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Judaism Examined: Essays in Jewish Philosophy and Ethics has just been featured in "The Kosher Bookworm" section of The Jewish Star! (more)

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Anthony Anemone and Peter Scotto discussed "I Am a Phenomenon Quite Out of the Ordinary": The Notebooks, Diaries and Letters of Daniil Kharms on the most recent Lapham's Quarterly podcast. (more)

2/14/2014 11:15:06 PM
Jewish Customs of Kabbalistic Origin: Their Origin and Practice received a glowing review in Wisconsin Bookwatch (The Midwest Book Review)! (more)

1/16/2014 11:21:36 PM
Prosaics and Other Provocations mentioned in "Favorite Books of 2013" in The New Yorker! (more)

12/3/2013 7:52:54 PM
Another Way, Another Time by Meir Persoff reviewed in the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, November 2013. (more)

11/21/2013 12:53:20 AM
Living Jewishly: A Snapshot of a Generation featured in the "Community" section of Jewish News of Phoenix, AZ! (more)

11/11/2013 9:52:03 PM
A favorable review of Marat Grinberg's "I am to be read not from left to right, but in Jewish: from right to left": The Poetics of Boris Slutsky appears in the most recent Journal of Modern Jewish Studies (more)

11/4/2013 11:45:29 PM
Three Academic Studies Press titles reviewed in CHOICE this month! (more)

10/29/2013 10:18:53 PM
Steven Usitalo  was interviewed about his new book, The Invention of Mikhail Lomonosov, by Filipp Velgach of New Books in History. (more)

10/24/2013 7:15:17 PM
Author Event at the Library of Congress: Dr. Sara Reguer will be discussing her new book, The Most Tenacious of Minorities: The Jews of Italy on October 28th, from noon to 1:00 PM, in the African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room. (more)

10/24/2013 12:00:37 AM
A new review of Chapaev and His Comrades in The Russian Review!         (more)

10/23/2013 12:19:27 AM
A glowing review of My Four Years in Soviet Russia by Yitzhak Erlichson just published in the October online book review magazine "MBR Bookwatch" (part of the Midwest Book Review). (more)

10/17/2013 8:27:23 PM
"If you want to understand contemporary Jewish life in Poland, this is the book to read."--From the great review of Katka Reszke's Return of the Jew by Connie Webber in this month's Jewish Renaissance (more)

9/16/2013 8:35:26 PM
Meir Persoff's Hats in the Ring featured in a full-page review in The Jerusalem Post Magazine on September 12! (more)

9/3/2013 6:06:25 PM
Meir Persoff shared his thoughts on Jonathan Sacks's tenure as Chief Rabbi--and the prospects for new Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis--in The Guardian on Saturday. (more)

8/28/2013 12:34:42 AM
Reviews of two ASP books published in the fall issue of Slavic Review! (more)

8/13/2013 9:15:32 PM
Interview with Katka Reszke about her book, Return of the Jew, on the YIVO institute blog. (more)

8/5/2013 10:06:31 PM
"I Am a Phenomenon Quite Out of the Ordinary": The Notebooks, Diaries and Letters of Daniil Kharms reviewed on BOMBlog!         (more)

8/1/2013 10:51:21 PM
A new review of Reyfman`s Rank and Style in SEER! (more)

7/26/2013 7:38:12 PM
My Four Years in Soviet Russia featured on the YIVO Institute blog! (more)

7/25/2013 6:17:27 PM
A new review of "Tsar and God" and Other Essays in Russian Cultural Semiotics! (more)

7/24/2013 9:19:37 PM
Another positive review for Yuri Leving`s Keys to The Gift, published in SEER, April 2013! (more)

7/22/2013 11:10:59 PM
More positive feedback for Gone to Pitchipoi--a very favorable review written by Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins for JewishMediaReview. (more)

7/8/2013 6:21:56 PM
Another very favorable review! God`s Kindness Has Overwhelmed Us reviewed by Berel Dov Lerner in the July issue of Reviews in Religion & Theology! (more)

7/5/2013 11:31:28 PM
A highly favorable review of Yuri Leving`s Keys to The Gift in the Spring 2013 issue of SEEJ! (more)

