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21 GROSSMAN, AVRAHAM. Pious And Rebellious: Jewish Women In Medieval Europe.
Brandeis University Press, Waltham / University Press of New England: 2004. 1584653922 / 9781584653929 Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry Series & HBI Series on Jewish Women. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The first complete look at the social status and daily life of medieval Jewish women. This volume, an amazing act of historical recovery and reconstruction, offers a comprehensive examination of Jewish women in Europe during the High Middle Ages (1000-1300). Avraham Grossman covers multiple aspects of women's lives in medieval Jewish society, including the image of woman, the structure of the family unit, age at marriage, position in family and society, her place in economic and religious life, her education, her role in family ceremonies, violence against women, and the position of the divorce and the widow in society. Grossman shows that the High Middle Ages saw a distinct improvement in the status of Jewish women in Europe relative to their status during the Talmudic period and in Muslim countries. If, during the twelfth century, rabbis applauded women as "pious and pure" because of their major role in the martyrdom of the Crusades of 1096, then by the end of the thirteenth century, rabbis complained that women were becoming bold and rebellious. Two main factors fostered this change: first, the transformation of Jewish society from agrarian to "bourgeois," with women performing an increasingly important function in the family economy; and second, the openness toward women in Christian Europe, where women were not subjected to strict limitations based upon conceptions of modesty, as was the case in Muslim countries. The heart of Grossman's book concerns the improvement of Jewish women's lot, and the efforts of secular and religious authorities to impede their new-found status. Bringing together a variety of sources including halakhic literature, biblical and talmudic exegesis, ethical literature and philosophy, love songs, folklore and popular literature, gravestones, and drawings, Grossman's book reconstructs the hitherto unrecorded lives of Jewish women during the Middle Ages. "It was long accepted that Jewish women in medieval times held little power and no leadership roles; there are few manuscripts or print sources describing their lives and no known works written by women, except for a handful of poems. That's why Avraham Grossman's Pious and Rebellious… is so welcome." —Hadassah Magazine "...[S]uch facets of the subject as the Jewish philosophy of women, marriage and family, economic status, culture and education, and role in religious life receive extended development. ... Highly Recommended."—Choice "These studies are thoroughly absorbing in every detail, and give an important voice to women whose voices have become almost completely muted over time, even though in their own age they were heard louder and clearer than ever before."—The Forward Professor Avraham Grossman, the noted Israeli historian of Jewish learning in the Middle Ages, has lately written a book unmatched in its erudition, reliability and composition. A topic many talk about but few have the facts—Jewish women in the Middle Ages-- has found its mentor. The master touched it and it sparkles." —David Weiss Halivni, The L.N. Littauer Professor of Classical Jewish Civilization, Columbia University "This pioneering synthesis addresses an issue standing at the cutting edge of contemporary historiography with sensitivity, respect for evidence, and sovereign mastery of a diverse and daunting corpus of texts." —David Berger, Broeklundian Professor of History, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York The Table of Contents of this book is as follows: INTRODUCTION • The Historical Background • Sources • The Chronological and Geographical Framework • THE IMAGE OF THE WOMAN: PARTNER OR THE "OTHER"? • The Creation and the Superiority of Man • The Temptation in the Garden of Eden and the Superiority of Man • Characteristics of Woman and the Superiority of Man • Women and Sorcery • The "Medical Inferiority" of Women and the Superiority of Men • The Obligation to Perform Mitzvot and the Superiority of Man • Expressions in Praise of Women and their Perception as "Partner" • Between Image and Reality • AGE AT MARRIAGE • The Talmudic Heritage • The Sitation in Babylonia in the Eighth and Ninth Centuries • The Situation in Non-Jewish Society • The