholars of the Talmud in the last century, Saul Lieberman (1898-1983) is also an intriguing and controversial figure. Highly influential in Orthodox society, he left Israel in 1940 to accept an appointment at the Jewish Theological Seminary, a Conservative institution. During his forty years at the Seminary, Lieberman served in the Rabbinical Assembly as one of the most important arbiters of Jewish law, though his decisions were often too progressive to be recognized by the Orthodox. Marc B. Shapiro here considers Lieberman's experiences to examine the conflict between Jewish Orthodoxy and Conservatism in the mid-1900s. This invaluable scholarly resource also includes a Hebrew appendix and previously unpublished letters from Lieberman.
Weinberg Judaic Studies Institute / Scranton UP, 2006, pap, 99 pp, € 8.50, 9781589661233
Shechter, J.
The Land of Israel. Its Theological Dimensions. A Study of a Promise and of a Lands "Holiness"
University Press of America, 2010, pap, 325 pp, € 27.50, 9780761851288
Sherwin, B.L.
Faith Finding Meaning; A Theology of Judaism
by order
Oxford UP, 2009, geb, 207 pp, € 48.50, 9780195336238
Shkandrij, M.
Jews in Ukrainian Literature. Representation and Identity
Yale UP, 2009, 288 pp, € 52.50, 9780300125887
Shmueli, E.
Seven Jewish Cultures. A Reinterpretation of Jewish History and Thought
Cambridge UP, 2008, pap, 293 pp, € 31.00, 9780521071772
Shrayer , Maxim D.
Yom Kippur in Amsterdam: Stories
Whether set in Maxim D. Shrayer's native Russia or in North America and Western Europe, the eight stories in this collection explore emotionally intricate relationships that cross traditional boundaries of ethnicity, religion, and culture. Tracing the lives, obsessions, and aspirations of Jewish-Russian immigrants, these poignant, humorous, and tender stories create an expansive portrait of individuals struggling to come to terms with ghosts of their European pasts while simultaneously seeking to build new lives in their American present.

The title story follows Jake Glaz, a young Jewish man apprehensive about marrying a Catholic woman. After realizing Erin will not convert, Jake leaves the United States to spend Yom Kippur in Amsterdam, "a beautiful place for a Jew to atone." In "Sonetchka" a literary scholar and his former girlfriend from Moscow reunite in her suburban Connecticut apartment. As they reminisce about their Soviet youth and quietly admire each other's professional successes, both wrestle with the curious mix of prosperity, loneliness, and insecurity that defines their lives in the United States.

Syracuse University Press, 2012, pap, 141 pp, € 22.00, 9780815609988
Shuchat, R.
Jewish Faith in a Changing World. A Modern Introduction to the World and Ideas of Classical Jewish Philosophy
Ever since the first encounter between Judaism and the western world in the second century BCE, Jewish thinkers like Maimonides, Gersonides, R. Moses Hayyim Luzzatto, and Rabbi A. I. Kook have grappled with the issues of Jewish faith and modernity. The works they published, which comprise Jewish classical philosophy, were products of the highest intellectual caliber, and no question of faith, no matter how embarrassing or heretical, was overlooked.

In this book Raphael Shuchat presents the reader with some of the main and timeless issues of Jewish philosophy over the ages and updates them to twenty-first century thinking, making each issue relevant for the modern reader. This book offers a fresh intellectual outlook on the Jewish faith, and contains a timely message for all religionists and thinkers in the twenty-first century. It will be of great use to both students and laymen.
Reference Library of Jewisch Intellectual History, Academic Studies Press, 2012, geb, 253 pp, € 72.50, 9781936235681
Silverman, E.K.
From Abraham to America. A History of Jewish Circumcision
Rowman & Littlefield, 2006, pap, 303 pp, € 38.75, 9780742516694
Simon-Shoshan, M.
Stories of the Law. Narrative Discourse and the Construction of Authority in the Mishnah
Moshe Simon-Shoshan offers a groundbreaking study of Jewish law (halakhah) and rabbinic story-telling. Focusing on the Mishnah, the foundational text of halakhah, he argues that narrative was essential in early rabbinic formulations and concepts of law, legal process, and political and religious authority.

Simon-Shoshan first sets out a theoretical framework for considering the role of narrative in the Mishnah. Drawing on a wide range of disciplines, including narrative theory, Semitic linguistics, and comparative legal studies, he argues that law and narrative are inextricably intertwined in the Mishnah. Narrative is central to the way in which the Mishnah transmits law and ideas about jurisprudence. Furthermore, the Mishnah's stories are the locus around which the authority of the rabbis as supreme arbiters of Jewish law is both constructed and critiqued.

In the second half of the book, Simon-Shoshan applies these ideas to close readings of individual Mishnaic stories. Among these stories are some of the most famous narratives in rabbinic literature, including those of Honi the Circle-drawer and R. Gamliel's Yom Kippur confrontation with R. Joshua. In each instance, Simon-Shoshan elucidates the legal, political, theological, and human elements of the story and places them in the wider context of the book's arguments about law, narrative, and rabbinic authority.

Stories of the Law presents an original and forceful argument for applying literary theory to legal texts, challenging the traditional distinctions between law and literature that underlie much contemporary scholarship.

Oxford UP, 2012, geb, 287 pp, € 63.90, 9780199773732
Smelik, Klaas A.D.
Geschreven leven. Een inleiding tot het jodendom
Twee belangrijke karakteristieken van het jodendom vinden wij in de titel van dit boek terug: schrift en leven. Het jodendom is een typische schriftreligie met als middelpunt de Tora. Geschreven op een boekrol, neemt de Tora de plaats in van het godenbeeld in andere religies: in de Tora openbaart zich de God van Israel. Wie voor deze Tora kiest, kiest voor het leven, want de Joodse God is een God van levenden, die zelfs de doden weer tot leven brengt. Ondanks de tragische geschiedenis van het Joodse volk is door de eeuwen heen het geloof in het leven onaangetast gebleven: Lechajim - 'Op het leven!'.

Het jodendom kent tal van dergelijke paradoxen, waardoor het lezen van dit boek een spannend verhaal wordt. Een verhaal vol contrasten, een verhaal ook vol leven en levenswil. Wie het jodendom associeert met dood en vernietiging, zal bedrogen uitkomen na het lezen van deze inleiding.

Positieve maar ook negatieve kanten worden besproken van de voortdurende worsteling om een tweeduizend jaar oude traditie in overeenstemming te brengen met de huidige tijd. Maar ook over de gebruiken, de feesten, het leven van alledag wordt op een levendige wijze geschreven. Geschreven leven is daarom een ideale referentie om met de Joodse leefwereld kennis te maken.

