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41 STARR, DEBORAH A. & SOMEKH, SASSON (EDITORS). Mongrels Or Marvels: The Levantine Writings Of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff.
Stanford University Press, Palo Alto: 2011. Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture series. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
The writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff (1917-1979) offer a refreshing reassessment of Arab-Jewish relations in the Middle East. A member of the bourgeois Jewish community in Cairo, Kahanoff grew up in a time of coexistence. She spent the years of World War II in New York City, where she launched her writing career with publications in prominent American journals. Kahanoff later settled in Israel, where she became a noted cultural and literary critic. Mongrels or Marvels offers Kahanoff's most influential and engaging writings, selected from essays and works of fiction that anticipate contemporary concerns about cultural integration in immigrant societies. Confronted with the breakdown of cosmopolitan Egyptian society, and the stereotypes she encountered as a Jew from the Arab world, she developed a social model, Levantinism, that embraces the idea of a pluralist, multicultural society and counters the prevailing attitudes and identity politics in the Middle East with the possibility of mutual respect and acceptance. Deborah A. Starr is Associate Professor of Modern Arabic and Hebrew Literature and Film in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University and the Director of Cornell's Program of Jewish Studies. Sasson Somekh is Professor Emeritus of Arabic Literature at Tel Aviv University, where he was Halmos Chair of Arabic Literature. "Kahanoff's extraordinarily important writings have held a certain aura or mystery for many decades and have been unavailable in their original English language form. They are of particular interest; in part because she is a woman, and Jewish, but most importantly because her ideas, sometimes anachronistic, idiosyncratic, and even contradictory, were clearly ahead of her time. Her work has enduring value, shedding light on an important historical period from a unique and complex perspective."—Ammiel Alcalay, Queens College, City University of New York "The authors of this book are to be warmly commended for a job well done. Neglected and almost forgotten for years, Jacqueline Kahanoff, born in Egypt to an Iraqi father and a Tunisian mother and married to a Cairene of Russian origin, was the first Jew to proudly call herself a 'Levantine.' An exemplary selection of her writings can be found here, each expertly introduced."—Nissim Rejwan, Truman Institute, Hebrew University 
Price: 38.00 USD
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42 STROUMSA, SARAH. Maimonides In His World: Portrait Of A Mediterranean Thinker. Sarah Stroumsa
Princeton University Press, Princeton: 2009. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
While the great medieval philosopher, theologian, and physician Maimonides is acknowledged as a leading Jewish thinker, his intellectual contacts with his surrounding world are often described as related primarily to Islamic philosophy. Maimonides in His World challenges this view by revealing him to have wholeheartedly lived, breathed, and espoused the rich Mediterranean culture of his time. Sarah Stroumsa argues that Maimonides is most accurately viewed as a Mediterranean thinker who consistently interpreted his own Jewish tradition in contemporary multicultural terms. Maimonides spent his entire life in the Mediterranean region, and the religious and philosophical traditions that fed his thought were those of the wider world in which he lived. Stroumsa demonstrates that he was deeply influenced not only by Islamic philosophy but by Islamic culture as a whole, evidence of which she finds in his philosophy as well as his correspondence and legal and scientific writings. She begins with a concise biography of Maimonides, then carefully examines key aspects of his thought, including his approach to religion and the complex world of theology and religious ideas he encountered among Jews, Christians, Muslims, and even heretics; his views about science; the immense and unacknowledged impact of the Almohads on his thought; and his vision of human perfection. This insightful cultural biography restores Maimonides to his rightful place among medieval philosophers and affirms his central relevance to the study of medieval Islam. Sarah Stroumsa is the Alice and Jack Ormut Professor of Arabic Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she currently serves as rector. Her books include Freethinkers of Medieval Islam. "Stroumsa considerably broadens our understanding of Maimonides's Graeco-Arabic sources. . . . Stroumsa does a fine job in bringing to life the Mediterranean setting in which Maimonides encountered this ideal, and tried to direct it towards the heart of Judaism. She challenges scholars of Jewish and Muslim thought to look beyond the artificial confines of their disciplines, and raises intriguing questions about the fluid intellectual boundaries of Jewish identity." - Carlos Fraenkel, Times Literary Supplement "Fascinating."--David Nirenberg, London Review of Books "The book is well written, presenting its dense material in an accessible way. Though there are many quotations in Arabic, nothing essential is left untranslated or unexplained. Stroumsa makes her points forcefully and persuasively, positioning Maimonides as a thinker of great importance to Muslims as well as to Jews."--Pinchas Roth, AJL Newsletter "Sarah Stroumsa's erudite and accessible Maimonidies in His World . . . is an exceptional work of critical scholarship that remains readable and relevant beyond the ivory tower. Indeed, its true significance might be found among a more general readership. . . . In the future conversations that are sure to ensue about Maimonides' place in contemporary Jewish life, Stroumsa's portrait will be a most welcome, indispensible guide." - Shai Secunda, Talmud Blog "Stroumsa is an intellectual historian whose mastery of her material is impressive on many levels. . . . Maimonides in His World . . . is a book that will be considered required reading for anyone who works on Maimonides' life and thought. Stroumsa's scholarship is much too good for anyone in the field to ignore."--Kenneth Seeskin, Shofar 
Price: 28.45 USD
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43 TCHERIKOWER, ELIAS; ANTONOVSKY, AARON (TRANSLATED FROM THE YIDDISH AND REVISED). The Early Jewish Labor Movement In The United States.
