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Memoirs of Gluckel of Hameln

Memoirs of Gluckel of Hameln Author Gluckel
ISBN-10 9780307806383
Release 2011-09-21
Pages 336
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Begun in 1690, this diary of a forty-four-year-old German Jewish widow, mother of fourteen children, tells how she guided the financial and personal destinies of her children, how she engaged in trade, ran her own factory, and promoted the welfare of her large family. Her memoir, a rare account of an ordinary woman, enlightens not just her children, for whom she wrote it, but all posterity about her life and community. Gluckel speaks to us with determination and humor from the seventeenth century. She tells of war, plague, pirates, soldiers, the hysteria of the false messiah Sabbtai Zevi, murder, bankruptcy, wedding feasts, births, deaths, in fact, of all the human events that befell her during her lifetime. She writes in a matter of fact way of the frightening and precarious situation under which the Jews of northern Germany lived. Accepting this situation as given, she boldly and fearlessly promotes her business, her family and her faith. This memoir is a document in the history of women and of life in the seventeenth century. From the Trade Paperback edition.



The Memoirs of Gl ckel of Hameln

The Memoirs of Gl  ckel of Hameln Author Glueckel (of Hameln)
ISBN-10 9780805205725
Release 1977
Pages 295
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The diary of a German Jewish widow, begun in 1690 for her children, describes the manner in which she tended her business and family amid war and persecution



The Life of Gl ckel of Hameln 1646 1724

The Life of Gl  ckel of Hameln  1646 1724 Author Gl of Hameln
ISBN-10 9780827609525
Release 2010-01-01
Pages 190
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Glückel of Hameln’s memoir is widely viewed as one of the earliest major works written by a Jewish woman and has become a classic. Glückel’s aim, she writes at the beginning of her memoir, was to while away the long and melancholy nights that tormented her after her husband’s death, and to inform her 12 children about their family and its history. But her book is not just an account of her life; it is also a fascinating depiction of 17th century Germany and its Jewish community. The Life of Glückel of Hameln is the only English translation of Glückel’s story from the original Yiddish and is widely considered the most accurate and complete translation available. It was out of print for many years until this JPS edition. The volume also includes an introduction by Beth-Zion Abrahams that fills in the background of Glückel’s life and tells how she came to write her memoir. With this reissue, JPS invites a wide audience to read this important record of Jewish, European, and women’s history.



The People and the Books 18 Classics of Jewish Literature

The People and the Books  18 Classics of Jewish Literature Author Adam Kirsch
ISBN-10 9780393608311
Release 2016-10-04
Pages 384
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An accessible introduction to the classics of Jewish literature, from the Bible to modern times, by “one of America’s finest literary critics” (Wall Street Journal). Jews have long embraced their identity as “the people of the book.” But outside of the Bible, much of the Jewish literary tradition remains little known to nonspecialist readers. The People and the Books shows how central questions and themes of our history and culture are reflected in the Jewish literary canon: the nature of God, the right way to understand the Bible, the relationship of the Jews to their Promised Land, and the challenges of living as a minority in Diaspora. Adam Kirsch explores eighteen classic texts, including the biblical books of Deuteronomy and Esther, the philosophy of Maimonides, the autobiography of the medieval businesswoman Glückel of Hameln, and the Zionist manifestoes of Theodor Herzl. From the Jews of Roman Egypt to the mystical devotees of Hasidism in Eastern Europe, The People and the Books brings the treasures of Jewish literature to life and offers new ways to think about their enduring power and influence.



Power in the Blood

Power in the Blood Author David Warren Sabean
ISBN-10 0521347785
Release 1987
Pages 250
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This book offers a substantial reassessment of peasant society and popular culture in early modern Europe. The book is based on a series of episodes from village or small town life of the duchy of Württemberg in southwest Germany from 1580 and 1800, in which state authorities conducted a special investigation into local events. The cases and characters involved include peasants' refusal to celebrate church rituals; a self-proclaimed prophet who encountered an angel in his vineyard; a thirteen-year-old witch; a paranoid pastor; a murder; and the live burial of a village bull. Each case offers vivid insights into the state's attitude towards local communities and individuals, and the latter's conception of the state, as well as internal relations among the villagers. Throuhgout, the important but ambiguous role of the church and of religious ideology in the reformation and transformation of popular culture is made apparent.



