Textual Sources for the Study of Judaism

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 1990-12-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr

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"Alexander assembles material from Scripture and tradition, through religious law and ethical literature to a section on Society and the Jews, and prefaces the whole with an admirable introduction."--Jonathan Sacks, Jewish Chronicle "The texts . . . which are drawn from over two thousand years of history, are usefully divided, annotated and glossed. They enable students to explore the tradition in a new way [and] give a marvellous insight into the richness and liveliness of the Jewish religion and culture: we are given wit and pathos in addition to popular story and religious law."--Janet Trotter, Resource

Author Biography

Elizabeth A. Kaye specializes in communications as part of her coaching and consulting practice. She has edited Requirements for Certification since the 2000-01 edition.

Table of Contents

General introduction
Foreword and acknowledgements
Scripture and tradition
Tales of the saints and scholars
Religious law
Ethical literature
Philosophy and theology
Modern movements, modern thinkers
Religion and politics
Society and the Jews
Scripture and tradition
The Chain of Tradition
Mishnah, Pirqei Avot 1:1-18 and 2:8
From Moses to the Tanna'im
The Baraita of Rabbi Ishmael
The thirteen principles by which the Torah is expounded
Bible commentaries
Targum Pesudo-Jonathan to Genesis 22:1-19
The sacrifice of Isaac
Mekhilta of Rabbi Ishmael to Exodus 19-20
The giving of the Torah on Sinai
Weekday liturgy
The Shema and its benedictions
The Amidah (Shemoneh Esreh or Eighteen Benedictions)
Sabbath liturgy
Qiddush for Sabbath evening
Havdalah service for the end of Sabbath
Passover liturgy
Two extracts from the Passover Haggadah
Tales of the saints and scholars
Honi the Rainmaker (Mishnah, Ta'anit 3:8)
Haninah ben Dosa the Healer (Babylonian Talmud, Berakhot 34b)
Rabban Yohanan ben Zakkai answers a gentile objector (Pesiqta deRav Kahana 4:7)
Rabbi Eliezer goes to study with Yohanan ben Zakkai (Avot deRabbi Natan A,6)
The heavenly voice (bat qol) is ruled out of court (Babylonian Talmud, Bava Mezi'a 59a-b)
Moses visits Rabbi Aquiva's academy (Babylonian Talmud, Menahot 29b)
The martyrdom of Rabbi Aqiva (Babylonian Talmud, Berakhot 61b)
Religious law
The Talmud
Berakhot 8:1-8
Differences between the House of Shammai and the House of Hillel
Shabbat 73a-75b and 49b
Work forbidden on the Sabbath
TheShulhan Arukh
Hoshen Mishpat 26:1-6
Prohibition against resorting to non-Jewish courts
Yoreh De'ah 335:1-10
Laws regarding visiting the sick
Qizzur Shulhan Arukh36:1-28
Laws regarding the salting of meat
Ethical literature
Pirqei Avot
Miscellaneous moral maxims
The Duties of the Heart, Gate 5, ch.5
The fight against the evil inclination
The Path of the Upright, ch. 13
On abstinence
Philosophy and theology
The Book of Beliefs and Opinions, Introduction 6
The relationship between faith and reason
The Kuzari, 5:14-19
The teachings of the philosophers and the theologians
Commentary on the Mishnah, Sanhedrin 10 (Heleq)
The thirteen fundamental principles of the Jewish faith
Mystical literature
Ma'aseh Bere'shit
Sefer Yezirah
The mysteries of creation
Ma'aseh Merkavah
Heikhalot Rabbati15:1-22:2
The ascent to God's heavenly throne
The Ein Sof and the ten Sefirot (Zohar, Bo, II 42b-43a [Ra'aya Meheimna])
Torah (Zohar, Be-ha'alotkha, III 152a)
The 'other side' [sitra ahra] (Zohar, Terumah, II 173a)
Tiqqun (Zohar, Terumah, II 155a)
Exile and redemption (Zohar, Aharei Mot, III77b andZohar, Bo, II 40b [Ra'aya Meheimna])
The spiritual constitution of man (Zohar, Lekh, 183b)
Modern movements, modern thinkers
Shivhei Ha-Besht
The Besht reveals himself to the sect of the Great Hasidim
Letter of Zecharish Mendel of Jaroslav
The spiritual exercises of the Zaddiqim
The Pittsburgh platform, 1885
The Columbus platform, 1937
Solomon B. Freehof
Responsum concerning the use of an anaesthetic during c
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