An Inclusive Theology and Ethics
Author: Rachel Adler
Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
View: 3187This is a pioneering work on what it means to “engender” Jewish tradition—how women’s full inclusion can and must transform our understanding and practice of Jewish law, prayer, and marriage. Adler’s writing is passionate, sharply intelligent and offers a serious study of traditional biblical and rabbinic texts. Engendering Judaism challenges both mainstream Judaism and feminist dogma and speaks across the movements as well as to Christian theologians and feminists.
Judaism from a Feminist Perspective
Author: Judith Plaskow
Publisher: Harper Collins
View: 2225A feminist critique of Judaism as a patriarchal tradition and an exploration of the increasing involvement of women in naming and shaping Jewish tradition.
Author: Susannah Heschel
View: 7403Indispensible for anyone who wishes to understand contemporary Judaism or contemporary Jewish thought. This book is a founding document of a feminist inspired renewal that is sweeping America.
Directing the Heart in Jewish Prayer
Author: Seth Kadish
Publisher: Jason Aronson Incorporated
View: 9176The issue of praying with kavvana (meaning or concentration) as opposed to the "rote" recitation of prayers has been central to the discussion of prayer throughout Jewish history. In this exhaustive study of the topic, Rabbi Seth Kadish gathers and analyzes the wealth of rabbinic teachings and academic studies on the topic of "rote versus meaning" in Jewish prayer. By gathering into one volume all of the material on this important subject, he has enabled Jews who search for solutions to the problem of rote prayer to have a comprehensive resource for answers. The concept of kavvana can be explained as directing one's heart, or having conscious intent, in performing a mitzvah (sacred deed). In relation to the mitzvah of prayer, kavvana can more specifically be understood as sincerity or concentration in one's communication with God. In Judaism, praying with renewed intensity at each of the three daily prayer services is complicated by the liturgy, which is standardized. How can Jews approach each prayer service with vitality and attention, especially when the same words are uttered time after time? The author assists the reader in recognizing the vast scope of the "rote prayer" problem by illustrating that even the greatest sages have confronted in with limited success. He also reminds the reader to understand the problem, to a certain extent, as a by-product of our innate human limitations. Most importantly, by bringing together the many possible solutions found in Jewish and scholarly sources, the reader is encouraged to search for solutions that best fit his or her individual needs. Rabbi Kadish provides a lucid explanation of the rabbinic sources that he has collected and presents them in a format aimed at both new and advanced students of Jewish texts. Scholarly writings of Jewish philosophy and history, as well as many academic works that are not written from a Jewish perspective, are analyzed with equal clarity. The siddur (prayer book) and individual prayers are explored in order to better understand the messages that are inherent within them. An extensive glossary of important terms and personalities completes the work. Kavvana: Directing the Heart in Jewish Prayer is an invaluable reference the anyone interested in exploring prayer on its most intimate level.
An Anthology of Jewish Mysticism
Author: Ariel Evan Mayse
View: 2160From Abraham Isaac Kook to Zeitlin, Jewish spirituality has a rich mystical tradition. This volume gathers the most significant and treasured writings from the Jewish mystics as published in the Classics of Western Spirituality series. All new introductions have been written by the editor/compiler, emerging scholar Ariel Evan Mayse, with a foreword by prominent scholar on Jewish spirituality Arthur Green. This is an indispensable resource for any professor or student seeking the "best of the Jewish mystics" in a single handy volume.
Author: Dan Cohn-Sherbok
Publisher: NYU Press
View: 9947Where was God during the Holocaust? And where has God been since? How has our religious belief been changed by the Shoah? For more than half a century, these questions have haunted both Jewish and Christian theologians. Holocaust Theology provides a panoramic survey of the writings of more than one hundred leading Jewish and Christian thinkers on these profound theological problems. Beginning with a general introduction to Holocaust theology and the religious challenge of the Holocaust, this sweeping collection brings together in one volume a coherent overview of the key theologies which have shaped responses to the Holocaust over the last several decades, including those addressing perplexing questions regarding Christian responsibility and culpability during the Nazi era. Each reading is preceded by a brief introduction. The volume will be invaluable to Rabbis and the clergy, students, scholars of the Holocaust and of religion, and all those troubled by the religious implications of the tragedy of the Holocaust. Contributors include Leo Baeck, Eugene Borowitz, Stephen Haynes, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Steven T. Katz, Primo Levi, Jacob Neusner, John Pawlikowski, Rosemary Radford Reuther, Jonathan Sarna, Paul Tillich, and Elie Wiesel.
Creating Jewish Ways to Welcome Baby Girls Into the Covenant : New and Traditional Ceremonies
Author: Debra Nussbaum Cohen
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Category: Family & Relationships
View: 8481A Jewish family guide to celebrating the arrival of a new daughter focuses on traditional and unconventional ways to officially, and publically, welcome a girl into the faith and culture of Judaism. Original.
