A Life of Courage: Sherwin Wine and Humanistic Judaism

By Dan Cohn-Sherbok, Marilyn Rowens, Harry Cook

Compiled via Dan Cohn-Sherbok, Harry cook dinner & Marilyn Rowens, a lifetime of braveness is either a biography of and a tribute to the striking lifetime of Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine. founding father of Humanistic Judaism. Wine started the circulate of Humanistic Judaism within the early Sixties on the Birmingham Temple in suburban Detroit, Michigan, with the assumption that secular Jewish tradition and Jewish background form people's identification as Jews, instead of their trust in God.

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Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish

By Abigail Pogrebin

Sixty-two of the main complete Jews in the USA communicate intimately—most for the 1st time—about how they consider approximately being Jewish. In surprisingly candid interviews carried out by way of former 60 Minutes manufacturer Abigail Pogrebin, celebrities starting from Sarah Jessica Parker to preferrred court docket Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from Larry King to Mike Nichols, display how resonant, the most important or incidental being Jewish is of their lives. The connections they must their Jewish history diversity from hours in synagogue to bagels and lox; yet each person speaks to the load and delight in their Jewish historical past, the burdens and pleasures of observance, the moments they’ve felt such a lot Jewish (or not). This e-book of vibrant, own conversations uncovers how being Jewish matches right into a public lifestyles, and likewise how the author’s evolving spiritual identification was once replaced by means of what she heard.

· Dustin Hoffman, Steven Spielberg, Gene Wilder, Joan Rivers, and Leonard Nimoy speak about their startling encounters with anti-Semitism.
· Kenneth Cole, Eliot Spitzer, and Ronald Perelman discover the demanding situations of intermarriage.
· Mike Wallace, Richard Dreyfuss, and Ruth Reichl exhibit attitudes towards Israel that fluctuate from unquestioning loyalty to complex ambivalence.
· William Kristol name callings on the thought that Jewish values are incompatible with Conservative politics.
· Alan Dershowitz, raised Orthodox, talks approximately why he gave up morning prayer.
· Shawn eco-friendly describes the strain that incorporates being baseball’s Jewish star.
· Natalie Portman questions the ostentatious bat mitzvahs of her hometown.
· Tony Kushner explains how being Jewish ready him for being homosexual.
· Leon Wieseltier throws down the gauntlet to Jews who haven’t taken the difficulty to check Judaism.
These are only a number of key moments from many poignant, usually unbelievable, conversations with public figures whom such a lot folks concept we already knew.

“When my mom bought her nostril task, she sought after me to get one, too. She acknowledged i'd be happier.”—Dustin Hoffman

“It’s a historical past to be pleased with. after which, too, it’s anything that you simply can’t break out as the international won’t allow you to; so it’s a superb factor you may be pleased with it.”
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“My spouse [Kate Capshaw] selected to do a whole conversion before we have been married in 1991, and he or she married me as a Jew. i feel that, greater than anything, introduced me again to Judaism.”—Steven Spielberg

“As an individual who used to be born in Israel, you’re installed a place of shielding Israel since you know the way a lot is at stake.”—Natalie Portman

“Jewish introspection and Jewish humor is a fashion of surviving . . . if you’re no longer good-looking and you’re now not athletic and you’re no longer wealthy, there’s nonetheless one final wish with women, that's being funny.”—Mike Nichols

“I felt not just this huge, immense satisfaction at being a Jew; I felt this huge, immense void at now not being a better Jew.”—Ronald O. Perelman

“American Jews, like american citizens, have a truly consumerist angle towards their id: they decide and select the bits of this and they like.”—Leon Wieseltier

“I proposal if I had instantly hair and an ideal nostril, my entire occupation will be different.”—Sarah Jessica Parker

“I’ve constantly rebelled a bit whilst humans say, ‘My Jewish values lead me to truly care in regards to the poor.’ i do know a few Christians who care in regards to the negative, too.”—William Kristol

“There have been repeatedly whilst I saved silent approximately being Jewish as I obtained older, while Jewish jokes have been told.”—William Shatner

“‘Jew bastard’ was once anything I heard a lot.”—Leonard Nimoy.

