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9/29/2014 6:59:01 PM
Turn It and Turn It Again: Studies in the Teaching and Learning of Classical Jewish Texts edited by Jon A Levisohn and Susan P. Fendrick received a positive review in Teaching Theology & Religion. (more)

8/26/2014 10:09:44 PM
Shulamit Valler’s Sorrow and Distress in the Talmud was reviewed in Revue des etudes juives. (more)

8/26/2014 8:59:00 PM
I Saw It: Ilya Selvinsky and the Legacy of Bearing Witness to the Shoah by Maxim D. Shrayer was reviewed in the latest Slavic Review. (more)

8/20/2014 11:26:02 PM
Antisemitism on the Campus: Past and Present edited by Eunice G. Pollack was reviewed on sheldonkirshner.com. (more)

8/11/2014 10:52:19 PM
Yoel Finkelman’s Strictly Kosher Reading: Popular Literature and the Condition of Contemporary Orthodoxy received an excellent review Israeli Sociology. (more)

8/8/2014 8:31:54 PM
An excellent review of Moshe Sokol's Judaism Examined: Essays in Jewish Philosophy and Ethics was featured in H-Judaic! (more)

8/5/2014 7:15:35 PM
A glowing review of Chapaev and his Comrades: War and the Russian Literary Hero Across the Twentieth Century by Angela Brintlinger appeared in the latest Slavic and East European Journal! (more)

8/4/2014 7:23:00 PM
Another excellent review of ‘I am a Phenomenon Quite Out of the Ordinary’: The Notebooks, Diaries and Letters of Daniil Kharms edited and translated by Anthony Anemone and Peter Scotto has appeared in the International Journal of Russian Studies! (more)

7/24/2014 12:12:21 AM
An excellent review of ‘I am a Phenomenon Quite Out of the Ordinary’: The Notebooks, Diaries and Letters of Daniil Kharms edited and translated by Anthony Anemone and Peter Scotto has appeared in The Slavonic and East European Review! (more)

7/23/2014 11:04:21 PM
Daughters Of Israel, Daughters Of The South: Southern Jewish Women And Identity in the Antebellum and Civil War South by Jennifer A. Stollman was reviewed in the latest issue of American Studies. (more)

7/21/2014 7:25:04 PM
The Invention of Mikhail Lomonosov: A Russian National Myth by Steven Usitalo received an excellent review in the Canadian Slavonic Papers! (more)

7/15/2014 12:56:23 AM
Shirli Brautbar’s From Fashion to Politics: Hadassah and Jewish American Women in the Post World War II Era was reviewed in Western States Jewish History. (more)

7/1/2014 1:07:55 AM
Two ASP titles were reviewed in The Russian Review, July 2014 (Vol. 73, No. 3)! (more)

6/30/2014 9:22:06 PM
At the Intersection of Education, Marketing, and Transformation by Dr. Sabra Brock was reviewed at CHIP.de. (more)

6/17/2014 11:22:38 PM
The Russian Cinema Reader (Vols. I & II) edited by Rimgaila Salys was recommended in CHOICE – Current Reviews for Academic Libraries! (more)

6/17/2014 11:17:39 PM
Crafting the 613 Commandments: Maimonides on the Enumeration, Classification, and Formulation of the Scriptural Commandments by Albert D. Friedberg was just reviewed in The Midwest Book Review (June 2014). (more)

6/4/2014 8:07:12 PM
Katka Reszke's Return of the Jew: Identity Narratives of the Third Post-Holocaust Generation of Jews in Poland received a positive review in the Slavic Review! (more)

5/12/2014 7:33:15 PM
Three Academic Studies Press titles reviewed in the Slavonic & East European Review! (more)

5/3/2014 12:51:33 AM
From Fashion to Politics: Hadassah and Jewish American Women in the Post World War II Era was reviewed in The American Jewish Archives Journal. (more)

4/22/2014 8:40:37 PM
Academic Studies Press is proud to announce its newest series: Lithuanian Studies. (more)

4/22/2014 8:18:18 PM
The series "Antisemitism in America" was mentioned in The Jewish Voice. (more)

4/21/2014 7:25:33 PM
Antisemitism on the Campus: Past & Present received an excellent review in Forward! (more)

