The Talmud

The Talmud

Barry Scott Wimpfheimer tells the remarkable story of this ancient Jewish book, explaining why the Talmud is at once a received source of traditional teachings, a touchstone of cultural authority, and a powerful symbol of Jewishness for ...

Author: Barry Scott Wimpfheimer

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691209227

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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The life and times of an enduring work of Jewish spirituality The Babylonian Talmud, a postbiblical Jewish text that is part scripture and part commentary, is an unlikely bestseller. Written in a hybrid of Hebrew and Aramaic, it is often ambiguous to the point of incomprehension, and its subject matter reflects a narrow scholasticism that should hardly have broad appeal. Yet the Talmud has remained in print for centuries and is more popular today than ever. Barry Scott Wimpfheimer tells the remarkable story of this ancient Jewish book, explaining why the Talmud is at once a received source of traditional teachings, a touchstone of cultural authority, and a powerful symbol of Jewishness for supporters and critics alike.
Categories: Religion

The Talmud A Biography

The Talmud    A Biography

The story of the Talmud is the story of the Jewish people—a thrilling insight into Jewish culture and a devastating account of the history of anti-Semitism.

Author: Harry Freedman

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781472905949

Category: History

Page: 256

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The story of the Talmud is the story of the Jewish people--a thrilling insight into Jewish culture and a devastating account of the history of anti-Semitism.
Categories: History

The Talmud

The Talmud

Over 1,500 years it has been studied, venerated, censored, banned & burned. The Talmud: A Biography is a remarkable account of one of the most important cultural, historical and religious works of our time.

Author: Harry Freedman

Publisher:

ISBN: 1916002307

Category:

Page: 254

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Containing two million words in 37 volumes, the Talmud covers topics as diverse as law, faith, medicine, magic, ethics, sex, humour and prayer. Over 1,500 years it has been studied, venerated, censored, banned & burned. The Talmud: A Biography is a remarkable account of one of the most important cultural, historical and religious works of our time.
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Rabbi Akiva

Rabbi Akiva

A compelling and lucid account of the life and teachings of a founder of rabbinic Judaism and one of the most beloved heroes of Jewish history

Author: Barry W. Holtz

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300204872

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 248

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A compelling and lucid account of the life and teachings of a founder of rabbinic Judaism and one of the most beloved heroes of Jewish history Born in the Land of Israel around the year 50 C.E., Rabbi Akiva was the greatest rabbi of his time and one of the most important influences on Judaism as we know it today. Traditional sources tell how he was raised in poverty and unschooled in religious tradition but began to learn the Torah as an adult. In the aftermath of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 C.E., he helped shape a new direction for Judaism through his brilliance and his character. Mystic, legalist, theologian, and interpreter, he disputed with his colleagues in dramatic fashion yet was admired and beloved by his peers. Executed by Roman authorities for his insistence on teaching Torah in public, he became the exemplar of Jewish martyrdom. Drawing on the latest historical and literary scholarship, this book goes beyond older biographies, untangling a complex assortment of ancient sources to present a clear and nuanced portrait of Talmudic hero Rabbi Akiva.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Reason to Believe

Reason to Believe

A biography of Louis Jacobs, rabbi, theologian and author of the highly controversial book on Jewish thought and religion, We Have Reason to Believe Louis Jacobs was Britain's most gifted Jewish scholar.

Author: Harry Freedman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum

ISBN: 1472979389

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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A biography of Louis Jacobs, rabbi, theologian and author of the highly controversial book on Jewish thought and religion, We Have Reason to Believe Louis Jacobs was the most original and gifted Jewish theologian of his generation. But in 1957 an explosion occurred in the Jewish theological community which reverberated throughout the world. Jacobs published a book called We Have Reason to Believe which tore his community apart. It was taken for granted that he would be head of the Jewish College in London and then move on to be Chief Rabbi. But because of his book, both these posts were denied to him and, as this book relates, countless doors were closed to Jacobs. He left the Orthodox community and founded a new group called Masorti which now has branches all over the world. The episode was widely reported in the secular and religious press. At the time 'The Jacobs Affair' threatened to be the biggest schism in Anglo-Jewish history, and the repercussions continue to resonate today. In his deeply researched biography, drawing on historical sources and interviews with Jacobs' family, colleagues and friends, renowned Hebrew scholar and author Harry Freedman tells the dramatic and heartrending story of Louis Jacobs' life and the events that would come to define it.
Categories: Religion

