The Wicked Son
Anti-Semitism, Self-Hatred, and the Jews
Paperback ISBN: 0805211578
The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, filmmaker, novelist, and essayist offers a provocative look at the role of anti-Semitism in modern life, examining the potentially destructive ways in which Jews look for meaning and truth anywhere--in politics, other religions, and mindless entertainment--but in Judaism itself. Reprint.
Jews & Blacks
A Dialogue on Race, Religion, and Culture in America
Paperback ISBN: 0452275911
Examining the issues that have united blacks and Jews in the past and that now separate them, two long-time friends and leading intellectuals try to restore the special relationship between the two groups in a hard-hitting and worthwhile exchange. Reprint.
Trouble in the Tribe
The American Jewish Conflict Over Israel
Hardcover ISBN: 0691168997
"Trouble in the Tribe explores the increasingly contentious place of Israel in the American Jewish community. In a fundamental shift, growing numbers of American Jews have become less willing to unquestioningly support Israel and more willing to publiclycriticize its government. More than ever before, American Jews are arguing about Israeli policies, and many, especially younger ones, are becoming uncomfortable with Israel's treatment of Palestinians. Dov Waxman argues that Israel is fast becoming a source of disunity for American Jewry, and that a new era of American Jewish conflict over Israel is replacing the old era of solidarity. Drawing on a wealth of in-depth interviews with American Jewish leaders and activists, Waxman shows why Israel has become such a divisive issue among American Jews. He delves into the American Jewish debate about Israel, examining the impact that the conflict over Israel is having on Jewish communities, national Jewish organizations, and on the pro-Israel lobby. Waxman sets this conflict in the context of broader cultural, political, institutional, and demographic changes happening in the American Jewish community. He offers a nuanced and balanced account of how this conflict over Israel has developed and what it means for the future of American Jewish politics. Israel used to bring American Jews together. Now it is driving them apart. Trouble in the Tribe explains why"--
The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity
Hardcover ISBN: 0805242090
A portrait of the renegade seventeenth-century Jewish philosopher examines the events of his life, his heretical writings and his excommunication by Amsterdam's Jewish community, and the cultural and religious context and influence of his ideas.
The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity
Paperback ISBN: 0805211594
In 1656, Amsterdam’s Jewish community excommunicated Baruch Spinoza, and, at the age of twenty–three, he became the most famous heretic in Judaism. He was already germinating a secularist challenge to religion that would be as radical as it was original. He went on to produce one of the most ambitious systems in the history of Western philosophy, so ahead of its time that scientists today, from string theorists to neurobiologists, count themselves among Spinoza’s progeny. In Betraying Spinoza, Rebecca Goldstein sets out to rediscover the flesh-and-blood man often hidden beneath the veneer of rigorous rationality, and to crack the mystery of the breach between the philosopher and his Jewish past. Goldstein argues that the trauma of the Inquisition’s persecution of its forced Jewish converts plays itself out in Spinoza’s philosophy. The excommunicated Spinoza, no less than his excommunicators, was responding to Europe’s first experiment with racial anti-Semitism. Here is a Spinoza both hauntingly emblematic and deeply human, both heretic and hero—a surprisingly contemporary figure ripe for our own uncertain age. From the Hardcover edition.
Born to Kvetch
Yiddish Language And Culture in All Its Moods
Paperback ISBN: 0061132179
A humorous history of the Yiddish language from the Middle Ages to today traces the origins of numerous everyday terms, citing events throughout the past one thousand years that contributed to Jewish European communication practices while offering insight into Yiddish relationships with nature, sex, food, and more. Reprint.
Contemporary Jewish Writing
Austria After Waldheim
Hardcover ISBN: 0415659450
Reiter (German, U. of Southampton) writes of Jewish writing in Austria after the impact of Waldheim. She writes first of Jewish places described by Jewish people, then moves on to the act of performing the Jew in the text, on the chutzpah of the Austrian Jews, and finally of the simulation spaces that Jews inhabit both in Austria and around the world. Annotation ©2014 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Dairy Restaurant
Hardcover ISBN: 0805242198
An entertaining history of Judaism in relation to food and eating ranges from the biblical story of Adam and Eve to the present day, chronicling such significant events as the invention of the restaurant, both in Europe and in America, in an ingenious blend of text and black-and-white images. By the author of The Jew of New York. 25,000 first printing.