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8 Judaica Geschiedenis en Cultuur Vroegmodern en Modern

   
Adler, K.H.
Jews and Gender in Liberation France
Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare, Cambridge, 2003, geb, 273pp, € 67.50, 0521790484
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Alexander, M.
Jazz Age Jews
Princeton UP, 2003, pap, 264 pp, € 23.00, 9780691116532
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Altshuler, M.
Religion and Jewish Identity in the Soviet Union, 1941-1964
Unearths the roots of a national awakening among Soviet Jews during World War II and its aftermath

This illuminating study explores the role of religious institutions in the makeup of Jewish identity in the former Soviet Union, against the backdrop of the government’s antireligion policies from the 1940s to the 1960s. Foregrounding instances of Jewish public and private activities centered on synagogues and prayer groups—paradoxically the only Jewish institutions sanctioned by the government—Altshuler dispels the commonly held perception of Soviet Jewry as “The Jews of Silence” and reveals the earliest stirrings of Jewish national sentiment that anticipated the liberation movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

University Press of New England, 2013, pap, 324 pp, € 41.50, 9781611682724
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Amanat, Mehrdad
Jewish Identities in Iran: Resistance and Conversion to Islam and the Bahai
The nineteenth century was a time of significant global socioeconomic change, and Persian Jews, like other Iranians, were deeply affected by its challenges. For minority faith groups living in nineteenth-century Iran, religious conversion to Islam - both voluntary and involuntary - was the primary means of social integration and assimilation. However, why was it that some Persian Jews, who had for centuries resisted the relative security of Islam, instead embraced the Baha'i Faith - which was subject to harsher persecution that Judaism? Baha'ism emerged from the messianic Babi movement in the mid-nineteenth century and attracted large numbers of mostly Muslim converts, and its ecumenical message appealed to many Iranian Jews. Many converts adopted fluid, multiple religious identities, revealing an alternative to the widely accepted notion of religious experience as an oppressive, rigidly dogmatic and consistently divisive social force. Mehrdad Amanat explores the conversion experiences of Jewish families during this time. Many converted sporadically to Islam, although not always voluntarily.

The most notorious case of forced mass-conversion in modern times occurred in Mashhad in 1839 when, in response to an organized attack, the entire Jewish community converted to Shi'i Islam. A contrast is offered by a Tehran Jewish family of court physicians who nominally converted to Islam and yet continued to openly observe Jewish rituals while also remaining intellectually sympathetic to Baha'ism. Many petty merchants and pedlars, in a position to benefit from Iran's expanding market, migrated from ancient communities to thriving trade centres which proved fertile grounds for the spread of new ideas and, often, conversion to Christianity or Baha'ism. This is an important scholarly contribution which also provides a fascinating insight into the personal experiences of Jewish families living in nineteenth-century Iran.

I.B. Tauris, 2013, pap, 279 pp, € 27.50, 9781780767772
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Aschheim, S.E.
Beyond the Border : The German-Jewish Legacy Abroad
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Princeton UP, 2007, geb, 208pp, € 31.00, 9780691122236
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Bartal, I.
The Jews of Eastern Europe, 1772-1881
Jewish Culture and Contexts Series, Pennsylvania UP, 2005, pap, 203 pp, € 26.50, 9780812219074
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Baskin, J.R. and Seeskin, K.
The Cambridge Guide to Jewish History, Religion, and Culture
The Cambridge Guide to Jewish History, Religion, and Culture is a comprehensive and engaging overview of Jewish life, from its origins in the ancient Near East to its impact on contemporary popular culture. The twenty-one essays, arranged historically and thematically, and written specially for this volume by leading scholars, examine the development of Judaism and the evolution of Jewish history and culture over many centuries and in a range of locales. They emphasize the ongoing diversity and creativity of the Jewish experience. Unlike previous anthologies, which concentrate on elite groups and expressions of a male-oriented rabbinic culture, this volume also includes the range of experiences of ordinary people and looks at the lives and achievements of women in every place and era. The many illustrations, maps, timeline, and glossary of important terms enhance this book's accessibility to students and general readers.
Cambridge UP, 2010, pap, 539 pp, € 29.95, 9780521689748
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Batnitzky, L.
How Judaism Became a Religion. An Introduction to Modern Jewish Thought
Is Judaism a religion, a culture, a nationality - or a mixture of all of these? In How Judaism Became a Religion, Leora Batnitzky boldly argues that this question more than any other has driven modern Jewish thought since the eighteenth century. This wide-ranging and lucid introduction tells the story of how Judaism came to be defined as a religion in the modern period - and why Jewish thinkers have fought as well as championed this idea.

Ever since the Enlightenment, Jewish thinkers have debated whether and how Judaism - largely a religion of practice and public adherence to law - can fit into a modern, Protestant conception of religion as an individual and private matter of belief or faith. Batnitzky makes the novel argument that it is this clash between the modern category of religion and Judaism that is responsible for much of the creative tension in modern Jewish thought.

Tracing how the idea of Jewish religion has been defended and resisted from the eighteenth century to today, the book discusses many of the major Jewish thinkers of the past three centuries, including Moses Mendelssohn, Abraham Geiger, Hermann Cohen, Martin Buber, Zvi Yehuda Kook, Theodor Herzl, and Mordecai Kaplan.

At the same time, it tells the story of modern orthodoxy, the German-Jewish renaissance, Jewish religion after the Holocaust, the emergence of the Jewish individual, the birth of Jewish nationalism, and Jewish religion in America. More than an introduction, How Judaism Became a Religion presents a compelling new perspective on the history of modern Jewish thought.

Princeton UP, 2011, geb, 211 pp, € 28.00, 9780691130729
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Batnitzky, Leora
How Judaism Became a Religion: An Introduction to Modern Jewish Thought
Is Judaism a religion, a culture, a nationality--or a mixture of all of these? In How Judaism Became a Religion, Leora Batnitzky boldly argues that this question more than any other has driven modern Jewish thought since the eighteenth century. This wide-ranging and lucid introduction tells the story of how Judaism came to be defined as a religion in the modern period--and why Jewish thinkers have fought as well as championed this idea.

Ever since the Enlightenment, Jewish thinkers have debated whether and how Judaism--largely a religion of practice and public adherence to law--can fit into a modern, Protestant conception of religion as an individual and private matter of belief or faith. Batnitzky makes the novel argument that it is this clash between the modern category of religion and Judaism that is responsible for much of the creative tension in modern Jewish thought. Tracing how the idea of Jewish religion has been defended and resisted from the eighteenth century to today, the book discusses many of the major Jewish thinkers of the past three centuries, including Moses Mendelssohn, Abraham Geiger, Hermann Cohen, Martin Buber, Zvi Yehuda Kook, Theodor Herzl, and Mordecai Kaplan.

At the same time, it tells the story of modern orthodoxy, the German-Jewish renaissance, Jewish religion after the Holocaust, the emergence of the Jewish individual, the birth of Jewish nationalism, and Jewish religion in America. More than an introduction, How Judaism Became a Religion presents a compelling new perspective on the history of modern Jewish thought.

Leora Batnitzky is the Ronald O. Perelman Professor of Jewish studies and professor of religion at Princeton University, where she also directs the Tikvah Project on Jewish Thought. She is the author of Leo Strauss and Emmanuel Levinas: Philosophy and the Politics of Revelation and Idolatry and Representation: The Philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig Reconsidered (Princeton).

Princeton UP, 2013, pap, 211 pp, € 19.95, 9780691160139
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Beinin, J.
The Dispersion of Egyptian Jewry: Culture, Politics, and the Formation of a Modern Diaspora
op bestelling / by order
American University of Cairo Press, 2005, pap, 329 pp, € 29.50, 9774248902
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Belasco, D.
Reinventing Ritual. Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life
A guidebook to the most current trends in contemporary Jewish art and design, "Reinventing Ritual" provides an unprecedented look at the work and thought of contemporary artists as they respond to the needs and practices of traditional culture. Beautifully illustrated with new art from Israel, Europe, and the Americas, this publication features both traditional and avant-garde sculpture, textiles, architecture, metalwork, and ceramics by forty leading artists.
Yale UP, 2009, geb, 138 pp, € 39.50, 9780300146820
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Bell, D. P.
Jewish Identity in Early Modern Germany
Although Jews in early modern Germany produced little in the way of formal historiography, Jews nevertheless engaged the past for many reasons and in various and surprising ways. They narrated the past in order to enforce order, empower authority, and record the traditions of their communities. In this way, Jews created community structure and projected that structure into the future. But Jews also used the past as a means to contest the marginalization threatened by broader developments in the Christian society in which they lived. As the Reformation threw into relief serious questions about authority and tradition and as Jews continued to suffer from anti-Jewish mentality and politics, narration of the past allowed Jews to re-inscribe themselves in history and contemporary society.Drawing on a wide range of sources, including chronicles, liturgical works, books of customs, memorybooks, biblical commentaries, rabbinic responsa and community ledgers, this study offers a timely reassessment of Jewish community and identity during a frequently turbulent era. It engages, but then redirects, important discussions by historians regarding the nature of time and the construction and role of history and memory in pre-modern Europe and pre-modern Jewish civilization. This book will be of significant value, not only to scholars of Jewish history, but anyone with an interest in the social and cultural aspects of religious history
Memory, Power and Community, Ashgate, 2007, geb, € 78.00, 9780754658979
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Belzer, T. & J. Pelc (eds)
Joining the Sisterhood. Young Jewish Women write their Lives
by order
Modern Jewish Literature and Culture, SUNY, 2003, pap, 227 pp, € 24.00, 0791458628
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Benbassa, E. & A. Rodrigue
Sephardi Jewry. A History of the Judeo-Spanish Community, 14th-20th Centuries
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Jewish Communities in the Modern World Series, California UP, 2000, pap, 313 pp, € 22.90, 0520218221 / 9780520218222
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Ben-Ur, A. & R. Frankel
Remnant Stones: The Jewish Cemeteries of Suriname Epitaphs
This title presents transcriptions, English translations, and annotations of more than 1,600 gravestones from Suriname's oldest Jewish burial grounds
Hebrew Union College Press, 2009, geb, 679 pp, € 115.00, 9780878202249
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Ben-Ur, A., R. Frankel
Remnant Stones. The Jewish Cemeteries and Synagogues of Suriname - Essays
In the 1660s, Jews of Iberian ancestry, many of them fleeing Inquisitorial persecution, estabilished an agrarian settlement in the midst of the Surinamese tropics. The heart of this community - Jodensavanne, or Jews' Savannah - became an autonomous village with its own Jewish institutions, including a majestic synagogue consecrated in 1685. Situated along the Suriname River, some fifty kilometers south of the capital city of Paramaribo, Jodensavanne was by the mid-eighteenth century surrounded by dozens of Jewish plantation sprawling north- and southward and dominating the stretch of the river. These Sephardi-owned plots, mostly devoted to the cultivation and processing of sugar, carried out primarily by enslaved Africans, collectively formed the largest Jewish agricultural community in the world at the time and the only Jewish settlement in the Americas granted vitual self-rule.
Hebrew Union College Press,U.S., 2012, geb, 166 pp, € 45.00, 9780878202515
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Berger, M. & J Rosenbaum
Art and Exaltation : Masterworks of the Jewish Museum
190 Illustrations.

This beautifully illustrated book explores the culture, history, and beliefs of the Jewish people by presenting an extraordinary selection of works from the collection of The Jewish Museum, New York. Ranging from antiquity to the present day, these artworks and ritual objects include a fourth-century glass vessel and ancient burial plaques; exquisite Torah decorations and marriage contracts; stunningly ornate Hanukkah lamps and spice containers; beautiful paintings and prints by such artists as Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, Marc Chagall, and Ben Shahn; striking contemporary works by Leonard Baskin, Sol LeWitt, George Segal, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, and many others; and selections of video and still images from television and film, ranging from documentaries and dramas to situation comedies. Two introductory essays discuss the history and significance of The Jewish Museum, followed by a superb range of artworks grouped thematically in categories such as memory and history; spirituality and faith; society, politics, and community; text and representation; and television and culture. Each work is accompanied by a short essay providing description and interpretation. Together the reproductions and lively text tell the fascinating story of how Jewish culture has evolved through the centuries and across continents.

Yale UP/ Jewish Museum NY, 2004, geb, 253 pp, € 48.50, 9780300102925
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Berger, R.
Sexualitat, Ehe und Familienleben in der judischen Moralliteratur (900-1900)
Judische Kultur 10, Harrasowitz Verlag, 2003, geb, 374 pp, € 52.50, 344704702x
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Berger, S.
Travels among Jews and Gentiles: Abraham Levies Travelogue, Amsterdam 1764. Edition of the Text with Introduction and Commentary
Hebrew Language and Literature Series, Brill, 2002, geb, 207 pp, € 84.80, 9004123881
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Bergner, H.
On Long Winter Nights . Memoirs of a Jewish Family in a Galician Township (1870-1900)
Harvard UP, 2005, pap, 122 pp, € 19.50, 0674019709
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Berman, L.C.
Speaking of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of an American Public Identity
Lila Corwin Berman asks why, over the course of the twentieth century, American Jews became increasingly fascinated, even obsessed, with explaining themselves to their non-Jewish neighbors. What she discovers is that language itself became a crucial tool for Jewish group survival and integration into American life. Berman investigates a wide range of sources - radio and television broadcasts, bestselling books, sociological studies, debates about Jewish marriage and intermarriage, Jewish missionary work, and more - to reveal how rabbis, intellectuals, and others created a seemingly endless array of explanations about why Jews were indispensable to American life. Even as the content of these explanations developed and shifted over time, the very project of self-explanation would become a core element of Jewishness in the twentieth century.
California UP, 2009, pap, 272 pp, € 24.25, 9780520256811
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Biale, D.
Blood and Belief. The Circulation of a Symbol Between Jews and Christians
Calfornia UP, 2008, pap, 299 pp, € 22.00, 9780520257986
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Bloemgarten, S.
Hartog de Hartog Lemon, 1775-1823: Joodse revolutionair in Franse Tijd
OP BESTELLING
Aksant, 2007, geb, 492 pp, € 25.00, 9789052602448
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Bodian, M.
Dying in the Law of Moses: Crypto-Jewish Martyrdom in the Iberian World
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Indiana UP, 2007, geb, 278 pp, € 32.75, 9780253348616
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Bodian, M.
Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation. Conversos and Community in Early Modern Amsterdam
In the 17th century, descendants of forcibly baptised Jews (conversos) fled the Iberian Inquisitions to settle in Amsterdam, a city renowned for its commercial ties and religious tolerance. On arrival the conversos lacked clear ethnic or religious identities and had little social organisation. Yet, they formed the nucleus of what became within a generation a strongly cohesive community with a highly structured and well-developed sense of its Jewish identity. Drawing on family and communal records, diaries, memoirs, literary works, and other sources, Miriam Bodian reconstructs the fascinating story of how these Portuguese immigrant - merchants, professionals, and intellectuals, for the most part - reasserted their Judaism, while maintaining their Iberian heritage.
The Modern Jewish Experience Series, Indiana UP, 1997, pap, 219 pp, € 21.50, 9780253213518
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Boehling, R.
Life and Loss in the Shadow of the Holocaust. A Jewish Familiy`s Untold Story
Cambridge UP, 2011, geb, 300 pp, € 27.95, 9780521899918
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Bohlman, P.V. (ed.)
Jewish Musical Modernism, Old and New
Chicago UP, 2009, geb, 218 pp + cd, € 31.90, 9780226063263
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Bonfil, R.
Cultural Change Among the Jews of Early Modern Italy
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Variorum Collected Studies Series: CS945, Ashgate, 2010, geb, 342 pp, € 94.50, 9781409400165
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Borras, J.T. & A. Saenz-Badillos (eds)
Jewish Studies at the Turn of the 20th Century. Volume II Judaism from the Renaissance to Modern Times
Brill, 1999, geb, 701 pp, € 94.00, 9004115587
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Boyarin, Daniel, D. Itzkovitz & A. Pellegrini (eds)
Queer Theory and the Jewish Question.
Between Men Between Women Series, Columbia UP, 2004, pap, 414 pp, € 29.90, 9780231113755
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Braiterman, Z.
The Shape of Revelation. Aesthetics and Modern Jewish Thought
By Order
Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture Series, Stanford UP, 2007, geb, 300 pp, € 56.90, 9780804753210
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Brenner, D.A.
German-Jewish Popular Culture before the Holocaust
David A. Brenner examines how Jews in Central Europe developed one of the first "ethnic" or "minority" cultures in modernity. Not exclusively "German" or "Jewish," the experiences of German-speaking Jewry in the decades prior to the Third Reich and the Holocaust were also negotiated in encounters with popular culture, particularly the novel, the drama and mass media.
Despite recent scholarship, the misconception persists that Jewish Germans were bent on assimilation. Although subject to compulsion, they did not become solely "German," much less "European." Yet their behavior and values were by no means exclusively "Jewish," as the Nazis or other anti-Semites would have it. Rather, the German Jews achieved a peculiar synthesis between 1890 and 1933, developing a culture that was not only "middle-class" but also "ethnic." In particular, they reinvented Judaic traditions by way of a hybridized culture.
Based on research in German, Israeli and American archives, German-Jewish Popular Culture before the Holocaust addresses many of the genres in which a specifically German-Jewish identity was performed, from the Yiddish theatre and Zionist humour all the way to sensationalist memoirs and Kafka's own kitsch. This middle-class ethnic identity encompassed and went beyond religious confession and identity politics.
In focusing principally on German-Jewish popular culture, this groundbreaking book introduces the beginnings of 'ethnicity' as we know it and live it today.
Routledge Jewish Studies, vol 27, Routledge, 2008, geb, 115 pp, € 108.50, 9780415463232
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Brenner, Frederic
Diaspora. Homelands in exile. Vol 1: Photographs, Vol 2: Voices
Harper Collins, 2003, geb, 327 + 153 pp, € 94.95, 9780060087784
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Brenner, M
Kleine juedische geschichte
Te bestellen
Beck, 2008, geb, ca 380 pp, € 29.50, 9783406576683
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Brenner, M.
A Short History of the Jews
This is a sweeping and powerful narrative history of the Jewish people from biblical times to today. Based on the latest scholarship and richly illustrated, it is the most authoritative and accessible chronicle of the Jewish experience available.
Michael Brenner tells a dramatic story of change and migration deeply rooted in tradition, taking readers from the mythic wanderings of Moses to the unspeakable atrocities of the Holocaust; from the Babylonian exile to the founding of the modern state of Israel; and from the Sephardic communities under medieval Islam to the shtetls of eastern Europe and the Hasidic enclaves of modern-day Brooklyn. The book is full of fascinating personal stories of exodus and return, from that told about Abraham, who brought his newfound faith into Canaan, to that of Holocaust survivor Esther Barkai, who lived on a kibbutz established on a German estate seized from the Nazi Julius Streicher as she awaited resettlement in Israel.
Describing the events and people that have shaped Jewish history, and highlighting the important contributions Jews have made to the arts, politics, religion, and science, "A Short History of the Jews" is a compelling blend of storytelling and scholarship that brings the Jewish past marvelously to life.
Princeton UP, 2010, geb, 421 pp, € 29.95, 9780691143514
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Brenner, M.
Prophets from the Past. Interpreters of Jewish History
Prophets of the Past is the first book to examine in depth how modern Jewish historians have interpreted Jewish history. Michael Brenner reveals that perhaps no other national or religious group has used their shared history for so many different ideological and political purposes as the Jews.
He deftly traces the master narratives of Jewish history from the beginnings of the scholarly study of Jews and Judaism in nineteenth-century Germany; to eastern European approaches by Simon Dubnow, the interwar school of Polish-Jewish historians, and the short-lived efforts of Soviet-Jewish historians; to the work of British and American scholars such as Cecil Roth and Salo Baron; and, to Zionist and post-Zionist interpretations of Jewish history.
He also unravels the distortions of Jewish history writing, including antisemitic Nazi research into the 'Jewish question', the Soviet portrayal of Jewish history as class struggle, and Orthodox Jewish interpretations of history as divinely inspired.
History proved to be a uniquely powerful weapon for modern Jewish scholars during a period when they had no nation or army to fight for their ideological and political objectives, whether the goal was Jewish emancipation, diasporic autonomy, or the creation of a Jewish state.
As Brenner demonstrates in this illuminating and incisive book, these historians often found legitimacy for these struggles in the Jewish past.
Princeton UP, 2010, geb, 301 pp, € 39.00, 9780691139289
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Brenner, M., A. Kauders, G. Reuveni, N. Roemer
Juedische Geschichte lesen. Texte der juedischen Geschichtsschreibung im 19. Und 20. Jahrhundert.
Beck, 2003 (4-th reprint), pap, 447 pp, € 35.00, 3406509606
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Brouwer, E.
Spartacus. De familiegeschiedenis van twee joodse olympiers
Van 18,90 voor 12,50

