Jewish Studies

Maimonides the Universalist

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

Jewish Studies

Reinventing Maimonides in Contemporary Jewish Thought

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

Jewish Studies

Philip Rahv’s Jewish Story Matters Today

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

Jewish Studies

Meet the Littman Library

Founded by Louis Littman in memory of his father to explore, explain, and perpetuate the Jewish heritage, the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization published its first book in 1965. It has gone on to publish many highly regarded titles and has established a reputation as one of the world’s leading publishers in the field. In … Continue reading

Jewish Studies

In Memoriam: Ada Rapoport-Albert

The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization notes with sadness the death of Ada Rapoport-Albert, professor emerita of University College London, on Thursday 18 June 2020. She was an adviser to the Littman Library for over thirty years, and we are proud to have published three of her books: Hasidism Reappraised (1996), which she edited; Women … Continue reading