Klaas A.D. Smelik werd in Hilversum geboren en woont nu in Gent. Naast zijn wetenschappelijk en populair-wetenschappelijk werk schreef hij drie detectiveromans en zes bewerkingen van bijbelverhalen voor de jeugd. Zijn schrijfstijl werd in de nationale en internationale pers meermaals geprezen.

Acco, 2012, pap, 354 pp, € 24.50, 9789033486449
Smelik, Klaas A.D.
Herleefde tijd. Een joodse geschiedenis
Een geschiedenis van het Joodse volk is uitzonderlijk. Geen ander volk uit de Oudheid heeft nog dezelfde taal en religie als 2500 jaar geleden. Er zijn redenen genoeg om te verwachten dat het Joodse volk in de loop van de geschiedenis in andere volkeren zou zijn opgegaan, maar dat is niet gebeurd. Hoe komt dat? Waarin ligt het eigene van de Joodse geschiedenis? Waardoor is dat volk blijven voortbestaan ondanks de vaak zeer ongunstige omstandigheden? Als een geboren verteller leidt Klaas A.D. Smelik je door de Joodse geschiedenis. De grote thema's, gaande van ballingschap tot de stichting van de staat Israel, komen een voor een aan bod. Een boeiend verhaal met vaak verrassende doorkijkjes in de geschiedenis, zowel voor lezers zonder enige voorkennis van het jodendom als voor lezers die weten waar Abraham zijn mosterd haalt. Voor deze nieuwe editie werd de tekst geheel herzien en geactualiseerd. Bovendien is een nieuw hoofdstuk toegevoegd over de Joodse emigratie naar de Verenigde Staten.

Klaas A.D. Smelik werd in Hilversum geboren en woont nu in Gent. Naast zijn wetenschappelijk en populair-wetenschappelijk werk schreef hij drie detectiveromans en zes bewerkingen van bijbelverhalen voor de jeugd. Zijn schrijfstijl werd in de nationale en internationale pers meermaals geprezen en zorgt ervoor dat Herleefde Tijd niet alleen een historisch boek is, maar ook een boeiend en diep doorleefd verhaal.

Acco, 2004/2011, pap, 378 pp, € 24.50, 9789033484773
Soloveitchik, Rabbi Joseph B.
The Halakhic Mind. An essay on jewish tradition and modern thought
Free Press, 1986, pap, 135 pp, € 17.50, 9780684863726
Soroudi, S. S.
Persian Literature and Judeo-Persian Culture. Collected Writings of Sorour S. Soroudi
Edited by H. E. Chehabi. B2296
Harvard UP, 2010, pap, 275 pp, € 29.95, 9780674053427
Sperber, D.
The Jewish Life Cycle. Custum. Lore and Iconography. Jewish Costums from the Cradle to the Grace
Bar-Ilan UP / Oxford Up, 2008, geb, 676 pp, € 79.00, 9780195307597 (OUP) / 9789652263346 (B-I)
Stahl, N. (ed)
Jesus Among the Jews: Representation and Thought
For almost two thousand years, various images of Jesus accompanied Jewish thought and imagination: a flesh-and-blood Jew, a demon, a spoiled student, an idol, a brother, a (failed) Messiah, a nationalist rebel, a Greek god in Jewish garb, and more. This volume charts for the first time the different ways that Jesus has been represented and understood in Jewish culture and thought. Chapters from many of the leading scholars in the field cover the topic from a variety of disciplinary perspectives - Talmud, Midrash, Rabbinics, Kabbalah, Jewish Magic, Messianism, Hagiography, Modern Jewish Literature, Thought, Philosophy, and Art - to address the ways in which representations of Jesus contribute to and change Jewish self-understanding throughout the last two millennia.

Beginning with the question of how we know that Jesus was a Jew, the book then moves through meticulous analyses of Jewish and Christian scripture and literature to provide a rounded and comprehensive analysis of Jesus in Jewish Culture. This multidisciplinary study will be of great interest not only to students of Jewish history and philosophy, but also to scholars of religious studies, Christianity, intellectual history, literature and cultural studies.

Routledge, 2012, geb, 248 pp, € 109.50, 9780415782586
Stahl, Neta
Other and Brother. Jesus in the 20th-century Jewish Literary Landscape
In a groundbreaking exploration of modern Jewish literature, Neta Stahl examines the attitudes adopted by modern Jewish writers toward the figure of Jesus, the ultimate "Other" in medieval Jewish literature. Stahl argues that twentieth-century Jewish writers relocated Jesus from his traditional status as the Christian Other to a position as a fellow Jew, a "brother," and even as a means of reconstructing themselves. Other and Brother analyzes the work of a wide array of modern Jewish writers, beginning in the early twentieth century and ending with contemporary Israeli literature. Stahl takes the reader through dramatic changes in Jewish life beginning with the Haskalah (or Jewish Enlightenment) and Emancipation, and subsequently Zionism and the Holocaust. The Holocaust and the formation of the state of Israel caused a major transformation in the Jewish attitude toward Jesus. The emergence of quasi-messianic Zionist ideas of returning to the land of Israel, where the actual Jesus was born, helped other features of the image of Jesus to become a source of attraction and identification for Hebrew poets and Hebrew and Yiddish prose writers in the first half of the twentieth century. Stahl's nuanced and insightful historiography of modern Hebrew and Jewish literature will be a valuable resource to anyone interested in the role of Jesus in Jewish culture.
Oxford UP, 2013, geb, 237 pp, € 57.50, 9780199760008
Steinsaltz, A
The Thirteen Petalled Rose. A Discourse on the Essence of Jewish Existence and Belief
Basic Books, 2006, pap, 200 pp, € 16.50, 0465082726 / 9780465082728
Stern, David (ed)
The Anthology in Jewish Literature
17 essays that investigate the manifold roles of the anthology in Jewish litterature

The anthology is a ubiquitous presence in Jewish literature--arguably its oldest literary genre, going back to the Bible itself, and including nearly all the canonical texts of Judaism: the Mishnah, the Talmud, classical midrash, and the prayerbook. In the Middle Ages, the anthology became the primary medium in Jewish culture for recording stories, poems, and interpretations of classical texts. In modernity, the genre is transformed into a decisive instrument for cultural retrieval and re-creation, especially in works of the Zionist project and in modern Yiddish and Hebrew literature. No less importantly, the anthology has played an indispensable role in the creation of significant fields of research in Jewish studies, including Hebrew poetry, folklore, and popular culture. This volume is the first book to bring together scholarly and critical essays that investigate the anthological character of these works and what might be called the ''anthological habit'' in Jewish literary culture--the tendency and proclivity for gathering together discrete, sometimes conflicting traditions and stories, and preserving them side by side as though there were no difference, conflict, or ambiguity between them. Indeed, The Anthology in Jewish Literature is the first book to recognize this habit and genre as one of the formative categories in Jewish literature and to investigate its manifold roles. The seventeen essays, each of which focuses on a specific literary work, many of them the great classics of Jewish tradition, consider such questions as: What are the many types of anthologies? How have anthologists, editors, even printers of anthologies been creative shapers of Jewish tradition and culture? What can we learn from their editorial practices? How have politics, gender, and class figured into the making of anthologies? What determinative role has the anthology played in creating the Jewish canon? How has the anthology served, especially in the modern period, to create and recreate Jewish culture. This landmark volume will interest educated laypersons as well as scholars in all areas of Jewish literature and culture, as well as students of world literature and cultural studies.