Bij toeval ontdekte Erik Brouwer dat zijn overgrootvader Emanuel Brouwer lid was van de Amsterdams-joodse turnvereniging Spartacus, en deel heeft genomen aan de Olympische Spelen van 1908. Uit het daaropvolgende speurwerk (dat Erik samen deed met zijn vader, de boekhandelaar Emile Brouwer) bleek dat niet alleen de sportieve maar ook de politieke en culturele betekenis van deze club in de eerste helft van de twintigste eeuw groot was.

Honderd jaar later reconstrueert Brouwer de levens van drie joodse Spartacus-olympiers tegen het decor van de geschiedenis van joods Amsterdam maar ook daarbuiten: pogroms in Oost-Europa, de krach van 1929, de toenemende dreiging van antisemitisme en de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Spartacus is een meesterproef van literaire geschiedschrijving.

L.J. Veen, 2009, pap, 285 pp, € 12.50, 9789020408812
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Bunzi, M.
Symptoms of Modernity. Jews and Queers in Late-Twentieth-Century Vienna
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University of California Press, 2004, pap, 292 pp, € 29.50, 0520238435
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Cappell, E.
American Talmud: The Cultural Work of Jewish American Fiction
SUNY, 2007, pap, 233 pp, € 19.25, 9780791471241
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Caransa, A.
Vrijmetselarij en jodendom. De wereld een tempel
Verloren, 2001, pap, 237 pp, € 19.00, 9065501835 / 9789065501837
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Carlebach, E.
Palaces of Time : Jewish Calendar and Culture in Early Modern Europe
From one of the leading historians of the Jewish past comes a stunning look into a previously unexamined dimension of Jewish life and culture: the calendar. In the late sixteenth century, Pope Gregory XIII instituted a momentous reform of Western timekeeping, and with it a period of great instability. Jews, like all minority cultures in Europe, had to realign their time-keeping to accord with the new Christian calendar. Elisheva Carlebach shows that the calendar is a complex and living system, constantly modified as new preoccupations emerge and old priorities fade. Calendars serve to structure time and activities and thus become mirrors of experience. Through this seemingly mundane and all-but-overlooked document, we can reimagine the quotidian world of early modern Jewry, of market days and sacred days, of times to avoid Christian gatherings and times to secure communal treasures. In calendars, we see one of the central paradoxes of Jewish existence: the need to encompass the culture of the other while retaining one's own unique culture. Carlebach reveals that Jews have always lived in multiple time scales, and demonstrates how their accounting for time, as much as any cultural monument, has shaped Jewish life. After exploring Judaica collections around the world, Carlebach brings to light these textually rich and beautifully designed repositories of Jewish life. With color illustrations throughout, this is an evocative illumination of how early modern Jewish men and women marked the rhythms and realities of time and filled it with anxieties and achievements.
Harvard UP, 2011, geb, 292 pp, € 35.90, 9780674052543
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Chajes, J.H.
Between Worlds. Dybbuks, Exorcists, and Early Modern Judaism
After a nearly two-thousand-year interlude, and just as Christian Europe was in the throes of the great Witch Hunt and what historians have referred to as "The Age of the Demoniac," accounts of spirit possession began to proliferate in the Jewish world. Concentrated at first in the Near East but spreading rapidly westward, spirit possession, both benevolent and malevolent, emerged as perhaps the most characteristic form of religiosity in early modern Jewish society. Adopting a comparative historical approach, J. H. Chajes uncovers this strain of Jewish belief to which scant attention has been paid. Informed by recent research in historical anthropology, Between Worlds provides fascinating descriptions of the cases of possession as well as analysis of the magical techniques deployed by rabbinic exorcists to expel the ghostly intruders. Seeking to understand the phenomenon of spirit possession in its full complexity, Chajes delves into its ideational framework-chiefly the doctrine of reincarnation-while exploring its relation to contemporary Christian and Islamic analogues. Regarding spirit possession as a form of religious expression open to-and even dominated by-women, Chajes initiates a major reassessment of women in the history of Jewish mysticism. In a concluding section he examines the reception history of the great Hebrew accounts of spirit possession, focusing on the deployment of these "ghost stories" in the battle against incipient skepticism in the turbulent Jewish community of seventeenth-century Amsterdam. Exploring a phenomenon that bridged learned and ignorant, rich and poor, men and women, Jews and Gentiles, Between Worlds maps for the first time a prominent feature of the early modern Jewish religious landscape, as quotidian as it was portentous: the nexus of the living and the dead.
Jewish Culture and Context Series, Pennsylvania UP, 2003/2011, pap, 278 pp, € 23.00, 9780812221701
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Chajes, J.H.
Between Worlds. Dybbuks, Exorcists, and Early Modern Judaism
After a nearly two-thousand-year interlude, and just as Christian Europe was in the throes of the great Witch Hunt and what historians have referred to as "The Age of the Demoniac," accounts of spirit possession began to proliferate in the Jewish world. Concentrated at first in the Near East but spreading rapidly westward, spirit possession, both benevolent and malevolent, emerged as perhaps the most characteristic form of religiosity in early modern Jewish society. Adopting a comparative historical approach, J. H. Chajes uncovers this strain of Jewish belief to which scant attention has been paid. Informed by recent research in historical anthropology, Between Worlds provides fascinating descriptions of the cases of possession as well as analysis of the magical techniques deployed by rabbinic exorcists to expel the ghostly intruders. Seeking to understand the phenomenon of spirit possession in its full complexity, Chajes delves into its ideational framework-chiefly the doctrine of reincarnation-while exploring its relation to contemporary Christian and Islamic analogues. Regarding spirit possession as a form of religious expression open to-and even dominated by-women, Chajes initiates a major reassessment of women in the history of Jewish mysticism. In a concluding section he examines the reception history of the great Hebrew accounts of spirit possession, focusing on the deployment of these "ghost stories" in the battle against incipient skepticism in the turbulent Jewish community of seventeenth-century Amsterdam. Exploring a phenomenon that bridged learned and ignorant, rich and poor, men and women, Jews and Gentiles, Between Worlds maps for the first time a prominent feature of the early modern Jewish religious landscape, as quotidian as it was portentous: the nexus of the living and the dead.
Jewish Culture and Context Series, Pennsylvania UP, 2003, geb, 278pp, € 52.50, 9780812237245
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Chazan, R.
The Jews of the Medieval Western World, 1000-1500
Cambridge Medieval Textbooks Series, Cambridge UP, 2006, pap, 342 pp, € 31.10, 0521616646 / 9780521616645
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Clark, C.
Haydns Jews: Representation and Reception on the Operatic Stage
B1972.
Cambridge, 2009, geb, 244 pp, € 71.00, 9780521455473
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Coenen Snyder, S.
Building a Public Judaism. Synagogues and Jewish Identity in Nineteenth-Century Europe
Nineteenth-century Europe saw an unprecedented rise in the number of synagogues. Building a Public Judaism considers what their architecture and the circumstances surrounding their construction reveal about the social progress of modern European Jews. Looking at synagogues in four important centers of Jewish life--London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Berlin--Saskia Coenen Snyder argues that the process of claiming a Jewish space in European cities was a marker of acculturation but not of full acceptance. Whether modest or spectacular, these new edifices most often revealed the limits of European Jewish integration. Debates over building initiatives provide Coenen Snyder with a vehicle for gauging how Jews approached questions of self-representation in predominantly Christian societies and how public manifestations of their identity were received. Synagogues fused the fundamentals of religion with the prevailing cultural codes in particular locales and served as aesthetic barometers for European Jewry's degree of modernization.

Coenen Snyder finds that the dialogues surrounding synagogue construction varied significantly according to city. While the larger story is one of increasing self-agency in the public life of European Jews, it also highlights this agency's limitations, precisely in those places where Jews were thought to be most acculturated, namely in France and Germany. Building a Public Judaism grants the peculiarities of place greater authority than they have been given in shaping the European Jewish experience. At the same time, its place-specific description of tensions over religious tolerance continues to echo in debates about the public presence of religious minorities in contemporary Europe.

Harvard UP, 2013, geb, 350 pp, € 47.50, 9780674059894
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Cohen, A.A., & Mendes-Flohr, P. (eds)
20th Century Jewish Religious Thought
JPS, 2009, pap, 1162pp, € 57.00, 9780827608924
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Cohn-Sherbok, D.
Judaism Today
B2569
Continuum Religion Today, Continuum, 2010, pap, 191 pp, € 20.90, 9780826422316
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Corrsin, S.D. & J.D. Sarna
Jews in America. Conquistadors, Knickerbockers, Pilgrims, and the Hope of Israel
Jews in America documents the remarkable story of the Jewish presence in the New World, from the time of Columbus to the 1920s, when the Jewish community in the United States was four million strong and an essential part of American society and culture. Drawing on a mix of contemporary books, manuscripts, globes, maps and engravings from the world-renowned collections of the New York Public Library, Jews in America is a vivid document of everyday Jewish-American life, worship, law, and commerce.

It tells the fascinating story of the first Jewish immigrants' arrival in the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam in 1654 (later New York City), Jewish interaction with the four colonial powers in the Western Hemisphere (Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands and England), and on the ideas and beliefs that they influenced. The final chapter looks at the evolving cultural role of Jews in late 19th and early 20th century New York, especially the rise of the Yiddish theatre.

The New York Public Library, 2012, geb, 160 pp, € 44.50, 9781904832225
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Curilla, W.
Der Judenmord in Polen und die deutsche Ordnungpolizei 1939-1945
Schoningh, 2010, geb, 1000 pp, € 58.00, 9783506770431
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Dein, S.
Lubavitcher Messianism. What Really Happens When Prophecy Fails?
In 1994 the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Schneerson, died leaving no successor. For many years his followers had maintained that he was Moshiach -the Jewish Messiah and would usher in the Redemption. After his death Lubavitch divided into two opposing groups. While some messianists hold that the Rebbe died but is to be resurrected as the messiah, others hold that he is still alive, but concealed. The anti-messianists maintain that the Rebbe could have been Moshiach if God had willed it, but they disagree vehemently that as such he could come back from the dead. Using ethnographic data obtained by the author through twenty years of fieldwork, this book presents a social-psychological account of Lubavitcher Messianism and moves beyond the typical scholarly preoccupation with 'belief' and 'dissonance' to examine the role of rhetoric, religious experience and ritual in maintaining counterintuitive convictions. Through examining the parallels between early Christianity and messianism in Lubavitch this book provides a comprehensive perspective for examining messianism generally
Continuum Studies in Jewish Thought, Continuum, 2011, geb, 178 pp, € 87.50, 9781441112231
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Dein, Simon
Lubavitcher Messianism
In 1994 the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Schneerson, died leaving no successor. For many years his followers had maintained that he was Moshiach -the Jewish Messiah and would usher in the Redemption. After his death Lubavitch divided into two opposing groups. While some messianists hold that the Rebbe died but is to be resurrected as the messiah, others hold that he is still alive, but concealed. The anti-messianists maintain that the Rebbe could have been Moshiach if God had willed it, but they disagree vehemently that as such he could come back from the dead. Using ethnographic data obtained by the author through twenty years of fieldwork, this book presents a social-psychological account of Lubavitcher Messianism and moves beyond the typical scholarly preoccupation with 'belief' and 'dissonance' to examine the role of rhetoric, religious experience and ritual in maintaining counterintuitive convictions. Through examining the parallels between early Christianity and messianism in Lubavitch this book provides a comprehensive perspective for examining messianism generally
Continuum Studies in Jewish Thought, Continuum, 2012, pap, 192 pp, € 26.00, 9781441134400
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Deutsch, N.
The Maiden of Ludmir. A Jewish Holy Woman and her World
Hannah Rochel Verbermacher, a Hasidic holy woman known as the Maiden of Ludmir, was born in early-nineteenth-century Russia and became famous as the only woman in the three-hundred-year history of Hasidism to function as a rebbe - or charismatic leader - in her own right. Nathaniel Deutsch follows the traces left by the Maiden in both history and legend to fully explore her fascinating story for the first time. "The Maiden of Ludmir" offers powerful insights into the Jewish mystical tradition, into the Maiden's place within it, and into the remarkable Jewish community of Ludmir. Her biography ultimately becomes a provocative meditation on the complex relationships between history and memory, Judaism and modernity. History first finds the Maiden in the eastern European town of Ludmir, venerated by her followers as a master of the Kabbalah, teacher, and visionary, and accused by her detractors of being possessed by a dybbuk, or evil spirit. Deutsch traces the Maiden's steps from Ludmir to Ottoman Palestine, where she eventually immigrated and re-established herself as a holy woman. While the Maiden's story - including her adamant refusal to marry - recalls the lives of holy women in other traditions, it also brings to light the largely unwritten history of early-modern Jewish women. To this day, her transgressive behavior, a challenge to traditional Jewish views of gender and sexuality, continues to inspire debate and, sometimes, censorship within the Jewish community.
Univ. California Press, 2003, geb, 310pp, € 43.00, 9780520231917
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Dierks, M. & R. Wimmer (Hg)
Thomas Mann und das Judentum. Die Vortrage des Berliner Kolloquiums der deutschen Thomas-Mann-Gesellschaft
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Thomas-Mann-Studien, 30, Klostermann, 2004, geb, 221 pp, € 45.50, 3465033027
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Diner, D.
Synchrone Welten. Zeitenraeume juedischer Geschichte
Toldot, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2005, pap, 318 pp, € 23.75, 3525350902
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Diner, H.R.
The Jews of the United States, 1654-2000
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Jewish Communities in the Modern World Series, California UP, 2006, pap, 437 pp, € 22.75, 0520248481 / 9780520248489
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Draitser, E.
Shush! a Memoir. Growing up Jewish under Stalin
California UP, 2008, geb, 301 pp, € 22.75, 9780520254466
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Dweck, Y.
Scandal of Kabbalah. Leon Modena, Jewish Mysticism, Early Modern Venice
The Scandal of Kabbalah is the first book about the origins of a culture war that began in early modern Europe and continues to this day: the debate between kabbalists and their critics on the nature of Judaism and the meaning of religious tradition. From its medieval beginnings as an esoteric form of Jewish mysticism, Kabbalah spread throughout the early modern world and became a central feature of Jewish life.

