Category: Judaism

  • Download Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders by Joy Ladin PDF

    By Joy Ladin

    National Jewish ebook Award Finalist for Memoir



    Professor Jay Ladin made headlines world wide whilst, after years of educating literature at Yeshiva collage, he back to the Orthodox Jewish campus as a woman—Joy Ladin. In in the course of the Door of existence, pleasure Ladin takes readers inside of her transition as she replaced genders and, within the approach, created a brand new self.

    With unsparing honesty and unbelievable humor, Ladin wrestles with either the sensible difficulties of gender transition and the bigger ethical, non secular, and philosophical questions that come up. Ladin recounts her fight to reconcile the ache she skilled dwelling because the “wrong” gender with the ache of her teenagers in wasting the daddy they love. We listen in on her lifelong conversations with the God whom she sees either because the resource of her pain and as her wish for transcending it. we glance over her shoulder as she learns to stroll and speak as a lady after forty-plus years of strolling and conversing as a guy. We stare together with her into the replicate as she asks herself how the recent self she is developing will ever develop into real.

    Ladin’s poignant memoir takes us from the loss of life of residing because the guy she knew she wasn’t, to the shattering of kinfolk and profession that observed her transition, to the hot self, relationships, and love she unearths whilst she opens the door of life.
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  • Download Revolution of the Jewish Spirit: How to Revive by Rabbi Baruch HaLevi DMin,Ellen Frankel LCSW,Ron Wolfson PDF

    By Rabbi Baruch HaLevi DMin,Ellen Frankel LCSW,Ron Wolfson

    Prepare to restore your Jewish neighborhood with the transformative energy of the Divine spirit.

    "Rabbi Baruch HaLevi and Ellen Frankel have thoroughly pointed out Ruakh as a key lacking aspect in Jewish institutional lifestyles, specifically within the synagogue. Their name is for a revolution of spirit, a rejuvenation of our goal, our worship, even our sacred areas. it's reputation that the yearning for neighborhood can carry humans again to our associations, if we welcome, have interaction and encourage them."
    —from the Foreword via Dr. Ron Wolfson

    In this sensible and interesting consultant to reinvigorating Jewish lifestyles, Rabbi Baruch HaLevi and Ellen Frankel determine the variation among a dwelling synagogue and a demise one, and provide equipment for reviving the Jewish non secular centers—federations, group facilities, associations and synagogues—that function the guts of Jewish culture and your existence. they provide useful recommendations for maintaining and increasing transformation, together with suggestions for offering impassioned management, encouraged programming and welcoming sacred areas. even if you're clergy, congregant or neighborhood member, this consultant might help you wake up your spirit and liven up your trip to a Ruakh-filled life.

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  • Download God and Politics in Esther by Yoram Hazony PDF

    By Yoram Hazony

    A political hindrance erupts while the Persian executive falls to enthusiasts, and a Jewish insider is going rogue, made up our minds to save lots of her humans in any respect charges. God and Politics in Esther explores politics and religion. it really is approximately an period within which the prophets were silenced and miracles have ceased, and Jewish politics has come to rely now not on instructions from on excessive, yet at the boldness and trust of every girl and guy. Esther takes radical motion to win associates and allies, opposite terrifying decrees, and produce God's justice into the realm together with her personal palms. Hazony's The sunrise has lengthy been a cult vintage, learn at Purim every year across the world. two decades on, this revised variation brings the ebook to a lot wider cognizance. 3 debatable new chapters deal with the astonishingly radical theology that emerges from amid the political intrigues of the book.
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  • Download Hybrid Judaism: Irving Greenberg, Encounter, and the by Darren Kleinberg,Marc Dollinger PDF

    By Darren Kleinberg,Marc Dollinger

    American Jewish identification has replaced considerably over the process the previous part century. in this time, Irving Greenberg constructed a distinct theology that expected David Hollinger's inspiration of postethnicity and represents a compelling realizing of latest American Jewish identification. Greenberg's covenantal theology and snapshot of God inspiration mix into what Kleinberg refers to as Hybrid Judaism. valuable to Greenberg's theology is acceptance of the transformative energy of come across in an open society, seriously encouraged via his personal encounters throughout Jewish denominational limitations and during his participation within the Christian-Jewish discussion stream. provided right here for the 1st time, Greenberg’s theology of Hybrid Judaism has nice relevance for our figuring out of yank Jewish identification within the twenty-first century.
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  • Download DMT and the Soul of Prophecy: A New Science of Spiritual by Rick Strassman PDF

    By Rick Strassman

    evidently taking place DMT may well produce prophecy-like states of recognition and hence signify a bridge among biology and non secular adventure

    • finds the amazing similarities among the visions of the Hebrew prophets and the DMT nation defined via Strassman’s study volunteers

    • Explains how prophetic and psychedelic states may possibly percentage organic mechanisms

    • offers a brand new top-down “theoneurological” version of religious adventure

    After finishing his groundbreaking examine chronicled in DMT: The Spirit Molecule, Rick Strassman used to be left with one basic query: What does it suggest that DMT, an easy chemical certainly present in all of bodies, immediately opens us to an interactive spirit international that feels extra actual than our personal international?