Oxford UP, 2004, geb, 350 pp, € 62.50, 9780195137514
Stern, Eliyahu
The Genius. Elijah of Vilna and the Making of Modern Judaism
Elijah ben Solomon, the "Genius of Vilna", was perhaps the best-known and most understudied figure in modern Jewish history. In this book Eliyahu Stern offers a new narrative of Jewish modernity based on Elijah's life and influence. While the experience of Jews in modernity has often been described as a process of Western European secularization - with Jews becoming citizens of Western nation-states, congregants of reformed synagogues, and assimilated members of society - Stern uses Elijah's story to highlight a different theory of modernization for European life. Religious movements such as Hasidism and anti-secular institutions such as the yeshiva emerged from the same democratization of knowledge and privatization of religion that gave rise to secular and universal movements and institutions. Claimed by traditionalists, enlighteners, Zionists, and the Orthodox, Elijah's genius and its afterlife capture an all-embracing interpretation of the modern Jewish experience. Through the story of the "Vilna Gaon", Stern presents a new model for understanding modern Jewish history and more generally the place of traditionalism and religious radicalism in modern Western life and thought.
Yale UP, 2013, geb, 322 pp, € 45.00, 9780300179309
Stillman, N.A,
Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World
five volumes, sRos tb
Brill, 2010, geb, € 954.00, 9789004176782
Stone, Bryan E.
The Chosen Folks. Jews on the Frontiers of Texas
Texas has one of the largest Jewish populations in the South and West, comprising an often-overlooked vestige of the Diaspora. The Chosen Folks brings this rich aspect of the past to light, going beyond single biographies and photographic histories to explore the full evolution of the Jewish experience in Texas. Drawing on previously unpublished archival materials and synthesizing earlier research, Bryan Edward Stone begins with the crypto-Jews who fled the Spanish Inquisition in the late sixteenth century and then discusses the unique Texas-Jewish communities that flourished far from the acknowledged centers of Jewish history and culture.

The effects of this peripheral identity are explored in depth, from the days when geographic distance created physical divides to the redefinitions of 'frontier' that marked the twentieth century. The rise of the Ku Klux Klan, the creation of Israel in the wake of the Holocaust, and the civil rights movement are covered as well, raising provocative questions about the attributes that enabled Texas Jews to forge a distinctive identity on the national and world stage. Brimming with memorable narratives, The Chosen Folks brings to life a cast of vibrant pioneers.

University of Texas Press, 2010, geb, 294 pp, € 53.90, 9780292721777
Strauss, L. (ed.) & M.D. Yaffe (ed.)
Leo Strauss on Moses Mendelssohn
Moses Mendelssohn (1729-86) was the leading Jewish thinker of the German Enlightenment and the founder of modern Jewish philosophy. His writings, especially his attempt during the Pantheism Controversy to defend the philosophical legacies of Spinoza and Leibniz against F. H. Jacobi's philosophy of faith, captured the attention of a young Leo Strauss and played a critical role in the development of his thought on one of the fundamental themes of his life's work: the conflicting demands of reason and revelation.

Leo Strauss on Moses Mendelssohn is a superbly annotated translation of ten introductions written by Strauss to a multivolume critical edition of Mendelssohn's work. Commissioned in Weimar Germany in the 1920s, the project was suppressed and nearly destroyed during Nazi rule and was not revived until the 1960s. In addition to Strauss' introductions, Martin D. Yaffe has translated various editorial annotations Strauss makes on key passages in Mendelssohn's texts. Yaffe has also contributed an extensive interpretive essay that both analyzes the introductions on their own terms and discusses what Strauss writes elsewhere about the broader themes broached in his Mendelssohnian studies. "Strauss' critique of Mendelssohn" represents one of the largest bodies of work by the young Strauss on a single thinker to be made available in English. It illuminates not only a formerly obscure phase in the emergence of his thought but also a critical moment in the history of the German Enlightenment.

Chicago UP, 2013, geb, 322 pp, € 37.95, 9780226922782
Suss, Rene
De geest bemint de buitenkant. Jodendom in fragmenten
In het Jodendom wordt al vroeg in het menselijke bestaan de relatie tussen leer en lichaam zichtbaar gemaakt. Joodse jongetjes worden al na acht dagen besneden, dat wil zeggen: gemerkt met het Woord. In orthodox-Joodse ziekenhuizen treden de regels voor Sjabbath buiten werking als een patient in levensgevaar verkeert.
Het lichaam en de aardse werkelijkheid staan in dit boek centraal; ze vormen het kader van wat de auteur tekstuele spiritualiteit noemt. Wat hem er betreft is er niets tussen hemel en aarde. Niets, zelfs geen iets, laat staan een meer.

Dit boek doet een hartstochtelijke poging om duidelijk te maken waarin het Jodendom als godsdienst uniek is. Het is een levendig en prikkelend essay dat uitgaat van de stelling dat een vruchtbare dialoog tussen de godsdiensten begint met het respecteren van verschillen. De auteur gaat die dialoog aan het hart - als voormalig predikant is hij vertrouwd met de christelijke wereld en haar theologie, als actief bezoeker van een sjoel is hij inmiddels ook diepgaand ingevoerd in de denk- en belevingswereld van het Jodendom. Dat geeft hem als schrijver een unieke positie.
VU uitgeverij, 2010, pap, 184 pp, € 12.50, 9789086594146
Suss, Rene
Sjabbat sjalom. Vijfentwintig droosjes bij de wekelijkse lezing uit de Tora, deels gehouden in Sjoel-West te Amsterdam
Uit de inleiding..: 'In deze droosjes - afgeleid van de Hebreeuwse werkwoordvorm 'drsj' (onder)zoeken - een handvol korte toelichtingen bij kwesties uit de parsje, de Toralezing van de week - vijf maal vijf, vijf bij elk boek van Mosjee - sta ik niet alleen stil bij typisch Joodse thema's, als de beriet miela, de mechietsa, pikoeach nefesj, Joods begraven, Pesach en het Zionisme, ook meer algemene zoals de bureaucratie, competitie en cooperatie, de nazi's en hun grootheidswaan 'komen voorbij'. Vaak blijft het bij het opwerpen van een paar vragenen bij een blik op onze traditie in de Talmoed en de midrasjiem. Voor een uitputtende behandeling lenen droosjes zich vanwege hun beperkte omvang niet. Bovendien moet er nog wat overblijven om over na te denken, om desgewenst de Sjabbat mee door te brengen...'
Uitgeverij SIEP, 2014, pap, 143 pp, € 15.00, 9789082182903
Swirc, M.
Altijd mazzel. Een wereldreis langs joodse gemeenschappen
Overal op aarde bestaan joodse gemeenschappen. De journalist Maurice Swirc bezocht er tien. Hij doet verslag van hun bijzondere ontstaansgeschiedenis en laat zien hoe ze er nu aan toe zijn.

