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Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism

Written by Gershom Scholem


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: May 2, 1995
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1042-2 (0-8052-1042-3)

"A crucially vital work in the long history of Jewish esoteric spirituality. Aside from its intrinsic importance, the book's influence has been enormous, and is likely to continue all but indefinitely."--Harold Bloom, Yale University

"Major Trends [is] the canonical modern work on the nature and history of Jewish mysticism. For a sophisticated... Read more >
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The Messianic Idea in Judaism
And Other Essays on Jewish Spirituality
Written by Gershom Scholem


Format: Trade Paperback, 408 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: May 10, 1995
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1043-9 (0-8052-1043-1)

Gershom Scholem was the master builder of historical studies of the Kabbalah. When he began to work on this neglected field, the few who studied these texts were either amateurs who were looking for occult wisdom, or old-style Kabbalists who were seeking guidance on their spiritual journeys. His work broke with... Read more >
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Zohar: The Book of Splendor
Basic Readings from the Kabbalah
Written by Gershom Scholem


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: February 7, 1995
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1034-7 (0-8052-1034-2)

The Zohar represents an attempt to uncover hidden meanings behind the world of appearances. It is the central work in the literature of the Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition. This volume of selected passages from Zohar, culled by the greatest authority on Jewish mysticism, offers a sampling of its unique vision... Read more >
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Life After Death
A History of the Afterlife in Western Religion
Written by Alan Segal


Format: Hardcover, 880 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Religion
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-42299-4 (0-385-42299-7)

"This monumental study combines history, geography, mythology, archaeology and anthropology with biblical text analysis...[T]he erudition [Segal] displays is undoubtedly the result of a lifetime of scholarship....[An] impressive contribution to our understanding of human belief and behavior." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A magisterial work of social history, Life After Death illuminates the many... Read more >
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The Sabbath World
Glimpses of a Different Order of Time
Written by Judith Shulevitz


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7173-6 (0-8129-7173-6)

Winner, 2011 Sophie Brody Medal for Jewish Literature

“Everyone curls up inside a Sabbath at some point or other. Religion need not be involved.”

The Sabbath is not just the holy day of rest. It’s also a utopian idea about a less pressured, more sociable, purer world. Where did this notion come... Read more >
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A Guide to Jewish Prayer

Written by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: March 5, 2002
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1147-4 (0-8052-1147-0)

From the origins and meaning of prayer to a step-by-step explanation of the daily services, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz answers many of the questions likely to arise about Jewish prayer. Here are chapters on daily prayer; Sabbath prayer; prayer services for the holidays; the yearly cycle of synagogue Bible readings; the history... Read more >

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Hillel
If Not Now, When?
Written by Joseph Telushkin


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4281-2 (0-8052-4281-3)

This is the most famous teaching of Hillel, one of the greatest rabbis of the Talmudic era. What makes it so extraordinary is that is was offered to a gentile seeking conversion. Joseph Telushkin feels that this Talmudic story has great relevance for us today. At a time when religiosity is... Read more >
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A Code of Jewish Ethics: Volume 1
You Shall Be Holy
Written by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin


Format: Hardcover, 576 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: March 7, 2006
Price: $32.50
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4835-9 (1-4000-4835-4)

**Winner--Jewish Book of the Year Award, Everett Family Foundation, Jewish Book Council

A Code of Jewish Ethics, Volume 1: You Shall Be Holy
is the initial volume of the first major code of Jewish ethics to be written in the English language. It is a monumental work on the vital topic of... Read more >
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The Tent of Abraham
Stories of Hope and Peace for Jews, Christians, and Muslims
Written by Arthur Waskow, Joan Chittister and Saadi Shakur Chishti


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7729-0 (0-8070-7729-1)

The Tent of Abraham is the first book to tell the entire story of Abraham and to reenergize it as a basis for peace. Written by three leaders belonging to different faiths, the book explores in accessible language the mythic quality and the teachings of reconciliation that are embedded in the... Read more >
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Jew Today

Written by Elie Wiesel


Format: Trade Paperback, 260 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1979
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74057-7 (0-394-74057-2)

In these essays, open letters, and diary entries, Wiesel addresses the question of what it means to be a Jew today--in America, in Europe, and in Israel.  From his childhood in Transylvania to Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Paris, and New York, Wiesel probes such central moral and political issues as Zionism and the... Read more >
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Rashi

Written by Elie Wiesel
Translated by Catherine Temerson


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4254-6 (0-8052-4254-6)

From Elie Wiesel, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, comes a magical book that introduces us to the towering figure of Rashi—Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki—the great biblical and Talmudic commentator of the Middle Ages.

Wiesel brilliantly evokes the world of medieval European Jewry, a world of profound scholars and closed communities ravaged... Read more >
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Somewhere a Master
Hasidic Portraits and Legends
Written by Elie Wiesel


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: June 28, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1187-0 (0-8052-1187-X)

The compassion of Reb Moshe-Leib, the vision of the Seer of Lublin, the wisdom of Reb Pinhas, the warmth of the Ba’al Shem Tov, the humor of Reb Naphtali—to their followers these sages appeared as kings, judges, and prophets. They communicated joy and wonder and fervor to the men and women... Read more >
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Wise Men and Their Tales
Portraits of Biblical, Talmudic, and Hasidic Masters
Written by Elie Wiesel


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: March 1, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1120-7 (0-8052-1120-9)

In Wise Men and Their Tales, a master teacher gives us his fascinating insights into the lives of a wide range of biblical figures, Talmudic scholars, and Hasidic rabbis.

The matriarch Sarah, fiercely guarding her son, Isaac, against the negative influence of his half-brother Ishmael; Samson, the solitary hero and protector of... Read more >
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Unchosen
The Hidden Lives of Hasidic Rebels
Written by Hella Winston


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 15, 2006
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3627-3 (0-8070-3627-7)

Named one of Publishers Weekly’s Ten Best Religion Books of 2005

When Hella Winston began talking with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn for her doctoral dissertation in sociology, she was surprised to be covertly introduced to Hasidim unhappy with their highly restrictive way of life and sometimes desperately struggling to escape it. Unchosen... Read more >
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At Home in Exile
Why Diaspora Is Good for the Jews
Written by Alan Wolfe


Format: Hardcover, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3313-5 (0-8070-3313-8)

Since the beginnings of Zionism in the twentieth century, many Jewish thinkers have considered it close to heresy to validate life in the Diaspora. Jews in Europe and America faced “a life of pointless struggle and futile suffering, of ambivalence, confusion, and eternal impotence,” as one early Zionist philosopher wrote, echoing... Read more >
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