Download Jewish Masculinities: German Jews, Gender, and History by Benjamin Maria Baader, Sharon Gillerman, Paul Lerner PDF

By Benjamin Maria Baader, Sharon Gillerman, Paul Lerner

Stereotyped as tender and feeble intellectuals, Jewish males in German-speaking lands in truth built a wealthy and complicated spectrum of male norms, versions, and behaviors. Jewish Masculinities explores conceptions and stories of masculinity between Jews in Germany from the sixteenth throughout the past due twentieth century in addition to emigrants to North the United States, Palestine, and Israel. the amount examines different worlds of scholars, businessmen, mohels, ritual slaughterers, rabbis, performers, and others, laying off new gentle at the problem for Jewish males of balancing German citizenship and cultural association with Jewish communal harmony, non secular perform, and identification.

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Download Post-War Jewish Fiction: Ambivalence, Self Explanation and by D. Brauner PDF

By D. Brauner

During this groundbreaking research, David Brauner explores the illustration of Jewishness in a few works through postwar British and American Jewish writers, determining a transatlantic sensibility characterized through an insistent compulsion to provide an explanation for themselves and their Jewishness in ambivalent phrases. via certain readings of novels by way of recognized American authors akin to Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Bernard Malamud and Arthur Miller, along these by way of lesser-known British writers comparable to Frederic Raphael, Jonathan Wilson, Howard Jacobson and Clive Sinclair, definite universal preoccupations emerge: Gentiles who mistake themselves for Jews; Jewish hostility in the direction of Nature; writing (and now not writing) in regards to the Holocaust, and the connection among truth and fiction.

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Download The Tenement Saga: The Lower East Side and Early Jewish by Sanford Sternlicht PDF

By Sanford Sternlicht

    Nearly million Jewish males, ladies, and kids emigrated from japanese Europe among 1882 and 1924 and settled in, or gone through, the reduce East aspect of recent York urban. Sanford Sternlicht tells the tale of his personal adolescence during this shiny local and places it in the context of fourteen early twentieth-century East facet writers. Anzia Yezierska, Abraham Cahan, Michael Gold, and Henry Roth, and others outlined this new "Jewish place of birth" and lead the way for the later nice Jewish American novelists.    Sternlicht discusses the position of girls, the Yiddish Theater, secular values, the fight among generations, road crime, politics, exertions unions, and the significance of newspapers and periodicals. He records the decline of Yiddish tradition as those immigrants mixed into what they referred to as "The Golden Land."

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Download Maimonides on the "Decline of the Generations" and the by Menachem Marc Kellner PDF

By Menachem Marc Kellner

Indicates to what quantity and in what style Jews are guaranteed to settle for the reviews and the pronouncements of non secular specialists. Moses Maimonides, medieval Judaism's prime legist and thinker, and a determine of significant value for modern Jewish self-understanding, held a view of Judaism which maintained the authority of the Talmudic rabbis in concerns of Jewish legislations whereas making an allowance for loose and open inquiry in issues of technology and philosophy. Maimonides affirmed, now not the prevalence of the "moderns" (the students of his and next generations) over the "ancients" (the Tannaim and Amoraim, the Rabbis of the Mishnah and Talmud) however the inherent equality of the 2. The equality offered here's now not equality of halakhic authority, yet equality of skill, of crucial human features. so as to substantiate those claims, Kellner explores the similar concept that Maimonides doesn't undertake the inspiration of "the decline of the generations", in response to which every succeeding new release, or each one succeeding epoch, is in a few major and religiously proper feel not so good as previous generations or epochs.

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Download The Story of Yiddish: How a Mish-Mosh of Languages Saved the by Neal Karlen PDF

By Neal Karlen

A delightfully unconventional story of a humans, their position on this planet, and the interesting language that held them jointly.

Yiddish is an not likely survivor of the a while, very similar to the Jews themselves. Incorporating old German dialects and components from greater than a dozen different tongues, the Yiddish language bears the imprint of the various locations the place ecu Jews have been in brief given guard. Neal Karlen's exact, brashly interesting, but completely researched telling of the language's tale finds that Yiddish is a replicate of Jewish heritage, notion, and practice—for larger and for worse.

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Download The Holocaust Averted: An Alternate History of American by Jeffrey S. Gurock PDF

By Jeffrey S. Gurock

The more and more well known style of “alternative histories” has captivated audiences through asking questions like “what if the South had received the Civil War?” Such hypothesis may be instructive, heighten our curiosity in a subject, and make clear permitted heritage. In The Holocaust Averted, Jeffrey Gurock imagines what may need occurred to the Jewish group within the usa if the Holocaust had by no means happened and forces readers to consider how the line to reputation and empowerment for today’s American Jews might have been more durable than it truly was.
Based on moderate possible choices grounded in what's identified of the time, locations, and contributors, Gurock provides a concise narrative of his imagined war-time saga and the occasions that Hitler’s army disasters. whereas German Jews did endure less than Nazism, the thousands of Jews in japanese Europe survived and have been capable of continue their groups. on account that few humans have been all in favour of the security of eu Jews, Zionism by no means turned renowned within the usa and social antisemitism saved Jews at the margins of society. by way of the overdue Nineteen Sixties, American Jewish groups have been faraway from vibrant.

This exchange history—where, between many situations, Hitler is assassinated, Japan doesn't bomb Pearl Harbor, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt is succeeded after phrases through Robert A. Taft—does reason us to study and higher savour historical past. As Gurock tells his story, he concludes each bankruptcy with a brief part that describes what truly occurred and, hence, additional educates the reader.


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Download Jewish Spain : a Mediterranean memory by Tabea Alexa Linhard PDF

By Tabea Alexa Linhard

What is intended by way of "Jewish Spain"? The time period itself features a sequence of historic contradictions. No unmarried a part of Spain has ever been fullyyt Jewish. but discourses approximately Jews educated debates on Spanish id formation lengthy after their 1492 expulsion. The Mediterranean international witnessed a renewed curiosity in Spanish-speaking Jews within the 20th century, and it has grappled with moving attitudes on what it intended to be Jewish and Spanish through the century.

At the center of this e-book are explorations of the contradictions that seem in several varieties of cultural reminiscence: literary texts, memoirs, oral histories, biographies, movies, and background tourism applications. Tabea Alexa Linhard identifies depictions of the problems Jews confronted in Spain and northern Morocco in years prior as indispensable to the survival ideas of Spanish Jews, who used them to make feel of the complicated and harrowing situations of the Spanish Civil battle, the Francoist repression, and global warfare Two.

Jewish Spain takes its position between different works on Muslims, Christians, and Jews by way of supplying a entire research of Jewish tradition and presence in twentieth-century Spain, reminding us that it really is very unlikely to appreciate and articulate what Spain used to be, is, and may be with out making an allowance for either "Muslim Spain" and "Jewish Spain."

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