It's Easier to Reach Heaven Than the End of the Street: A by Emma Williams

By Emma Williams

A deeply affecting memoir and a special contribution to our realizing of the Palestinian-Israeli conflictIn August 2000 Emma Williams arrived together with her 3 babies in Jerusalem to affix her husband and to paintings as a physician. A month later, the second one Palestinian intifada erupted. For the following 3 years, she was once to witness an striking sequence of occasions within which thousands of lives, together with her personal, have been became upside down.

Williams lived at the very border of East and West Jerusalem, operating with Palestinians in Ramallah through the day and spending evenings with Israelis in Tel Aviv. Weaving own tales and conversations with acquaintances and associates into the lengthy and fraught political heritage, Williams' strong memoir brings to lifestyles the realities of the Palestinian-Israeli clash. She vividly recollects giving delivery to her fourth baby through the siege of Bethlehem and her horror while a suicide bomber blew his personal head into the schoolyard...

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The Book of Schmaltz: Love Song to a Forgotten Fat by Michael Ruhlman

By Michael Ruhlman

The definitive publication on schmaltz--a staple in Jewish food and a "thread in a superb tapestry," through one in every of America's most precious culinary writers.

For culinary specialist Michael Ruhlman, the last word target in cooking is style, and for sure dishes not anything introduces it part in addition to schmaltz. A staple component in conventional Jewish delicacies, schmaltz (or rendered fowl fat), is prone to disappearing from use because of smooth nutritional developments and misperceptions approximately this flexible and flavor-packed ingredient.

THE e-book OF SCHMALTZ acts as a primer on schmaltz, taking a clean examine conventional dishes like kugel, kishke, and kreplach, and in addition venturing into modern recipes that reap the benefits of the flexibility of this fabulous fats. Potatoes cooked with schmaltz tackle a crispness and fulfilling taste that vegetable oil can't produce. Meats and starches have a intensity and complexity that set them except an analogous dishes ready with olive oil or butter.

What's extra, schmaltz offers a distinct hyperlink to the earlier that should be preserved. "Schmaltz is sort of a thread that runs via an exceptional tapestry," says Ruhlman's neighbor Lois, whose cooking encouraged his personal trip into the realm of schmaltz. "It's a mystery handshake between Jews who like to cook dinner and eat."

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What We Talk about When We Talk about Anne Frank by Nathan Englander

By Nathan Englander

From the up-and-coming younger American author who has contributed to McSweeney's and written for the recent Yorker comes a masterful selection of brief tales that has already bought rave experiences from the various such a lot renowned writers operating at the present time. a few of the tales are comedian masterpieces, a few embrace as darkish a imaginative and prescient of the universe as you are going to come upon, and them all exhibit a author grappling with the nice questions of recent lifestyles.

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David in Distress: His Portrait Through the Historical by Vivian L. Johnson

By Vivian L. Johnson

This booklet analyzes the 13 historic psalms (3, 7, 18, 34, fifty one, fifty two, fifty four, fifty six, fifty seven, fifty nine, 60, sixty three, 142) within the Psalter that seek advice from an important moments in King David's existence as recorded within the Samuel narrative (1 Sam 16-1 Kings 2). simply because so much Psalms study makes a speciality of the unique environment, the so-called Sitz-im-Leben, of those past due additions to the e-book of Psalms, they've got got little attention.

Using a text-based research, Johnson has discovered that those old psalms concentrate on episodes of King David's lifestyles within which he skilled hassle. for instance, Psalm three refers back to the coup all started through his son Absalom, Psalm fifty nine refers back to the night whilst Saul attempted to kill David, and Pslam fifty seven refers to David's days as a fugitive fleeing from Saul. through highlighting occasions of David in the course of his occasions of misery, those ancient psalms are likely to recast him as a guy who prayed to his God in each second of hassle. This recasting of David provides to some of the photos representations of David present in biblical narrative.

