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Charity in Rabbinic Judaism
Alyssa M. Gray - Dec 18, 2020
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Studying the many ideas about how giving charity atones for sin and other rewards in late antique rabbinic literature, this volume contains many, varied, and even conflicting ideas, as the multiplicity must be recognized and allowed expression.Topics include the significance of the rabbis' use of the biblical word "tzedaqah" as charity, the coexist...
Rabbi Josh Yuter
Mar 04, 2021
@ArmchairTheo @MeirSimchah Very much an oversimplification but that's a *much* longer conversation over following strict statutes vs. following modern/contemporary parallels. Re your other point, I highly recommend @AlyssaMGray1's wonderful book on Charity in Rabbinic Judaism:      source
The Study of Judaism
Authenticity, Identity, Scholarship
Aaron W. Hughes - Jul 02, 2014 (first published in 2012)
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Considers Jewish studies as an academic discipline from its origins to the present....
Rabbi Josh Yuter
Feb 25, 2021
@JeffreyWoolf I recently finished Aaron W. Hughes' book on The Study of Judaism about Judaic Studies academia so these thoughts are on my mind. (I personally enjoyed the book even though it's pretty much a polemic)      source
Jewish Law, 4-volume set
History, Sources, Principles
Menachem Elon - Jan 01, 2003 (first published in 1994)
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A Philip and Muriel Berman Edition; Translated from the Hebrew by Bernard Auerbach and Melvin SykesJustice Menachem Elon’s classic text surveys the panorama of Jewish law from biblical times to contemporary Israel. The result is the most definitive record to date of a unique legal system that integrates criminal, civil, and religious law to form a ...
Rabbi Josh Yuter
Feb 13, 2021
This Shabbat I finally finished reading all 4 volumes of Menachem Elon's magnum opus on Jewish Law / Mishpat Ivri. Such a magnificent and transformative work, essential reading for anyone interested in Jewish law.      source
The Magician's Land
A Novel (Magicians Trilogy)
Lev Grossman - Jun 09, 2015 (first published in 2014)
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“If the Narnia books were like catnip for a certain kind of kid, these books are like crack for a certain kind of adult.” —The New York Times Critics, readers, and fellow writers have all hailed the Magicians trilogy by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lev Grossman as one of the greatest achievements in modern fantasy. Cast out of Fillory, Quen...
Rabbi Josh Yuter
Feb 03, 2021
@ShammaBoyarin Really? I never saw the show, but I greatly enjoyed the books. If I can ask, what didn't you like about the books?      source
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The Magician King
A Novel (Magicians Trilogy)
Lev Grossman - May 29, 2012 (first published in 2011)
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Return to Fillory in the riveting sequel to the New York Times bestseller and literary phenomenon, The Magicians, now an original series on Syfy, from the author of the #1 bestselling The Magician’s Land. Quentin Coldwater should be happy. He escaped a miserable Brooklyn childhood, matriculated at a secret college for magic, and graduated to discov...
Rabbi Josh Yuter
Feb 03, 2021
@ShammaBoyarin Really? I never saw the show, but I greatly enjoyed the books. If I can ask, what didn't you like about the books?      source
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Michael Arrington
The Magicians
A Novel (Magicians Trilogy)
Lev Grossman - May 25, 2010
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A thrilling and original coming-of-age novel for adults about a young man practicing magic in the real world.Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he’s still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexp...
Rabbi Josh Yuter
Feb 03, 2021
@ShammaBoyarin Really? I never saw the show, but I greatly enjoyed the books. If I can ask, what didn't you like about the books?      source
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Michael Arrington
Confidence Men
Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President
Ron Suskind - Sep 20, 2011
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In this gripping, revelatory, and brilliantly reported book, acclaimed Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Ron Suskind tells for the first time the full story of America's financial meltdown and an untested new president charged with commanding Washington, taming Wall Street, rescuing an economy on the verge of collapse, and restoring the confidence ...
Rabbi Josh Yuter
Feb 02, 2021
@JewishWonk @matthewstoller Along these lines, I'd also recommend @RonSuskind's book Confidence Men:      source
Jewish Materialism
The Intellectual Revolution of the 1870s
Eliyahu Stern - Mar 20, 2018
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A paradigm-shifting account of the modern Jewish experience, from one of the most creative young historians of his generationTo understand the organizing framework of modern Judaism, Eliyahu Stern believes that we should look deeper and farther than the Holocaust, the establishment of the State of Israel, and the influence and affluence of American...
Rabbi Josh Yuter
Jan 27, 2021
@Mottel @Laura_E_Adkins There's a good book about this:      source
The Demon in Democracy
Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies
Ryszard Legutko - Apr 19, 2016 (first published in 2012)
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The book is written from a perspective of someone who after having lived for many years under communism and then for more than two decades under a liberal democracy has discovered that those two political systems have a lot in common, stem from the same historical roots in early modernity, and accept similar presuppositions about history, society, ...
Rabbi Josh Yuter
Jan 03, 2021
It's an excellent book. I'd also recommend reading along with it, Ryszard Legutko's The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies      source
From the Maccabees to the Mishnah, Third Edition
Shaye Cohen - Nov 12, 2014 (first published in 1987)
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This is the third edition of Shaye J. D. Cohen's important and seminal work on the history and development of Judaism between 164 BCE to 300 CE. Cohen's synthesis of religion, literature, and history offers deep insight into the nature of Judaism at this key period, including the relationship between Jews and Gentiles, the function of Jewish religi...
Rabbi Josh Yuter
Dec 13, 2020
@AlanfromBigEasy Both existed, but there was clearly some tension between the power structures. Here's one example from Mishna Shekalim 1:4. I'd also look at Shaye Cohen's wonderful book, From Maccabees to the Mishna      source
A Conflict of Visions
Ideological Origins of Political Struggles
Thomas Sowell - Jun 05, 2007 (first published in 1986)
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In this classic work, Thomas Sowell analyzes the two competing visions that shape our debates about the nature of reason, justice, equality, and power: the “constrained” vision, which sees human nature as unchanging and selfish, and the “unconstrained” vision, in which human nature is malleable and perfectible. He describes how these two radically ...
Rabbi Josh Yuter
Dec 03, 2020
@HPluckrose If you're starting, my favorite and recommended books of his are A Conflict of Visions and Quest for Cosmic Justice.      source
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