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Polish Peasant National Consciousness Long Preceded the End of Serfdom. Reciprocity of Polish-Jewish Antagonisms,The Nation in the Village: The Genesis of Peasant National Identity in Austrian Poland, 1848-1914 (Paperback)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
The term "peasant", a somewhat ambiguous term, refers to the smallholder who, before their emancipation of 1848 in Austrian-ruled Galicia, had worked the landlord's estate in exchange for the right to farm small plots. Among the Poles of Galicia, Prussia, and Russia, peasants constituted 80-85% of the population, along with 8-10% gentry landholders (SZLACHTA), a small intelligentsia (clergy and teachers), and 2-3% of what the author calls wealthy aristocrats. (p. 11). >>more...

Jewish Life in the Towns of Eastern Europe Before WWII,

Thursday, February 4, 2016
It is a well-known fact that Europeans sometimes thought that Jews steal Christian children for purposes of ritual murder. Interestingly, among Jewish folk tales, there was a counterpart to this myth. Jews taught that Gypsies (Sinti and Roma) kidnap Jewish children from their parents. (p. 91). For more on this, please click on, and read my detailed review of, and comment under, The Janowska Road. >>more...

Memory and Neighborhood: Poles and Poland in Jewish American Fiction after World War Two (Warsaw Studies in Jewish History and Memory)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Author Aleksandrowich-Pedich is heavily indebted to Danusha Goska's seminal work, Bieganski: The Brute Polak Stereotype in Polish-Jewish Relations and American Popular Culture (Jews of Poland), for content and inspiration. (p. 15). >>more...

Secular Versus Ultra- Orthodox: The Struggle For Jewish Identity In Israel (Hardcover)

Friday, May 1, 2015
There are many reviews of this item already posted. These other reviews inform the reader on the essential content of this work, and I will not repeat them. I take a totally different approach. Although this is not a book on Polish-Jewish relations, I write this review from that vantage point. >>more...

Theological Liberalism With an Idealistic Understanding of Judaism,

Friday, May 1, 2015
This work includes a wealth of information, dealing with such concepts as the Character of God, the afterlife, ethics, angels, the dual nature of the human spirit, and much more. The author presents evidence for the widespread extent of the ancient belief in the immortal soul that is independent of the body (pp. 286). Belief in the immortal soul is also part of Judaism, thus inadvertently refuting the claim that it was copied by Christians from the Greeks. On another subject, author Kaufman Kohler treats the Tosefta as part of the Talmud. (p. 402). >>more...

The Future of American Jew

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The author engages in what arguably can be called soft atheism. Kaplan consistently rejects the supernatural, including God. (See especially his caricature of God, worthy of a militant atheist, on page 225 and page 538). To Kaplan, "God" is to be re-defined as a cosmic process, or as a Power to help one overcome obstacles, and not a Supreme Being in the conventional sense of the term. (e. g., pp. 171-172, 182-183, 192). Why not just drop the pretense of believing in God at all? >>more...

Rome & Jerusalem- Jewish identities

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
This book [review based on 1943 reprint] provides a variety of interesting information. For instance, author Moses Hess accepted the Talmud as referring to Jesus Christ, in Sanhedrin, 67a, and Sabbath, 104b. (pp. 204-205). While consistently scorning those Jews who thought of Judaism as only a religion, he also noted that Orthodox Jews can be just as modern as assimilated Jews. (p. 106). >>more...

Stranger at Home: The Holocaust, Zionism, and American Judaism (Studies in the History of Judaism)

Sunday, February 23, 2014
[Review based on 1981 edition.] Jacob Neusner notes that modes of thinking and behavior may have originated from non-Jews, but "became Jewish" by being adapted by Jews as their own. For instance, the Talmudic dialectic did not originate with Jews. It found derivation from Greek forms of rhetoric, as well as ancient Roman principles of legal codification. (p. 49).

Judaizm zdemaskowany

Monday, December 16, 2013
Nakładem wydawnictwa Antyk ukazała się czterotomowa praca Michaela Hoffmana „Judaizm zdemaskowany w oparciu o jego własne święte księgi”. Wydana w formacie A5, w sumie ponad tysiąc stronicowa praca, przybliża polskiemu czytelnikowi opinie współczesnego amerykańskiego publicysty zajmującego się judaizmem, okultystycznymi korzeniami masonerii, i krytyczną analizą najnowszej historii. >>more...

The Cross of Bethlehem

Sunday, February 5, 2012
The Cross of Bethlehem is a memoir of a Christian Israeli military officer ,who is caught in the crosshairs between a country that demands total obedience,( even if that means firing on rock-throwing women and children,) and following his conscience. Mr. Tov is  an extraordinary man. He is not only  intelligent, resourceful, and  very perceptive what is going on around him. In one person , he is a scientist and businessman by training,  and has a courage  to write this book... in order to an enlighten  what is going on  insight  Isreali life and philosophy. >>more...
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