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Reasoning After Revelation: Dialogues In Postmodern Jewish by Steven Kepnes

By Steven Kepnes

Postmodern Jewish thinkers comprehend their Jewishness in a different way, yet all of them proportion a constancy to what they name the “Torah” and to communal practices of examining and social motion that experience their bases in rabbinic interpretations of biblical narrative, legislations, and trust. therefore, postmodern Jewish pondering is considering God, Jews, and the world—with the texts of the Torah—in the corporate of fellow seekers and believers. It makes use of the instruments of philosophy, yet with out their glossy premises. in addition, this way of Jewish considering presents assets for philosophically disciplined readings of scripture through Jews, Christians, and Moslems looking choices to the reductive discourses of secular academia, at the one hand, and to antimodern spiritual fundamentalisms, at the different. Postmodern Jewish Philosophy goals to make use of rabbinic modes of considering to supply a version for moral and spiritual notion within the twenty-first century, one that strikes past the dichotomy of relativism and imperialism and is concurrently certain and pluralistic.In Reasoning After Revelation: Dialogues in Postmodern Jewish Philosophy, 3 preeminent Jewish students debate the shape and which means of Postmodern Jewish Philosophy after the mess ups of the nice secular ideologies of recent western civilization. Emulating the equipment in addition to the premises of Talmudic argumentation, the authors current their responses as dialogues joined via a standard love of the rabbinic culture of statement and interpretation of the Bible. The composers, Peter Ochs, Robert Gibbs, and Steven Kepnes, give some thought to the place Judaism has been—and the place it's headed: on what foundation will sleek Jews now cause concerning the which means of Jewish life and the relevance of age-old Biblical traditions to the ethical and social crises of the twenty-first century? The dialogues are additional enriched via a suite of responses from best Jewish philosophers: Elliot R. Wolfson, Edith Wyschogrod, Almut Sh. Bruckstein, Yudit Kornberg Greenberg, and Susan E. Shapiro.

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Identity Matters: John, the Jews and Jewishness (Supplements by Raimo Hakola

By Raimo Hakola

This e-book demanding situations present scholarly consensus bearing on John’s references to the Jews in methods. First, the writer means that John’s portrayal of the Jews can't be understood as a reaction to the violent coverage of John’s competitors. moment, the writer claims that John’s portrayal of Jewishness is far extra ambivalent than is frequently claimed this present day. the 1st a part of the e-book bargains a close feedback at the so referred to as two-level studying process which claims that John’s references to the Jews emerge from the clash with rabbinic Judaism. the second one half examines intimately John’s dating to a couple easy markers of Jewishness. The booklet contributes to the continued dialogue of anti-Judaism in John and efforts to appreciate John’s ancient surroundings. Readership: New testomony and Johannine students, rabbinic students, undergraduate scholars, all these attracted to early Christianity, early Jewish-Christian family and smooth Jewish-Christian discussion.

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Fallen Angels and the History of Judaism and Christianity: by Annette Yoshiko Reed

By Annette Yoshiko Reed

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In the e-book of the Watchers, an Enochic apocalypse from the 3rd century BCE, the "sons of God" of Gen 6:1-4 are accused of corrupting humankind via their teachings of metalworking, cosmetology, magic, and divination. by way of tracing the changes of this motif in moment Temple, Rabbinic, and early medieval Judaism and early, past due vintage, and Byzantine Christianity, this e-book sheds gentle at the heritage of interpretation of Genesis, the altering prestige of Enochic literature, and where of parabiblical texts and traditions within the interchange among Jews and Christians in overdue Antiquity and the early heart Ages.

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1 Angelic Descent and Apocalyptic Epistemology: the lessons of Enoch and the Fallen Angels within the e-book of the Watchers
2 From Scribalism to Sectarianism: The Angelic Descent delusion and the Social Settings of Enochic Pseudepigraphy
3 Primeval background and the matter of Evil: Genesis, the publication of the Watchers, and the Fallen Angels in Pre-Rabbinic Judaism
4 The Parting of the methods? Enoch and the Fallen Angels in Rabbinic Judaism and Early Christianity
5 Demonology and the development of Christian id: ways to Illicit Angelic guide between Proto-Orthodox Christians
6 The Interpenetration of Jewish and Christian Traditions: The Exegesis of Genesis and the Marginalization of Enochic Literature
7 The Apocalyptic Roots of Merkabah Mysticism? The Reemergence of Enochic Traditions in Rabbinic Judaism

Index of contemporary Authors
Index of fundamental assets
Subject Index

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