Situation in Jewish Society during the Tenth through Thirteenth Centuries • Factors Causing the Large Number of Childhood Marriages • Results of Early Marriage • ENGAGEMENT, BETROTHAL, AND THE CHOICE OF A MARRIAGE PARTNER • The Ceremonies and their Development • The Ban in Ashkenaz against Cancelling Engagements • Choice of Marriage Partner • Consensual MArriage in Christian Europe • The Institution of Matchmaking and Its Place in Jewish Society • MONOGAMY AND POLYGAMY • The Biblical and Talmudic Heritage • The Situation in Ashkenaz • Polygamy in Spain • The Atmosphere in the Polygamous Family • Levirate Marriage and Bigamy • FEMININE MODESTY AND WOMEN'S ROLE IN SUPPORTING THE FAMILY • The Talmudic Tradition • Modesty in Muslim Society • Modesty in Jewish Society in Muslim Countries • The "Miqveh Rebellion" in Egypt • The Sitation in Jewish Society in Spain • Feminine Modesty and Women's Work in Christian Europe • The Situation in AShkenazic Jewish Society • Changes in the LEgal Status of Women • WOMAN AS WIFE AND MOTHER AND HER ECONOMIC STATUS • The Woman within Her Home • Prostitution and Concubinage • The Woman's Economic Status • WOMEN'S CULTURE AND EDUCATION • The Talmudic Heritage • The Situation in Muslim Society • The Situation in Christian Society • The Stance of the Jewish Sages in the Middle Ages • Learned Women • Education of Women in Jewish Society • Girls' Education and Erudition in Ashkenaz • The Situation in Spain • Education of Jewish Women in Italy and Sicily • THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN RELIGIOUS LIFE AND IN FAMILY CEREMONIES • The Biblical and Talmudic Heritage • The Role of Women in Relgious Life in Christian Europe • The PErformance of Time-Linked Positive Commandments • Women in the Synagogue • Women in the Celebration of Passover • Women Circumcisers • Women as Ritual Slaughterers • Fast Days and Acts of Charity by Women • REfraining from Eating Meat During the Season of Mourning • Women as Bearers of Halakhic Traditions • The Role of Women in Family Ceremonies • WOMEN'S ROLE IN JEWISH MARTYRDOM IN EUROPE IN THE ELEVENTH TO THIRTEENTH CENTURIES • The DEscriptions of Women in Chronicles about the Pogroms • The Historical Reliability of the Descriptions in the Chronicles • The Role of Women in Jewish Martyrdom According to Christian Sources • The "Beauty" and "Purity" of the Women • Kiddush Hashem and the Cultural and Social Status of the Women • The Descrip=tion in the Chronicles and the Public Image • Between the Chronicles of 1096 and Sfer Zekhirah • VIOLENCE TOWARD WOMEN • The Tamuldic Tradition • The Situation in Christian and Muslim Society • The Position of the Babylonian Geonim • The Position of the Spanish Sages • Maimonides' Position • The Situation in France and Italy • The Situation in Germany • Wife Beating for "Education" • Summary: Between Theory and Reality • THE DIVORCÉE AND THE "REBELLIOUS WIFE" • The Biblical and Talmudic Heritage • The Attitude of Medieval Jewish Sages to Divorce • Grounds for Divorce • The Change at the Beginning of the Geonic Period • The Retreat from the Taqqanah of Moredet during the Twelfth Century • The Proliferation of Divorce in Ashkenaz in the Thirteenth Century and Thereafter • "Rebellion" of Women in Christian Society • Divorce in Spain • The Attitude of the Divorce • THE WIDOW AND THE "MURDEROUS WIFE" • The Large Number of Widows • The Biblical and Talmudic Heritage • The Situation in Non-Jewish Society • Life Expectancy in Europe • The Situation in Jewish Society: The Attitude to the Widow's Remarriage • The Commonness of Widowhood and its Social Significance • The Widow's Economic Rights • The "Murderous Wife" (Qatlanit) • SUMMARY: WOMAN'S STATUS IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE • The Positive Changes • Negative Changes • The Silencing of Creativity • Between "Pious" and "Rebellious" Women • NOTES • GLOSSARY • BIBLIOGRAPHY • INDEX. CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2005. Avraham Grossman is Professor of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a member of the Israeli National Academy of Sciences, and recipient of the prestigious Israel Prize and Bialik Prize for Jewish Studies. "Avraham Grossman is an erudite and intellectually honest scholar who is helping to draw a true picture of Jewish women's lives."—Jewish Book World 
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22 HARTMAN, HARRIET & HARTMAN, MOSHE; FISHMAN, SYLVIA BARACK (PREFACE). Gender And American Jews: Patterns In Work, Education, And Family In Contemporary Life.
