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As Light Before Dawn

Eitan P. Fishbane.

June 2009; published online June 2013.

Book. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies. 336 pages.

This book explores the mystical thought of Isaac ben Samuel of Akko, a major medieval kabbalist whose work has until now received relatively little attention. Through consideration of an...

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Jewish Dogs

Kenneth Stow.

March 2006; published online June 2013.

Book. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies. 340 pages.

This is not a study of “anti-Semitism” or “anti-Judaism.” Instead, this book argues that to anchor claims of supersession, Catholics have viewed Jews as metaphoric—and sometimes not so...

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The Jews of Pinsk, 1506 to 1880

Mordechai Nadav.

Edited by Mark Mirsky and Moshe Rosman.

November 2007; published online June 2013.

Book. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies. 656 pages.

This is the first part of a major scholarly project about a small city in Eastern Europe where Jews were the majority of the population from the end of the eighteenth century. Pinsk boasted...

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The Radical Enlightenment of Solomon Maimon

Abraham P. Socher.

September 2006; published online June 2013.

Book. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies. 264 pages.

With extraordinary chutzpa and deep philosophical seriousness, Solomon ben Joshua of Lithuania renamed himself after his medieval intellectual hero, Moses Maimonides. Solomon Maimon was...

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Ghosts of Home

Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer.

January 2010; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies. 392 pages.

In modern-day Ukraine, east of the Carpathian Mountains, there is an invisible city. Known as Czernowitz, the “Vienna of the East” under the Habsburg empire, this vibrant Jewish-German...

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Halakhah in the Making

Aharon Shemesh.

November 2009; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies. 234 pages.

This book offers a comprehensive study of the legal material found in the Dead Sea Scrolls and its significance in the greater history of Jewish religious law (Halakhah). The study revives...

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Hannah Arendt in Jerusalem

Edited by Steven Aschheim.

August 2001; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies. 440 pages.

For many years Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) has been the object of intense debate. After her bitter critiques of Zionism, which seemed to nullify her early involvement with that movement, and...

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Why Aren't Jewish Women Circumcised?

Shaye Cohen.

September 2005; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies. 334 pages.

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...

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Who Are the Jews of India?

Nathan Katz.

November 2000; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies. 220 pages.

Of all the Diaspora communities, the Jews of India are among the least known and most interesting. This study, full of vivid details of everyday life, looks in depth at the religious life...

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The Sabra

Oz Almog.

November 2000; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies. 328 pages.

The Sabras were the first Israelis—the first generation, born in the 1930s and 1940s, to grow up in the Zionist settlement in Palestine. Socialized and educated in the ethos of the Zionist...

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