Author: Marc-Alain Ouaknin,Laziz Hamani
Publisher: Editions Assouline
View: 4085Full-page images of precious religious artifacts such as the Holy Ark and the Sabbath candlesticks, but also holy sites including synagogues and the Mount of Olives, accompany a thought-provoking text by Rabbi Marc-Alain Ouaknin. He provides answers to many fundamental questions about the traditions of Judaism, discussing not only their origins and application today, but also religious holidays and feasts according to the Jewish calendar.
Author: Jeremy Benstein
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
View: 4062Explores the religious and historical meaning of being Jewish, how Judaism contributes to contemporary social-environmental issues, and the many ways Jews have interacted with, defended the identity of, and honored non-Jews from biblical times to contemporary Jewish-Christian interfaith dialogues.
Timeless Controversies from Abraham to Herzl
Author: Barry L. Schwartz
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
View: 464Thanks to these generous donors for making the publication of this book possible: David Lerman and Shelley Wallock; D. Walter Cohen, Wendy and Leonard Cooper; Rabbi Howard Gorin; Gittel and Alan Hilibrand; Marjorie and Jeffrey Major; Jeanette Lerman Neubauer and Joe Neubauer; Gayle and David Smith; and Harriet and Donald Young. Ever since Abraham’s famous argument with God, Judaism has been full of debate. Moses and Korah, David and Nathan, Hillel and Shammai, the Vilna Gaon and the Ba’al Shem Tov, Spinoza and the Amsterdam Rabbis . . . the list goes on. Jews debate justice, authority, inclusion, spirituality, resistance, evolution, Zionism, and more. No wonder that Judaism cherishes the expression machloket l’shem shamayim, “an argument for the sake of heaven.” In this concise but important survey, Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz presents the provocative and vibrant thesis that debate and disputation are not only encouraged within Judaism but reside at the very heart of Jewish history and theology. In his graceful, engaging, and creative prose, Schwartz presents an introduction to an intellectual history of Judaism through the art of argumentation. Beyond their historical importance, what makes these disputations so compelling is that nearly all of them, regardless of their epochs, are still being argued. Schwartz builds the case that the basis of Judaism is a series of unresolved rather than resolved arguments. Drawing on primary sources, and with a bit of poetic license, Schwartz reconstructs the real or imagined dialogue of ten great debates and then analyzes their significance and legacy. This parade of characters spanning three millennia of biblical, rabbinic, and modern disputation reflects the panorama of Jewish history with its monumental political, ethical, and spiritual challenges.
Inside the American Jewish Establishment
Author: Jonathan Jeremy Goldberg
Publisher: Addison Wesley Publishing Company
Category: Social Science
View: 2227Examines the Jewish community as an independent force and offers a portrait of the people, money, institutions, and ideas that make up organized Jewish political influence in the United States
Rethinking God and Tradition
Author: Arthur Green
Publisher: Yale University Press
View: 5756How 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.
Probing the Past, Forging the Future
Author: Elyse Goldstein
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
View: 5201This empowering anthology looks at the growth and accomplishments of Jewish feminism and what that means for Jewish women today and tomorrow. It features the voices of women from every area of Jewish life-the Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative, Orthodox and Jewish Renewal movements; rabbis, congregational leaders, artists, writers, community service professionals, academics, and chaplains, from the United States, Canada, and Israel-addressing the important issues that concern Jewish women: Women and Theology, Women, Ritual and Torah, Women and the Synagogue, Women in Israel, Gender, Sexuality and Age, Women and the Denominations, Leadership and Social Justice. Book jacket.
Confronting God in Rabbinic Judaism
Author: Dov Weiss
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
View: 4463Judaism is often described as a religion that tolerates, even celebrates arguments with God. In Pious Irreverence, Dov Weiss has written the first scholarly study of the premodern roots of this distinctively Jewish theology of protest, examining its origins and development in the rabbinic age (70 CE-800 CE).
How Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist Leaders are Moving Beyond the Culture Wars and Transforming American Life
Author: Robert Patrick Jones
Publisher: Robert P. Jones
View: 6894Shares the dynamic stories of religious leaders from a range of faiths who are building on traditional connections between religion and social justice, offering insight into their actions on behalf of such issues as health care, civil rights, and the environment.
Rereading the Apostle as a Figure of Second Temple Judaism
Author: Gabriele Boccaccini,Carlos A. Segovia
Publisher: Fortress Press
View: 5580The decades-long effort to understand the apostle Paul within his Jewish context is now firmly established in scholarship on early Judaism, as well as on Paul. The latest fruit of sustained analysis appears in the essays gathered here, from leading international scholars who take account of the latest investigations into the scope and variety present in Second Temple Judaism. Contributors address broad historical and theological questions—Paul’s thought and practice in relationship with early Jewish apocalypticism, messianism, attitudes toward life under the Roman Empire, appeal to Scripture, the Law, inclusion of Gentiles, the nature of salvation, and the rise of Gentile-Christian supersessionism—as well as questions about interpretation itself, including the extent and direction of a “paradigm shift” in Pauline studies and the evaluation of the Pauline legacy. Paul the Jew goes as far as any effort has gone to restore the apostle to his own historical, cultural, and theological context, and with persuasive results.