Brandeis University Press, Waltham: 2009. HBI Series on Jewish Women. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
A much-anticipated sociological analysis of gender components in contemporary American Jewish life based on the most recent population data In Gender and American Jews, Harriet Hartman and Moshe Hartman interpret the results of the two most recent National Jewish Population Surveys. Building on their critical work in Gender Equality and American Jews (1996), and drawing on relevant sociological work on gender, religion, and secular achievement, this new book brings their analysis of gendered patterns in contemporary Jewish life right to the present moment. The first part of the book examines the distinctiveness of American Jews in terms of family behavior, labor-force patterns, and educational and occupational attainment. The second investigates the interrelationships between "Jewishness" and religious, economic, and family behavior, including intermarriage. Deploying an engaging assortment of charts and graphs and a rigorous grasp of statistics, the Hartmans provide a multifaceted portrait of a multidimensional population. Harriet Hartman is Professor of Sociology, Rowan University, and President of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry. Moshe Hartman is a retired Professor of Sociology, Ben Gurion University of the Negev. "Gender and American Jews: Patterns in Work, Education and Family in Contemporary Life is an important book about the gendered life of American Jews. Indeed, it is more than that; it is a glimpse into the gendered dimensions of a population that should provide the litmus test of how far we have come and/or still need to go in contemporary U.S.A. when we speak about gender parity. . . The next National Jewish Population Survey, and all of us who do research on, by, and for Jews, can only benefit from the intelligent, careful, and insightful analysis of these authors."—Shofar 
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23 HERTZBERG, ARTHUR. Being Jewish In America: The Modern Experience.
Schocken Books, New York: 1980, c1979. 080520654X / 9780805206548 Second Printing. s Softcover. Good reading Copy. 
American Jewry's most prominent leader speaks out on Jewish identity in pluralistic society, on Jews and race relations, on the position of the American rabbinate, and on American Jewry's attitudes towards Zionism and Israel. 
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24 HERTZBERG, STEVEN. Strangers Within The Gate City: The Jews Of Atlanta, 1845-1915.
The Jewish Publication Society of America, Philadelphia: 1978. First Edition. h Hardcover with no dustjacket. First Edition. Reading copy with pencil and Ink Markings in Text. 
"This study describes and analyzes the Jewish experience in a major American city during the seven decades prior to the outbreak of World War I and the disruption of mass immigration." -from the Introduction. Includes list of figures and of tables, two appendices, selected bibliography, notes, illustrations and an index. 
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25 HERZ, CARY. New Mexico's Crypto - Jews: Image And Memory.
University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque: . s Softcover. Brand new book. 
While photographing the Congregation Montefiore Cemeter in Las Vegas, New Mexico, in 1985, Cary Herz first heard whispers about "the other people." Thus began a twenty-year search for descendants of crypto-Jews, the Sephardic Jews who were forced to convert to Catholicism during the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions centuries ago. 
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26 INGALL, CAROL K. (EDITED). The Women Who Reconstructed American Jewish Education 1910-1965.
University Press of New England: 2010. First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
The conventional history of Jewish education in the United States focuses on the contributions of Samson Benderly and his male disciples. This volume tells a different story—the story of the women who either influenced or were influenced by Benderly or his closest friend, Mordecai Kaplan. Through ten portraits, the contributors illuminate the impact of these unheralded women who introduced American Jews to Hebraism and Zionism and laid the foundation for contemporary Jewish experiential education. Taken together, these ten portraits illuminate the important and hitherto unexamined contribution of women to the development of American Jewish education. 
