Category: Judaism

The Jerusalem Syndrome: My Life as a Reluctant Messiah

By Marc Maron

By way of the writer of Attempting general and host of the podcast WTF with Marc Maron, The Jerusalem Syndrome is The Gospel based on Maron: a non secular memoir of your ordinary hyperintelligent, ultraneurotic, superhip Jewish standup comic and seeker. 

The Jerusalem Syndrome is a real mental phenomenon that frequently moves viewers to the Holy Land_the fable that they're by surprise direct vessels for the voice of God. Marc Maron turns out to have a particularly American model of the Jerusalem Syndrome, which has led him on a lifelong quest for non secular importance and revelation within the such a lot not likely of locations.

Maron riffs on Beat phenomena with its sacred texts, validated rituals, and prescribed pilgrimages. He spends a while exploring the darkish aspect of items, as his obsessions with cocaine (known to Maron as “magic powder”), conspiracy theories, and recognized self-destructive comedians persuade him that the gates of hell open underneath l. a.. As his quest matures, he finds the spiritual elements of company the USA, pontificating at the undying fantastic thing about the Coca-Cola brand or even taking a visit to the Philip Morris cigarette manufacturing unit, the place the employees puff their very own items with a zealot-like fervor. The fruits of Maron’s Jerusalem Syndrome comes in the course of his personal journey of the Holy Land, the place, with Sony camcorder glued to his eye socket, he comes face-to-face together with his personal ambiguous courting to Judaism and reaches the edge of religious revelation_or is it anxious breakdown?

Marc Maron has significantly tailored and extended his praised one-man exhibit to craft a real literary memoir. even if he’s a real prophet or a neurotic mess, he’ll make you chuckle as you query the which means of life.

“Marc Maron is blazingly clever, rapid-fire, and intensely humorous . . . a super and constant screed.” –David Rakoff, writer of Fraud

“Marc Maron is the 1st loopy individual I’ve ever envied. In his brainiac-memoir-meets-hilarious-travelogue, he demonstrates the facility to inform a narrative with a rare provocative intelligence that's unfortunately shared by way of few.” _ Janeane Garofolo, comedian

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The Cambridge History of Judaism, Volume 2: The Hellenistic Age

By W. D. Davies, Louis Finkelstein

The second one of 4 volumes overlaying the heritage of Judaism from 540 BCE to 250 CE, this booklet offers with the come upon of Judaism with the Hellenistic tradition unfold during the Mediterranean international and past by means of Alexander the nice and his successors. Drawing upon contemporary scholarship in archaeology, heritage and scriptures, the individuals describe the non secular, social and cultural rejection and adoption of Hellenism by way of Judaism. Illustrated with plates and diagrams, the textual content will end up a useful source to students and common readers drawn to Jewish or Mediterranean heritage.

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Anti-Judaism in Early Christianity, Volume 2: Separation and Polemic (Studies in Christianity and Judaism, Etudes sur le christianisme et le judaïsme, Volume 2)

By Stephen G. Wilson

The interval because the shut of worldwide battle II has been agonizingly introspective—not least as a result of the discomfort of reassessing Christianity’s angle to Judaism. The early Christian fabrics have usually been tested to evaluate their function within the long-standing unfavourable perspective of Christians to Jews. the inducement for the early church’s occasionally harsh perspective was once in part theological—it had to outline itself over opposed to its parent—and partially sociological—it had to clarify the road that divided the fledgling staff of Christian believers fromt he staff with which it was once probably to be careworn. This choice of stories emphasizes the context and heritage of early Christianity in reconsidering the various vintage passages that experience contributed to the advance of anti-Judaism in Christianity. the second one quantity during this two-volume paintings learning the preliminary advancements of anti-Judaism in the church examines the evolution of the Christian religion in its social context as printed by means of proof akin to early patristic and rabbinic writings and archaeological findings.

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Franz Rosenzweig's Conversions: World Denial and World Redemption

By Benjamin Pollock

Franz Rosenzweig's near-conversion to Christianity in the summertime of 1913 and his next choice 3 months later to recommit himself to Judaism is among the foundational narratives of recent Jewish proposal. during this new account of occasions, Benjamin Pollock means that what lay on the middle of Rosenzweig's spiritual drawback was once no longer a fight among religion and cause, yet skepticism concerning the global and wish for private salvation. an in depth exam of this significant time in Rosenzweig’s existence, the booklet additionally sheds gentle at the complete trajectory of his philosophical development.

