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Two Puzzling Baptisms

by Roger David Aus

How could the Apostle Paul maintain in his first letter to the Christians in Corinth that all their ancestors were baptized into Moses at the Red Sea / exodus event (10:2), and how could he tolerate some of...

Converting to Judaism: A Japanese Perspective

by Kanji Ishizumi

This is the moving story of how a Japanese lawyer and educational consultant from a conservative family of fan makers and merchants came to embrace Judaism.

In his early 50s, while living in the US, he developed...

Becoming a Soulful Educator: How to Bring Jewish Learning from Our Minds, to Our Hearts, to Our Souls-and Into Our Lives

by Rabbi Aryeh Ben David & Dr. Erica Brown

This bold revisioning of education recalibrates the focus of teaching from acquiring knowledge to transforming the soul. It presents six steps to help educators of all kinds teach to the heart, engage students...

The Persuasive Arousal of Emotions

by David Seal

Do humans have a special capacity designed to foster experiences of God? What role do specific bodily actions or emotions play in the cultivation of a divine experience? Prayer as Divine Experience in 4 Ezra...

Who Will Lead Us?

by Samuel C. Heilman

Hasidism, a movement many believed had passed its golden age, has had an extraordinary revival since it was nearly decimated in the Holocaust and repressed in the Soviet Union. Hasidic communities, now settled...

Nationalizing Judaism

by David Ohana, Ari Barell & Michael Feige

This new book by historian David Ohana analyzes Zionism and the Israeli state as a theological ideology. The book pursues this provocative end by showing the dialectical tension between Judaism and Zionism....

Women of the Wall

by Yuval Jobani & Nahshon Perez

In October of 2014, 12-year-old Sasha Lutt read from a tiny Torah scroll as a part of her bat mitzvah in the Women's section of the plaza at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site. Surrounded by members...

The Levites and the Boundaries of Israelite Identity

by Mark Leuchter

At a glance, the Hebrew Bible presents the Levites as a group of ritual assistants and subordinates in Israel's cult. A closer look, however, reveals a far more complicated history behind the emergence of this...

The Origin of the Jews

by Steven Weitzman

The Jews have one of the longest continuously recorded histories of any people in the world, but what do we actually know about their origins? While many think the answer to this question can be found in the...

Resurrection of the Dead in Early Judaism, 200 BCE-CE 200

by C. D. Elledge

Resurrection of the dead represents one of the more enigmatic beliefs of Western religions to many modern readers. In this volume, C. D. Elledge offers an interpretation of some of the earliest literature within...

The Jew's Daughter

by Efraim Sicher & Noa Sophie Kohler

A new approach to thinking about the representation of the Other in Western society, The Jew’s Daughter: A Cultural History of a Conversion Narrative offers an insight into the gendered difference of the Jew....

Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction

by David N. Myers

How have the Jews survived? For millennia, they have defied odds by overcoming the travails of exile, persecution, and recurring plans for their annihilation. Many have attempted to explain this singular success...

The Beginning of Politics

by Moshe Halbertal & Stephen Holmes

The Book of Samuel is universally acknowledged as one of the supreme achievements of biblical literature. Yet the book's anonymous author was more than an inspired storyteller. The author was also an uncannily...

Americans and the Birth of Israel

by Lawrence J. Epstein

Americans and the Birth of Israel tells the dramatic story of how a ragtag group of Americans of all religions worked, often in secret and facing the possibility of arrest and imprisonment, to make sure that...

Redemption and Utopia: Jewish Libertarian Thought in Central Europe

by Michael Lowy

Classic study of Jewish libertarian thought, from Walter Benjamin to Franz Kafka

Towards the end of the nineteenth century, there appeared in Central Europe a generation of Jewish intellectuals whose work was...

Judaism and Modernity: Philosophical Essays

by Gillian Rose

A reinterpretation of thinkers from Benjamin and Rosenzweig to Simone Weil and Derrida

Judaism and Modernity: Philosophical Essays challenges the philosophical presentation of Judaism as the sublime ‘other’...

Confessions of a Rabbi

by Jonathan Romain

The secrets of the confessional are too important to be kept secret, and Jonathan Romain shares them all in this rollercoaster of crises, emotional traumas, moral dilemmas, attempts at seduction, multiple murders,...

For This We Left Egypt?

by Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel & Adam Mansbach

The book you hold before you is no ordinary Haggadah. If you’ve ever suffered through a Seder, you’re well aware of the fact that the entire evening can last as long as the exodus from Egypt itself. There...

The Banality of Heidegger

by Jean-Luc Nancy & Jeff Fort

Jean-Luc Nancy provides an analysis of the anti-Semitic aspects of Heidegger's recently published Black Notebooks. Nancy refers to a philosophical or "historial" anti-Semitism marked, nonetheless, by the "banality"...

Because Nothing Looks Like God Teacher's Guide

by Karen Kushner

A guide for Jewish educators and parents to the companion book "Because Nothing Looks Like God".