Judaism in practice : from the Middle Ages through the early modern period / Lawrence Fine, editor.

  • Princeton, N.J. : Princeton Univ. Press ©2001
Physical description
1 online resource (xvi, 537 pages) : illustrations, maps.
  • 9780691227986
  • 0691227985
  • 0691057869
  • 9780691057866
  • 0691057877
  • 9780691057873
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Texts translated from the Hebrew and other languages.
  • Print version record.
  • Introduction / Lawrence Fine -- Part I. Rituals of Daily and Festival Practice -- Communal Prayer and Liturgical Poetry / Raymond P. Scheindlin -- Italian Jewish Women at Prayer / Howard Tzvi Adelman -- Measuring Graves and Laying Wicks / Chava Weissler -- Adorning the "Bride" on the Eve of the Feast of Weeks / Daniel C. Matt -- New Year's Day for Fruit of the Tree / Miles Krassen -- Part II. Rituals of the Life Cycle -- The Role of Women at Rituals of Their Infant Children / Lawrence A. Hoffman -- Honey Cakes and Torah : A Jewish Boy Learns His Letters / Ivan G. Marcus -- Women and Ritual Immersion in Medieval Ashkenaz : The Sexual Politics of Piety / Judith R. Baskin -- Life-Cycle Rituals of Spanish Crypto-Jewish Women / Renee Levine Melammed -- Ritualizing Death and Dying : The Ethical Will of Naphtali Ha-Kohen Katz / Avriel Bar-Levav -- Part III. Torah, Learning, and Ethics -- Moses Maimonides' Laws of the Study of Torah / Lawrence Kaplan -- An Egyptian Woman Seeks to Rescue Her Husband from a Sufi Monastery / S.D. Goitein -- A Monastic-like Setting for the Study of Torah / Ephraim Kanarfogel -- Religious Practice among Italian Jewish Women / Howard Tzvi Adelman -- A Mystical Fellowship in Jerusalem / Lawrence Fine -- The Love of Learning among Polish Jews / Gershon David Hundert -- Part IV. Religious Sectarianism and Communities on the Margins -- Jewish Sectarianism in the Near East : A Muslim's Account / Steven M. Wasserstrom -- Travel in the Land of Israel / Lawrence Fine -- Karaite Ritual / Daniel Frank -- Living Judaism in Confucian Culture : Being Jewish and Being Chinese / Jonathan N. Lipman -- Part V. Art and Aesthetics -- Defending, Enjoying, and Regulating the Visual / Kalman P. Bland -- Illustrating History and Illuminating Identity in the Art of the Passover Haggadah / Marc Michael Epstein -- The Arts of Calligraphy and Composition, and the Love of Books / Lawrence Fine -- Jewish Preaching in Fifteenth-Century Spain / Marc Saperstein -- Part VI. Magic and Mysticism -- The Book of the Great Name / Michael D. Swartz -- Visionary Experiences among Spanish Crypto-Jewish Women / Renee Levine Melammed -- Mystical Eating and Food Practices in the Zohar / Joel Hecker -- Devotional Rites in a Sufi Mode / Paul B. Fenton -- Pietistic Customs from Safed / Lawrence Fine -- Jewish Exorcism : Early Modern Traditions and Transformations / J.H. Chajes -- Rabbi Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl : Personal Practices of a Hasdic Master / Arthur Green -- Part VII. Remarkable Lives -- The Life of Moses ben Maimon / Joel L. Kraemer -- Dolce of Worms : The Lives and Deaths of an Exemplary Medieval Jewish Woman and Her Daughters / Judith R. Baskin -- The Earliest Hebrew First-Crusade Narrative / Robert Chazan -- Leon Modena's Autobiography / Mark R. Cohen -- The Early Messianic Career of Shabbatai Zvi / Matt Goldish -- The Life of Glikl of Hameln / Paula E. Hyman -- Israel ben Eliezer, the Baal Shem Tov / Dan Ben-Amos -- The Scholarly Life of the Gaon of Vilna / Allan Nadler -- Appendix. The Jewish Holidays.
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  • Print version:: Judaism in practice. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton Univ. Press, ©2001 ; ISBN: 0691057869
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  • Aufsatzsammlung.
  • Bibliography
  • Biographies.
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  • Yiddish
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  • This collection of original materials provides a sweeping view of medieval and early modern Jewish ritual and religious practice. Including such diverse texts as ritual manuals, legal codes, mystical books, autobiographical writings, folk literature, and liturgical poetry, it testifies to the enormous variety of practices that characterized Judaism in the twelve hundred years between 600 and 1800 C.E. Its focus on religious practice and experience--how Judaism was actually lived by people from day to day--makes this anthology unique among the few sourcebooks available. The volume encompasses the broad scope and complex texture of Jewish religious practice, taking into account many aspects of Jewish culture that have hitherto been relatively neglected: the religious life of ordinary people, the role and status of women, art and aesthetics, and marginalized as well as remote Jewish communities. It introduces such remarkable personalities as Moses Maimonides, Leon Modena, and Gluckel of Hameln, and presents extraordinary texts on festival practice, Torah study, mystical communities, meditation, exorcism, the practice of charity, and folk rites marking birth and death.

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