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The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning

By Jonathan Sacks

Impassioned, erudite, completely researched, and wonderfully reasoned, The nice Partnership argues not just that technology and faith fit, yet that they supplement every one other—and that the realm wishes either.
“Atheism merits greater than the recent atheists,” states Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, “whose technique includes criticizing faith with no realizing it, quoting texts with out contexts, taking exceptions because the rule, complicated folks trust with reflective theology, abusing, ridiculing, and demonizing non secular religion and maintaining it accountable for the good crimes opposed to humanity. faith has performed damage; I recognize that. however the healing for undesirable faith is nice faith, no longer no faith, simply because the remedy for undesirable technological know-how is sweet technology, now not the abandonment of science.” Rabbi Sacks’s counterargument is that faith and technological know-how are the 2 crucial views that permit us to work out the universe in its 3-dimensional intensity. technological know-how teaches us the place we come from. faith explains to us why we're the following. technological know-how is the hunt for rationalization. faith is the hunt for which means. there were instances whilst faith attempted to dominate technology. And there were instances, together with our personal, while it truly is believed that we will research all we have to learn about which means and relationships via biochemistry, neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology. during this interesting examine the interdependence of faith and technology, Rabbi Sacks explains why either perspectives are tragically wrong.

***National Jewish booklet Awards 2012, Finalist***
Dorot beginning Award for
Modern Jewish inspiration and Experience

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The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image

By Daniel B. Schwartz

Pioneering biblical critic, theorist of democracy, and mythical conflater of God and nature, Jewish thinker Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) was once excommunicated by means of the Sephardic Jews of Amsterdam in 1656 for his "horrible heresies" and "monstrous deeds." but, over the last 3 centuries, Spinoza's rupture with conventional Jewish ideals and practices has increased him to a sought after position in genealogies of Jewish modernity. The First glossy Jew presents a riveting examine how Spinoza went from being one among Judaism's so much infamous outcasts to 1 of its so much celebrated, if nonetheless hugely arguable, cultural icons, and a strong and protean image of the 1st sleek secular Jew.

starting from Amsterdam to Palestine and again back to Europe, the ebook chronicles Spinoza's posthumous odyssey from marginalized heretic to hero, the exemplar of a complete host of Jewish identities, together with cosmopolitan, nationalist, reformist, and rejectionist. Daniel Schwartz indicates that during fashioning Spinoza into "the first glossy Jew," generations of Jewish intellectuals--German liberals, East ecu maskilim, secular Zionists, and Yiddishists--have projected their very own dilemmas of id onto him, reshaping the Amsterdam philosopher of their personal picture. the various afterlives of Spinoza are one of those taking a look glass into the struggles of Jewish writers over the place to attract the limits of Jewishness and no matter if an earthly Jewish id is certainly attainable. Cumulatively, those afterlives provide a kaleidoscopic view of contemporary Jewish cultureand a bright historical past of an obsession with Spinoza that keeps to this day.

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The Pity of it All: A Portrait of Jews in Germany 1743-1933

The Pity of all of it is a passionate and poignant background of German Jews, tracing the adventure of a humans and their tradition from the mid eighteenth century to the eve of the 3rd Reich.

As it is often advised, the tale of the Jews in Germany starts off on the finish, overshadowed via their tragic loss of life in Hitler's Reich. Now, during this very important paintings of historic recovery, the acclaimed historian and social critic Amos Elon takes us again to the start, chronicling a 150-year interval of feat and integration that at its top produced a golden age moment in basic terms to the Renaissance.

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The Talmud - A Biography: Banned, censored and burned. The book they couldn't suppress

By Harry Freedman

Containing approximately million phrases in thirty-seven volumes, the Talmud covers issues as various as legislations, religion, drugs, magic, ethics, intercourse, humor, and prayer. it's a hugely advanced, profoundly logical, and regularly impenetrable paintings with a background like no different. In its fifteen-hundred-year background, the Talmud has been banned, censored, and burned; dissected by means of students and rabbis; probed via philosophers, poets, politicians, and kings.

In The Talmud, Jewish pupil Harry Freedman tells the engrossing tale of an historical vintage, the criminal and mystical pillar of Judaism, and recounts the tale of a chronicle that, in lots of methods, parallels the heritage of the Jewish humans. From its origins as a list of discussions between students in cities and villages just about modern day Baghdad, Freedman lines the spiraling paths of the Jewish diaspora and explores the tale of the Talmud, its position in the course of the Enlightenment, and its impact over conventional Judaism. A compelling fusion of legislation, storytelling, and spirituality, the Talmud's tale offers interesting perception into the heritage of Judaism, and Harry Freedman's The Talmud A Biography is a outstanding account of 1 of crucial cultural, historic, and spiritual works of our time.

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Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli

By Ted Merwin

Winner, 2015 nationwide Jewish publication Award offered by means of the Jewish booklet Council

For a lot of the 20th century, the recent York Jewish deli used to be an iconic establishment in either Jewish and American lifestyles. As a social house it rivaled—and in many ways surpassed—the synagogue because the basic accumulating position for the Jewish neighborhood. In pop culture it's been the atmosphere for classics like When Harry Met Sally

. And this present day, after a protracted interval languishing within the trenches of the hopelessly out of date, it really is experiencing a nostalgic resurgence.

