The Torah Ark in Renaissance Poland: A Jewish Revival of Classical Antiquity (Jewish and Christian Perspectives)

The amount explores the stone carved shrines for the scrolls of the Mosaic legislation from the mid-sixteenth to the mid-seventeenth century synagogues within the former Polish nation. Created at the margin of mainstream paintings and at a crossroad of various cultures, inventive traditions, aesthetic attitudes and languages, those indoor architectural buildings have hitherto no longer been the topic of a monographic learn. Revisiting and integrating a number of assets, the writer re-evaluates the connection of the Jewish tradition in Renaissance Poland with the medieval Jewish historical past, sepulchral paintings of the Polish court docket and nobles, and prior variations of the Christian revival of classical antiquity via Italian Jews. The ebook uncovers the evolution of creative patronage, aesthetics, expressions of identities, and rising visions between a spiritual minority at the cusp of the fashionable age.

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Aesthetics of Sorrow: The Wailing Culture of Yemenite Jewish Women (Raphael Patai Series in Jewish Folklore and Anthropology)

The time period "wailing tradition" contains an array of women's behaviors and ideology following the loss of life of a member in their ethnic team and is normal of Jewish existence in Yemeni tradition. vital to the perform is wailing itself-a designated creative style that mixes speech with sobbing into relocating lyrical poetry that explores the that means of dying and loss. In Aesthetics of Sorrow: The Wailing tradition of Yemenite Jewish Women, Tova Gamliel decodes the cultural and mental meanings of this tradition in an ethnography in accordance with her anthropological examine between Yemenite Jewish groups in Israel in 2001-2003.

according to participant-observervation in houses of the bereaved and on twenty-four in-depth interviews with wailing men and women, Gamliel illuminates wailing tradition point by way of point: through the circles within which the job occurs; the targeted parts of exercise that belong to ladies; and the extensive social, ancient, and non secular context that surrounds those internal circles. She discusses the most subject matters that outline the wailing tradition (including the historic origins of women's wailing normally and of Yemenite Jewish wailing in particular), the qualities of wailing as a creative style, and the wailer as a symbolic variety. She additionally explores the function of wailing in loss of life rituals, as a healing services endowed with detailed affective mechanisms, as an erotic functionality, as a livelihood, and as a trademark of the Jewish exile. in spite of everything, she considers wailing on the intersection of culture and modernity and examines the research of wailing as a real methodological challenge.

Gamliel brings a delicate eye to the vanishing perform of wailing, which has been mostly unexamined through students and should be surprising to many outdoor of the center East. Her interdisciplinary viewpoint and her specialise in a uniquely lady immigrant cultural perform will make this research attention-grabbing analyzing for students of anthropology, gender, folklore, psychology, functionality, philosophy, and sociology.

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Judaism For Dummies (2nd Edition)

By David Blatner, Rabbi Ted Falcon

Your plain-English consultant to Judaism

Whether you're attracted to the faith or the spirituality, the tradition or the ethnic traditions, Judaism For Dummies explores the whole spectrum of Judaism, dipping into the magical, meditative, and non secular intensity of the religion and the practice.

In this hot and inviting booklet, you'll locate assurance of: Orthodox Jews and breakaway denominations; Judaism as an everyday perform; the nutrients and upholstery of Judaism; Jewish marriage ceremony ceremonies; celebrations and holy days; 4,000 years of soreness, unhappiness, triumph, and pleasure; nice Jewish thinkers and ancient celebrities; and masses more.

• Updates to the "recent history" part with discussions of what has occurred within the first decade of the twenty-first century together with: the growth of orthodox political energy in Israel; enlargement of interfaith paintings; unlucky fresh anti-Semitic occasions; and different news
• extended insurance of Jewish mysticism and meditation, which has develop into more and more renowned in contemporary years
• New insurance on Jewish perspectives of morality, together with contraception, homosexuality, and environmental concerns
• Revised recipes for standard Jewish cooking, up-to-date key vocabulary, and Yiddish words every body should still know

Jews have lengthy opened up to the corners of the area, so there are major Jewish groups on many continents. Judaism For Dummies bargains a glimpse into the rituals, principles, and phrases which are woven into the heritage and daily lives of Jewish humans as close to as our personal neighborhoods and as far-reaching as internationally.

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A Hen for Izzy Pippik

By Aubrey Davis

Whilst Shaina unearths a powerful rooster, she is aware that Izzy Pippik, the hen's proprietor, is bound to come back for her. meanwhile, Shaina makes a decision she's going to deal with the animal. but if dozens of eggs hatch and rowdy chickens scatter in the course of the village, Shaina needs to struggle the total city if she has any wish of shielding the birds. encouraged by way of Jewish and Islamic conventional texts, this can be a attractive story approximately doing the appropriate factor, even within the face of adversity.

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Jews and Magic in Medici Florence: The Secret World of Benedetto Blanis (Toronto Italian Studies (Paperback))

By Edward L. Goldberg

In the 17th century, Florence was once the sumptuous capital of the Medici Grand Dukedom of Tuscany. in the meantime, the Jews in its tiny Ghetto struggled to make cash by way of any attainable capacity, particularly loan-sharking, rag-picking and second-hand dealing. They have been considered as an uncanny individuals with infrequent supernatural powers, and Benedetto Blanis—a businessman and aspiring student from a exclusive Ghetto dynasty—sought to parlay his alleged mastery of astrology, alchemy and Kabbalah right into a grand place on the Medici court docket. He received the patronage of Don Giovanni dei Medici, a scion of the ruling family members, and for 6 tumultuous years their lives have been inextricably linked.

