By Judith Z. Abrams

ISBN-10: 0765760479

ISBN-13: 9780765760470

In A Beginner's advisor to The Steinsaltz Talmud, Rabbi Judith Z. Abrams selects a desirable and provocative part from the Talmud and is helping scholars to harvest the large rewards that may be completed whilst one encounters Rabbi Steinsaltz's ancient, ground-breaking work.

With the ebook of The Talmud: The Steinsaltz Edition, it really is now attainable for the trendy reader to review Judaism's nice compendium of Jewish legislation and legend for the 1st time. The Talmud: The Steinsaltz Edition is greater than only a translation. Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz turns into our own teacher, guiding us in the course of the difficult paths of talmudic good judgment and notion.

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They not only share a common past, but also bear other resemblences to each other: Italy and Greece, for example, are situated in close proximity, thus sharing similar climates and soils and hence growing similar crops and cooking and eating similar dishes. A popular Italian saying, Una faccia una razza (One face, one race), which is used to describe the closeness between Greek and Italian people, is but one manifestation of this perception. Nicolas Sarkozy’s call for a ‘Mediterranean Union’, which was established as the ‘Union for the Mediterranean’ in July 2008, is also based on the assumption that common traits unite the Mediterranean countries, which in the long run—if further developed—could lead to a supranational, Mediterranean entity.

The photographs of Rudi Weissenstein (1910–1992) convey the feeling of the beach on a hot summer day in 1949. Weissenstein photographed lifeguards dressed in fashionable bathing costumes and standing on a watchtower at Frishman Beach, with a busy scene in the background and people swimming in the waves (fig. 4). In other Weissenstein photographs, as well as by other photographers of the time, we see the beach filled with rows of deck chairs, crowds of people standing in the water, playing in the sand, or just relaxing, like in this photograph by Paul Goldman (1900–1986) (fig.

As a consequence, public discourse2 over the past decades has repeatedly dealt with the questions of collective identity and belonging, as well as with the search for a shared Israeli culture among a population comprising a wide diversity of immigrants. And the discourse on Yam Tikhoniut under observation here must be seen within that larger context. 1 In the following the Hebrew term ‘Yam Tikhoniut’ (Yam ha-Tikhon means the Mediterranean Sea, literally ‘sea of the middle’) will be used as a synonym for ‘Mediterraneanism’ or ‘Méditerranité’.

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