4/18/2014 9:29:19 PM
I Saw It: Ilya Selvinsky and the Legacy of Bearing Witness to the Shoah received a fantastic review in The Times Literary Supplement! (more)

3/20/2014 6:17:55 PM
Judaism Examined: Essays in Jewish Philosophy and Ethics has just been featured in "The Kosher Bookworm" section of The Jewish Star! (more)

3/6/2014 11:35:26 PM
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)

10/27/2011 11:38:05 PM
Sara Libby Robinson interviewed in the Boston Jewish Advocate (more)

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Jewish Studies Forthcoming

The following Jewish Studies titles are coming soon from Academic Studies Press:


Vygotsky & Bernstein in the Light of Jewish Tradition.
by Antonella Castelnuovo, Bella Kotik-Friedgut
9781936235582
225 pp. cloth
$89.00
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Publication Date: February, 2015

Vygotsky & Bernstein in the Light of Jewish Tradition examines the role that Jewish cultural tradition played in the work of the Russian psychologist Lev S. Vygotsky and the British sociologist Basil Bernstein by highlighting aspects of their respective lives and theories revealing significant influences of Jewish thoughts and beliefs. The authors demonstrate that theories and human life are dialectically interconnected: what research can reveal about a man can also provide a better understanding of the very nature of his theory. This book is a valuable resource for psychologists, sociologists and students interested in the sociocultural formation of mind.

Series: Judaism and Jewish Life


The Transmission of Passion: Practicing Psychoanalysis Within and Beyond the Borders of the Land of Israel.
edited by Moshe Halevi Spero
9781936235841
456 pp. cloth
$112.00
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Publication Date: December, 2015

The authors in this collection reflect deeply and self-consciously about practicing psychoanalysis within or alongside the borders of the Land of Israel. Unique passions characterize the lives of those who live there, on the individual and group level, and this will be true for the psychoanalyst who has been born and raised in Israel or who has immigrated there and has had to struggle with transformations in language, values, and identity. In Israel, one passionately believes or disbelieves, or strives to be dispassionate, with varying degrees of success. The boundaries of the land can “contain” these dynamics, but this depends on how the boundaries are defined, internalized, and symbolized. The dimension of passion will grip the patient and analyst at some point during the evolution of the transference and counter transference matrix, and may bind the two together or drive them apart. Using rich clinical presentation and theoretical innovation, the authors in this compendium discuss these conflicts and consider how terror, war, political ideology, primitive personality structure, the Holocaust, and idiosyncratic religious beliefs arouse these hidden passions and challenge analytic neutrality. Throughout, the authors carefully reexamine the development of their own personal identity, ideology, and professional perspectives in order to ascertain whether or not, or under what conditions, passion can be creatively transmitted.

Series: Psychoanalysis and Jewish Life


Devar Sephathayim: The Karaite Chronicle.
by Yaron Ben-Naeh, Dan Shapira, Aviezer Tutian
9781618112408
300 pp. cloth
$75.00
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Publication Date: September, 2015

Devar Sephathayim is a Hebrew historical chronicle from the “Tulip Epoch” in the Ottoman Empire composed by R. David Lekhno, a Jewish-Rabbanite sage from the Crimean Khanate. The treatise covers events in the Ottoman Empire, the Khanate of the Crimea, Muscovy, what is now Ukraine, Poland-Lithuania and Saffavid Iran between 1680-1730. It is based on different sources, mostly oral, and presents versions of the historical events as comprehended by mid-level officials in the Crimean Khanate and their Jewish acquaintances. The events mentioned in the composition are generally political and not of specific Jewish interest, but there are also many references to local Jewish history in the Crimea, Istanbul and Ukraine. This chronicle presents another layer in Ottoman-Jewish historical writings and breaks some academic prejudices regarding the medieval Jewish historical consciousness. This volume includes an annotated English translation, an edition of the Hebrew original and a short introduction.