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27 JEWISH FEDERATION. Bicentennial Digest: A Perspective Of Pioneer Los Angeles Jewry.
Jewish Federation-Council of Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles: 1976. s Softcover. Good condition. Pencil marks. 
Contents include "First Jewish Community Site" by Thomas Cohen, "First Synagogue in Los Angeles" by Tom Owen, "Los Angeles Jewry and Stow's Anti-Semitism," by Norton B. Stern, "Los Angeles Jewry's First President," by William M. Kramer, "Beginning of Los Angeles' First Jewish Hospital" by Victor Harris" and otjers. All articles originally appeared in the Western States Jewish Historical Quarterly. 
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28 KRASNER, JONATHAN B. The Benderly Boys And American Jewish Education.
Brandeis University Press, Waltham: 2011. Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture and Life: .2011. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The first full-scale history of the creation, growth, and ultimate decline of the dominant twentieth-century model for American Jewish education. Samson Benderly inaugurated the first Bureau of Jewish Education in 1910 amid a hodgepodge of congregational schools, khayders, community Talmud Torahs, and private tutors. Drawing on the theories of Johann Pestalozzi, Herbert Spencer, and John Dewey, and deriving inspiration from cultural Zionism, Benderly sought to modernize Jewish education by professionalizing the field, creating an immigrant-based, progressive supplementary school model, and spreading the mantra of community responsibility for Jewish education. With philanthropist Jacob Schiff and influential laymen financing his plans, Benderly realized that his best hope for transforming the educational landscape nationwide was to train a younger generation of teachers, principals, and bureau leaders. These young men became known collectively as the "Benderly Boys," who, from the 1920s to the 1970s, were the dominant force in Jewish education—both formal and informal—in the United States. Jonathan B. Krasner is Assistant Professor of the American Jewish Experience at Hebrew Union College, New York. 
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29 KRASNER, JONATHAN B. The Benderly Boys And American Jewish Education.
Brandeis University Press, Waltham: 2011. Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture and Life: .2011. h Hardcover, no dustjacket (as issued). Brand new book. 
The first full-scale history of the creation, growth, and ultimate decline of the dominant twentieth-century model for American Jewish education. Samson Benderly inaugurated the first Bureau of Jewish Education in 1910 amid a hodgepodge of congregational schools, khayders, community Talmud Torahs, and private tutors. Drawing on the theories of Johann Pestalozzi, Herbert Spencer, and John Dewey, and deriving inspiration from cultural Zionism, Benderly sought to modernize Jewish education by professionalizing the field, creating an immigrant-based, progressive supplementary school model, and spreading the mantra of community responsibility for Jewish education. With philanthropist Jacob Schiff and influential laymen financing his plans, Benderly realized that his best hope for transforming the educational landscape nationwide was to train a younger generation of teachers, principals, and bureau leaders. These young men became known collectively as the "Benderly Boys," who, from the 1920s to the 1970s, were the dominant force in Jewish education—both formal and informal—in the United States. Jonathan B. Krasner is Assistant Professor of the American Jewish Experience at Hebrew Union College, New York. 
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30 LESSER, JEFFREY & REIN, RAANAN (EDITORS). Rethinking Jewish - Latin Americans.
University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque: . s Softcover. Brand new book. 