Sommige joodse gemeenschappen zijn heel bekend, zoals die in New York. Andere handhaven zich op onverwachte en exotische plaatsen, zoals Montevideo, Marrakesh en Noorwegen. Er is zelfs een autonome joodse regio in Siberie, ontstaan in de Stalintijd. Wat is de bindende factor tussen de joden in die uiteenlopende oorden? Waarin verschillen ze? Maurice Swirc probeert de gemeenschappen tijdens zijn reizen te doorgronden, waarbij hij zijn kritiek niet spaart. Dit boek, waarin de pijn van de Holocaust en het antisemitisme op bijna elke bladzijde doorklinkt, geeft een prachtig beeld van een rijkgeschakeerde cultuur, verspreid over de hele wereld.

Boom, 2010, pap, 388 pp, € 24.90, 9789085068150
Sznaider, N.
Jewish Memory and the Cosmopolitan Order
Wiley-Blackwell, 2011, pap, 205 pp, € 22.95, 9780745647968
Taieb-Carlen, S.
The Jews of North Africa. From Dido to De Gaulle
University Press of America, 2010, pap, 180 pp, € 25.50, 9780761850434
Tanny, J.
City of Rogues and Schnorrers. Russia`s Jews and the Myth of Old Odessa
Old Odessa, on the Black Sea, gained notoriety as a legendary city of Jewish gangsters and swindlers, a frontier boomtown mythologized for the adventurers, criminals, and merrymakers who flocked there to seek easy wealth and lead lives of debauchery and excess. Odessa is also famed for the brand of Jewish humour brought there in the 19th century from the shtetls of Eastern Europe and that flourished throughout Soviet times.

From a broad historical perspective, Jarrod Tanny examines the hybrid Judeo-Russian culture that emerged in Odessa in the 19th century and persisted through the Soviet era and beyond. The book shows how the art of eminent Soviet-era figures such as Isaac Babel, Il'ia Ilf, Evgenii Petrov, and Leonid Utesov grew out of the Odessa Russian-Jewish culture into which they were born and which shaped their lives.

Indiana UP, 2012, pap, 288 pp, € 26.50, 9780253223289
Terry, M. (ed)
Reader’s Guide to Judaism.
Fitzroy Dearborn, 2000, geb, 718 pp, € 169.00
Tobias, S.
Strange Haven. A Jewish Childhood in Wartime Shanghai
By order.
University of Illinois Press, 2009, pap, 208 pp, € 19.50, 9780252076244
Toledano, H. H.
The Sephardic Legacy. Unique Features and Achievements
Scranton UP, 2010, pap, 359 pp, € 22.95, 9781589662056
Topel, M.F.
Jewish Orthodoxy and Its Discontents. Religious Dissidence in Contemporary Israel
In this book, Marta T. Topel utilizes anthropological research to analyze both macro and micro social processes among secular and Orthodox Jews in Israel. She covers such complex issues as the tensions between the two groups and the radicalization of Israeli Jewish Orthodoxy in the last thirty years. The book also delves into micro social processes such as the long and tortured journey of Israeli religious dissidents and the role of non-governmental organizations in helping these dissidents adapt to secular society. In addition, she discusses the symbolic and ritual paraphernalia that dissidents must become familiar with in order to be successful in their new lives as secular Jews. Jewish Orthodoxy and Its Discontents approaches the phenomenon of religious dissidence within the Jewish Israeli Orthodoxy through the lens of the inverse phenomenon: religious conversion to Jewish Orthodoxy. This outlook is based on theoretical ground as both events constitute a radical change of the ideology of both the social actors and the social structures they have abandoned.
University Press of America, 2012, pap, 149 pp, € 26.00, 9780761859178
Trepp, Leo
Die Juden: Volk, Geschichte, Religion
Dieses Buch gibt einen Aufriss des Judentums in seiner Gesamtgestalt, seiner Geschichte, seiner Literatur von Bibel und Talmud bis in die Gegenwart, seiner Feste, Feiern und Lebensformen. Es beschreibt Glaubensinhalte, Brauche und Symbole des Judentums, behandelt die Entstehung des Staates Israel und die Probleme seiner Bevolkerung, schildert die Entwicklung des amerikanischen Judentums, seinen Platz in der amerikanischen Gesellschaft und seine verschiedenen religiosen Richtungen. Ferner befasst es sich mit der Fruhgeschichte des Christentums aus judischer Sicht und dem Verhaltnis von Christen und Juden vom Mittelalter bis in unsere Zeit.

Uberarbeitet und erweitert, behandelt diese Neuausgabe die geschichtliche Entwicklung von den Anfangen bis heute. Sie gibt weiterhin einen Einblick in die judische Mystik (Kabbala) und in die gegenwartige Holocaust-Diskussion. Eine Betrachtung der Lage der Juden in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland schliesst sich an.

