Jewish Studies Titles from Combined Academic Publishing
Shachar M. Pinsker, A Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture
New York University Press
Hardback: 9781479827893. £28.99. May 2018
Paperback: 9781479874385. £17.99. October 2019
EPUB: 9781479820948. £32.00. May 2018
Examining the convergence of cafés, their urban milieu, and Jewish creativity, Shachar M. Pinsker argues that cafés anchored a silk road of modern Jewish culture. He uncovers a network of interconnected cafés that were central to the modern Jewish experience in a time of migration and urbanization, from Odessa, Warsaw, Vienna, and Berlin to New York City and Tel Aviv. A Rich Brew explores the Jewish culture created in these social spaces, drawing on a vivid collection of newspaper articles, memoirs, archival documents, photographs, caricatures, and artwork, as well as stories, novels, and poems in many languages set in cafés. Pinsker shows how Jewish modernity was born in the café, nourished, and sent out into the world by way of print, politics, literature, art, and theatre.
Finalist, 2018 National Jewish Book Award for Modern Jewish Thought and Experience, presented by the Jewish Book Council.
Chava Rosenfarb and Goldie Morgentaler (ed.), Confessions of a Yiddish Writer and Other Essays
McGill-Queen’s University Press
Hardback: 9780773557024. £99.00. July 2019
Paperback: 9780773557031. £23.99. July 2019
Chava Rosenfarb (1923–2011) was one of the most prominent Yiddish novelists of the second half of the twentieth century. Born in Poland in 1923, she survived the Lodz ghetto, Auschwitz, and Bergen-Belsen, immigrating to Canada in 1950 and settling in Montreal. There she wrote novels, poetry, short stories, plays, and essays, including The Tree of Life: A Trilogy of Life in the Lodz Ghetto, a seminal novel on the Holocaust. Confessions of a Yiddish Writer and Other Essays comprises thirteen personal and literary essays by Rosenfarb, ranging from autobiographical accounts of her childhood and experiences before and during the Holocaust to literary criticism that discusses the work of other Jewish writers. This book marks the first time that Rosenfarb’s non-fiction writings have been presented together in English, and deepens the reader’s understanding of an incredible Yiddish woman and her experiences as a survivor in the post-Holocaust world.
Hasia R. Diner and Simone Cinotto (eds), Global Jewish Foodways: A History
University of Nebraska Press
Hardback: 9781496202284. June 2018
Paperback: 9781496213938. £24.99. June 2019.
PDF: 9781496206114. £41.00. June 2018
EPUB: 9781496206091. £41.00. June 2018
The history of the Jewish people has been a history of migration. Although Jews invariably brought with them their traditional ideas about food during these migrations, just as invariably they engaged with the foods they encountered in their new environments. This panoramic history of Jewish food highlights its breadth and depth on a global scale from Renaissance Italy to the post-World War II era in Israel, Argentina, and the United States, and critically examines the impact of food on Jewish lives and on the complex set of laws, practices, and procedures that constitutes the Jewish dietary system and regulates what can be eaten, when, how, and with whom. Global Jewish Foodways offers a fresh perspective on how historical changes through migration, settlement, and accommodation transformed Jewish food and customs.
Abraham Joshua Heschel, Helen Plotkin (ed), Stephen Lehmann and Marion Faber (trans.) In This Hour: Heschel’s Writings in Nazi Germany and London Exile
University of Nebraska Press
Hardback: 9780827613225. £24.99. June 2019
PDF: 9780827618251. £22.99. June 2019
EPUB: 9780827617988. £22.99. June 2019
In This Hour offers the first English translations of selected German writings by Abraham Joshua Heschel from his tumultuous years in Nazi-ruled Germany and months in London exile, before he found refuge in the United States. Composed during a time of intense crisis for European Jewry, these writings both argue for and exemplify a powerful vision of spiritually rich Jewish learning and its redemptive role in the past and the future of the Jewish people. As Heschel teaches history, his voice is more than that of a historian: the old becomes new, and the struggles of one era shed light on another. Even as Heschel quotes ancient sources, his words address the issues of his own time and speak urgently to ours.