7/2/2013 7:35:52 PM
A new, favorable review of Gone to Pitchipoi by Rubin Katz in the most recent newsletter of The Hidden Child Foundation! (more)

6/25/2013 6:02:18 PM
Watch the video trailer for I Saw It: Ilya Selvinsky and the Legacy of Bearing Witness to the Shoah by Maxim D. Shrayer! (more)

6/24/2013 6:22:18 PM
A new review of Strictly Kosher Reading by Yoel Finkelman! (more)

6/20/2013 5:48:53 PM
Maxim Shrayer mentioned in the Boston Globe!  (more)

6/15/2013 12:25:52 AM
A review of Alternative and Biomedicine in Israel just published in the latest issue of Symbolic Interaction! (more)

6/3/2013 7:26:51 PM
Professor Maxim D. Shrayer (Boston College) is the new editor of our series "Borderlines: Jews of Russia/Eastern Europe and Their Legacy." (more)

5/16/2013 8:01:07 PM
A new, favorable review of Three Jewish Journeys Through an Anthropologist`s Lens published in the current issue of the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies! (more)

5/7/2013 10:20:07 PM
Three of our titles are in this month`s Slavic and East European Review! (more)

5/2/2013 10:04:59 PM
Hats in the Ring is the Jewish Chronicle's book of the week! Read the review at http://www.thejc.com/arts/books/106982/hats-ring (more)

4/26/2013 1:37:20 AM
Anthony Anemone and Peter Scotto's translations of Daniil Kharms featured on the Paris Review's blog! (more)

4/24/2013 5:39:41 PM
Katka Reszke quoted in The Guardian's article on the resurgence of Jewish culture in Poland (more)

1/29/2013 8:58:26 PM
Interview with Katka Reszke featured in Inside Full of Color for her forthcoming title Return of the Jew (more)

1/21/2013 6:31:02 PM
New Review of The Pillar of Volozhin by Gil S. Perl, featured in Jewish Ideas Daily (more)

1/17/2013 5:53:07 PM
Congratulations to Jeffrey S. Kress for winning the National Jewish Book Award in Jewish Education! (more)

1/7/2013 8:08:13 PM
New Review of “I am to be read not from left to right, but in Jewish: from right to left" by Marat Grinberg, featured in H-Judaic (more)

1/7/2013 7:46:55 PM
New Review of Stefanie Pervos Bregman's Living Jewishly: A Snapshot of a Generation, featured in The Reporter Group (more)

5/10/2012 12:54:28 AM
The Muselmann at the Water Cooler is the 2012 winner of the Helen and Stan Vine Jewish Canadian Book Award in the field of Holocaust Studies! (more)

2/3/2012 6:41:35 PM
New Review for The Pale God published in Jewish Ideas Daily. (more)

2/1/2012 11:18:17 PM
New review in SEER for Yuri Leving's The Goalkeeper. (more)

2/1/2012 8:06:37 PM
New Review for Jewish Thought in Dialogue by David Shatz in The Journal of Modern Jewish Studies (more)

1/12/2012 6:12:46 PM
New Review for “I am to be read not from left to right, but in Jewish: from right to left”: The Poetics of Boris Slutsky by Marat Grinberg (more)

12/16/2011 6:29:20 PM
"I am to be read not from left to right but in Jewish: from right to left": The Poetics of Boris Slutsky reviewed in the Slavic Review (more)

11/16/2011 11:21:52 PM
Academic Studies Press titles now available electronically! (more)

11/7/2011 6:30:57 PM
Academic Studies Press is pleased to announce a new series: Classics in Judaica (more)

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Jewish Studies

The following Jewish Studies titles are new from Academic Studies Press:


Eros and Tragedy: Jewish Male Fantasies and the Masculine Revolution of Zionism.
by Ofer Nordheimer Nur
9781936235858
224 pp. cloth
$75.00
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Publication Date: March, 2014

