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  • The Three Blessingsby Yoel Kahn

    Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 54.99 US$ 49.49

    In the traditional Jewish liturgy, a man praises God daily for not having been made a gentile, a woman, or a slave. Manuscript editions of the Babylonian Talmud teach that recitation of this prayer is obligatory for all Jewish men. Despite the fact that these blessings have been officially part of the daily morning liturgy for more than a thousand... more...

  • Judaismby E. P. Sanders

    Fortress Press 2016; US$ 38.99

    In this now-classic work, E. P. Sanders carefully shows that what was important in Second Temple Judaism was the ?common Judaism? of the people, their observances of regular practices, and the beliefs that informed them. Sanders offers a remarkably comprehensive presentation of Judaism as a functioning religion: the temple and its routine and festivals;... more...

  • The Kabbalah Readerby Edward Hoffman; Arthur Kurzweil

    Shambhala 2010; US$ 16.99

    This comprehensive and accessible entrée into the world of Kabbalah covers 1,600 years of Jewish mystical thought and features a variety of thinkers?from the renowned to the obscure?unavailable in any other volume. It?s a fresh take on an ancient tradition compiled by Edward Hoffman, a psychologist and respected scholar of Judaism, who reveals how... more...

  • Kabbalahby Perle Epstein; Edward Hoffman

    Shambhala 2001; US$ 21.99

    This pioneering, popular introduction to Jewish mysticism was the first survey written for a general audience, and it's now available in Shambhala Classics. Epstein presents the methods, schools, and legendary practitioners of Kabbalah, unraveling the web of ancient traditions hidden in such texts as the Sefer Yetzirah and the Zohar . The words... more...

  • The Wisdom of Maimonidesby Edward Hoffman

    Shambhala 2008; US$ 14.99

    Here is an accessible introduction to the life and wisdom of the famous twelfth-century philosopher-physician Moses Maimonides, whose prolific writings on medical and religious issues, commentaries on Jewish texts, and writings on Jewish ethics and law profoundly influenced Judaism. The Wisdom of Maimonides includes a biography; a section of selected... more...

  • The Shambhala Guide to Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticismby Perle Besserman

    Shambhala 1998; US$ 18.99

    Jewish mystics from biblical times to the present have explored the hidden secrets of the Torah in quest of a single goal: to lose the self in the Infinite "No-thingness" (Ein Sof) and be at one with God. In language accessible to the layperson, this Shambhala Guide provides a detailed introduction to the complex world of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism.... more...

  • Yiddishe Kopby Nilton Rabbi Bonder

    Shambhala 1999; US$ 11.99

    The Jews are known for their intuitive genius in getting out of a pickle. With their long history of persecution, they've developed a knack for escaping seemingly hopeless predicaments: when your back is against the wall, you learn to think fast. Centuries of reasoning and interpreting the Holy Scriptures have also contributed to the Jews' skill in... more...

  • Theory and Practice in Essene Lawby Aryeh Amihay

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 97.99 US$ 88.19

    Presenting a novel approach for the study of law in the Dead Sea Scrolls, this book is conveniently divided into concepts and practices, highlighting the discrepancies between the two. It is a valuable study for anyone interested in Jewish law, legal history, sectarianism and communal life. more...

  • On the Mystical Shape of the Godheadby Gershom Scholem

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 18.00

    "Scholem's treatment is complex and stylistically brilliant as he systemically analyzes the history and intellectual background of these critical ideas. Highly recommended."--Library Journal. From the Trade Paperback edition. more...

  • The Mermaid and the Partridgeby George Brooke; Jesper Høgenhaven

    BRILL 2011; US$ 151.00

    This volume, which contains the papers from a conference in Copenhagen in June 2009 on the texts from DJD V, represents the ongoing work on the re-edition of these texts, and reflects the development in approaches and viewpoints since the texts were first published (1968). more...