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Routledge Jewish Studies Series


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Studies, which are interpreted to cover the disciplines of history, sociology, anthropology, culture, politics, philosophy, theology, religion, as they relate to Jewish affairs. The remit includes texts which have as their primary focus issues, ideas, personalities and events of relevance to Jews, Jewish life and the concepts which have characterised Jewish culture both in the past and today. The series is interested in receiving appropriate scripts or proposals.

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The Role of Contradictions in Spinoza's Philosophy The God-intoxicated heretic

The Role of Contradictions in Spinoza's Philosophy: The God-intoxicated heretic

1st Edition

By Yuval Jobani
February 04, 2016

Spinoza is commonly perceived as the great metaphysician of coherence. The Euclidean manner in which he presented his philosophy in the Ethics has led readers to assume they are facing a strict and consistent philosophical system that necessarily follows from itself. As opposed to the prevailing ...

Rabbis of our Time Authorities of Judaism in the Religious and Political Ferment of Modern Times

Rabbis of our Time: Authorities of Judaism in the Religious and Political Ferment of Modern Times

1st Edition

By Marek Čejka, Roman Kořan
November 02, 2015

The term ‘rabbi’ predominantly denotes Jewish men qualified to interpret the Torah and apply halacha, or those entrusted with the religious leadership of a Jewish community. However, the role of the rabbi has been understood differently across the Jewish world. While in Israel they control legally ...

The Name of God in Jewish Thought A Philosophical Analysis of Mystical Traditions from Apocalyptic to Kabbalah

The Name of God in Jewish Thought: A Philosophical Analysis of Mystical Traditions from Apocalyptic to Kabbalah

1st Edition

By Michael T Miller
November 02, 2015

One of the most powerful traditions of the Jewish fascination with language is that of the Name. Indeed, the Jewish mystical tradition would seem a two millennia long meditation on the nature of name in relation to object, and how name mediates between subject and object. Even within the tide of ...

Rabbinic Judaism Space and Place

Rabbinic Judaism: Space and Place

1st Edition

By David Kraemer
October 26, 2015

In the aftermath of the conquest of the Holy Land by the Romans and their destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 CE, Jews were faced with a world in existential chaos—both they and their God were rendered homeless. In a religious tradition that had equated Divine approval with peaceful dwelling ...

Jewish Women's Torah Study Orthodox Religious Education and Modernity

Jewish Women's Torah Study: Orthodox Religious Education and Modernity

1st Edition

By Ilan Fuchs
July 22, 2015

One of the cornerstones of the religious Jewish experience in all its variations is Torah study, and this learning is considered a central criterion for leadership. Jewish Women’s Torah Study addresses the question of women's integration in the halachic-religious system at this pivotal intersection...

Jewish Education and History Continuity, crisis and change

Jewish Education and History: Continuity, crisis and change

1st Edition

By Moshe Aberbach
March 31, 2015

Moshe Aberbach (1924-2007) was a leading educator and scholar in Jewish studies, specialising in the field of Jewish education in the talmudic period. This book draws on a representative selection of his writings over a fifty year period, and includes essays on Saadia Gaon and Maimonides, coverage ...

A History of Czechs and Jews A Slavic Jerusalem

A History of Czechs and Jews: A Slavic Jerusalem

1st Edition

By Martin Wein
February 12, 2015

Was Israel founded by Czechoslovakia? A History of Czechs and Jews examines this question and the resulting findings are complex. Czechoslovakia did provide critical, secret military sponsorship to Israel around 1948, but this alliance was short-lived and terminated with the Prague Trial of 1952. ...

God, Jews and the Media Religion and Israel’s Media

God, Jews and the Media: Religion and Israel’s Media

1st Edition

By Yoel Cohen
November 10, 2014

In order to understand contemporary Jewish identity in the twenty-first century, one needs to look beyond the Synagogue, the holy days and Jewish customs and law to explore such modern phenomena as mass media and their impact upon Jewish existence. This book delves into the complex relationship ...

A User's Guide to Franz Rosenzweig's Star of Redemption

A User's Guide to Franz Rosenzweig's Star of Redemption

1st Edition

By Norbert M. Samuelson
September 30, 2010

This user-friendly guide will help students of the 'Star' to be able to discuss at a basic level what, at least conceptually, Rosenzweig intended to say and how all that he says is interrelated....

Facing the Other The Ethics of Emmanuel Levinas

Facing the Other: The Ethics of Emmanuel Levinas

1st Edition

By Sean Hand
April 14, 2011

Study of one of the key philosophers in the post-Heideggerian field and an increasingly central presence in contemporary debates about identity and responsibility....

From Synagogue to Church: The Traditional Design Its Beginning, its Definition, its End

From Synagogue to Church: The Traditional Design: Its Beginning, its Definition, its End

1st Edition

By John Wilkinson
November 12, 2010

The designs of synagogues and churches are acknowledged to be very alike. But the designers' procedure was confidential, and so far standard explanations have been unsatisfactory. A synagogue should express heavenly values with earthly materials. This combination was in fact expressed in numbers, ...

German-Jewish Popular Culture before the Holocaust Kafka's kitsch

German-Jewish Popular Culture before the Holocaust: Kafka's kitsch

1st Edition

By David A. Brenner
March 27, 2014

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 ...

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