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Engendering Judaism

Engendering Judaism Author Rachel Adler
ISBN-10 0807036196
Release 1998
Pages 269
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Studies how women's full participation in Judaism will transform Jewish law, prayer, sexuality, and marriage

Engendering Judaism

Engendering Judaism Author Rachel Adler
ISBN-10 0827605846
Release 1998
Pages 269
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This is a pioneering work on what it means to “engender” Jewish tradition—how women’s full inclusion can and must transform our understanding and practice of Jewish law, prayer, and marriage. Adler’s writing is passionate, sharply intelligent and offers a serious study of traditional biblical and rabbinic texts. Engendering Judaism challenges both mainstream Judaism and feminist dogma and speaks across the movements as well as to Christian theologians and feminists.

Engendering Judaism

Engendering Judaism Author
ISBN-10 9781590451328
Release 2001-01
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Engendering Judaism has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Engendering Judaism also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Engendering Judaism book for free.

On Being a Jewish Feminist

On Being a Jewish Feminist Author Susannah Heschel
ISBN-10 0805210369
Release 1995
Pages 288
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Indispensible for anyone who wishes to understand contemporary Judaism or contemporary Jewish thought. This book is a founding document of a feminist inspired renewal that is sweeping America.

Standing Again at Sinai

Standing Again at Sinai Author Judith Plaskow
ISBN-10 9780060666842
Release 1991-02-01
Pages 304
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A feminist critique of Judaism as a patriarchal tradition and an exploration of the increasing involvement of women in naming and shaping Jewish tradition.

Covenant of Blood

Covenant of Blood Author Lawrence A. Hoffman
ISBN-10 0226347834
Release 1996-01
Pages 256
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Central to both biblical narrative and rabbinic commentary, circumcision has remained a defining rite of Jewish identity, a symbol so powerful that challenges to it have always been considered taboo. Lawrence Hoffman seeks to find out why circumcision holds such an important place in the Jewish psyche. He traces the symbolism of circumcision through Jewish history, examining its evolution as a symbol of the covenant in the post-exilic period of the Bible and its subsequent meaning in the formative era of Mishnah and Talmud. In the rabbinic system, Hoffman argues, circumcision was neither a birth ritual nor the beginning of the human life cycle, but a rite of covenantal initiation into a male "life line." Although the evolution of the rite was shaped by rabbinic debates with early Christianity, the Rabbis shared with the church a view of blood as providing salvation. Hoffman examines the particular significance of circumcision blood, which, in addition to its salvific role, contrasted with menstrual blood to symbolize the gender dichotomy within the rabbinic system. His analysis of the Rabbis' views of circumcision and menstrual blood sheds light on the marginalization of women in rabbinic law. Differentiating official mores about gender from actual practice, Hoffman surveys women's spirituality within rabbinic society and examines the roles mothers played in their sons' circumcisions until the medieval period, when they were finally excluded.


Kavvana Author Seth Kadish
ISBN-10 IND:30000054499458
Release 1997-01-01
Pages 604
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The issue of praying with kavvana (meaning or concentration) as opposed to the "rote" recitation of prayers has been central to the discussion of prayer throughout Jewish history. In this exhaustive study of the topic, Rabbi Seth Kadish gathers and analyzes the wealth of rabbinic teachings and academic studies on the topic of "rote versus meaning" in Jewish prayer. By gathering into one volume all of the material on this important subject, he has enabled Jews who search for solutions to the problem of rote prayer to have a comprehensive resource for answers. The concept of kavvana can be explained as directing one's heart, or having conscious intent, in performing a mitzvah (sacred deed). In relation to the mitzvah of prayer, kavvana can more specifically be understood as sincerity or concentration in one's communication with God. In Judaism, praying with renewed intensity at each of the three daily prayer services is complicated by the liturgy, which is standardized. How can Jews approach each prayer service with vitality and attention, especially when the same words are uttered time after time? The author assists the reader in recognizing the vast scope of the "rote prayer" problem by illustrating that even the greatest sages have confronted in with limited success. He also reminds the reader to understand the problem, to a certain extent, as a by-product of our innate human limitations. Most importantly, by bringing together the many possible solutions found in Jewish and scholarly sources, the reader is encouraged to search for solutions that best fit his or her individual needs. Rabbi Kadish provides a lucid explanation of the rabbinic sources that he has collected and presents them in a format aimed at both new and advanced students of Jewish texts. Scholarly writings of Jewish philosophy and history, as well as many academic works that are not written from a Jewish perspective, are analyzed with equal clarity. The siddur (prayer book) and individual prayers are explored in order to better understand the messages that are inherent within them. An extensive glossary of important terms and personalities completes the work. Kavvana: Directing the Heart in Jewish Prayer is an invaluable reference the anyone interested in exploring prayer on its most intimate level.

Jewish Woman in Jewish Law

Jewish Woman in Jewish Law Author Moshe Meiselman
ISBN-10 0870683292
Release 1978-01-01
Pages 218
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Jewish Woman in Jewish Law has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Jewish Woman in Jewish Law also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Jewish Woman in Jewish Law book for free.

Symbols of Judaism

Symbols of Judaism Author Marc-Alain Ouaknin
ISBN-10 2843237890
Release 2005-01-01
Pages 108
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Full-page images of precious religious artifacts such as the Holy Ark and the Sabbath candlesticks, but also holy sites including synagogues and the Mount of Olives, accompany a thought-provoking text by Rabbi Marc-Alain Ouaknin. He provides answers to many fundamental questions about the traditions of Judaism, discussing not only their origins and application today, but also religious holidays and feasts according to the Jewish calendar.