Pastrami on Rye is the 1st full-length historical past of the recent York Jewish deli. The deli, argues Ted Merwin, reached its complete flowering now not within the immigrant interval, as a few may perhaps imagine, yet within the interwar period, whilst the youngsters of Jewish immigrants celebrated the 1st flush in their luck in the USA via downing sandwiches and cheesecake in theater district delis. however it used to be the kosher deli that Jews as they settled within the outer boroughs of the town, and that turned the main tangible image in their carrying on with wish to hold a connection to their background. finally, upwardly cellular American Jews discarded the deli as they transitioned from outsider to insider prestige in the course of the century. Now modern Jews are returning the deli to cult prestige as they search to reclaim their cultural identities. 
Richly researched and compellingly advised, Pastrami on Rye gives us the remarkable tale of a vital ny institution.

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Art and Architecture of the Synagogue in Late Antique Palestine (Ancient Judaism & Early Christianity)

This learn is a re-evaluation of the impression of Christian paintings and structure on synagogues in past due old Palestine, focussing on good points universal to either church buildings and synagogues. Why did radical alterations seem in Jewish paintings and structure in the course of a interval of pageant with Christians?

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The Brothers Ashkenazi

Within the Polish urban of Lodz, the brothers Ashkenazi grew up very another way in expertise and in temperament. Max, the firstborn, is fiercely clever and conniving, made up our minds to be successful financially whatsoever helpful. Slower-witted Jacob is powerful, good-looking, and captivating yet with no nice goal in existence. whereas Max is pushed through ambition and greed to be extra profitable than his brother, Jacob is interested in effortless dwelling and decadence. As waves of industrialism and capitalism flood the town, the brothers and their households are torn aside via the clashing impulses of previous piety and new skepticism, conventional methods and burgeoning appetites, and the hatred that grows among faiths, voters, and sessions. regardless of all makes an attempt to manage their destinies, the brothers are stuck up by means of forces of historical past, love, and destiny, which form and, eventually, holiday them.
   First released in 1936, The Brothers Ashkenazi quickly turned a top vendor as a sprawling family members saga. Breaking clear of the introspective shtetl tales of vintage nineteenth-century writers, I. J. Singer delivered to Yiddish literature the multilayered plots, huge casts of characters, and narrative sweep of the conventional ecu novel. jogging along such masters as Zola, Flaubert, and Tolstoy, I . J. Singer’s premodernist social novel stands as a masterpiece of storytelling.

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Judaism (DK Eyewitness Books)

By Douglas Charing

Why is Abraham often called the 1st Jew? what's the distinction among the cultures of the Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews? What are the origins of Yom Kippur, Hanukkah and Pesach? most of these questions and extra are replied during this quantity. discover the history to 1 of the world's oldest religions, which lines its roots again 3500 years. Charting the unfold of the Jewish humans, from the time of the Hebrews within the heart East to Jewish groups worldwide this present day, this quantity explores what it truly is to stay and worship in line with Jewish traditions. each point of the Jewish faith and tradition is featured. All vital fairs, the foodstuff legislation and the which means of symbols are delivered to mild. It additionally uncovers the various important contributions made by way of Jewish humans to the fields of technological know-how, medication and the arts.

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As a Driven Leaf (Paperback) - Common

The age of the Talmud is dropped at lifestyles in a panoramic saga. This masterpiece of recent fiction tells the gripping story of renegade talmudic sage Elisha ben Abuyah's fight to reconcile his religion with the attract of Hellenistic tradition. Set in Roman Palestine, As a pushed Leaf attracts readers into the dramatic period of Rabbinic Judaism. Watch the good Talmudic sages at paintings within the Sanhedrin, eav...

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Reading the Zohar: The Sacred Text of the Kabbalah

By Pinchas Giller

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Exclusive translations of the "Idrot texts", thought of to be the most components in the Zohar.

Comprising good over one thousand pages of densely written Aramaic, the compilation of texts referred to as the Zohar represents the collective knowledge of varied strands of Jewish mysticism, or kabbalah, as much as the 13th century. this large paintings maintains to supply the root of a lot Jewish mystical idea and perform to the current day. during this booklet, Pinchas Giller examines certaing sections of the Zohar and the ways that the crucial doctrines of classical kabbalah took form round them.

"In studying the Zohar, Giller (University of Judaism, CA), has succeeded in generating a piece that would have interaction nonacademic readers whereas nonetheless creating a vast contribution to the scholarly learn of Jewish mysticism."--Choice

"Pinchas Giller...has a lovely mastery of either basic and secondary fabrics within the examine of Kabbalah ordinarily, and Zohar in particular....As examining the Zohar unfolds, the centuries of ideological accretions are slowly separated out, and the reader involves know the way Jewish mystical principles constructed over the years and what implications these strategies had within Jewish highbrow lifestyles. but, for all his mastery of educational texts, Giller writes it appears that evidently and clearly."--The Jewish magazine of better Los Angeles



A be aware at the Sefirot

1 The Zohar and Its Commentators

2 Sabba de-Mishpatim: Love and Reincarnation

3 Hormanuta: A Zoharic production Tradition

4 The Idrot: The Literary Tradition

5 The Idrot: The Doctrine of the Countenances

6 The Idrot: The Emanation of Divinity

7 analyzing the Idrot

Appendix: Idra Texts




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