Sammlung

Sammlung Author Alessandra Strozzi
ISBN-10 9780520203907
Release 1997-02
Pages 252
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"The liveliness of Ms. Gregory's translation . . . reminds me anew what a marvelous window these letters offer into the experience of a past world."—Dale Kent, author of The Rise of the Medici



Houses of Study

Houses of Study Author Ilana M. Blumberg
ISBN-10 0803224494
Release 2009-03-01
Pages 181
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Houses of Study is an eloquent memoir of a Jewish woman?s life and her efforts to reconcile the traditions of her faith with her belief in women?s equality and the pull of modern American living. Ilana M. Blumberg traces her path from a childhood immersed in Hebrew and classical Judaic texts alongside Anglo-American novels and biographies to a womanhood where the two literatures suddenly represent mutually exclusive possibilities for life. Set in ?houses of study,? from a Jewish grammar school and high school to a Jerusalem yeshiva for women to a secular American university, her intimate and poignant memoir asks what happens when the traditional Jewish ideal of learning asserts itself in a woman directed by that same tradition toward a life of modesty, early marriage, and motherhood. This Bison Books edition is updated with discussion questions.



Adventures of a Simpleton

Adventures of a Simpleton Author Hans Jakob Christoph von Grimmelshausen
ISBN-10 0826414826
Release 2002-10-31
Pages 256
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Simplex starts out in life as innocent as any child - even more so. But then the soldiers came. And Simplex takes his first stumbling step out into the wide world. He is pressed into service as a court jester and carried off by the Croats. He fights in the war, now on this side, now on that. As a fancy-free lighthearted gallant, he slips into a pretty girl's boudoir only to be escorted from it the same night as a trapped and heavyhearted husband. He acquires great wealth by robbery and sinks into poverty out of magnanimity.



Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation

Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation Author Miriam Bodian
ISBN-10 0253213517
Release 1999
Pages 219
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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.



Reading Ruth

Reading Ruth Author Judith A. Kates
ISBN-10 NWU:35556029047859
Release 1996
Pages 386
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Featuring works by Cynthia Ozick, Marge Piercy, Francine Klagsburn, and Nessa Rapoport, a collection of essays examines the book of the Old Testament most relevant to women



Borrowed Time

Borrowed Time Author Paul Monette
ISBN-10 9781480473850
Release 2014-03-25
Pages 342
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The tragic true story of a love cut short by AIDS, written by National Book Award winner Paul Monette In 1974, Paul Monette met Roger Horwitz, the man with whom he would share more than a decade of his life. In 1986, Roger died of complications from AIDS. Borrowed Time traces this love story from start to tragic finish. At a time when the medical community was just beginning to understand this mysterious and virulent disease, Monette and others like him were coming to terms with unfathomable loss. This personal account of the early days of the AIDS crisis tells the story of love in the face of death. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Borrowed Time was one of the first memoirs to deal candidly with AIDS and is as moving and relevant now as it was more than twenty-five years ago. Written with fierce honesty and heartwarming tenderness, this book is part love story, part testimony, and part requiem. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Paul Monette including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the Paul Monette papers of the UCLA Library Special Collections.



Abyss of Despair

Abyss of Despair Author Nathan Nata Hannover
ISBN-10 9780878559275
Release 1950
Pages 144
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Providing a gripping, first-hand account of the Chmielnicki massacres in 1648-58, in which tens of thousands of Jews perished in Poland and the Ukraine, Rabbi Nathan Hanover describes the events themselves and their effect on European Jewry. Hanover's description of the atrocities commited* by Chmielnicki and his hordes makes it clear that they set the precedent for Hitler's torture chambers. Hanover's account of the events understood in their historical context 'shows how humans can transcend tragedy and rebuild their lives, developing new ways to express their heritage and culture. Professor Helmreich, in his new introduction, describes the- period of relative peace and prosperity for the Jews immediately preceding the massacres. He traces some of the important effects the massacre had on later Jewish history, such as the rise of Messianic and Hasidic movements in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and the migration of Jews back toward the west, where they were situated when the Enlightenment swept through Europe.