    When his many years of medical psychiatric examine and Buddhist perform have been not able to supply solutions to this query, Strassman all started trying to find a extra resonant religious version. He came upon that the visions of the Hebrew prophets--such as Ezekiel, Moses, Adam, and Daniel--were strikingly just like these of the volunteers in his DMT stories. rigorously studying the idea that of prophecy within the Hebrew Bible, he characterizes a “prophetic kingdom of awareness” and explains the way it may well proportion organic and metaphysical mechanisms with the DMT influence.

    Examining medieval commentaries at the Hebrew Bible, Strassman unearths how Jewish metaphysics offers a top-down version for either the prophetic and DMT states, a version he calls “theoneurology.” Theoneurology bridges biology and spirituality by means of featuring that the Divine communicates with us utilizing the mind, and DMT--whether certainly produced or ingested--is a severe consider such visionary adventure. This version presents a counterpoint to “neurotheology,” which proposes that altered mind functionality easily generates the effect of a Divine-human come across.

    Theoneurology addresses matters severe to the total flowering of the psychedelic drug adventure. maybe even extra vital, it issues find out how to a renewal of classical prophetic realization, the soul of Hebrew Bible prophecy, in addition to unforeseen instructions for the evolution of latest non secular practice.
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  • Download The Artist’s Torah by David Harris Ebenbach,Sandy Sasso PDF

    By David Harris Ebenbach,Sandy Sasso

    ''The Artist’s Torah'' is an uplifting and down-to-earth advisor to the inventive method, vast open to longtime artists and first-time dabblers, to humans of each spiritual background—or none—and to each artistic medium. during this e-book, you’ll discover a yearlong cycle of weekly meditations on a lifestyles lived artistically, grounded in old Jewish knowledge and the knowledge of artists, composers, writers, and choreographers from the previous and current. You’ll discover the character of the artistic process—how it starts off, what it’s for, what it asks of you, the way you paintings your option to fact and which means, what you do in the event you get blocked, what you do while you’re done—and come upon questions that can assist you observe the meditations in your personal existence and paintings. notably, ''The Artist’s Torah'' teaches us that creativity is a traditional and demanding a part of the human spirit, a shiny spark that, week after week, this e-book will brighten.

    “This unique, eloquent, transparent, and useful booklet is a statement, a memoir, and a how-to handbook for the aspiring artist; it's a motivational treatise and a treasury of sage quotations.”
    —Lori Lefkovitz, Professor of Jewish reports and Professor of English, Northeastern University

    “The Talmud notes that the Torah is a ‘shira,’ a music or a poem—artistic, crafted, planned, and gorgeous. David Harris Ebenbach opens our eyes and exposes our hearts to the artfulness of Torah hiding in undeniable view. The Torah that emerges from his light examining rewards the reader with deep knowledge and beautiful beauty.”
    —Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, vice chairman, American Jewish collage

    “Ebenbach is a discovered interpreter of the Bible, steeped within the literature of either conventional Jewish interpretation and the musings at the creative approach from self-reflective artists. His insightful readings of Scripture are profound and relocating, spurring his readers either to align themselves with inventive forces and to treat biblical texts in clean and encouraging ways.”
    —Rabbi Jacob J. Staub, Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Spirituality, Reconstructionist Rabbinical collage

    David Ebenbach is the writer of 2 collections of brief fiction: "Between Camelots" (2005) and "Into the desolate tract" (2012). He has received the Drue Heinz Literature Prize; fellowships to the MacDowell Artist Colony, the Virginia middle for inventive Arts, and the Vermont Studio middle; and anyone Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. Ebenbach teaches inventive writing at Georgetown University.
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  • Download Hebron Jews: Memory and Conflict in the Land of Israel by Jerold S. Auerbach PDF

    By Jerold S. Auerbach

    during this first complete background in English of the Jews of Hebron, Jerold S. Auerbach explores one of many oldest and such a lot vilified Jewish groups on the planet. Spanning 3 thousand years, from the biblical narrative of Abraham's buy of a burial cave for Sarah to the violent current, it bargains a debatable research of a group positioned on the crossroads of the Israeli-Palestinian fight over nationwide barriers and the interior Israeli fight over the which means of Jewish statehood.

