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Karaite Judaism emerged in the 9th century—an exciting and challenging new stream of medieval Jewish identity and thought which challenged the notions of traditional rabbinic Judaism by rejecting, on the one hand, the sanctified tradition of Jewish oral law and the authority of the ancient Rabbis, while on the other hand re-centering on the text of Hebrew Bible as the sole source of Jewish religion. This Brill subseries, entitled Karaite Texts and Studies, edited by Meira Polliack (Tel-Aviv University) and Michael G. Wechsler (Moody Bible Institute, Chicago) serves as a locus of investigation into medieval Karaism, based on the testimony of its extensive written remains. The recent efflorescence of scholarship on Karaism has provided the impetus for the establishment of the Karaite Texts and Studies series which appears in association with Études sur le judaïsme medieval. The series focuses on the “Golden Age” of Karaism in the Near East (the 10th through 12th centuries) and it covers all genres of Karaite literature, written in Hebrew, Judaeo-Arabic, or other languages.
Can studying an artist’s migration enable the reconfiguration of art history in a new and “global” mode? Michail Grobman’s odyssey in search of a contemporary idiom of Jewish art led him to cross the borders of political blocs and to observe, absorb, and confront different patterns of modernism in his work. His provocative art, his rich archives and collections, his essays and personal diaries all reveal this complexity and open up a new perspective on post-World War II twentieth-century modernism – and on the interconnected functioning of its local models.
From Europe and America to the Middle East, North Africa and other non-European Jewish settlement areas, the Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture covers the recent history of the Jewish people from 1750 through the 1950s. Originally published in German as the Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur by J.B. Metzler Verlag (Stuttgart/Weimar) in 2011 the work includes approximately 800 entries that present the state of international research and reveal a complex portrait of Jewish life - illuminated by many maps and illustrations. Central themes convey information on topics such as autonomy, exile, emancipation, literature, liturgy, music, and science of Judaism. The encyclopedia provides knowledge in an overall context and offers academics and other interested readers new insights into Jewish history and culture. The work is an outstanding contribution to the understanding of Judaism and modernity.

The first volume of the English edition will appear in 2017 with subsequent volumes following in due course. The volumes may be purchased individually as they appear or as a set once all 7 are available. Both the German and the English editions will also be available online.
Studies in Musar aims at strengthening the study of Jewish devotional literature and spiritual guidance (musar) in the field of Jewish studies. Covering all geographical areas and languages, the series focuses on the great diversity and versatility of musar from the Middle Ages to contemporary times and its place in philosophical, rabbinic, kabbalistic, Sabbatean, Hasidic, Lithuanian, and New Age thought. The Series particularly promotes comparative research that reads musar in the context of Christian and Islamic spirituality, as well as interdisciplinary approaches that adopt innovative methodologies from the anthropology of religion, gender and feminist studies, the history of emotions, the history of the Hebrew book, linguistics, literary criticism, and ritual studies.

Studies in Musar is a double-blind peer-reviewed subseries of Studies in Jewish History and Culture. Monographs, collected volumes, as well as editions and translations of high scholarly standard are welcome.

Patrick Benjamin Koch, PhD (HUJI) is Emmy Noether Research Group Leader of the “Jewish Moralistic Writings of the Early Modern Period” project at the Institute for Jewish Philosophy and Religion at the University of Hamburg, Germany.
Free Ebrei (Free Jews) is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed academic yearbook devoted to the study and the comprehension of Jewish identity through a historical, literary, political, economical, artistic and human perspective. It particularly focuses on contemporary age, even if deeper roots of long-term philosophical and political problems will be taken into account. The mission of the yearbook is to spread and defend the idea of freedom of expression above any political and historical contingency. Free Ebrei is dedicated to the promotion of Jewish contemporary identity through the publication of reviews, articles, interviews and documents. Free Ebrei is a yearbook open to the collaboration of all those (scholars and independent researchers) who recognize themselves in the need to defend and assert the freedom of expression in a thorny and politically incorrect issue. At the centre of its attention there are human beings in their irreducible complexity.

Every issue will be constructed along a leitmotiv, even if the yearbook also accepts contributions on its themes.

Free Ebrei is intended to deepen the key aspects of Jewish contemporary identity and can grasp the attention of scholars, students and libraries all over the world who are interested in politics, literature and culture. The authors of our yearbook will be young and junior scholars who are going to begin an academic, publicist, or teaching career. A key role will be played by the senior researchers.
This quantitative study of Piotrków Trybunalski traces the evolution of the population in the typical early modern semi-agrarian town in which the majority of activity was concentrated in the Jewish suburbs into a provincial capital in Congress Poland. Through the use of longitudinal aggregations and family reconstruction it explores fertility, mortality, and marriage patterns from the early nineteenth century, when civil records were introduced, until the Holocaust, revealing key differences as well as striking similarities between local Jews and non-Jews. The example of Piotrków set in a broader European context highlights variations in the pre-transitional demography of Ashkenazi Jewry and lack of universal model describing the “traditional” or “eastern European” Jewish family.
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This book offers a new and inclusive approach to Western exegesis up to 1100. For too long, modern scholars have examined Jewish and Christian exegesis apart from each other. This is not surprising, given how religious, social, and linguistic borders separated Jews and Christians. But they worked to a great extent on the same texts. Christians were keenly aware that they relied on translation. The contributions to this volume reveal how both sides worked on parallel tracks, posing similar questions and employing more or less the same techniques, and in some rare instances, interdependently.
Italian Translations of Hebrew Literature in the Early Modern Period
This volume presents the culmination of research on an almost ignored literary corpus: the translations into literary Italian of classical Hebrew texts made by Jews between 1550 and 1650. It includes poetry, philosophy and wisdom literature, as well as dictionaries and biblical translations produced in what their authors viewed as a national tongue, common to Christians and Jews. In so doing, the authors/translators explicitly left behind the so-called Judeo-Italian. These texts, many of them being published for the first time, are studied in the context of intellectual and literary history. The book is an original contribution showing that the linguistic acculturation of German Jews in the late 18th century occurred in Italy 150 years earlier.
David Levi: a Jewish Freemason and Saint-Simonian in Nineteenth-century Italy
In this volume, Alessandro Grazi offers the first intellectual biography of the Italian Jewish writer and politician David Levi (1816-1898). In this intriguing journey through the mysterious rites of Freemasonry and the bizarre worldviews of Saint-Simonianism, you can discover Levi’s innovative interpretation of Judaism and its role in modernity. As a champion of dialogue with Catholic intellectuals, Levi’s importance transcends the Jewish world. The second part of the book presents an unpublished document, Levi’s comedy “Il Mistero delle Tre Melarancie”, a phantasmagorical adventure in search of his Jewish identity, with an English translation of its most relevant excerpt.