Series: Jewish History


Politics and Sanctity: The Prayer for the Welfare of the State of Israel.
by Yoel Rappel
9781618112507
320 pp. cloth
$89.00
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Publication Date: April, 2015

The “Prayer for the Welfare of the Government” serves as a positive expression of Jewish loyalty to non-Jewish rulers. The “Prayer for the Welfare of the State of Israel” requests peace and blessing for the inhabitants of the Land of Israel, its leaders, and soldiers, and expresses hope for and belief in the complete ingathering of the exiles in the Land of Israel. The two prayers are very political, and until now have not yet been the subjects of in-depth and extensive research. This monograph is groundbreaking in its analysis of the connections between the two prayers, their histories and early texts, the messianic meaning of the Tefillah le-Shlom ha-Medinah, the acceptance of this prayer, and alternative prayers intended to change its content and meaning.

Series: Studies in Orthodox Judaism


The First to be Destroyed: The Jewish Community of Kleczew and the Beginning of the Final Solution.
by Anetta Glowacka-Penczynska, Tomasz Kawski, Witold Medykowski, edited by T. Horev
9781618112842
450 pp. cloth
$75.00
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Publication Date: November, 2014

The Jewish community of the city of Kleczew came into existence in the sixteenth century. It remained large and strong throughout the next four hundred years, and in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries it formed between 40 and 60% of the total population. The Kahal of Kleczew acquired its autonomy in the eighteenth century, and formed a separate Jewish quarter of the municipal infrastructure, possessing a synagogue, a cemetery, a ritual bath, and a cheder. In the years 1918-1939, Jewish life in Kleczew developed strongly political-social aspects, with branches of multiple political groups and organizations forming and attracting members. After the outbreak of war in 1939, Kleczew’s Jewish inhabitants were the first victims of the Nazis’ mass extermination campaign, murdered between September and November 1941. This edited volume presents and explores the history of this complex, long-lived Jewish community. 

Series: Judaism and Jewish Life


Shoa and Experience: A Journey in Time.
edited by Nitza Davidovitch, Dan Soen
9781618113108
310 pp. cloth
$59.00
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Publication Date: February, 2015

Shoah and Experience is a collection of essays offering important insights on the nature of Holocaust education with implications for Holocaust education development for future generations, in Israel and worldwide. Special attention is given to the evolving nature of contemporary multimedia society in which youth are inundated with stimuli of all kinds. Hence, consideration is given to the incorporation of multidimensional aspects of learning and experience in Holocaust education in order to enhance students' understanding on cognitive, emotional and moral levels. This book will help Holocaust educators and curriculum developers to design Holocaust education and attune it to the nature and the needs of the current generation. It is intended to prepare educators to initiate and lead programs and encounters designed to teach today’s youth about the Holocaust from multiple perspectives.

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


Assimilation and Polonization Among Jews in Inter-War Poland (1918-1939): Organizational, Social and Ideological Aspects.
by Miri Freilich
9781618113535
310 pp. cloth
$69.00
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Publication Date: January, 2015

In the early years of the twentieth century, a group of Polish and Galician Jews who considered themselves "assimilationists" became active in Polish-Jewish society. They typically lived in the big cities (Warsaw, Lodz, Krakow and Lvov) and came either from the richer segments of the Jewish community or the upper middle class, were fluent in Polish, and identified with Polish culture and nationalism. In addition to the "assimilationists" there were Jews such as Henryk Shtrasman  (1897-1940), his wife Lili (Alicia) (1908-1957), and their friends, who considered themselves to be Poles in all respects. They served in the Polish army and reached senior positions in Polish government, academia, and cultural and scientific institutes. Alienated from their Jewish identities, they saw no need to declare themselves "assimilationists." This volume explores the history, beliefs, and activities of each group, showing how Polish Jewry was developing before the sudden changes brought about by the Second World War.

Series: Jews of Poland


Shoah through Muslim Eyes.
by Mehnaz M. Afridi
9781618113542
275 pp. cloth
$59.00
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Publication Date: July, 2015

Available in paper:
9781618113719
$29.00
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Publication Date: July, 2015

In Shoah through Muslim Eyes, the author discusses her journey with Judaism as a Muslim. Her book is based on the struggle with antisemitism within Muslim communities and her interviews with Shoah survivors. Rejecting polemical myths about the Holocaust and Jews, Afridi offers a new way of creating understanding between the two communities through the acceptance the enormity of the Shoah. Her journey is both personal and academic: the reader can find nuances of her belief in Islam, principles of justice, and the loneliness of such a journey. The chapters discuss the Holocaust and how it was in truth unprecedented, interviews with survivors, antisemitism and Islamophobia, camps in Arab lands, and Islam and memory. Afridi includes newly-uncovered Muslim-Arab narratives that enhance our understanding of the reach of the Holocaust into Muslim lands under the Vichy and Nazi governments.

