Part of the Jewish Encounter series Rodger Kamenetz, acclaimed author of The Jew in the Lotus, has long been fascinated by the mystical tales of the Hasidic master Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav. And for many years he has taught a course in Prague on Franz Kafka. The more he thought about their lives and writings, the more aware he became of unexpected connections between them. Kafka was a secular artist fascinated by Jewish mysticism, and Rabbi Nachman was a religious mystic who used storytelling to reach out to secular Jews. Both men died close to age forty of tuberculosis. Both invented new forms of storytelling that explore the search for meaning in an illogical, unjust world. Both gained prominence with the posthumous publication of their writing. And both left strict instructions at the end of their lives that their unpublished books be burnt. Kamenetz takes his ideas on the road, traveling to Kafka’s birthplace in Prague and participating in the pilgrimage to Uman, the burial site of Rabbi Nachman visited by thousands of Jews every Jewish new year. He discusses the hallucinatory intensity of their visions and offers a rich analysis of Nachman’s and Kafka’s major works, revealing uncanny similarities in the inner lives of these two troubled and beloved figures, whose creative and religious struggles have much to teach us about the significant role played by the imagination in the Jewish spiritual experience. From the Hardcover edition.
Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav and Franz Kafka
Author: Rodger Kamenetz
In a profound look at what it means for new generations to read and interpret ancient religious texts, rabbi and philosopher Marc-Alain Ouaknin offers a postmodern reading of the Talmud, one of the first of its kind. Combining traditional learning and contemporary thought, Ouaknin dovetails discussions of spirituality and religious practice with such concepts as deconstruction, intertextuality, undecidability, multiple voicing, and eroticism in the Talmud. On a broader level, he establishes a dialogue between Hebrew tradition and the social sciences, which draws, for example, on the works of L�vinas, Blanchot, and Jab�s as well as Derrida. The Burnt Book represents the innovative thinking that has come to be associated with a school of French Jewish studies, headed by L�vinas and dedicated to new readings of traditional texts, which is fast gaining influence in the United States. The Talmud, transcribed in 500 C.E., is shown to be a text that refrains from dogma and instead encourages the exploration of its meanings. A vast compilation of Jewish oral law, the Talmud also contains rabbinical commentaries that touch on everything from astronomy to household life. Examining its literary methods and internal logic, Ouaknin explains how this text allows readers to transcend its authority in that it invites them to interpret, discuss, and re-create their religious tradition. An in-depth treatment of selected texts from the oral law and commentary goes on to provide a model for secular study of the Talmud in light of contemporary philosophical issues. Throughout the author emphasizes the self-effacing quality of a text whose worth can be measured by the insights that live on in the minds of its interpreters long after they have closed the book. He points out that the burning of the Talmud in anti-Judaic campaigns throughout history has, in fact, been an unwitting act of complicity with Talmudic philosophy and the practice of self-effacement. Ouaknin concludes his discussion with the story of the Hasidic master Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav, who himself burned his life achievement--a work known by his students as "the Burnt Book." This story leaves us with the question, should all books be destroyed in order to give birth to thought and renew meaning?
Reading the Talmud
Author: Marc-Alain Ouaknin
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Lila Raspreno is a genetic experiment that went horribly right. She is the world's only Telepathic Empathic Telekinetic Pyrokinetic. She had built a safe haven for others like herself called SAPP; School for the Advancement of Practical Psionics. Then she stumbled upon Anderson Olm, the single most powerful Cognitive that she has even met. Someone wants Anderson Olm dead. And they are willing to kill her to get to him. There is something special about him and none of the experts in the field of Psionics have any idea what it is. As Lila tries to understand what is so special about him, she falls further down the rabbit hole of her past and what it has to do with her future. Is Anderson Olm the answer that has eluded the experts? Or is he just another freak in Lila's freak show of SAPP?
Author: Maeghan Jo Kimball
As battles over literary censorship continue to rage on, it's vitally important to understand the background of this debate. In this fascinating volume, Farrer catalogs centuries of censorship in England, detailing the books that were identified as prurient, blasphemous or otherwise harmful to the public and doomed to burn. Targeted books range from mysterious volumes of occult knowledge to seemingly innocuous works of history that somehow offended the reigning royals.
Author: James Anson Farrer
Publisher: The Floating Press
Fate rips Kaie from the life he planned and thrust him into a world of slavery and casual brutality. Faced with the destruction of everything he knew and hiding from a society that turns those born with magic into mindless creatures called Hollows, he'll have to discover the difference between being a good man and surviving a bad situation. The gods themselves have turned their cruel attention to teaching him the true meaning of sacrifice, in all its horrible forms. He will be forged in fire and death, and everything he loves is up for grabs. For he is the Catalyst... "You will see everything you care about ripped away five times. You will lead men into battle five times, three will leave you broken. You will murder five who deserve it and five who do not. You will die five times. You are the phoenix who will father dragons."
