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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Judaism. 2nd Edition
New Book at JSL: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Judaism. 2nd Edition
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 08:00

Understanding Judaism, its roots, its beliefs, and its traditions is crucial to understanding its people and its leaders.

Jewish Studies Library Opening Hours
Monday, January 9, 2017 - 09:15

Jewish Studies Library will be open from 10h00 - 12h00 Monday - Friday. For any queries, please contact Glynnis Johnson at glynnis.johnson@uct.ac.za

Jewish Studies and Hebrew Library Guide
Jewish Studies and Hebrew Library Guide
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 17:00
Rav Kook
New Book at JSL: Rav Kook: mystic in a time of revolution
Friday, August 19, 2016 - 13:00

Rav Abraham Isaac Kook (1865–1935) was one of the most influential—and controversial—rabbis of the twentieth century. A visionary writer and outstanding rabbinic leader, Kook was a philosopher, mystic, poet, jurist, communal leader, and veritable saint. The first chief rabbi of Jewish Palestine and the founding theologian of religious Zionism, he struggled to understand and shape his revolutionary times. His life and writings resonate with the defining tensions of Jewish life and thought.

The Edinburgh companion to modern Jewish fiction
New Book at JSL: The Edinburgh companion to modern Jewish fiction
Friday, August 19, 2016 - 13:00

This collection of essays represents a new departure for, and a potentially (re)defining moment in, literary Jewish Studies. It is the first volume to bring together 28 chapters covering a wide range of American, British, South African, Canadian and Australian Jewish fiction.

Jewish radical ultra-orthodoxy confronts modernity, Zionism and women's equality
New Book at JSL: Jewish radical ultra-orthodoxy confronts modernity, Zionism and women's equality
Friday, August 12, 2016 - 13:00

In Jewish Radical Ultra-Orthodoxy Confronts Modernity, Zionism and Women's Equality, Motti Inbari undertakes a study of the culture and leadership of Jewish radical ultra-Orthodoxy in Hungary, Jerusalem and New York.

The Iranian Talmud
New Book at JSL: The Iranian Talmud: reading the Bavli in its Sasanian context
Friday, August 12, 2016 - 13:00

Although the Babylonian Talmud, or Bavli, has been a text central and vital to the Jewish canon since the Middle Ages, the context in which it was produced has been poorly understood. Delving deep into Sasanian material culture and literary remains, Shai Secunda pieces together the dynamic world of late antique Iran, providing an unprecedented and accessible overview of the world that shaped the Bavli.

Renaissance England's Chief Rabbi
New Book at JSL: Renaissance England's Chief Rabbi: John Selden
Monday, August 8, 2016 - 14:30

Reveals the influence of Selden on a number of early modern poets and intellectuals, including Shakespeare, Jonson, Milton, Marvell, Harrington, Stubbe, Culverwel, and Newton. Supplies new information about the impact of Hebraic thought on the history of religious toleration. Augments our understanding of Selden as philologist and historian by examining for the first time in detail the post-biblical rabbinic and talmudic studies that constitute his most mature scholarship

The complete works of Primo Levi
New Book at JSL: The complete works of Primo Levi
Monday, August 8, 2016 - 14:30

The Complete Works of Primo Levi, which includes seminal works like If This Is a Man and The Periodic Table, finally gathers all fourteen of Levi’s books—memoirs, essays, poetry, commentary, and fiction—into three slipcased volumes.

Jewish resistance against the Nazis
New Book at JSL: Jewish resistance against the Nazis
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 14:30

This volume puts to rest the myth that the Jews went passively to the slaughter like sheep. Indeed Jews resisted in every Nazi-occupied country - in the forests, the ghettos, and the concentration camps.The essays presented here consider Jewish resistance to be resistance by Jewish persons in specifically Jewish groups, or by Jewish persons working within non-Jewish organizations.

Vilna my Vilna
New Book at JSL: Vilna my Vilna: stories
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 14:30

Abraham Karpinowitz (1913–2004) was born in Vilna, Poland (present-day Vilnius, Lithuania), the city that serves as both the backdrop and the central character for his stories.

Introduction to Zionism and Israel
New Book at JSL: Introduction to Zionism and Israel: from ideology to history
Friday, June 24, 2016 - 16:00

This is an exploration of the origins and development of Zionism, illustrating the theory and history of the Zionist movement and the creation of the state of Israel.

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