The Essential Talmud

The Essential Talmud

An Israeli rabbi and scholar conveys the spirit of the Talmud as he treats its composition, traditions, structure, and laws

Author: Adin Steinsaltz

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105001607113

Category: Religion

Page: 296

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An Israeli rabbi and scholar conveys the spirit of the Talmud as he treats its composition, traditions, structure, and laws
Categories: Religion

Turning Judaism Outward

Turning Judaism Outward

Author: Chaim Miller

Publisher: Kol Menachem

ISBN: 9781934152362

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 539

View: 861

Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Autobiography of Solomon Maimon

The Autobiography of Solomon Maimon

Here is the first complete and annotated English edition of this enduring and lively work. Born into a down-on-its-luck provincial Jewish family in 1753, Maimon quickly distinguished himself as a prodigy in learning.

Author: Solomon Maimon

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691203089

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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The first complete and annotated English translation of Maimon's delightfully entertaining memoir Solomon Maimon's autobiography has delighted readers for more than two hundred years, from Goethe and George Eliot to Walter Benjamin and Hannah Arendt. Here is the first complete and annotated English edition of this enduring and lively work. Born into a down-on-its-luck provincial Jewish family in 1753, Maimon distinguished himself as a prodigy in learning. After a series of picaresque misadventures, he reached Berlin, where he became part of the city's famed Jewish Enlightenment and achieved the philosophical education he so desperately wanted. This edition restores text cut from the abridged 1888 translation by J. Clark Murray—for long the only available English edition—and includes an introduction and notes by Yitzhak Melamed and Abraham Socher that give invaluable insights into Maimon's extraordinary life.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Book and the Sword

The Book and the Sword

But adherence to the fundamentalist worldview that insists on reconciling every apparent contradiction in the text had become impossible for him.

Author: David Weiss Halvini

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780374531690

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 210

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The words of the Talmud were the universe for David Weiss Halivni during his childhood in Sighet, in the Carpathian Mountains. He began his studies before he was five and he became famous for his erudition even before his ordination, at the age of fifteen, in 1943. But when the Nazis crushed the Jewish community of the Carpathians in 1944, he closed his Talmud. Halivni taught in the concentration camps and risked his life to save a scrap of paper from a sacred book. But adherence to the fundamentalist worldview that insists on reconciling every apparent contradiction in the text had become impossible for him. When he arrived in New York after the war, he began struggling toward the “window” of secular learning. From that synthesis emerged his original approach to critical study of the Talmudic text not only in its modern, printed form but as it was in its original form, the Oral Torah from the mouths of countless sages. Painful, beautiful, and passionate, this memoir asks: What can the Holocaust mean for persons who have devoted their lives to the love of God? At the same time it is a unique look into the world of Talmudic learning, millennia old and still vibrant.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The early acharonim

The early acharonim

Biographical sketches of 300 great sages and leaders from the 15th-17th centuries.

Author: Hersh Goldwurm

Publisher: Mesorah Pubns Ltd

ISBN: STANFORD:36105002373871

Category: Bibles

Page: 252

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Biographical sketches of 300 great sages and leaders from the 15th-17th centuries. A panoramic range of biographies of great men from all Jewish communities such as Arizal, R' Yosef Caro, Maharsha, R' Menashe ben Yisrael as Jewish life moved eastward.
Categories: Bibles

Lishma

Lishma

Pull up a chair and treat yourself to the stories and life lessons of this great humanitarian.