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


The Siddur of Prayer: Philosophy, Poetry and Mystery.
by Eliezer Schweid, translated by Gershon Greenberg
9781618111647
400 pp. cloth
$85.00
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Publication Date: December, 2015



Series: Reference Library of Jewish Intellectual History


Studies in Maimonides and the Medieval Jewish Philosophers of Provence.
by Howard Kreisel
9781618111791
300 pp. cloth
$89.00
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Publication Date: September, 2015

In this volume, Howard Kreisel revisits some of his most important essays, many of them appearing here in English for the first time. They are updated and revised to reflect new thought and developments in the field of medieval Jewish philosophy.

Series: Emunot: Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah


The Middle Way: The Emergence of Modern-Religious Trends in Nineteenth-Century Judaism Responses to Modernity in the Philosophy of Z. H. Chajes, S. R. Hirsch and S. D. Luzzatto, Vol. 1.
by Dr. Ephraim Chamiel
9781618114075
534 pp. cloth
$89.00
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Publication Date: September, 2014

This book in two volumes is devoted to examining the first encounter between traditional Judaism and modern European culture, and the first thinkers who sought to combine the Torah with science, revelation with reason, prophecy with philosophy, Jewish ethics with European culture, worldliness with sanctity, and universalism with the particular redemption of the Jews. These religious thinkers of the nineteenth century struggled with challenges of the modern age that continue to confront the modern Jews to this day. This objective work of scholarship, neither simplistic and isolationist nor destructive and arrogant, will be of interest to the modern thinker and to scholars of the history of religions. It is relevant to comparative study between Judaism and the various denominations of Christianity and other faiths that seek to find a middle way between their traditions and modernity.

“A most valuable contribution to the understanding of Chajes, Hirsch, and Luzzatto, treating complex issues in clear, lucid language. Chamiel’s command of the traditional, pre-modern thinkers and their impact on nineteenth-century thought is impressive.” —Michael K. Silber, Hebrew University

“It seems to me that the main strength of Chamiel's work is its comparative study of the ideas of Chajes, Hirsch, and Luzzatto in regards to each of the major problems that modernity poses for Judaism; from this comparative analysis, there emerges a complex and fascinating picture of the Middle Way. Each chapter contains precise and well-chosen readings, and presents a comprehensive picture of this trend. This work is an important contribution to the study of modern Jewish thought, as well as to our understanding of the complex formation of Neo-Orthodoxy.” —Moshe Halbertal, New York University Law School and Departments of Philosophy and Jewish Thought, Hebrew University

“I do not think I am mistaken in emphasizing that this is an excellent work. It contains an exhaustive and comprehensive discussion of the general issues, combined with incisive and careful treatment of the details and bibliography related to this topic. The great labor that has been invested in this work is amply rewarded, and it also opens the way for both scholars and general readers to understand the influence of these three major thinkers on modern Jewish thought.” —Shalom Rosenberg, Departments of Philosophy and Jewish Thought, Hebrew University



Series: Studies in Orthodox Judaism


The Middle Way: The Emergence of Modern-Religious Trends in Nineteenth-Century Judaism Responses to Modernity in the Philosophy of Z. H. Chajes, S. R. Hirsch and S. D. Luzzatto, Vol. 2.
by Dr. Ephraim Chamiel
9781618114082
534 pp. cloth
$89.00
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Publication Date: September, 2014

This book in two volumes is devoted to examining the first encounter between traditional Judaism and modern European culture, and the first thinkers who sought to combine the Torah with science, revelation with reason, prophecy with philosophy, Jewish ethics with European culture, worldliness with sanctity, and universalism with the particular redemption of the Jews. These religious thinkers of the nineteenth century struggled with challenges of the modern age that continue to confront the modern Jews to this day. This objective work of scholarship, neither simplistic and isolationist nor destructive and arrogant, will be of interest to the modern thinker and to scholars of the history of religions. It is relevant to comparative study between Judaism and the various denominations of Christianity and other faiths that seek to find a middle way between their traditions and modernity.

