The Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies takes great pride in both the quality and quantity of our faculty and student publications. Faculty members, in addition to their commitment to training men and women as effective teachers and researchers in Jewish studies, are deeply involved in research and scholarship.
Jews in Gotham: New York Jews in a Changing City, 1920-2010
by Jeffrey S. Gurock, highlights neighborhood life as the city’s
distinctive feature. Dr. Gurock shows how New York retained its
preeminence as the capital of American Jews because of deep roots in
local worlds that that supported vigorous political, religious, and
economic diversity. This is the third volume in City of Promises: A History of the Jews of New York edited
by Deborah Dash Moore. Each volume includes a “visual essay” by art historian Diana
Linden interpreting aspects of life for New York’s Jews from their
arrival until today.
In Knowledge of God and the Development of Early Kabbalah, Jonathan Dauber offers a fresh consideration of the emergence and early development of Kabbalah against the backdrop of a reevaluation of the relationship between early Kabbalistic and philosophic discourse. He argues that the first Kabbalists adopted a philosophic ethos that was foreign to traditional Rabbinic Judaism but had taken root in Languedoc and Catalonia under the influence of newly available philosophical materials. In this ethos, the act of investigating God was accorded great religious significance, and it was its adoption by the first Kabbalists that helped spur them to engage in their investigations of God and, in so doing, develop Kabbalah.
This book represents a study of the Jewish influence in Strasbourg in
the Middle Ages and the early modern era. All Jews were expelled from
Strasbourg in 1390, and were only readmitted in 1791. Yet the Jews
retained an influence on the city and maintained relationships in the
city. Prof. Kaplan details how this was possible. Standard
belief has it that once Jews were expelled from a community their
influence there ceased. However, as Prof. Kaplan points out, the Jews
often regrouped in neighboring rural communities and exerted an
influence on the city that had banned them through economic, social and
Prof. Mordechai Cohen's study of Maimonides' method of
biblical interpretation has at its heart an exacting analysis of each
passage in Maimonides' Book of the Commandments in which the term peshuto shel mikra
appears. According to Prof. Cohen, Maimonides developed a systematic
theory relating law and biblical interpretation, in which a mitzvah
cannot be counted as one of the 613 biblical commandments without an
anchor in peshuto shel mikra.
R. Saadia Gaon (882-942), one of the greatest Jewish sages of the Middle Ages, composed a translation of the Torah into Arabic, which forms the subject of Prof. Steiner’s new book. Prof. Steiner notes in his introduction that, in addition to providing a translation much needed by the Jewish public, R. Saadia specifically aimed it “to defend Rabbinic Judaism against two young, aggressive rivals: Islam and Karaism. A translation ‘that would not be refuted by speculative knowledge’ would undermine the claim of Muslim polemicists.
In her new book Prof. Elisheva Carlebach focuses on the role manuscript
and printed calendars (sifre evronot) played in the life of pre-modern
and early modern European Jews. She notes in her introduction that the
schedule of workdays and holidays was “as powerful a sign of cultural
influence as any badge, language or physical marker.”
Jewish calendars delineated this schedule and differentiated it from
that of the surrounding non-Jewish society.
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