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  • Behind God's Backby Harri Nykanen; Kristian London

    Bitter Lemon Press 2014; US$ 14.95

    The murder of a fellow Jew throws Helsinki detective Ariel Kafka into a maelstrom of international intrigue and high-level corruption. more...

  • Scripture and Traditionby Azzan Yadin-Israel

    Walter de Gruyter 2014; US$ 113.00

    Analyzing the layers of interpretation in the Sifra and the transformation of Rabbi Akiva's portrayal in rabbinic literature more broadly, Azzan Yadin-Israel traces an ideological shift toward scriptural authority and away from received traditions. more...

  • The Rag Raceby Adam D. Mendelsohn

    NYU Press 2014; US$ 29.75

    The majority of Jewish immigrants who made their way to the United States between 1820 and 1924 arrived nearly penniless; yet today their descendants stand out as exceptionally successful. How can we explain their dramatic economic ascent? Have Jews been successful because of cultural factors distinct to them as a group, or because of the particular circumstances... more...

  • The Question of the Animal and Religionby Aaron S. Gross

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 29.99

    Through an absorbing investigation into recent, high-profile scandals involving one of the largest kosher slaughterhouses in the world, located unexpectedly in Postville, Iowa, Aaron S. Gross makes a powerful case for elevating the category of the animal in the study of religion. Major theorists have almost without exception approached religion as... more...

  • Jenseits der Tradition?by Regina Grundmann; Assaad Elias Kattan

    De Gruyter 2014; US$ 126.00

    This volume brings together new research perspectives on how religious traditions have been criticized, reconsidered, and modified by exploring the dialectics of continuity and rupture that pervade religious communities. The collected essays consider how forms of criticism are classified, perceived, and constructed in different critical discourses.... more...

  • Das Kulturerbe deutschsprachiger Judenby Elke-Vera Kotowski

    De Gruyter Oldenbourg 2014; US$ 126.00

    As part of the German Jewish Cultural Heritage project, the expert contributors to this volume examine the cultural influence of the German-speaking Jewish intelligentsia around the world. This influence continues to be felt in many countries of origin and exile without being adequately reflected in collective consciousness. This volume makes a substantive... more...

  • Hasidism Incarnateby Shaul Magid

    Stanford University Press 2014; US$ 65.00

    Hasidism Incarnate contends that much of modern Judaism in the West developed in reaction to Christianity and in defense of Judaism as a unique tradition. Ironically enough, this occurred even as modern Judaism increasingly dovetailed with Christianity with regard to its ethos, aesthetics, and attitude toward ritual and faith. Shaul Magid argues... 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...

  • Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadyby Immanuel Etkes; Jeffrey M. Green

    Brandeis University Press 2014; US$ 44.99

    The only biography in English of the founder of the Chabad movement in Hasidism more...

  • Memorials in Berlin and Buenos Airesby Brigitte Sion

    Lexington Books 2014; US$ 79.99

    This book examines the conflicting performances that take place at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin and the Memorial to the Victims of State Terror in Buenos Aires. Sion offers an interdisciplinary model for analyzing sites of memory, their purpose, failure and success, and their part in a transnational circuit of remembrance practices. more...