Judaism s Great Debates

Judaism s Great Debates Author Barry L. Schwartz
ISBN-10 9780827609327
Release 2012-07-01
Pages 112
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Thanks to these generous donors for making the publication of this book possible: David Lerman and Shelley Wallock; D. Walter Cohen, Wendy and Leonard Cooper; Rabbi Howard Gorin; Gittel and Alan Hilibrand; Marjorie and Jeffrey Major; Jeanette Lerman Neubauer and Joe Neubauer; Gayle and David Smith; and Harriet and Donald Young. Ever since Abraham’s famous argument with God, Judaism has been full of debate. Moses and Korah, David and Nathan, Hillel and Shammai, the Vilna Gaon and the Ba’al Shem Tov, Spinoza and the Amsterdam Rabbis . . . the list goes on. Jews debate justice, authority, inclusion, spirituality, resistance, evolution, Zionism, and more. No wonder that Judaism cherishes the expression machloket l’shem shamayim, “an argument for the sake of heaven.” In this concise but important survey, Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz presents the provocative and vibrant thesis that debate and disputation are not only encouraged within Judaism but reside at the very heart of Jewish history and theology. In his graceful, engaging, and creative prose, Schwartz presents an introduction to an intellectual history of Judaism through the art of argumentation. Beyond their historical importance, what makes these disputations so compelling is that nearly all of them, regardless of their epochs, are still being argued. Schwartz builds the case that the basis of Judaism is a series of unresolved rather than resolved arguments. Drawing on primary sources, and with a bit of poetic license, Schwartz reconstructs the real or imagined dialogue of ten great debates and then analyzes their significance and legacy. This parade of characters spanning three millennia of biblical, rabbinic, and modern disputation reflects the panorama of Jewish history with its monumental political, ethical, and spiritual challenges.

Radical Judaism

Radical Judaism Author Arthur Green
ISBN-10 9780300152333
Release 2010-03-30
Pages 192
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How do we articulate a religious vision that embraces evolution and human authorship of Scripture? Drawing on the Jewish mystical traditions of Kabbalah and Hasidism, path-breaking Jewish scholar Arthur Green argues that a neomystical perspective can help us to reframe these realities, so they may yet be viewed as dwelling places of the sacred. In doing so, he rethinks such concepts as God, the origins and meaning of existence, human nature, and revelation to construct a new Judaism for the twenty-first century.

Pious Irreverence

Pious Irreverence Author Dov Weiss
ISBN-10 9780812248357
Release 2016-07-26
Pages 304
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Judaism is often described as a religion that tolerates, even celebrates arguments with God. In Pious Irreverence, Dov Weiss has written the first scholarly study of the premodern roots of this distinctively Jewish theology of protest, examining its origins and development in the rabbinic age (70 CE-800 CE).

New Jewish Feminism

New Jewish Feminism Author Elyse Goldstein
ISBN-10 9781580233590
Release 2009
Pages 439
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This empowering anthology looks at the growth and accomplishments of Jewish feminism and what that means for Jewish women today and tomorrow. It features the voices of women from every area of Jewish life-the Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative, Orthodox and Jewish Renewal movements; rabbis, congregational leaders, artists, writers, community service professionals, academics, and chaplains, from the United States, Canada, and Israel-addressing the important issues that concern Jewish women: Women and Theology, Women, Ritual and Torah, Women and the Synagogue, Women in Israel, Gender, Sexuality and Age, Women and the Denominations, Leadership and Social Justice. Book jacket.

Progressive Religious

Progressive   Religious Author Robert Patrick Jones
ISBN-10 9780742562301
Release 2008
Pages 265
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Shares the dynamic stories of religious leaders from a range of faiths who are building on traditional connections between religion and social justice, offering insight into their actions on behalf of such issues as health care, civil rights, and the environment.

Jews and Genes

Jews and Genes Author Elliot N. Dorff
ISBN-10 9780827611948
Release 2015-03-01
Pages 456
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Well aware of Jews having once been the victims of Nazi eugenics policies, many Jews today have an ambivalent attitude toward new genetics and are understandably wary of genetic forms of identity and intervention. At the same time, the Jewish tradition is strongly committed to medical research designed to prevent or cure diseases. Jews and Genes explores this tension against the backdrop of various important developments in genetics and bioethics—new advances in stem cell research; genetic mapping, identity, testing, and intervention; and the role of religion and ethics in shaping public policy. Jews and Genes brings together leaders in their fields, from all walks of Judaism, to explore these most timely and intriguing topics—the intricacies of the genetic code and the wonders of life, along with cutting-edge science and the ethical issues it raises.

The Rise of Viagra

The Rise of Viagra Author Meika Loe
ISBN-10 9780814752005
Release 2004-08-11
Pages 289
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Provides details on the history of Viagra and the social phenomenon that surrounds it.

Paul the Jew

Paul the Jew Author Gabriele Boccaccini
ISBN-10 9781506410401
Release 2016-06-03
Pages 432
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The decades-long effort to understand the apostle Paul within his Jewish context is now firmly established in scholarship on early Judaism, as well as on Paul. The latest fruit of sustained analysis appears in the essays gathered here, from leading international scholars who take account of the latest investigations into the scope and variety present in Second Temple Judaism. Contributors address broad historical and theological questions—Paul’s thought and practice in relationship with early Jewish apocalypticism, messianism, attitudes toward life under the Roman Empire, appeal to Scripture, the Law, inclusion of Gentiles, the nature of salvation, and the rise of Gentile-Christian supersessionism—as well as questions about interpretation itself, including the extent and direction of a “paradigm shift” in Pauline studies and the evaluation of the Pauline legacy. Paul the Jew goes as far as any effort has gone to restore the apostle to his own historical, cultural, and theological context, and with persuasive results.