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  • The Jewish Woman Next Doorby Debby Flancbaum

    Urim Publications 2015; US$ 7.99

    The women profiled in this collection of absorbing essays?some known throughout the world, others known only within their own communities?all share one key trait: whether religious or secular, they are driven by their commitment to Judaism to engage in acts of kindness. In profiling women such as Ruth Gruber, who helped hundreds of Jewish refugees... more...

  • Gender in Judaism and Islamby Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet; Beth S. Wenger

    NYU Press 2014; US$ 25.00

    Jewish and Islamic histories have long been interrelated. Both traditions emerged from ancient cultures born in the Middle East and both are rooted in texts and traditions that have often excluded women. At the same time, both groups have recently seen a resurgence in religious orthodoxy among women, as well as growing feminist movements that challenge... more...

  • Thinking of Water in the Early Second Temple Periodby Ehud Ben Zvi; Christoph Levin

    De Gruyter 2014; US$ 182.00

    Water is a vital resource and is widely acknowledged as such. Thus it often serves as an ideological and linguistic symbol that stands for and evokes concepts central within a community. This volume explores ?thinking of water? and concepts expressed through references to water within the symbolic system of the late Persian/early Hellenistic... more...

  • Hair, Headwear, and Orthodox Jewish Womenby Amy K. Milligan

    Lexington Books 2014; US$ 79.99

    In this study, Milligan uses an interdisciplinary ethnographic approach to consider the lived religious cultural experiences of Orthodox Jewish women living in a small community. Through an investigation of hair and head covering, Milligan explores the meaning of tradition in a contemporary context. more...

  • Death in Jewish Lifeby Stefan C. Reif; Andreas Lehnardt; Avriel Bar-Levav

    De Gruyter 2014; US$ 168.00

    This volume examines in inter-disciplinary perspective the degree to which the medieval Ashkenazi were innovative in the area of communal activity surrounding burial and mourning customs. The topics cover liturgical poetry as well as statutory prayers; confessions, final testimonies and acts of charity; funeral and mourning rites; the influences of... more...

  • Dressing Judeans and Christians in Antiquityby Kristi Upson-Saia; Carly Daniel-Hughes; Alicia J. Batten

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 129.95

    This volume aims to understand religious aspects of dress in the ancient world by examining a diverse range of religious sources, including literature, art, performance, coinage, economic markets, and memories. Contributors demonstrate how dress developed as a topos within Judean and Christian rhetoric, symbolism, and performance, and show how religious... more...

  • The Key to the True Kabbalahby Franz Bardon; Gerhard Hanswille

    Merkur Publishing 2014; US$ 19.99

    In The Key to the True Kabbalah, Franz Bardon demonstrates that mysticism of letters and numbers, the true Kabbalah, is a universal teaching of great antiquity and depth. Throughout the ages, adepts of every time and place have achieved the highest levels of magical attainment through the understanding of sound, color, number and vibration as embodied... more...

  • Marital Relations in Ancient Judaismby Éthan Levine

    Harrassowitz Verlag 2014; US$ 82.17

    This volume surveys the legal and literary references to gender, sexuality and marital relations found in biblical sources and Rabbinic texts until the end of the Tamudic era (c. 600 C.E.). Subject areas include Israel?s familial historiography, kinship and law in biblical Israel, gender and status, judicial review of law, divine covenant and marriage... more...

  • The December Projectby Sara Davidson

    HarperCollins 2014; Not Available

    In the tradition of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Last Lecture , New York Times bestselling author Sara Davidson met every Friday with 89-year-old Rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi, the iconic founder of the Jewish Renewal movment, to discuss what he calls The December Project . "When you can feel in your cells that you're coming to the end of your... more...

  • The December Projectby Sara Davidson

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 14.99

    In the tradition of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Last Lecture , New York Times bestselling author Sara Davidson met every Friday with 89-year-old Rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi, the iconic founder of the Jewish Renewal movment, to discuss what he calls The December Project . "When you can feel in your cells that you're coming to the end of your... more...