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Unwelcome Strangers: East European Jews in Imperial Germany (Studies in Jewish History)

By Jack Wertheimer

Whilst East ecu Jews migrated westward in ever higher numbers among 1870 and 1914, either German govt officers and the leaders of German Jewry have been faced by way of a chain of latest demanding situations. What guidelines did executive leaders devise to deal with the probably never-ending tide of Jews flooding throughout Germany's borders? What used to be the particular, in place of the perceived, personality of those Jewish migrants? How did local Jews reply to the coming of coreligionists from the East? Drawing on archival study carried out in East and West Germany, Israel, and the us, Unwelcome Strangers probes into those questions, bearing on one of the most troubling concerns in glossy German and Jewish history--the habit of Germans towards strangers of their midst, the prestige and self-perception of emancipated Jews in pre-Nazi Germany, and the responses of "privileged" Jews to needy, yet alien, coreligionists.

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George Eliot, Judaism And The Novels: Jewish Myth and Mysticism

By Saleel Nurbhai, K. M. Newton

This is often the 1st learn to argue that Jewish Mysticism stimulated not just her Jewish novel, Daniel Deronda, yet all of George Eliot's novels. The reader is left with a really diversified George Eliot from that assumed through such a lot prior feedback. although earlier stories have tried to qualify the still-dominant view that Eliot is firmly part of the reasonable culture, this learn is going extra through demonstrating cohesive mythic constitution with its foundation in Jewish mysticism is identifiable in her fiction.

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The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements

By Kevin MacDonald

MacDonald presents a theoretical research and evaluation of information at the frequent tendency between hugely influential, Jewish-dominated highbrow activities to advance radical reviews of gentile tradition which are suitable with the continuity of Jewish id. those pursuits are considered because the final result of the truth that Jews and gentiles have varied pursuits within the building of tradition and in quite a few public coverage concerns (e.g. immigration coverage, Israel). a number of of those routine try and strive against anti-Semitism via advocating social categorization tactics during which the Jew/gentile contrast is minimized in significance. there's additionally an inclination to increase theories of anti-Semitism within which ethnic alterations and source festival are of minimum significance. From the point of view of the highbrow constructions built by means of those hobbies, anti-Semitism is analyzed as a sign of psychopathology between gentiles. often times, those activities seem to be makes an attempt to enhance a basic restructuring of the highbrow foundation of gentile society in methods conducive to the ongoing life of Judaism.

Particular recognition is paid to Boasian anthropology, psychoanalysis, leftist political ideology and behaviour, and the Frankfurt university of Social study. every one of those pursuits might be characterised as an authoritarian political circulate based round a charismatic chief who strongly pointed out as a Jew and who used to be idolized by way of his disciples who have been additionally predominantly Jewish. concerning immigration coverage, Jewish political and highbrow job used to be prompted much less by means of a hope for larger degrees of Jewish immigration than via competition to the implicit idea that the United States may be ruled by means of people with northern and western eu ancestry. Jewish coverage was once aimed toward constructing an the USA charcterized by means of cultural pluralism and populated through teams of individuals from all components of the area instead of by way of a homogeneous Christian tradition and populated mostly by way of humans of eu descent. it is a debatable research of specific curiosity to these thinking about evolutionary ways to human habit, with Judaica, and with an evolutionary point of view on heritage and psychology.

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The History of the Jewish People in the Age of Jesus Christ: Volume 3.i

Emil Schürer's Geschichte des judischen Volkes im Zeitalter Jesu Christi, initially released in German among 1874 and 1909 and in English among 1885 and 1891, is a serious presentation of Jewish heritage, associations, and literature from a hundred seventy five B.C. to A.D. a hundred thirty five. It has rendered worthy prone to students for almost a century.

The current paintings bargains a clean translation and a revision of the whole subject-matter. The bibliographies were rejuvenated and supplemented; the resources are offered in response to the newest scholarly versions; and the entire new archaeological, epigraphical, numismatic and literary facts, together with the useless Sea Scrolls and the Bar Kokhba records, has been brought into the survey. Account has additionally been taken of the growth in old learn, either within the classical and Jewish fields. This paintings reminds scholars of the profound debt owed to nineteenth-century studying, atmosphere it inside of a much wider framework of up to date wisdom, and gives a origin on which destiny historians of Judaism within the age of Jesus might build.

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The Last Jew: A Novel

Yoram Kaniuk has been hailed as “one of the main cutting edge, fantastic novelists within the Western international” (The ny Times), and The final Jew is his exhilarating masterwork. Like Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, The final Jew is a sweeping saga that captures the afflicted historical past and tradition of a complete humans throughout the prism of 1 relations. From the chilling commencing scene of a soldier returning domestic in a fog of conflict trauma, the unconventional strikes backward via time and throughout continents until eventually Kaniuk has succeeded in bringing to existence the 20 th century’s so much unsettling legacy: the anxieties of contemporary Europe, which begat the Holocaust, and in flip the start of Israel and the swirling cauldron that's the center East. With the unforgettable personality of Ebenezer Schneerson—the eponymous final Jew—at its heart, Kaniuk weaves an creative tapestry of Jewish id that's alternately tragic, absurd, enigmatic, and heartbreaking.

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