    Hebron Jews sharply demanding situations traditional Zionist historiography and present media figuring out by way of providing a neighborhood of reminiscence deeply embedded in Zionist background and Jewish culture. Auerbach exhibits how the mixing of faith and nationalism―Orthodoxy and Zionism―embodied in Hebron Jews is on the center of the fight inside of Israel to outline the which means of a Jewish state.
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  • Download Lebensform und Lebensnorm im Antiken Judentum: by Günter Mayer,Michael Tilly,Daniel Schumann PDF

    By Günter Mayer,Michael Tilly,Daniel Schumann

    Der Band versammelt 17 Beiträge des bereits verstorbenen Judaisten Günter Mayer (1936-2004) und des Tübinger Neutestamentlers Michael Tilly, seines langjährigen Mitarbeiters. Das breite Spektrum an Themen aus dem Bereich des hellenistischen und rabbinischen Judentums umfasst u.a. Arbeiten zur Geschichte der Bibel, zur Sozialisation und Erziehung des Kindes, zum antiken Funeralwesen und zur Rezeptionsgeschichte biblischer Prophetentexte.

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  • Download The Origins of Israel, 1882–1948: A Documentary History by Eran Kaplan,Derek J. Penslar PDF

    By Eran Kaplan,Derek J. Penslar


    In 1880 the Jewish group in Palestine encompassed a few 20,000 Orthodox Jews; inside of sixty-five years it used to be remodeled right into a secular proto-state with well-developed political, army, and monetary associations, a full of life Hebrew-language tradition, and a few 600,000 population. The Origins of Israel, 1882–1948: A Documentary History chronicles the making of recent Israel earlier than statehood, offering in English the texts of unique assets (many translated from Hebrew and different languages) observed by way of vast introductions and commentaries from the quantity editors.

        This sourcebook assembles a various array of sixty two records, lots of them unabridged, to express the ferment, dissent, strength, and nervousness that permeated the Zionist undertaking from its inception to the construction of the fashionable state of Israel. Focusing totally on social, financial, and cultural background instead of Zionist inspiration and international relations, the texts are prepared in themed chapters. They current the perspectives of Zionists from many political and non secular camps, manufacturing unit staff, farm ladies, militants, intellectuals selling the Hebrew language and arts—as good as perspectives of ultra-Orthodox anti-Zionists. the quantity contains very important unabridged files from the origins of the Arab-Israeli clash which are frequently mentioned yet are hardly ever learn in complete. The editors, Eran Kaplan and Derek J. Penslar, offer either fundamental texts and informative notes and observation, giving readers the chance to come across voices from historical past and make judgments for themselves approximately issues of world-historical significance.




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  • Download The Virgin of Guadalupe and the Conversos: Uncovering Hidden by Marie-Theresa Hernández PDF

    By Marie-Theresa Hernández

    Hidden lives, hidden historical past, and hidden manuscripts. In The Virgin of Guadalupe and the Conversos, Marie-Theresa Hernández unmasks the key lives of conversos and judaizantes and their most probably impact on the Catholic Church in the recent World.

    The phrases converso and judaizante are frequently used for descendants of Spanish Jews (the Sephardi, or Sefarditas as they're occasionally called), who switched over less than duress to Christianity within the fourteenth and 15th centuries. There are few, if any, archival records that end up the lifestyles of judaizantes after the Spanish expulsion of the Jews in 1492 and the Portuguese expulsion in 1497, because it is not likely mystery Jew in sixteenth-century Spain could have documented his allegiance to the legislations of Moses, thereby supplying proof for the Inquisition.

    On a Da Vinci Code – kind quest, Hernández persevered in looking for a trove of forgotten manuscripts on the ny Public Library. those files, as soon as unearthed, describe the Jewish/Christian non secular ideals of an early nineteenth-century Catholic priest in Mexico urban, targeting the connection among the Virgin of Guadalupe and Judaism. With this discovery in hand, the writer strains the cult of Guadalupe backwards to its fourteenth-century Spanish origins. the path from that time ahead can then be to its interface with early sleek conversos and their descendants on the maximum degrees of the Church and the monarchy in Spain and Colonial Mexico. She describes key gamers who have been in some way proof against the hazards of the Inquisition and who have been allowed the liberty to show, albeit in a camouflaged demeanour, vestiges in their family's Jewish identity.

    By exploring the narratives produced by means of those contributors, Hernández finds the lifestyles of these conversos and judaizantes who didn't go back to the “covenantal bond of rabbinic law,” who didn't publicly establish themselves as Jews, and who persevered to convey of their influential writings a covert allegiance and eager for a Jewish previous. this can be a spellbinding and debatable tale that gives a clean point of view at the origins and background of conversos.
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