BOOKS RECEIVED: Catherine Chalier, “Reading the Torah: Beyond the Fundamentalist and Scientific Approaches” (Duquesne UP, 2017)
Fundamentalist readings of sacred texts of major world religions are often regarded as an ever-increasing threat to personal and democratic freedoms. Historical and critical readings, alternatively, purport to be objective and teach us to understand these texts by relating them… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Michael A. Grodin, ed., “Jewish Medical Resistance in the Holocaust,” (Berghahn, 2017)
Buy from University Press Books Faced with infectious diseases, starvation, lack of medicines, lack of clean water, and safe sewage, Jewish physicians practiced medicine under severe conditions in the ghettos and concentration camps of the Holocaust. Despite the odds against… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Elisabeth Goldwyn, “Reading Between the Lines: Form and Content in Levinas’s Talmudic Readings” (Duquesne UP, 2015)
Originally published in Hebrew, Reading between the Lines takes up philosopher Emmanuel Levinas’s fascinating contributions to Jewish thought, concentrating specifically on his talmudic readings in the context of “contemporary midrash.” Herself a scholar and teacher of the Talmud, Elisabeth Goldwyn… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED:  Scham, Salem, and Pogrund, eds., “Shared Histories: A Palestinian-Israeli Dialogue” (Left Coast Press, 2005)
There is no single history of the development of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Israeli historical narrative speaks of Zionism as the Jewish national movement, of building a refuge from persecution, and of national regeneration. The Palestinian narrative speaks of invasion,… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Stern, Markschies, and Shalev-Eyni, eds., “The Monk’s Haggadah: A Fifteenth-Century Illuminated Codex from the Monastery of Tegernsee (Penn State UP, 2015)
In 1489, a magnificent illustrated Passover Haggadah was sent as a bequest to the Monastery of Saint Quirinus at Tegernsee in southern Germany. Shortly afterwards, the monastery’s librarian sent the book to a Dominican friar named Erhard von Pappenheim, a… Read More
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