Between 1920 and 1922, hundreds of members of the Hashomer Hatzair youth movement left the defunct Habsburg Monarchy and sailed to Palestine, where a small group of members of the movement established Upper Bitania, one of the communities that laid the foundation for Israel’s kibbutz movement. Their social experiment lasted only eight months, but it gave birth to a powerful myth among Jewish youth which combined a story about a heroic Zionist deed, based on the trope of tragedy, with a model for a new type of community that promised no less than a total, absolute elimination of all physical and mental barriers between isolated individuals and their fusion into one entity. This entity was named “the erotic community.” In its quest for human regeneration, Upper Bitania embarked on a journey into a highly specific variant of modern life that, at its core, tried to combine the most profound Nietzscheanism with the insights of Sigmund Freud, all in an anti-capitalist quest for an organic community of “new men.” The quest for a “new man” was to compensate for a crisis of manliness and betrays an obsession with masculinity and male bonding, and their effects on the ideal man and woman.

Praise for Eros and Tragedy:

“This riveting and thought provoking study refreshingly challenges the conventional wisdom on the origins of Zionism. Meticulously researched and forcefully argued, Israel’s self-image as a country of the ‘new man’ reflected in the image of Paul Newman, emerges to be deeply rooted in the inner need of Zionist pioneers to reinvent themselves as ‘real men.’ Many Israelis still do that.”  —Tom Segev, author of 1949: The First Israelis

Series: Israel: Society, Culture, and History


Carnival in Tel Aviv: Purim and the Celebration of Urban Zionism.
by Hizky Shoham
9781618113511
275 pp. cloth
$59.00
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Publication Date: March, 2014

The Tel Aviv annual Purim celebrations were the largest public events in British Palestine, and they played a key role in the development of the urban Jewish experience in the Promised Land. Carnival in Tel Aviv presents a historical-anthropological analysis of this mass public event and explores the ethnographic dimension of Zionism. This study sheds new light on the ideological world of urban Zionism, the capitalistic aspects of Zionist culture, and the urban nature of the Zionist project, which sought to create a nation of warriors and farmers, but in fact nationalized the urban space and constructed it as its main public sphere.

Praise for Carnival in Tel Aviv:

“Hizky Shoham combines fastidious attention to historical detail with considerable theoretical sophistication to make an important intervention in our understanding of the history of Zionism. Glancing through the prism of Purim carnivals in Tel Aviv, he reorients our gaze from the rural countryside to the city, as well as from the realm of politics to that of culture. The result is a path-breaking inquiry into Urban Zionism, an important and understudied phenomenon that blends the vaunted nationalist ethos of Zionism and the leisure culture of an emerging major city. All in all, a major contribution from a leading member of the new generation of historians of Zionism.” —David N. Myers, Professor of Jewish History and Robert N. Burr Department Chair, UCLA

“In this original, sophisticated and engaging work of micro-history, Hizky Shoham shows how Purim celebrations in Mandatory Palestine illuminated the sensibilities of the country’s new Zionist community. Rooted in archival sources yet drawing liberally from anthropological and cultural theory, Carnival in Tel Aviv presents Zionism’s invented traditions, in Palestine as elsewhere in the world, as inseparable from urban modernity. A smart and stimulating book.” —Derek J. Penslar, FRSC, Stanley Lewis Professor of Israel Studies, University of Oxford Fellow, St. Anne’s College

Carnival in Tel Aviv: Purim and the Celebration of Urban Zionism presents a lucid and engaging study of an invented Hebrew tradition that drew on the Hebrew Bible and the greater Jewish tradition of Purim celebrations to become the largest urban public event in British Palestine. Shoham’s carefully documented and theoretically informed discussion of the carnival’s history and multilayered meanings explores the creativity and the tensions that underlie the Purim Carnival within the context of Zionist ideology, Tel Aviv’s vibrant and rapidly developing bourgeois culture, the national secular Hebrew culture of the Jewish society in Palestine during the first decades of the twentieth century, and gender politics. This book is a major contribution to the growing field of Israeli cultural history.”  —Yael Zerubavel, Professor of Jewish Studies and History and author of Recovered Roots: Collective Memory and the Making of Israeli National Culture