Scholars have long studied the revolutionary impact of Kabbalah, but, as Yaacob Dweck argues, they have misunderstood the character and timing of opposition to it. Drawing on a range of previously unexamined sources, this book tells the story of the first criticism of Kabbalah, Ari Nohem, written by Leon Modena in Venice in 1639. In this scathing indictment of Venetian Jews who had embraced Kabbalah as an authentic form of ancient esotericism, Modena proved the recent origins of Kabbalah and sought to convince his readers to return to the spiritualized rationalism of Maimonides.

The Scandal of Kabbalah examines the hallmarks of Jewish modernity displayed by Modena's attack - a critical analysis of sacred texts, skepticism about religious truths, and self-consciousness about the past - and shows how these qualities and the later history of his polemic challenge conventional understandings of the relationship between Kabbalah and modernity.

Dweck argues that Kabbalah was the subject of critical inquiry in the very period it came to dominate Jewish life rather than centuries later as most scholars have thought.

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Jews, Christians and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World Series, Princeton UP, 2011, geb, 280 pp, € 34.95, 9780691145082
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Egorova, Y.
Jews and India. Perceptions and Image
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Routledge Jewish Studies Series, Routledge, 2006, geb, 150 pp, € 109.00, 0415400406 / 9780415400404
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Eisenberg, E., A. F. Kahn, W. Toll
Jews of the Pacific Coast. Reinventing Community on Americas Edge
From the California Gold Rush of 1849 to the explosion of population centres in the Southwest in the 1980s, Jews have played a significant role in shaping the Pacific West. Through their mercantile networks, cultural innovations, philanthropic institutions, and political leadership, western Jews created a distinctive identity. In "Jews of the Pacific Coast", Ellen Eisenberg, Ava F. Kahn, and William Toll have joined together to write the first interpretive history of the Jews of this region. In the West, Jewish men and women were less restricted in their pursuits than they had been in Europe or in the eastern United States. Unlike in the East, where Jews arriving in large numbers had to accommodate themselves to preexisting local elites and Jewish communities, in the Pacific West they were full participants in the civic lives of new and rapidly developing societies. Drawing on manuscript collections, oral histories, newspapers, and private papers, the authors examine the distinctive roles that Jews played in the Pacific West, especially the innovative roles of women.
Washington UP, 2010, geb, 336 pp, € 52.00, 9780295989655
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Elias, N.
Coming Home. Media and Returning Diaspora in Israel and Germany
SUNY Series in Israeli Studies, SUNY, 2009, pap, 187 pp, € 21.50, 9780791474969
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Endelman, T.
The Jews of Britain, 1656 to 2000
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California, 2002, pap, 336 pp, € 29.95, 0520227204
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Fader, A.
Mitzvah Girls. Bringing Up the Next Generation of Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn
Princeton UP, 2009, pap, 260 pp, € 21.90, 9780691139173
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Feiner, S.
Haskalah and History. The Emergence of a Modern Jewish Historical Consciousness
The Littman Library of Jewish Civilazation Series, Littman, 2004, pap, 404 pp, € 27.50, 1904113109
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Feiner, S.
Moses Mendelssohn: Philosopher of the Enlightenment
Yale University Press, 2011, geb, 237 pp, € 28.50, 9780300161755
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Feiner, S.
The Jewish Enlightenment
At the beginning of the eighteenth century most European Jews lived in restricted settlements and urban ghettos, isolated from the surrounding dominant Christian cultures not only by law but also by language, custom, and dress. By the end of the century urban, upwardly mobile Jews had shaved their beards and abandoned Yiddish in favor of the languages of the countries in which they lived. They began to participate in secular culture and they embraced rationalism and non-Jewish education as supplements to traditional Talmudic studies. The full participation of Jews in modern Europe and America would be unthinkable without the intellectual and social revolution that was the Haskalah, or Jewish Enlightenment. Unparalleled in scale and comprehensiveness, The Jewish Enlightenment reconstructs the intellectual and social revolution of the Haskalah as it gradually gathered momentum throughout the eighteenth century. Relying on a huge range of previously unexplored sources, Shmuel Feiner fully views the Haskalah as the Jewish version of the European Enlightenment and, as such, a movement that cannot be isolated from broader eighteenth-century European traditions. Critically, he views the Haskalah as a truly European phenomenon and not one simply centered in Germany. He also shows how the republic of letters in European Jewry provided an avenue of secularization for Jewish society and culture, sowing the seeds of Jewish liberalism and modern ideology and sparking the Orthodox counterreaction that culminated in a clash of cultures within the Jewish community. The Haskalah's confrontations with its opponents within Jewry constitute one of the most fascinating chapters in the history of the dramatic and traumatic encounter between the Jews and modernity. The Haskalah is one of the central topics in modern Jewish historiography. With its scope, erudition, and new analysis, The Jewish Enlightenment now provides the most comprehensive treatment of this major cultural movement.
Jewish Culture and Contexts, Pennsylvania UP, 2004/2011, pap, 440 pp, € 24.95, 9780812221725
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Feiner, S.
The Origins of Jewish Secularization in Eighteenth-Century Europe
B2583
Jewish Culture and Contexts, Pennsylvania UP, 2010, geb, 330 pp, € 57.50, 9780812242737
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Feiner, S. & D. Sorkin
New Perspectives on the Haskalah
The Littman Library of Jewish Civilazation Series, Littman, 2004, pap, 260 pp, € 27.50, 1904113265
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Feingold, H.L.
Silent No More: Saving the Jews of Russia, The American Jewsih Effor, 1967-1989
Syracuse UP, 2007, geb, 400 pp, € 52.50, 9780815631019
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Feldman, Jan
Lubavitchers as Citizens. A Paradox of Liberal Democracy
Lubavitchers are active in the civic life of their communities and so should be considered good citizens by advocates of participatory democracy. However, their obviously nonliberal worldview tends to elicit rancor in precisely those quarters. The notion that democratic political institutions require the support of a democratic political culture is pervasive in political theory. Many scholars treat democratic virtues and liberal values as synonymous. As a result, nonliberal groups are viewed with suspicion: if they reject liberal values, they are also seen as rejecting democratic ones. Jan Feldman focuses on a subset of Chassidic Judaism known as Lubavitch, or ChaBad, to explore this assumption.

Lubavitchers make an excellent test case, she explains, because they are informed, politically active, and democratic on the one hand, yet embrace nonliberal values on the other. Unlike the Amish or Hutterites, they do not rely on rural isolation for group survival but function remarkably well in secular, urban settings. They embrace rather than withdraw from political life. Although they do not use the state to promote their worldview to a wider audience, their entry into the public realm often generates hostility and fear.

Feldman does not claim that liberal values are irrelevant to democracy nor does she argue that all nonliberal groups are equally benign. "What Lubavitchers allow us to investigate," she writes, "is the common assumption that liberal and democratic attitudes are inextricably linked."

Cornell University Press, 2003, geb, 213pp, € 47.00, 9780801440731
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Ferziger, A.S.
Exclusion and Hierarchy: Orthodoxy, Nonobservance, and the Emergence of Modern Jewish Identity
Jewish Culture and Contexts, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005, geb, 303 pp, € 59.95, 9780812238655
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Finkelstein, N.H.
American Jewish History. A JPS Guide
Jewish Publication Society, 2007, pap, 200 pp, € 18.00, 9780827608108
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Fleischacker
Heideggers Jewish Followers
Duquesne University Press, 2008, pap, 320pp, € 22.95, 9780820704142
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Fleming, K.E.
Greece. A Jewish History
B2195
Princeton University Press, 2008/2010, pap, 271 pp, € 23.50, 9780691146126
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Frank, D. H. en Leaman O. (eds.)
History of Jewish Philosophy
Jewish philosophy is often presented as an addendum to Jewish religion rather than as a rich and varied tradition in its own right, but the History of Jewish Philosophy explores the entire scope and variety of Jewish philosophy from philosophical interpretations of the Bible right up to contemporary Jewish feminist and postmodernist thought. The links between Jewish philosophy and its wider cultural context are stressed, building up a comprehensive and historically sensitive view of Jewish philosophy and its place in the development of philosophy as a whole.

Includes: Detailed discussions of the most important Jewish philosophers and philosophical movements, descriptions of the social and cultural contexts in which Jewish philosophical thought developed throughout the centuries, contributions by 35 leading scholars in the field, from Britain, Canada, Israel and the US, and detailed and extensive bibliographies.

Routledge History of World Philosophies, Routledge, 2003, pap, 934pp, € 76.50, 9780415324694
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Frankel, J.
Crisis, Revolution and Russian Jews
Cambridge UP, 2009, geb, € 49.90, 9780521513647
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Frankel, J. and Ezra Mendelsohn
The Protestant-Jewish Conundrum. Studies in Contemporary Jewry Volume XXIV
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Oxford UP, 2011, geb, 312 pp, € 46.95, 9780199742646
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Freedman, J.
Klezmer America; Jewishness, Ethnicity, Modernity
B1964
Columba Press, 2009, pap, 388 pp, € 21.50, 9780231142793
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Freudenthal, Gideon
No Religion without Idolatry: Mendelssohn's Jewish Enlightenment
Moses Mendelssohn (1725-1786) is considered the foremost representative of Jewish Enlightenment. In No Religion without Idolatry, Gideon Freudenthal offers a novel interpretation of Mendelssohns general philosophy and discusses for the first time Mendelssohns semiotic interpretation of idolatry in his Jerusalem and in his Hebrew biblical commentary. Mendelssohn emerges from this study as an original philosopher, not a shallow popularizer of rationalist metaphysics, as he is sometimes portrayed. Of special and lasting value is his semiotic theory of idolatry.

From a semiotic perspective, both idolatry and enlightenment are necessary constituents of religion. Idolatry ascribes to religious symbols an intrinsic value: enlightenment maintains that symbols are conventional and merely signify religious content but do not share its properties and value. Without enlightenment, religion degenerates to fetishism; without idolatry it turns into philosophy and frustrates religious experience. Freudenthal demonstrates that in Mendelssohns view, Judaism is the optimal religious synthesis. It consists of transient ceremonies of a 'living script'. Its ceremonies are symbols, but they are not permanent objects that could be venerated. Jewish ceremonies thus provide a religious experience but frustrate fetishism. Throughout the book, Freudenthal fruitfully contrasts Mendelssohns views on religion and philosophy with those of his contemporary critic and opponent, Salomon Maimon.

Notre Dame UP, 2012, pap, 332 pp, € 52.00, 9780268028909
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Frijda, Leo
Het Jodendom laat je niet los. Over schrijvers en hun Jodendom
De meeste in dit boek bijeengebrachte columns zijn geschreven voor Crescas, het instituut voor Joods onderwijs aan volwassenen. Een groot aantal Joodse schrijvers passeert de revue. Onder hen Heinrich Heine, Franz Kafka, Joseph Roth, Jakob Wassermann en Stefan Zweig. Maar ook latere schrijvers als Aharon Appelfeld, Imre Kertesz, Paul Celan en Georges Perec. Het zijn vrijwel allemaal schrijvers die meenden al enige afstand te hebben genomen van de traditie van hun voorvaders maar bemerkten dat het Jodendom hen niet losliet. Als Joden wilden zij volwaardig deelnemen aan een samenleving die dat vaak niet toestond. Met de nationaalsocialisten aan de macht werden zij hardhandig als Jood bestempeld. 'Ik ben een Jood op bevel', zei Imre Kertesz. Al zei Kertesz nadrukkelijk ook: 'Mijn Joodse identiteit is veel te interessant (of te belangrijk) om te worden gezien in de lichtbreking van de krankzinnige waan die antisemitisme heet'.

Wat het Jodendom voor die schrijvers betekent, in hun leven en in hun werk, is het thema dat de columns verbindt. Het is geen beschrijving van een tijdperk. Het zijn ook geen volledige schrijversportretten. Het zijn de persoonlijke associaties van de columnist die in een laatste hoofdstuk aan de hand van de geschiedenis van de eigen familie samenvat waarom hij geinteresseerd is in al die Joodse schrijvers van de vorige eeuw die steeds toch volmondig konden zeggen: ik ben een Jood, ik ben een Jodin.

Amphora Books, 2011, pap, 314 pp, € 23.50, 9789064460760
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Frishman, J. & H. Berg (eds)
Dutch Jewry in a Cultural Maelstrom 1880-1940
Aksant, 2007, pap, 213 pp, € 22.50, 9789052602684
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Galley, S.
Der Gerechte ist das Fundament der Welt. Judische Heiligenlegenden aus dem Umfeld des Chassidismus
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Judische Kultur 11, Harrasowitz Verlag, 2003, geb, 498 pp, € 69.00, 3447048247
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Garcia-Arenal, M. & G. Wiegers
A Man of Three Worlds: Samuel Pallache, a Moroccan Jew in Catholic and Protestant Europe
John Hopkins UP, 2003, pap, 173 pp, € 23.75, 9780801886232
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Gelder, J. van
Het Huis van Gronings Israel. De synagoge en haar gemeente, 1906-2006
Van Gruting, 2006, pap, 175 pp, € 18.00, 9789075879339
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Geller, J.
The Other Jewish Question. Identifying the Jew and making sense of modernity
Will appeal to readers interested in psychoanalysis, in Jewish studies, in cultural studies, and in the whole question of "the body," which has been so intensely discussed in recent years. Maps the dissemination of and possible interrelationships among these corporeal signifiers in Germanophone cultures between the Enlightenment and the Shoah. Geller is known as a pioneer in Jewish studies, especially in its cultural studies mode.
Fordham UP, 2011, pap, 510 pp, € 39.95, 9780823233625
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Gilbert, M.
Een eeuw joods leven
Tirion, 2001, geb, 376 pp, € 36.90, 9043902152 / 9789043902151
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Gillerman, S.
Germans into Jews; Remaking the Jewish Body in the Weimar Republic
B2174
Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture, Stanford UP, 2009, geb, 238 pp, € 51.50, 9780804757119
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Gillman, A.
Viennese Jewish Modernism. Freud, Hofmannsthal, Beer-Hofmann, and Schnitzler
Refiguring Modernism, Penn State University Press, 2009, geb, 225 pp, € 66.90, 9780271034096
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Gitelman, Zvi
Jewish Identities in Postcommunist Russia and Ukraine. An Uncertain Ethnicity
Before the USSR collapsed, ethnic identities were imposed by the state. This book analyzes how and why Jews decided what being Jewish meant to them after the state dissolved and describes the historical evolution of Jewish identities.

Surveys of more than 6,000 Jews in the early and late 1990s reveal that Russian and Ukrainian Jews have a deep sense of their Jewishness but are uncertain what it means. They see little connection between Judaism and being Jewish. Their attitudes toward Judaism, intermarriage and Jewish nationhood differ dramatically from those of Jews elsewhere. Many think Jews can believe in Christianity and do not condemn marrying non-Jews. This complicates their connections with other Jews, resettlement in Israel, the United States and Germany, and the rebuilding of public Jewish life in Russia and Ukraine. Post-Communist Jews, especially the young, are transforming religious-based practices into ethnic traditions and increasingly manifesting their Jewishness in public.

