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Jewish Studies

Edited by Naomi Seidman.

P ublished online August 2012 .

Research Guide. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.

Made up of a rapidly expanding range of articles written by distinguished international scholars, this dynamic, continuously updated online resource offers exclusive authoritative research...

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Deuteronomy

Bernard Levinson.

in Jewish Studies

P ublished online July 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies. 15436 words.

Deuteronomy, the fifth book of the Bible and last book of the Pentateuch, presents itself as a valedictory address by Moses, spoken to the Israelites forty years after their escape from...

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Hasidism

David Biale.

in Jewish Studies

P ublished online August 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies. 12523 words.

Hasidism, an eastern European movement of religious pietism (the word hasidut means piety), has played a key role in Jewish life for the last 250 years. Starting in the mid-18th century, it...

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Law in the Rabbinic Period

Azzan Yadin-Israel.

in Jewish Studies

P ublished online August 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies. 5405 words.

Law generally refers to institutional rules and guidelines that regulate the actions of a community. However, there is lively debate among scholars whether such a definition applies to...

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Israel Ba’al Shem Tov

Uriel Gellman.

in Jewish Studies

P ublished online September 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies. 7568 words.

The 18th-century Polish-Jewish mystic, Israel ben Eliezer (b. c. 1700–d. 1760)—known widely as the Ba’al Shem Tov (Master of the Good Name), or by his acronym the Besht, is definitely one...

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England

David Cesarani.

in Jewish Studies

P ublished online October 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies. 25133 words.

The Jewish presence in England dates back to the Norman Conquest. Jews were expelled from England in 1290, and they were kept out for almost three hundred years. Spanish and Portuguese Jews...

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The Second Temple Period

Steven Weitzman and R. Timothy DeBold.

in Jewish Studies

P ublished online August 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies. 14334 words.

Although it has its roots before the destruction of the First Temple by the Babylonians in 586 bce—that is, in the earlier pre-exilic period that is described in the Hebrew Bible—Jewish...

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Zionism from Its Inception to 1948

Derek Penslar.

in Jewish Studies

P ublished online August 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies. 11359 words.

Zionism is a variety of Jewish nationalism. It claims that Jews constitute a nation whose survival, both physical and cultural, requires its return to the Jews’ ancestral home in the Land...

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Reform Judaism

Michael A. Meyer.

in Jewish Studies

P ublished online August 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies. 8491 words.

Reform Judaism is one of the three major Jewish religious denominations. Also known as Liberal or Progressive Judaism, it arose in the first decades of the 19th century, mainly in Germany,...

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Gershom Scholem

David Biale.

in Jewish Studies

P ublished online August 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies. 4826 words.

Gershom Scholem (b. 1897–d. 1982) is generally considered the most important Jewish historian of the 20th century, as well as one of the most important contributors to modern Jewish...

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