Marixverlag, 2006, geb, 415 pp, € 14.50, 9783865391049
Ulmer, R.
Discussing Cultural Influences. Text, Context and Non-text in Rabbinic Judaism
Studies in Judaism, University Press of America, 2006, pap, 272 pp, € 26.25, 9780761835165
Umansky, E.M.
From Christian Science to Jewish Science: Spiritual Healing and American Jews
During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, thousands of American Jews were drawn to the teachings of Christian Science. Viewing such attraction with alarm, American Reform Rabbis sought to counter Christian Science's appeal by formulating a Jewish vision of happiness and health. Unlike Christian Science, it acknowledged the benefits of modern medicine yet, sharing the belief in God as the true source of healing, similarly emphasized the power of visualization and affirmative prayer. Though the numbers of those formally affiliated with Jewish science would remain small, its emphasis on the connection between mind and body influenced scores of rabbis and thousands if not hundreds of thousands of American Jews, predating contemporary Jewish interest in spiritual healing by more than seventy years. Examining an important and previously unwritten chapter in the story of American Judaism, this book sheds light on religious and social concerns of twentieth-century American Jewry, including ways in which adherence to Jewish Science helped thousands bridge the perceived gap between Judaism and modernity.
Oxford UP, 2005, geb, 245 pp, € 54.50, 9780195044003
Unen, Chaim van
Tikoen nefesj. Hulpverlenen en Joodse traditie
Het is verrassend om onverwachts te ontdekken dat eeuwenoude teksten inspirerend blijken te zijn voor de moderne professionele hulpverlener. En dat ondanks de omstandigheden dat efficiency en marktwerking zo zwaar op de hulpverlening drukken. Als gevolg daarvan schiet de kwaliteit van de zorg er regelmatig bij in. Wat dan niet zelden bij de hulpverlener overblijft is een slecht geweten.

In Tikoen Nefesj wijst Chaim van Unen op heldere en toegankelijke wijze een weg door eeuwenoude Joodse bronnen. Bronnen waarin veel aandacht wordt besteed aan hulpverlenen. Hij laat zien hoe relevant ook nu nog deze teksten voor hulpverleners zijn. Maar ook voor diegenen die het 'hulpverlenen mogelijk maken', de managers en de beleidsmakers heeft dit boek een en ander in petto.

De teksten waaruit wordt geput zijn afkomstig uit Tora en Talmoed, verpakt in uitspraken, discussies en anekdotes. Maar ook markante hulpverleners uit het recente verleden komen aan bod. Kortom, een boek dat recht probeert te doen aan de professionaliteit en de betrokkenheid van professionele hulpbverleners.

Amphora Books, 2011, geb, 112 pp, € 19.50, 9789064460746
Urban, M.
Aesthetics of Renewal. Martin Bubers Early Representation of Hasisism as Kulturkritik
Chicago, 2008, geb, 238 pp, € 23.50, 9780226842707
Victor, R. M
Colonial Education and Class Formation in Early Judaism
Continuum, 2009, geb, € 81.90, 9780567247193
Voolen, Edward van
Joods leven, thuis en in de synagoge
Vijfde herziene editie.
Joods Leven, thuis en in de synagoge maakt in drie helder beschreven stappen wegwijs in het jodendom.

Zoals elke godsdienst zoekt ook het jodendom naar antwoorden op de grote levensvragen. Juist de joodse feesten drukken die belangrijke menselijke thema's uit: het verlangen naar vrijheid en verlossing (Pesach), het besef van kwetsbaarheid en de behoefte aan bescherming (Loofhuttenfeest), de behoefte aan inkeer en vernieuwing (Nieuwjaar en Grote Verzoendag), maar ook aan licht in de donkerste dagen (Chanoeka) en uitbundigheid tijdens het carnavaleske Poeriem.
De plaats om samen te komen voor studie en gebed is de synagoge: die neemt in het jodendom een centrale plaats in. Maar hoe is een synagoge ingericht en hoe verloopt de eredienst? En welke gebeden en liederen staan centraal bij de wekelijkse viering van de sabbat?
Voor een groot gedeelte speelt het joodse leven zich thuis af: bij voorbeeld met het naleven van de spijswetten (koosjer). Allerlei uiterlijke kenmerken zoals de mezoeza, het kokertje naast de deuropening, herinneren aan de geboden. Het persoonlijke leven wordt gemarkeerd door overgangsrituelen, zoals bij de geboorte van een kind, het moment van volwassen worden (bar of bat mitswa), de huwelijksceremonie en rouwrituelen.
De joodse kalender, een verklarende woordenlijst en een literatuurlijst maken deze uitgave compleet, en zeer geschikt als eerste kennismaking en praktisch naslagwerk.

Edward van Voolen, rabbijn en kunsthistoricus, is conservator bij het Joods Historisch Museum in Amsterdam en doceert aan het Abraham Geiger College in Berlijn, een opleiding voor rabbijnen.

Parthenon, 2012, pap, 129 pp, € 14.90, 9789079578290
Voorsluis, B.
Leren met Martin Buber
Velen kennen Martin Buber (1878-1965) van zijn dialogische geschrift Ich und Du, anderen hebben via hem kennis gemaakt met het chassidisme, sommigen kregen door zijn bijbelvertaling een ander inzicht in hun geloof. Minder bekend is hij als sociaal denker, pedagoog, kenner van het jodendom, zionist en ijveraar voor goede Palestijns-joodse verhoudingen. Toch was hij dat alles ook. Buber heeft zich op al deze gebieden met grote inzet bewogen. Hij wilde geen systematicus zijn, maar een joodse leraar, die evenveel van zijn leerlingen opsteekt als zij van hem. 'Ik heb geen leer, maar ik voer een gesprek', zegt hij. Hoe gevarieerd en fragmentarisch ook, het gaat in het werk van Buber steeds om het bewaren van onze humaniteit. Wij hebben de werkelijkheid objectief gemaakt, haar teruggebracht tot een overzichtelijk systeem. Die werkelijkheid is ons maar al te vertrouwd, maar we beseffen niet hoezeer ons menszijn hiermee wordt bedreigd. Toch is een andere realiteit, die beantwoordt aan onze eigenlijke bestemming: de genade van de ontmoeting met de medemens en met God. Bubers oeuvre roept op tot die ontmoeting. Dr. Bart Voorsluis is verbonden aan VU-podium, dat het gesprek tussen wetenschap en samenleving wil bevorderen over vragen van ethische en levensbeschouwelijke aard.
Meinema, 2007, pap, 136 pp, € 12.90, 9789021140667
Vorst, Rabbijn Ing. I.
Joods Oud en Nieuw. Drie bloemlezingen
In dit boek vind u drie bloemlezingen over de Joodse feestdagencyclus. Deze drie Joodse feesten in het najaar – aan het begin van de herfst 0- sluiten het jaar af en luiden het nieuwe jaar in. Deze drie feesten – Rosj Hasjana, Jom Kipoer en Soekot tot en met Simchat Tora – vertegenwoordigen elk een ander aspect: Op Rosj Hasjana (Nieuwjaar) staat het aanvaarden van G’ds Bestaan en Heerschappij centraal. Op Jom Kiper (Grote Verzoendag) – het bewust worden en blijven dat G’d, ‘Op Zijn manier’ belonend en/of bestraffend, reageert op onze levenswijze en de keuzen die we maken. Op Soekot – Loofhuttenfeest – en het daarop volgende Simchat Tora (Vreugde der Wet) uiten we onze vreugde om G’ds Tora en de vervulling van G’ds geboden, die geen droge plicht, maar een onuitputtelijke bron van inspiratie zijn. Tegelijkertijd is Soekot een feest waarin de bede voor regen en een voorspoedig agrarisch jaar centraal staat. Het is daarmee een universeel feest voor de gehele mensheis – Joods en niet-Joods.
Amphora Books, 5771 / 2010, pap, 169 pp, € 16.00, 9789064460708
Vorst, Rabbijn Ing. I.
Vorst ontdooit. Mijn formule van overleven. Columns & iezegrammen
Wel eens gehoord van een iezegram? Néé?
Hier zijn er twee:
Hoe groter geest, hoe groter beest, ‘Geldt dat ook in omgekeerde volgorde?’ vroeg mij een olifant.
Ik ben al jaren online, maar het helpt niets,’ zei de dikkert.
‘Vorst ontdooit’ kan je op twee manieren begrijpen.
Vorst ontdooit – zichzelf. Vorst ontdooit – anderen.
Ik kies zelf voor beide interpretaties. En voor tweerichtingsverkeer. Door zelf te ontdooien, ben je in staat anderen te ontdooien. Wanneer anderen ontdooien, heeft dat op jou hetzelfde effect. Koning Salomo merkte het al op in zijn Spreuken: ‘Gelijk het water hetzelfde gelaat van de mens weerspiegelt, zo is het hart van de ene mens tot de ander’. Even een filosofische vraag: wat was er eerder, het water of het ijs? Is water ijs dat eens ontdooide of is ijs water dat eens bevroor? Ik kies opnieuw voor beide interpretaties. Eerst was er water, maar het bevroor tot ijs. Omdat het Jodendom – in de joodse literatuur vaak met water vergeleken – in sommige joodse kringen niet leuk genoeg en warm wordt opgediend. Ook is er te vaak een gebrek aan durf. En aan visie op langere termijn, waardoor initiatieven – door en voor de joodse jeugd bijvoorbeeld – worden onderkoeld, bevroren raken. Water werd ijs.