This edited volume places Jewish-Latin Americans within the context of Latin American and ethnic studies. It departs from traditional scholarship that segregates Jews as inhabitants in Latin America republics rather than as citizens of Latin American republics. The essays draw examples primarily from Argentina and Brazil, the two South American countries with the largest Jewish populations, and span from the late nineteenth century into the 1990s. By giving primacy to the national identity of Jewish-Latin Americans, the essays included here emphasize human actors and accounts of lived experiences. Lesser and Rein's thought-provoking introduction outlines seven new formulations of the relationship between Jews, the nation-state, and their Diasporic experience. Individual contributors then pursue new perspectives of the Jewish experience, including those of the working class, labor organizing and anarchist activities, women, and the reconceptualization of racism and anti-Semitism. Contributors: Edna Aizenberg, Marymount Manhattan College of New York Judah M. Cohen, Indiana University Roney Cytrynowicz, the Arquivo Historico Judaico Brasileiro Sandra McGee Deutsch, University of Texas at El Paso Donna J. Gu, Ohio State University Jos C. Moya, UCLA and Barnard College at Columbia University Rosalie Sitman, Tel Aviv University Natasha Zaretsky, Princeton University Erin Graff Zivin, University of Pittsburgh 
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31 LIBRETT, JEFFREY S. Orientalism And The Figure Of The Jew.
Fordham University Press, New York: 2014. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Orientalism and the Figure of the Jew proposes a new way of understanding modern Orientalism. Tracing a path of modern Orientalist thought in German across crucial writings from the late eighteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, Librett argues that Orientalism and anti-Judaism are inextricably entangled. Librett suggests, further, that the Western assertion of "material" power, in terms of which Orientalism is often read, is overdetermined by a "spiritual" weakness: an anxiety about the absence of absolute foundations and values that coincides with Western modernity itself. The modern West, he shows, posits an Oriental origin as a fetish to fill the absent place of lacking foundations. This fetish is appropriated as Western through a quasi-secularized application of Christian typology. Further, the Western appropriation of the "good" Orient always leaves behind the remainder of the "bad," inassimilable Orient. The book traces variations on this theme through historicist and idealist texts of the nineteenth century and then shows how high modernists like Buber, Kafka, Mann, and Freud place this historicist narrative in question. The book concludes with the outlines of a cultural historiography that would distance itself from the metaphysics of historicism, confronting instead its underlying anxieties. Jeffrey S. Librett is Professor of German at the University of Oregon. "This magisterially researched and probingly argued study opens a completely new and potentially groundbreaking perspective on Orientalism. In impeccably executed detail, it demonstrates that what has long been seen as a binary opposition between East and West has in fact relied since its inception on a triangular dynamic between three shifting poles: not simply Occident vs. Orient, but the Occident, the Orient, and the Jew. Orientalism and the Figure of the Jew will be of interest to a wide range of scholars."—David Martyn, Macalester College "In this sweeping study reaching from Baruch Spinoza to Edward Said, Jeffrey Librett uncovers with superb erudition the driving force of Orientalism: the panicked disavowal of the 'crisis of foundations' in Western modernity. Librett's astute analyses of transcendental-historicist texts from Herder to Schopenhauer are followed by fresh interpretations of critical modernist responses by Kafka and Freud. A groundbreaking critique of Said's critique of Freud and a keen analysis of the vicissitudes of contemporary German Orientalism complement this 'anamnestic journey.' The 19th century historicist appropriation of typology is shown to culminate disastrously in the Semitic/Aryan split, only to be shadowed by the split between the 'good' and the 'bad Semite' - an antagonism that haunts international politics in ruinous ways to this day. Librett's study is of great relevance for scholars of German philosophy and culture, Middle-Eastern Studies, Religious Studies and Psychoanalysis, and for any scholar concerned about the conflict in the Middle-East."—Elisabeth Weber, University of California, Santa Barbara 
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32 LIBRETT, JEFFREY S. Orientalism And The Figure Of The Jew.