“I continuously beloved shiksas.”—Larry King

“It particularly says within the Torah that you should consume shrimp and bacon in a chinese language restaurant.”—Jason Alexander

“Yom Kippur is anything I do alone, with no one else, simply because i feel that my dating with God is mine and mine only.”—Diane von Furstenberg

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Neoplatonism and Jewish Thought (Studies in Neoplatonism)

This ebook offers basically with the matter of the only and the various. the issues of production, of evil, of revelation, and of ethics are all handled as specified circumstances of the overall challenge of touching on the finite to the endless, the numerous to the only. The authors specialize in the unifying topic of mediation, the capacity wherein absolutely the pertains to the right here and now. The primary figures studied contain Philo, Plotinus, Iamblichus, Isaac Israeli, Avicenna, Ibn Gabirol, Al-Ghazali, Abraham Ibn Daud, Maimonides, Averroes, Albertus Magnus, Aquinas, Gersonides, Nahmanides, Ibn Falaquera, Narboni, Albalag, Leone Ebreo (Judah Abarbanel), and Spinoza, in addition to such Kabbalistic thinkers as Bahir, Cordovero, Luria, Moses de Leon, Ya'akov ben Sheshet, Isaac the Blind, Menahem Renanti, Shem Tov ben Shem Tov, Azriel of Gerona, Alemanno, Luzzato, Cordovero, and Abraham Herrera.

The authors contain David Winston, John Dillon, Carl Mathis, Bernard McGinn, Arthur Hyman, Alfred Ivry, Lenn E. Goodman, Menachem Kellner, David Burrell, Idit Dobbs-Weinstein, David Bleich, Seymour Feldman, Steven Katz, Moshe Idel, David Novak, Hubert Dethier, Richard Popkin, and Robert McLaren. Taken jointly, those essays provide a powerful old survey of the information, achievements, and philosophic struggles of a gaggle of fellows who labored to shape a different and sturdy culture that bridged the space among rival confessions and sects--mystics, rationalists, and empiricists; Jews, Christians, and Muslims. it is a philosophic resource whose energy isn't but exhausted.

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Jewish Philosophy as a Guide to Life: Rosenzweig, Buber, Levinas, Wittgenstein (The Helen and Martin Schwartz Lectures in Jewish Studies)

By Hilary Putnam

Distinguished thinker Hilary Putnam, who's additionally a training Jew, questions the concept of 3 significant Jewish philosophers of the 20 th century―Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, and Emmanuel Levinas―to aid him reconcile the philosophical and spiritual facets of his existence. an extra presence within the booklet is Ludwig Wittgenstein, who, even though now not a training Jew, thought of faith in ways in which Putnam juxtaposes to the perspectives of Rosenzweig, Buber, and Levinas. Putnam explains the best rules of every of those nice thinkers, bringing out what, in his opinion, constitutes the decisive highbrow and non secular contributions of every of them. even supposing the faith mentioned is Judaism, the intensity and originality of those philosophers, as incisively interpreted through Putnam, make their concept not anything under a consultant to life.

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A People That Shall Dwell Alone: Judaism as a Group Evolutionary Strategy, with Diaspora Peoples

This publication makes an attempt to appreciate an old humans by way of smooth evolutionary biology. A uncomplicated thought is that Judaism is a gaggle evolutionary strategy-what one may time period an evolutionarily major manner for a gaggle of individuals to get on on this planet. The booklet files numerous theoretically fascinating features of workforce evolutionary techniques utilizing Judaism as a case learn. those subject matters comprise the idea of team evolutionary suggestions, the genetic unity of Judaism, how Jews controlled to erect and implement limitations to gene circulation among themselves and different peoples, source festival among Jews and non-Jews, how Jews controlled to have a excessive point of charity inside their groups and whilst avoided free-riding, how a few teams of Jews got here to have such excessive IQ's, and the way Judaism constructed in antiquity. This booklet was once initially released in 1994 by means of Praeger Publishers. The Writers membership variation features a new preface, Diaspora Peoples, describing numerous fascinating workforce evolutionary recommendations: The Gypsies, the Hutterites and Amish, the Calvinists and Puritans, and the out of the country chinese language.

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Chaos Uncreated: A Reassessment of the Theme of "Chaos" in the Hebrew Bible (Beiheft Zur Zeitschrift Fur Die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft) (Beihefte ... Fur die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft)

This monograph provides a problem to the view that the Hebrew Bible comprises allusions to Yahweh’s conflict with chaos, displaying how the time period has been inappropriately utilized in a number contexts the place way more various spheres of images should still in its place be acknowledged. in the course of the development of a cautious diachronic version (developed with specific connection with the Psalter), the writer provides a persuasive case for reversing universal assumptions in regards to the improvement of Israelite faith, discovering as a substitute that the wrestle motif used to be absent within the earliest interval, while the slaying of a dragon used to be attributed to Yahweh basically in a particular monotheistic model, which arose from round 587 B.C.

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