Author: Sidney Akselrad

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595351954

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 252

View: 561

Whether marching shoulder to shoulder with Martin Luther King, Jr., interviewing German youth in the aftermath of the Third Reich, or helping an intermarried couple find side by side burial plots, Rabbi Sidney Akselrad presents the magnificent as well as the intimate moments in the life of a congregational rabbi. A champion of social justice, civil rights, and community relations, it is Rabbi Akselrad's steadfast devotion to diversity of opinion, and deep love of humanity, that characterize his world view. Raised in an observant Jewish family, Rabbi Akselrad discusses his personal evolution to Reform while maintaining a deep respect and love for tradition. Seeing the best in people, and attributing best intentions to them, Rabbi Akselrad sets himself apart from the throngs of ideologues and sets an example for all who come to know him. Pull up a chair and treat yourself to the stories and life lessons of this great humanitarian.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Kabbalah Secrecy Scandal and the Soul

Kabbalah  Secrecy  Scandal and the Soul

This book tells the story of the mystical Jewish system known as Kabbalah, from its earliest origins until the present day.

Author: Harry Freedman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472950963

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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This book tells the story of the mystical Jewish system known as Kabbalah, from its earliest origins until the present day. We trace Kabbalah's development, from the second century visionaries who visited the divine realms and brought back tales of their glories and splendours, through the unexpected arrival of a book in Spain that appeared to have lain unconcealed for over a thousand years, and on to the mystical city of Safed where souls could be read and the history of heaven was an open book. Kabbalah's Christian counterpart, Cabala, emerged during the Renaissance, becoming allied to magic, alchemy and the occult sciences. A Kabbalistic heresy tore apart seventeenth century Jewish communities, while closer to our time Aleister Crowley hijacked it to proclaim 'Do What Thou Wilt'. Kabbalah became fashionable in the late 1960s in the wake of the hippy counter-culture and with the approach of the new age, and enjoyed its share of fame, scandal and disrepute as the twenty first century approached. This concise, readable and thoughtful history of Kabbalah tells its story as it has never been told before. It demands no knowledge of Kabbalah, just an interest in asking the questions 'why?' and 'how?'
Categories: Religion

If All the Seas Were Ink

If All the Seas Were Ink

Both religious and secular readers will find themselves immensely moved by [Kurshan's] personal story.” American Jewish World: “So engrossing I hardly could put it down.” At the age of twenty-seven, alone in Jerusalem in the wake of a ...

Author: Ilana Kurshan

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781250121271

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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**WINNER of the 2018 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the 2018 Sophie Brody Medal for achievement in Jewish literature** **2018 Natan Book Award Finalist** **Finalist for the 2017 National Jewish Book Award in Women's Studies ** The Wall Street Journal: "There is humor and heartbreak in these pages...Ms. Kurshan immerses herself in the demands of daily Talmud study and allows the words of ancient scholars to transform the patterns of her own life." The Jewish Standard: “Brilliant, beautifully written, sensitive, original." The Jerusalem Post: "A beautiful and inspiring book. Both religious and secular readers will find themselves immensely moved by [Kurshan's] personal story.” American Jewish World: “So engrossing I hardly could put it down.” At the age of twenty-seven, alone in Jerusalem in the wake of a painful divorce,Ilana Kurshan joined the world’s largest book club, learning daf yomi, Hebrew for“daily page” of the Talmud, a book of rabbinic teachings spanning about six hundredyears. Her story is a tale of heartache and humor, of love and loss, of marriageand motherhood, and of learning to put one foot in front of the other by turningpage after page. Kurshan takes us on a deeply accessible and personal guided tourof the Talmud. For people of the book—both Jewish and non-Jewish—If All theSeas Were Ink is a celebration of learning, through literature, how to fall in loveonce again. Discussion guide available at ilanakurshan.com
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Universal Biography

Universal Biography

Containing a Copious Account, Critical and Historical, of the Life and Character,
Labors and Actions of Eminent ... In his own conduct he was a Alfes , an eminent
rabbi , who epitomized pattern of regularity , so that he divided the the Talmud .

Author: John Lemprière

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:$B469276

Category: Biography

Page:

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Categories: Biography

Spinoza

Spinoza

The first complete biography of Spinoza in any language and is based on detailed archival research.