Adam Zachary Newton, Jewish Studies as Counterlife: A Report to the Academy
Fordham University Press
Hardback: 9780823283958. £91.00. June 2019
Paperback: 9780823283941. £24.99. June 2019
EPUB: 9780823283965. £30.00. June 2019
Newton asks what we mean when we say “Jewish Studies”—and when we imagine it not as mere amalgam but as a project. Jewish Studies offers a unique perspective from which to view the horizon of the academic humanities because, although it arrived belatedly, it has spanned a range of disciplinary locations and configurations, from an “origin story” in nineteenth-century historicism and philology, to the emancipatory politics of the Enlightenment, to the ethnicity-driven pluralism of the postwar decades, to more recent configurations within an interdisciplinary cultural studies. Newton seeks to harness the possibilities offered by the evolving collection of forces by which Jewish Studies is constituted and practiced in order to open, refashion, and exemplify possibilities for a humanities to come.
Aaron W. Hughes and James T. Robinson (eds), Medieval Jewish Philosophy and Its Literary Forms
Indiana University Press
Hardback: 9780253042514. £86.00. July 2019
Paperback: 9780253042521. £39.00. July 2019
Too often philosophical texts are studied without extensive consideration of how the ideas contained within them are presented, articulated, and developed. This was not always the case. The contributors to this collected work consider Jewish philosophy in the medieval period, when new genres and forms of written expression were flourishing in the wake of renewed interest in ancient philosophy. Many medieval Jewish philosophers were highly accomplished poets, for example, and made conscious efforts to write in a poetic style. This volume turns attention to the connections that medieval Jewish thinkers made between the literary, the exegetical, the philosophical, and the mystical to shed light on the creativity and diversity of medieval thought. The essays consider questions about how an argument is formed, how text is put into the service of philosophy, and the social and intellectual environment in which philosophical texts were produced.
David Stern, The Jewish Bible: A Material History
University of Washington Press
Hardback: 9780295741482. £79.00. October 2017
Paperback: 9780295746173. £27.99. September 2019
David Stern explores the Jewish Bible as a material object—the Bibles that Jews have actually held in their hands—from its beginnings in the Ancient Near Eastern world through to the Middle Ages to the present moment. Drawing on the most recent scholarship on the history of the book, Stern shows how the Bible has been not only a medium for transmitting its text, but a physical object with a meaning of its own. That meaning has changed, as the material shape of the Bible has changed, from scroll to codex, and from manuscript to printed book. By tracing the material form of the Torah, Stern demonstrates how the process of these transformations echo the cultural, political, intellectual, religious, and geographic changes of the Jewish community. With tremendous historical range and breadth, this book offers a fresh approach to understanding the Bible’s place and significance in Jewish culture.
Jeffrey S. Gurock, The Jews of Harlem: The Rise, Decline, and Revival of a Jewish Community
New York University Press
Hardback: 9781479801169. £28.99. October 2016
Paperback: 9781479890422. £19.99. October 2019
During World War I, Harlem was the home of the second largest Jewish community in America. But in the 1920s Jewish residents began to scatter to other parts of Manhattan, to the outer boroughs, and to other cities. Now nearly a century later, Jews are returning uptown to a gentrified Harlem. The Jews of Harlem analyses the complex set of forces that brought several generations of central European, East European, and Sephardic Jews to settle there. It explains the dynamics that led Jews to exit this part of Gotham as well as exploring the enduring Jewish presence uptown after it became overwhelmingly black and decidedly poor. And it looks at the beginnings of Jewish return as part of the transformation of New York City in our present era. The Jews of Harlem contributes much to our understanding of Jewish and African American history in the metropolis as it highlights the ever-changing story of America’s largest city.
Arnold Douwes, Bob Moore and Johannes Houwink ten Cate (eds), and Bob Moore (trans.), The Secret Diary of Arnold Douwes: Rescue in the Occupied Netherlands
Indiana University Press
Hardback: 9780253044181. £52.00. August 2019
During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands Arnold Douwes, a gardener and restless adventurer, headed a clandestine network of resistance and rescue. Keenly aware that he was doing something important, he started a diary in the summer of 1943. He hid some 35 small notebooks in jam jars at safe houses in the vicinity of his base in Nieuwlande (Drenthe). After the war, he dug the notebooks up and transcribed them, adding several postwar sections with scrupulous notations. Bob Moore has translated Douwes’s diary into English for the first time, and he and co-editor Johannes Houwink ten Cate have added a historical and contextual introduction, annotations, and a glossary for readers who may not be familiar with Dutch technical terms or places. Organized chronologically, and remaining largely as Douwes originally wrote it, the diary sheds light on the successes—and failures—of this important Dutch rescue network.
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