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On angels and biblical exegesis in thirteenth‐century Ashkenaz

Moshe Idel

in Scriptural Exegesis: The Shapes of Culture and the Religious Imagination: Essays in Honour of Michael Fishbane

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199206575
eISBN:
9780191709678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206575.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

This chapter continues the theme of esoteric interpretation, considering the Ashkenazic cultural context. The traditions of the Hasidei Ashkenaz, which often build upon the earlier rabbinic ... More


Material and Mystical Worldviews

Yoel H. Kahn

in The Three Blessings: Boundaries, Censorship, and Identity in Jewish Liturgy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195373295
eISBN:
9780199893294
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373295.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Rabbinic commentators repeatedly debated not only the correct formulation of the blessings but also when and how to say them. Moses Maimonides and Moses Cordovero exemplify the opposing perspectives ... More


A History of German Jewish Bible Translation

Abigail Gillman

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226477695
eISBN:
9780226477862
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226477862.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Between 1780 and 1937, Jews in Germany produced numerous new translations of the Hebrew Bible into German. Intended for Jews who were trilingual, reading Yiddish, Hebrew, and German, they were meant ... More


Klezmer: Music, History, and Memory

Walter Zev Feldman

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780190244514
eISBN:
9780190244545
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190244514.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

Klezmer: Music, History and Memory is the first comprehensive study of the music created by the Jewish musicians’ guild of Eastern Europe—the klezmorim. Klezmer music was the unique example of an ... More


Ashkenazim to 1300

Avraham Grossman

in An Introduction to the History and Sources of Jewish Law

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198262626
eISBN:
9780191682360
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262626.003.0011
Subject:
Law, Legal History

The term ‘Ashkenaz’ does not merely signify the Hebrew term for the land of Germany, it also entails the cultural entity that brought its influences to various Slavic lands, England, and, more ... More


Reconstructing Ashkenaz: The Human Face of Franco-German Jewry, 1000-1250

David Malkiel

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759502
eISBN:
9780804786843
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759502.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This book shows that, contrary to traditional accounts, the Jews of Western Europe in the High Middle Ages were not a society of saints and martyrs, and offers revisions of commonly held ... More


Other Mystical and Magical Literatures in Renaissance Florence

Moshe Idel

in Kabbalah in Italy, 1280-1510: A Survey

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300126266
eISBN:
9780300155877
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300126266.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter aims to show that, although all three main kabbalistic models, the ecstatic, the theosophical-theurgical, and the magical, were well represented in kabbalistic literatures available in ... More


Revealing the Secrets of Judaism: The Literature of Jewish Ceremonial

Elisheva Carlebach

in Divided Souls: Converts from Judaism in Germany, 1500-1750

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300084108
eISBN:
9780300133066
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300084108.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter tries to re-assess the converts' role in shaping the Christians' images of Judaism and Jews, as part of their efforts to place themselves between the two communities. The first section ... More


The World-Absorbing Text

Moshe Idel

in Absorbing Perfections: Kabbalah and Interpretation

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300083798
eISBN:
9780300135077
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300083798.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter focuses on the development of the status of biblical text within ancient Jewish sources, as well as the major impact that occurred later on. It begins with a discussion of the text and ... More


Sepharad

in Reconstructing Ashkenaz: The Human Face of Franco-German Jewry, 1000-1250

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759502
eISBN:
9780804786843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759502.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This chapter questions the explanatory power of the courtiers' Greek wisdom and hedonism, and then challenges the basic Ashkenaz–Sepharad dichotomy. The upshot of this discussion is that the gap ... More


“Without Trees, the Fire Will be Extinguished”: Reinventing Jewish Life in the Rural Sphere

in Beyond Expulsion: Jews, Christians, and Reformation Strasbourg

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804774420
eISBN:
9780804779050
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804774420.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

During the medieval period, Jews in the Holy Roman Empire primarily lived in urban communities in cities such as Strasbourg. When anti-Jewish sentiment intensified, however, urban Jews began to ... More


The Music of the Klezmer Within East Ashkenazic Music

Walter Zev Feldman

in Klezmer: Music, History, and Memory

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780190244514
eISBN:
9780190244545
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190244514.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

A hypothetical scheme of musical and related social developments in East European Jewish society between ca. 1600 and 1850, focusing on Weinreich’s definition of these territories as Ashkenaz II. ... More


Conundrums of the Commentary: Contours of a Classic

Eric Lawee

in Rashi's Commentary on the Torah: Canonization and Resistance in the Reception of a Jewish Classic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190937836
eISBN:
9780190937867
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190937836.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Rashi’s Commentary evokes a number of challenges and perplexities, beginning with the fact that it has experienced more textual vicissitudes than any other medieval Jewish work. In addition, the ... More


Rashi’s Commentary: Receptions, 1105–1527

Eric Lawee

in Rashi's Commentary on the Torah: Canonization and Resistance in the Reception of a Jewish Classic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190937836
eISBN:
9780190937867
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190937836.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The Commentary’s medieval reception unfolded in diverse centers of Jewish life and across a strikingly large number of spheres: exegetical, educational, polemical, and more. The chapter investigates ... More


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