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Judaism

Norman Solomon.

February 2000; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: Judaism. 168 pages.

Judaism: A Very Short Introduction outlines the basics of practical Judaism — its festivals, prayers, customs, and various sects. Modern concerns and debates of the Jewish people include...

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Antisemitism

Steven Beller.

November 2007; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: Judaism. 152 pages.

Antisemitism: A Very Short Introduction examines and untangles the various strands of antisemitism seen throughout history, from medieval religious conflict to ‘new’ antisemitism in the...

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Kabbalah

Joseph Dan.

June 2007; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: Judaism. 144 pages.

Kabbalah: A Very Short Introduction looks at the history and character of the systems developed by adherents of the Kabbalah and examines the key ancient texts of this tradition, including...

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Judaism

Norman Solomon.

August 2014; published online August 2014.

Book. Subjects: Judaism. 176 pages.

Who are the Jews? What does the term ‘Jewish’ mean? How has Judaism developed? How will Judaism change in the future? Judaism: A Very Short Introduction outlines the basics of practical...

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‘Am ha-Arez

Overview page. Subjects: Judaism.

(Heb., ‘people of the land’).

In biblical Hebrew, the term refers to the general population, particularly that of Palestine, which harassed the returning Jewish exiles. In the era...

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Amittai

Overview page. Subjects: Judaism.

Synagogal poets from Oria, in southern Italy.

Amittai (c.800 ce) is credited with the composition of a number of poems in the style of early Palestinian piyyutim, some...

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American Jewish University

Overview page. Subjects: Judaism.

Formerly the University of Judaism, it merged with the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in 2007 and acquired a new name. The institution, located in the Los Angeles area and focusing on its ...

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ʿammi Bar Natan

Overview page. Subjects: Judaism.

(fl. 279 ce), amora’ and disciple of R. Yoḥanan bar Nappaḥa’ who headed the Tiberias academy after Yoḥanan’s death in 279. With his colleague R. Assi, ʿAmmi regularly toured Palestine ...

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Ammonand Moab

Overview page. Subjects: Judaism.

Two neighboring countries of ancient Israel, to the east of the Jordan River and the Dead Sea, in what is today the kingdom of Jordan. (The capital of Ammon was ...

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Amora’

Overview page. Subjects: Judaism.

(Aram.; ; speaker, interpreter), name given to a rabbinic teacher in both Palestine and Babylonia during the Talmudic period. In the early amoraic period (c.220–260) there is often little...

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