Tweede optie: eerst was er ijs. Dat ontdooide tot water. De opluikende (het woord bestaat eigenlijk niet, maar ik vind het zo mooi klinken. En u begrijpt toch wel wat ik bedoel) belangstelling voor de jong-oude joodse wijze van leven. In Israël, Amerika, maar ook in Nederland. En ik denk tevens aan de vele daden van goedheid, mildheid, hartelijkheid die, meestal in stilte, worden verricht. Waar je helemaal warm van wordt. En vorst ontdooit. Hier een bundeling van de lichtvoetige en tegelijkertijd toch diepzinnige zwart op wit creaties van de bruggenbouwende rabbijn Ies Vorst.Een ongelofelijke hoeveelheid goede tekst in één boek!

Amphora Books, 2009, pap, 147 pp, € 17.50, 9789064460609
Vries, Rabbijn S. Ph. de
Joodse riten en symbolen, 10-e druk
Voor iedereen met een warme belangstelling voor de joodse traditie is Joodse riten en symbolen een bron van informatie. Deze klassieker verscheen voor het eerst in 1927, vijf jaar later volgde er een tweede deel. Zo groeide Joodse riten en symbolen uit tot het standaardwerk voor de kennis omtrent de gebruiken en voorschriften van het dagelijkse joodse leven. Een uitgebreide en herziene editie in een band werd uitgegeven in 1968 en stond onder redactie van de zoon van rabbijn De Vries. Deze uitgave is sindsdien steeds herdrukt en heeft generaties lezers weten te boeien. Wie de grote poetische kracht van de joodse traditie wil leren kennen vindt in Joodse riten en symbolen een schitterende gids.
Arbeiders Pers, 2008, geb, 320 pp, € 49.99, 9789029566315
Walzer, M., M. Lorberbaum & N.J. Zohar (eds)
The Jewish Political Tradition. Volume 1: Authority
Yale UP, 2004, pap, 592 pp, € 29.90, 0300102011 / 9780300102017
Walzer, M., M. Lorberbaum & N.J. Zohar (eds)
The Jewish Political Tradition. Volume 1: Authority
Yale UP, 2000, geb, 578 pp, € 42.90, 0300078226 / 9780300078220
Walzer, M., M. Lorberbaum & N.J. Zohar (eds)
The Jewish Political Tradition. Volume 2: Membership
Yale UP, 2003, geb, 622pp, € 48.50, 0300094280 / 9780300094282
Kabbala. Joodse mystiek een inleiding
Aspekt, 2005, pap, 134pp, € 14.95, 9789059112414
Weiner, R.I. & R.E. Shapless
An Uncertain Future. Voices of a French Jewish Community, 1940-2012
This contemporary oral history, based on interviews conducted over an 18-year period, is the first of its kind in English. The interviews, some repeated with the same subjects over years, demonstrate how the Jewish community of Dijon has evolved over time in response to challenges both internal and external. The authors provide an introduction to the series of interviews as well as a detailed history of the community. A chronology, a map of Dijon, and photos of many interviewees are included. The book also provides an update on recent events in the community, a suggested reading list, and a bibliography.
Toronto UP, 2012, pap, 344 pp, € 28.50, 9781442605596
Weiss, A. C., C. Weiss Rubel
The Choice. Converts to Judaism Share their Stories
Scranton UP, 2010, pap, 280 pp, € 22.50, 9781589662094
Weiss, D.H.
Paradox and the Prophets. Hermann Cohen and the Indirect Communication of Religion
Hermann Cohen (1842-1918) is widely regarded as the most influential representative of twentieth-century Jewish philosophy, and his Religion of Reason is often described as one of the most significant attempts to wrestle with the competing claims of philosophy and the Jewish religious tradition since Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed. Nevertheless, Cohen has often been treated merely as an historical precursor to later Jewish thinkers like Buber, Rosenzweig, and Levinas.

Daniel H. Weiss offers an insightful new reading of Religion of Reason, arguing that the style and method of Cohen's final work have long been fundamentally misunderstood. Previous readers, puzzled by the seemingly incompatible perspectives within Religion of Reason, have tended either to uphold one or another of the text's 'voices' or to criticize the text for intellectual incoherence. Weiss demonstrates that the multiplicity of Cohen's text is an essential element of its rational and communicative purposes. Drawing upon Kierkegaard as a theorist of indirect communication, he shows how Cohen combines the 'incompatible voices' of philosophy and of Scripture in order to convey religious and ethical ideas-such as the unique God, the other as You, and the messianic future-that would be distorted in a fully consistent, single-voiced mode of thought and communication.