Yivo Institute for Jewish Research: New York, 1961. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Reading copy. Ink markings in the text. Faded spine and edgewear. 
Combines volumes one and two of Tcherikower's two volume history of the Jewish labor movement in the United States into a single English volume. Includes an three appendices, and index of subjects and an index of names. 
Price: 28.50 USD
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44 TOBIAS, HENRY. A History Of The Jews In New Mexico.
University Press of New Mexico, Albuquerque: . s Softcover. Brand new book. 
In this first history of the Jews in New Mexico - from the colonial period to the present day - the author continuously ties the Jewish experience to the evolution of the societies in which they lived and worked. 
Price: 23.47 USD
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45 UMANSKY, ELLEN M. & ASHTON, DIANNE (EDITORS). Four Centuries Of Jewish Women's Spirituality: A Sourcebook.
Brandeis University Press, Waltham: 2008. HBI Series on Jewish Women. Revised Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The only comprehensive volume of Jewish women's spiritual writing from the sixteenth century to the present. Much has changed for Jewish women since the first edition of Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality appeared in 1992. Associations of Jewish women—academic, religious, secular—have proliferated, making the women's voices heard. In collecting material for this completely revised edition, the editors drew upon sources that express the diversity of Jewish women, mainly from 1560 to the present. They sought material by Jewish women of different ages, sexual orientations, educational and socioeconomic backgrounds, and nationalities. Reflecting a wide variety of literary genres, sources include spiritual works (sermons, addresses, ritual blessing, prayers) as well as letters, sisterhood minutes, and committee reports that also express the spiritual concerns of their authors. Writings by women rabbis and contemporary Orthodox women, along with documents from Latin America, bring the volume up to date. Ellen M. Umansky is Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor of Judaic Studies, Department of Religious Studies, Fairfield University. Dianne Ashton is Professor of Religion and Director of the American Studies Program at Rowan University. "This volume . . . is a valuable window into the spiritual lives of women, past and present. Not all the extracts in the volume are by Orthodox or traditional women, and the variety, particularly in the modern period, shows the diversity of contemporary Jewish religious life and the wide range of spiritual paths being taken by Jewish women." —JOFA "It is always exciting to read original sources, for they allow the reader to "hear" the actual words of the writer. Ellen Umansky and Dianne Ashton . . . have organized just such an anthology with brief selections from the work of almost one hundred female authors who have dramatically shaped Jewish women's spirituality over the past four hundred years."—Jewish Book World "This book offers a mother lode of material that will interest ordinary Jewish women and spiritual seekers, as well as religious scholars. The book is a perfect choice to sit down with on an afternoon before or during the High Holiday period." —Jewish Woman "Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality became an instant classic upon publication and the sourcebook of choice for many courses (including mine). This revised second edition incorporates recently recovered voices from the past and exciting new voices from the present. There is no better collection on Jewish women's spirituality in print."—Jonathan D. Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University and author of American Judaism: A History "When published in 1992, Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality immediately became a classic of Jewish feminism. This revised and expanded edition, bringing together a treasure trove of voices singing God's song in the many lands in which Jewish women have lived, carries us forward into the twenty-first century. Its appearance heralds the launching of a new classic of the modern Jewish experience."—Pamela S. Nadell, Patrick Clendenen Professor of History and Director, Jewish Studies Program, American University 
Price: 28.22 USD
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46 WERTHEIMER, JACK . LEARNING AND COMMUNITY: JEWISH SUPPLEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY.
Brandeis University Press, Waltham: 2009. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Rich ethnographies of Jewish supplementary schools drawn from every region in the U.S. At a time of heightened interest in Jewish supplementary schooling, this volume offers a path-breaking examination of how ten diverse schools have remade themselves to face the new challenges of the twenty-first century. Each written by an academic observer with the help of an experienced educator, the chapters bring these schools vividly to life by giving voice to students, parents, teachers, school directors, lay leaders, local rabbis and other key participants. The goal of the book is to uncover the building blocks each school put into place to improve its delivery of a Jewish education. Employing qualitative research, Learning and Community is filled with moving and inspiring human-interest stories. Collectively, these portraits offer models of how schools of different sizes and configurations can maximize their impact, and in the process revitalize the form of religious and cultural education that engages the majority of Jewish children in the United States. Jack Wertheimer is Professor of American Jewish History at the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York. He is the editor of Family Matters: Jewish Education in an Age of Choice (2007) and Imagining the American Jewish Community (2008). This research project was sponsored by the AVI CHAI Foundation. "Wertheimer and his colleagues have made a significant contribution to the field of Jewish education. This is an important book to both study and use with practitioners, professionals, and lay leaders." —H-JUDAIC 
Price: 33.25 USD
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47 WEINREICH, URIEL. Modern English - Yiddish / Yiddish - English Dictionary.
