Jewish Studies

Jewish Book Week 2023

In 2023, Jewish Book Week – organised by the Jewish Book Council – will run in London and online from 25th February to 5th March. To celebrate we’ve put together a reading list of recent titles published by the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization – order any directly from the Liverpool University Press website for 20% off RRP.

At Eden’s Door: The Habsburg Jewish Life of Leon Kellner (1859-1928)
By David Rechter

Leon Kellner was part of the intellectual and cultural elite of imperial Austria. Engaged in politics, a member of his regional parliament, and an essayist of repute, he was also a Zionist leader and confidant of Theodor Herzl. Yet for all this, today he is little known – this biography recovers at least part of what was lost.

Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 35: Promised Lands: Jews, Poland, and the Land of Israel
Edited by Israel Bartal, François Guesnet, Antony Polonsky and Scott Ury

This essay collection investigates how Polish Jews, Polish Zionism, and Polish culture influenced Israel’s cultural and political development, as well as the continuing relationship between Israel and Poland today.

Challenge and Conformity: The Religious Lives of Orthodox Jewish Women
By Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz

Now available in paperback.

Aa much-needed study of how new norms of lived religion have emerged, influenced by both the rise of feminism and the backlash against it, and also by women’s new understanding of their religious roles.

Jewish Politics in Spinoza’s Amsterdam
By Anne O. Albert

Untangling a web of ideas about politics, religion, exile, and community that emerged in the second half of the seventeenth century among the Spanish and Portuguese Jews of Amsterdam, this book analyses the first Jewish reckoning with modern western political concepts.

Ageing in Medieval Jewish Culture
By Elisha Russ-Fishbane

Drawing on a vast range of sources—philosophy and theology, ethics and law, biblical commentary, Hebrew poetry, medical literature, and a host of family and communal records from the Cairo Genizah—this is a ground-breaking study of ageing as both a reality and a cultural paradigm in medieval Jewish society.

Beyond Zion: The Jewish Territorialist Movement
By Laura Almagor

Finalist for National Jewish Book Award for Writing Based on Archival Material 2022.

Jewish political and cultural behaviour during the first half of the twentieth century comes to the fore in this reconstruction of the changing ideologies of Jewish Territorialism and of early twentieth-century ideas of how to be Jewish.

Categorically Jewish, Distinctly Polish: Polish Jewish History Reflected and Refracted
By Moshe Rosman

Moshe Rosman’s updated and newly integrated essays constitute a thematic survey of Jewish history in early modern Poland. They are offered here with thoughtful introductions weighing their significance in the light of modern and postmodern Jewish and Polish historiography.

Karaism: An Introduction to the Oldest Surviving Alternative Judaism
By Daniel J. Lasker

Finalist for National Jewish Book Award for Scholarship 2022.

This book is the first to present a comprehensive overview of Karaite Judaism: its history, unique practices, beliefs, and philosophy, and present-day revival in the State of Israel.

Forthcoming from the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization

New in paperback – Reading Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah by David Gillis. Reveals Maimonides’ Mishneh torah as a work of art, its form reflecting the belief that observing divine commandments brings alignment with cosmic order.

New in paperback – Medieval Jews and the Christian Past: Jewish Historical Consciousness in Spain and Southern France by Ram Ben-Shalom. A detailed analysis of Jewish exposure to the history of others and its consequences for shaping Jewish historical consciousness and Christian–Jewish relations.

Covenant and World Religions: Irving Greenberg, Jonathan Sacks, and the Quest for Orthodox Pluralism by Alon Goshen-Gottstein. Presents the theological, moral, and social views of two of the most important Orthodox Jewish voices to have advocated change in how Judaism sees world religions.

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