Cambridge UP, 2012, pap, 372 pp, € 27.95, 9781107608733
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Goldberg, E.L.
Jews and Magic in Medici Florence: The Secret World of Benedetto Blanis
Toronto Italian Studies, Toronto UP, 2011, geb, 331 pp, € 59.50, 9781442642256
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Goldfarb, M.
De weg uit het getto, drie eeuwen emancipatie van de joden in Europa
Bijna vijfhonderd jaar lang werden de Joden in Europa weggestopt in getto's of in dorpjes op het platteland. Pas eind achttiende eeuw, tijdens de Franse Revolutie, kregen de Franse Joden hun vrijheid. Het tijdperk van de Joodse emancipatie kon beginnen. Vanaf dat moment groeide de invloed van Joden op cultureel en intellectueel gebied enorm. Uit de geisoleerde minderheid ontpopten zich belangrijke schrijvers, filosofen en kunstenaars als Spinoza, Mendelssohn, Lessing, Heine, Freud, Mahler, Herzl, Kafka, Einstein en Wittgenstein. De westerse cultuur bloeide op. In dit buitengewone boek volgt Michael Goldfarb het Joodse emancipatieproces op de voet. Op onnavolgbare wijze beschrijft hij de geschiedenis van een minderheid die vecht voor een plaats in de samenleving en tegelijkertijd de fundamenten legt voor de bloei van de westerse cultuur.
Meulenhoff, 2011, pap, 512 pp, € 29.95, 9789029087483
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Goldish, M.
Jewish Questions: Resonsa on Sephardic Life in the Early Modern Period
Princeton UP, 2008, pap, 180 pp, € 20.50, 9780691122656
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Goldish, Matt
The Sabbatean Prophets
In the mid-seventeenth century, Shabbatai Zvi, a rabbi from Izmir, claimed to be the Jewish messiah, and convinced a great many Jews to believe him. The movement surrounding this messianic pretender was enormous, and Shabbatai's mission seemed to be affirmed by the numerous supporting prophecies of believers. The story of Shabbatai and his prophets has mainly been explored by specialists in Jewish mysticism. Only a few scholars have placed this large-scale movement in its social and historical context. Matt Goldish shifts the focus of Sabbatean studies from the theology of Lurianic Kabbalah to the widespread seventeenth-century belief in latter-day prophecy. The intense expectations of the messiah in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam form the necessary backdrop for understanding the success of Sabbateanism. The seventeenth century was a time of deep intellectual and political ferment as Europe moved into the modern era. The strains of the Jewish mysticism, Christian millenarianism, scientific innovation, and political transformation all contributed to the development of the Sabbatean movement. By placing Sabbateanism in this broad cultural context, Goldish integrates this Jewish messianic movement into the early modern world, making its story accessible to scholars and students alike.
Harvard UP, 2004, geb, 221 pp, € 57.50, 9780674012912
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Goldstein, B.
Enforced Marginality. Jewish Narratives on Abandoned Wives
California UP, 2007, geb, 206 pp, € 39.00, 9780520249684
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Goluboff, S.L.
Jewish Russians. Upheavals in a Moscow Synagogue
K 99
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003, pap, 208pp, € 12.50, 0812218388
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Goodblatt, D.
Elements of Ancient Jewish Nationalism
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Cambridge UP, 2006, geb, 260 pp, € 74.95, 0521862027 / 9780521862028
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Gottlieb, M.
Faith and Freedom. Moses Mendelssohn`s Theological-Political Thought
B2740, by order
Oxford UP, 2011, geb, 209 pp, € 52.95, 9780195398946
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Gotzmann, A. and C. Wiese ( Eds )
Modern Judaism and Historical Consciousness: Identities, Encounters, Perspectives
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Brill, 2007, geb, 658 pp, € 156.00, 9789004152892
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Graetz, H.
Geschichte der Juden. Von den altesten Zeiten bis zur Mitte des 19. Jahrhuderts. CD-Rom.
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Digitale Bibliothek, 2002, cd-rom, € 55.00, 3898531449
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Graf, Ph.
Die Bernheim-Petition 1933. Judische Politik in der Zwischenkriegszeit
Schriften des Simon-Dubnow-Instituts, Band 11, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2008, geb, 342 pp, € 49.90, 9783525369883
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Graizbord, D.L.
Souls in Dispute. Converso Identities in Iberia and the Jewish Diaspora 1580-1700
Jewish Culture and Contexts Series, Pennsylvania UP, 2004, geb, 261 pp, € 49.00, 0812237498
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Green, A.
Moses Montefiore. Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero
Belknap Press, 2010, geb, 540 pp, € 32.50, 9780674048805
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Greenberg, C.L.
Troubling Waters : Black-Jewish Relations in the American Century
B2195
Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America Series, Princeton UP, 2006 / 2010, pap, 351 pp, € 28.50, 9780691146164
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Greenberg, G.
Modern Jewish Thinkers: From Mendelssohn to Rosenzweig
Emunot: Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah, Academic Studies Press, 2011, ing, 496 pp, € 34.50, 9781936235469
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Greene, D.
Jewish Origins of Cultural Pluralism. The Menorah Association and American Diversity
Daniel Greene traces the emergence of the idea of cultural pluralism to the lived experiences of a group of Jewish college students and public intellectuals, including the philosopher Horace M. Kallen. These young Jews faced particular challenges as they sought to integrate themselves into the American academy and literary world of the early 20th century. At Harvard University, they founded an influential student organization known as the Menorah Association in 1906 and later the Menorah Journal, which became a leading voice of Jewish public opinion in the 1920s. In response to the idea that the American melting pot would erase all cultural differences, the Menorah Association advocated a pluralist America that would accommodate a thriving Jewish culture while bringing Jewishness into mainstream American life.
Indiana UP, 2011, pap, 261 pp, € 24.00, 9780253223340
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Gries, Z.
The Book in the Jewish World, 1700-1900
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The Littman Library, 2007, geb, 235 pp, € 44.90, 9781874774990
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Guesnet, F. (Hrsg.)
Der Fremde als Nachbar. Polnische Positionen zur juedischen Praesenz. Texte seit 1800
Denken und Wissen. Eine Polnische Bibliothek, Suhrkamp Verlag, 2009, geb, 681 pp, € 46.90, 9783518421192
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Gurkan, S.L.
The Jews as a Chosen People. Tradition and Transformation.
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Routledge Jewish Studies Series, Routledge, 2008, geb, 246 pp, € 87.90, 9780415466073
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Gurock, J. S.
Orthodox Jews in America
Jeffrey S. Gurock recounts the history of Orthodox Jews in America, from the time of the early arrivals in the 17th century to the present, and examines how Orthodox Jewish men and women coped with the personal, familial, and communal challenges of religious freedom, economic opportunity, and social integration. His absorbing narrative portrays the varied lifestyles of Orthodox Jews and exposes the historical tensions that have pitted the pious against the majority of their co-religionists who have disregarded Orthodox teachings and practice. Exploring Orthodox reactions to alternative Jewish religious movements that have flourished in a pluralistic America, Gurock illuminates contemporary controversies about the compatibility of modern culture with a truly pious life, providing a nuanced view of the most intriguing present-day intra-Orthodox struggle - the relationship of feminism to traditional faith. Finally, the book exposes the hypocrisy of Jews who, while outwardly devout in their careful observance of religious ritual, have behaved as moral miscreants. Anyone seeking to understand the American Jewish experience will find "Orthodox Jews in America" to be essential reading.
Indiana University Press, 2009, pap, 381 pp, € 24.75, 9780253220608
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Halbertal, M.
Judaism and the Challenges of Modern Life
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The Kogod Library of Judaic Studies, Continuum, 2008, pap, 192 pp, € 25.50, 9780826496683
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Halperin, D.J.
Sabbatai Zevi : Testimonies to a Fallen Messiah
Littman Library of Jewish Studies, Littman Library, 2007, geb, 296 pp, € 59.90, 9781904113256
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Harris, C.
The Way Jews Lived, Five Hunderd Years of Printed Words and Images
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McFarland, 2009, geb, 469 pp, € 112.50, 978078643440
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Harshav, B.
The Polyphony of Jewish Culture
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Stanford UP, 2007, geb, 285 pp, € 62.50, 9780804755122
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Heilman, S. & M. Friedman
The Rebbe. The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson
From the 1950s until his death in 1994, Menachem Mendel Schneerson - revered by his followers worldwide simply as the Rebbe - built the Lubavitcher movement from a relatively small sect within Hasidic Judaism into the powerful force in Jewish life that it is today.

Swept away by his expectation that the Messiah was coming, he came to believe that he could deny death and change history. Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman paint an unforgettable portrait of Schneerson, showing how he reinvented himself from an aspiring French-trained electrical engineer into a charismatic leader who believed that he and his Lubavitcher Hasidic emissaries could transform the world. They reveal how his messianic convictions ripened and how he attempted to bring the ancient idea of a day of redemption onto the modern world's agenda. Heilman and Friedman also trace what happened after the Rebbe's death, by which time many of his followers had come to think of him as the Messiah himself.

The Rebbe tracks Schneerson's remarkable life from his birth in Russia, to his student days in Berlin and Paris, to his rise to global renown in New York, where he developed and preached his powerful spiritual message from the group's gothic mansion in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. This compelling book demonstrates how Schneerson's embrace of traditionalism and American-style modernity made him uniquely suited to his messianic mission.

Princeton UP, 2010/2012, pap, 343 pp, € 21.50, 9780691154428
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Heilman, S. & M. Friedman
The Rebbe. The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson
From the 1950s until his death in 1994, Menachem Mendel Schneerson - revered by his followers worldwide simply as the Rebbe - built the Lubavitcher movement from a relatively small sect within Hasidic Judaism into the powerful force in Jewish life that it is today.

Swept away by his expectation that the Messiah was coming, he came to believe that he could deny death and change history. Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman paint an unforgettable portrait of Schneerson, showing how he reinvented himself from an aspiring French-trained electrical engineer into a charismatic leader who believed that he and his Lubavitcher Hasidic emissaries could transform the world. They reveal how his messianic convictions ripened and how he attempted to bring the ancient idea of a day of redemption onto the modern world's agenda. Heilman and Friedman also trace what happened after the Rebbe's death, by which time many of his followers had come to think of him as the Messiah himself.

The Rebbe tracks Schneerson's remarkable life from his birth in Russia, to his student days in Berlin and Paris, to his rise to global renown in New York, where he developed and preached his powerful spiritual message from the group's gothic mansion in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. This compelling book demonstrates how Schneerson's embrace of traditionalism and American-style modernity made him uniquely suited to his messianic mission.

Princeton UP, 2010, geb, 343 pp, € 29.95, 9780691138886
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Heldring, A.
Het Saramacca Project. Een plan van joodse kolonisatie in Suriname
Uitgeverij Verloren, 2011, geb, 352 pp, € 35.00, 9789087042073
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Heller, M.J.
Printing the Talmud. A History of the Individual Treatises Printed from 1700 to 1750
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Brill s Series in Jewish Studies, 21, Brill, 1999, geb, 394 pp, € 212.00, 9004112936
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Hertz, D.
How Jews Became Germans. The History of Conversion and Assimilation in Berlin.
Yale UP, 2007, pap, 276 pp, € 19.95, 9780300151640
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Hirsch, Luise
From the Shtetl to the Lecture Hall: Jewish Women and Cultural Exchange
Until the 19th century, women were regularly excluded from graduate education. When this convention changed, it was largely thanks to Jewish women from Russia. Raised to be strong and independent, the daughters of Jewish businesswomen were able to utilize this cultural capital to fight their way into the universities of Switzerland and Germany. They became trailblazers, ensuring regular admission for women who followed their example. This book tells the story of Russian and German Jews who became the first female professionals in modern history. It describes their childhoods-whether in Berlin or in a Russian shtetl-their schooling, and their experiences at German universities. A final chapter traces their careers as the first female professionals and details how they were tragically destroyed by the Nazis.
Studies in Judaism, University Press of America, 2013, pap, 319 pp, € 31.50, 9780761859925
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Hoffman, M.
From Rebel to Rabbi. Reclaiming Jesus and the Making of Modern Jewish Culture
Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture Series, Stanford UP, 2007, geb, 292 pp, € 61.15, 9780804753715
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Hoffmann, P.
Carl Goerdeler and the Jewish Question, 1933-1942
Cambridge UP, 2011, geb, 200 pp, € 47.50, 9781107007987
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Hoffman, S. & E. Mendelsohn (eds)
The Revolution of 1905 and Russias Jews
Pensylvania UP, 2008, geb, 320 pp, € 51.90, 9780812240641
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Homolka, W. & E.H. Fuellenbach
Leo Baeck. Eine Skizze seines Lebens
Guetersloher Verlagshaus, 2006, geb, 95 pp, € 18.00, 9783579064291
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Hordes, S.M.
To the End of the Earth: A History of the Crypto-Jews of New Mexico
Columbia UP, 2005, geb, 348 pp, € 43.00, 9780231129367
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Horowitz, B.
Jewish Philantropy and Enlightenment in Late-Tsarist Russia
Washington UP, 2009, pap, 342 pp, € 32.90, 9780295988986
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Horowitz, E.
Reckless Rites. Purim and the Legacy of Jewish Violence
Historical accounts of Jewish violence - particularly against Christians - have long been explosive material. Some historians have distorted these records for anti-Semitic purposes. Others have discounted, dismissed, or simply ignored the evidence, often for apologetic purposes. In Reckless Rites, Elliott Horowitz takes a new and forthright look at both the history of Jewish violence since late antiquity and the ways in which generations of historians have grappled with that history.

In the process, he has written the most wide-ranging book on Jewish violence in any language, and the first to fully acknowledge and address the actual anti-Christian practices that became part of the playful, theatrical violence of the Jewish festival of Purim. He has also examined the different ways in which the book of Esther, upon which the festival is based, was used by Jews and Christians over the centuries - whether as an ancient mirror of modern tribulations or as the scriptural basis for anti-Semitic claims regarding the bloodthirstiness of the Jews.

Reckless Rites reassesses the historical interpretation of Jewish violence - from the alleged massacre of thousands of Christians in seventh-century Jerusalem to later medieval attacks on Christian symbols such as the crucifix, transgressions that were often committed in full knowledge that their likely consequence would be death.

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Jews, Christians and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World Series, Princeton UP, 2006 / 2008, pap, 340 pp, € 27.00, 9780691138244
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Hotam, Y.
Moderne Gnosis und Zionismus. Kulturkrise, Lebensphilosophie und nationaljudisches Denken
Schriften des Simon-Dubnow-Instituts, Band 11, Vandenhoeck, 2010, geb, 277 pp, € 47.00, 9783525369890
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Hull, R.
Jews and Judaism in African History
Markus Wiener Publishers, 2009, pap, 281 pp, € 29.50, 9781558764965
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Hundert, G.
Jews in Poland-Lithuania in the Eighteenth Century: a Genealogy of Modernity
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California UP, 2006, pap, 305 pp, € 27.90, 0520249941 / 978052249943
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Hundert, G.D. (ed)
Essential Papers on Hasidism. Origins to Present
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Essential Papers on Judaism Series, New York UP, 1991, pap, 546 pp, € 39.25, 0814734707 / 9780814734704
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Iakerson, S.
Abraham Firkovich de Karaiet en zijn verzameling Hebreeuwse en Samaritaanse manuscripten in Sint-Petersburg
Leeser Rosenthal/ Juda Palache – lezing, Vossiuspers UvA, 2005, pap, 40 pp, € 7.80, 9056293907
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Israel, Jonathan I.
De Joden in Europa 1550- 1750.
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Van Wijnen, 2003, geb, 356 pg, € 25.00, 9789051942224
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Jacobs, J.L.
Hidden heritage. The Legacy of the Crypto-Jews.
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California UP, 2002, pap, 197 pp, € 25.55, 0520235177
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Jacobson, D.C.
Creator, Are You Listening? Israeli Poets on God and Prayer
In an anthology that is both scholarly and accessible to readers of contemporary poetry, David C. Jacobson examines the search for God in the work of six prominent Israeli poets - Yehuda Amichai, Admiel Kosman, Rivka Miriam, Zelda Mishkovsky, Hava Pinhas-Cohen, and Asher Reich. In the book's introduction, Jacobson explores the central role that poetry has always played and continues to play in our understanding of the religious experience. The work of each poet is then preceded by an introduction which establishes the historical and biographical contexts of the poems discussed. The poetry appears in the original Hebrew as well as Jacobson's graceful English translations.

David C. Jacobson is Associate Professor of Judaic Studies at Brown University. His previous books are "Modern Midrash: The Retelling of Traditional Jewish Narratives by Twentieth-Century Hebrew Writers" (SUNY, 1987), "Does David Still Play for You?: Israeli Poetry and the Bible" (Wayne State, 1997), "Israeli and Palestinian Identities in History and Literature", ed. Kamal Abdel-Malek and David C. Jacobson, and "History and Literature: New Readings of Jewish Texts in Honor of Arnold J. Band" (Brown Judaic Studies, 2002).

