Post Archives from the ‘Judaism’ Category



Learning To Read Midrash

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by Simi Peters

The Biblical text is sparse. Read literally, straight through, you'd get the impression that P.G. Wodehouse wouldn't do well among the nomads. Even the strictly narrative portions leave out most of the story, and leave room for all sorts of questions. The Rabbis Continue reading the story "Learning To Read Midrash"

Talmudic Images

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by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

Adin Steinsaltz is one of the most versatile and wide-ranging writers in Judaism today. In areligion that places a premium on learning, his works are all geared to teaching andencouraging a general audience. After several books on chasidic thought, he returns to Continue reading the story "Talmudic Images"

Reading Levinas/Reading Talmud

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by Rabbi Ira F. Stone

Rabbi Ira F. Stone of Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Philadelphia, has been leading Talmud discussions for many years, basing his interpretive style on that of the great French philosopher, Emmanuel Levinas. Levinas, long known in Europe, has recently become the Continue reading the story "Reading Levinas/Reading Talmud"

Semites and Anti-Semites

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by Bernard Lewis

One might think that a 1999 book about the Middle East would be hopelessly overtaken by events. Truly surprising is that a book originally written in 1987 would be so up-to-date. Even then, he noted things that journalists are only now beginning to Continue reading the story "Semites and Anti-Semites"

Fabricating Israeli History: the New Historians

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by Efraim Karsh

For the last 15 years or so, Post-Zionism has tried to delegitimize Israel's identity as a Jewish state. The politics of Post-Zionism is closely allied with Labor's left-wing and Peace Now. Prior to the current Intifada, they believed that the New Middle East Continue reading the story "Fabricating Israeli History: the New Historians"

Kaddish

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by Leon Wieseltier

Leon Wieseltier, the Literary Editor of The New Republic, has written an intensely personal, intensely intellectual, and very readable memoir of his year saying kaddish for his father. Wieseltier was raised in an Orthodox home, but left the active practice of Continue reading the story "Kaddish"