While focusing on the details and style of Cohen's text, Paradox and the Prophets also explores the broader philosophical claim that Religion of Reason, far from representing an outdated mode of thought, serves as a model for contemporary efforts to reason about religion and ethics.

Oxford UP, 2012, geb, 333 pp, € 65.00, 9780199895908
Weiss, S.
Insights of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. Discourses on fundametal theological issues in Judaism
Rowman&Littlefield, 2005, pap, 177 pp, € 35.75, 0742544699
Wells, A.
Tropical Zion. General Trujillo, FDR, and the Jews of Sosua
Duke UP, 2009, pap, 448 pp, € 28.50, 9780822344070
Wiesel, E.
Een waanzinnig verlangen om te dansen
Op bestelling
Meulenhoff, 2008, pap, 302 pp, € 19.90, 9789029081108
Wiesel, E.
Mijn liefde voor de profeten. Portretten en verhalen uit bijbel en midrasj
Kok, 2006, pap, 320 pp, € 15.25, 9789043512404
Wiesel, E.
Meulenhoff, 2006, geb, 143 pp, € 16.95, 9789029077835
Wiesel, E.
Skandalon, 2007, pap, 279 pp, € 23.50, 9789076564609
Wiesel, E.
Waar ga je naartoe?
vertaald door: M.A. Veltman

Waar ga je naartoe? is Wiesel bij uitstek: hij spoort individuen en samenlevingen aan tot menselijk leven vol perspectief. Wiesel wekt oudtestamentische personen en talmoedische rabbi’s tot leven. Zo worden ze tijdgenoten en gesprekspartners in het zoeken naar humaniteit. Het menselijk falen, dwalen, vragen en zoeken van deze persoonlijkheden komt verrassend herkenbaar aan de orde – en tegelijkertijd licht de traditie op als bron van wijsheid.

Deel 2 gebundelde essays en verhalen, Skandalon, 2008, pap, 252 pp, € 16.50, 9789076564548
Wiesel, E.
Waar kom je vandaan?
vertaald door M.A. Veltman

Deze artikelen, commentaren en toespraken van Elie Wiesel hebben als thema het verlangen om trouw te blijven aan de herinnering, en de noodzaak daarin tekenen te vinden van menselijkheid. Wiesel wekt oudtestamentische personen en talmoedische rabbi's tot leven. Zo worden ze tijdgenoten en gesprekpartners in het zoeken naar humaniteit. Het menselijk falen, dwalen, vragen en zoeken van deze persoonlijkheden komt verrassend herkenbaar aan de orde - en tegelijkertijd licht de traditie op als bron van wijsheid. Over God zegt hij:'Meer dan welke stilte ook, is de stilte van God een mysterie, dat voor velen onder ons vandaag nog ondoorgrondelijk en pijnlijk blijft.'

Deel 1 gebundelde essays en verhalen, Skandalon, 2008, pap, 256 pp, € 16.50, 9789076564418
Wiesel, Elie
Het proces-Sonderberg
Wanneer Werner Sonderberg, een jonge Duitser die in de Verenigde Staten woont, wordt beschuldigd van moord op zijn oude oom, pleit hij tijdens het proces: 'Schuldig, en niet schuldig.' De jonge journalist Yedidyah, die het proces voor de krant moet verslaan, raakt gefascineerd door deze vreemde zaak. Hij ontdekt dat de gebeurtenis verband houdt met de Tweede Wereldoorlog en heeft het onverklaarbare gevoel dat zijn eigen lot op het spel staat. Hij krijgt het vermoeden dat hij op een familiegeheim is gestuit en gaat op onderzoek uit naar zijn eigen verleden. Wie is hij werkelijk? Hoe vindt hij de verdwenen herinneringen aan zijn vader, zijn moeder en broer terug?
Meulenhoff, 2009, pap, 175 pp, € 17.95, 9789029084895
Wildavsky, A.
Moses as Political Leader
In this book Wildavsky takes Moses, and the reader, through a sequence of political experiences: Through the biblical text, we experience unrestricted monarchy (in Egypt), anarchy (in the wilderness prior to the giving of the law), and an egalitarian republic-in which Moses is little more than the first among equals. At each step, there are evident reasons that Moses, as political leader, cannot continue under the burden of the precedeeding regime, so that we are led to the conclusion that he has no choice but to adopt the, hierarchical arrangement of the rule of Moses as balanced by the assembly of elders-or a limited monarchy.
Contemporary Jewish Thought, Shalem Press, 2005, pap, 304 pp, € 16.40, 9789657052310
Witvliet, Theo
Kwaliteit van leven. Het humanisme van Martin Buber
Een mens is voor alles een relationeel wezen: zonder de ander kan hij nooit tot zichzelf komen. Eenzijdige nadruk op het vieren van het 'ik' veroorzaakt veel teleurstelling en ongeluk; niet alleen individueel, maar ook voor de samenleving. Dit is de kern van het gedachtegoed van Martin Buber (1878-1965), die samen met Freud en Einstein behoort tot de invloedrijkste Joodse denkers uit de vorige eeuw. Hij verwoordde zijn visie in onder andere Ik en Jij, Chassidische vertellingen en Godsverduistering - boeken die wereldwijd generaties hebben bezield.

In Kwaliteit van leven laat theoloog Theo Witvliet zien dat Bubers humanisme ook in de gepolariseerde wereld van vandaag van grote betekenis kan zijn: werkelijke ontmoeting, echt gesprek, vertrouwen ondanks alles. In dit essay volgt Witvliet Bubers levensweg en gaat met deze godsdienstfilosoof in gesprek. Het resulteert in een spannende, intensieve ontmoeting.

Theo Witvliet (1939) werkte aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam als hoogleraar 'Geschiedenis van het christendom in de moderne tijd' en was gasthoogleraar aan de Universiteit van Geneve. Internationale bekendheid kreeg hij door vertalingen van zijn publicaties over de bevrijdingstheologie, Een plaats onder de zon (1984) en De weg van de zwarte Messias (1984). Verder schreef hij onder meer Gebroken traditie (1999) en Het geheim van het lege midden (2004).