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research / Schocken Books, New York: 1981 0805205756 / 9780805205756 Third Printing. s Softcover. Good condition. 
Designed in the main for persons who have a firm grounding in English and at least a rudimentary command of Yiddish and are eager to broaden their mastery of Yiddish vocabulary and phraseology. Accordingly, the Yiddish rather than the English material has been phonetically and grammatically analyzed, and English glosses have been used, wherever appropriate, to specify semantic detail. 
Price: 40.28 USD
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48 WEISBERG, DVORA E. Levirate Marriage And The Family In Ancient Judaism.
Brandeis University Press, Waltham: 2009. First Edition. HBI Series on Jewish Women. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
A provocative exploration of levirate marriage in ancient Judaism that sheds new light on the Jewish family in antiquity and the rabbinic reworking of earlier Israelite law. In this study, Weisberg uses levirate marriage (an institution that involves the union of a man and the widow of his childless brother) as described in biblical law and explicated in rabbinic Judaism as a lens to examine the status of women and attitudes toward marriage, sexuality, and reproduction in early Jewish society. While marriage generally marks the beginning of a new family unit, levirate comes into play when a family's life is cut short. As such, it offers an opportunity to study the family at a moment of breakdown and restructuring. With her discussion rooted in rabbinic sources and commentary, Weisberg explores kinship structure and descent, the relationship between a family unit created through levirate marriage and the extended family, and the roles of individuals within the family. She also considers the position of women, asking whether it is through marriage or the bearing of children that a woman becomes part of her husband's family, and to what degree a married woman remains part of her natal family. She argues that rabbinic responses to levirate suggest that a family is an evolving entity, one that can preserve itself through realignment and redefinition. "Weisberg explores the meaning and purpose of marriage and family within classical Judaism, revealed in the rabbinic treatment of the biblical law of levirate marriage. Her keen reading of rabbinic texts is supported by her broad knowledge of the family in other antique cultures as well as by her study of current sociological and anthropological approaches to marriage and the family. The result is an essential resource not only for students of the Talmudic literature and the history of Judaism but for all scholars concerned with gender roles, marriage, and the family. Dvora E. Weisberg is Associate Professor of Rabbinic Literature, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles. "—Alan J. Avery-Peck, Kraft-Hiatt Professor of Judaic Studies, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts "This is a very interesting study of an understudied set of texts and problems, a successful combination of anthropology and classical rabbinics. Weisberg shows how a law of the book of Deuteronomy received new nuances and meanings in Rabbinic literature. The book is learned but accessible; anyone interested in the history of Jewish marriage and gender relations, in the rabbinic constructions of sex and marriage, will enjoy this book."—Shaye J. D. Cohen, Littauer Professor of Jewish Studies, Harvard University 
Price: 47.26 USD
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49 WELTSCH, ROBERT (EDITOR). Publications Of The Leo Baeck Institute Of Jews From German: Year Book I - 1956.
Published for the Leo Baeck Institute by the East and West Library, London: 1956. First Edition (Unstated). h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. 
Includes "Jewish History As We See It" by Selmar Spier, "Principles of German Policy towards the Jews at the Beginning of the Modern Era" by Selma Stern-Taeubler, "The Terms of Emancipation 1781-1812" by H. D. Schmidt, "In Memory of Two of our Dead" by "Leo Baeck, "The Beginning of the 'Reichsvertretung' by Max Gruenewald, "Jewish Adult Education in Nazi Germany as Spiritual Resistance" by Ernst Simon, "The Frankfort Lehrhaus" by Nahum Glatzer, "Problems of Jewish Schools in Germany during the Hitler Regime" by Hans Gartner, "A Jewish Theatre under the Swastika" by Herbert Freeden, "The Jewish Press in Germany" by Margaret T. Edelheim-Muehsam, "Memoirs of the Oberrat der Israeliten Badens 1922-1937" by Nathan Stein, "Theology in Twentieth-Century German Jewry" by Alexander Altmann, "Jewish Thought and its German Background" by Hans Liebeschuetz, "Popular Orthodoxy" by Yeshayahu Wolfsberg, "The Rise and Fall of the Jewish-German Symbiosis - The Case of Franz Kafka by Felix Weltsch, "Prolegomena to an Economic History of the Jews in Germany in Modern Times" by Bernard D. Weinryb, "Some Reflections on the Jewish Participation in German Economic Life" by Eduard Rosenbaum, "Some Observations on the Jewish Citizens' Books of the City of Berlin" by Jacob Jacobson, "Jewish Records from Germany in the Jewish Historical General Archives in Jerusalem" by Daniel J. Cohen, "Jewish Records in German Archives" by B. Brilling, "Lost Traces of Heinrich Heine in Hamburg" by Abraham Landberg" and "Exodus 1933-1939-A Survey of Jewish Emigration from Germany" by Werner Rosenstock. 
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