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250 P.,

Menachem Mendel Schneerson

by Ezra Glinter

Ezra Glinter

Ezra Glinter is an award-winning journalist, critic, translator and biographer. He is critic-at-large of the Forward and editor of Have I Got a Story for You, a landmark anthology of Yiddish fiction in translation. His writing has appeared in publications such as the New Republic, the Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times.

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1 P.,

Menasseh ben Israel

by Steven Nadler

Steven Nadler

Steven Nadler is the William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy and Evjue-Bascom Professor in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His most recent books are The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter and A Book Forged in Hell. His book Rembrandt’s Jews was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

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Hannah Arendt

by Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon

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Gershom Scholem

by David Biale

David Biale

David Biale is Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History at the University of California, Davis. The author or editor of ten books, he has recently completed Hasidism: A New History, forthcoming with Princeton University Press.

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Moses Mendelssohn: Philosopher of the Enlightenment by Shmuel Feiner Preview
November 23, 2010
248 P., 5.5" x 8.25"
978-0300161755

Moses Mendelssohn: Philosopher of the Enlightenment

by Shmuel Feiner

"In this brief biography Shmuel Feiner, a scholar of the Jewish Enlightenment and professor of Modern Jewish History at Bar Ilan University, paints a sympathetic picture of this modest man who achieved wide recognition for his groundbreaking thought but whose life was marked by the strains imposed on him as a Jew."Maron L. Waxman, Jewish Book Council

"Mendelssohn's most striking achievement...appears to be, in Feiner's deft retelling of the life, his ability to be an integral part of the Jewish life of his times, religiously and culturally, while just as skillfully commandeering the gentile world."Robert Leiter, Jewish Exponent

"Readable and lively..... An excellent introduction to Mendelssohn for students and interested lay readers as well as a welcome scholarly contribution." Mara Benjamin, Religious Studies Review

“An all-encompassing biography of Mendelssohn...Feiner describes Mendelssohn's intellectual and social ascent in a tight, concise narrative.” Publishers Weekly

“A fascinating portrait of an important Enlightenment figure. . . . . Feiner's biographical bildungsroman is a respectful and balanced treatment of the 'Socrates of Germany' and the 'Father of Reform Judaism'. . . . Expect more high-caliber titles from this new partnership between Yale University Press and the Leon D. Black Foundation.” Library Journal

“Highly recommended.” Choice

“Feiner's Moses Mendelssohn serves as a useful introduction to this complex figure, and fills a longstanding need for a short, accessible biography...Feiner is especially good at positioning the development of Mendelssohn's thought within the contours and challenges of his times.” Jerome Copulsky, Jewish Review of Books

Shmuel Feiner

Shmuel Feiner

Shmuel Feiner is Professor of Modern Jewish History at Bar Ilan University and holds the Samuel Braun Chair for the History of the Jews in Prussia.

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Jewish Lives Biography/ Book on Rav Kook/ rabbi, poet, mystic Preview
January 4, 2014
224 P., 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
9780300164244

Rav Kook: Mystic in an Age of Revolution

by Yehudah Mirsky

"Yehudah Mirsky skillfully and majestically tells the tragic story of this moral and intellectual genius..."--Mati Wagner Jerusalem Post

"An intellectual biography in its truest sense: a story of the coming-to-be of a towering intellect and a turbulent soul. Mystic in a Time of Revolution will aid English-language readers unfamiliar with this profoundly influential rabbi to understand one of the founding figures of contemporary Israeli society."-- Marginalia: A Los Angeles Review of Books Channel

"While some books offer a good read, and others encapsulate groundbreaking scholarship, Yehudah Mirsky’s Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution manages to do both."--Jewish Week

"Learned, luminous and uncannily timely...” -- Jewish Review of Books

Yehudah Mirsky’s superb new biography of the great 20th-century Jewish philosopher and mystic is a huge achievement. He gives a gripping, panoramic narrative of the arc of Rav Kook’s life... He has given English-speakers a window through which to enter the world of this endlessly fascinating and vastly important thinker.--Julian Sinclair, London Jewish Chronicle

