Creating Judaism: History, Tradition, Practice / Edition 1

Creating Judaism: History, Tradition, Practice / Edition 1

by Michael L. Satlow
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231134894

ISBN-13: 9780231134897

Pub. Date: 12/12/2006

Publisher: Columbia University Press

How can we define "Judaism," and what are the common threads uniting ancient rabbis, Maimonides, the authors of the Zohar, and modern secular Jews in Israel? Michael L. Satlow offers a fresh perspective on Judaism that recognizes both its similarities and its immense diversity. Presenting snapshots of Judaism from around the globe and throughout history, Satlow

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How can we define "Judaism," and what are the common threads uniting ancient rabbis, Maimonides, the authors of the Zohar, and modern secular Jews in Israel? Michael L. Satlow offers a fresh perspective on Judaism that recognizes both its similarities and its immense diversity. Presenting snapshots of Judaism from around the globe and throughout history, Satlow explores the links between vastly different communities and their Jewish traditions. He studies the geonim, rabbinical scholars who lived in Iraq from the ninth to twelfth centuries; the intellectual flourishing of Jews in medieval Spain; how the Hasidim of nineteenth-century Eastern Europe confronted modernity; and the post-World War II development of distinct American and Israeli Jewish identities. Satlow pays close attention to how communities define themselves, their relationship to biblical and rabbinic texts, and their ritual practices. His fascinating portraits reveal the amazingly creative ways Jews have adapted over time to social and political challenges and continue to remain a "Jewish family."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231134897
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
12/12/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
537,191
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsChronologyIntroduction1. Promised Lands2. Creating Judaism3. Between Athens and Jerusalem4. The Rabbis5. Rabbinic Concepts6. Mitzvot7. The Rise of Reason8. From Moses to Moses9. Seeing God10. East and WestEpilogue: Whither Judaism? Glossary Bibliographical NotesIndex

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