Indiana UP, 2007, geb, 243 pp, € 32.75, 9780253348180
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Jasper, W.
Deutsch-Juedischer Parnass. Literaturgeschichte eines Mythos
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Propylaeen, 2004, geb, 525 pp, € 31.50, 3549072104
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Jelinek, Y.A.
The Carpathian Diaspora
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East European Monographs/Columbia UP, 2008, geb, 412 pp, € 53.50, 9780880336192
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Kahn-Harris, K. and Gidley, B.
Turbulent Times. The British Jewish Community Today
B2569
Continuum, 2010, pap, 237 pp, € 27.00, 9780567034304
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Kaplan, Dana Evan
Contemporary American Judaism: Transformation and Renewal
No longer controlled by a handful of institutional leaders based in remote headquarters and rabbinical seminaries, American Judaism is being transformed by the spiritual decisions of tens of thousands of Jews living all over the United States. A pulpit rabbi and himself an American Jew, Dana Evan Kaplan follows this religious individualism from its postwar suburban roots to the hippie revolution of the 1960s and the multiple postmodern identities of today. From Hebrew tattooing to Jewish Buddhist meditation, Kaplan describes the remaking of historical tradition in ways that channel multiple ethnic and national identities. While pessimists worry about the vanishing American Jew, Kaplan focuses on creative responses to contemporary spiritual trends that have made a Jewish religious renaissance possible. He believes that the reorientation of American Judaism has been a "bottom up" process, resisted by elites who have reluctantly responded to the demands of the "spiritual marketplace." The American Jewish denominational structure is therefore weakening at the same time that religious experimentation is rising, leading to the innovative approaches supplanting existing institutions. The result is an exciting transformation of what it means to be a religious American Jew in the twenty-first century.
Columbia UP, 2009, geb, 446pp, € 66.00, 9780231137287
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Kaplan, Dana Evan
Contemporary American Judaism: Transformation and Renewal,
No longer controlled by a handful of institutional leaders based in remote headquarters and rabbinical seminaries, American Judaism is being transformed by the spiritual decisions of tens of thousands of Jews living all over the United States. A pulpit rabbi and himself an American Jew, Dana Evan Kaplan follows this religious individualism from its postwar suburban roots to the hippie revolution of the 1960s and the multiple postmodern identities of today. From Hebrew tattooing to Jewish Buddhist meditation, Kaplan describes the remaking of historical tradition in ways that channel multiple ethnic and national identities. While pessimists worry about the vanishing American Jew, Kaplan focuses on creative responses to contemporary spiritual trends that have made a Jewish religious renaissance possible. He believes that the reorientation of American Judaism has been a "bottom up" process, resisted by elites who have reluctantly responded to the demands of the "spiritual marketplace." The American Jewish denominational structure is therefore weakening at the same time that religious experimentation is rising, leading to the innovative approaches supplanting existing institutions. The result is an exciting transformation of what it means to be a religious American Jew in the twenty-first century.
Columbia UP, 2011, pap, 416 pp, € 24.50, 9780231137294
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Kaplan, Dana Evan (ed.)
Contemporary Debates in American Reform Judaism. Conflicting Visions
Discusses the recent issues and arguments surrounding the Reform movement. The contributors to this volume examine several issues including: the role of Reform in relation to Conservative and Orthodox movements; the role of women and feminism in Reform, particularly women rabbis; the upcoming vote on the new platform scheduled for this year; and interpretations of the latest census data for Reform Jews.
Routledge, 2001, pap, 274 pp, € 29.00, 9780415926294
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Kaplan, D.E. (ed.)
The Cambridge Companion to American Judaism
Cambridge Companions to Religion, Cambridge UP, 2005, pap, 462 pp, € 27.90, 0521529514
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Kaplan, E.K.
Spiritual Radical : Abraham Joshua Heschel in America, 1940 - 1972
Yale UP, 2009, pap, 544 pp, € 21.90, 9780300151398
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Kaplan, M.A. (ed.)
Jewish Daily Life in Germany 1618-1945
Oxford UP, 2005, geb, 529 pp, € 46.50, 0195171640
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Kaplan, M.A. (Hg.)
Geschichte des judischen Alltags in Deutschland. Vom 17. Jahrhundert bis 1945
C.H.Beck, 2003, geb, 638 pp, € 43.90, 3406502059
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Kaplan, M. M.
Judaism as a Civilization : Toward a Reconstruction of American-Jewish Life
B2348; Met een nieuwe inleiding door Mel Scult
JPS, 2010, pap, 601pp, € 42.50, 9780827609181
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Karp, J
The Politics of Jewish Commerce. Economic Thought and Expansion in Europe, 1638-1848
Cambridge UP, 2008, geb, 379 pp, € 37.50, 9780521873932
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Katz, D.S. & J.I.Israel
Sceptics, Millenarians and Jews
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Brill's Studies in Intellectual History, 17, Brill, geb, 293 pp, € 138.00, 9004091602
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Katz, M. Balakirsky
The Visual Culture of Chabad
B2830
Cambridge UP, 2011, geb, 244 pp, € 86.90, 9780521191630
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Katz, S.
Red, Black and Jew. New Frontiers in Hebrew Literature
B1893
Texas UP, 2009, geb, 351 pp, € 52.00, 9780292719262
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Katz. S. T. (ed.)
Why is America Different. American Jewry on Its 350th Anniversary
B2365
University Press of America, 2010, pap, 354 pp, € 35.50, 9780761847694
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Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, B. (ed.)
Writing a Modern Jewish History: Essays in Honor of Salo W. Baron
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Yale UP, 2006, geb, 168 pp, € 38.90, 0300106777 / 9780300106770
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Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, B. & J. Karp (eds)
The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times
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Penn UP, 2007, geb, 449 pp, € 26.90, 9780812240023
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Klier, J. D.
Russians, Jews, and the Pogroms of 1881-1882
Cambridge UP, 2011, geb, 500 pp, € 89.65, 9780521895484
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Kobrin, R.
Jewish Bialystok and Its Diaspora
B2433
The Modern Jewish Experience, Indiana UP, 2010, pap, 361 pp, € 26.50, 9780253221766
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Kolbrener, W.
Open Minded Torah. Of Irony, Fundamentalism and Love
Kolbrener welcomes us into a world where creativity, pleasure and embracing difference are shown to be the foundation for an authentic and committed religious life. In essays as likely to turn to baseball, Denzel Washington, and the NASDAQ as to "Macbeth", quantum physics and psychoanalysis, William Kolbrener provides powerful - and often surprising - insights into how open mindedness allows for authentic Jewish commitment in an age otherwise defined by fundamentalism and unbelief. "Open Minded Torah" presents - on topics ranging from parenting a son with Down syndrome to Biblical criticism to Talmudic interpretation of dreams - a perspective on Torah which emphasizes scepticism, creativity and the need to embrace difference. Through a personal synthesis of Western and Jewish learning, popular culture and philosophy, Kolbrener offers a compelling new vision where being open minded allows for a non-dogmatic and committed Jewish life. Informed by Kolbrener's considerable erudition, but always accessible, the essays show that scepticism informs belief, commitment grounds creativity, and non-defensive receptiveness makes individual autonomy possible. For every person, it is said, there is a corresponding letter in the Torah: this innovative collection shows Kolbrener writing his letter, and providing the inspiration for others to write their own.
Continuum, 2011, pap, 182 pp, € 19.50, 9781441118660
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Koltun-Fromm, K.
Material Culture and Jewish Thought in America
B2433
Indiana UP, 2010, pap, 342 pp, € 28.90, 9780253221834
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Konner, M.
Het Joodse lichaam. Een anatomische geschiedenis van het Joodse volk
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Atlas, 2010, pap, 271 p, € 24.90, 9789045016337
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Koren, Y.
In ons hart waren wij reuzen, De overlevingsgeschiedenis van een lilliputterfamilie
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Kok, 2004, pap, 286 pp, € 9.00, 9043508608 / 9789043508605
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Krutikov, M.
From Kabbalah to Class Struggle. Expressionism, Marxism, and Yiddish Literature in the Life and Work of Meir Wiener
Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture, Stanford UP, 2011, geb, 392 pp, € 68.90, 9780804770071
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Kunin, S.D.
Juggling Identities: Identity and Authenticity Among the Crypto-Jews
Columbia UP, 2009, geb, 278pp, € 41.50, 9780231142182
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Lasker-Schuller, E.
Briefe. 1941-1945. Nachtrage. Kritische Ausgabe
Judischer Verlag, 2010, geb, 900 pp, € 127.50, 9783633542505
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Lawee, E.
Isaac Abarbanels Stance Toward Tradition. Defense, Dissent, and Dialogue
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SUNY Press, 2001, pap, 320 pp, € 27.35, 0791451267
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Lederhendler, E.
Ethnicity and Beyond. Theories and Dilemmas of Jewish Group Demarcation. Studies in Contemporary Jewry Volume XXV
Volume XXV of the distinguished annual Studies in Contemporary Jewry explores new understandings and approaches to Jewish "ethnicity." In current parlance regarding multicultural diversity, Jews are often considered to belong socially to the "majority," whereas "otherness" is reserved for "minorities." But these group labels and their meanings have changed over time. This volume analyzes how "ethnic," "ethnicity," and "identity" have been applied to Jews, past and present, individually and collectively. Most of the symposium papers on the ethnicity of Jewish people and the social groups they form draw heavily on the case of American Jews, while others offer wider geographical perspectives. Contributors address ex-Soviet Jews in Philadelphia, comparing them to a similar population in Tel Aviv; Communism and ethnicity; intermarriage and group blending; American Jewish dialogue; and German Jewish migration in the interwar decades. Leading academics, employing a variety of social scientific methods and historical paradigms, propose to enhance the clarity of definitions used to relate "ethnic identity" to the Jews. They point to ethnic experience in a variety of different social manifestations: language use in social context, marital behavior across generations, spatial and occupational differentiation in relation to other members of society, and new immigrant communities as sub-ethnic units within larger Jewish populations. They also ponder the relevance of individual experience and preference as compared to the weight of larger socializing factors. Taken as a whole, this work offers revisionist views on the utility of terms like "Jewish ethnicity" that were given wider scope by scholars in the 1960s, '70s, and '80s.
Studies in Contemporary Jewry, Oxford UP, 2011, geb, 229 pp, € 49.95, 9780199793495
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Lederhendler, E.
Jewish Immigrants and American Capitalism, 1880-1920
Cambridge UP, 2009, pap, 224 pp, € 24.90, 9780521730235
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Leff, L.M.
Sacred Bonds of Solidarity: The Rise of Jewish Internationalism in Nineteenth-Century France
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Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture, Stanford UP, 2006, geb, 325 pp, € 64.90, 9780804752510
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Lehmann, M.B.
Ladino Rabbinic Literature & Ottoman Sephardic Culture
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Jewish Literature and Culture Series, Indiana UP, 2005, geb, 264 pp, € 43.90, 0253346304
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Levine, R.S.
Tropical Diaspora. The Jewish Experience in Cuba
This unique, well-documented social history invites the reader to explore Cuban Jewry as a fascinating chronicle and to ‘capture the flavor of their lives.’ This is made possible by Levine’s ability to write a text composed of carefully collated data, excellent illustrations, and oral testimonies. Levine’s book contributes to an understanding of Cuban Jewry’s unique setting–starting from colonial times, through its second American diaspora following the 1959 communist revolution.
Michigan State UP, 2012, pap, 420 pp, € 34.90, 9781558765214
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Lewis, J.J.
Imagining Holiness. Classic Hasidic Tales in Modern Times
MQUP, 2009, geb, 351 pp, € 43.50, 9780773535190
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Lewkowicz, B.
The Jewish Community of Salonika. History, Memory, Identity
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Vallentine Michel Books, 2006, pap, 266 pp, € 34.00, 0853035806 / 9780853035800
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Lipinsky, J.
Imposing Their Will. An Organizational History of Jewish Toronto 1933-1948
In 1931, Toronto's Jews could be found in areas as varied as the stalls of squawking chickens and vegetable vendors in Kensington Market and grand houses in far north Forest Hill. Over the course of the 1930s and 1940s, they were transformed into an organized and cohesive community. Imposing Their Will examines the achievements of Toronto's Jewish community leaders and the organizational infrastructure they established during the volatile years of the Depression and the Second World War. Showing how issues such as immigration restrictions, poverty, anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust contributed to cooperation between institutions and individuals, Jack Lipinsky provides compelling insights into the formation of one of the world's great Jewish communities. He studies the re-emergence of the Canadian Jewish Congress, the establishment of the Toronto Free Hebrew School, the rise of professionalism in the various philanthropic organisations, and traces the community's shift away from the influence of Montreal. An illuminating look at the growth and strength of a community, Imposing Their Will provides valuable new ways to understand Canadian Jewry, the diaspora, ethnic governance, and the development of Canadian multiculturalism.
McGill - Queens UP, 2011, geb, 353 pp, € 93.50, 9780773538450
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Lipphardt, A.
Vilne. De Juden aus Vilnius nach dem Holocaust. Eine transnationale Beziehungsgeschichte
Studien zur Historische Migrationforschung, Schoningh, 2010, geb, 540 pp, € 58.00, 9783506770660
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Litvak, J.
The Un-Americans. Jews, The Blacklist, and Stoolpigeon culture
In a bold rethinking of the Hollywood blacklist and McCarthyite America, Joseph Litvak reveals a political regime that did not end with the 1950s or even with the Cold War: a regime of compulsory sycophancy, in which the good citizen is an informer, ready to denounce anyone who will not play the part of the earnest, patriotic American. While many scholars have noted the anti-Semitism underlying the House Un-American Activities Committee's (HUAC's) anti-Communism, Litvak draws on the work of Max Horkheimer, Theodor W. Adorno, Hannah Arendt, and Alain Badiou to show how the committee conflated Jewishness with what he calls 'comic cosmopolitanism', an intolerably seductive happiness, centred in Hollywood and New York, in show business and intellectual circles. He maintains that HUAC took the comic irreverence of the 'uncooperative' witnesses as a crime against an American identity based on self-repudiation and the willingness to 'name names'. Litvak proposes that sycophancy was (and continues to be) the price exacted for assimilation into mainstream American culture, not just for Jews, but also for homosexuals, immigrants, and other groups deemed threatening to American rectitude. Litvak traces the outlines of comic cosmopolitanism in a series of performances by Jewish artists and intellectuals such as Zero Mostel, Judy Holliday, and Abraham Polonsky: performances in film and theater and before HUAC. At the same time, through an uncompromising analysis of work by informers including Jerome Robbins, Elia Kazan, and Budd Schulberg, he explains the triumph of a stoolpigeon culture that still thrives in the America of the early twenty-first century.
Duke, 2010, pap, 294pp, € 21.50, 9780822344841
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Loeffler, J.
The Most Musical Nation. Jews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire
Yale UP, 2010, geb, 256 pp, € 46.50, 9780300137132
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Loewenthal,N.
Communicating the Infinite: The Emergence of the Habad School
At the end of the eighteenth century the hasidic movement was facing an internal crisis: to what extent should the teachings of Baal Shem Tov and Maggid of Mezritch, with their implicit spiritual demands, be transmitted to the rank-and-file of the movement? Previously these teachings had been reserved for a small elite. It was at this point that the Habad school emerged with a communication ethos encouraging the transmission of esoteric to the broad reaches of the Jewish world. "Communicating the Infinite" explores the first two generations of the Habad school under R. Shneur Zalman of Liadi and his son R. Dov Ber and examines its early opponents. Beginning with the different levels of communication in the teachings of the Baal Shem Tov and the Maggid and his disciples, Naftali Loewenthal traces the unfolding of the dialectic between the urge to transmit esoteric ideas and a powerful inner restraint. Gradually R. Shneur Zalman came to the fore as the prime exponent of the communication ethos. Loewenthal follows the development of his discourses up to the time of his death, when R. Dov Ber and R. Aaron Halevi Horowitz formed their respective "Lubavitch" and "Staroselye" schools. The author continues with a detailed examination of the teachings of R. Dov Ber, an inspired mystic. Central in his thought was the esoteric concept of self-abnegation, "bitul," yet this combined with the quest to communicate hasidic teachings to every level of society, including women. From the late eighteenth century onwards, the main problem for the Jewish world was posed by the fall of the walls of the social and political ghetto. Generally, the response was either to secularize, or abandon altogether, traditional Judaism or to retreat from the threatening modern world into enclave religiosity; by stressing communication, the Habad school opened the way for a middle range response that was neither a retreat into elitism nor an abandonment of tradition.
Chicago UP, 1990, geb, 328 pp, € 65.00, 9780226490458
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Lohmann, U & I. Lohmann (Hrsg). Lerne Vernunft! Juedische Erziehungsprogramme zwischen Tradition und Modernisierung. Quellentexte aus der Haskala, 1760-1811
Juedische Bildungsgeschichte in Deutschland, Bnd 6
Waxmann, 2005, geb, 581 pp, € 58.00, 3830915047 / 9783830915041
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Luzatto, Moses Hayyim
Mesillat Yesharim. The Path of the Upright
translated by Mordecai M Kaplan, edited by Ira F. Stone, English & Hebrew Mesillat Yesharim is a classic of Jewish ethical literature. Written by one of the leading kabbalists of the late Middle Ages, it is also a window into the kabbalist's understanding of the connection between ethics and mystical vision. Luzzatto, one of the great Hebrew stylists of his time, is acknowledged by some as the first writer of modern Hebrew; thus Mesillat Yesharim is also important for its place in Hebrew literature.
The Jewish Publication Society, 2010, geb, 509 pp, € 47.90, 9780827608566
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Mack, Michael
German Idealism and the Jew: The Inner anti-Semitism of Philosophy and German Jewish Responses
In German Idealism and the Jew, Michael Mack uncovers the deep roots of anti-Semitism in the German philosophical tradition. While many have read German anti-Semitism as a reaction against Enlightenment philosophy, Mack instead contends that the redefinition of the Jews as irrational, oriental Others forms the very cornerstone of German idealism, including Kant's conception of universal reason.

Mack begins his exploration by showing how the fundamental thinkers in the German idealist tradition - Kant, Hegel, and, through them, Feuerbach and Wagner - argued that the human world should perform and enact the promises held out by a conception of an otherworldly heaven. But their respective philosophies all ran aground on the belief that the worldly proved incapable of transforming itself into this otherworldly ideal. To reconcile this incommensurability, Mack argues, philosophers created a construction of Jews as symbolic of the "worldliness" that hindered the development of a body politic and that served as a foil to Kantian autonomy and rationality.

In the second part, Mack examines how Moses Mendelssohn, Heinrich Heine, Franz Rosenzweig, and Freud, among others, grappled with being both German and Jewish. Each thinker accepted the philosophies of Kant and Hegel, in varying degrees, while simultaneously critiquing anti-Semitism in order to develop the modern Jewish notion of what it meant to be enlightened - a concept that differed substantially from that of Kant, Hegel, Feuerbach, and Wagner.

