Judaism in Practice: From the Middle Ages through the Early Modern Period

Judaism in Practice: From the Middle Ages through the Early Modern Period

by Lawrence Fine, Lawrence Fine
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691057877

ISBN-13: 9780691057873

Pub. Date: 10/29/2001

Publisher: Princeton University Press

This collection of original materials provides a sweeping view of medieval and early modern Jewish ritual and religious practice. Including such diverse texts as ritual manuals, legal codes, mystical books, autobiographical writings, folk literature, and liturgical poetry, it testifies to the enormous variety of practices that characterized Judaism in the twelve

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This collection of original materials provides a sweeping view of medieval and early modern Jewish ritual and religious practice. Including such diverse texts as ritual manuals, legal codes, mystical books, autobiographical writings, folk literature, and liturgical poetry, it testifies to the enormous variety of practices that characterized Judaism in the twelve hundred years between 600 and 1800 C.E. Its focus on religious practice and experience—how Judaism was actually lived by people from day to day—makes this anthology unique among the few sourcebooks available.

The volume encompasses the broad scope and complex texture of Jewish religious practice, taking into account many aspects of Jewish culture that have hitherto been relatively neglected: the religious life of ordinary people, the role and status of women, art and aesthetics, and marginalized as well as remote Jewish communities. It introduces such remarkable personalities as Moses Maimonides, Leon Modena, and Gluckel of Hameln, and presents extraordinary texts on festival practice, Torah study, mystical communities, meditation, exorcism, the practice of charity, and folk rites marking birth and death.

Representing state-of-the-art scholarship by distinguished academics from around the world, the volume includes many materials never before translated into English. Each text is preceded by an accessible introduction, making this book suitable for college and university students as well as a general audience. Whether read as a deliberate course of study or dipped into selectively for a glimpse into fascinating Jewish lives and places, Judaism in Practice holds rich rewards for any reader.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691057873
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/29/2001
Series:
Princeton Readings in Religions Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
456
Sales rank:
845,435
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.22(d)

Table of Contents

Princeton Readings in Religions vii

Note on Transliteration and Acknowledgments ix

Contributors xv

Introduction by Lawrence Fine 1

Rituals of Daily and Festival Practice

1. Communal Prayer and Liturgical Poetry by Raymond P. Scheindlin 39

2. Italian Jewish Women at Prayer by Howard Tzvi Adelman 52

3. Measuring Graves and Laying Wicks by Chava Weissler 61

4. Adorning the "Bride" on the Eve of the Feast of Weeks by Daniel C. Matt 74

5. New Year's Day for Fruit of the Tree by Miles Krassen 81

Rituals of the Life Cycle

6. The Role of Women at Rituals of Their Infant Children by Lawrence A. Hoffman 99

7. Honey Cakes and Torah: A Jewish Boy Learns His Letters by Ivan G. Marcus 115

8. Women and Ritual Immersion in Medieval Ashkenaz: The Sexual Politics of Piety by Judith R. Baskin 131

9. Life-Cycle Rituals of Spanish Crypto Jewish Women by Renee Levine Melammed 143

10. Ritualizing Death and Dying: The Ethical Will of Naphtali Ha-Kohen Katz by Avriel Bar-Levav 155

Torah, Learning, and Ethics

11. Moses Maimonides' Laws of the Study of Torah by Lawrence Kaplan 171

12. An Egyptian Woman Seeks to Rescue Her Husband from a Sufi Monastery by S. D. Goitein 186

13. A Monastic-like Setting for the Study of Torah by Ephraim Kanarfogel 191

14. Religious Practice among Italian Jewish Women by Howard Tzvi Adelman 203

15. A Mystical Fellowship in Jerusalem by Lawrence Fine 210

16. The Love of Learning among Polish Jews by Gershon David Hundert 215

Religious Sectarianism and Communities on the Margins

17. Jewish Sectarianism in the Near East: A Muslim's Account by Steven M. Wasserstrom 229

18. Travel in the Land of Israel by Lawrence Fine 237

19. Karaite Ritual by Daniel Frank 24E 20. Living Judaism in Confucian Culture: Being Jewish and Being Chinese by Jonathan N. Lipman 265

Art and Aesthetics

21. Defending, Enjoying, and Regulating the Visual by Kalman P. Bland 281

22. Illustrating History and Illluminating Identity in the Art of the Passover Haggadah by Marc Michael Epstein 298

23. The Arts of Calligraphy and Composition, and the Love of Books Lawrence Fine 318

24. Jewish Preaching in Fifteenth-Century Spain by Marc Saperstein 325

Magic and Mysticism

25. The Book of the Great Name by Michael D. Swartz 341

26. Visionary Experiences among Spanish Crypto Jewish Women by Renee Levine Melammed 348

27. Mystical Eating and Food Practices in the Zohar by Joel Hecker 353

28. Devotional Rites in a Sufi Mode by Paul B. Fenton 364

29. Pietistic Customs from Safed by Lawrence Fine 375

30. Jewish Exorcism: Early Modem Traditions and Transformations by J. H. Chajes 386

31. Rabbi Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl: Personal Practices of a Hasdic Master by Arthur Green 399

Remarkable Lives

32. The Life of Moses ben Maimon by Joel L. Kraemer 413

33. Dolce of Worms: The Lives and Deaths of an Exemplary Medieval Jewish Woman and Her Daughters by Judith R. Baskin 429

34. The Earliest Hebrew First-Crusade Narrative by Robert Chazan 438

35. Leon Modena's Autobiography by Mark R. Cohen 453

36. The Early Messianic Career of Shabbatai Zvi by Matt Goldish 470

37. The Life of Glikl of Hameln by Paula E. Hyman 483

38. Israel ben Eliezer, the Baal Shem Tov by Dan Ben-Amos 498

39. The Scholarly Life of the Gaon of Vilna by Allan Nadler 513

Appendix. The Jewish Holidays 521

Index 523

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