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By Jacob Neusner

ISBN-10: 1461645778

ISBN-13: 9781461645771

Anywhere Jews have settled and no matter what languages they spoke, they created a group with a unmarried set of universal values. One legislations, one theology outlined the group all through their many migrations. A unmarried ebook explains how this got here about—the Talmud. through re-framing the Torah via sustained argument and research, the Talmud encourages the reader to actively observe cause and perform common sense.

Renowned pupil Jacob Neusner introduces readers to the Talmud, defining it, explaining its historic context, and illustrating why it is still suitable this present day. Neusner's The Talmud: What it really is and What It Says invitations readers to interact with the textual content, and emphasizes that the Talmud will stay a major cultural guidebook for Jewish lifestyles throughout the subsequent millennium.

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2 When Austria was reestablished after World War II, the project of Austrian nation-building assumed renewed urgency. Culturally the country would still deWne itself as German, but in the wake of the Holocaust, M YT H S A N D S I LE N C ES 31 it was much more opportune to emphasize the qualities that distinguished Austria from Germany proper. It was in this context that the narrative of Austria as Nazi Germany’s Wrst victim was oVered by the reconstituted state as the core of a newly invented Austrian national identity.

44 On the other hand, however, Jews were also seen as particularly adaptable. 45 But that, too, was ultimately seen as a form of exceptionalism. While other peoples lived sedentary existences, Jews distinguished themselves by invading Europe’s national spheres. 46 In the framework of the Krone series, such arguments on Jewish diVerence and inXuence had a number of concrete implications. First and foremost, it allowed Reimann to recast the responsibility for antisemitic persecutions. Between the Jews’ stubborn refusal to abandon their religious isolation and their aggressive inWltration of other peoples, they were themselves to blame for their frequent oppression.

A similar process of resistive pluralization and transidentiWcation characterized Austria’s late 1990s, when lesbisch/schwul was increasingly replaced by the deliberately inclusive les/bi/gay/trans (an American-inXected phrase short for “lesbian/bisexual/gay/transgender”). Queer, which had itself appeared in Austria by the turn of the century, seems the most eVective rendition of this rather cumbersome term. But while I use queer for reasons of politics and aesthetic economy, I am anxious to retain the semantic history and conceptual speciWcity of its antecedents.

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