University of Chicago Press, 2013, pap, 229 pp, € 24.50, 9780226500966
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Magid, S. (ed)
God’s Voice from the Void. Old and New Studies in Bratslav Hasidism
Series: Hermeneutics, Mysticism and Religion, SUNY, 2002, pap, 298 pp, € 29.95, 9780791451762
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Malinovich, N.
French and Jewish. Culture and the Politics of Identity in Early Twenieth-Century France
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The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, Litmann, 2007, geb, 280 pp, € 55.25, 9781904113409
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Margolis, R.
Jewish Roots, Canadian Soil. Yiddish Culture in Montreal 1905-1945
McGill - Queens, 2011, geb, 293 pp, € 82.50, 9780773538122
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Mastrocinque, A.
From jewish magic to gnosticism
Studien und Texte zur Antike und Christentum 24, Mohr, 2005, pap, 244 pp, € 64.00, 3161485556
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Meir, N.M.
Kiev. Jewish Metropolis. A History, 1859-1914
B2433
Indiana UP, 2010, geb, 403 pp, € 30.50, 9780253222077
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Mendelsohn, E. (ed.)
Jews and the Sporting Life. Studies in Contemporary Jewry XXIII
Studies in Contemporary Jewry,, Oxford UP, 2009, geb, 384 pp, € 42.50, 9780195382914
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Meyer, M. A.
Die Anfange des Modernen Judentums. Judische Identitat in Deutschland 1749-1824
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Beck'sche Reihe 1955, Beck, 2011, pap, 288 pp, € 18.50, 9783406613241
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Michels, T.
A Fire in Their Hearts: Yiddish Socialists in New York
Harvard UP, 2005, geb, 335 pp, € 31.00, 9780674019133
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Miller, M. L.
Rabbis & Revolution. The Jews of Moravia in the Age of Emancipation
Stanford Studies on Jewish History and Culture Series, Stanford UP, 2011, geb, 464 pp, € 67.50, 9780804770569
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Moses, S.
The Angel of History: Rosenzweig, Benjamin, Scholem
Cultural Memory in the Present, Stanford UP, 2009, pap, 199 pp, € 31.50, 9780804741170
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Moss, K. B.
Jewish Renaissance in the Russian Revolution
Harvard UP, 2009, geb, 384 pp, € 39.95, 9780674035102
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Muller, J. Z.
Capitalism and the Jews
B2195
Princeton UP, 2010, geb, 267 pp, € 23.50, 9780691144788
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Myers, D. N.
Between Jew & Arab. The lost voice of Simon Rawidowicz
Brandeis UP, 2008, geb, 308 pp, € 42.90, 9781584657361
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Myers, D.N.
Resisting History: Historicism and its discontents in German-Jewish thought.
Nineteenth century European thought, especially in Germany, was increasingly dominated by a new historicist impulse to situate every event, person, or text in its particular context. At odds with the transcendent claims of philosophy and - more significantly - theology, historicism came to be attacked by its critics for reducing human experience to a series of disconnected moments. By the late 19th century and into the Weimar period, historicism was seen by many as a grinding force that corroded social values and was emblematic of modern society's gravest ills.

This volume examines the backlash against historicism, focusing on four major Jewish thinkers. David Myers situates these thinkers in proximity to leading Protestant thinkers of the time, but argues that German Jews and Christians shared a complex cultural and discursive world best understood in terms of exchange and adaptation rather than influence. After examining the growing dominance of the new historicist thinking in the 19th century, the book analyses the critical responses of Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, Leo Strauss and Isaac Breuer.

For this fascinating and diverse quartet of thinkers, historicism posed a stark challenge to the ongoing vitality of Judaism in the modern world. And yet, as they set out to dilute or eliminate its destructive tendencies, these thinkers often made recourse to the very tools and methods of historicism. In doing so, they demonstrated the utter inescapability of historicism in modern culture, whether approached from a Christian or Jewish perspective.

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Jews, Christians and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World Series, Princeton UP, 2003 / 2009, pap, 253 pp, € 26.00, 9780691146607
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Myers, D.N.
Resisting History: Historicism and its discontents in German-Jewish thought.
Nineteenth century European thought, especially in Germany, was increasingly dominated by a new historicist impulse to situate every event, person, or text in its particular context. At odds with the transcendent claims of philosophy and - more significantly - theology, historicism came to be attacked by its critics for reducing human experience to a series of disconnected moments. By the late 19th century and into the Weimar period, historicism was seen by many as a grinding force that corroded social values and was emblematic of modern society's gravest ills.

This volume examines the backlash against historicism, focusing on four major Jewish thinkers. David Myers situates these thinkers in proximity to leading Protestant thinkers of the time, but argues that German Jews and Christians shared a complex cultural and discursive world best understood in terms of exchange and adaptation rather than influence. After examining the growing dominance of the new historicist thinking in the 19th century, the book analyses the critical responses of Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, Leo Strauss and Isaac Breuer.

For this fascinating and diverse quartet of thinkers, historicism posed a stark challenge to the ongoing vitality of Judaism in the modern world. And yet, as they set out to dilute or eliminate its destructive tendencies, these thinkers often made recourse to the very tools and methods of historicism. In doing so, they demonstrated the utter inescapability of historicism in modern culture, whether approached from a Christian or Jewish perspective.

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Jews, Christians and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World Series, Princeton UP, 2003, geb, 253 pp, € 41.95, 9780691115931
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Myers, J.
Seeking Zion. Modernity and Messianistic Activity in the Writings of Zevi Hirsch Klaischer, 1795-1874
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Littman Library, 2003, geb, 256 pp, € 59.90, 9781874774891
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Nadler, S.
Rembrandt s Jews
Chicago UP, 2004 (2003), pap, 250 pp, € 19.90, 0226567370 / 9780226567372
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Nadler, S.
Rembrandt s Jews
Chicago UP, 2003, geb, 250 pp, € 31.50, 9780226567365
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Nathans, B. & G. Safran (eds)
Culture Front: Representing Jews in Eastern Europe
Jewish Culture and Contexts, Penn, 2008, geb, 323 pp, € 62.75, 9780812240559
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Omer-Sherman, R.
Israel in Exile. Jewish Writing and the Desert
Illinois UP, 2006, geb, 210 pp, € 38.50, 0252030435 / 9780252030437
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Pelli, M.
Haskalah and Beyond. The Reception of the Hebrew Enlightenment and the Emergence of Haskalah Judaism
UPA, 2010, pap, 266 pp, € 32.00, 9780761852032
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Pencak, W.
Jews and Gentiles in Early America 1654 – 1800
University of Michigan Press, 2005, geb, 321 pp, € 36.00, 9780472114542
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Penslar, Derek J.
Jews and the Military: A History
Jews and the Military is the first comprehensive and comparative look at Jews' involvement in the military and their attitudes toward war from the 1600s until the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. Derek Penslar shows that although Jews have often been described as people who shun the army, in fact they have frequently been willing, even eager, to do military service, and only a minuscule minority have been pacifists. Penslar demonstrates that Israel's military ethos did not emerge from a vacuum and that long before the state's establishment, Jews had a vested interest in military affairs.

Spanning Europe, North America, and the Middle East, Penslar discusses the myths and realities of Jewish draft dodging, how Jews reacted to facing their coreligionists in battle, the careers of Jewish officers and their reception in the Jewish community, the effects of World War I on Jewish veterans, and Jewish participation in the Spanish Civil War and World War II. Penslar culminates with a study of Israel's War of Independence as a Jewish world war, which drew on the military expertise and financial support of a mobilized, global Jewish community. He considers how military service was a central issue in debates about Jewish emancipation and a primary indicator of the position of Jews in any given society.

Deconstructing old stereotypes, Jews and the Military radically transforms our understanding of Jews' historic relationship to war and military power.

Princeton UP, 2013, geb, 360 pp, € 27.50, 9780691138879
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Perl, Gil
The Pillar of Volozhin: Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin and the World of 19th Century Lithuanian Torah Scholarship
The work of Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin, the Neziv, ranks amongst the most often read rabbinic literature of the nineteenth century. His breadth of learning, creativity, and penchant for walking against the stream has made his commentaries a favourite amongst rabbinic scholars and scholars of rabbinics alike. Gil Perl traces the influences which helped mold and shape the Neziv's thinking, while also opening new doors into the world of early nineteenth century Lithuanian Torah scholarship.
Studies in Orthodox Judaism, Academic Studies Press, 2012, geb, 291 pp, € 78.50, 9781936235704
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Petrovsky-Shtern Y.
Jews in the Russian Army 1827-1917
Cambridge UP, 2009, geb, 307 pp, € 65.90, 9780521515733
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Petrovsky-Shtern, Y.
Lenin`s Jewish Question
B2484
Yale UP, 2010, geb, 198 pp, € 34.95, 9780300152104
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Petrovsky-Shtern, Y.
The Anti-Imperial Choice: The Making of the Ukrainian Jew
Yale UP, 2009, geb, € 58.95, 9780300137316
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Pinsker, S.M.
Literary Passports. The Making of Modernist Hebrew Fiction in Europe
Stanford Studies on Jewish History and Culture, Stanford UP, 2011, geb, 487 pp, € 67.90, 9780804770644
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Poll, S.
The Hasidic Community of Williamsburg. A Study in the Sociology of Religion
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Transaction Publ, 2006, pap, 308 pp, € 38.90, 1412805732 / 9781412805735
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Polonsky, A.
The Jews in Poland and Russia, vol III 1914 to 2008
The history of the Jewish communities of these lands-where most of the Jews of Europe and America originated-is often the subject of woolly thinking and stereotypes. Antony Polonsky recreates this lost world in a way that avoids both sentimentalism and the simplification of the east European Jewish experience into a story of persecution and martyrdom. This is an important story whose relevance extends beyond the Jewish world or the bounds of east-central Europe.
The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2012, geb, 998 pp, € 62.50, 9781904113485
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Rahden, T. van
Jews and other Germans. Civil Society, Religious Diversity, and Urban Politics in Breslau, 1860-1925
Wisconsin UP, 2008, pap, 477pp, € 32.50, 9780299226947
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Raphael, M.L.
Synagogue in America. A short History
New York UP, 2011, geb, 246 pp, € 29.95, 9780814775820
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Raphael, M.L. (ed.)
The Columbia History of Jews & Judaism in America
This is the first anthology in more than half a century to offer fresh insight into the history of Jews and Judaism in America. Beginning with six chronological survey essays, the collection builds with twelve topical essays focusing on a variety of important themes in the American Jewish and Judaic experience. The volume opens with early Jewish settlers (1654-1820), the expansion of Jewish life in America (1820-1901), the great wave of eastern European Jewish immigrants (1880-1924), the character of American Judaism between the two world wars, American Jewish life from the end of World War II to the Six-Day War, and the growth of Jews' influence and affluence. The second half of the book includes essays on the community of Orthodox Jews, the history of Jewish education in America, the rise of Jewish social clubs at the turn of the century, the history of southern and western Jewry, Jewish responses to Nazism and the Holocaust; feminism's confrontation with Judaism, and the eternal question of what defines American Jewish culture. The contributions of distinguished scholars seamlessly integrate recent scholarship. Endnotes provide the reader with access to the authors' research and sources. Comprehensive, original, and elegantly crafted, The Columbia History of Jews and Judaism in America not only introduces the student to this thrilling history but also provides new perspectives for the scholar.
Columbia UP, 2008, geb, 490 pp, € 82.50, 9780231132220
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Raphael, M.L. (ed.)
The Columbia History of Jews & Judaism in America
This is the first anthology in more than half a century to offer fresh insight into the history of Jews and Judaism in America. Beginning with six chronological survey essays, the collection builds with twelve topical essays focusing on a variety of important themes in the American Jewish and Judaic experience. The volume opens with early Jewish settlers (1654-1820), the expansion of Jewish life in America (1820-1901), the great wave of eastern European Jewish immigrants (1880-1924), the character of American Judaism between the two world wars, American Jewish life from the end of World War II to the Six-Day War, and the growth of Jews' influence and affluence. The second half of the book includes essays on the community of Orthodox Jews, the history of Jewish education in America, the rise of Jewish social clubs at the turn of the century, the history of southern and western Jewry, Jewish responses to Nazism and the Holocaust; feminism's confrontation with Judaism, and the eternal question of what defines American Jewish culture. The contributions of distinguished scholars seamlessly integrate recent scholarship. Endnotes provide the reader with access to the authors' research and sources. Comprehensive, original, and elegantly crafted, The Columbia History of Jews and Judaism in America not only introduces the student to this thrilling history but also provides new perspectives for the scholar.
Columbia UP, 2008, pap, 490 pp, € 28.95, 9780231132237
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Rapoport-Albert, A.
Women and the Messianic Heresy of Sabbatai Zevi, 1666-1816
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The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, Littman, 2011, geb, 386 pp, € 52.50, 9781904113843
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Ravitzky, A.
Messianism, Zionism, and Jewish Religious Radicalism
Chicago UP, 1996, pap, 312 pp, € 24.90, 9780226705781
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Roemer, N.
German City, Jewish Memory. The Story of Worms
Brandeis UP, 2011, pap, 316 pp, € 39.50, 9781584659228
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Ro'i, Yaacov (ed)
The Jewish Movement in the Soviet Union
Yaacov Ro'i and his collaborators provide the first scholarly survey of one of the most successful Soviet dissident movements, one which ultimately affected and reflected the demise of a superpower's stature. The Jewish Movement saw hundreds of thousands of Soviet Jews leave their native country for Israel. This book grapples with the movement's origins, its Soviet and international contexts, and its considerable achievements - prior to the mass Jewish emigration of Gorbachev's last years, about one quarter of a million Jews left the Soviet Union. The contributors, a mix of senior and junior scholars, as well as movement participants, examine the influences of a wide range of contemporary events, including the victory of Israel in the 1967 war, the Soviet dissident and human rights movements, and the general malaise of Soviet society, its self-contradictory attitude toward nationalism, and its underlying anti-Semitism. The book is based on a combination of secondary research, archival work, and interviews. The epilogue by former secretary of state George P. Shultz discusses support for the Jewish Movement under the Ronald Reagan administration, reactions and views by the United States as Gorbachev came to power, and U.S. satisfaction of his denouement.
Woodrow Wilson Center Press/Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012, geb, 450 pp, € 48.75, 9781421405643
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Rokem, F.
Jews and the making of the modern German theatre
While it is common knowledge that Jews were prominent in literature, music, cinema, and science in pre-1933 Germany, the fascinating story of Jewish cocreation of modern German theatre is less often discussed. Yet for a brief time, during the Second Reich and the Weimar Republic, Jewish artists and intellectuals moved away from a segregated Jewish theatre to work within canonic German theatre and performance venues, claiming the right to be part of the very fabric of German culture. Their involvement, especially in the theatre capital of Berlin, was of a major magnitude both numerically and in terms of power and influence. The essays in this stimulating collection etch onto the conventional view of modern German theatre the history and conflicts of its Jewish participants in the last third of the nineteenth and first third of the twentieth centuries and illuminate the influence of Jewish ethnicity in the creation of the modernist German theatre.
Studies in Theater History & Culture, University of Iowa Press, 2012, geb, 336 pp, € 61.50, 9781587298684
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Rosenbaum, F.
Cosmopolitans, a Social & Cultural History of the Jews of the San Fransisco Bay Area
University of California Press, 2009, geb, 439 pp, € 36.50, 9780520259133
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Ross, J.
Rabbi Outcast. Elmer Berger and American Jewish Anti-Zionism
This title places American liberal Jewish anti-Zionism in historical perspective. It presents the life of Rabbi Berger as an illustration of diversity and evolution in American Jewish opinion. It contextualizes the contemporary debate on Zionism in American Judaism. Dramatic changes have taken place in the last decade with respect to the views of the American Jewish community toward Israel and Zionism. Since the beginning of the Second Intifada in 2000, the involvement of the Israel lobby in precipitating the Iraq War and promoting war on Iran, and Israel's widely condemned wars in Lebanon and Gaza, large swaths of the American Jewish community are disenchanted with Israel and Zionism as at no other time since the founding of the State of Israel. However, anti-Zionism in America has a long history. Elmer Berger was undoubtedly the best-known Jewish anti-Zionist during most of his lifetime, particularly from World War II through the 1967 Six-Day War and its aftermath. A Reform rabbi, Berger served throughout that period as the executive director of the American Council for Judaism, an anti-Zionist organization founded by leading Reform rabbis. Author Jack Ross places liberal Jewish anti-Zionism (as opposed to that of Orthodox or revolutionary socialist Jews) in historical perspective. That brand of anti-Zionism was virtually embodied by Rabbi Berger and his predecessors in the Reform rabbinate. Elmer Berger advocated forcefully for his position, much to the chagrin of his Zionist detractors. The growing renaissance of liberal Jewish anti-Zionism, combined with the forgotten work of Rabbi Berger and the American Council for Judaism, makes a compelling case for revisiting Berger's work in this full-length, definitive biography.
Potomac Books, 2011, geb, 233 pp, € 32.95, 9781597976978
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Ross, T.
Expanding the Palace of Torah. Orthodoxy and Feminism
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Brandeis UP, 2008, pap, 324 pp, € 34.50, 9781584653905
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Rotenstreich, N.
Essays in Jewish Philosophy in the Modern Era
Amsterdam Studies in Jewish Thought 1, J C Gieben Publisher, 1996, geb, 304 pp, € 45.00, 9050635873
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Roth, Cecil
De Rothschilds
In het jaar 1744 werd te Frankfurt geboren Mayer Amschel Rothschild. Niemand wist op dat moment dat de schrikgodinnen een gouden draad voor zijn leven begonnen te spinnen. Eenmaal volwassen opende hij een winkeltje in oude munten, en zijn vrouw schonk hem vijf zonen. Vijf zonen, die op een na wegtrokken uit Frankfurt en zich vestigden in de vier voornaamste steden van Europa: Parijs, Wenen, Napels, Londen. Toen zij in 1836 met hun gezinnen in Frankfurt bijeen kwamen om een bruiloft te vieren, werd de naam Rothschild overal in Europa met ontzag uitgesproken. De Engelse zakenwereld beefde toen onder de veren van een postduif een briefje werd gevonden met de woorden: "Il est mort", alsof het een keizer gold. En de kleine Russische kleermaker, die dag en nacht moest werken, verzuchtte: "Als ik baron de Rothschild was, verkocht ik mijn jassen niet voor minder dan twee roebel per stuk."