Discourse on Free Will

Discourse on Free Will Author Desiderius Erasmus
ISBN-10 9781472504609
Release 2013-06-20
Pages 160
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Desiderius Eramsus (1466/9-1536) was the most renowned scholar of his age, a celebrated humanist and Classicist, and the first teacher of Greek at Cambridge. An influential figure in the Protestant Reformation, though without ever breaking from the Church himself, he satirised both human folly and the corruption of the Church. Martin Luther (1483-1546) was the founder of the German Reformation. His 95 Theses became a manifesto for reform of the Catholic Church and led to his being tried for heresy. He remained in Germany, Professor of Biblical Exegesis at the University of Wittenburg, until his death, publishing a large number of works, including three major treatises and a translation of the New Testament into German. Comprising Erasmus's "The Free Will" and Luther's "The Bondage of the Will", Discourse on Free Will is a landmark text in the history of Protestantism. Encapsulating the perspective on free will of two of the most important figures in the history of Christianity, it remains to this day a powerful, thought-provoking and timely work.



The Latehomecomer

The Latehomecomer Author Kao Kalia Yang
ISBN-10 9781566894791
Release 2017-03-20
Pages 312
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An NEA Big Read Selection “This is the best account of the Hmong experience I’ve ever read—powerful, heartbreaking, and unforgettable.”—Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down “A narrative packed with the stuff of life.” —Entertainment Weekly Kao Kalia Yang is the author of The Song Poet and The Latehomecomer, which was a finalist for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award and the Asian American Literary Award, and received the 2009 Minnesota Book Award.



From the Shahs to Los Angeles

From the Shahs to Los Angeles Author Saba Soomekh
ISBN-10 9781438443850
Release 2012-10-11
Pages 230
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A fascinating look at the lives, culture, and religious and ritual observance of three generations of Iranian Jewish women in the United States.



Autobiographical Jews

Autobiographical Jews Author Michael Stanislawski
ISBN-10 0295803797
Release 2012-09-20
Pages 224
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Autobiographical Jews examines the nature of autobiographical writing by Jews from antiquity to the present, and the ways in which such writings can legitimately be used as sources for Jewish history. Drawing on current literary theory, which questions the very nature of autobiographical writing and its relationship to what we normally designate as the truth, and, to a lesser extent, the new cognitive neurosciences, Michael Stanislawski analyzes a number of crucial and complex autobiographical texts written by Jews through the ages. Stanislawski considers The Life by first-century historian Josephus; compares the early modern autobiographies of Asher of Reichshofen (Book of Memories) and Glikl of Hameln (Memoirs); analyzes the radically different autobiographies of two Russian Jewish writers, the Hebrew Enlightenment author Moshe Leib Lilienblum and the famous Russian poet Osip Mandelstam; and looks at two autobiographies written out of utter despair in the midst and in the wake of World War II, Stefan Zweig�s The World of Yesterday and Sarah Kofman�s Rue Ordener, Rue Labat. These writers� attempts to portray their private and public struggles, anxieties, successes, and failures are expressions of a basic drive for selfhood which is both timeless and time-bound, universal and culturally specific. The challenge is to attempt to unravel the conscious from the unconscious distortions in these texts and to regard them as artifacts of individuals� quests to make sense of their lives, first and foremost for themselves and then, if possible, for their readers.



The Fractalist

The Fractalist Author Benoit B. Mandelbrot
ISBN-10 9780307377357
Release 2012
Pages 324
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A personal account by the late research scientist who revolutionized visual geometry with his ideas about fractals traces his early life as member of a Lithuanian Jewish family in early 20th-century Warsaw, his broad education in Europe and America and his long-time affiliation with IBM, Harvard and Yale. 40,000 first printing.