Series: Israel: Society, Culture, and History


Crafting the 613 Commandments: Maimonides on the Enumeration, Classification, and Formulation of the Scriptural Commandments.
by Albert D. Friedberg
9781618111678
400 pp. cloth
$85.00
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Publication Date: February, 2014

Rabbinic tradition has it that 613 commandments were given to Moses on Mount Sinai, but it does not specify those included in the enumeration. Maimonides methodically and artfully crafts a list of 613 commandments in a work that serves as a prolegemenon to the Mishneh Torah, his monumental code of law. This book explores the surprising way Maimonides put this tradition to use and his possible rationale for using such a tradition. It also explores many of the philosophical and ethical ideas animating the composition of such a list. In the book's second half, Friedberg examines the manner by which Maimonides formulated positive commandments in the Mishneh Torah, leading him to suggest new dimensions in Maimonides' legal theory.

"Friedberg's thesis is original and groundbreaking. . . . Students of Maimonides will find the book very worthwhile." H. Norman Strickman, Touro College, author of Without Red Strings or Holy Water: Maimonides' Mishneh Torah

Series: No Series


Saving the Tremors of Past Lives: A Cross-Generational Holocaust Memoir.
by Regina Grol
9781618112569
300 pp. cloth
$59.00
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Publication Date: February, 2014

Available in paper:
9781618112248
$29.00
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Publication Date: February, 2014

The Jewish community of the Polish border town of Brzesc (Brisk in Yiddish), which had numbered almost 30,000 people, was wiped out during the Holocaust, with only about 10 of its members surviving. One of them was Masza Pinczuk, who escaped from the Brzesc ghetto on the eve of its liquidation on October 15, 1942. Her future husband succeeded in escaping from the Warsaw ghetto. They were the sole survivors of their respective families, and in this volume their daughter, Regina Grol, shares their story and meditates on the legacy of the Holocaust, exploring the lingering impact of the Holocaust on the following generations. Based on interviews and letters, and checked against historical facts, the book includes supporting documents and photographs. It also contains an account of the author’s “internal flanerie” (to use Walter Benjamin’s term), i.e., a retrospective and introspective look at her own life as a child of Holocaust survivors.

“This carefully crafted and deeply moving memoir is an account of the history of one of the very few Polish-Jewish families formed by the catastrophe of the Second World War and its subsequent history. Indeed, it encapsulates the history of those who survived the war and attempted to make new lives in new socialist Poland, and provides a valuable introduction to those who want to understand why it was so difficult to establish a viable Jewish community in that country after the war.” —Antony Polonsky, Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies, Brandeis University

Series: The Holocaust: History and Literature, Ethics and Philosophy


Rise and Decline of Civilizations: Lessons for the Jewish People.
by Shalom Salomon Wald
9781618112767
500 pp. cloth
$69.00
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Publication Date: January, 2014

Available in paper:
9781618113771
$33.00
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Publication Date: January, 2014

Rise and Decline of Civilizations: Lessons for the Jewish People is a thought experiment in which the author examines the work of 23 historians of the last 2,400 years, from Thucydides to Jared Diamond, who describe the rise and decline of nations and civilizations. None of these is a historian of Judaism. The key question of the book is whether the reasons that explain the rise, decline, and fall of other civilizations could apply to the Jews as well. The answer of the author is a qualified yes. From the work of these historians he extracts 12 “drivers,” or factors that explain rise and decline, from religion to natural catastrophes. Reviewing the Jewish history of more than 3,000 years against the background of these drivers opens fascinating new vistas for the general reader, and may be particularly useful to historians and politicians. 

*With a foreword by Shimon Peres*

From the foreword: “Dr. Wald puts at our disposal the benefit of the wisdom of the finest historians, beginning with Thucydides, concerning the reasons behind the rise and decline of civilizations. This notable endeavor enables us to delineate some ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ for leaders that navigate between crises and guide their people to prosperous shores. These practical insights should be an integral part of every leadership compass, especially in the Jewish-Israeli narrative, where history is still very much in the making. . . . The readers of this book can look forward to an exciting journey through the chapters of history as penned by some of its greatest historians. Dr. Wald deserves our deepest appreciation for the excellent guidance he provides us in this learning experience and on this inspiring journey.”