Het geslacht Rothschild groeide op in een tijd waarin de industriele revolutie zich voltrok en het kapitalisme zijn grootste bloei beleefde. Het merkwaardige, ongeevenaarde samengaan van persoonlijke verdienste en een gunstige situatie, wordt door Roth in dit boek beschreven: de geschiedenis van de Engelse Rothschilds binnen de geschiedenis van de Victoriaanse eeuw. Een verhaal vol kleine anekdotes en belangwekkende feiten, die de kennis en de belezenheid van de auteur verraden. Een verhaal over mensen die hun rijkdom in de maatschappij ten goede wisten aan te wenden, er geestelijk niet door vervormden, maar integendeel, een voorbeeld zullen blijven voor anderen.

Van toen en nu, Spectrum / Prisma boeken, 2008, pap, € 15.75, 9789031502059
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Ruderman, D.B.
Connecting the Covenants: Judaism and the Search for Christian Identity in Eighteenth-Century England
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Pennsylvania UP, 2007, geb, 168 pp, € 61.00, 9780812240160
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Ruderman, D.B.
Early Modern Jewry. A New Cultural History
Princeton UP, 2010, geb, 326 pp, € 34.50, 9780691144641
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Ruderman, D.B. & G. Veltri (eds)
Cultural Intermediaries. Jewish Intellectuals in Early Modern Italy
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Jewish Culture and Context Series, Pennsylvania UP, 2004, geb, 293 pp, € 60.00, 018223779x
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Rutland, S.D.
The Jews in Australia
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Cambridge UP, 2005, pap, 203 pp, € 31.00, 0521612853 / 9780521612852
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Sacks, J.
The Dignity of Difference. How to Avoid a Clash of Civilizations
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks presents a proposal for reframing the terms of this important debate. The first major statement by a Jewish leader on the ethics of globalization, it introduces a new paradigm into the search for co-existence. Sacks argues that we must do more than search for common human values. We must also learn to make space for difference, even and especially at the heart of the monotheistic imagination. The global future will call for something stronger than earlier doctrines of toleration or pluralism. It needs a new understanding that the unity of the Creator is expressed in the diversity of creation.;Sacks argues that this new thinking also sheds fresh light on the global challenges of an age of unprecedented change: economic inequality, environmental destruction, the connection between information technology and human dignity, and the structures of civil society.
Continuum, 2003, pap, 216 pp, € 18.50, 9780826468505
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Sadowski, D.
Haskala und Lebenswelt. Herz Homberg und die judischen deutschen Schulen in Galizien 1782-1806
Schriften des Simon-Dubnow-Instituts, Bnd. 12, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2010, geb, 437 pp, € 64.75, 9783525369906
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Safran, G.
Wandering Soul. The Dybbuk`s Creator, S. An-Sky
B2484
Harvard UP, 2010, geb, 351 pp, € 31.95, 9780674055704
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Salah, A.
La Republique des Lettres: Rabbins, ecrivains et medicins juijs wn Italie au XVIIIe siecle
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SJHC 16, Brill, 2007, geb, 821 pp, € 265.00, 9789004156425
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Saperstein, M.
Jewish Preaching in Times of War, 1800-2001
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The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, Littman, 2008, geb, 619 pp, € 60.50, 9781904113546
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Sarna, J.D.
American Judaism. A History
Yale UP, 2005, pap, 490 pp, € 22.95, 0300109768
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Sarna, J., E. Smith & S. Kosofsky (eds)
The Jews of Boston
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Yale UP, 2005, pap, 370 pp, € 31.00, 0300107870 / 9780300107876
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Schachter-Shalomi, Z.
My Life in Jewish Renewal. A Memoir
This powerful memoir chronicles the life of one of America's most celebrated rabbis-Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi, or "Reb Zalman" as he is fondly known to friends and followers. The book traces his life from a youth in the shadow of the Nazis through the tumultuous 1960s in America to his position as a renowned religious leader today. Often controversial for his attraction to cultural mavericks and religious rebels, Reb Zalman's colorful lifetime includes a striking cast of characters across faith traditions, including Timothy Leary, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Thomas Merton, the Dalai Lama, and more. The book traces Reb Zalman's work creating the vibrant Jewish Renewal movement that emphasizes spiritual experience and continues to touch Jews around the world today. Reb Zalman often illustrates his talks with anecdotes from his life, and My Life in Jewish Renewal brings together the life story of this beloved leader for the first time. Reb Zalman often illustrates his talks with stories from his life, and My Life in Jewish Renewal brings together the complete life story of this beloved leader for the first time.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012, geb, 232 pp, € 30.50, 9781442213272
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Schachter-Shalomi, Z., Miles-Yepez, N.
A Heart Afire. Stories and Teachings of the Early Hasidic Masters
JPS, 2009, geb, 406pp, € 49.95, 9780827608849
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Schama, Simon
De geschiedenis van de Joden, Deel 2: Het lot van de wereld, van 1492 tot nu
Verschijnt sept 2014

Dit is het boek dat Simon Schama altijd al heeft willen schrijven:'Possibly the greatest story ever told', een grootse geschiedenis van het Joodse volk in de geschiedenis van de wereld. Van Mozes tot psychoanalyse, van de Bijbel tot de Westelijke Jordaanoever, van de cultuur tot en met de wetenschap: op al deze terreinen zijn Joden van een beslissende invloed geweest op de ontwikkeling van de wereld. Zoals John Adams, de tweede president van de Verenigde Staten ooit schreef: 'De Joden hebben meer bijgedragen aan de beschaving van de mensheid dan willekeurig welk land'. Schama vertelt dit verhaal met de weidse blik die hem tot een van de beste historici van onze tijd maakt: een geschiedenis waarin schoonheid en gruwelen een even grote rol spelen.

Deel 1 reeds verschenen

Atlas Contact, 2014, geb, 480 pp, € 34.95, 9789045025445
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Schama, Simon
The Story of the Jews: When Words Fail (1492 - present day)
Publication expected 11 sept 2014

The words that failed were words of hope. But they did not fail at all times and everywhere.

These gripping pages teem with words of defiance and optimism, sounds and images of tenacious life and adventurous modernism, music and drama, business and philosophy, poetry and politics. The second part of Simon Schama's epic Story of the Jews is neither overwhelmed by hopelessness nor shrouded in the smoke of the crematoria. As much as it gives full weight to the magnitude of the disaster that befell the Jews, it is a story of hope vindicated rather than wiped out.

The stories unfold across the world - in the provincial pavilions of Ming China and beneath the brass chandeliers of Rembrandt's Amsterdam; on ships and carts, stage-coaches and railway trains crossing oceans and continents; in the honky-tonk of San Francisco and the pampas of Argentina, the department stores of Berlin and the avenues of Trieste. The stories themselves are played on the stage of opera houses; in the travelling camera of an expedition in Ukraine, the prison cells of Stalin's Russia, the lagers of the Holocaust; the scenery of misery and redemption in Palestine and Israel.

At the heart of the story is the budding belief that peoples of different faiths, customs and cultures can be fellow-citizens of a common country. And amidst all the brutality, somehow the light of Jewish endurance is never extinguished. The odyssey is unforgettable, the storyteller impassioned, the words unfailing.

Random House, 2014, geb, € 22.00, 9781847922816
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Schechter, R.
Obstinate Hebrews. Representations of Jews in France, 1715-1815.
by order
Studies on the History of Society and Culture 49, California UP, 2003, geb, 331 pp, € 62.50, 0520235576 / 9780520235571
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Schochat, A.
Der Ursprung der judischen Aufklarung in Deutschland
Campus Judaica, Band 14, Campus, 2000, geb, 476 pp, € 25.00, 9783593362104
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Scholem, G.
Sabbatai Sevi. The Mystical Messiah 1626-1676
Bollingen Series XCIII, Princeton UP, 1989, pap, 1000 pp, € 53.50, 069101809x
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Schorsch, J.
Jews and Blacks in the Early Modern World
B2287
Cambridge, 2009, pap, 546 pp, € 29.50, 9780521527231
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Schwartz, S.R.
The Rabbis Wife. The Rebbetzin in American Jewish Life
New York UP, 2006, geb, 311 pp, € 42.50, 0814740162 / 9780814740163
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Shandler, J.
Jews, God, and Videotape. Religion and Media in America
Engaging media has been an ongoing issue for American Jews, as it has been for other religious communities in the United States, for several generations. "Jews, God, and Videotape" is a pioneering examination of the impact of new communications technologies and media practices on the religious life of American Jewry over the past century. Shandler's examples range from early recordings of cantorial music to Hasidic outreach on the Internet. In between he explores mid-twentieth-century ecumenical radio and television broadcasting, video documentation of life cycle rituals, museum displays and tourist practices as means for engaging the Holocaust as a moral touchstone, and the role of mass-produced material culture in Jews' responses to the American celebration of Christmas. Shandler argues that the impact of these and other media on American Judaism is varied and extensive: they have challenged the role of clergy and transformed the nature of ritual; facilitated innovations in religious practice and scholarship, as well as efforts to maintain traditional observance and teachings; created venues for outreach, both to enhance relationships with non-Jewish neighbors and to promote greater religiosity among Jews; even redefined the notion of what might constitute a Jewish religious community or spiritual experience. As "Jews, God, and Videotape" demonstrates, American Jews' experiences are emblematic of how religious communities' engagements with new media have become central to defining religiosity in the modern age.
NYU Press, 2009, pap, 341 pp, € 21.50, 9780814740682
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Shenhav, Y.
The Arab jews. A Postcolonial Reading of Nationalism, Religion, and Ethnicity
BY ORDER
Cultural Sitings, Stanford UP, 2006, geb, 261 pp, € 69.90, 0804752966 / 9780804752961
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Shneer, D.
Yiddish and the Creation of Soviet Jewish Culture : 1918-1930
Cambridge UP, 2004, geb, 300 pp, € 52.00, 9780521826303
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Silverman, L.
Becoming Austrians. Jews and Culture between the World Wars
The collapse of Austria-Hungary in 1918 left all Austrians in a state of political, social, and economic turmoil, but Jews in particular found their lives shaken to the core. Although Jews' former comfort zone suddenly disappeared, the dissolution of the Dual Monarchy also created plenty of room for innovation and change in the realm of culture. Jews eagerly took up the challenge to fill this void, becoming heavily invested in culture as a way to shape their new, but also vexed, self-understandings.

By isolating the years between the World Wars and examining formative events in both Vienna and the provinces, Becoming Austrians: Jews and Culture between the World Wars demonstrates that an intensified marking of people, places, and events as "Jewish" accompanied the crises occurring in the wake of Austria-Hungary's collapse, leaving profound effects on Austria's cultural legacy. In some cases, the consequences of this marking resulted in grave injustices. Philipp Halsmann, for example, was wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of his father years before he became a world-famous photographer. And the men who shot and killed writer Hugo Bettauer and physicist and philosopher Moritz Schlick received inadequate punishment for their murderous deeds.

But engagements with the terms of Jewish difference also characterized the creation of culture, as shown in Hugo Bettauer's satirical novel The City without Jews and its film adaptation, other novels by Veza Canetti, David Vogel, A.M. Fuchs, Vicki Baum, and Mela Hartwig, and performances at the Salzburg Festival and the Yiddish theater in Vienna. By examining the role Jewish difference played in the lives, works, and deeds of a broad range of Austrians, this study reveals how the social codings of politics, gender, and nation received a powerful boost with the application of the "Jewish" label.