Fordham University Press, New York: 2014. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Orientalism and the Figure of the Jew proposes a new way of understanding modern Orientalism. Tracing a path of modern Orientalist thought in German across crucial writings from the late eighteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, Librett argues that Orientalism and anti-Judaism are inextricably entangled. Librett suggests, further, that the Western assertion of "material" power, in terms of which Orientalism is often read, is overdetermined by a "spiritual" weakness: an anxiety about the absence of absolute foundations and values that coincides with Western modernity itself. The modern West, he shows, posits an Oriental origin as a fetish to fill the absent place of lacking foundations. This fetish is appropriated as Western through a quasi-secularized application of Christian typology. Further, the Western appropriation of the "good" Orient always leaves behind the remainder of the "bad," inassimilable Orient. The book traces variations on this theme through historicist and idealist texts of the nineteenth century and then shows how high modernists like Buber, Kafka, Mann, and Freud place this historicist narrative in question. The book concludes with the outlines of a cultural historiography that would distance itself from the metaphysics of historicism, confronting instead its underlying anxieties. Jeffrey S. Librett is Professor of German at the University of Oregon. "This magisterially researched and probingly argued study opens a completely new and potentially groundbreaking perspective on Orientalism. In impeccably executed detail, it demonstrates that what has long been seen as a binary opposition between East and West has in fact relied since its inception on a triangular dynamic between three shifting poles: not simply Occident vs. Orient, but the Occident, the Orient, and the Jew. Orientalism and the Figure of the Jew will be of interest to a wide range of scholars."—David Martyn, Macalester College "In this sweeping study reaching from Baruch Spinoza to Edward Said, Jeffrey Librett uncovers with superb erudition the driving force of Orientalism: the panicked disavowal of the 'crisis of foundations' in Western modernity. Librett's astute analyses of transcendental-historicist texts from Herder to Schopenhauer are followed by fresh interpretations of critical modernist responses by Kafka and Freud. A groundbreaking critique of Said's critique of Freud and a keen analysis of the vicissitudes of contemporary German Orientalism complement this 'anamnestic journey.' The 19th century historicist appropriation of typology is shown to culminate disastrously in the Semitic/Aryan split, only to be shadowed by the split between the 'good' and the 'bad Semite' - an antagonism that haunts international politics in ruinous ways to this day. Librett's study is of great relevance for scholars of German philosophy and culture, Middle-Eastern Studies, Religious Studies and Psychoanalysis, and for any scholar concerned about the conflict in the Middle-East."—Elisabeth Weber, University of California, Santa Barbara 
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33 PARUSH, IRIS. Reading Jewish Women: Marginality And Modernization In Nineteenth-century Eastern European Jewish Society.
Brandeis University Press, Waltham: 2004. Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
A fascinating look at how the marginal status of Jewish women enabled them to become agents of modernization in nineteenth-century Eastern European Jewish society. In this extraordinary volume, Iris Parush opens up the hitherto unexamined world of literate Jewish women, their reading habits, and their role in the cultural modernization of Eastern European Jewish society in the nineteenth century. Parush makes a paradoxical claim: she argues that because Jewish women were marginalized and neglected by rabbinical authorities who regarded men as the bearers of religious learning, they were free to read secular literature in German, Yiddish, Polish, and Russian. As a result of their exposure to a wealth of literature, these reading women became significant conduits for Haskalah (Enlightenment) ideas and ideals within the Jewish community. This deceptively simple thesis dramatically challenges and revamps both scholarly and popular notions of Jewish life and learning in nineteenth-century Eastern Europe. While scholars of European women's history have been transforming and complicating ideas about the historical roles of middle-class women for some time, Parush is among the first scholars to work exclusively in Jewish territory. The book will be a very welcome introduction to many facets of modern Jewish cultural history—particularly the role of women—which have too long been ignored. Iris Parush teaches Hebrew Literature at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Her current scholarly writing explores the cultural, social, and ideological resonances of Haskalah literature and the impact of national ideology on the formation of the modern Hebrew literary canon. The Hebrew edition of Reading Jewish Women won the prestigious Zalman Shazar Prize for Jewish History. "Parush's book is a serious step towards recovering a remarkable picture of Eastern European Jewish life at a turbulent point in history. It is a pioneering work that serves to integrate Jewish women's experience into the socio-cultural discussion of Jewish communities' encounter with modernity."—Haaretz "This book is an extraordinarily rich and unusual window into the society of Jewish women in the nineteenth-century. With fascinating details about girls' secular and Jewish education and revealing extracts from memoirs and novels, Parush underlines the crucial role of women in spreading the spirit of the Enlightenment and modernization throughout East European Jewish society." — Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Journal "In this brilliant book, literary scholar Iris Parush has presented a compelling case for the central role of Jewish women in the modernization of Eastern European Jews in the second half of the nineteenth century. Iris Parush has made a most compelling case for her thesis that in the struggle for modernization, Jewish women benefited from their own marginality, a marginality that provided them with a space to read and absorb modern ideas, and then to spread those ideas to Jewish society at large. Skillfully using references to women from the memoirs of men (and from the few written by women), she has painted a nuanced and thorough portrait of the major role played by women in the modernization of Jewish society in Eastern Europe in the nineteenth century. Reading Jewish Women is thus a very satisfying book."—H-Net Review "A provocative thesis . . . with extensive, in-depth research into the European and Jewish enlightenment and exhaustive analysis of the literary and literacy environment of the period. The 126 pages of notes, bibliography and index support the thesis brilliantly."—Jewish Book World 
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34 PENSLAR, DEREK J. Jews And The Military: A History.
