Passover is among the most widely observed holidays for American Jews. During this festival of redemption, Jewish families retell the biblical story of Exodus using a ritual book known as a haggadah, often weaving modern tales of oppression through the biblical narrative. References to the Holocaust are some of the most common additions to contemporary haggadot. However, the parallel between ancient and modern oppression, which seems obvious to some, raises troubling questions for many others. Is it possible to find any redemptive meaning in the Nazi genocide? Are we adding value to this unforgivable moment in history? Liora Gubkin critiques commemorations that violate memory by erasing the value of everyday life that was lost and collapse the diversity of responses both during the Shoah and afterward. She recounts oral testimonies from Holocaust survivors, cites references to the holiday in popular American culture, and analyzes examples of actual haggadot. Ultimately, Gubkin concludes that it is possible and important to make a space for Holocaust commemoration, all the time recognizing that haggadot must be constantly revisited and “performed.”
The second volume of The Pontiff and The Prophet trilogy (The City and The Wilderness) tells the story of Antonlonello (the Prophet), his escape through the northern wilderness of Norumbega, his capture, and death in the levels of Quebec. It also depicts the various aspects of life lived in the theocratic world Utopia of a far distant future. It portrays the outlawed prophetic movement called the Ekklessia, life in the slum city of Sordesium, and it tells the story of the second and third generations of Prophet followers. The novel concludes with the story of Victor Dutton and Olivia Preager in the great domed cities of Boston, Quebec, and Rome. Dutton is suspected of conspiracy in the death of the Prophet. An investigation follows that reaches into the highest levels of the Pontifi cal Utopia. A number of central characters populate this utopian trilogy - among the most important being the mysterious fi gure of Mecox. The story refl ects the internal struggles and early evolution of multiple Christianities, and the slow emergence of orthodoxy.
Here, at last, is the ultimate one-volume how-to handbook for living a Jewish life. The Rhythm of Jewish Time is a must-have for every Jewish home. With its comprehensive walk through the Jewish calendar and life-cycle, enriched by dozens of explanatory photographs, this book helps families bring Jewish tradition into their homes. This book is divided into three sections: The Rhythm of Our Lives explains the meaning of the customs central to Jewish life-cycle events The Rhythm of Our Year presents the feasts, fasts, and festivals that mark the passage of the Jewish year The Rhythm of Our Homes is a guide to the ritual objects, blessings, songs, stories, and foods that make each holiday unique Whether read cover to cover or used as a reference book, this volume deserves a spot on every Jewish bookshelf. An ideal gift from the congregation to its new families.
Presenting a new perspective on the saga of the enslavement of the Jewish people and their departure from Egypt, this study compares the Jewish experience with that of African-American slaves in the United States, as well as the latter group’s subsequent fight for dignity and equality. This consideration dives deeply into the biblical narrative, using classical and modern commentaries to explore the social, psychological, religious, and philosophical dimensions of the slave experience and mentality. It draws on slave narratives, published letters, eyewitness accounts, and recorded interviews with former slaves, together with historical, sociological, economic, and political analyses of this era. The book explores the five major needs of every long-term victim and journeys through these five stages with the Israelite and the African-American slaves on their historical path toward physical and psychological freedom. This rich, multi-dimensional collage of parallel and contrasting experiences is designed to enrich readers’ understanding of the plight of these two groups.
This volume opens up new ground in the field of social representations research by focusing on contexts involving mass violence, rather than on relatively stable societies. Representations of violence are not only symbolic, but in the first place affective and bodily, especially when it comes to traumatic experiences. Exploring the responses of researchers, educators, students and practitioners to long-term engagement with this emotionally demanding material, the book considers how empathic knowledge can make working in this field more bearable and deepen our understanding of the Holocaust, genocide, war, and mass political violence. Bringing together international contributors from a range of disciplines including anthropology, clinical psychology, history, history of ideas, religious studies, social psychology, and sociology, the book explores how scholars, students, and professionals engaged with violence deal with the inevitable emotional stresses and vicarious trauma they experience. Each chapter draws on personal histories, and many suggest new theoretical and methodological concepts to investigate emotional reactions to this material. The insights gained through these reflections can function protectively, enabling those who work in this field to handle adverse situations more effectively, and can yield valuable knowledge about violence itself, allowing researchers, teachers, and professionals to better understand their materials and collocutors. Engaging Violence: Trauma, memory, and representation will be of key value to students, scholars, psychologists, humanitarian aid workers, UN personnel, policy makers, social workers, and others who are engaged, directly or indirectly, with mass political violence, war, or genocide.
Release on 2007 | by Michael David Coogan,Marc Zvi Brettler,Carol Ann Newsom,Pheme Perkins
New Revised Standard Version
Author: Michael David Coogan,Marc Zvi Brettler,Carol Ann Newsom,Pheme Perkins
Pubpsher: Oxford University Press, USA
Presents the complete text of the New Revised Standard Version Bible, with the Aprocryphal/Deuterocanonical books; and features annotations in a single column across the page bottom, in-text background essays on the major divisions of the biblical text, and other reference tools.