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Story of the Jews #1: The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 Ad
Story of the Jews #1: The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 Ad
by Simon Schama
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In this magnificently illustrated cultural history—the tie-in to the pbs and bbc series The Story of the Jews—simon schama details the story of the jewish people, tracing their experience across three millennia, from their beginnings... (read more)

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The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in East Europe
The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in East Europe
by Yohanan Petrovsky-shtern
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"This book ushers in the golden age of shtetl scholarship. Challenging the homogenized and sanitized images of East European Jewry that followed its near obliteration, Petrovsky-Shtern combs the archives to reveal how the Jews who lived in these market... (read more)

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A History of the Jewish People in the Age of Jesus Christ
A History of the Jewish People in the Age of Jesus Christ
by Emil Schurer
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Emil Schürer's Geschichte des judischen Volkes im Zeitalter Jesu Christi, originally published in German between 1874 and 1909 and in English between 1885 and 1891, is a critical presentation of Jewish history, institutions, and literature from... (read more)

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Sacred Treasure-The Cairo Genizah: The Amazing Discoveries of Forgotten Jewish History in an Egyptian Synagogue Attic
Sacred Treasure-The Cairo Genizah: The Amazing Discoveries of Forgotten Jewish History in an Egyptian Synagogue Attic
by Rabbi Mark Glickman
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In 1897, Rabbi Solomon Schechter of Cambridge University stepped into the attic of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo, Egypt, and there found the largest treasure trove of medieval and early manuscripts ever discovered. He had entered the synagogue's... (read more)

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Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza
Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza
by Adina Hoffman
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NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD FINALIST Part of the Jewish Encounter series One May day in 1896, at a dining-room table in Cambridge, England, a meeting took place between a Romanian-born maverick Jewish intellectual and twin learned Presbyterian Scotswomen,... (read more)

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Countrymen
Countrymen
by Bo Lidegaard
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Amid the dark, ghastly history of World War II, the literally extraordinary story, never before fully researched by a historian, of how the Danish people banded together to save their fellow Jews from the Nazis—told through the remarkable... (read more)

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Hinges of History #2: The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels
Hinges of History #2: The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels
by Thomas Cahill
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Zakhor : Jewish History and Jewish Memory (96 Edition)
Zakhor : Jewish History and Jewish Memory (96 Edition)
by Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi
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"Mr. Yerushalmi's previous writings, on the Spanish and Portuguese Jews . . . established him as one of the Jewish community's most important historians. His latest book should establish him as one of its most important critics. Zakhor is historical... (read more)

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The Synagogue in America: A Short History
The Synagogue in America: A Short History
by Marc Lee Raphael
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As violence and turmoil continue to define the former Yugoslavia, basic questions remain unanswered: What are the forces behind the Serbian expansionist drive that has brought death and destruction to Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo? How did... (read more)

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The Earth Is the Lord's: the Inner World of the Jew in Eastern Europe (Jewish Lights Classic Reprint)
The Earth Is the Lord's: the Inner World of the Jew in Eastern Europe (Jewish Lights Classic Reprint)
by Abraham Joshua Heschel
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Powerfully and beautifully portrays a bygone Jewish culture. An eloquent masterpiece, originally published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Includes woodcut illustrations by Ilya Schor.... (read more)

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A Child of Christian Blood: Murder and Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia: The Beilis Blood Libel
A Child of Christian Blood: Murder and Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia: The Beilis Blood Libel
by Edmund Levin
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A Jewish factory worker is falsely accused of ritually murdering a Christian boy in Russia in 1911, and his trial becomes an international cause célèbre.   On March 20, 1911, thirteen-year-old Andrei Yushchinsky was found stabbed to... (read more)

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The Invisible Wall: Germans and Jews, a Personal Exploration
The Invisible Wall: Germans and Jews, a Personal Exploration
by W. Michael Blumenthal
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A former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury seeks to show how "the unrequited love affair of Germany's Jews with their native country" contributed to the horrors of the Holocaust.... (read more)

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Jewish Literacy Revised Ed: The Most Important Things to Know about the Jewish Religion, Its People, and Its History
Jewish Literacy Revised Ed: The Most Important Things to Know about the Jewish Religion, Its People, and Its History
by Joseph Telushkin
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What does it mean to be a Jew? How does one begin to answer so extensive a question? In this insightful and completely updated tome, esteemed rabbi and bestselling author Joseph Telushkin helps answer the question of what it means to be a Jew, in the... (read more)

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Lai- Scribes and Schools
Lai- Scribes and Schools
by Philip Davies
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Scribes and Schools is an examination of the processes which led to the canonization of the Hebrew Bible. Philip Davies sheds light on the social reasons for the development of the canon and in so doing presents a clear picture of how the Bible came into... (read more)

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The Pity of It All: A Portrait of the German-Jewish Epoch, 1743-1933
The Pity of It All: A Portrait of the German-Jewish Epoch, 1743-1933
by Amos Elon
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In this important work of historical restoration, Amos Elon shows how a persecuted clan of cattle dealers and wandering peddlers was transformed into a stunningly successful community of writers, philosophers, scientists, tycoons, and activists. In... (read more)

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How Judaism Became a Religion (11 Edition)
How Judaism Became a Religion (11 Edition)
by Leora Batnitzky
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"Modernity and emancipation challenged the religious, political, legal, and cultural wholeness of diasporic Jewry--and seemed to require Jews to choose whether they were members of a religion, or a nation, or a culture, or a civilization. Leora Batnitzky... (read more)

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Jews: The Making of a Diaspora People
Jews: The Making of a Diaspora People
by Irving M. Zeitlin
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This book is a comprehensive account of how the Jews became a diaspora people. The term 'diaspora' was first applied exclusively to the early history of the Jews as they began settling in scattered colonies outside of Israel-Judea during the time of the... (read more)

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In Ishmael's House: A History of Jews in Muslim Lands
In Ishmael's House: A History of Jews in Muslim Lands
by Martin Gilbert
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The relationship between Jews and Muslims has been a flashpoint that affects stability in the Middle East and has consequences around the globe. In this absorbing and eloquent book Martin Gilbert challenges the standard media portrayal and presents a... (read more)

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The Aleppo Codex: In Pursuit of One of the World's Most Coveted, Sacred, and Mysterious Books
The Aleppo Codex: In Pursuit of One of the World's Most Coveted, Sacred, and Mysterious Books
by Matti Friedman
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Winner of the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish LiteratureA thousand years ago, the most perfect copy of the Hebrew Bible was written. It was kept safe through one upheaval after another in the Middle East, and by the 1940s it was housed in a dark grotto... (read more)

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Messianism, Zionism, and Jewish Religious Radicalism (Chicago Studies in the History of Judaism)
Messianism, Zionism, and Jewish Religious Radicalism (Chicago Studies in the History of Judaism)
by Aviezer Ravitzky
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The Orthodox Jewish tradition affirms that Jewish exile will end with the coming of the Messiah. How, then, does Orthodoxy respond to the political realization of a Jewish homeland that is the State of Israel? In this cogent and searching study, Aviezer... (read more)

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