Princeton University Press, Princeton: 2013. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
A new look at the historical relationship between Jews and military power. 
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35 REINHARZ, SHULAMIT & RAIDER, MARK A. (EDITORS). American Jewish Women And The Zionist Enterprise.
Brandeis University Press, Waltham. Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The first and only complete exploration of the role of American women in the creation and support of the State of Israel Despite a historical record that shows sustained involvement of American Jewish women with early Zionism and Palestine, this topic has received scant scholarly attention. American Jewish Women and the Zionist Enterprise offers a much needed clarification to the historical record. Essays in the book explore significant personalities, such as Golda Meir, Marie Syrkin, Emma Lazarus, and Henrietta Szold, and the pivotal role played by American Zionist women's organizations including Hadassah, the Pioneer Women's Organization (later Na'amat), and the Mizrachi Women's Organization (later Amit Women). The collection reveals the multidimensionality of the relationship of American Jewish women and Zionism, including agricultural and vocational training, religion, ideology, and geography. Eyewitness documents and personal testimonies are included, illuminating the varied roles played by Zionist women in the founding of the modern Jewish state. Shulamit Reinharz is Founding Director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Jacob Potofsky Professor of Sociology, Brandeis University, and General Editor for the Brandeis Series on Jewish Women. Mark A. Raider is associate professor of modern Jewish history, chair of the Judaic Studies Department, and director of the Center for Jewish Studies, University of Albany. He is the co-editor of The Plough Woman (Brandeis University Press) and the author of The Emergence of American Zionism. "A powerful record of individual women whose different paths to Zionism was nurtured by their lives as Americans, as Jews and as activists." -Sheila Katz, author of Women and Gender in Early Jewish and Palestinian Nationalism 
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36 ROSENBAUM, FRED. Architects Of Reform: Congregational And Community Leadership Emanu-el Of San Francisco, 1849-1980.
Judah L. Magnes Memorial Museum, Berkley: 1980. s Softcover. Good Condition. 
Impressively researched and told in a lively, vivid narrative, Architects of Reform goes beyond the history of one significant synagogue to illuminate the experience of five generations of Jews in the American West. Includes an index. 
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37 SCHLEUNES, KARL A. The Twisted Road To Auschwitz: Nazi Policy Toward German Jews, 1933-1939.
University of Illinois Press, Urbana: 1990. 0252061470 / 9780252061479 s Softcover. Very good reading copy. Notes on some pages. 

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38 SCHOLEM, GERSHOM; DANNHAUSER, WERNER (PREFACE & EDITOR). On Jews And Judaism In Crisis: Selected Essays.
Schocken Books, New York: 1978. 0805205888 / 9780805205886 First Paperback Edition. s Softcover. Good condition. 
Here, gathered in one volume, some appearing for the first time in English, are essays, letters, and articles written over a period of more than fifty years by the foremost authority on Jewish mysticism and one of the greatest Jewish scholars of our age. 