Skandalon, 2017, pap, 160 pp, € 19.95, 9789492183392
Worch, J. H.
Sefer Yetzira. Chronicles of Desire. A New Hebrew/English Translation and Commentary
Sefer Yetzira is a sacred book of great antiquity and power, and one of Judaism's oldest texts after the Bible. In this new translation and commentary, Rabbi Worch leads us step-by-step through innermost chambers of Jewish mysticism. We are allowed to listen in to the arguments between Moses and God, to the whispered dialogue between Rabbis Akiba and Ishmael, and to those fervid and passionate practitioners of whose ecstasies these pages remain redolent. In the beginning was God's desire for us. Sefer Yetzira describes the process whereby desire materializes in the Breath of God and thence into the Ten Sephirot and twenty two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Commentaries to the Sefer Yetzira, through the ages, have reflected the spirit and yearning of those times, the genius and romance of the zeitgeist, be it philosophical, mathematical or contemplative. This commentary reflects the strikingly mystical qualities of Hasidism and the post-modern approach to text. In this book, we read how to listen for the breath of the Living God, how to hear it and breathe it back, in the mystery of our sacred kisses.
UP of America, 2010, pap, 512 pp, € 50.90, 9780761849742
Wright, M.J.
Studying Judaism. The Critical Issues
This is a concise study guide for the fledgling student of Judaism, covering critical issues and methodology. This volume in the Studying World Religions series is an essential guide to the study of Jewish faith. Clearly structured to cover all the major areas of study, including historical foundations, scripture, worship, society, thought and ethics, this is the ideal study aid for those approaching Judaism for the first time.

Studying Judaism offers readers the chance to engage with a religious tradition as a diverse, living phenomenon. Its approach is 'critical' in two major respects: its use of the dimensional approach to the study of religions as an interpretive framework, and its focus on matters perceived as problematic by insider and/or outsider commentators, such as gender, demography, geo-politics, the 'museumisation' of Jewish cultures and its impact on religion and identity. This book is the perfect companion for the fledgling student of Judaism.

Studying World Religions, Continuum, 2012, pap, 216 pp, € 22.50, 9780826497192
Yadin, A.
Scripture as Logos. Rabbi Ishmael and the Origins of Midrash
The study of midrash-the biblical exegesis, parables, and anecdotes of the Rabbis-has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years. Most recent scholarship, however, has focused on the aggadic or narrative midrash, while halakhic or legal midrash-the exegesis of biblical law-has received relatively little attention. In Scripture as Logos, Azzan Yadin addresses this long-standing need, examining early, tannaitic (70-200 C.E.) legal midrash, focusing on the interpretive tradition associated with the figure of Rabbi Ishmael. This is a sophisticated study of midrashic hermeneutics, growing out of the observation that the Rabbi Ishmael midrashim contain a dual personification of Scripture, which is referred to as both "torah" and "ha-katuv." It is Yadin's significant contribution to note that the two terms are not in fact synonymous but rather serve as metonymies for Sinai on the one hand and, on the other, the rabbinic house of study, the bet midrash. Yadin develops this insight, ultimately presenting the complex but highly coherent interpretive ideology that underlies these rabbinic texts, an ideology that-contrary to the dominant view today-seeks to minimize the role of the rabbinic reader by presenting Scripture as actively self-interpretive. Moving beyond textual analysis, Yadin then locates the Rabbi Ishmael hermeneutic within the religious landscape of Second Temple and post-Temple literature. The result is a series of surprising connections between these rabbinic texts and Wisdom literature, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Church Fathers, all of which lead to a radical rethinking of the origins of rabbinic midrash and, indeed, of the Rabbis as a whole.
Divinations. Rereading Late Ancient Religion Series, Pennsylvania UP, 2004, geb, 231 pp, € 62.00, 9780812237917
Ziegler, A.
Halakhic Positions of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Vol 1
In Halakhic Positions of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, insights into Jewish law from the preeminent figure of twentieth-century modern Orthodoxy are presented in a clear and concise manner. Commonly known as "the Rav," Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, zt"l, has stimulated and influenced the intellectual mind and touched the sensitive hearts of thousands of people. While he was not necessarily known as a decisor, or poseik, of halakha, he was widely recognized as an individual who had the uncanny ability to conceptualize the spirit of Jewish law on a universal level. Throughout his lifetime, the Rav published few works, transmitting his Torah knowledge through classes and lectures instead. As a student of Rabbi Soloveitchik for many years, Rabbi Aharon Ziegler accumulated a vast library of notes and tapes on the Rav's halakhot. In this volume he shares the Rav's unique and perhaps lesser known halakhic positions on a wide range of topics, including: *The procedure for lighting candles on Friday night; *Celebrating Thanksgiving and eating turkey; *Using grape juice for the four cups of wine at a Seder; *Giving an aliyah on Mincha Yom Kippur to someone who cannot fast; *Covering one's head during davening; *Fast days and pregnant women; *Bris Milah through a nonobservant Mohel; *Discarding old, worn-out tzitzis; and *Many other issues involving the Sabbath, holidays, prayer, and life cycle events. Whether studied in the synagogue, school, or Jewish home, these words of wisdom from the Rav provide glimpses into the exceptional mind of one of the greatest thinkers in Jewish history.
Jason Aronson, 1998, pap, 201 pp, € 33.00, 9780765799784
Ziegler, A.
Halakhic Positions of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Vol 2
The second volume of Halakhic Positions of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik continues to provide the modern reader with a glimpse into the illustrious and meaningful halakhic opinions of this highly revered Jewish scholar. Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (1903-1993), commonly known as "the Rav," has stimulated and influenced the intellectual minds and touched the sensitive hearts of thousands of his students both in the United States and across the globe. With his death, a void was left in the modern intellectual Orthodox community. Although efforts have been made to transmit his Torah knowledge into written words, future generations of the vast English-speaking Torah community will be bereft of his enormous wisdom. The second volume of Halakhic Positions of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik continues to provide the modern reader with a glimpse into the illustrious and meaningful halakhic opinions of this highly revered Jewish scholar. Rabbi Aharon Ziegler, a student of the Rav, has illustrated the unique, and perhaps less known, halakhic views which will intrigue and educate those who seek more of the Rav's distinguished teachings. Whether studied in the synagogue, school, or home, this book is a valuable addition to any Jewish library.
Jason Aronson, 2001, pap, 210 pp, € 37.00, 9780765761781
Ziegler, A.
Halakhic Positions of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Vol 3
Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (1903-1993), commonly known as "the Rav," has stimulated and influenced the intellectual minds and touched the sensitive hearts of thousands of his students both in the United States and across the globe. With his death, a void was left in the modern intellectual Orthodox community. Although efforts have been made to transmit his Torah knowledge into written words, future generations of the vast English-speaking Torah community will be bereft of his enormous wisdom. The third volume of Halakhic Positions of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik continues to provide the modern reader with a glimpse into the illustrious and meaningful halakhic opinions of this highly revered Jewish scholar. Rabbi Aharon Ziegler, a student of the Rav, has illustrated the unique, and perhaps less known, halakhic views which will intrigue and educate those who seek more of the Rav's distinguished teachings. Whether studied in the synagogue, school, or home, this book is a valuable addition to any Jewish library.
Rowman & Littlefield, 2005, pap, 180 pp, € 36.00, 9780742542938