By M. Scrivener
Describing Jewish illustration via Jews and Gentiles within the British Romantic period from the outdated Bailey court docket and well known songs to novels, poetry, and political pamphlets, Scrivener integrates pop culture with belletristic writing to discover the wildly various remedies of stereotypical Jewish figures.
By Naomi W. Cohen
Separation of church and kingdom has develop into a veritable creed within the American Jewish group. targeting the way Jewish activities have contributed to the advance of separation, this ebook examines how American Jews have contended with dwelling in a essentially Christian nation. within the first half, Cohen covers this background hronologically from colonial instances to the second one international conflict. all through this era, Jewish neighborhood leaders occupied with laws and judicial reviews that during any manner bespoke proven Christianity. They have been mostly keen on try oaths, Sunday legislation, faith in public faculties, and Christianity in federal treaties--issues that during one shape or one other have lasted good into the 20 th century. facing the interval after global conflict II, the second one a part of the booklet includes an in-depth research of Jewish participation in, and responses to, litigation on such concerns as published time, prayer and bible readings in public colleges, Sunday legislation, and non secular in public locations. Cohen additionally considers how separationism evoked modifications of opinion between Jews and the way it affected Jewish-Christian relations.
By Thomas R. Nevin
Over fifty years after her dying, Simone Weil (1909-1943) continues to be probably the most looking out spiritual inquirers and political thinkers of the 20 th century. Albert Camus stated she had a "madness for truth." She rejected her Jewishness and built a robust curiosity in Catholicism, even supposing she by no means joined the Catholic church. either an activist and a pupil, she continually spoke out opposed to injustice and aligned herself with staff, with the colonial negative in France, and with the opressed all over the place. She got here to think that discomfort itself can be a technique to harmony with God, and her loss of life at thirty-four has been recorded as suicide by means of starvation.This striking learn is essentially a topography of Weil's brain, yet Thomas Nevin is persuaded that her idea is inextricably sure to her lifestyles and dramatic occasions. therefore, he not just addresses her techniques and her prejudices yet examines her purposes for pleasing them and offers them a historic concentration. He claims that to Weil's iteration the Spanish conflict, the preferred entrance, the ascendance of Hitlerism, and the Vichy years weren't mere backdrops yet definitive events.Nevin explores intimately not just concerns of continuous curiosity, equivalent to Weil's leftist politics and her try to embody Christianity, but in addition hitherto unexamined features of her existence and paintings which enable a deeper realizing of her: her writings on technology, her paintings as a poet and dramatist, and her selective friendships. The thread uniting those issues is her fight to keep up her independence as a loose philosopher whereas resisting neighborhood corresponding to Judaism may have provided her. Her highbrow struggles eloquently exhibit the determined isolation of Jews torn among the entice of assimilation and the tormented dignity in their communal history.Nevin's gigantic study attracts at the complete variety of essays, notebooks, and fragments from the Simone Weil records in Paris, lots of that have by no means been translated or released.
By Alan L. Berger
Targeting the novels and flicks of daughters and sons of Holocaust survivors, this e-book sheds gentle at the courting among the Holocaust and modern Jewish identification. it's the first systematic research of a physique of labor that introduces a brand new new release of Jewish writers and filmmakers, in addition to revealing how the survivor's legacy is shaping - and being formed through - the second one iteration. rigorously learning the paintings of those modern young children of activity, Berger demonstrates how the offspring, just like the survivors themselves, signify quite a few orientation to Judaism, have major theological variations, and percentage the legacy of the Shoah. Berger sincerely indicates that contributors of the second one iteration take part absolutely in either the yankee and Jewish dimensions in their id and articulates specified second-generation theological and psychosocial issues.
By Eitan P. Fishbane
Within the past due 1870s, shaken through speedy socioeconomic swap, inner crises, and the increase of antisemitism, younger Jews assumed management, created dozens of agencies, and encouraged lots of fans. those businesses helped outline the nineteenth-century Jewish awakening: cultural and non secular renewal, and the promoting of Jewish schooling. increasing upon the incomplete paintings of Leah Levitz Fishbane, this quantity seeks to expand our knowing of this era, which cleared the path for brand spanking new advancements in American Jewish communal, cultural, and spiritual lifestyles.
By Jonathan Elukin
This e-book demanding situations the traditional perception of the center a while as a time of persecution for Jews. Jonathan Elukin strains the event of Jews in Europe from past due antiquity in the course of the Renaissance and Reformation, revealing how the pluralism of medieval society allowed Jews to believe a part of their neighborhood groups regardless of recurrent expressions of hatred opposed to them. Elukin exhibits that Jews and Christians coexisted roughly peacefully for far of the center a long time, and that the violence directed at Jews used to be mostly remoted and didn't undermine their participation within the day-by-day rhythms of ecu society. the intense photo that emerges is certainly one of Jews residing with ease between their Christian associates, operating with Christians, and infrequently cultivating lasting friendships whilst Christian tradition usually demonized Jews. As Elukin makes transparent, the expulsions of Jews from England, France, Spain, and somewhere else weren't the inevitable end result of persecution, yet arose from the non secular and political expediencies of specific rulers. He demonstrates that the heritage of winning Jewish-Christian interplay within the heart a long time in reality laid the social foundations that gave upward thrust to the Jewish groups of contemporary Europe. Elukin compels us to reconsider our assumptions approximately this interesting interval in background, delivering us a brand new lens during which to understand the wealthy complexities of the Jewish adventure in medieval Christendom.