“A most valuable contribution to the understanding of Chajes, Hirsch, and Luzzatto, treating complex issues in clear, lucid language. Chamiel’s command of the traditional, pre-modern thinkers and their impact on nineteenth-century thought is impressive.” —Michael K. Silber, Hebrew University

“It seems to me that the main strength of Chamiel's work is its comparative study of the ideas of Chajes, Hirsch, and Luzzatto in regards to each of the major problems that modernity poses for Judaism; from this comparative analysis, there emerges a complex and fascinating picture of the Middle Way. Each chapter contains precise and well-chosen readings, and presents a comprehensive picture of this trend. This work is an important contribution to the study of modern Jewish thought, as well as to our understanding of the complex formation of Neo-Orthodoxy.” —Moshe Halbertal, New York University Law School and Departments of Philosophy and Jewish Thought, Hebrew University

“I do not think I am mistaken in emphasizing that this is an excellent work. It contains an exhaustive and comprehensive discussion of the general issues, combined with incisive and careful treatment of the details and bibliography related to this topic. The great labor that has been invested in this work is amply rewarded, and it also opens the way for both scholars and general readers to understand the influence of these three major thinkers on modern Jewish thought.” —Shalom Rosenberg, Departments of Philosophy and Jewish Thought, Hebrew University



Series: Studies in Orthodox Judaism


Parenting in Diversified Families: A Hothouse or a Trap?.
by Rachel Pasternak
9781618114013
255 pp. cloth
$59.00
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Publication Date: February, 2016

The book's purpose is to shed light on the effect of parenting, parenting style, parental authority and parental discipline style on the educational and social achievements of children living in the many types of new families currently being created in different cultures. It will apply an innovative coordinated theoretical-empirical approach to understanding the revolutionary changes in family structure (two-parent, one-parent, unisex [homo–lesbian], remarried and recomposed families) and functions (producing, educating and socializing children). The multidisciplinary discussion will be based on disciplines such as sociology, psychology, philosophy, behavioral science, education and social work. The aim is to present groundbreaking data on parenting and its implications for child rearing that will broaden and update our knowledge about the classic parenting model within the framework of the socioeconomic changes witnessed in the last few decades.

Series: No Series


Jewish Ludmir: The History and Tragedy of the Jewish Community of Volodymyr-Volynsky: A Regional History.
by Volodymir Muzychenko
9781618114129
230 pp. cloth
$59.00
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Publication Date: November, 2014

This volume is a brief history of the Jewish community of Volodymyr-Volynsky, going back to its first historical mentions. It explores Jewish settlement in the city, the kahal, and the role of the community in the Va’ad Arba Aratsot, and profiles several important historical figures, including Shelomoh of Karlin and Khane-Rokhl Werbermacher (the Maiden of Ludmir). It also considers the city’s synagogues and Jewish cemetery, and explores the twentieth-century history of the community, especially during the Holocaust. Drawing on survivor eyewitness testimonies, the author pays tribute to the town’s Righteous among the Nations and describes efforts to preserve the memory of its Jewish community, including the creation of the Piatydni memorial, and lists prominent Jews born in Volodymyr-Volynsky and natives of the city living abroad. This book will be of interest to historians of the Jewish communities and the Holocaust in Ukraine, as well as to the general reader.

Series: Jews of Poland


The Lost Temple of Israel: Why Jacob Crossed His Arms.
by Zvi Koenigsberg
9781618114242
210 pp. cloth
$49.00
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Publication Date: December, 2014

This book describes a physical and intellectual journey in the author’s life that traces his involvement in the excavation of a site on Mount Ebal, which the Bible describes as the home of the Lost Ark. The excavation began, coincidentally, in 1981, the very year that the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark was released and brought the idea of the Ark into the public consciousness. Here, Koenigsberg discusses his experiences and the thought processes that brought him to a series of conclusions about the nature of the site which contradict almost axiomatic beliefs about early Israel and certain biblical materials—and which are considered seriously by experts in the field.

