For August we are putting a spotlight on Aesthetics and the Environment, focusing on our Art, Architecture and Sculpture books, journals and digital collections.
Maimonides’ Mishneh torah presents not only a system of Jewish law, but also a system of values. Maimonides the Universalist by Menachem Kellner and David Gillis focuses on the moral and philosophical meditations that close each volume of his code. The authors analyse these concluding passages to uncover the universalist outlook underlying Maimonides’ halakhic thought. Read the … Continue reading
Reinventing Maimonides in Contemporary Jewish Thought by James A. Diamond and Menachem Kellner is the first critical study of how Maimonides has been read by leading Orthodox rabbis in our time. It shows that some have tried to liberate themselves from his influence, others have built on his ideas generating vibrant controversy, and yet others … Continue reading
The Secular Rabbi: Philip Rahv and Partisan Review focuses on the ambivalent Jewish identity of Philip Rahv, co-founder of Partisan Review. In this blog post, author Doris Kadish considers how Rahv's life and work remain relevant to 21st-century Jews and immigrant voices. Philip Rahv, the storied editor of Partisan Review, belonged to “the world of … Continue reading
From 27th February to 24th March, it’s Jewish Book Week, organised by the Jewish Book Council. To celebrate the London festival, we’ve put together a reading list of recent Jewish studies books that might be of interest to those attending (or interested in) Jewish Book Week. Keep reading to find out what the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization has published … Continue reading