"Mirsky has a deep knowledge of the historical context of Rav Kook's life and career. He also knows the classical Jewish sources that his subject drew upon and often reformulated in his writing. And he is truly critical (as distinct from argumentative) in examining both the strengths and weaknesses of his subject. And he is an exceptionally good writer."--David Novak, First Things

...as the question of Jewish unity feels rather pressing in our own day, Kook’s belief in overcoming partisanship for the common good is worth recalling. And Mirsky’s excellent feat of scholarship is a great place to begin. --Howard Freedman, j. weekly

Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook was one of the most influential Jewish thinkers of the last century and very possibly one of the least understood. To deal with his work, one has to know philosophy well, to understand the historical context of both Eastern Europe and the Jewish community of Erets Israel, and in addition, to have a profound understanding of Jewish mysticism and the mystic mind. The author displays all of these with elegance. This volume follows the course of Rabbi Kook's life from Eastern Europe to Jerusalem with stops in Western Europe and presents a clear picture of his thought—without forcing it into a consistency that was never there and without hiding the problematic of his ideas. Mirsky is a master of prose and is able to present complex ideas in understandable English while maintaining the flow of the narrative. One could almost say that Rav Kook would have gotten a clearer picture of some of his own concepts by reading this volume. It certainly is now the standard biography of Rav Kook and it is essential for any serious collection dealing with modern Jewish religious thought as well as related areas.--Shaul Stampfer, Religious Studies Review, December 2014

Yehudah Mirsky’s lively and clarifying book presents this great-souled rabbi in all his startling richness, and responsibly introduces its readers to one of the most influential and misread figures in modern Jewish thought. This is a significant contribution to the history of Jewish ideas – and also to contemporary debates about the Jewish religion and the Jewish state, because the best and the worst of Israeli Judaism may be traced back to the dissonant strains, by turns tolerant and jingoist, in Kook’s profoundly original writings.
--Leon Wieseltier

Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, was one of the most important Jewish religious thinkers of modern times - and indisputably the most influential in Israel - yet biographic studies of him in any language, and English studies in general, have been sorely lacking. Yehudah Mirsky’s volume instantly becomes the go-to life and thought of this revolutionary, conservative, radical, traditional, messianic, reality affirming, richly dialectical thinker. The book is written with authority and clarity and is a pleasure to read. Mirsky writes with literary grace and sensitivity, nuance and complexity without losing clarity and focus. Mirsky’s mastery of traditional texts enriches his deep reading of Kook's writings even as his rigorous academic method enables his scholarly lucidity, on Kook’s extraordinary life and oeuvre and the complex afterlife of his teachings. All this and more are captured by Mirsky with restraint, understatement, irony and wisdom.
-- Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg, theologian, past professor of Jewish Studies at City College of the City University of New York; President Emeritus of CLAL: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership

This volume is the most extensive personal and intellectual biography of Rav Kook in English-- and, to use Rav Kook’s beloved imagery, it sheds a great deal of light. Rich in insights and studded with previously neglected or unknown historical details, the book moves through Rav Kook’s life and writings in a way that both makes his ideas accessible and provides a sorely needed context for the various stages of his thought. Mirsky does not shy away from critique. Both scholars and the general public will profit immensely from this book.
-- David Shatz, Professor of Philosophy, Yeshiva University, editor Torah u-Madda Journal

Yehudah Mirsky

Yehudah Mirsky
David Vaaknin

Yehudah Mirsky is Associate Professor of the Practice of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University. He served in the U.S. State Department’s human rights bureau, lived in Israel for the past decade, and has contributed to the New Republic, the Economist, and many other publications.

November 14-15, 2014
Yehudah Mirsky will be the Visiting Scholar at Ohev Shalom, Washington DC.
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December 8, 2014
"An Imaginary Conversation between Rav Kook and Abraham Heschel"
Yehudah Mirsky in conversation with Shai Held at Mechon Hadar, New York
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To hear an interview with Yehudah Mirsky discussing his book on Rav Kook, CLICK HERE

To read an interview of Yehudah Mirsky by Alan Brill, professor of Religion at Seton Hall, CLICK HERE

To read a wonderful introduction to the book by Alexander Kaye CLICK HERE