Series: No Series


Research in Jewish Demography and Identity.
by Eli Lederhendler, Uzi Rebhun
9781618114396
410 pp. cloth
$89.00
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Publication Date: January, 2015

This book contains fifteen original papers covering, a broad spectrum of topics in Jewish demography and identity, considering both Diaspora communities and the population of Israel. While most of the papers make use of quantitative data, some base themselves on qualitative and archive materials. The book is divided into five parts, reflecting the different complementary dimensions investigated: historical demography, history, and politics, immigration and immigrant adaptation, transnationalism, and demography and identity. This work is presented to Professor Sergio Dellapergola upon his retirement from teaching at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Series: Jewish Identity in Post-Modern Society


My Father’s Journey: A Memoir of Lost Worlds of Jewish Lithuania.
by Sara Reguer
9781618114143
155 pp. cloth
$39.00
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Publication Date: March, 2015

Born into a leading Lithuanian-Jewish rabbinic family, Moshe Aron Reguer initially followed the path of traditional yeshiva education. His adolescence coincided with World War I and its upheavals, pandemics, and pogroms, as well as with new ideas of Haskala, Zionism, and socialism. His memoir, recently discovered and here translated and published for the first time, discusses his internal struggles and describes the world around him and the people who influenced him. Moshe Aron Reguer wrote his memoir at the age of 23, on the eve of his departure for Eretz Israel in 1926. However, his story did not end there, but continued in British Mandated Palestine and the United States. He kept in touch with the family in Brest-Litovsk until the Nazis destroyed Jewish Lithuania, and some of their correspondence is included within this volume.

Series: Studies in Orthodox Judaism


Pharaoh King of Nineveh: Midrashic International Relations.
by Ari Barbalat
9781618114266
375 pp. cloth
$69.00
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Publication Date: August, 2015

This book interprets the moral teachings of the Judaic Midrashim, whose apocryphal commentarial stories reinterpret biblical events of war, genocide, espionage, and cruelty as phenomenology, rather than as great power politics. They ask not “What happened?,” but “How does it feel?” How was the geopolitical event at hand internally experienced in the souls, psyches, and inner emotional worlds of biblical characters, major and minor? Reimagining world politics as relations between “I”s and “Thou”s instead of states and governments, midrashic sources constitute indigenous Jewish international relations theory from antiquity to the Middle Ages to our time; their foremost concern is not survival but empathy. This work offers insights from Midrashim familiar and obscure to students of global ethics, interfaith dialogue and International Relations.

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“When Orthodoxy was Not as Chic as it is Today”: Modern Orthodoxy in the Era of Rabbi Dr. Leo Jung.
by Maxine Jacobson
9781618114372
285 pp. cloth
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Publication Date: April, 2015

This book presents the issues and challenges of Modern Orthodox Judaism in America from the 1920s to the 1960s and discusses the economic, social, and political influences that impacted on its development. This is the story of the renaissance of American Modern Orthodoxy, from the disorganization of the older Orthodoxy to the new spirit of confidence that emerged after World War Two. Modern Orthodoxy adjusted to the challenges of modernity and a new environment. Modern Orthodoxy will be examined in the context of Orthodox invigoration and change. By 1960, a foundation had been laid for a movement to the “right,” which was marked by the tightening of religious standards. Rabbi Leo Jung is a fulcrum around which many such issues can be explored.

Series: Studies in Orthodox Judaism


Summer Haven: The Catskills, the Holocaust, and the Literary Imagination.
by Phil Brown, Holli Levitsky
9781618114181
310 pp. cloth
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Publication Date: May, 2014

This volume provides for the first time a collection of writing that investigates the stories and struggles of survivors in the context of the Jewish resort culture of the Catskills, through new and existing works of fiction and memoir by writers who spent their youths there. It explores how vacationers, resort owners, and workers dealt with a horrific contradiction—the pleasure of their summer haven against the mass extermination of Jews throughout Europe. It also examines the character of Holocaust survivors in the Catskills: in what ways did they people find connection, resolution to conflict, and avenues to come together despite the experiences that set them apart? The book will be useful to those studying Jewish, American, or New York history, the Holocaust and Catskills legacy, United States immigration, American literature, and American culture. The focus on themes of nostalgia, humor, loss, and sexuality will draw general readers as well.