Series: No Series


Rabbi Marcus Jastrow and His Vision for the Reform of Judaism: A Study in the History of Judaism in the Nineteenth Century.
by Michal Galas
9781618113450
265 pp. cloth
$64.00
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Publication Date: December, 2013

Rabbi Marcus Jastrow (1829-1903) was one of the most important figures of nineteenth-century Judaism, but is often neglected. This volume presents his life and his views on the reform of Judaism in the context of the changes and developments of Judaism in his lifetime. It covers his early life and his career in Europe as a preacher and rabbi in Warsaw, Mannheim, and Worms, and then discusses his activities in the United States, where he served as rabbi of Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia, as well as his work on his famous dictionary. Jastrow was deeply involved in the important religious and scholarly initiatives of American Jewry: he took part in the emergence of Reform as well as Conservative Judaism, being involved in major controversies and polemics regarding them, and had a great impact on the creation of Jewish scholarship and Judaic studies in America.

"Overall, this is by far the best treatment that we have of Jastrow, and makes an important contribution. Hopefully, it will stimulate further studies of Jastrow and his scholarship—Galas certainly makes a persuasive case for his significance."  —Jonathan Sarna, Brandeis University

"This biographical study of Marcus Jastrow, today remembered largely for his monumental Dictionary of the Targumim, The Talmud Babli and Yerushalmi, and The Midrashic Literature, presents the reader with a remarkable—and largely unknown—history from the world of nineteenth century Judaism. On the basis of meticulous research in archives and libraries of three continents, Michal Galas traces the life of his rabbinic hero from West Prussia in the age of the Haskalah to the bastion of American Reform Judaism in Philadelphia in the last decades of the nineteenth century. We see Jastrow, a world-renowned preacher and rabbi committed to the progressive principles of his day, stand shoulder to shoulder with the Poles struggling for their independence from Russia and then help shape American Judaism in its formative years." —Adam Teller, Brown University

"This book is full of surprises. Most American Jews associate the name 'Marcus Jastrow' with his classical dictionary of rabbinic texts. However, Galas's book reveals that this quiet German Jewish rabbi and scholar had played a prominent role in the Polish revolutionary movement while serving in Warsaw and came to the United States only after he was freed from a Tsarist prison. Moreover, in America, Jastrow's interest in combining innovation with tradition led him to major—and largely overlooked—contributions to the formation of the Conservative movement and to various cultural and educational institutions. Galas uncovers these forgotten chapters in Jewish history and thought with grace and perception." —Shaul Stampfer, Hebrew University

Series: Jews of Poland


Mo(ve)ments of Resistance: Politics, Economy and Society in Israel/Palestine 1931–2013.
by Lev Luis Grinberg
9781936235414
345 pp. cloth
$85.00
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Publication Date: December, 2013

Available in paper:
9781618113788
$34.00
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Publication Date: March, 2014

In Mo(ve)ments of Resistance, Grinberg summarizes both his own work and that of other political economists, providing a coherent historical narrative covering the time from the beginning of Socialist Zionism (1904) to the Oslo Accords and the neoliberalization of the economy (1994–1996). The theoretical approach of the book combines eventful sociology, path dependency, and institutional political economy. Grinberg argues that historical political events have been shaped not only by political and economic forces but also by resistance struggles of marginal and weaker social groups: organized workers, Palestinians, and Mizrachi Jews. Major turning points in history, like the Separation War in 1948, the military occupation in 1967, and the Oslo peace process in 1993, are explained in the context of previous social and economic resistance struggles that affected the political outcomes.

Praise:

"In this volume, Grinberg links key episodes in which Israeli power-holders were challenged by subordinate groups in different arenas and eras. The result is an original and compelling account of Israel's social and political history and a fine illustration of the dialectics that both generate and defuse popular insurgency. Many of the cases are little-known, even to Israelis, and they are analyzed boldly and accessibly, offering original perspectives and insights on the most important political developments of the last half-century, including the massive social justice protests of 2011 and their extinction. Along the way the reader learns a great deal of new things about Israel's social, economic, and political life." —Michael Shalev, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Series: Israel: Society, Culture, and History


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