Blood and Fire
Author: Lyn Lowe
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
Uncle Nigel is determined to get a sun tan. But Tim is sure there is something sinister going on, when his uncle's skin starts to frazzle and his brain begins to fry. When Bart buys a magical monkey's ear in a market in Marrakesh, he discovers that making wishes is a dangerous game - you might just get what you wish for . . . And who is the writer of the shortest horror story ever written?
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Offers a multiple-genred mosaic of multiple resistances to oppression through a variety of styles and mediums.
Poetic Voices, Political Voices
Author: Gertrude M. James Gonzalez,Anne J. M. Mamary
Publisher: SUNY Press
Category: Social Science
Flathead Valley, Montana: Das nur spärlich besiedelte Tal wird von einer Hitzewelle heimgesucht. Ein Brandstifter bringt die Bewohner in große Gefahr, die Feuerwehr kämpft vergeblich gegen die Flammen an. Dann wird ein toter Soldat gefunden. Die Polizei bittet Detective Macy Greeley um Hilfe. Sie muss gegen das Schweigen der eingeschworenen Gemeinschaft ankommen, die Probleme lieber unter sich löst. Jeder weiß etwas, doch niemand spricht darüber. Zu allem Überfluss taucht auch noch Ray Davidson auf – zugleich Macys Chef und der Vater ihres kleinen Sohnes. Dann wird eine weitere Leiche gefunden. Bald ist nicht nur Macys Karriere, sondern auch ihr Leben in großer Gefahr ... Der spektakuläre neue Fall für Ermittlerin Macy Greeley.
Author: Karin Salvalaggio
Publisher: Ullstein eBooks
»Können Sie mir diesen Geruch erklären?« Ich verstand nicht, was er meinte. Dass er den Duft von Mangos nicht kannte, wäre mir nie eingefallen. Also sagte ich: »Einer der Götter ist gerade hier entlanggelaufenund hat geschwitzt.« Er gab mir die Hand und sagte: »Das ist das Schönste, was ich seit meiner Ankunft in Delhi gehört habe.« Indien, 1947. Hiroko, die ihren Verlobten Konrad verloren hat, reist auf der Suche nach einem Neuanfang nach Delhi, wo sie Konrads Familie, und vor allem seine Schwester Elizabeth, kennenlernt. Sie verliebt sich in Sajjad, den Diener der Familie, und flieht mit ihm nach Pakistan, wo die beiden ein Zuhause finden. Hiroko und Elizabeth werden unterschiedliche Wege gehen, aber sich nicht verlieren - ihre Freundschaft wird andauern und die beiden Frauen an einem anderen Ort in einer anderen Zeit erneut zusammenführen.
Author: Kamila Shamsie
Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag
Each of the volumes in this series on Russian cinema investigates the production, context and reception of the film, the people who made it, and the film itself, including its place in world cinema. This title discusses the Oscar-winning film "Burnt by the Sun", directed by Nikita Mikhalov.
The Film Companion
Author: Birgit Beumers,Professor Birgit Beumers
Category: Performing Arts
This book presents memories and musings – in no particular order – touching on many areas of contemporary life. It follows on from the author’s earlier book, “TO BE CONTINUED”.
More Memories and Musings
Author: Raymond Apple
Category: Biography & Autobiography
"This work provides a detailed account of book burning worldwide over the past 2000 years. The book burners are identified, along with the works they deliberately set aflame"--Provided by publisher.
Author: Haig A. Bosmajian
Category: Literary Criticism
Horspool sees Alfred as inextricably linked to the legends and stories that surround him, and rather than attempting to separate the myth from the "reality," he explores how both came together to provide a historical figure that was all things to all men.
Burnt Cakes and Other Legends
Author: David Horspool
Publisher: Harvard University Press
In this thoughtful book, Lillie Stringer describes the poignant agony she felt after the death of her son. During this time, God gave her a personal message that was the key to unlocking a ministry to other grieving parents. I burnt the barley, but I spared the blessing was a cloudy message that was clearly revealed in Gods time. Yes, the barley was burnedher son was gone, but God promised a blessing in spite of this tragedy. Lillies is a message of inspiration and compassion for those who mourn. The emotional scars that this kind of experience can impose upon parents who bury their children can subject them to empty, futile attempts to seek solace in the wrong places. Her desire is that God will diminish sorrows and fully equip those who mourn for recovery by giving a new and living hope. This hope has already been signed, sealed, and delivered by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This book contains a collection of letters and personal insights in which Lillie shares divine comfort with those who mourn.
Author: Lillie Stringer
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A satire on academia featuring a disillusioned professor of English at a university in Kentucky. He comes to the conclusion that there is more truth in the tabloids than in what he teaches. Told against the background of a deteriorating environment on earth.
Author: Lance Olsen
Category: College teachers