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The Image of Jews in Contemporary China: An Identity Without a People.
by James Ross, Lihong Song
9781618114204
290 pp. cloth
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Publication Date: June, 2015

The modern Chinese interest in Jews and Judaism stems from the actions of Protestant missionaries who translated the Christian Bible into Chinese in the early nineteenth century. The Chinese people who interacted with these missionaries came to see Judaism as part of Christian history and civilization. During China’s rapid economic expansion, its people’s fascination with Jews has also grown. Bookstores in Beijing are stocked with dozens of Chinese-language books on how Jews conduct business, manage the world, and raise children. At least ten universities throughout China offer popular Jewish Studies programs, some with advanced degrees. Despite all of this, there are virtually no Jews in China: the Chinese are constructing an identity for a people that the large majority of them will never meet.

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The Parting of the Ways: How Esoteric Judaism and Christianity Influenced the Psychoanalytic Theories of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.
by Richard Kradin
9781618114228
290 pp. cloth
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Publication Date: June, 2015

The Enlightenment signaled diminished popular reliance on the religious “cure of the soul,” and witnessed the emergence of psychoanalysis. From its inception, Freud’s psychoanalysis was accused of being a “Jewish science,” and he countered by including non-Jewish Swiss psychiatrists in his movement. Carl Jung eventually broke with Freud due to differences concerning psychoanalytical theory and practice. This text explores the religious underpinnings of psychoanalysis, contrasting the textual and mystical traditions of Judaism with those of Christianity. It convincingly demonstrates that differences in the fundamental tenets of Judaism and Christianity have had a profound and continued influence on psychoanalysis.

Series: Psychoanalysis and Jewish Life


On Personal and Public Concerns: Essays in Jewish Philosophy.
by Eliezer Schweid, edited by Leonard Levin
9781618114457
220 pp. cloth
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Publication Date: November, 2014

Eliezer Schweid’s career as philosopher, scholar, educator and public intellectual has spanned the history of the State of Israel from the pre-war Yishuv period to the present. In these essays he recalls his formative years in the Zionist youth and the Hebrew University. He reflects on the existential loneliness of the modern Jew. He examines the perennial problem of theodicy through a Jewish lens in its broadest human parameters. Finally, he offers a challenging critique of the postmodern culture of the “global village,” in which the marketplace and skepticism have crowded out humane values rooted in the traditions of historical culture.

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Answering a Question with a Question: Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Jewish Thought (Vol. II). A Tradition of Inquiry.
by Libby Henik, edited by Lewis Aron
9781618114471
400 pp. cloth
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Publication Date: January, 2015

Inquiry, questioning, and wonder are defining features of both psychoanalysis and the Jewish tradition. The question invites inquiry, analysis, discussion, debate, multiple meanings, and interpretation that continues across the generations. If questions and inquiry are the mainstay of Jewish scholarship, then it should not be surprising that they would be central to the psychoanalytic method developed by Sigmund Freud. The themes taken up in this book are universal: trauma, traumatic reenactment, intergenerational transmission of trauma, love, loss, mourning, ritual—these subjects are of particular relevance and concern within Jewish thought and the history of the Jewish people, and they raise questions of great relevance to psychoanalysis both theoretically and clinically. In Answering a Question with a Question: Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Jewish Thought (Vol. II). A Tradition of Inquiry, Editors, Aron and Henik, have brought together an international collection of contemporary scholars and clinicians to address the interface and mutual influence of Jewish thought and modern psychoanalysis, two traditions of inquiry.

Series: Judaism and Jewish Life


The Righteous of the Wehrmacht.
by Simon Malkes
9781618114495
150 pp. paper
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Publication Date: January, 2015

The Righteous of the Wehrmachtz describes the life of the author’s family in Vilnius before and during WWII and under the Nazi occupation, depicting their miraculous survival thanks to the German officer Karl Plagge. Plagge played a vital role in the survival of more than one hundred Jews, and for this is known as “the Schindler from Darmstadt.” After liberation by the Red Army, the author’s family moved first to Poland and then to France, forging their lives as refugees with gratitude and courage.

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