Edward Goldberg finds the dramas of way of life behind the curtain within the Pitti Palace and within the slim byways of the Florentine Ghetto, utilizing hundreds of thousands of latest records from the Medici Granducal Archive. He indicates that truth—especially old truth—can be stranger than fiction, whilst seen during the eyes of the folks such a lot instantly involved.

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Ancient Israel's History: An Introduction to Issues and Sources

By Bill T. Arnold

The heritage of Israel is a much-debated subject in previous testomony stories. On one part are minimalists who locate little of historic worth within the Hebrew Bible. at the different part are those that think the biblical textual content is an actual old checklist. Many critical scholars of the Bible locate themselves among those positions and would get advantages from a cautious exploration of concerns in Israelite history.

This substantive background of Israel textbook values the Bible's old contribution with no overlooking severe matters and demanding situations. that includes the most recent scholarship, the e-book introduces scholars to the present country of study on matters suitable to the research of historical Israel. The editors and participants, all most sensible biblical students and historians, talk about ancient facts in a readable demeanour, utilizing either canonical and chronological lenses to discover Israelite history.

Illustrative goods, comparable to maps and photographs, visually aid the book's content material. Tables and sidebars also are incorporated.

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IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation

By Edwin Black

IBM and the Holocaust is the beautiful tale of IBM's strategic alliance with Nazi Germany -- starting in 1933 within the first weeks that Hitler got here to energy and carrying on with good into global struggle II. because the 3rd Reich embarked upon its plan of conquest and genocide, IBM and its subsidiaries helped create permitting applied sciences, step by step, from the id and cataloging courses of the Nineteen Thirties to the decisions of the Nineteen Forties.

Only after Jews have been pointed out -- an enormous and complicated activity that Hitler sought after performed instantly -- might they be specified for effective asset confiscation, ghettoization, deportation, enslaved exertions, and, eventually, annihilation. It was once a cross-tabulation and organizational problem so enormous, it referred to as for a working laptop or computer. in fact, within the Nineteen Thirties no laptop existed.

But IBM's Hollerith punch card know-how did exist. Aided via the company's custom-designed and always up-to-date Hollerith platforms, Hitler used to be capable of automate his persecution of the Jews. Historians have continually been surprised on the velocity and accuracy with which the Nazis have been in a position to establish and find eu Jewry. beforehand, the items of this puzzle have by no means been absolutely assembled. as a matter of fact, IBM know-how was once used to arrange approximately every thing in Germany after which Nazi Europe, from the id of the Jews in censuses, registrations, and ancestral tracing courses to the working of railroads and organizing of focus camp slave exertions.

IBM and its German subsidiary custom-designed complicated suggestions, one after the other, waiting for the Reich's wishes. they didn't in basic terms promote the machines and stroll away. as an alternative, IBM leased those machines for top charges and have become the only resource of the billions of punch playing cards Hitler needed.

IBM and the Holocaust takes you thru the rigorously crafted company collusion with the 3rd Reich, in addition to the established deniability of oral agreements, undated letters, and the Geneva intermediaries -- all undertaken because the newspapers blazed with debts of persecution and destruction.

Just as compelling is the human drama of 1 of our century's maximum minds, IBM founder Thomas Watson, who cooperated with the Nazis for the sake of revenue.

Only with IBM's technologic guidance used to be Hitler capable of in attaining the miraculous numbers of the Holocaust. Edwin Black has now exposed one of many final nice mysteries of Germany's warfare opposed to the Jews -- how did Hitler get the names?

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Kabbalah and the Power of Dreaming: Awakening the Visionary Life

By Catherine Shainberg

A dynamic exposition of the robust, old Sephardic culture of dreaming handed down from the popular 13th-century kabbalist Isaac the Blind

• contains routines and practices to entry the dream kingdom at will as a way to interact with existence in a country of stronger wisdom

• Written by way of the shut scholar of respected kabbalist Colette Aboulker-Muscat

In Kabbalah and the ability of Dreaming Catherine Shainberg unveils the esoteric practices that permit us to unencumber the dreaming mind's transformative and intuitive powers. those are the practices utilized by historical prophets, seers, and sages to regulate goals and visions. Shainberg attracts upon the traditional Sephardic Kabbalah culture, in addition to illustrative tales and myths from round the Mediterranean, to educate readers how you can harness the intuitive energy in their dreaming. whereas the Hebrew Bible and our Western esoteric culture supply us abundant proof of dream teachings, hardly ever has the trail to turning into a wakeful dreamer been articulated. Shainberg indicates that dreaming isn't really whatever that in basic terms occurs whereas sleeping--we are dreaming at each second. by means of instructing the awake brain to be unsleeping in our snoozing goals and the dreaming brain to be happen in sunlight hours know-how, we can in achieving innovative recognition. Her inner-vision routines begin artistic and transformative photos that generate the pathways to self-realization.

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