Oxford UP, 2012, geb, 334 pp, € 50.00, 9780199794843
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Slageren, J. van
Joodse invloed in Afrika. Historische en religieuze verkenningen
Skandalon, 2011, pap, 300p, € 22.50, 9789490708191
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Slezkine, Y.
The Jewish Century
BY ORDER
Princeton UP, 2006, pap, 438 pp, € 26.00, 0691127603 / 9780691127606
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Socher, A.P.
The Radical Enlightenment of Solomon Maimon. Judaism, Heresy, and Philosophy
BY ORDER
Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture, Stanford UP, 2006, geb, 248 pp, € 68.00, 0804751366 / 9780804741360
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Soomekh, Saba
From the Shahs to Los Angeles. Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women between Religion and Culture
Saba Soomekh offers a fascinating portrait of three generations of women in an ethnically distinctive and little-known American Jewish community, Jews of Iranian origin living in Los Angeles. Most of Iran's Jewish community immigrated to the United States and settled in Los Angeles in the wake of the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the government-sponsored discrimination that followed. Based on interviews with women raised during the constitutional monarchy of the earlier part of the twentieth century, those raised during the modernizing Pahlavi regime of mid-century, and those who have grown up in Los Angeles, the book presents an ethnographic portrait of what life was and is like for Iranian Jewish women. Featuring the voices of all generations, the book concentrates on religiosity and ritual observance, the relationship between men and women, and women's self-concept as Iranian Jewish women. Mother-daughter relationships, double standards for sons and daughters, marriage customs, the appeal of American forms of Jewish practices, social customs and pressures, and the alternate attraction to and critique of materialism and attention to outward appearance are discussed by the author and through the voices of her informants.
SUNY Press, 2013, pap, 230 pp, € 24.90, 9781438443836
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Stampfer, S.
Lithuanian Yeshivas of the Nineteenth Century: Creating a Tradition of Learning
One of the key ways in which the traditional Jewish world of eastern Europe responded to the challenges of modernity in the nineteenth century was to change the system for educating young men so as to reinforce time-honoured, conservative values. The yeshivas established at that time in Lithuania became models for an educational system that has persisted to this day, transmitting the talmudic underpinnings of the traditional Jewish way of life. To understand how that system works, one needs to go back to the institutions they are patterned on: why they were established, how they were organized, and how they operated. This is the first properly documented, systematic study of the Lithuanian yeshiva as it existed from 1802-1914. It is based on the judicious use of contemporary sources-documents, articles in the press, and memoirs-with a view to presenting the yeshiva in its social and cultural context. Three key institutions are considered. Pride of place in the first part of the book is given to the yeshiva of Volozhin, which was founded in 1802 according to an entirely new concept-total independence from the local community-and was in that sense the model for everything that followed. Chapters in the second part focus on the yeshiva of Slobodka, famed for introducing the study of musar (ethics); the yeshiva of Telz, with its structural and organizational innovations; and the kollel system, introduced so that married men could continue their yeshiva education. Topics covered include the leadership and changes in leadership; management and administration; the yeshiva as a place of study; daily life, and so forth. This edition is based on the second Hebrew edition, which was revised so as to include information that became available with the opening up of archives in eastern Europe after the fall of communism.
The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2012, geb, 416 pp, € 54.50, 9781874774792
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Stanislawski, M.
A Murder in Lemberg. Politics, Religion, and Violence in Modern Jewish History
BY ORDER
Princeton UP, 2007, geb, 160 pp, € 25.25, 9780691128436
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Staub, M.E.
Torn at the Roots. The Crisis of Jewish Liberalism in Postwar America
Religion and American Culture Series, Columbia UP, 2004, pap, 386 pp, € 22.25, 0231123752
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Steinmanis, J.
History of Latvian Jews. Transl. by H. Belova. rev. & edit. by E.Anders
East European Monographs, Columbia UP, 2002, geb, 229 pp, € 47.75
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Stein, S.A.
Making Jews Modern. The Yiddish and Ladino Press in the Russian and Ottoman Empires
Indiana UP, 2004, geb, 311 pp, € 49.50, 0253343046
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Stolow, J.
Orthodox by Design. Judaism, Print Politics, and the ArtScroll Revolution
S. Mark Taper Foundation Imprint in Jewish Studies Series, California UP, 2010, pap, 265 pp, € 24.50, 9780520264267
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Sulam, S.C
Jewish Poet and Intellectual in Seventeenth - Century Venice : The Works of Sarra Copia Sulam in Verse and Prose Along with Writings of Her Contemporaries in Her Praise, Condemnation, or Defense
Chicago UP, 2009, geb, 597 pp, € 31.50, 9780226779898
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Sutcliffe, A.
Judaism and Enlightenment
by order
Ideas in Context no 66, Cambridge UP, 2003, geb, 314pp, € 76.00, 0521820154
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Swetschinski, D.M.
Reluctant Cosmopolitans. The Portuguese Jews of Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam
The Littman Library of Jewish Civilazation Series, Littman, 2004, pap, 379 pp, € 28.50, 1904113125
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Tegel, S.
Jew Suss. Life, Legend, Fiction, Film
This is an in-depth study of how this notorious figure has captured the public imagination, in both life and legend. For two centuries the image of Jew Suss has been adapted, distorted and transformed by writers and film directors. In telling the story of those various transformations and the reasons for them, this book paints a broad picture of German history and, in some cases, antisemitism. Joseph Suss Oppenheimer (1698-1738), better know as Jew Suss, was a Court Jew who served as financial advisor to the Duke of Wurttemberg. Clever and handsome, he adapted easily to court life despite his humble origins. He made many enemies - primarily for his unpopular economic policies - and on the Duke's sudden death he was arrested and charged with high treason and abuse of office. Found guilty, he was executed in Stuttgart in an iron cage suspended above a gallows. His spectacular rise and fall, trial and unusual public execution inspired a media outpouring. It captured the public imagination then and in subsequent centuries, finally serving as a parable for the Final Solution and the most notorious of Nazi antisemitic films, Veit Harlan's "Jud Suss" (1940).
Continuum, 2011, geb, 281p, € 33.50, 9781847250179
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Terpitz, O.
Die Ruckkehr des des Stetl . Russisch-judische Literatur der spaten Sowjetzeit
Schriften des Simon-Dubnow-Instituts, Band 9, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2008, geb, 307 pp, € 57.90, 9783525369876
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Teter, M.
Jews and Heretics in Catholic Poland. A Beleaguered Church in the Post-Reformation Era
Jews and Heretics in Catholic Poland takes issue with historians' common contention that the Catholic Church triumphed in Counter-reformation Poland. In fact, the Church's own sources show that the story is far more complex. From the rise of the Reformation and the rapid dissemination of these new ideas through printing, the Catholic Church was overcome with a strong sense of insecurity. The 'infidel Jews, enemies of Christianity' became symbols of the Church's weakness and, simultaneously, instruments of its defence against all of its other adversaries. This process helped form a Polish identity that led, in the case of Jews, to racial anti-Semitism and to the exclusion of Jews from the category of Poles. This book portrays Jews not only as victims of Church persecution but as active participants in Polish society who as allies of the nobles, placed in positions of power, had more influence than has been recognised.
Cambridge, 2006, geb, 272 pp, € 62.50, 9780521856737
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Trivellato, F.
The Familiarity of Strangers : The Sephardic Diaspora, Livorno, and Cross-Cultural Trade in the Early Modern Period
Yale UP, 2009, geb, 470, € 40.50, 9780300136838
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Troper, H.
The Defining Decade. Identity, Politics, and the Canadian Jewish Community in the 1960s
B2581
Toronto UP, 2010, pap, 356pp, € 31.50, 9781442610460
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Tulchinsky, G.
Canada’s Jews: A People’s Journey
Toronto UP, 2008, pap, 626 pp, € 40.50, 9780802093868
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Veidlinger, J.
Jewish Public Culture in the Late Russian Empire
Indiana University Press, 2009, pap, € 25.00, 9780253220585
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Veltri, G. & G. Necker (Hrsg.)
Gottes Sprache in der philologischen Werkstatt. Hebraistik vom 15. bis zum 19. Jahrhundert
by order / te bestellen
Studies in European Judaism, Brill Academic Publishers, 2005, geb, 340 pp, € 104.94, 9004143122
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Volkov, Shulamit
Walther Rathenau: The Limits of Success
This deeply informed biography of Walther Rathenau (1867-1922) tells of a man who - both thoroughly German and unabashedly Jewish - rose to leadership in the German War-Ministry Department during the First World War, and later to the exalted position of foreign minister in the early days of the Weimar Republic. His achievement was unprecedented - no Jew in Germany had ever attained such high political rank. But Rathenau's success was marked by tragedy: within months he was assassinated by right-wing extremists seeking to destroy the newly formed Republic. Drawing on Rathenau's papers and on a depth of knowledge of both modern German and German-Jewish history, Shulamit Volkov creates a finely drawn portrait of this complex man who struggled with his Jewish identity and who treasured his 'otherness'. Volkov also places Rathenau in the dual context of Weimar Germany and of Berlin's financial and intellectual elite. Above all, she illuminates the complex social and psychological milieu of German Jewry in the period before Hitler's rise to power.
Jewish Lives, Yale UP, 2012, geb, 256 pp, € 27.50, 9780300144314
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Voolen, E. van
My Grandparents, My Parents and I. Jewish Art and Culture
BY ORDER
Prestel Verlag, 2006, geb, 192 pp, € 54.90, 3791333623 / 9783791333625
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Voolen, E. van, P. Meijer en W. Lindwer (fotografie)
Synagogen van Nederland
Aanbiedingsprijs tot 1 oktober 2010. Daarna euro 29.95
Walburg Pers, 2010, pap, 175pp, € 29.95, 9789057303814
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Wachtel , Nathan
The Faith of Remembrance: Marrano Labyrinths
In a series of intimate and searing portraits, Nathan Wachtel traces the journeys of the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Marranos-Spanish and Portuguese Jews who were forcibly converted to Catholicism but secretly retained their own faith. Fleeing persecution in their Iberian homeland, some sought refuge in the Americas, where they established transcontinental networks linking the New World to the Old. The Marranos - at once Jewish and Christian, outsiders and insiders - nurtured their hidden beliefs within their new communities, participating in the economic development of the early Americas while still adhering to some of the rituals and customs of their ancestors. In a testament to the partial assimilation of these new arrivals, their faith became ever more syncretic, mixing elements of Judaism with Christian practice and theology. In many cases, the combination was fatal.

Wachtel relies on inquisitorial archives of trials and executions to chronicle legal and religious prosecutions for heresy. From the humble Jean Vicente to the fabulously wealthy slave trafficker Manuel Bautista Perez, from the untutored Theresa Paes de Jesus to the learned Francisco Maldonado de Silva, each unforgettable figure offers a chilling reminder of the reach of the Inquisition. Sensitive to the lingering tensions within the Marrano communities, Wachtel joins the concerns of an anthropologist to his skills as a historian, and in a stunning authorial move, he demonstrates that the faith of remembrance remains alive today in the towns of rural Brazil.

Jewish Culture & Contexts, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013, geb, 390 pp, € 51.50, 9780812244557
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Walzer, M. (ed.)
Law, Politics, and Morality in Judaism
The Ethikon Series in Comparative Ethics, Princeton UP, 2006, pap, 217 pp, € 21.00, 0691125082 / 9780691125084
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Walzer, M., M. Lorberbaum & N.J. Zohar (eds)
The Jewish Political Tradition. Volume 2: Membership
Yale UP, 2006, pap, 622 pp, € 31.00, 0300115733 / 9780300115734
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Wasserstein, Berrnard
Aan de vooravond, europese Joden voor de Tweede Wereldoorlog
In de jaren dertig van de vorige eeuw maakten de Europese Joden een existentiele crisis door, die evenzeer het resultaat was van verval in eigen kring als van agressie van buitenaf. Anders dan in veel andere historische beschouwingen staan in dit boek niet de Jodenvervolgers maar de Joden zelf centraal. En anders dan vaak wordt aangenomen, beseften steeds meer Joden maar al te goed dat zij aan de rand van de afgrond stonden.

Aan de vooravond roept het verdriet en de vreugde in herinnering van de laatste fase van tweeduizend jaar Joodse geschiedenis in Europa. Wasserstein tekent een weids panorama dat wordt bevolkt door politiek leiders, boksers, rabbijnen, zionisten, huisvrouwen, zakenmannen, bedelaars, komieken, en door kinderen zonder toekomst.

Met een groot inlevingsvermogen, medeleven en een scherp gevoel voor ironie schildert Bernard Wasserstein in zijn boek een levendig en verhelderend beeld van een Joods Europa waarvoor het laatste uur had geslagen.

Verschijnt 31 oktober 2012

Nieuw Amsterdam, 2012, geb, ca 400 pp, € 44.95, 9789046813768
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Wasserstein, Berrnard
On the Eve: The Jews of Europe Before the Second World War
A major new history examining the realities of Jewish life across Europe on the eve of WWII. Wasserstein draws together accounts of thousands of individuals in the years leading up to 1939, when the Jews faced an existential crisis that was as much the result of internal decay as of external attack. Ranging from Vilna ('Jerusalem of Lithuania') to Salonica with its Judeo-Espanol-speaking stevedores and singers, and beyond, the book's focus is squarely on the Jews themselves rather than their persecutors.
Profile Books, 2012, geb, 400 pp, € 26.95, 9781846681806
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Weiser, K.
Jewish people, Yiddish nation. Noah Prylucki and the Folkists in Poland
Noah Prylucki (1882-1941), a leading Jewish cultural and political figure in pre-Holocaust Eastern Europe, was a proponent of Yiddishism, a movement that promoted secular Yiddish culture as the basis for Jewish collective identity in the twentieth century. Prylucki's dramatic path - from russified Zionist raised in a Ukrainian shtetl, to Diaspora nationalist parliamentarian in metropolitan Warsaw, to professor of Yiddish in Soviet Lithuania - uniquely reflects the dilemmas and competing options facing the Jews of this era as life in Eastern Europe underwent radical transformation.Using hitherto unexplored archival sources, memoirs, interviews, and materials from the vibrant interwar Jewish and Polish presses, Kalman Weiser investigates the rise and fall of Yiddishism and of Prylucki's political party, the Folkists, in the post-World War One era. Jewish People, Yiddish Nation reveals the life of a remarkable individual and the fortunes of a major cultural movement that has long been obscured.
Toronto UP, 2011, pap, 389 pp, € 32.75, 9780802097163
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Weissbach, L.S.
Jewish Life in Small-Town America. A History
by order / te bestellen
Yale UP, 2005, geb, 436 pp, € 46.00, 0300106718
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Wendehorst, S. (ed)
The Roman Inquisition, The Index and the Jews. Context, Sources, and Perspectives
Studies in European Judaism, Brill, 2005, geb, 273 pp, € 94.35, 9004140697
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Wenger, B.S.
History Lessons. The Creation of American Jewish Heritage
Princeton UP, 2010, geb, 282 pp, € 35.00, 9780691147529
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Wertheim, D. J.
Salvation through Spinoza. A Study of Jewish Culture in Weimar Germany
Jewish and Christion Perspectives 21, Brill, 2011, geb, 234 pp, € 109.50, 9789004207219
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Wiener, M.
Juedische Religion im Zeitalter der emanzipation
heruitgave door D. Weidner van de editie uit 1933
JVB, 2002, pap, 296pp, € 25.75
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Wiesel, E.
....toch raakt de zee niet vol (memoires deel 2)
Meulenhoff, 2008, pap, 614 pp, € 29.95, 9789029078092
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Wisse, R.R.
The Modern Jewish Canon. A Journey through Language and Culture
What makes a great Jewish book? In fact, what makes a book "Jewish" in the first place? Ruth R. Wisse eloquently fields these questions in "The Modern Jewish Canon", her compassionate, insightful guide to the finest Jewish literature of the 20th century. From Isaac Babel to Isaac Bashevis Singer, Elie Wiesel to Cynthia Ozick, Wisse's "The Modern Jewish Canon" is a book that every student of Jewish literature, and every reader of great fiction, should enjoy.
University of Chicago Press, 2003, pap, 395pp, € 21.99, 9780226903187
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Wistrich, R.S.
The Jews of Vienna in the Age of Franz Joseph
Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2006, pap, 712 pp, € 35.90, 9781904113492
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Wodzinski, M.
Haskalah and Hasidism in the Kingdom of Poland. A History of Conflict
The Littman Library of Jewish Civilazation Series, Littman, 2005, geb, 335 pp, € 65.00, 97891904113089
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Wolf, L. (ed.)
Jews in the Canary Islands. Being a Calendar of Jewish Cases Extracted from the Records of the Canariote Inquisition in the Collection of the Marquess of Bute
Renaissance Acadamy of America Reprints for Teaching, 13, University of Toronto Press, 2001, pap, € 55.00, 9780802035851
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Wolfson, E. R.
Open Secret. Postmessianic Messianism and the Mystical Revision of Menahem Mendel Schneerson
Menahem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994) was the seventh and seemingly last Rebbe of the Habad-Lubavitch dynasty. Marked by conflicting tendencies, Schneerson was a radical messianic visionary who promoted a conservative political agenda, a reclusive contemplative who built a hasidic sect into an international movement, and a man dedicated to the exposition of mysteries who nevertheless harbored many secrets. Schneerson astutely masked views that might be deemed heterodox by the canons of orthodoxy while engineering a fundamentalist ideology that could subvert traditional gender hierarchy, the halakhic distinction between permissible and forbidden, and the social-anthropological division between Jew and Gentile.

At its deepest level, Schneerson's eschatological orientation discerned that a spiritual master, if he be true, must dispose of the mask of mastery. Situating Habad's thought within the evolution of kabbalistic mysticism, the history of Western philosophy, and Mahayana Buddhism, Wolfson articulates Schneerson's rich theology and profound philosophy, concentrating on the nature of apophatic embodiment, semiotic materiality, hypernomian transvaluation, nondifferentiated alterity, and atemporal temporality.

Columbia UP, 2012, pap, 452 pp, € 27.50, 9780231146319
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Yovel, Y.
The Other Within. The Marranos. Split Identity and Emerging Modernity
Princeton UP, 2009, geb, 490 pp, € 38.50, 9780691135717
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Zeitlin, I.M.
Jews: the Making of a Diaspora People
This book is a comprehensive account of how the Jews became a diaspora people. The term 'diaspora' was first applied exclusively to the early history of the Jews as they began settling in scattered colonies outside of Israel-Judea during the time of the Babylonian exile; it has come to express the characteristic uniqueness of the Jewish historical experience. Zeitlin retraces the history of the Jewish diaspora from the ancient world to the present, beginning with expulsion from their ancestral homeland and concluding with the Holocaust and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In mapping this process, Zeitlin argues that the Jews' religious self-understanding was crucial in enabling them to cope with the serious and recurring challenges they have had to face throughout their history. He analyses the varied reactions the Jews encountered from their so-called 'host peoples', paying special attention to the attitudes of famous thinkers such as Luther, Hegel, Nietzsche, Wagner, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Rousseau, the Left Hegelians, Marx and others, who didn't shy away from making explicit their opinions of the Jews.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Jewish studies, diaspora studies, history and religion, as well as to general readers keen to learn more about the history of the Jewish experience.

Polity Press, 2012, pap, 298 pp, € 26.00, 9780745660172
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Zipperstein, S.J.
Imagining Russian Jewry. Memory, History, Identity
Washington UP, 1999, pap, 139 pp, € 22.90, 9780295977904
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Zohar, Z. (ed.)
Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry: From the Golden Age of Spain to Modern Times
Sephardic Jews trace their origins to Spain and Portugal. They enjoyed a renaissance in these lands until their expulsion from Spain in 1492, when they settled in the countries along the Mediterranean, throughout the Ottoman Empire, in the Balkans, and in the lands of North Africa, Italy, Egypt, Palestine, and Syria, mixing with the Mizrahi, or Oriental, Jews already in these locations. Sephardic Jews have contributed some of the most important Jewish philosophers, poets, biblical commentators, Talmudic and Halachic scholars, and scientists, and have had a significant impact on the development of Jewish mysticism. "Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry" brings together original work from the world's leading scholars to present a deep introductory overview of their history and culture over the past 1500 years. The book presents an overarching chronological and thematic survey of topics ranging from the origin of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry and their history to kabbalah, philosophy, and biblical commentary, and Sephardic Jewish life in the modern era. This collection represents the most up-to-date scholarship about Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry available. The contributors include: Mark R. Cohen, Norman Stillman, David Bunis, Jonathan Decter, Yitzhak Kalimi, Moshe Idel, Annette B. Fromm, Zvi Zohar, Morris Fairstein, Pamela Dorn Sezgin, Mark Kligman, and Henry Abramson.
New York UP, 2005, pap, 343 pp, € 23.75, 9780814797068
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Zohar, Zvi
Rabbinic Creativity in the Modern Middle East
Rabbinic Creativity in the Modern Middle East provides a window for readers of English around the world into hitherto almost inaccessible halakhic and ideational writings expressing major aspects of the cultural intellectual creativity of Sephardic-Oriental rabbis in modern times. The text has three sections: Iraq, Syria, and Egypt, and each section discusses a range of original sources that reflect and represent the creativity of major rabbinic figures in these countries. The contents of the writings of these Sephardic rabbis challenge many commonly held views regarding Judaism's responses to modern challenges. By bringing an additional, non-Western voice into the intellectual arena, this book enriches the field of contemporary discussions regarding the present and future of Judaism. In addition, it focuses attention on the fact that not only was Judaism a Middle Eastern phenomenon for most of its existence but that also in recent centuries important and interesting aspects of Judaism developed in the Middle East. Both Jews and non-Jews will be enriched and challenged by this non-Eurocentric view of modern Judaic creativity.
The Kogod Library of Judaic Studies, Bloomsbury Continuum, 2013, pap, 399 pp, € 33.50, 9781441133298
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