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39 SELTZER, ROBERT M. & COHEN, NORMAN J. (EDITED BY). The Americanization Of The Jews.
New York University Press, New York: 1995. 0814780016 / 9780814780015 First Printing. s Softcover. Good Condition. 
The essays in this book seek to understand how Judaism, a religion so often defined by its minority status, attained equal footing in American religious life with Catholicism and Protestantism. Includes an index. 
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40 SHILO, MARGALIT. Princess Or Prisoner? Jewish Women In Jerusalem, 1840-1914.
Brandeis University Press, Waltham: 2002. Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry HBI Series on Jewish Women. h Hardcover, no dustjacket (as issued). Brand new book. 
An in-depth look at the lives of religious Jewish women in Jerusalem at a transitional moment in its history. This is a fascinating journey into the world of women in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community of Jerusalem toward the end of Ottoman rule in the Holy Land. Until now, the story of life in the Land of Israel in this period has been told exclusively from the male viewpoint—a story of religious observance and fulfillment confined to the male world of Torah study and prayer. Margalit Shilo sheds new light on female society of the time, a subject nearly untouched by historians. Through painstaking research, Shilo has unearthed a wealth of primary sources, including women's memoirs, letters, and the contemporary Jewish press. The author weaves together the different threads that made up the world of ultra-Orthodox women in Jerusalem: the experience of immigration to the Land of Israel, marriage, the family unit, economic and philanthropic activities, and female scholarship. She also takes a hard look at the adversities of women's lives, such as desertion, poverty and prostitution. By revealing the unheard, unseen female voice, Shilo paints a new and lively picture of Jewish society in Jerusalem around the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. "Margalit Shilo . . . a leading scholar of women's studies in Israel, opens up for the reader the world of Orthodox women in Jerusalem towards the end of Ottoman rule . . . giv[ing] us a rich and detailed picture . . . Through this book, both erudite and exciting, the reader learns about the unique quality of life in Jerusalem in this period, and how Jerusalem provided women with a special arena for a life of holiness."—JOFA "Shilo writes movingly. . .Although it is academic in style, this work is absorbing reading." —Jewish Book World "Any Jewish woman (or man) who travels to Israel nowadays should choose this book as a travel companion to familiarize herself or himself with the struggle and hardships that previous generations had to endure."—The Jewish Press "[A] comprehensive study . . . extremely rich in its depth and sheds new and more varied light on the life of the Jerusalemite Jewish community as a whole. It is an important contribution to the study of Judaism, gender, and Jerusalem." — American Historical Review "Margalit Shilo's book is the first attempt to recount the excluded narrative of the Jewish women in Jerusalem during the years: 1840-1914. This research is without precedence: The orthodox male establishment could not be bothered to record its women's daily life in its reports and protocols. As for the women, almost all of them were illiterate, and those few who could tell - did not dare to write it. Shilo collected every available information, and the result is a fascinating social-historical account." —Prof. Yaffah Berlovitz, Bar-Ilan University, Israel "Margalit Shilo has, sensitively and evocatively, recovered the experience of women in the 'Old Yishuv' in Jerusalem. Drawing on an impressive array of materials, she has created a rich kaleidoscope of family life and the community, travel, immigration and pilgrimage, women's religion, work and philanthropy and their forms of marginality, from poverty and dearth, to prostitution. The book however is more than a recovery of hidden lives: it effectively and convincingly deploys gender, to widen our understanding of the history of Eretz-Israel Palestine, during the crucial period of modernization, thus making a valuable contribution not only to Jewish women's history, but also to that of the Yishuv."—Billie Melman, Professor of History, Tel Aviv University Ya'acov Bahat Prize for "Outstanding Academic Books" in 2000 by Haifa University. Finalist in the Women's Studies category of the National Jewish Book Award 2006. Margalit Shilo is a professor in the Land of Israel Studies Department, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. This book was first published in Hebrew by Haifa University Press. 
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