Author: Steven Nadler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521002931

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 407

View: 700

The first complete biography of Spinoza in any language and is based on detailed archival research.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Dictionary of Jewish Biography

Dictionary of Jewish Biography

Designed as an accessible reference tool, this volume is an indispensable guide for anyone interested in the history of the Jewish people - the uninitiated will become initiated; the curious will become informed; the informed will now have ...

Author: Dan Cohn-Sherbok

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441197849

Category: Reference

Page: 382

View: 415

From Abraham to Saul Bellow, from Moses Maimonides to Woody Allen, from the Baal Shem Tov to Albert Einstein, this comprehensive dictionary of Jewish biographies provides a first point of entry into the fascinating richness of the Jewish heritage. Modelled on the highly acclaimed Dictionary of Christian Biography (Continuum 2001) and with the advice of leading Jewish scholars, the Dictionary of Jewish Biography provides a rapid reference to those Jewish men and women who have, over the last four thousand years, contributed to the life of the Jewish people and the history of the Jewish religion. This dictionary will prove essential for general readers interested in the evolution of Judaism from ancient times to the present day, a perfect study aid for students and teachers. Designed as an accessible reference tool, this volume is an indispensable guide for anyone interested in the history of the Jewish people - the uninitiated will become initiated; the curious will become informed; the informed will now have a handy reference tool.
Categories: Reference

The Minyan

The Minyan

Spirituality * Judaism * Religion * Ritual and Tradition The Minyan: A Tapestry of Jewish Life took over 10 years to complete.

Author: Patti Moskovitz

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595219452

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 199

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Spirituality * Judaism * Religion * Ritual and Tradition The Minyan: A Tapestry of Jewish Life took over 10 years to complete. Growing out of a personal tragedy, the result is a beautifully crafted and emotionally elevating collection of stories from Jews around the world and across the Jewish spectrum, recounting their life-changing experiences in a minyan -- the gathering of a quorum needed for Jewish worship. On these pages are woven the threads of both famous and lesser-known individuals whose lives were changed by joining with others in study and prayer at critical times in their lives. Drawing upon Biblical and contemporary sources, the author suggests ways to weave such spiritual moments into every person's religious life.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Murderous History of Bible Translations

The Murderous History of Bible Translations

Harry Freedman, author of The Talmud: A Biography, recounts the fascinating and bloody history of the Bible.

Author: Harry Freedman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781632866035

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Harry Freedman, author of The Talmud: A Biography, recounts the fascinating and bloody history of the Bible. In 1535, William Tyndale, the first man to produce an English version of the Bible in print, was captured and imprisoned in Belgium. A year later he was strangled and then burned at the stake. His co-translator was also burned. In that same year the translator of the first Dutch Bible was arrested and beheaded. These were not the first, nor were they the last instances of extreme violence against Bible translators. The Murderous History of Bible Translations tells the remarkable, and bloody, story of those who dared translate the word of God. The Bible has been translated far more than any other book. To our minds it is self-evident that believers can read their sacred literature in a language they understand. But the history of Bible translations is far more contentious than reason would suggest. Bible translations underlie an astonishing number of religious conflicts that have plagued the world. Harry Freedman describes brilliantly the passions and strong emotions that arise when deeply held religious convictions are threatened or undermined. He tells of the struggle for authority and orthodoxy in a world where temporal power was always subjugated to the divine, a world in which the idea of a Bible for all was so important that many were willing to give up their time, security, and even their lives.
Categories: Religion

The Spirits Behind the Law

The Spirits Behind the Law

Portraying the lives of 15 Talmudic and midrashic scholars, this collection is based on the accounts of these men that appear in the Talmud and the Midrash.

Author: Jonathan Duker

Publisher: Urim Publications

ISBN: 9657108977

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 123

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The scholars of the Talmud and Midrash had an immeasurable impact on Judaism. Throughout centuries of Jewish history, students of Jewish law have tried to understand the meaning and application of their words. It is important to know who these scholars were who made, and continue to make, such a significant impact on Jewish life. This work portrays fifteen of these scholars based on the stories of their lives that appear in the Talmudic and midrashic traditions. By weaving the original accounts together with insightful analysis, the writer provides a human portrait of these great masters while remaining faithful to the poetry of the original narratives.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography